Great Wold Lodge Colorado Springs - Family Travel Fun
May 2017

Family Fun at Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs

Note: Our stay was sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge. However, all words and images are mine.

We had never been to a Great Wolf Lodge before they asked a bunch of Colorado bloggers to visit for the opening weekend of their Colorado Springs resort a few months ago. They chose the Centennial State as their 15th location and I had always heard it was a vacation all in of itself, with the water park as the front and center attraction… but I didn’t realize there was really so much more to do.

Great Wolf Lodge - Colorado Springs Family Travel

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

Yes, of course, we loved the large indoor water park (with nearby pool bar) that includes a huge water tree fort (Colorado style) and various water slides for various ages. My teen’s favorite was the Wolf Tail, a tube where the floor literally drops out from underneath you. My 47-year-old self was happy to sit in the wave pool and watch all that business from afar. Very far afar. Continue reading…

Green Day - Against Me - Concert Photos Denver
Apr 2017

Green Day & Against Me Concert Photos from 1st Bank Denver

I have wanted to see Green Day in concert for a good long while. It was insane to finally photograph them along with Against Me at 1st Bank Center recently – this band may have been around for over 30 years, but they are still kicking much ass. This was the first stop in Denver for the Revolution Radio tour; they return to Fiddler’s Green in August.

Nope. Age has not slowed these guys down. It was hard to keep up with Billie Joe Armstrong and he ran all over the stage as well as up and down the catwalk. Several times he brought fans up on stage and encouraged them to stage dive.

I admit that *I* showed my age, tearing up as I thought about how any of those kids could have been my own 14 year old son.

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Why Hillary Lost 2016
Apr 2017

Why Hillary Lost & Where We Go From Here

The post-mortems on why Hillary lost are finally in full swing and I’m in agreement with the gist: the media misrepresented her, didn’t correct lies about her, and the Comey letter sealed the deal. She also, of course, made mistakes herself, especially by misreading the angst and mood of the country.

Here’s the thing, I am/was/will always be a fan of Hillary Clinton. Is she a perfect person or candidate? No. Do I agree with every part of her platform? No. But she is brilliant and spent her life fighting for children and healthcare.

Did I want her to run this time? I was only against it because of exactly what happened. She got beat up – again. She has baggage, almost 100% of it lies or ridiculous twistings of the truth – but people just can’t seem to get past their hate. Continue reading…

24 Hours in Paris! Plan your perfect layover trip.
Apr 2017

24 Hours in Paris: Plan The Perfect Day!

When I attended the Web Summit in Lisbon last year, I was having trouble getting a straightforward flight. So, I decided to take advantage of the proximity to other countries in Europe plus the fact that I had never been to France, and route myself through Paris for a one day layover. I only had 24 hours there though, so I was going to make the most of it!

Trust me, I know this list is A LOT TO DO! I did not tour inside many of these famous attractions. You could spend hours, or even days, at any of them and make this quite a longer trip. Since I was by myself, I was in complete control of my travels – which made it easier to speed up or slow down as needed. What I packed into a day could easily be spread out, especially with kids. A long weekend, for sure. *I* was out for maximum exposure within walking distance within the short time I had!

24 Hours in Paris: Plan Your Perfect Trip. Including Notre Dame, Louvre and Eiffel Tower! Continue reading…

Apr 2017

Music Lover

Clearly I love music. Sometimes I feel like a freak because of how much I love music. My first job was in a record store. I can’t stand it when there is silence in the house; I have music on all the time.

Growing up, my mom didn’t care one way or the other about music. But there were three things that played in our house: German polka music, Elvis Presley, and Billy Joel.

As I grew up, I made mix tape upon mix tape – then CDs – to try and expand my mom’s horizons. She just did not care. Continue reading…