The Inventing Room Has Some Pretty Sweet Treats

The Inventing Room: one of the quirkiest and most fun dessert places I’ve ever been to. It’s inspired by the room in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where Violet Beauregarde chews the bubblegum and turns into a giant blueberry. It has crazy different desserts and used liquid nitrogen to make all of its ice cream and many parts of its many desserts!

My dad decided it would be fun to check out some good dessert place in Denver, and that’s just what we did. We arrived at The Inventing Room a little after they opened, which was around 2 today I think and the place was busy but not packed. The building looks kinda industrial and modern, but there’s also a whimsical and fun vibe to it.

When we ordered, the cashier handed us a bag of popcorn that had been left to sit in liquid nitrogen and it was fun to eat. If you’ve ever seen those Nitro Ball things that are fairly popular, it was like eating those. The popcorn was cold but still yummy and then it was like being a dragon! Kinda fun, right?

I ended up ordering the s’mores cream puff which is one of their best-sellers, my mom got the lemon curd creme brûlée crepe, and my dad and sister both got Butter-beer floats (inspired by the drink in Harry Potter!). Some of the other menu items included a nitro peach pie, a unicorn galaxy tart (which I’m dying to get the next time we go back), Mexican fried ice cream, and a Colorado honey sundae which sounds so yummy. They had ice cream (what dessert shop doesn’t?) and you could make your own sundaes. There was also handcrafted candy which looked interesting and I think it would be fun to try in the future.

Overall, the desserts were yummy, the service was good, and my family and I will be heading back! If you’re looking for a weird but super fun place to go and please your sweet tooth, I recommend The Inventing Room. Parking can be a bit tricky to find, but it’s free so that’s convenient. I would also totally recommend trying the s’mores cream puff (the toasted marshmallow was DELICIOUS) and just going to have some fun. 🙂 The Harry Potter tasting plate sounds like it could be a lot of fun for all of the Harry Potter fans out there.

I hope you all have a good week and I’ll see ya next Sunday! Stay sweet! 🙂

Boo’s Up-and-Coming Day at the Dentist

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Boo’s got a big day coming up at the dentist this week. When I say big, I mean INSANELY big. Our poor little guy has pretty bad dental disease (dachshunds are more prone to it than most dogs) and it’s finally time to take care of it. His breath has been really stinky and he has been sneezing quite a bit lately, which is an indicator that his upper canines aren’t doing so hot. Anyway…

Boo goes in tomorrow for his procedure and the dentist is expecting to pull 20 teeth! For those of you that don’t know, adult dogs have 42 teeth, so he’s going to be losing about half. We’ve tried a variety of things to keep both Boo’s and Marty’s teeth healthy throughout their lives, but there’s just something about their genetics that has made periodontitis inevitable. From Greenies chews to teeth cleanings at a local dog food shop, to my mom even scaling and cleaning their teeth, we’ve tried a lot.

We took Marty in to see the dentist around this same time last year, so my family knows what to expect. Lots of soft food and rest for the little guy. There’s also going to be a lot of medication. All the antibiotics and painkillers… When we went in to have him first checked last week, the vet even gave us antibiotics to start him on then in addition to probiotics to help his gut stay healthy. I’ve never seen probiotics given to a dog before, but so far, they’ve been wonderful for him to have! Marty even likes the probiotics with his food, haha. I really hope he doesn’t end up losing his upper canines, but I have a feeling he’s going to lose those.

In the end, this procedure will help his mouth feel a lot better and hopefully help him feel a lot better! That’s how it was with Marty, so I expect the same results for Boo. I’ll be busy spending a lot of time with Boo this week, that’s for sure! Have a good week everyone 🙂

Check Out allysonhorvath.com!

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I hope you’re all having a great summer so far. I know it has been one crazy summer for me with all of my classes and everything, but it has still been a fun one. My sister just recently decided to update her website and fully commit to keeping up her blog (YAY) so I invite you all to check it out at allysonhorvath.com!

She’s a fantastic creative writer and she’s planning on posting about regular-everyday stuff as well as her creative writing pieces like poems and some critiques. She has the full layout as to what she plans to post and she also plans to post more frequently than I do, haha. From what I can remember, Sundays will be regular blog days, Mondays will be movie and music reviews, and Thursdays will be short stories and poems. A lot of fun stuff is in store at allysonhorvath.com. 🙂 I’m most excited for the poems and short stories she writes!

She’s had the domain and website up for a long time. She just hasn’t been able to get around to writing and I’m SO EXCITED that she’s finally going to keep it up. She’s a super talented writer and sometimes I don’t think she believes that. I’m hoping you’ll all go show her some love and support and check it out.

Sorry this post isn’t all that exciting I just really wanted to give Allyson’s blog a shoutout today and give her some support. 🙂 I’ll see you all next Sunday!

