denver anniversary trip

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know we’ve been through Denver before, when Nick was a fellow at the Aspen Festival in 2013, but we didn’t spend much time in the city—just passed through. This time, we went to celebrate our anniversary with a Slash concert, and we had a really fun visit.

We drove in on Thursday, and immediately went to the nearest brewery, Station 26 Brewing Co. They don’t serve food, but the Meatball. food truck was there. The next day we shopped at Tattered Cover Books and Twist and Shout and came out with a real nice haul of books and records:

tattered twitstmedia haul

After shopping, we hit up the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, which had a Marilyn Minter exhibit throughout the building (plus me in an egg):

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Before the concert, we had beers and dinner at Vine Street Pub & Brewery, just a mile from the Fillmore Auditorium where Slash was playing.
fillmoreThen on Saturday, we hit up Voodoo Doughnut for breakfast. Nick had already been to it in Portland, but this was my first time. We had the Pot Hole, the Diablos Rex, and a Memphis Mafia, which was so massive we saved it for breakfast the next day! Delicious. After the donuts, we wandered around the 16th Street Mall for a bit, where there was a zombie festival just getting started. There were djs, stations for makeup and accessories, fashion runways being set up, and tons of people in costumes all over the place. Generally, the area was a bit “touristy” for us, but all the zombie stuff was pretty cool.


After the mall, we went back over to Station 26 Brewing Co. to meet up with a couple of friends from grad school who had moved to Denver. We were having such a good time we stayed the whole evening.

I wish I could have had one more day in Denver! It was a wonderful trip.

madison audiobooks

My husband and I just got back from six wonderful days in Wisconsin, visiting family and having a ton of fun! Of course I forgot my camera, so there are no pictures. We listened to two audiobooks on the road, one new to me and one I read on paper last year. Both of these were absolutely perfect for the car.

On the way up we heard The Daily Show crew read America: The Audiobook. Sigh, I miss Jon Stewart already. Although America is slightly out of date now (released in 2004), it was still a fun and funny look at our political history. I loved how it was a group effort, with not only Stewart narrating but also Stephen Colbert, Ed Helms, Samantha Bee, and more. The only bummer was that it was abridged, which I generally try to avoid, but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything here. [Listened to audiobook on August 11, 2015.]

During our drive home we listened to Rob Delaney’s Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. I loved it as much as I loved it last year when I read it on hardcover (my review), but I enjoyed it even more hearing Delaney narrate. He’s just the best! I hope to have a chance to watch his new show Catastrophe soon, too. [Listened to audiobook on August 16, 2015.]

it’s monday! what are you reading?

It’s Monday, what are you reading?—a weekly blog meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

It’s Monday once again, and I’m (once again) heading up to Wisconsin this week! This time it’s to celebrate the birthdays of my mom and my little niece (her first). I’m hoping to get to Devil’s Lake, Vitense putt putt, a beer at Weary Traveler, Jazz at Five, Cash Box Kings at the Terrace, and a bunch of other fun south-central Wisconsin stuff I haven’t had a chance to do in years. Should be a great trip!

DSC04243I’ve downloaded a couple of audiobooks (Mother. Wife. Sister. … by Rob DelaneyAmerica (The Book) by Jon Stewart (miss you already)) for the drive, but I was a little befuddled by what to read on paper next. I did start The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan, but I’m not sure I want to bring that out of town (library book). So to round out that non-fiction, I chose to start An Untamed State by Roxane Gay as well over the weekend. So far I’m completely hooked… I’ll bring it along up north but figure I likely won’t have much time to read it!

What are you reading this week?

it’s monday! what are you reading?

It’s Monday, what are you reading?—a weekly blog meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Last week was insane, with KC Fringe Festival happening! I saw and reviewed nine shows total (more on that Wednesday). I’m exhausted! But it was so much fun, as always. Tonight I’m going out to send off a friend who is moving to Wisconsin. Not far, though! I’m sure we’ll see him either back in KC or when we visit Wisconsin.

DSC04243I mentioned last week that I found my old mass market paperback copy of Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton at my folks’ house when I was up there a couple weeks ago, and well, I just couldn’t wait to dive in. I’m only about 25% in and already has triggered some great memories of my mom reading it to me first on a road trip, then rereading it at my grandparents’ house in Green Bay. I love how books can transport you to where you bought it, or where you were the first (or second) time you read it!

What are you reading this week?

it’s monday! what are you reading?

It’s Monday, what are you reading?—a weekly blog meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

July has been nuts so far, and shows no sign of slowing down for at least another week. My husband is at a music festival this month on a composer residency, so I decided to extend my usual trip up to Wisconsin for my family reunion a few extra days (also partly because my 11-month-old niece was there, too! They are in the process of moving back from Hawaii—my brother just graduated from the university there with his master’s in food science). Then, as soon as I got back, KC Fringe Festival started up and I’ve already been out to review three shows for I have one or two shows a night to go until the fest concludes! It’s always a bit crazy and exhausting but a lot of fun.

The reunion was spectacular, as usual! We have it at my gramma’s farm and always pick a theme, with costumes and music and skits—the whole works. This year’s theme was Disney, so of course as a redhead I had to do a spin on Ariel from The Little Mermaid.


Well, close enough at least! 🙂 I ended up listening to two audiobooks on the trip (reviews linked to titles):

But that’s about it. Not much progress on my paper or ebook reading. That’s always how it goes on family trips for me though. I’m too busy having fun and visiting! Still working on My Cross to Bear and Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Of course, at my folks’ house I found my old copy of Jurassic Park and want to drop everything to read that now!

What are you guys reading this week? (“You guys”… you can tell I was in Wisconsin 😉 )

it’s tuesday! what are you reading?

It’s Monday, what are you reading?—a weekly blog meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Okay, okay. It’s Tuesday! Over the weekend I was pretty busy, same with yesterday. I’m getting ready for a road trip up to Wisconsin this week—it’s family reunion time! Our family is nuts and has a theme every year, with costumes, music, sketches, the whole deal. We’ve done Green Bay Packers, Woodstock, 50s sock hop, “On the farm,” “At the circus,” and lots more. This year’s theme is Disney, and I’m super stoked!! I can’t believe we haven’t done this one earlier. Being a redhead, I have to go as Ariel from The Little Mermaid, natch. She was always my favorite anyway—the first real headstrong, high-spirited princess.

Anyway, before the reunion is the drive up there. I’ve borrowed three audiobooks from the library:

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  • Authority … Jeff VanderMeer
  • Denali’s Howl … Andy Hall
  • Where Men Win Glory … Jon Krakauer

I don’t know where to start! It looks like a lot of great material. I’m sure I’ll get through two of these books. I’ll be offline during vacation, but have a few posts scheduled for the rest of this week.

Have a good one!