Boomeranging out of the weekend


Any weekend that includes both this and this –

– is a good one.

First of all, my blog friend Anastasia came to visit.  We had never met in real life before, but that didn’t stop her from driving 600 miles from Kansas City only to have me drag her out of bed at 4am on Saturday to go climb a 14er.

What. A. Sport.  I liked her SO much!  And look at her – a prairie girl on the summit of Mt. Democrat.  She kicked that mountain in the teeth.

When we got back to the car, we had the idea to put a copy of my CD on the windshield of every car in the parking lot.  Unsolicited?  Perhaps.  Presumptuous?  Y’all.  I just wanted to spread the love.  Don’t hate me.

On Saturday night, my friend Hillary was in town, and got the Parsons clan tickets to her show.

Oh yeah, that Hillary.  The one that wins Grammys and is currently on tour with Tim McGraw (she would never brag on herself, so I’ll do it for her) – and the one who also happens to be a sweet friend from my Nash-days, and absolutely wonderful.  It was so good to hug her neck.

Thanks for the amazing seats, Hill!  We loved it!

Then, last night, a few girlfriends took me out for an early celebration of my birthday.  They gave me presents and listened to me tell the story about the time I led a revolt in the high school band.  Everyone needs friends who will listen to them tell the story about the time they led a revolt in the high school band.  I feel so lucky to be meeting such nice people here.

Recently, someone I know said something disparaging about Denver, and I found myself getting defensive.  I think that’s a good sign.  I think this place may be growing on me.



  1. Val on August 2, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    What a lovely weekend!

    You saying “high school band” twice in a row made me think of this:

    -‘Time to Blow.’ My uncle gave me that record, and we played it in the high school band.
    -Del Paxton in the high school band- that’s WILD.


  2. Lindsey D on August 2, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Hey! That’s Alli McVicar in your last pic! I went to Moody Bible Institute with her. Sweet girl. Glad she’s in good hands in Denver.

  3. hootenannie on August 2, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Lindsey, I LOVE little connections like that! Alli and I met yesterday morning, and I decided that she needed to be my friend, so I invited her for birthday cocktails. :) No time like the present, right?

  4. annie on August 2, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Now THAT is a great weekend!

  5. Greta Weisman on August 2, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Awwww, GOOD!!! Glad it was a good, good weekend!!

  6. CarrieBeth on August 2, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    You’re so gorgeous! Fun pictures!

  7. Lauren on August 2, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    You look beautiful! Happy early birthday!

  8. Pamela on August 2, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Is there a Mount Republican?

  9. hootenannie on August 2, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Pamela: ooh, oooh, I know this one!

    There is not a Mt. Republican. But when Mt. Lincoln was named after the president-at-the-time, the nearby miners felt that it would only be fair to represent the other party with a Mt. Democrat.

    BAM. Invite me to trivia night, someone!

  10. Carin on August 2, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    You look amazing. AH-mazing.

  11. Doug on August 3, 2010 at 6:48 AM

    So, the story unfolds and it was the artist herself. I was also on the summit of Mt. Democrat on Saturday morning and we did Mt. Cameron & Mt. Lincoln too. It was a great day with my daughter and friends, hiking along the cold roaring mountain streams and up to some awesome views. As a bonus, when we got back to the van there was this music CD on the windshield!

    Thanks for the new tunes,

    Doug from Fort Collins

  12. hootenannie on August 4, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Doug! I’m so glad you found this post. :) This makes me believe in serendipity. :)

  13. Don and Nikki on August 8, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    We love your music!!! Thank you for sharing. We spent 6 grueling hours climbing up/down Democrat (not bad for two 47 yr olds from the plains of Kansas). … and to our wonderful surprise, there was a fantastic CD on our windshield. It’s in both our iTunes and we love your sound. We’re sure you, Meg, and Josh will go far. We would love another CD or to provide a bit of eating-out (snacking-out) cash your way. Please reply to email with info ….

    Take care and may your God bless you as our God has heard of you through us (and others we’re sure) ~
    Don and Nikki

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