^^ I can’t even begin to believe that later this week I’ll be posting my year in review. Unbelievable. I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday with their loved ones! The above photo is from the mountain cabin where Chris and I holed up in front of the fire for three days through Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after. That was one of the views from our windows. It was splendid. I’ll be back later to blog a bit more about it, as well as post the year that was 2015. Until then – bis bald, friends!
^^ Well, friends, Christmas week is upon us, and I am beyond ready for some rest and rejuvenation. Chris headed to the mountains this past weekend (where he sent me the above photo), while I stayed home and relaxed and caught up on my magazines and Netflix. We’ll be heading to the mountains again for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, since we rented a cabin there. It’s our first Christmas without any family, and while I’m excited for our plans, I’m ready to feel a bit nostalgic for the Christmas’s of yore with family running around, as well. My big ole’ year-end update is coming up soon (we took in a lot of these beautiful United States the past 12 months), so I look forward to putting that together and moving on to 2016. Bis bald, friends!
^^ Well Christmas is most definitely on its way, but if you ask me, it can’t get here soon enough. Still, I enjoy the way that Denver really goes all out to celebrate the holiday. I grabbed coffee with a friend in Union Station on Saturday morning and got to check out these cute little carolers on my out. Hope you guys are all enjoying this festive season, as well. Bis bald!
^^ I love how ridiculously red this photo is, and the fact that you can barely even tell that Penny has plopped herself down right smack dab in the middle of the most comfortable chair in the room. She’s no fool. Anyway, this week and weekend was spent getting things back in order after my sis and bro-in-law left and putting the finishing touches on some holiday decorating. Even though Chris and I won’t actually be in our apartment for Christmas, it still feels nice to have it all dressed up and fancy. Nighttime is my favorite right now when I can turn off all the big lights and just turn on all the holiday stuff and relax. Bis bald, friends — hope your holiday season is going well!
^^ Happy first week of December, folks! So I had the most amazing Thanksgiving ever when Chris conspired with my bro-in-law to have he and my sister fly to Denver for long weekend. Amazing. It was seriously the best surprise ever, and we had so much fun. Now we’re through with Thanksgiving and moving on to Christmas and then the New Year … it’s just insane! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with loved ones, and is gearing up for the festive holiday season. Bis bald, friends!
^^ Well we’ve skipped over Thanksgiving and gone straight to Christmas here in Denver, people — and I’m okay with that. Of course Chris and I do have a pretty delicious menu planned for Thanksgiving, though, if I do say so myself, but you know I love me some Christmas celebrations, so I’m okay with this early onslaught.
^^ Hey there, friends! So Chris and I are still in New Orleans, headed back to Colorado later tonight. It’s been an amazing time, as anyone who has ever been here can I’m sure agree. We had our last dinner last night at Bacchanal, this amazing little backyard venue with live jazz music (gotta have the live jazz music!) and delicious eats. I’ll be back later this week with more of a New Orleans update, till then – bis bald, friends!
^^ So friends, busy doesn’t really begin to describe these past few weeks, and my poor, sad little blog is suffering because of it! The photo above is from when Chris’s parents were still here visiting and we took them to try out The Great Divide, a brewery that’s right around the corner from us, although this was the first time we had visited it, as well. With my sister’s wedding and the Connor’s visiting and a quick trip back to New York for a work-related meeting, I haven’t had any time at all to update here, which is pretty sad because we’ve been doing some really fun stuff. I’ll do my best to at least get some photos posted in the next few days, but we’re off again this Thursday to New Orleans (wahoo!), so I can’t make too many promises! Hopefully after that I’ll be back to a bit of a more regular routine here, though, and I can get at least those missing couple of weeks posted. (We visited Mount Rushmore, you guys, and it was so much fun!) Anyway, until next time, friends — bis bald!
^^ Welcome to November, dear friends. Unfortunately it was a weekend of losses in terms of sports for the Connor/Lock household this past weekend. The Nuggets lost on Friday when we went to see the game, the Mets lost the World Series and the Avalanches lost on Sunday when we went to check them out at the Pepsi Center (above). Ah well, you win some, you lose some, right friends? This week will be crazy with work stuff, but I’ll be back soon to post a bit of what’s been going on here in the past couple of weeks (which has also been crazy!). Until then, bis bald, friends!
^^ Oh hey guys! I’m backkkkk! So these past few weeks … phew! Let’s see. Well, that’s Mount Rushmore above. Amazing. Oh, and my sister got married last weekend — so that happened. And I went on a little getaway with my bestie to the Poconos. And I spent the entire month of October in upstate New York. And my in-laws are still visiting us from Australia through early next week. So, yeah — it’s been busy! But I’ve finally had a second to breathe (and update my WordPress account!), and so I’m back and better than ever! After flying back from Denver late Monday night, the Connors and Chris and I hit the road again early Tuesday morning for a quick little 2-day road trip to South Dakota. There will be plenty more on that, and all the other October shenanigans, in the days and weeks to come, but for now, feast your eyes on good ole’ Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Jefferson. They were some kind of somethin’, weren’t they? Bis bald, friends! And I’ll be back soon!
^^ Hi guys! So quickest of quick updates here — I’ve run out of storage room for blog photos on Weary Wanderer at the moment – yikes! And I’m in the middle of wedding madness this week for my sister, so imagine that right here is an image, which I meant to post on Monday and couldn’t, of myself and my bestie Lisa standing in the street in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, on our little getaway to the Poconos last week. I promise to get this all figured out as soon as I have a little more time, and I’ll be sure to post all kinds of awesome photos from the Poconos when I do! In the meantime, if you’re missing some WW photos (like I know you are!), be sure to follow me on Instagram @Chezza1022! Thanks for understanding – and Weary Wanderer will be back in full force soon!
