This girl right here?
A mountain adventure — slogging her fat ass up a mountain with snowshoes and a whole lot of holiday weight — was just the start. (The IPA at the top helped, but still.)
Add in the chore of then having to slide that tired butt into a relatively cute outfit and heels for a New Year's countdown, and an hour into the night you've got a nightlife columnist with an ouchy set of feet and a deep desire to not drink Red Bull OR vodka for at least the first few weeks of this new year of ours.
Don't get me wrong. It's been fantastic. But let us all cherish this.
The holidays are over.
No more whimpering at registers, frantically trying to remember our bank account amounts. It's the end of family obligation, meals that never end and champagne overloads.
Time to recuperate, which for you lucky fools at CU means a week or two to recline and relax before classes. So here's a few things to let you kick back and enjoy your lingering homework-less days.
Like a film about The Beatles. (Man I love them, as any smart human being should.)
The folks at The Dairy Center for the Arts (2590 Walnut St.) have showings all weekend of "Good Ol' Freda," the tale of a woman who signed up with the band a year before their big break and watched, over that whirlwind decade, a band evolve and struggle as they brought their music to the world.
Seriously, it looks awesome, and there are plenty of chances to check it out. Just head over to thedairy.org and grab tickets.
Or perhaps you've got iron stomachs that crave even more of the hair that done bit your ass for the past few weeks.
Well, Avery Brewing (5763 Arapahoe Ave., Unit E) employees have a few beers out that'll keep you happy. Like their New World Porter, a dry-hopped black beer that slides into your belly with caramel and chocolate tastes to mellow the hop love. Or their Maharaja, which slaps you silly with those hops. Add on the catered food just next door and you've got yourself a day full of big tastes.
The folks there even have a Coconut Brown Ale. Yep. Coconut-y goodness and a bit of a lighter taste compared to that porter I was just rambling about.
And now, because I'm a struggle train today, I'm offering up something new.
A visit to the Boulder Creek Winery (6440 Odell Place). I'm so into wine, it's silly. Red, white and always cheap, it's my thing. Or sangria, aka fruit juice WITH wine.
There's $5 wine tastings per person for six wines. If you're up for getting yourself around, self-guided tours are free. And for the folks in your life who also enjoy a good glass of vino, you can learn what a good wine is rather than just looking at a label and picking out the coolest like me. I'm a pro at that.
The folks there have their doors open from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.
OK, I hope you're all happy and healthy so far this 2014.
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