Sunday, September 23, 2018

Monday Musings 9/24

Welcome to fall!  It's tough to be back on the Front Range and going to work.  It is my last week at CU, and I can't wait to start my new job.  I'm itching to update my LinkedIn profile.  How adult is that?

Now that I'm back from vacation, it's time to start decorating for fall, and then Halloween.  



The fall colors were incredible up at Grand Lake, and when the cold front came through, high temps were in the 60s, the sun's angle definitely shifted, and the shadows were getting long.  It really felt like fall.  My mom and I worked on my t-shirt quilt, did some Alaska scrapbooking, and I generally relaxed with some workouts thrown in.  Working out up there is no joke, and I was huffing and puffing through most of it.  I did two runs, 2 miles and 2.5 miles, since that's all I could manage.  My lungs were on fire!





We also had some fun at the quilt shop my mom shops at.  It's fall, so there are some really fun patterns out there.  The bats above is one the owner can't keep in stock, no matter how many she orders.  They will definitely be coming to work with me.  Since I start Oct. 1, I need Halloween decorations.

I saw some great wildlife too.  We went into RMNP park Monday evening to see the elk bulging.  Really, it's a squeak.  I think Mother Nature had a little too much when she created the elk.  It's this majestic looking animal, and the male whistles through his back teeth to make this squeaking sound.  We heard it all over as the males were calling to all the females in the park to join their herds.


I also saw the family of foxes in my parents' neighborhood, a bald eagle, pronghorn, and the ground squirrels.  The ground squirrels are what keep the foxes around.  The foxes have picked off the bigger, less agile adults throughout the summer.

Two weeks from today is my next 10k!  While this wasn't exactly altitude training, it was good to relax and start my taper period on vacation.


Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

24 comments:

  1. Nothing says Fall better than decorating with mums. I have never heard any elk calling but I have seen a few though. You're right. You'd think they have a loud, yet majestic, call. Good luck with your next 10k. Enjoy that taper. Thanks for linking!

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    1. It took my purple mum a little bit to start blooming. All the buds were shut tight when I bought it. The color on the picture was what got me to buy it.

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  2. I need to get some mums! My summer flowers are all dead. Maybe I'll just leave them so the house looks haunted for Halloween...LOL

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    1. My petunias and impatiens were very wilted when I got back home. Time to rotate them out.

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  3. I love fall and can't wait to start getting some flowers and plants in. Now if we can get the weather to cooperate

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    1. We're starting to get fall temps. Today will be a little warmer, and then cooler weather again.

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  4. Oh, those bats are cute! I'm definitely noticing the shadows, too...ugh. It's depressing to see the sun getting so low in the sky ;-(

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    1. It makes it feel like fall, and I wouldn't mind having those shadows late into the evening. It's dark by 8 right now.

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  5. Altitude training is what makes the Kenyans such phenomenal long-distance athletes! They must feel like they are flying when they race in our low altitudes! Well done on getting some workouts done. And sounds like some great bonding time with your mum too!

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    1. I had to keep slowing down on Tuesday because all I wanted to do was run with all this air!

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  6. I'm sure it was really tough running at those higher altitudes! It's very slowly starting to feel more like fall here. Enjoy the rest of your taper before your 10k!

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    1. I went up 3,000 feet in elevation and it got me! I'm already running at 5400 feet, and I was struggling up there.

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  7. Those Halloween bats are so cute!

    I've never had to run in a higher altitude but I have heard that it's pretty hard.

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    1. You have to adjust slowly, and don't expect any land speeds. My time was about a minute slower per mile up there.

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  8. I love those bats, so cute! And that's an amazing variety of wildlife you saw this week :)

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    1. Lots of wildlife in the park! It's nice since all I see in my neighborhood is prairie dogs.

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  9. I've been resisting fall decor but yes, it's TIME! I can just imagine how stunning the colors are there. They were just starting in Vancouver. Nothing really to speak of here yet.

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    1. I've wanted to decorate, and I've held off until now. And we started watching Halloween movies last week, so I continued that this week.

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  10. What fun seeing all that wildlife! I saw elk many, many years ago when we went to Rocky Mt National Park.

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    1. They're all over the park. The giveaway of course is the cars parked on the side of the road as everyone is getting out and taking pictures.

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  11. Cute decorations. How cool you got to see an Elk. The squeaking sounds like it would be a little ear piercing.

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    1. It's not too bad in person. I'm just amazed that it doesn't sound more majestic.

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  12. What a fun weekend you had! Seeing all the wildlife sounds amazing! Thsoe bats are adorable, too!

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    1. The quilt store can't keep the kits in stock! Everyone is loving the bats.

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