Being Approachable

I used to think that I was one of the most approachable people I know. I smile at everyone. Everyone seems to tell me stories that they don’t tell others. I learn a lot about people in a short amount of time. I am able to somehow ask questions that others would not. But I recently learned that I am not always approachable. A friend said that I am sort of “unreal.” When I couldn’t understand what she meant by that I asked. Unrelenting to learn about how I can improve myself – I asked how I could be more approachable.

I am educated (I have my MBA), I try to have a lot of life experience. (Sort of just so I could talk about them). I try to stay connected. (play the name game with me – it’s like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon in Denver – it helps that I knew a few really well connected people). But then she informed me that these things were EXACTLY what made me unapproachable. I “know” a lot of stuff and can add to ANY conversation – rather than just listen. I have had an experience to top anyone else’s (Yes, the post from a couple weeks ago is TRUE – I did got the Academy of Country Music Awards in Vegas and was picked up at the airport in a limo and went to the VIP party afterward). I know a lot of people. I do really know someone who knows….

Ultimately, being book smart, connected and experienced does not equal being approachable. Being approachable means having a teaching spirit. Being interested in what anyone has to say (even if you’re not overly interested in the subject matter – you may learn something new). My challenge to myself over the next month is to learn something NEW about every person I interact with (even those that I have known for a long time). To be a much better listener. To be….Approachable.

Vegas ROCKED

So my friend Kim and I arrived in Las Vegas on a Saturday. The limo driver was waiting right there with my name on the sheet. I must say no matter how many times that happens to me I get a total thrill EVERY time. I’m like a kid. We quickly got settled into the MGM and our room was amazing. It was bigger than my apartment.

We literally ran down the strip to the Flamingo to see the Donnie and Marie show. They put on a great show. I sort of wanted to see it – but I was blown away by how many of their songs that I know and what great showmanship they display.

When we arrived back at the MGM we decided to see if we could a. play somewhere and b. bump into someone famous. Little did we know we would actually get to do both (at the same time). We scooched into the craps table. Played near this cute looking guy and his friend. (We LATER found out that he is a guy on Young and the Restless). Then another guy filtered in at the other end of the table. Turns out that he was Frankie Ballard – who sings this song called Helluva Life. Sort of funny that we didn’t know who he was but rather were making fun of his jacket. Seems like he had some amazing fashion sense. (As evidenced by the jacket he wore to the VIP fan night the next night). When we lost just enough money we wandered in to the lobby bar. Where Kim said she felt that this guy there was someone famous. We didn’t go talk to him. We just left the bar. Then somehow we managed back to the bar just 20 minutes or so later. Kim asked the “famous guy”‘s friend – who he was. His friend said he was Easton Corbin. Sheesh. I know his songs! 🙂 We had to get a picture with him. So we could paste it on facebook and look like we really talked to him more than asking for him to take a photo with us. 🙂

As an aside we met another guy who said he played keyboards for someone famous but wouldn’t tell us who. We looked for him the next day and couldnt’ figure it out -so thought he was playing. We also met the guitar tech for Tim McGraw. Apparently he strings Tim’s guitars. Who knew there was a job doing that? So maybe we met more famous people but we’re not sure.

The show was really cool to be in the room that you know is being broadcast across the country. Yes, I recorded it at home and watched it again when I got back home. They would count down to when it was live indicating that we should all scream and go crazy. It sounded better than I could have ever thought. The show was amazing because it was all the songs I know from the radio. I mean I have been to other concerts where there is one band/singer and they sing all the songs on their CD. This was a great mix of all the BEST songs.

Sarah totally surprised us and gave us tickets to the FAN JAM after the show! (As if the show was not enough). We went to the Marquis Ballroom where a stage was set up. It was SRO (Standing Room Only) – but we finally worked our way so close that we were in the 2nd row. The same big stars that you hear on the radio. Playing right to us! My feet were killing me. Dressing up for something like that where you know you will be standing for hours – means I should not have been wearing heels.

This experience is one I will remember for a lifetime. One that I will be talking about for YEARS to come. THANK YOU MGM!

Country in Las Vegas

I can hardly believe it. I have had more than my fair share of pinch me moments – but they keep getting bigger and better! This one has been a year in the making and something I have always wanted to cross off my bucket list. I am going to Las Vegas with one of my bestest friends from High School to attend the Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM.

