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Soaring in Durango, Colorado

Posted on November 29, 2009 by under Travel.    

I so want to do this next year. I happened by it accidentally on TripAdvisor. Soaring Tree Top Adventures is the one of the top-rated attractions in Colorado and the number one rated attraction in Durango. You actually kill two birds with one stone because you ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in order to get there (can’t get there any other way).

What do you guys think? Who’s with me?

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Tita Sol and Molly

Posted on November 29, 2009 by under Babies.    



We went to visit Tita Sol and Molly this afternoon. Tita Sol said that she wanted a bed for Molly, so we figured we would bring one. We found a reversible one at Wal-Mart that works great for both cold and warm weather. It is machine-washable to boot. Molly seemed to really like it.






With the exception of her recent shedding of late, Molly seems to be doing well. The shedding is extremely baffling, though, because Molly doesn’t really shed. We can’t figure out what might be causing it. Molly seems to be doing okay, though, and the vet said there’s nothing wrong with her. We’ll probably need to keep a close eye on her to make sure the shedding doesn’t get any worse.

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Becca’s 37th Birthday

Posted on November 29, 2009 by under Things to Do.    


Becca’s 37th birthday party was such a blast. It was a little confusing at first, but everything worked out and we got to bowl and ride go carts and celebrate Becca’s big day in a really big way. Jay deserves kudos for getting everyone together. He really did an amazing job.






I think my favorite part was riding the go karts. I was a little disappointed that our entire group couldn’t go all at once. It would have been fun having everyone in the track, but I’m sure it would have been complete and utter mayhem. The track probably would have been too crowded and it just wouldn’t have been a good idea, not just for safety reasons, but all around. It would have been demolition go karts for sure.

Speaking of, I really miss bumper cars. I wonder where we can do that in Wichita. That would be so much fun. Of course, there wasn’t a lack of bumping the other night. I had my share of hits (no thanks to Mike).







So whose birthday is next? When can we ride go karts again?

P.S. Brian will tell you that he beat me at bowling that night. I will tell you that it doesn’t count. [1] I had been up since 5 AM and, unlike Brian, didn’t bother taking a power nap before going to the party. [2] There were a ton of people bowling with us. [3] We only bowled one game.

I can assure you that if the conditions were different, Brian would not beat me at bowling. Sorry, babe! Just telling it like it is.

So I challenged Brian to a three game bowling match. Best 2 out of 3 will be declared victor. He just needs to name the place and time. Stay tuned for the bowl-off. 🙂


Black Friday 2009

Posted on November 29, 2009 by under Family, Things to Do.    

Black Friday was a ton of fun. We had to wake up at 5 AM to pick up Brian’s parents by 6 AM and make it to Legends by 9 AM, but it was all worth it. I think we wore David and Donna out. LOL.

Brian and I got a $250 gift card from our credit card rewards points a few weeks ago so that is what we used. We figured that it would go a longer ways with the Black Friday discounts. We had a couple of things going for us: outlet store prices and huge Black Friday discounts.

As soon as we got there, I was in serious shopping mode. I had to slow down for the old folks. LOL. We didn’t get to hit all the stores I wanted to hit, but we got to shop at all the important ones.

I only have 2 pairs of jeans left that fit me so I was determined to get some jeans out of the trip. I got 2 pairs of jeans at the Levi’s Outlet for $40. Not bad. I also got some work clothes from the Ann Taylor Outlet, my favorite store at Legends. They were doing 50% off everything in the store, including clearance items.

Brian and I are proudest of our Nike Outlet loot: a pair of running shoes for him (he wanted some new ones because his Shox are worn out and don’t provide good support any more), two pairs of workout pants for him, a pair of workout pants for me and a workout top for me. We got all of that for about $100. Can you believe it? Usually $100 only gets you a pair of shoes.



There was a bag at the Wilsons Leather Outlet that I wanted, but Brian talked me out of it. I also wanted to get some sweaters from the GAP Outlet, but we skipped that store altogether. I could have kept going, but my companions were getting tired and Brian was starving.


Lunch was at Dave & Buster’s. That place is so much fun. Donna had never been to one and it had been several years for Brian’s dad. The food there is so-so, but you don’t really go for the food. You go for the arcade games.






The machine gun thing was my favorite; this time around anyway. Time flies when you’re at D&B. Two and a half hours later it was time to go. Brian wanted to make it home in time for a short nap before we went to The Alley for Becca’s birthday party.

So that’s our Black Friday adventure for 2009. How about you? How did you spend Black Friday this year?

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Thanksgiving 2009

Posted on November 28, 2009 by under Family.    

Mom decided that she was going to host Thanksgiving this year so Brian and I ended up with two Thanksgiving dinners the other day. Our first one was at 2 PM at Brian’s parent’s house. It’s our traditional Brubaker Thanksgiving, complete with Phase 10 post-grubbing.




I have no idea why my father-in-law is making that face. Don’t ask. LOL.

Thanksgiving at the Brubakers’ consisted of grandma and grandpa Brubaker, Brian’s parents, Chad, Brian and me. We held Chad hostage that day (sorry Cory and April — that is why he didn’t make it to you guys’ place) and took him to my mom’s turkey-less Thanksgiving so he could try some Filipino food, which he said he never had before.


Jenni, Jen and Armando were there. A couple of mom’s friends joined us also. Sadly, the Cannadys couldn’t make it because they were already stuffed from multiple Thanksgiving feasts themselves. Apple and Andrew were in Louisiana, and David and Donna opted not to come because Donna had a headache.


Oh, and we didn’t end up being turkey-less at mom and dad’s after all because Armando brought Cajun turkey from Louisiana. That’s how it looked above after it was carved and ravaged. LOL.


This is supposed to be humba, but the picture is too dark.


Chad didn’t mind the pancit. He actually likes vermicelli noodles.



Dinuguan is pictured above. Yum! Made Chad eat it without telling him what it’s made of; I’m mean, I know. He didn’t like it too much, I think.

Lumpia is a popular favorite. No Filipino feast is complete without it. I had a picture of the sisig too, but I guess it didn’t make it to Flickr. Bummer. I personally don’t like sisig. I managed to talk chad into trying it. He didn’t mind the flavor as much as the texture. It is a bit weird.

Here are some pictures from Thanksgiving last year. We played Phase 10 then too, as we do every year.

How about you? How did you spend Thanksgiving Day?

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