Friday, April 5, 2013

A Promise to Post More

Following the New Year, Erin sat down and wrote down our 2013 marriage bucket list — things we wanted to do/accomplish this year. Some of the things were ambiguous, like, "Do something spontaneous." We accomplished that in January when we took a very last-minute trip to Las Vegas for one night.

Other things on that list included, eat dinner at the table, instead of the couch, at least three days out of the week. We're still working on that one.

But one item on our list that's very important to us is going to be this blog. Not as a way to get people to come and see how many clicks we can get, but as a journal that we can use to chronicle our marriage and share photos (...we did just buy a new camera). This year we have plenty of weddings to attend, including my sister Maggie's in November, and a few of our college friends. Hearing about the planning of those weddings let's us reminisce about our wedding, which was about a year and a half ago.

So, here's the start of one of our 2013 resolutions. We promise to be good about it, but not pushy. Honest, but not too honest.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Reminder: The Mitten State T-Shirts Show off What's Best About Michigan

Michigan native? Maybe just a fan of the Great Lakes State? We wanted to remind you of a great website that lets you represent what I argue is the greatest state in the U.S.

It's called the Mitten State and if you click the link to their site from our blog — either using the sidebar ad to the right or by clicking here — and order something (and you should order something), we receive a kickback from the company. I totally forgot about the site's affiliation program that we joined until we received an email this past week telling us how much we made from referrals in the past six months. (We're not millionaires yet)

So go on over to the Mitten State and order some great Michigan vintage T-shirts.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Home Office and Freelancing

Erin and I are only four months away from living in our Denver condo for an entire year, but it still feels like we're never quite finished with little additions to our home. One thing we're close on — possible even finished with — is  our home office. We're still contemplating trading in our $10 Ikea chair for something a bit more comfortable, but for now, it'll do.

A little "office" area in our cozy place has been well used, as I've picked up a large amount of freelance work to keep me busy before and after the hours of my normal job at Exclusive Resorts. If you want to help me pick up some page traffic and have an interest in Apple products, head on over to my work at and, where I blog a few posts daily.

What do you think of the office setup?

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A Mountain Weekend in Beaver Creek

Last weekend, Erin and I headed west for a mountain vacation in Vail and Beaver Creek. Unlike the winter when the resorts are packed with skiers, the mountains in the summer are quite relaxing and offer the perfect opportunity to unwind.

The weekend also gave me an opportunity to dust off my camera and capture some nice shots. Wondering how we took so many photos together without a third person? We used this — and the camera's self timer.

(Also wondering how we created our photo collage at the top? It's an app that's available in the Mac App Store, as well as in the iOS App Store, called PicFrame. It's really easy to use and makes great photo collages.)
That's right — It's now July and you can still ice skate at night in Beaver Creek Village.
We hiked from the bottom all the way to the top!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Meet Franklin: A Cute Kitten and a Little Terror

Don't let that cute face fool you.

Meet Franklin, the newest addition to the Dodson family. It's now been almost a month to the day, when Erin and I went to the animal shelter in Golden, Colo. just to look at the cats. Of course, when you see a face like his, you can't say no.

It took Franklin about two weeks to become fully comfortable with downtown Denver living. He has it a little bit better at our downtown condo as compared to the cage he shared with six other kittens at the shelter (although Erin and I sometimes feel like we're in a cage, as our condo is pretty tiny!).

Like any kitten, he enjoys playing with his many toys, he likes scratching things (including our bed... we need a scratching post desperately!) and chowing down on wet cat food.

Of course, he's not perfect.

Franklin is typically pretty good at night, sleeping next to us all night. Well, until 5 a.m. that is. For some reason, he's on an automatic wake up time between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. At that point, he'll start pouncing at us, begging one of us to wake up and feed him.

After we give him his can of wet food for the day, he jumps back into bed and gets right into our face, licking his chops and spreading his gross cat food breath.

He's not perfect by any means... but we love him.