October has been a whirlwind for Adam and me, so I'm glad we're finally heading into November. We had something scheduled to take over every single weekend this month, all fun things but not necessarily small things.
First was our one-year anniversary, which we celebrated quite modestly with brunch and an afternoon at Denver's Oktoberfest. We were pleasantly surprised to find that our year-old wedding cake was actually pretty tasty.
The next weekend, Adam went to Ohio for his cousin's wedding and I stayed home to gear up for the rest of the month. Our house was sparkling clean, and Adam had a great time eating Skyline Chili and celebrating with his family.
The next Friday, my sister and her boyfriend Daniel flew in for a long weekend. We toured New Belgium brewery, visited Garden of the Gods, and hiked around Red Rocks Amphitheater, plus a whole bunch of other fun stuff.
Oh, and Adam ran a half marathon that Sunday. There was a 5k race too, so Mary and I ran it just for fun, since we had already planned to go watch Adam. It was good because it ended up being freezing cold that day, so it helped us stay warm while we waited for Adam to cross the finish line. I'm so proud of him!
Last weekend it was my turn to visit Ohio for my cousin's wedding, so I left the day after dropping Erin and Daniel off at the airport. I had a good visit home, and the wedding was so much fun. In fact, despite the fact that I had to get up at 4am to catch my flight back to Colorado the next morning, I stayed up until 1:30 spending time with my cousins and siblings.
My flight was so early because my weekend wasn't over yet! I came home from the airport, cleaned myself up, and drove to Christina's bridal shower to take care of my matron of honor duties. It was a lot of fun, and I'm pleased to say that I won first prize in the "how well do you know Christina and Justin" quiz. (Which, it would have been pretty embarrassing if I hadn't, right?) I drank about ten cups of coffee to stay awake, then drove back home to have dinner with my in-laws, who were in town for the Notre Dame-Air Force football game. Then I passed out about 15 minutes after we said goodbye, because I could barely stand up any longer.
So I'm looking forward to November, which will hopefully be a little quieter. I'll slip in this bit of boring (but big) news here: I was laid off in mid-September, so despite having a lot of extra time on my hands this month, I spent a lot of it trying to figure out what to do next. I'm confident that I'll be moving on to something even better, but it's this in-between space that is tricky to navigate. So long, October! It was fun but I'm going to go tweak my resume and take a nap.