December 21, 2010 by Heather
’tis true. Uncle George made fire tonight, and upon it he grilled some delicious vegetables and chicken sausages. I’d never had chicken sausage, but let me tell you, it was dang good. We also had some pasta with a yummy tomato basil sauce. I am nervous about getting on the scale when we get home! We have enjoyed some good food here in Colorado.
Onto our day. Turns out, the weather was NOT permissive of what we wanted to do. We did not hike or drive up to the mountains. The rain made it too wet and muddy, which was a bit of a bummer, but there’s always tomorrow (weather permitting). After lingering over coffee & breakfast with George and Judy, we set out for another 2.2 run/walk around the neighborhood. Andrew ran the whole time, and I did a jogging/walking combo with George and the Kirbster.
We decided to go back to Fort Collins and drive around other parts and look at Colorado State University. The campus there is really nice. There is a good mix of old historic-type buildings and new state-of-the-art buildings. We drove around for a while and eventually parked in front of the Campus Recreation Center. Our plan was just to look around, but we ended up getting a full guided tour of the facilities from a student worker.
It is the most impressive workout/recreation place I have ever seen in my life. The indoor part alone is just incredible. Huge rock climbing walls, a full 4-court gym with a wide carpeted track that went around the top, exercise studios that house classes such as zumba, different kinds of yoga & pilates, boot camp, body pump, spinning, kickboxing, hip hop dance classes…. really whatever you want. There is a big weight training area and two floors of cardio machines, pretty much any type of workout machine you could think of. And the pool. Let me tell you about the new pool addition that will be completed by March. There are like 4 different pools in this one area. One is really long for laps, one is a “lazy river” type thing in which you can be lazy or swim against the current, one is a pool that has a rock wall coming up out of it & you can climb up and jump off into the pool, and one has a basketball goal in it. There is also a 30-person hot tub. I’m not kidding.
Needless to say, we were super impressed. I think it made Andrew even more bummed about not getting that job he applied for there last year, but you know, those kinds of things happen for reasons. And who knows what is yet to come. As for me, I have decided to go back to school there just so I can use their rec building. I may or may not be joking.
We also took another tour later on in the day, this time of a 1-bedroom apartment in a luxury apartment complex, per the recommendation of George. He had read an article about it in the paper and said it sounded really nice… so we thought, what the heck.
I still can’t decide if it was a good idea or not.
The complex is a little ways outside of Fort Collins, which is a good thing, that way it was a little easier to come to grips with the fact that it’s not really what we’re looking for. Besides that (oh, and the fact that they were way super duper outside of our price range), they were
perfect and awesome and amazing pretty ok I guess. (Ha) The place is brand spanking new and a few of the buildings have a killer view that overlooks a lake and then out into the mountains. There is crown molding, a ginormous walk-in closet, a jacuzzi bath tub, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, hard wood flooring and carpet, and a front loading washer and dryer. Good grief it was nice. Andrew said that the whole time we were walking through it his brain just kept repeating, “I AM OUTSIDE OF MY MEANS I AM OUTSIDE OF MY MEANS.” Haha. Then there’s me, wiping my drool off the granite counter top while the spunky manager girl goes on and on about this and that.
It was fun to see, but we both know that a place like that is not an option right now. Luckily we have found a place right in the middle of Fort Collins that we are really interested in. We toured a model apartment there on Saturday and liked it a lot. We actually took some photos today of the outside, but right now I’m not exactly sure where the camera is and I’m afraid if I get up to look for it my body will take over and go into getting-ready-for-bed mode and I’ll never finish this post.
Plans for tomorrow are sort of up in the air. Andrew and I would really like to go on a hike, so we’ll see if tomorrow is a good day for that. We also might drive down to Boulder and check out the town a bit. We’re not interested in it as a place to live, but we would just like to see it.
By the way, the clock on wordpress.com says I am writing this at 5:28am. This is not true. It is actually 10:30pm here, 11:30pm in Arkansas. Fear not, the elevation has not made me an insomniac.
We are having a fantastic time here in Colorado. It is so beautiful. I had seen the ocean many times (which is also very beautiful) but I had never seen hills like these. They jut up from the ground, flow upwards, and sort of fade into the sky.
God truly is the Master Artist.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.