Father’s Day 2019

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An oldie, but a goodie. 🙂 This is from Father’s Day like two years ago.

Father’s Day 2019, here we go! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! How lucky am I that I get to post about this wonderful day every single year.

In my life, I’m so lucky and blessed to have the wonderful person I call my dad in my life. Dad, thank you for being the best tennis coach, cheerleader, chauffeur, friend, and of course dad that I could ever ask for. You’re an amazing person and I hope that I can one day be as courageous and smart and confident as you are. I’ve recently really come to enjoy our economics talks (I need all the help I can get!) and of course our conversations about tennis and just life in general. I love you so so so much.

When I’m at my best, I’m my father’s daughter.

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On our agenda today, we’ve got some tennis planned and then hopefully we’ll go out to celebrate and let my dad pick the restaurant. That’s always something kinda special my family does. We always get a card too and typically get some candy, but this year there was this really cute mug my sister found that came with matching boxers (haha) that we got for my dad that say “World’s Best Dad”. True facts with the statement on that mug, that’s for sure. Allyson has a good eye for gifts, let me tell you that.

I hope you’re all treating your dads well today and spending lots of time with them. Let the dad jokes fly today, and every day honestly! They deserve all the love and appreciation today. Happy Father’s Day 2019! Have a great week and I’ll see you all next Sunday! 🙂 And don’t forget, that every day is truly dad’s day.

Summer Classes are KILLING Me

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Photo by Lacie Slezak

We are now two (maybe, three?) weeks into my summer break and I feel like my online classes and physics class are destroying me. Wow. I may be exaggerating a bit, but maybe I’m not. Anyway, summer classes are tough.

Personally, I decided to take summer classes through Colorado State University’s online courses so that I could get ahead with some of my business minor courses and other classes, since I intend to graduate in the fall of 2021.

Currently, I’m taking an advanced writing class, microeconomics, and algebra-based physics. All of those classes add up to a total of 11 credits. Yay me… My two online courses started literally right after Allyson’s high school graduation which was on May 18th and physics started this past week.

There’s always weekly quizzes and discussions for my online classes which take up a lot of my time, but I understand why the teachers and professors do that. It’s tough to be engaged and dedicated to an online class! For physics, I meet three times a week, for THREE HOURS. And on top of that, my professor hasn’t given us breaks during the days where he lectures for the entire time. I’m gonna need a break at some point. It’s so hard to focus for that long, let me tell ya.

One of the hardest things I’ve noticed about all of these summer classes is time management. If I thought I was good with time management before, this whole summer class thing is REALLY testing that. I’ve decided that Mondays and Tuesdays will be dedicated to my online classes and then whatever other time I have will be dedicated to tennis and other fun summer activities.

I really hope that I don’t regret doing what I’ve done. Summer classes will be crucial to my plan for my undergraduate degree but I also want to have a life and spend time with my family and friends this summer. We’ll just have to wait and see how this all goes! Have a good week everyone. 🙂 See you next weekend.

Another Year of Blogging!

Well my friends. Here we are again. Another year, another blogiversary. Yay for more blogging! Including this post, we have reached 247 posts, a lot of pictures and way over 10,000 views. For all of that and for all of you I say thank you. 🙂

Thanks again for being here to read everything I have to say. Thank you for being here to listen to my rants and hear about my adventures and struggles and journey through life. Blogging really is just so much fun. If you’re bored and looking for something to do, I totally recommend blogging. There’s really a lot you can do with it!

It’s crazy to think that little, high school freshman me started this off and here I am now, a sophomore in COLLEGE still writing for the same blog. I’m clearly boot-free by now (anyone been around since then? haha), still have my sweet little, wonderful doggies Marty and Boo, gained a feathery friend (was Bobo in the last Blogiversary??), learned that chemistry is super hard and NOT a favorite class of mine, and of course continued to spend time and love life with my wonderful family and friends.

It’s crazy to think that this will be my last Blogiversary as a teenager too. The big 20 is coming up in October. It’ll be my golden birthday too! I’ve got two-and-a-half years left of college. My sister goes OFF to college this upcoming fall. I take the DAT for dental school NEXT summer. Life is happening so fast, wow. With that in mind though, it’s important to be thankful for what we have in the moment and cherish it all right as it happens.

With that in mind, I hope you all have a wonderful week. I’m so thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to pick up blogging and share my life and thoughts will you all. Don’t forget to live in the moment and be thankful for even the little things. 🙂 See you next Sunday.

