Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Heart is Here.

HidyHo! I am so excited right now that I have to jump ahead a few weeks and tell you about the article I just ran across while reading the Loveland Connection (our mini newspaper).

If you are a regular visitor of my blog, you probably know by now that I have a minor obsession with finding "Hearts" in Loveland. They are these life size hearts, each different in its own way, and are located in various locations in Loveland. I mean come'on, hearts in a town named Loveland. I love it! So as i find them, I post them to my blog. Well I was just flipping through the paper and a small caption caught my eye. It said, "Artists sought for city project" Well if I wasn't an artist before, I am now! Engaging Loveland, Inc. is looking for artists to submit designs for a new 2010 heart!

The fortunate part of this is...I could be famous and have my very own heart in Loveland! The unfortunate part is...the article spoiled my "heart hunt" by informing me that there are 18 hearts placed throughout the community. I have to tell you, it was so exciting discovering each of the 8 hearts that I have found so far. After each discovery, I figured, that was it..there couldn't possibly be any more. Well I have come to three conclusions.. the first is that my assumption was wrong...the second is finding the next heart isn't going to be a surprise and...third I have my work cut out for me. I have 10 more to find. Don't doubt me though!

Speaking of heart discoveries, Scott and I had this brilliant idea of driving through neighborhoods the other day, in hopes of finding a location that could one day be the perfect spot for our first house. Well on our drive we found another heart! Maybe that's the neighborhood for us :)

It reminded me of a school bus! Oh and this is heart #8!

Okay so here's the deal... my excitement level is probably comparable to a 5 year old on Christmas morning. No joke! I am considering myself a local artist (I am considered a "local" by now, right?) and I need your help coming up with suggestions for the next heart. I have to submit it by November 20... so think hard and fast. In the mean time, my "creative self" is going to probably lose sleep over this tonight. Keep your fingers crossed that next year I will be posting a picture of my very own heart somewhere in this lovely land.

Oh and guess what else... my excitement has lead me to research this "Engaging Loveland, Inc." website and that site lead me to an entire map of the Loveland HeART Project. The map has each of the 18 heart locations marked. Oh and just so you know, I refuse to cheat with my "heart hunt" - I "X'ed" out of the map! Trust me.

I also took 10 seconds out of my evening to act like a 70 year old woman who cuts coupons out of the Sunday paper....I cut this article out and stuck it to my refrigerator for encouragement.

I apologize for this random blog, but I had to tell someone about this and i figured all of you PA folks could join in the excitement. I'll be back soon and for the record I miss all of you. My *heart* is always with you guys :) oj.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hello Germany!

Guten Tag from Oktober Fest in Fort Collins! (Yes thats hello in German)

What better way to celebrate our German Heritage than at Oktoberfest! Although we wished we had been drinking a beer stein in the heart of Germany...downtown Ft. Collins was the best we could do. We stood in long lines waiting for steins full of American beer and then again for a Bratwurst and Haschee Knodel. Yes, those are a few German food favorites, for all of you non-German folks!


While sitting in the grass, eating our German specialties and sipping our steins we admired the German dirndls, lederhosen, bavarian clothing, fall aromas, german melodies and dances.

Maybe next year we will wear our own costumes. This year, the ones painted here were good enough for us! :)


Look at them go! I tried to get Scott to go out and do the Chicken Dance with me, but he wasn't interested.

The Oktoberfest in Ft. Collins was very enjoyable and brought back several pastimes celebrating at my family reunions. Actually, at one time I could recite several prayers in German and used to practice them with my grandfather. Now I am lucky if i can recite them in Engligh. No, I'm kidding, but maybe one day when I'm feeling spontaneous I will learn them again. And maybe someday I will have the opportunity to visit and witness the legendary and traditional ritual of tapping the first barrel of Oktoberfest-beer in the land of Munich, Germany. Oh the joys of dreaming...

Adios for now kids! I know I am slacking again, but I'll be back soon with more of my life. Until then, be good and smile. OJ<3

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Do You Have a Heart?

OH MY GOSH! Hello...

