So many things to talk about! First though, I should reiterate that Jen is still the awesomest and greatest girl there is. She's amazing and lovely. Just wanted to make sure you all knew that.
Okay, so here are some other things that have been going on:
My friends Tony and Risa were in town. They were here for a meeting and came early to spend some time with Jen and myself. My parents came up from where they're at in Westcliffe to see them too. Tony is a friend of mine from back in the 5th grade, so my parents know him well too. Tony, Risa, Jen and I went for a hike up near Mount Evans on a trail called Chief Mountain. We got to see the aspens at the height of their glorious color changes. The hike was good too, even though we got snowed on a little bit. I will have some pictures up sometime in the not too distant future. We grabbed some coffee in Idaho Springs on the way down and then came back for pizza and games with my parents as well. Jen handily won a game of Settlers with the Seafarers expansion.
Sunday, my folks, Tony and Risa and I went down to my church and got some lunch afterwards and walked along the Platte. Then Tony and Risa left for their meeting and my parents and I went up Jen's parents' house for dinner and a good evening. The drive back was scary though, because it was dark and rainy and my windshield wipers were not dealing well with the mixture of spray and pitch on my windshield.
Today, I rode in to work over mud and debris left by some weekend flooding. I even got to ride past a dead rat that was about 5 inches long or so. Fun stuff! This evening I rode over to REI and finally picked up some sandals; my first pair of Keens. They're quite comfortable and hopefully won't be the gravel magnet my current sandals have been. From there I went to the library and picked up Anathem by Neal Stephenson. I need to hurry up and finish A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz so I can crack open this highly-anticipated 1,000+ page tome.
I got home and had some left over pizza before heading to the store on my way to an interview for membership at my church. As I got out, my phone rang and it was the pastor wondering where I was. I thought my meeting was at 8, rather than the 7 o'clock appointment I had signed up for. D'oh!
Let's see. What else was I going to post about? Oh, yeah. Jen and I watched Vice Presidential debates on Thursday. I thought it went pretty well. Biden wasn't a jerk and Palin didn't melt down. I think Biden showed himself to be more knowledgeable and experienced and able to answer the question that was asked, though Palin was very personable and down home. So no definitive decisions yet.
Unfortunately, the more I see of her and read about her, the more she reminds me of our current president. Think about it: a young governor from a large oil-producing state with little experience and not the smartest candidate on the playing field, but a very personable, down-to-earth demeanor and a strong faith. Also, they both have good blue collar appeal and want to give the vice president more power than they should wield.
And still no decision on a phone yet, either. With all this going on, you can see that I haven't had the time! So maybe I should stop writing this blog post and get on it!