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Favorite Things – September

I only care one day a year.

You know! Caring about which team to root for.

Growing up in Northern Colorado I really ought to be a CSU fan. Then I went to the University of Colorado and my ‘house of origin’ became a house divided.  You’ve seen the stickers. You know what I’m talking about.

Then I married a Buffalo and my new ‘house’ was united under waves of black and gold. We even brought Dad over to the dark side. He would proudly wear his CU Hat – sweat stains and all. I wish he was here to come over and watch the big Rocky Mountain Showdown  rivalry from the comfort of our living room.

My  favorite things this month?

  1. CU Gear – May I suggest these fine options?

University of Colorado CU Buffaloes Alumni Nation Stripes Flag

NCAA University of Colorado Buffaloes Custom Athletic Crew Socks

Sing the fight song loudly! I’ll be cheering on my Colorado Buffaloes. Who wants to place a bet on the game?

2. Stumptown Coffee

Yes. Again. Coffee. We went on a lovely trip to Portland and I dragged my family around to local coffee shops. I wanted to include these guys on my best vanilla latte in the world contest I’ve got running in my head. Stumptown was delicious, approachable and trendy. They didn’t cringe when I asked for syrup. Very important. I am thrilled to have added this roaster to my list. While they can’t ship me a vanilla latte, I can get some beans. The internet is a magical thing.

3. This Osprey Daypack

My father-in-law took us on an eight mile hike to an old mining town that didn’t really exist. Well I’m sure it did at some point, but when we got there, the only remnants were a post with a sign, and a nice river bed. Try to find the photo on my Instagram.  I was thankful to have this great daypack for hiking. Well, grateful my husband was carrying this great daypack for hiking. Dylan carried the water – I sipped out of the long straw much like a baby cow follows its mother for milk.

4. Lauren Graham’s Book

If you were (still are…?) obsessed with Gilmore Girls in the early 2000’s I highly recommend this book. Think half memoir, half story of the show, this book made me laugh, cry, and feel nostalgic. Amazing to think how much t.v. shows weave their narratives into our lives. Gosh I love Lorelei. Lauren’s perspective is pretty great too.

5. This video.

 

I think this is the kind of thing Olive thinks about all day. Perhaps she even confesses to Cerdito. This video and that puppy may be my new obsession. Much like my Marcel the Shell phase. Who am I kidding? I still love Marcel.

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Giving Light – Madeline H.

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First off, hello! I’m Madeline and it’s nice to ‘meet’ you. I have a Colorado soul but live in Atlanta, Georgia where I’m exploring the urban corners of the city, as well as escaping to the North Georgia Mountains. I enjoy baking, doing Crossfit, reflecting and writing for my personal blog, and spending time with the people I love the most. These are the things that fill me up. These are the things that leave me feeling grateful and these are the things that bring beauty into my days. I lead a busy life so I need to always intentionally run after beauty and grace.

Without further ado, here are the five things I currently find beautiful in my life —-

1. The Japanese maple standing in my front yard.

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Yes, it’s December. Yes, the trees are FINALLY changing in Atlanta and the tree in my front yard was on fire this week. Every time I walked out the front door my breath caught in my chest as I gazed upon this beauty.

2. The MARTA bus drivers that recognize me on my daily commute.

I ride the bus to work every day and I can count on one hand how many different drivers I have had. Greg is a driver I have in the morning who actually knows my name. He makes me feel known and less invisible in this world.

3. The Buffs playing in the PAC12 championship.

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All I have to say is — the rise is real y’all. I’m so proud to be a buff.

4. My fantastic job.

I know this sounds cheesy, but really my job is awesome. I feel so undeserving of the number of opportunities I have afforded while working in this lab. As I type this I am on a break between sessions at the American Society of Hematology conference in San Diego. There are over 27,000 attendees – mostly physicians and PhDs – and I feel so lucky to be one of them. I am humbled by the sheer number of people gathered in one place that are passionate about hematologic diseases and I just want to soak it all in. My lowly bachelors degree and I do not belong in this place, but my boss believes in me, and my professional development, so here I am.

5. Going home for Christmas!

I opted out of traveling for Thanksgiving and I missed my family dearly. It’s hard to describe a Huey holiday, but it’s one worth experiencing if you can. I can’t wait to spend Christmas with my Mom, Dad, sisters Anna and Leah, and my brother Garrett. I’m excited to see snow capped mountains and to breath the crisp, dry air. I’m excited for the wrapping paper war on Christmas day and the time spent catching up with friends over drinks. There have been so many wonderful things about moving to Atlanta with one of the best being able to come home.

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