Unfortunately, our summer of perpetual Saturdays is quickly coming to a close. This year I feel more prepared to go back to school, having soaked up every moment of this awesome summer. In fact, even just the past week has brought plenty of adventures and fun.
Saturday: I raced the Crankworx Winter Park race -- #5 maybe? It was fun. I felt good. My bike, with its new bars, grips, seat post, and rear tire felt awesome. Everything was in the cards for a great race, I was climbing well and descending even better for once. I raced hard for the first half. I passed a lot of girls and was in a pretty good position to kick some butt. Then, at some point, the thought creeped into my brain that Chris wouldn't be at the end to congratulate me and see me finish and I wouldn't be at the end of his race to see him finish either. Everything felt a bit pointless and I stupidly let up. My legs were in Winter Park but my heart was somewhere between Silverton and Durango on the Colorado Trail. My goal was to finish, jump in the car, and then drive the 7 hours down to Durango to see Chris. And that's about what I did. Turns out I got 4th place -- 5 minutes off of 3rd. Dang. Oh well, another day. I got to Matt's house in Durango around 9:30 and got to see my Chris. He was dirty, stinky, swollen, and exhausted -- but he never looked better to me.
Sunday: Lots of lounging around on the couch in Durango. We also ate... a lot. Bagels, Starbucks, lunch, dinner. Yum. We went for a walk that night with Turbo around the neighborhood, and after only a half of a block, Chris asked if we could head back. He was tired! Poor guy. I've never seen him so tired.
Monday: More eating and resting with hubby. Sooooooo relaxing. We even shopped a bit, got some new books and a toy for puppy, and had some great hot chocolate and treats at a bakery. Yum.
Tuesday: Yet more eating and resting with hubby. We had awesome french toast at a french restaurant for breakfast. Then we had a wonderful picnic lunch out on the Colorado Trail -- fried chicken and sandwiches -- YUM! Then an unbelievably awesome anniversary dinner at an Italian restaurant. We got an appetizer, bottle of wine, bread/butter, entrees, and two desserts. We relaxed, talked, and got to reflect on the last four years since we got married. A lot has changed in four years, but luckily we still love each other just as much -- if not more -- than we did on that rainy Friday at Red Rocks four years ago.
Wednesday: Our actual anniversary was spent driving home from Durango. Fairly uneventful, but we still managed to have a good time together.
Thursday: Doctor appointment in the morning for me (nothing new or exciting going on) and then a really fun road ride with Chris in the afternoon. He's still tired, which makes riding with him all that much better. For once I can keep up with him :)
Friday: Our last Starbucks date of the summer, errand running, tasty food eating, and opening ceremony watching. Chris is regaining his appetite as he easily downed several pieces of yellow cake with chocolate icing, ice cream, all dipped in chocolate sauce.
Today: Chris is out riding and exploring with Stefan. Meanwhile I am here preparing for yet another adventure. Tonight we will go down to Colorado Springs to spend a fun evening with my sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew. Tomorrow morning we will be getting up verrrrrry early to climb Pikes Peak.
I go back to school on Wednesday, and kids start coming next Monday. I look forward to meeting my class, but nervous as always. I also got officially "accepted" into grad school at CU-Denver. I've been taking grad classes through my school district and UCD, but now I will officially be taking the *extra* classes needed to complete my masters in Linguistically Diverse Education. So... after a summer of perpetual Saturdays I will soon be thrown back into my full time job and taking two masters classes this semester.
I loved this summer more than any other summer that I've ever had. Hopefully I will be able to say the same about the school year.