Family Time

Ethan and Elise came out at the very end of May, and stayed in Colorado for a week, leaving last weekend. Like last year they hung out with us over the weekend, headed out for a road trip during the week, and returned to us again the following weekend.

It was so great having them around.

We bought flowers for my balcony garden, ate so much delicious food, did a tea tour at Celestial Seasonings, and Ethan and I went running together.

We visited the Farmer's Market, went to an amazing International Food Court, and just spent time relaxing together. I so love having my family around!! We already have some plans in mind for next year!



I'm sure you've picked up on the fact that its LGBTQAI Pride Month. I know it can be a little crazy come June, when all the merchandise in stores is suddenly rainbow colors (and please don't get me started on pandering and commercializing... but in short: ask your retailer if any of the profits from this merch is going to LGBT initiatives, and if not, shop elsewhere!)... but a quick lesson on why Pride is important. 

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, trans women of color, homeless LGBTQ teens, lesbians, drag queens, gay men, and allies took a stand. What had started out as an all-too-routine police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York City sparked a riot that turned into a multi-night uprising on the streets of Greenwich Village. It wasn’t the first time LGBTQ people fought back against oppression, but the Stonewall uprising ignited a mass movement that quickly spread across the U.S. and around the globe. It was a catalyst that turned fear and anger into something new, something proud, something revolutionary.

Pride 2019 marks 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising of June 1969, in which members of the LGBTQ community — led by two trans women of color (Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera) — fought back against harassment from the police at the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Throughout the month, keep in mind that Pride started as a protest. It is also important to note, that there is still an epidemic of violence against Trans individuals, and especially Black trans women. In 2018, there were at least 26 deaths of trans people in the U.S. due to fatal violence, the majority of whom were Black trans women. This year, at least five Black trans women have already been fatally shot or killed by other violent means. 

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera marching in the 1973 Gay Pride Parade in New York City. 

Happy Pride Month all... lets remember the reason for the season!

And also: 

[Thanks to Thanks to: @theunitedstatesofwomen @adamsnest @micahbazant for this info and images!]


Helping Garden's Grow

This past year Gwen was part of her school's Garden Club, which she greatly enjoyed. They learned about food and tried recipes in the cooler months, then turned to growing an actual garden during the warmer months. Now that garden needed to be tended, so we can enjoy their hard work! We signed up for two weeks this summer to water and weed the school garden, doing our part to keep things looking beautiful. This week was our first week.

There is so much weeding to do! But we did get some lettuce, radishes, and scallions to take home.

Gwen combine those ingredients with some we had at home, to make us a really nice salad!

We also recently planted our porch pots, and I'm so pleased with them!

Two types of coleus, some mizoo and begonias...

Mint, ornamental oregano, and the pansies from before. Also, the most beautiful petunias I have ever seen:

(A close up of the ornamental oregano "kitigami"... which is also pretty gorgeous!)

Can't wait to watch these gardens grow over the next few months!


The Busyness of May

I cannot believe how fast May went, how busy and full and fun it was. There were concerts and visits, extra trips up to Red Rocks (for Movie on the Rocks - Bohemian Rhapsody! So good!!), time in the woods, and the Farmer's Market restarting. There were all my normal yoga classes - plus two new regular classes I'm teaching, some work with a new corporate client, and some major work on a retreat I'll be co-leading in September! Now that is much excitement!

 Summer treats - lilac meringues!

This was Gwen and my first week home together for summer break. There will always be growing pains with such transitions but I have to say this week was rather delightful! I'm feeling so very optimistic about how the summer is going to go.

I didn't make my way to the gym yet, but that has nothing to do with Gwen and everything to do with an ill placed bit of road rash that made movement uncomfortable. I did however get outside to run toward the end of the week when things were less tender!

Last Thursday my body was so tired from it all that on the first day we had no plans, I slept until 11am. I can't remember the last time I did that! But it felt amazing, and then I hit the ground running. Cleaning the apartment from top to bottom, doing laundry, cleaning out my car, literally running, and organizing the month ahead.

I cannot believe how full this month was, and that its over already. I have a feeling this summer will fly! 

(My babes at Breckenridge... to ski... Memorial Day weekend!)