Strange Brewing – be a brewer for a day!

Really cool opportunity to be a ‘brewer for a day’ at Strange Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. Apparently, you get to select the recipe, brew alongside Strange’s brewmaster and share it with 10 friends when ready. It’s a silent auction and the minimum bid is $250…so a little outside my price range… But it sounds like it would make an awesome holiday present for someone who really values unique experiences and loves beer.

So where do you get this cool excursion? The Wildlife Experience, a museum in Parker, CO, is having a gala this weekend (November 3) and their silent auction items are available for public bid online. You can bid on Strange Brewing here. If you want to check out the full silent auction, look here. Not sure when the online silent auction ends, but guessing you should have the bid in before Saturday, Nov 3 to be safe… Good luck!!

(Full disclosure – I write grants for the museum, but wasn’t involved in planning or promoting this event. I’m posting about it because it’s just a really cool opportunity for the local Denver beer enthusiast…)

Cheers, Amy


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Have a spooky Halloween

For his first Halloween, Griffin is dressing up as a bear. (!!) I’m so excited. I really want to take a video of him crawling around on the floor, making his “rawr” noises. I also can’t wait for trick-or-treaters tonight. It’s our first Halloween in the Highlands and I’m curious how many people stop by. In the meantime…I thought I’d share some great Halloween links:

This story: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving, is my all-time favorite spooky story. Remember the first time you heard about the headless horseman? I still get chills when I think about walking alone on a dark fall evening…

This song: Danse Macabre, by the composer Camille Saint Saens. The idea of skeletons getting to come out of the ground and cavort around is fantastic.

These costume ideas: If you’re scrambling at the last minute, Oh Happy Day has some wonderful children’s costume plans. Isn’t this cloud one adorable?

(Vintage poster picture from the Hamilton Wood Type Museum.)

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Ridiculously exciting small victories

You know those days when small victories are all that matter? I’ve started having a lot more of those since I became a mom.

For example, I recently put “brush teeth, shower, eat lunch” on my to do list for the day…then became ridiculously excited when I got to check all three items off.

Is that sad? Or just mommyhood reality? Either way, I’ve learned to embrace the small victories and enjoy the moment.

Cheers, Amy

(Image from here.)

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He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.

I adore this story that Maurice Sendak once told to Applause Magazine about replying to a letter from a young boy:

Terry Gross – Can you share some of your favorite comments from readers that you’ve gotten over the years?

Maurice Sendak – Oh, there’s so many. Can I give you just one that I really like? It was from a little boy. He sent me a charming card with a little drawing. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters – sometimes very hastily – but this one I lingered over. I sent him a postcard and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim. I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.

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Snow and childlike wonder

We had our first snow of the year last night – I loved it. There is something magical about sleeping with the soft shushing of snow falling against the window. Equally wonderful is the moment when you wake up and look outside. How much has fallen? I always feel like a small child again as I pull aside the curtain to take a peek.

This morning, the roads were clear and everyone went about their business. As someone who is new to snow, I’m still adjusting to this reaction. Growing up in Texas, everyone took the day off on the rare occasion we were graced with a light dusting.

I cannot wait to introduce Griffin to snow. What will he think of it? At eight months, he may be too young to fully appreciate it. That’s okay, we have time. And, now that we’re in Denver, we will have lots of snowy days to revel in.

What are your favorite childhood memories of snow?

Cheers, Amy

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Bits of Beauty

These posters: Vintage reproductions by Hamilton Wood Type Museum. Wouldn’t this witchy one be neat for Halloween?

This song: On the Nature of Daylight, by composer Max Richter. If I were to make a soundtrack for Fall, this would be on it.

This book:Colorado’s Great Outdoors: Celebrating 20 Years of Lottery Funded Lands“. It’s a new collection of photographs by John Fielder. Beautiful natural landscapes from across the state.

(Image above is from John Fielder’s website. Take a look.)

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Bits and pieces

This month marks the one year anniversary of our cross-country move to Denver, Colorado from Portland, Oregon. When we moved here, I was entering my third trimester. We didn’t exactly have jobs (yikes!), just a good contract that would help my husband start his own business. For the first two months, we bunked with the in-laws while we searched for a house. People talk about pregnant women ‘nesting’, where they compulsively organize the nursery. Forget nesting – I was just hoping to find a nest before the wee one arrived.

Twelve months and a million changes later, my husband and I have a beautiful eight month old baby boy named Griffin. My husband’s accounting and consulting firm has taken off (phew), and I have a wonderfully flexible part-time job doing development work for a local museum.

We found our perfect nest just in time. We moved into a 1940s home in the Highlands last December. Okay, so we’re still unpacking…I plead the newborn excuse on that one (and likely will for the next year!). I’m okay taking time to settle. We love the neighborhood – family friendly, with lots of parks and local restaurants within walking distance – and plan to stay here for a long time.

At eight months into babyland, I feel as though I’m finally starting to get my feet back under me. We are starting to recover on our sleep – a very important milestone for my sanity. Also, I’m beginning to figure out my new identity as a mom.

So, long introduction, but that’s a bit about me. I plan to write regularly on this blog about my life in Denver and my journey as a mother. I hope you’ll share your thoughts and comments as we go.


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