Remember those pop-up books that we had as kids? Well imagine that in real life except with the Bible and that is sorta what a trip Israel is like. Literally each day we stood, walked, worshiped, and prayed right where it all took place. It was amazing. That doesn’t even begin to describe the whole experience, but it’s the best I got right now. If you want the non-cliff notes version then we can get coffee and I’ll tell you all about it. Deal?
On a related note, I need to get some good pictures from that trip. I took silly photos and videos on my Iphone and just figured I would download everyone else’s quality photos; however, that has yet to happen so here are some of my silly shots: (Sorry if you follow me on Instagram, because these are the same photos).
Rolling Stones…. get it?
My old man turned the big 57 in ISRAEL!! That is real cool.
Aunty Marie and I….. somewhere??
My new friend Annie and I.
Best mustache of all time…
En Gedi Falls with the Pops.
My new job….
Hey where is Chuck??? Bobble head!!
The whole crew. Trip of a lifetime.
Now onto the next adventure!
For now that looks like finding a new place to live because my landlord is selling the house!?!?!? Sad. Driving my new 4wd in the mountains during wintertime because I got in a nice little wreck… poor Scotty…. Crested Butte here I come!
And likely some other adventures that have yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned.
bride POLICE! (Phew… dodged a bullet) Ha. Get it?
Shit just got real.
I went to Crested Butte. Again. On a Tuesday no less. I wanted to see the leaves changing colors. Success. Probably the most beautiful time of year up there in the good ole’ Butte.
Drive 5 hours to CB. 4 because I drive REALLY fast.
Saw Paul Walker on the top of Monarch Pass. Okay not really. They were apparently filming the “Fast and the Furious 110″ up there. Cool.
Stop in Gunnison for coffee.
Drive to Gunnison National Forest. Obama really closed the National Parks. What a cool dude. NOT.
Drive to CB. Eat a burrito. Grow a burrito baby.
Walk around CB. So freaking pretty.
Go to bed at 8pm. I am cool.
Wake up at 5am. Go to Camp for Coffee. <—- Best coffee ever. Bible Study. <—-Best book ever.
Eat the world’s largest MOST tasty pancake. This is only a half serving!!!!! (I only ate half)
Go for a hike (broke into the National Forest). Marvel at the beauty. Ice my knee with snow. Contemplate life.
That’s it. Repeat. Soon.
Here is a cool dude. He’s my favorite. We’re going to ISRAEL in 29 days. Waaaahooooo!!!
Feeling like I should make a list. I need to buy a pumpkin.
Have a good night.
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Last week I decided it was a great day to hike the Manitou Springs Incline. Silly. At 8:30 am I was approximately half way up the incline. By this point I was regretting every decision I made that day and had just been passed by an old man. He told me to just keep moving and if I needed to catch my breath to just slow down, but never stop. Ha! I had to sit at one point so the world would stop spinning and my heartbeat left my head. Ugh. It was awful. I finished and hiked down, but the only thing that got me through was the anticipation of checking out a new coffee shop in town!! So I ‘strolled’ off the incline and headed to Marika’s. At the coffee shop I saw the old man that lapped me on the incline. I said “Hey! You’re the guy that lapped me on the Incline!” He said his name was Joe and we chatted for bit. Well…. turns out he hiked up the incline twice by the time I got up and down ONCE. Fail. He did say that he has hiked that darn incline twice a day for 250 days. Crazy.
I got roped into a stein hoisting competition at Denver’s Oktoberfest. Yes. Random. So the women’s record before I went was at 2:50. I set the new record. 5:10. Haha. It was fun.
What I learned from these experiences:
1. Try new things.
2. Get out of your comfort zone at least once a week.
3. Bring water when you hike the Incline.
4. Talk to random strangers at coffee shops. Sometimes you’ll meet some really great people.
5. Winning stein hoisting competitions is NOT sexy. Men don’t date women beasts. Promise. Hmmm…. maybe I should do it professionally since I don’t want to date!! Bingo. I think I’m on to something.
Well… BIG week coming up. Ch-ch-changes.
Who wants to come to the Circus on Thursday?
Ok have a great week. Thanks for stopping by!
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I really wish that I could report that in the moment of receiving bad/disappointing news this week I responded like Tim Tebow. Unfortunately that is not the case. When I received the news, even after much preparation and prayer, I pouted. Yep. Pouted, then was extremely self deprecating follow by being a chump. Way to go Schanell. To top it off I had a dentist appointment later in the day to look at my possible dead and rotting tooth (gross). I loathe the dentist.
