Last week was relaxed yet eventful, and definitely a good start to the new year. To start off, I had an interview almost every day of the week! And while I don’t know what will come of them, it was nice to actually secure the interviews rather than just sending my resumés and cover letters out into oblivion wondering if they are even being reviewed.

As far as our activities go, the day before NYE we went to the eye doctor to get our LASIK evaluations…hooray! Well, it wasn’t that joyous actually since it was my third time doing it (twice before in Illinois) and it takes several hours. Ugh. Also, in taking various measurements of your eyes, they have to dilate your pupils…which can last up to 72 hours. Gross. Well, my dilation lasted for two whole days so not only did I look like a vampire, but my eyes were extremely sensitive to light. So as I drove around for those two days, I had to wear a triple layer of spectacles (glasses, sunglasses and temporary shades) in order to protect my delicate eyes, therefore turning me into one completely ridiculous spectacle (haha). This is what I looked like:

Class act.

Class act.

Super cute, right? The dilation also made my eyes super sore and made me feel nauseous. So needless to say, I was not up for extensive activities on NYE and we rang in the new year like an old married couple (more on that later). And I’m fine with that.

But regarding the surgery…yes, it’s elective and yes, we’ve thought about it long and hard. And if it’s a-okay with the doc, we’re definitely going forward with it…next week. Yikes!! I’m very nervous but soo excited about the prospect of FINALLY being able to see without having to put glasses on or contacts in. For those of you who don’t know the severity of my prescription, without contacts or glasses I simply cannot function. I see very fuzzy shapes no matter what the distance (but obviously worse the farther away things are), and unless it’s familiar to me, I can’t tell you what anything is unless it’s inches from my face. I’ve had correction since 2nd grade, I’m legally blind without correction and I’m told I have the eyesight of an 80-year-old…nice. SO, needless to say, that is why I want to have this surgery done, even though I’m nervous. The best part? I could have even better correction than my best corrected vision now! Um, yes please!

Now, back to our holiday fun. So on NYE we went downtown to 16th street mall to watch the early bird fireworks (aka – the family fireworks) which were really great! The 16th street mall is basically an entire street devoted to an outdoor shopping center – it’s like the Magnificent Mile only no cars are allowed and free shuttle buses take you from one block to the next. Anyway, so they shot off the fireworks from the top of two different buildings simultaneously on each end of the mall – they weren’t elaborate but they were beautiful. There were thousands of people crowding 16th street and even though it wasn’t really New Year’s, after the grand finale at 9:15pm everyone still cheered loudly, shouting “Happy New Year!” to each other. We could definitely feel the excitement in the air for the coming year. Then we headed back for a relaxing night to rest our weary pupils by watching a movie while waiting for the real countdown before heading to bed. Happy 2010!

On New Year’s day we slept in, chilled out then took a hike up North Table Mountain – this time going all the way up, taking a different way than the one we took a couple weeks ago. It was fairly warm and while the sun didn’t stay out the whole time, it was still a great view from the top. Here are some photos:

Heading up.

Heading up.

A view from the top.

A lovely view from the top.

An awesome view of the Front Range.

An awesome view of the Front Range.

Artsy.

Artsy.

A nice semi-silohette shot Ryan requested.

A nice semi-silhouette shot Ryan requested.

Very muddy little one.

Very muddy little one.

On Saturday, we went to the free day at the DAM (Denver Art Museum), meeting up with a friend from church and her two little boys. We had a great time wandering around checking out the art as well as making some fun pipe cleaner creations with her kids – Ryan made a fantastic super hero and I actually touched a wooden spoon (it was sanded). Okay, quick side note to explain: the feeling of un-sanded wooden spoons seriously makes my skin crawl and sometimes I even scream. Don’t ask me why. But crazy enough, I found out my cousin Lexie has the same thing. This means two things: I’m not the only psycho and it must run in our Gras blood.

Photo courtesy of: geraldinecampbell.com

Photo courtesy of: geraldinecampbell.com

Anyway, the museum is in a fabulous architectural structure and the traveling exhibit of western artwork was really neat – action-packed, colorful cowboy scenes. After Amy and her boys left, we got some lunch at a nearby pub and then went back to finish up our tour before heading home to chill out some more and then hang out with Laura and Jared who came down for the weekend. And Sunday was just a fun day of fellowship with Laura and Jared and a couple of our new girl friends.

So even though it wasn’t a raucous start to the new year, we had a lot of fun ringing it in with some laid back activities and good conversations. And Ryan and I are already doing well on our one-year-through-the-Bible resolution and are going to be joining a couple new small groups to make some more friends, so our year is looking good already!

Hope you all have a great full week in a new year!

Love,
Laura