She has been a GIANT country music fan – long before it was cool and when we all made fun of her for wearing her cowboy boots and shopping at Sheplers. (Those who live in Colorado know what I’m talking about). I thought it was great when we got to see Zac Brown Band at Red Rocks a couple summers ago and instead of the typical meet and greet where you are shuffled in a line to shake hands and get a quick photo that meant you “met” the band – we were invited to an Eat and Greet (still one of the coolest things I think I’ve done). Zac Brown, the band, his wife, and Chef Rusty had prepared a meal and the band served it to us and then sat with us like it was a family picnic. (Have I told you how cool Jimmy the fiddle player is?)

But this? This takes the cake for certain. We fly out tonight. We will be picked up at the airport in the MGM limo. Whisked away to the MGM where we will check in at the VIP lounge (let’s hope that some star is in there too). We will head over to the Flamingo to watch Donnie & Marie. Then grab a bite to eat. Sunday we will head over to the Luxor where a comp is waiting us for just about the biggest breakfast that we could dream of (who needs $150 for breakfast)? Then back to MGM to chill for a couple hours. Then meeting my MGM lady at the Pub for drinks and apps. Then off to the show!!! Woot! My simple mind is confused…dress nice (it’s an award show on TV and in VEGAS) or cowboy up (they are cowboys and living in Colorado I know that for most that means shining the boots).

And then we head back Monday morning. Back to real life. Hopefully with stories galore. Sooo EXCITED.

What’s All The Hype Over Stores

I am always a bit skeptical when it comes to places and things that seem to capture the attention of the masses. Living in Denver, we are a community of transplants (all except me apparently) who celebrate when big stores that have graced the streets of L.A. and New York (perhaps even Chicago) for years. There were lines for weeks around Krispy Kreme for it’s arrival in Denver several years ago, then there was the three day camp outs for the behemoth IKEA’s arrival and the lines around H&M stores. I’m not certain if these people are lining up because they are really excited to see that store have it’s first (or second, or third) location here or if they are hoping to get the freebies and deals that are always at any Grand Opening.

I usually try to get to the store about a week or two later – when all the lines and awful parking lot issues are gone – where I can really see why everyone was so excited for this store. Here are a few of my observations:

  • Krispy Kreme – These donuts are ok. Why is everyone so excited? I’m not sure. Donuts aren’t good for you (healthy Colorado – ha!). They are not particularly priced any different from a dozen at King Soopers. The only thing good at a Krispy Kreme is their original glazed donut. Boring! I think I’ll stick with Lamar’s where I find almost every donut delicious.
  • IKEA – This store is so big it is easy to become overwhelmed. I love the food in a store (and so do my kids). It’s cheap (HURRAY). Their stuff is decent quality for what it is and the price you pay. I will go back to this store again – especially at Christmas time for my Secret Santa gifts.
  • H&M – Not all that different from Forever 21 and Love Couture. Prices pretty similar. Good fill in stuff. Terribly trendy. Great for my 12 year old daughter that will grow out of the stuff before it has a chance to not be in fashion anymore, but definately NOT for the 40+ mom set. (I wouldn’t consider myself dowdy yet but not that trendy).
  • Trader Joe’s – Seriously? What is all the hype about? This is just a grocery store people! They have some different stuff. That’s cool. Their prices are more than Kings or Safeway and more in line with Whole Foods (who I believe is over-priced anyway). It seems to imply that it is healthier – however their produce section is small and picked over! I love Sprouts. I will keep going THERE! I bought a couple bottles of Charles Shaw (Two Buck Chuck which is actually $2.99) and I’ve not tried them yet. Perhaps I will be a convert after that?

So there you have it. My personal take on all the “new” stores in town. I’ll probably see you at the next one too. Gotta see what all the hype is about. But it is usually just that – HYPE. The grass is not greener on the other side. It is just a different view.

 

 

Work Of Fiction

I was recently entangled in a long-distance relationship. The man I was involved with says he “knew me” for several years. I will admit that we worked together – but even that was at a distance. I was in Colorado while he was in California. Several years have passed since we have worked together – and most of that time we kept in touch via facebook. I don’t know about anyone else, but I rarely put on facebook that I have issues or post my most intimate thoughts. I sort of put on there the cool stuff I’m doing and check in when I go somewhere.

