Celebration

Last night we celebrated our third anniversary with a progressive dinner in Old Town. It was wonderful. And I’m going to hot yoga today, maybe twice, to pay for how wonderful it was. 
I sometimes hesitate to label us “foodies” because I feel like you need some culinary expertise to rightfully call yourself this. But who am I kidding, enjoying food from all different sources (homemade, restaurant, international, farmer’s market, etc.) is one of the main pleasures in our life. So there you go, we’re foodies.  
I mention this because I’m noticing that most of our celebrations are food-centric. And this one was no different.
Stop One: Wine & Cheese at the Welsh Rabbit

This is one of our favorite Fort Collins digs, by far.

Stop Two: Dinner at Canino’s

I’ve wanted to try this little Italian place out since we very first moved; it reminds me a lot of Savute’s in Wichita. It did not disappoint. Great atmosphere, vintage Italian decor, good wine and the pizza we ordered was delish! 
Stop Three: Dessert at The Chocolate Cafe
We couldn’t have asked for a better culinary ending to the night. This chocolate peanut butter pie was LEGIT.

Here’s to year four & making it the best that it can be!
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Birthday Doings

A little list of birthday blessings I received on Tuesday:

Waking up to a bed filled with two sleepy fur babies & an unconscious husband.

Rolling out of bed to find flowers, a sweet card & previously mentioned husband making omelets and english muffins for breakfast.

FaceTiming with my sweet sister & Baby Briggs + Snap Chatting w/Alex & Jayde, who is pictured below.

Listening to good music. 

Sweating it out at the gym. Let’s not talk about the snow.

Lunching on homemade broccoli cheddar soup (Panera-style) & grilled cheese. We found the soup recipe at Peas and Crayons.
Shopping at one of my favorite stores.

Trying out a new (to us) bar for Happy Hour called Lucious Nectar.

Sipping on martinis at Elliot’s with Cory & Rachel.

Enjoying sushi, sake and good conversation at Suehiro.

Hello Twenty-Seven.

Today is my 27th birthday. I’m usually not a fan of odd numbers, but for some reason, I’m really feeling this year. I think it holds big things for me. FYI – I may or may not feel this way about every year. But why shouldn’t I? You should feel this way too.

Birthdays make me think big picture. I ask myself questions like, “What do I want in life?” At 27, here are my answers:
I want my marriage to be the best thing in my life.
I want to feel peace in the midst of even the biggest chaos.
I want to build a career that allows me to be recognized for my passion.
I want to spend 95% of my time happy – it’s contagious.
I want fulfilling relationships with friends, family & the friends that turn into family.
I want to pursue my interests fearlessly and be inspired.
I want to LIVE!

This next year I plan to embrace life with open arms, mistakes and all. I hope that you do too!

Goodbye 26.

Today being the last day of my 26th year calls for a moment of reflection. I must say that it was a pretty good year for me. Read about how I spent my actual birthday here. So much happened that this would be a very long blog post if I mentioned it all, so I’ll just list my highlights:

Ringing in my birthday surrounded by good friends. A few of which are here:

Started a book club with some awesome women. You can read about our adventures here.

Trips with my best friend – Vegas (where we tried out our first barre class) & NYC.

Got bangs. Real ones.
Celebrated two years of marriage w/the love of my life. 
Went to a lot of fun country concerts – you just can’t beat live music.
Ran our first 1/2 marathon. Read all about it here
And last, but not least – moved to CO
I hope you’ll continue to follow me into year 27 – I have a feeling it’s going to be a fabulous one. : )

Easter Weekend 2013

Here is a recap of our weekend in photos: 

KU Game

Sadly, the Jayhawks lost to Michigan on Friday night, so this:

Happy Hour drinks on the patio at Austin’s with Rachel.

Turned into this:
Shots, long islands & more w/Cory, Rachel & a couple of her friends.
I tried to reign myself back in on Saturday by having this for lunch:
A Hawaiian steak salad from the Bent Fork.
Easter Party + Shocker Game

Our friends, Erin & Stephan had us over for an Easter Drinks & Dessert Party on Saturday, which was super cute. Check it out!

While we were there we watched the Shocker game. The Shockers had not been to the Elite 8 since 1981 and we were ecstatic as we watched them make it to the Final Four (that they had not been to since 1964)! So we went out to celebrate with some sake & sushi. 
Hike

After one awesome church service today, we took the pups on a little hike up at Horsetooth.
I hope you had a wonderful day!

Post #100

Happy Good Friday!

This being my 100th post and all, I found it fitting to use this space to explain the thought process behind my new title, A Life with Luster.

In my opinion, life is about creating yourself. It’s about figuring out who you are & what you are meant to do in the world.

So I want my blog to be a reflection of my journey. A journey that is flawed, beautiful and always evolving. A journey that has a little luster.

I enjoy writing about the vastness of life as a twenty-something, married, working girl – the good & the bad. A life that is anything but stagnant, that has intentions to be in the moment & enjoy each day to the fullest.

Connecting my past to where I am now & where I am going.

Allowing me to express myself & my creativity – imperfect as it may be.

So I thought it was time for a new name to reflect this. And that’s how Days I Can’t Get Over turned into A Life with Luster.

I hope you will follow along this new journey!

Super Bowl 2013

I’m not the biggest sports fan, but always enjoy attending a good Super Bowl party. 
This year I paid a bit more attention to the game because of the fact that the coaches of the two teams were brothers. I saw somewhere that the majority of people were rooting for the 49ers, so it was nice to see the Ravens win. Plus, some of the things I read about Randy Moss made me not want to root for him because he is cocky, so I was happy that his team lost.
We went over to our friends, The Whitney’s house to watch the game along with the rest of our small group. I thoroughly enjoyed the commercials this year, much more than I have in past years, and I had a few favorites.
My absolute favorite ad was the Doritos Fashionista Daddy Ad. If you missed it, watch it here:
I was literally laughing out loud at this one. 
I also really liked the Ram God Made a Farmercommercial, despite the fact that I don’t really like or connect with the Rams brand.  There was just no denying the power behind this ad, though.
What commercials were your favorite? 
After the game we went downtown & grabbed a couple slices of late night pizza. Sunday was my cheat day, after all & we hadn’t eaten too much at The Whitney’s. We went to a fun, college-ish pizza joint called Pizza Casbah. 
Good convo & decent pizza – so much fun & a great way to end the week. I woke up this morning happy & ready for a Monday!
I hope you all have a great week!