Game of Thrones: The End of an Era

Ok. I really don’t even know where to start. Most of you will probably not know this, but I LOVE Game of Thrones. I have always been a huge fan of the show and just recently, as in like last weekend, the show came to an end. Now that my emotions have calmed down, I feel like I am ready to share how I feel about Game of Thrones season 8. For those of you who are interested in the show and haven’t started it yet or are just now working your way through the seasons, I would like to warn you that spoilers will be in this post. Feel free to click away and come back later. 🙂

Alrighty, first off. The music was FANTASTIC, as always. Ramin Djawadi is a musical god. The music is just breathtaking and intense and exciting and beautiful all in one. I listen to the soundtrack for the entire show on a regular basis.

Onto the actual plot of season 8 now. Leading up to the Great War, everything was a bit slow for me. When episode 3 (The Great War) came around, WOW WAS THAT INTENSE. I was sad to see Theon go, but I do believe that his character was redeemed. It was sad to Theon die but I truly wasn’t as upset by his death in comparison to Jorah’s death. Personally, I was more traumatized to see Daenerys’s most faithful and loyal advisor go down. He died protecting her and that whole thing was just so so so sad. With the Great War, I also feel like the Night King deserved a more epic death. I was glad to see Arya get the kill but I still feel like he was worthy of a more interesting death considering that the entire show had practically led up to winter coming. I feel like Melisandre was an unsung hero of the episode. Her fire powers were incredibly helpful to the Dothraki, Unsullied, and the entire army fighting to protect Wintefell. The scene where she kit the Dothrakis’ swords on fire gave me CHILLS.

Episode 4… This was a big one for me. First of all, seeing Rhaegal die was heartbreaking. Literally heartbreaking for me. You could ask my sister and she would tell you that I was a mess. And then to see Missandei die was traumatizing too. That set Daenerys up to become the “Mad Queen”, so to say, for sure. Greyworm did not deserve to see Missandei die and honestly I was so excited for the life the two characters could have had together. This episode was probably the most frustrating for me because it was clear that Daenerys had snapped and the morally good and truly only morally good character in the show had taken a dark turn.

Episode 5 was just a disaster in my opinion. Jamie leaving Brienne was wrong. He should have stayed with her. Considering that he had redeemed himself and come so far as a character, I thought it was pathetic to see him return to his sister Cersei. While I do believe that Cersei deserved a death better than being crushed by falling rocks, I was still pleased to see her dead. She had caused a lot of heartache in the show. Jamie, not so much. Poor Brienne. Poor, poor Brienne. Looking at Daenerys, she had lost everything. I believe her actions were extreme in that she definitely didn’t need to burn down King’s Landing but I do believe that she really had no choice. Cersei and Euron Greyjoy had taken the last few people (and dragon!) away from her life. She had truly slipped into insanity. SO SAD!

And then with the final episode… Oh boy, let’s try not to cry thinking about it. The shot of Daenerys with Drogon’s wings behind her… breathtaking. Some of the best cinematography and editing I’ve ever seen. Jon Snow killing her. NOT SO BREATHTAKING. I feel that Dany’s death was meant to occur based on what happened in episode 5 but I completely stand by my opinion in that she did not deserve to die. That was so wrong. And then to see the last of her dragons burn down the Iron Throne and fly away with her body was so sad too. To think that Drogon would have to live the rest of his 200-year life alone was so sad, and is so sad to think about (even though I know he’s not a real dragon). To see Bran as the king of the six kingdoms was underwhelming, in my opinion too. I’ve never been a huge fan of Bran as a character and his journey to King’s Landing and journey to the throne reaffirm my opinions. His demeanor and deep, monotone voice just don’t sit well with me.

In the end, I was glad to see Jon go beyond the wall. I was happy to see Sansa become the cunning, clever, strong young lady she had become. I was extremely happy for her to declare Winterfell as its own kingdom, making Sansa the queen of Winterfell. To see Arya leave to explore beyond Westeros was exciting too. Could there be a Game of Thrones spin-off from this? The things that made me upset: Dany’s death, the death of the dragons minus Drogon, Tyrion’s betrayal to Dany, Missandei’s death, and Bran’s rise to power. Honestly the whole season was upsetting! In a good or bad way though? It’s hard to tell…

Some of you may disagree and some of you may not. Overall, the season seemed rushed to me. It was still an incredible, unforgettable ending to an incredible show though. It’s so sad to let go of the characters and the story and the amazing world of Westeros but I am excited to see what legacy Game of Thrones leaves behind. I stand by my girl Daenerys til the end, House Targaryen: Fire and Blood.

Have a good week everyone.

My First Year of College: A Reflection

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And just like that, I am done with my first year of college! Wow was that an experience! Here’s what I have to say about my first year at Colorado State University.

It feels like I was just moving into my dorm. At first, living there felt like I was in a hotel but then over time, it began to feel more like my own living space (minus the fact that I shared the room with another person). People were always telling me that it was going to be hard to adjust but I really didn’t find it that difficult. I have always been close with my family and I kept myself busy throughout my time at school so I never really felt “homesick” or worried about my transition into college life and a more independent life.

