we've been enjoying a week of settling in, which means a lot of stir-crazy feelings for me. i am so used to working, studying, or at the very least doing something every day! once the house was in order though, there wasn't a whole lot on the agenda for the week. we managed to fill it with a hike, two mountain bike adventures (to two different riding areas, no less), and a camping trip. we are loving laramie and quite happy to be here, although our lungs are adjusting a little slowly. :)
harvey had a little adjusting to do also, as we were accustomed to just letting him outside when we was getting rambunctious or otherwise annoying us. however, for most of last week we didn't have the freedom to let him out without running the risk of having a pancake for a dog. brandon built a much needed fenced area for locking harvey up. or for providing him with adequate grounds for romping around in. whichever way you prefer to look at it... our attitude about it changes frequently.
he also went camping with us in the medicine bow national forest and we chose a nice dispersed campsite away from all other signs of civilization where he could run and jump and chase critters. he was quite content and so were we. the picture above is now one of my favorite of harvey and that i have taken yet. it is out of focus and not perfect, but it captures that moment well.
this lake was so peaceful and seemed like the perfect swimming hole for harvey. instead it was a quicksand trap along the banks. with each step he took on what looked like solid, albeit muddy, ground resulted in a thrashing panicked attempt to prevent being sucked in. i mostly stood by and laughed until i realized i was going to have to share a tent with the muddy mongrel. oh yeah, that.
this last picture is entirely for kemi. she bought me that snazzy backpack (which incidentally matches my favorite sandals perfectly). today was the first day of school so i had to get a commemorative photo. it was a good day, although this week i am in one class for 6 hours each day, 5 days in a row. then the class is over. whew! talk about a whirlwind and heaps of reading. i feel content and happy with the program and the route i am taking though.
i'll try to get pictures of our little house up soon. i have been waiting for the sink to be free of dishes and all of a certain spouses' piles to be put away, but that isn't too realistic.
now that i don't work around food every day i am enjoying being in the kitchen again. the kitchen aid mixer has actually been utilized every day so let that be an indication of my cooking and baking zealous. the elevation has made a few of my culinary endeavors less than perfect, but these high plains and i will learn to work together soon.