• About Monica

    I live in Denver, Colorado, and I love it here. I love to organize events and do fun things with my friends, so you'll see a lot of that here. My first group started in 2002 when I put TrailDamage.com together, and we're still going strong. That's where the term "Monicarchy" came from. Obviously, it's a play on my name, but it also reflects that my groups are rarely democracies. We usually go where I want and when I want to go, and I'm lucky to have friends with the same interests. I also organize a movie group, a dinner group, and a group focusing on random nonsense.  Even though I'm fortunate to reign as a monicarch in many situations, we can't have what we want all the time. I'll have things to say about that, of course, and you can find my ramblings here. Thanks for stopping by!

    Coffee Region Test: Ethiopia and Kenya

    by  • February 7, 2017 • Coffee • 2 Comments

    I joined Angels Cup and got a few deliveries.  Even though I quit, I would still recommend it.  For me, it was a little too overwhelming, trying so many coffees so quickly.  The best thing I got from Angels Cup was their blog post describing how coffees taste from different regions.  It’s a fantastic...

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    Dogwood 52: January, 2017

    by  • January 29, 2017 • Dogwood 52, Photography • 0 Comments

    I’m doing the Dogwood 52 Challenge to try to get better at photography this year, which is one of my goals.  The international challenge started last year, and they’re doing it again this year.  Each week there are challenges that I will attempt to meet.  I’ve been posting my results on Twitter, and every...

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    My Daily Commute

    by  • November 16, 2016 • Commuting • 2 Comments

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    I got a seat in the middle of the bench at the very back, and the photo showing the entire length of the “bendy bus” just had to be taken.