While I’d really like to be what he thought I was (based on my social media presence), I am not. I have issues. I have troubles. I am complicated. My life is sort of complicated. I have teenage kids. I am busy. I am thousands of miles away. I have found things to fill my time in the five years since my divorce. I like doing them. I am social – but I am sort of a loner. I don’t mind the quiet and being home by myself (or doing things by myself). When I’m a parent (I call myself a part-time parent since I share custody with my ex), I pour all my energy and attention into my kids. I can not be on the phone for hours at a time.

I’m not sure what kind of Work Of Fiction he believed me to be. But, I would like to take the time to work my own piece of fiction. That leads me to a giant question. Who will I be remembered to be? When I am gone, what will people say about me? Will it be true? Will it be based on some sort of idea or truth? Do I even know my own truth to project what I am?

Denver Deals: Consignment Sales, Free Movies, Free Days and More

There literally is a special day and/or week for almost everything. But I’m most excited to share with you that this week is MONEY week.
Money Smart Week
I know about SAVING money by being cheap (frugal) and looking for deals – but really understanding money is a challenge for me. That is why I love Money Smart Week (April 5-12) – chock full of free educational seminars and activities to teach and learn about financial literacy and find where I can get help. There are several events around the state and they are all FREE. http://www.moneysmartweek.org/colorado
Children’s Consignment Sales
We have a complete list of all the great consignment sales happening in the Denver area. There are some great events this weekend! For a full list go here http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2014/02/24/denver-consignment-sale-2014/
  • April 4 & 5. Bear Valley MOPS Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Bear Valley Church in Lakewood

  • April 5. Darling Doubles from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.; 12 p.m.-1 p.m. (half-price sale). $2 admission at Adams County Fairgrounds in Brighton

  • April 5. MOPS Annual Sale Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., $2 admission; 12:30-2 p.m. (half-price sale) at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch

 FREE Days
  • Tuesday, April 1 – Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield & Children’s Museum of Denver (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • Friday, April 4 – Four Mile Historic Park
  • Saturday, April 5 – Denver Art Museum
FREE Movie Screenings

You and a guest are invited to a special advance screening of HEAVEN IS FOR REAL on April 10th in Denver! Visit http://www.sonyscreenings.com/MileHighMamas to download your complimentary passes. (While supplies last. Passes do not guarantee admission as theater is overbooked. Seating is on a first come, first seated basis. ARRIVE EARLY!)  HEAVEN IS FOR REAL in theaters April 16 is based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.

Do you want to see RIO 2 before it hits theaters? Click on the link http://l.gofobo.us/3wfDStA6 for your chance to download a screening pass for you and your family to check out an advance screening on Saturday, April 5th in Denver! Seats in the theater are first-come, first-serve so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! RIO 2 opens everywhere on April 11th! www.riomovies.com

 Free Access For Youth
All Denver students ages 5 to 18 (students of DPS) now have free, year-round access to the city’s 23 recreation centers and 29 pools with the MY Denver Card. The MY Denver Card will also serve as your child’s Denver Public Library card, giving Denver’s children the keys to learning and staying active (to be eligible for this program you must live in DENVER).

Ski Area Deals

Believe it or not, even as we are getting summer weather here in Denver – the mountains are still getting great snow. Many of the ski areas will be closing in the next few weeks – but there are still some great events and fun to have in the mountain towns with the kiddos. A-Basin will host their annual Beach’N Easter Egg Hunt on April 20; Loveland hosts Ski Hookey Day with tickets for just $25 on April 10 (download the coupon from 95.7 Radio Station Website – and if you can’t make it that day you can still get a BOGO for two full weeks after) + Easter Egg Hunt on April 20; Copper Mountain will celebrate “Sunsation” with fun events planned the last two weekends – April 12/13 & April 19/20 including Easter Egg Hunt; Breckenridge celebrates Mascot Olympics Sunday, April 6; Concerts April 12, 13, 19 & Sunrise on Mountain Service & Easter Egg Hunt April 20; . Icelantic is offering all COSKIUSA fans 20% OFF of everything in their online store, including Skis.
Natal to Nest
Natal to Nest in Highlands Ranch knows how to nurture moms, family and community. From the moment you walk in, you know you’re not in a typical yoga studio.  The center provides fitness classes, education, information & resources for those trying to become pregnant, already expecting & new families as well as massage and nutrition consultation. Childcare is available. They are offering MHM readers an AMAZING deal!
Unlimited one month $52.80, usecode MHMomas5280.New customers only.Valid towards-fertility, prenatal, mom&baby yoga chat, vinyasa yoga, barre, baby at the barre. Can not be applied towards child care. Check schedule for class times. Online registration required.
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