Friday, September 28, 2012

Top Ten Things I Love About Colorado

     When I was in college, one of my best friends was named Amy.  She was from New Jersey and at that time, she was one of the funniest people I had ever met.  I have a picture of a pee stain in our hallway where we laughed so hard one of us peed all over the floor.  (I'm going to go ahead and just blame that one on her.)
     Our sophomore year, we lived in the same room together and somehow during that time, we started 'publishing' a top ten list.  Every Wednesday night, by 10pm, we would have it posted on our door.  I wish I could find some of them.  I can not for the life of me think of any topic, but I do know they were funny.  The rest of our hall would be waiting outside our door for it to be posted.  (I'm thinking they were hard pressed for entertainment.)  We could hardly get them done because we were laughing so hard at ourselves.  Those were the good ol' days.
     I'm publishing this list on my own... no one's sitting outside my door waiting for it to be finished.  Maybe I should have relished in the limelight a little more back then.  But, without further adieu... here are the Top Ten Things I Love About Colorado.

10.  There's weird people here...
        and they find me (see last two posts).  It is the one constants in my life right now, weird people,     and it gives me something to write about it.

9.  The regular people.

     Unlike the South, or certain places in the midwest, most people haven't lived their whole lives here.  I rarely went anywhere in Ohio (my city) where I didn't know someone. One time, when I was really sad about the possibility of moving here, I said to a friend, "I'm not going to know people every where I go in Colorado!!"  My friend said, "April, no one is going to miss that but you."

    Anyway, people here are really friendly.  One of my first friends also has a little girl from China that is the exact same age as Emme... and they love each other.  So fun!  Think God planned that out?

8.  Milk delivery.
     What in the world?  No hormones and all that other good stuff.... or not with all the good stuff... however you want to look at it.  I don't care.  They deliver and it's WAY better than the milk at the grocery store.  And, if that wasn't enough, they also deliver eggs (1-2 days old), butter, orange juice, half and half, bread, sour cream, yogurt... and on and on and on.  The prices are about the same as the grocery store... except the milk is $.80 more per gallon (but totally worth it).  The delivery charge..... drum roll please..... $3 per month.  AND (big fat AND) if you run out of milk for some reason during the week, they bring more... NO CHARGE!!!
     We love Friday mornings.  We run downstairs to see what the milkman left.

Leaving out our order on Thursday night.

Friday Morning

7.   No bugs!
      Well, there are some bugs but not many.  We can sit out at night and not get eaten alive by mosquitos.  We can eat outside without flies landing and barfing (or whatever they do) on our food every 5 seconds.  We can leave our doors wide open.
     I was very annoyed when the only fly in Colorado made his way into our house and landed on my left arm every minute for an hour... until I smashed him flat.  It was rare... that fly in our house ... almost made the news.

6.   The Unlimited Amount of Things To Do
      I don't even know where to start.  The whole state is a huge playground.  Hiking, skiing, fishing, biking, National Parks... it would seriously wear me out to come up with a list.  Use your imagination and google.

5.   Church
      We thought it would take FOREVER to find a church.  We had been warned.  And, after the first week, when we all walked out of church, looked at each other and said, "Nope!", I thought it was the beginning of a LONG hunt.  But, week #2, we went to a church and not one of us could stop talking about it all day. (I'll tell you more later about that week... later... geesh).  We went back week #3, week #4 and no one was opposed to making it our home church.  We LOVE it there!!  The preaching is solid and applicable and that pastor is not afraid to call a sin and sin and let everyone know about it.  There is nothing politically correct about him.... and, we love him!

4.  No traffic... and when and if there is traffic... it's caused by a herd of elk.  Traffic reports you don't hear about in Ohio.

3.  The scenery
      If I ever come up missing, I'm probably just driving around Colorado... looking.  It's GORGEOUS here.  It never gets old.  The mountains can look different every day depending how the sun is hitting or the type of weather.  We went fishing (again) last week (surprise) and I sat at this lake forgetting to watch my bobber because I was starring at the back of Pike's Peak.  Last week, the back side had a lot more snow than the front.  It's beautiful with the snow.  But, it's not just the mountains, it's the rocks and the streams and the waterfalls and the trees and the wildlife.  If you've never been to Colorado, you must put it on your bucket list.  If you are a personal friend of mine, you are always welcome to stay with us!!  (I really mean it!)


2.  The mountains
      When I come out of my bedroom every morning, I see a window in the hall that perfectly frames a huge 14,000 ft mountain.  The last week or so, as the temps have gotten a little cooler, I think we all look to see if there's snow on it.  New snow... more snow.  It's a sad day when the clouds cover the mountains.

1.  The weather.

      No humidity.  Sun EVERY day.  Is there any more to say?

   Sneak peek next post:  Top Ten Things I Hate About Colorado

1 comment:

reyfam1994 said...

Great post! I can relate to all (but the weird people thing!) I, too, LOVE the scenery and never tire of seeing the Front Range in all its majesty every day. It DOES look different every time you look...just stunning.