Ice Hockey & Van Gogh

Good Morning everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! I arrived here in Denver on Friday evening in the middle of a snow storm!! The weather this morning is warm and balmy…

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Haha it’s been pretty chilly here, but that hasn’t stopped us! After arriving here in Denver, I dropped my stuff off at Maddie’s apartment and we headed to Denver University to see their Ice Hockey team play Omaha!

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I’ve only been to one other ice hockey game in my life, so this was pretty fun, and of course we won! Maddie’s favorite part was the Zambonis that came out in between the periods (3 Periods in an ice hockey game).

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My favorite was the adorable little children who came out to play. It was hilarious, they’d fall over, flail around, and pop back up.

Maddie has a a three-legged cat named LaTarian Milton, who she rescued a couple years ago. He’s pretty much awesome. I’m not a big cat person (allergic) but LaTarian thinks he’s a dog, so it works out.

He also puts up with us attempting to take funny photographs of him, like this one with his feet in this big KU slippers.

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But it was a bit of a struggle. I think he was feeling camera shy…

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Monday morning we headed over to the Denver Art Museum to see their Van Gogh exhibit. It’s been in town a couple months but it’s over soon and completely sold out. They’re even keeping it open for 40 hours straight the last weekend!

Since Maddie works at the DAM, she got us tickets a long time ago, so we were set! We got there a little early, so we checked out one of the other fun exhibits they have going on: the Paint Studio!

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It has several different hands-on activities, which is great for kids at the Museum (and 25 year olds…). The DAM is actually a great museum for families because they have a ton of hands-on activities throughout the museum for kids to participate in. Look at my beautiful art! The Paint Studio will be there through April if you live in the area and want to check it out.

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After that, it was off to Van Gogh! The exhibit chronicled Van Gogh’s development as an artist throughout his life, and had an audio component as well, the kind where you carry around headphones and a remote thing and plug in a number based on the piece of art work you’re looking at.

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I really enjoyed the exhibit and learned a lot about Van Gogh that I didn’t know. We all know him for Starry Night and his more impressionist influenced pieces, but I knew very little about his early work and all the other artists who influenced him throughout the years. It was also great to have Maddie there to tell me some of the more behind the scenes fact, like how it took the curator five years to put together the exhibit and get other museums to lend their pieces to the DAM.

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After Van Gogh, we walked around a bit and saw a sculpture by one of my favorite artists: Deborah Butterfield!

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It was a lot of fun! After the museum we went to a cute local restaurant for lunch called Parsley (sorry, forgot pictures!) which I highly recommend for anyone who lives around Denver. After lunch we headed home to get ready for the rodeo!!! More to come on that tomorrow!

 

Have you ever been to a special museum exhibit?

 

Are you an ice hockey fan?

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HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! I hope you all had a great week and are looking forward to some fun and relaxation this weekend! I’m looking forward to… a crazy morning tomorrow with the GOTR 5K and getting all our girls there, get them their bib’s and tiaras (yes, tiaras and no… I don’t get one…) through the run, and back home AND I’m looking forward to actually doing the 2 giant projects that I’ve been avoiding all semester. Well, doing one and attempting to do a bit more of the other (25 page paper…). Haha, great weekend, right?

So today I have some good news and bad news. Okay, well good topic and bad topic. Which would you like first? The bad? Me too.

Yesterday Meghann instagrammed a photo of herself and someone made a comment along the lines of “why would you post an unflattering picture of yourself, not cute.” Meghann then actually wrote a quick post about how she thought about taking it down because it was unflattering (I didn’t think so) but decided not to, because it was real and it was her. I actually also instagrammed a photo of myself with a similar pose and tagged Meghann, trying to show my support for women being true to themselves, no matter how sweaty and unkempt we look. Well, I didn’t find out until later that evening that Meghann’s post had resulted in a lot of… not so nice comments.

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So I wanted to say something, something I’ve discussed with other bloggers, but never on my blog: why the mean comments?? What’s the point? If you don’t like someone’s blog, then don’t read it. And by “you” I don’t mean you, my readers, I just mean “you” as in everyone. There’s no need to put all that negativity out there and put someone else down.

These comments are very different from voicing your opinion on a topic. For example, I’m sure many of you might voice a different opinion on this topic from mine, and that’s fine, as long as comments aren’t rude or insulting.

Yes, as bloggers we put ourselves out there, and yes, we’re all open to constructive criticism, but that doesn’t mean people should tear them down. It’s just like in real life: if you think someone looks bad at work/school one day are you going to say mean things to them? NO! So why is it okay to do that on the internet? It’s just an adult form of bullying.

So next time you get the urge to say something rude, resist. Step away. I’m not going to lie, I have mean thoughts. I gossip to friends. I’m not perfect. But I know where to draw the line and I know when to step back and realize my thoughts are probably more about me than them.

I would also like to add in that I’ve gotten one semi-rude comment in over a year of blogging. So THANK YOU to my readers for being so supportive and positive!

Whew. Okay, thanks for letting me get that one out.

Now, on to the good topic! And this is perfect for a Friday, when you’re brain just isn’t willing to work hard anymore…

My friend from KC currently lives in Denver and has a three-legged cat. Yes, a three-legged cat. His name is LaTarian Milton. I am not a cat person, but I actually like this cat. He’s pretty cool. Yesterday she was bored, so she started submitting some pictures to http://catshaming.tumblr.com/ and then decided LT (his nickname) deserved his own tumblr account. This might not last too long, so let’s enjoy it while we can. Here are a few photos (including one of a farm cat, Jack).

My name is LaTarian Milton. I am a thief. I’m ashamed… 

 

“I refuse to get in my cat carrier, so I make my mom use a rolling laundry basket to take me to the vet.” He looks like such an idiot being rolled into the vets office. And yes, I have to use the seat belt to keep him upright in the car. I’m ashamed for him…

 

My name is Jack. I smell like a campfire because I spend so much time in the chiminea. 

 

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Yes, she legitimately has to take him to the vet in laundry basket. I am laughing just imagining it right now.

You can find more of this fun on his blog: LaTarian Milton’s World (and please keep all comments nice… he’s very sensitive).

 

Do you have any crazy pet stories?

 

Have you ever submitted a photo to a tumblr blog?

 

How do you feel about mean comments on blogs?