^^ Happy Monday, friends! So I’m still back here on the east coast for a few more weeks, and this past weekend we attended a cousin’s wedding in Long Island which was, to downplay it, pretty amazing. The photos above are from the Venetian hour at the end of the reception — otherwise known as a time for you to stuff your face with any and every dessert you can imagine on the planet. Sounds good to me! Bis bald, friends — hope your falls are going swimmingly!
^^ Welcome to October, friends! We spent this past weekend up in Ithaca, New York, right on Cayuga Lake in a cute little lake house to celebrate my sister’s bachelorette weekend. It was a lot of fun, and we topped it off with brunch yesterday and a view of this gorge. Ithaca is jokingly referred to as “gorge-ous” because there are over a hundred of ’em in the area. I’m glad we got to see at least one amongst the other shenanigans of the bachelorette weekend 😉 Bis bald, friends!
^^ Well friends, it’s been a fun couple of days. We had some Aussie visitors in town, and it was really fun showing them around. We went to a Rockies game, barbecued on our roof and attended a party on our roof that culminated with fireworks over Coors Field, did a little brewery tour, took them to City Park and Snooze, and even got to check out the Denver Museum of Nature & Science … for free! Now I’m off to the east coast tomorrow for the entire month of October, which I’m pretty excited with. So bis bald friends — and here’s to October and all the newness it will bring 😉
^^ Last Wednesday Chris and I ticked off one huge Denver bucket list item by attending a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. And friends — it was everything we could have hoped for and way, way more. If you can, I highly recommend making it out to Red Rocks at least once in your life to see a concert. You won’t be disappointed. Bis bald, friends!
^^ Happy Monday, friends. So honestly, it was very hard to pick just one photo to post for today, because Chris and I just got back from a 5-day trip to Wyoming that included Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, where pretty much everywhere you look is more gorgeous than the last. For now I’ll settle on this beautiful photo of Jackson Lake after one of our hikes through the Grand Tetons. But fear not, my friends, because I will be back with a couple blog posts later this week covering our whole trip. For now, bis bald!
^^ Happy Tuesday, friends! Don’t you just love short weeks. I hope everyone’s Labor Day weekend went splendidly. I happened to have a friend in town, and Chris and I joined her (and her sister) in Fort Collins for the annual Tour de Fat costume bike ride, sponsored by New Belgium Brewery. It was our first time in Fort Collins, and it was really fun to be there on such a happenin’ day. I love the picture above for the two Where’s Waldo costumed peeps photo bombing in the background. Bis bald, friends!
^^ Appetizers for our dinner Friday night at Table 6 included this burrata, fig, tomato and candied almond dish, which was exquisite. I could have eaten it all day long and been happy. Bis bald, friends.
^^ Chris and I managed to get out and about a bit this weekend, which was a nice change of pace. We took in our first Rockies game (against the Mets, wahoo!) and tried a new brunch restaurant. I’ll be back later in the week to talk more about that. Bis bald, friends!
^^ The past couple of weeks have by far been some of the most trying times in both my life and Chris’s. There’s nothing particularly fun or exciting to share from the past week, but what has been the lemonade of all these lemons is the generous outpouring of love and support we’ve received from friends and family. Case in point: some of the gorgeous flowers from above. Bis bald, friends — here’s to weeks that are looking up.
^^ This past weekend Chris and I headed about two hours northwest of Denver to check out Rocky Mountain National Park … and we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Holy crap it’s beautiful here, friends! I’ll be back later this week to talk more about everything we saw, but for now, feast your eyes on the beautifulness above (and yes, we did have to buy a jacket and sweatshirt from the gift shop because we were ill-prepared for the freezing cold weather that accompanies 12,000+ feet above sea level! Rookie mistake … ) Anyway, bis bald friends! Hope everyone had an amazing weekend.
^^ Well, welcome to August, my friends. It’s crazy that we’re here already. This past weekend was relatively mild. We tried out a new restaurant (new to us, at least!), called Tamayo, with unlimited brunch plates and drinks, and we headed to Boulder on Sunday to watch one of Chris’s friends compete in the Iron Man competition there. Those people are so gosh darn inspiring. Bis bald, friends!
^^ This weekend was a lot of fun, friends. Chris and I tried out a new neighborhood joint for drinks and appetizers on Friday called Euclid Hall, then we hopped in the car Saturday and drove to Aspen to check out Maroon Bells (above). We only stayed in Aspen for the day, though, then it was on to Glenwood Springs to hike the Hanging Lake trail. I’ll be back throughout this week to explain all of these things in further detail, but for now, go ahead and soak up the gloriousness that is the photo above. Swoon. Bis bald, friends!
^^ This past Sunday Chris and I took hopped in the car and drove about 20 minutes to Golden (which you may remember I also visited when Lisa was here). This trip was full of new adventures, however, including the free Coors Brewery tour. I’ll be back later this week to blog about all the amazingness we got up to in this adorable little town.
^^ I feel like this is a very fitting photo to start out this week, as my 12-day trip back to New York comes to a close. Chris and I flew back to Denver this morning after attending a (gorgeous) wedding in Tarrytown on Saturday and spending most of yesterday in the city with friends. The shot above was taken in Brooklyn as we were walking back from dinner with friends. Ah, New York. Will I ever stop missing you so? I’ll be back later this week to blog about a little day trip my sister and I took to Lake Minnewaska. Until then, bis bald, friends!