I just realized I forgot to post my most recent "heart" discoveries. I promised to post new "Loveland" hearts when I found them... and look at me... slacking again! Now let me fill you in on a brief story of how we discovered these new hearts. (I am up to #7!)

About a month and a half ago, it finally hit me that my new life in Loveland, really wasn't a vacation. I think I finally accepted the fact that my daily routine involves wearing PJ's on any random day of the week, not socializing with people, and not learning about current events in the classroom. My only highlight, besides seeing Scott's smiling face in the morning and evening, is walking to the mailbox hoping to pass the maintenance man along the way. Sounds thrilling, huh! (Okay, so I have made a friend or two since then) But in order to solve this "sometimes" lonely feeling, I got this BRIGHT idea that a dog would be the perfect companion for me.

Now any one that knows me is probably wondering what happened to me. Let's just say I don't fit in the "Dog Lover" category. Although, believe or not, I became a broken record...sending emails to Scott everyday of new dogs that I found at the local humane society, researching dog after dog on the Internet, and cutting out clips from the Loveland newspaper of people who were giving dogs away. All the while... not getting even a slightest interest from Scott.

I must have gotten on his nerves a little, because he finally agreed to go with me to the Larimer County Humane Society and while driving back we discovered two hearts! At this point, I had completely forgotten about the dogs and just wanted my picture with the hearts. Well for the first time in my life I didn't have my camera on me. S0, a few days later, we were on the same road (not going to the Humane Society) and Scott said, "Do you have your camera with you?" In fact, I did, and while driving to the first one, I discovered a third! I was one happy girl that day.

So here they are....
Look I have wings! No really, I believe that was a wind turbine inside of that heart.

It's a cherry tree and my favorite heart yet. YUM!

Don't ask... I couldn't figure it out either. But hey - it's a heart, so it counts!

Oh and let's just say I have had a change of heart (ha!) about the whole dog situation and it seems that the roles have been reversed. We "dog-sat" for Scott's parents two weeks ago and I found out that having a dog barking in the background while you are trying to make calls, doesn't work out so well. Plus, I realized I value my sleep a little too much... and having a dog running up-and-down your body and around your head in the middle of the night, doesn't allow for a well rested night of sleep. Although, since Scott had a little taste of a "dog companion" that week, he has wanted a dog ever since.

Although I think I am going to play his game now and have no interest :) (Shh... don't tell him that) Oh and Carol and Fred - we will be more than willing to watch little Toby anytime, just as long as we can give him back! Hehe.

Adios for the evening. Come back soon - and - until then, be good and smile. oj<3

PS. We did find out that a dogs best friend (or greatest enemy) are fish... or maybe, just maybe, he has his identity confused with a cat...

Yes that's Toby, face to face with a fish!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I Drew a New Face & I Laughed

Heyya! It's me...

I took a week off from this Colorado life and visited my friends and family back in PA a few weeks ago. Thinking I would be sad and all, after I returned to CO (which I was)... I had the perfect 'remedy' to cheer me up. And that was a trip to Red Rocks Amphitheater to see the real Jason Mraz himself, in concert.

Not only was the concert awesome, but experiencing a concert at Red Rocks is well... completely unexplainable! The venue itself is awesome - and - that's before the actual "star performer" even steps on stage! The acoustics are so great, that you can actually feel the vibrations off the rocks throughout the show. Now just imagine if it were Pearl Jam or Dave Matthews up on that stage... then it'd really be rockin!

I am going to leave this blog rather short... and let the pictures tell the experience...

This was a photo taken from our seats. You can see a corner of the stage in the bottom right corner - but check out that Denver Skyline in the background!

No caption needed :)The stage before the performance...

Introducing Jason Mraz! Woo!
One of the many red rocks...

...and here's the photo taken from Jason's view. Compliments of Jason! (Go ahead, click on the link. I dare you :) We are somewhere out there, 48 rows back!

Now, just one note, if you EVER get the chance to visit Red Rocks, not even for a concert, but just a visit... definitely go! The visitor center itself is worth it. Thanks for stopping by and come back soon. I promise to get you all caught up on my lovely Colorado life. Until then, be good and smile. oj.

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