So at the dentist I explained the symptoms, they took x-rays, and they told me my tooth was fine. Yep, I just grind my teeth like crazy and it pissed off my tooth. Great news! Then the dentist and I chatted about life. It was so great! It was like a counseling session mixed with teeth cleaning.
God works ALL things together for good. True. Start believing it.
Fun fact: When drinking espresso you must know that Heavy Cream> Half and Half.
UCF Football> Penn State Football.
Also….150 wall-balls for time is just silly. “Karen-Crossfit WOD”. I haven’t been this sore since college. Thunder Thighs CHECK. Quadzilla. Yup.
I’m going left.
I was tempted to hashtag that title but then I realized I am 27, and I am far to old to do that. Just ask my knee, ankle, and lower back. #oldwomanbones <— just had to do it.
Well I’m sure most of you heard about Tim Tebow. If not, get with the program and watch ESPN. What I want to talk about is how he handled his ‘rejection’ of sorts. As he was being interviewed about his release from the Patriots, he said something that really struck me….
“I’m blessed, because of my faith, that I don’t have to worry about the future because I know who holds my future. It’s something I try to live by. It really gives you a lot of peace in whatever circumstance I’m in.”-Tim Tebow
Golly. That is impressive. I sure do hope that the next time I face rejection, uncertainty about the future, or any type of disappointment I can honestly say that, “I will be okay because I know who holds my future”…. Hope and trust in Jesus. Always. Way to go Tebow… now come back to Denver.
In other unrelated and unexciting news….. It is September. That means it’s almost time for a trip to Crested Butte. Well not really, but I will take any reason to go up there….Who’s with me?
Alright well get back to work. And just because I couldn’t resist… enjoy this gem.
AND… don’t we make a great couple! Both athletic, both love Jesus…. haha. Jk.
Hey people. How are you? Have you missed me? Yeah I didn’t think so.
Big things are happening!! After a whole year and a half of working graveyards, I have moved back to the land of the living. It is amazing to sleep in the nighttime. Well its nice to just sleep. I have taken the foil off my windows, so my neighbors no longer think I am a weirdo. Well maybe they do? I also got internet! Movin on up…. too bad I never use it. The fact is that change is a comin. We all know how much I love change… NOT. Other recent changes… I’m a year older. I shaved 1.5 minutes off my Diane time in less than a month, and I am not engaged anymore. (Sorry I was still getting congrats just today and I need to let the masses know somehow)…. Tacky. Less tacky then a Facebook post. Whatever. Most importantly… my pops got me a espresso maker for my world emergence day (birthday). It has changed my life. Well actually it’s killed my social life, but who needs one of those anyways.
You might be wondering why I think life is like a pinata, or you might not. If you are, continue reading…If not, have a good day : )
Remember when you were a kid and got ready to play the pinata game at some kids birthday? Remember the anticipation of gathering all of the delicious candy off of the ground after someone successfully whacked the crap out of the pinata. Well as we all know it can be quite the hassle to get that pesky thing to break open. Often times it takes all of the kids whaling on the pinata multiple times for the darn thing to break open. However, when it does it is so awesome. Right? How lame would it be if the parents, after many failed attempts, just stepped in and broke the pinata open with their hands and dumped out the candy. That spoils all of the fun.
Well I am learning that life is sorta like a game of pinata. Often times we try and fail. We get frustrated when it feels like there is no progress being made. Or maybe we kinda feel like the pinata, taking whack after whack. You get the point. The really cool thing is that sooner (and, unfortunately, sometimes much later) the pinata breaks open. Whatever you may have been battling against or enduring is finally resolved and you understand what all of the struggle was for. So if your facing something that just seems like it will never be resolved or you feel like life is dealing some blows, just keep truckin along. Sooner or later things will sort themselves out.
Enough rambling from me… go out and do something fun. Like rollerblading. Rollerblading through Denver is REAL fun. Dangerous. But fun.
I think I would write more blogs if I didn’t think I would offend half the people I know. So I zip it up and just think about it. Well probably tell my pops about it…. then delete it from my ‘blog’ options. Yes… I think about what to blog a lot.
I need to get a life.
I had an epiphany the other day. Ready for this let down??? So….I was going on and on to my pops about how someone I know should go and try something and stop waiting for everything to be perfect blah blah blah (<—-this is the crap that will offend people). Then I stopped and realized that most of the advice/crap I dish out I should probably listen to myself. Yuppp. I am a big projector-o-stuff-I-should-do-myself. Way to be Schanell. Golly.
