I was recently in Lisbon, Portugal, for Web Summit and had planned to stay near the conference the whole time. It was a wonderful surprise when Martinhal Chiado Family Suites reached out and asked if I would like to stay with them for part of my time in their town. They had just opened a new hotel in the fantastic Chiado neighborhood. Lucky for me, the night I stayed there, Web Summit was holding a "Night Summit" nearby - Night Summit being a code word for "party". So I got to explore a hotel that I definitely plan to return to with my family, tucked in an area of town I would have been exploring that night anyway. Perfect!
Recently, we headed up the hill from Denver to check out the new "yurt village" at YMCA's Snow Mountain Ranch. Sometimes we Denverites forget how much beauty is so close to us, just a quick drive away. The yurts are a great option for families that want to camp, but still have some luxuries... you know - like electricity and beds. Each yurt can sleep up to 6 people, with one queen bed and two bunked beds. And! You can bring your dog. Something I will definitely keep in mind for next time.
I love how things come together fortuitously. Recently, I was chatting with friends in the social media world about all the projects I have been doing - and want to do - around the house. A big one for this fall includes painting my bedroom - the first time it will be done in the 16 years we have owned this house - eeks. And the other was a massive cleanout of our garage that had been filled from floor to ceiling with leftovers of actually living in this space for 16 years. I had been pondering what to do with old paint, and my friends pointed me to PaintCare.
- PaintCare is the organization that oversees the official paint recycling program in Colorado and eight other states across the U.S.
- PaintCare’s goal is to teach people in Colorado to “Buy Right” - which means to buy the right amount of paint; to “Use it Up” - which means to find ways to use up leftover paint; and “Recycle the Rest” - to recycle unwanted paint.
- There are more than 145 sites for Coloradans to recycle their paint.
Last month, I interviewed Young The Giant's drummer in advance of the Denver Bud Light Party. It was a fun night - full of music, the arts - and of course, beer. Young The Giant released their latest album Amerika that same week, and if you haven't listened to it yet - be sure to check it out. It's their best yet (in my opinion) and I was blown away by their live show. Young The Giant returns to Denver for two nights at the Ogden Theater in early November. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="700"] Live street art at Denver's Bud Light Party[/caption] Opener The Strumbellas were also lots of fun, and big crowd pleasers. These guys return in December for KTCL Channel 93.3's annual Not So Silent Night music festival - and tickets for that go on sale this Friday.
Note: I was compensated for this post. However, I was happy to write about my love of music and concerts!We've all heard of DieHard, right? But did you know everything they actually do? I didn't - before they asked me to help spread the word for their "From The Start" contest. I took a look at the DieHard site and realized they are much more than car batteries, like we grew up with. They also have portable power products, phone cases, flashlights, high-performance work boots and more. Work boots? Given the fact that I am still recovering from two, count em TWO, sprained ankles that I acquired while photographing a concert - I was intrigued!
I'm A DieHard Music Fan.[caption id="attachment_13598" align="alignnone" width="700"] Foo Fighters with Monika[/caption]
You guys! I was lucky enough to chat with Francois Comtois, drummer for Young The Giant, ahead of their appearance at Denver's convention stop on the Bud Light Party tour. We only had a few minutes, but he was super nice as we talked about their new album Home of the Strange and working with Bud Light. If you aren't sure what the "Bud Light Party" is, exactly - they have been throwing FREE concerts all over the country with all kinds of bands and artists to highlight diversity and fun during this crazy election season. It's not about politics, it's about getting together with your pals and caucusing for a good time. Rules to win tickets differ by city but check out the site to get yours (21+ only). In Denver, we were lucky enough to have The Strumbellas and Young The Giant perform at the Fillmore Auditorium, with art installations, photo booths and lots of free Bud Light. All while seeing two great bands most of us would absolutely have paid to see. Thanks Bud Light!