My first semester, chemistry was rough. I had the worst professor out of the general chem professors offered that semester and had to teach myself a lot of the material. Thank goodness I had a decent high school chemistry teacher. She saved me a lot throughout that class. I squeezed by with a B+ which wasn’t what I had hoped for, but was still incredible considering the amount of work and difficulty of the class.

Second semester, chemistry was tough again but I really enjoyed my honors seminar on dance, my biology class, and my honors section of ecology. I had a wonderful professor for that class and it consisted of only eight other students, considering that it was the first honors section ever offered of that class. My schedule was extremely flexible and I really loved all of the free time I had in the afternoons.

This first year of college, I really learned that if you take time to get stuff done right after class or in between classes, you can allow for more time to do the things you really want to do. The work you put into a class is the results you’ll get out. I studied my butt off this past year and I think that the work I put in really paid off. I’m really proud to say that I made the Dean’s List for both the fall and spring semester (as long as everything went well with my finals this past week!).

Some of my favorite memories include getting cookies from Insomnia Cookies one night with one of my friends, going to get breakfast with my chemistry friends on a snowy Saturday morning, hiking Triangle Mountain with my roommate and one of my other friends, and the countless hours I spent studying and working on chemistry with my chem study group who I am proud to call my good friends. Ram Welcome, dinners with my floor, decorating my friends’ doors for their birthdays, trips to Torchy’s Tacos, and trips back home helped make this school year the memorable and amazing year it has been.

I’m sad to be leaving Alpine Hall 375 but I’m so excited to see what’s next for me at CSU. This next year is going to be tough but so much fun. Organic chemistry, I’m looking at you! Thanks to everyone who helped make my first year of college the magical, fun experience it was. See you in the fall CSU!

Moms, This One’s For You: Happy Mother’s Day!

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Me and my wonderful mom 🙂

It’s Mother’s Day again, woohoo! I just wanted to quickly give a shout out to all the wonderful moms out there. Thank you for being there for us. Thank you for being our best friends, #1 fans, tutors, nurses, and so much more. Moms, you truly are the best!

I’ve been so fortunate to have my mom throughout my life. She’s an amazing, hard-working, beautiful person and I can’t imagine life without her. She is so strong and so determined and so inspiring and I hope that I can be half the person that she is at some point in my life. Mom, thank you for helping make me the person I am today. You’re beautiful, funny, and my best friend. (Also, sorry for posting this picture. I really liked it so I felt the need to post it, haha.) I love you so so so much.

This post is going to have to be short because FINALS WEEK IS UPON US HERE AT CSU! Good luck to all my fellow Rammies out there. One final stretch here and then it’s summer time, well at least for a couple of days. I’m taking summer classes that start next Tuesday…

Make sure to spend some time with your mom today. She should know that you love and appreciate her every day but today is the day to really show that love and appreciation. If you can’t be with your mom today, call her or Skype her or FaceTime her and let her know how much you love her. She deserves to hear it! 🙂

If anyone else out there has finals this week I wish you the best of luck. If you’re already out of school, you’re so lucky. I wish I was in that position. I’ll be there soon though! Anyway… Have a wonderful week!

Dead Week Part 2: Finishing Freshman Year

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This week is going to be a lot, so for my sake and sanity, I’m gonna keep this one short. Dead Week is here again! This time around I have a dance performance, two different speeches to prepare, a five-page paper to write, a practical to study for, as well as my three final exams to study for. Full plate over here!

This semester has been a wonderful semester and I was fortunate to have so many wonderful professors and lab teacher assistants. The semester had its ups and downs (particularly my chemistry grade) but I’ve pulled through and challenged myself to overcome all the adversity I’ve faced. I’ve made it this far and I only have another two weeks to go so I need to dig down deep, find the strength to finish strong, and get outta here!

My experience in the dorms has been interesting nonetheless and I’ve made a lot of wonderful friends on my floor, but I am honestly SO ready to go home for the summer and then live on my own next semester. I’ll get my own space and won’t have to worry about accommodating and bending my schedule to benefit others.

Dead Week really is a lot about finding the mental capacity and strength to finish everything out on a good note and I’m praying that all of my finals and performances and speeches go well. If you’re interested in seeing my dance performance for my honors seminar, leave a comment and maybe I’ll post it in a future post! My honors seminar is about everyday movement and dance and this final dance is a fun project my professor has us doing.

To those of you also dealing with Dead Week this week, you got it! Stay positive and finish strong. Stay organized and allow yourself some time to relax and get away from the books and papers. If you’re interested in reading my blog post about my first experience with Dead Week, I’ll link the post right here. I hope you all have a great week and I’ll see you next Sunday! (Haha, hopefully…)