Oh more exciting news…. I found out where my people are from! Whoop. Ok no Leasa Weimer, my cool cousin, emailed me our family genealogy awhile back. Turns out that my great great great grandparents are from Trondheim, Norway. So I’m basically a Viking. Ok maybe not; however, it accounts for my man-hands and my brick-house shoulders. That is just weird to say. I am going to go there after the Israel trip. Stoked. Do I have any friends/family living there?? Holler at me if you live there and reading this blog. Please? I will visit! We will have fun!
Most exciting news!!! Leasa Weimer had a baby girl!!! Aspen is her name and I am so exited to meet her!!! I would have inserted a picture, but didn’t want to without permission. She’s really cute… I may have to pay royalties and we all know I can’t afford that : ) I am technically her second cousin, but that is boring to say. So I am the cool aunt. I am no longer the youngin in the family either!! Oohhh yeah I feel a wrinkle comin on.
Yay for horrible grammar and spelling and blogging skills altogether. Bring it up with my editor.
Advice of the week: Do NOT do 10 minutes of consecutive handstands. It hurts REAL bad. I’m only smiling for the photo. Promise.
Keep it classy.
Fun fact: My decisions lately, good or bad, have made really good stories. That’s all.
Also, I think my love of carrots has come to an end. Sad. What is going on??
Where have I been lately… hmmm… the Pops and I went to Basalt/Carbondale/Glenwood Springs to celebrate Father’s Day for our 2nd annual fly fishing adventure. Well fly fishing for him… I mostly just stood in the water holding a pole. It’s REAL pretty up there; however, when planning a fishing trip make sure NOT to go when the melt-off is at it’s peak.
The next weekend I went to Orlando. I sure do love humidity, the ocean, sunsets, Jeremiah’s, and all my friends from the good ole’ college days.
Oh man and the CrossFit gym in Orlando is ridiculous. 20,000 square feet of gym happy space! www.crossfitcountry.com check it out.
Alrighty. That was all utterly mind-numbing. Chew on this nugget of goodness/last quote I read from In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson….
“Embrace relational uncertainty. It’s called romance. Embrace spiritual uncertainty. It’s called mystery. Embrace occupational uncertainty. It’s called destiny. Embrace emotional uncertainty. It’s called joy. Embrace intellectual uncertainty. It’s called revelation.”
A friend of mine and I were talking this past week about how I loathed wind. Yes… that’s weird to talk about but whatever. Anyways, I didn’t like it all….and now I do. Well…. only if I am surrounded by aspen trees and hiking in Crested Butte. Today I was doing just that, and the sound the wind made in the trees was AMAZING. So I like the wind. That’s that. See I’m not that stubborn. : )
However, I don’t like herds of deer running ten feet in front of me out of nowhere. Ok there were only 3 deer, but they seriously ran across the hiking path and I freaked. Too bad it’s not hunting season. I am kidding. Don’t call PETA. Bambie is safe for now.
But look at this photo. This is real life.
I am at a new coffee shop. It’s about 100 degrees. I’m sitting in direct sunlight. I ordered a hot americano. Winning. This place is cool though (in the non-literal sense of course). It’s called Black Eye Coffee Shop. I’ve always wanted a black eye. That would be badass. I digress. Check it out. It’s in the Highlands.
I have to admit something. I watch the Bachelor and Bachelorette. Lame I know. A new season just started and I watched the first episode last Tuesday. I am usually amped to watch this show on Hulu, but about two minutes into the first episode I noticed my feelings about this show have changed. Why you ask? Well relationships are no joke. Entering into them with ‘stupid-tinted’ glasses is just silly. Yes. I am saying that Desiree (the new bachelorette) is in love la la land. These dudes are basic strangers, living in a fairy-tale, traveling all over the world, all while their real lives are on pause. So of course you will get sucked up into love la la land. Then boom. Camera’s are off and things get real. Most of the relationships end. That’s no good. Face it f you don’t make sure all of your ducks are in a row, crap can get real messy. Truth. Trust me on that one.
In other news… I am on the move again!!! I finally can live up to the “Where in the world is Schanell” aspect of this blog. Stoked. This weekend I’m headed to the Butte. Next Glenwood Springs, and then off to good ole’ Orlando. Should be a good time. I’ll make sure to write of my adventures or bore you with stupid stories.
Wear sunscreen. Drink iced coffee. Run ONLY when chased.