Hugh and I had a fabulous time in Denver this weekend. The Brown Palace is absolutely gorgeous and so very romantic but, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Thursday, as I mentioned, I was responsible for conducting an all-day training seminar for my job. The training had been in the planning stages for months and it was quite a relief to get it over with. I think it went well but, I won’t know for certain until all the evaluations are in; fingers crossed. Still, it was nice to have that stress out of the way so Hugh and I could enjoy our little get-away and, did we ever!
Friday, we unloaded the children on Oscar and Emily and made the leisurely drive to Denver. We weren’t on any particular schedule so we took our time and enjoyed the drive. Traffic was surprisingly light but lord almighty; were the State Troopers out en masse.
Once we got to Denver, we checked into the hotel. The Brown Palace was built in 1893 and has withstood the test of time brilliantly. The rooms are gorgeous, the front lobby is like something out of Titanic and guests are serenaded by a pianist from 10:00 a.m. until after the dinner hour, classy!
After we unpacked, we toured the hotel, stopping to take pictures of the view from our room on the fifth floor.
Chelle: Isn’t it romantic?
Hugh: It is. You know what it reminds me of?
Hugh: No (crooking his index finger) REDRUM, REDRUM!
Chelle: My god, you are one romantic son of a gun, you know it?
In his defense, he was kind of right.
Later, we walked the block over to the 16th Street Mall where we enjoyed the Summer Art Fair before stopping for dinner at the Hard Rock Café. We finished off the evening with a viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean 3; agreeing to keep that little ditty to ourselves lest the children rise up in protest and hurt us.
The movie was quite good which, after my disappointment in #2, was a nice surprise. Also, Orlando Bloom can shiver me timbers, anytime.
Saturday morning found us at my favorite place to eat breakfast, The Corner Bakery on the 16th Street Mall. I had the ham and cheddar Panini (just typing that makes my mouth water). Since we didn’t have any plans for the day, we spent it wandering the mall, picking up some golf shirts (favorite sentence of the day; Maybe we could find a couple that aren’t so…gay?) and new dress shoes for Hugh as well as a few items of clothing for myself ( Tommy Hilfiger sandals to die for!) and gifts for the children. We walked as far as the Capitol Building and the county building and relaxed a bit in the park before heading back to the hotel to get dressed up for the play.
One of Hugh’s favorite places to eat dinner is Maggianos Little Italy so that is where we had dinner before the play. I highly recommend it, the Chicken Marsala is particularly good with a nice glass of italian Pinot Grigio.
The play itself was fantastic. Hugh even enjoyed it, despite shooting me the Look of Death when he realized that it was, in fact, a musical. He enjoyed it so much actually; he suggested that we try to see something else again, soon. I am all over that since the 2007/2008 season includes White Christmas. Also, The Little Mermaid is set to start in August.
Sunday, after our second breakfast at The Corner Bakery, we drove home and released the children from their weekend of servitude to their grandparents; if you consider servitude to include day-long water gun fights and all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets, that is.
Then, since we had promised them that we would take them to see the pirate movie, we found ourselves in our local theater, enjoying it for the second time. Or, for the first, depending on whether you ask us or the children.
And, once again, Orlando Bloom, mrrrowwwrr!
In other news, an exciting thing happened while I was away; I was spotlighted by Dana and Toni! I am so honored! Thanks, ladies!
Today, I am back at work and, that kinda sucks but, what can you do? Like I often say; you have to make a living if you are going to have a life.