Friday, June 19, 2015

Mike's birthday and a visit from my sister!

Happy Birthday, Mike!  He turned 51 this week.  To celebrate, we did a hike and a barbecue at his dad's house.  Little did he know that he would be putting together the grill we gave his dad for Father's Day.

Mike and friend 

The next morning we took Ellie to Snooze at Union Sation for brunch.  We had an hour and 1/2 to chat while we waited for our table.

No resemblance whatsoever...Ha!

While we were there, we spotted our friends Betsy and Kenny from Alcyone.  They were there with their son who lives outside of Denver.  Small world!

(Photo courtesy of Alcyone)

That evening we went to City Park Jazz and heard two of my colleagues from DU.  Our friends MaryAnn and Chris joined us.

Kate and MaryAnn

Ellie and I got some good sister time in with lunch and shopping, and ended our time together with a concert at Denver Botanic Gardens with our friends Kathryn and Marc.

Kathryn, me, Ellie

Ricky Skaggs and band

Charlie and Sue Smith (parents of my student Cassidy) dancing and enjoying the band!

Sean Miguel

What a great weekend!!

First Mate Kate

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New York, NY with Jody here's a great story.  I took the train from Philadelphia to meet up with my friend Jody who was my best friend in high school.  We haven't seen each other since her wedding 25 years ago.

Photo from the train

Schoenfeld Theatre in Manhattan.  We went to see The Audience with Helen Mirren, who ended up winning a Tony for her performance!

We had a great dinner at a French Restaurant, Le Rivage, following the play.  I had soft shelled crab and it was awesome!

The next day was a shopping and walking around NYC.  We went down to Rockefeller Center and caught the end of Hoda and KathieLee and actually got waved at.  Then we walked down to Harry Winston and looked at gorgeous jewels worth millions. 

We had an epic sushi dinner at Sushi Yasuda. 


What a beautiful reunion!  Thank you, Jody!  I'm glad we found each other again!

First Mate Kate