• 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!

    My New Kayak

    by  • August 21, 2016 • Kayaking • 0 Comments

    I’ve been renting kayaks to try them out, and it’s kind of a pain.  You can’t just pick up and go to any lake you want, and you have to watch the clock to make sure you’re back in time.  You also get some pretty beat up and slow kayaks.  So I bought one,...

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    Two-Person Kayaking

    by  • July 10, 2016 • Colorado, Kayaking • 0 Comments

    Karen and I spent a couple of hours yesterday on Standley Lake trying out a two-person kayak.  It was fun, and no one fell in.  We spent the whole time weaving around the lake as we couldn’t make it track in a straight line.  But we’re the first ones to admit we don’t know...

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    Day Trip to Dallas

    by  • May 1, 2016 • Friends & Family, Vacation • 0 Comments

    I took a trip in a single day to Dallas with some friends on April 30th.  It was a blast!  We’re going to do a day or weekend trip like this about every three months, finding somewhere cheap to fly and grab a meal. I’ve been experimenting with Microsoft Sway and I put the...

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    Getting Healthy

    by  • April 15, 2016 • Health & Beauty • 0 Comments

    It seems like I get further and further away from what I would consider “healthy” every year.  To me, being healthy means no processed junk, no artificial colors or sweeteners, and lots of plant-based foods.  At the end of 2015, I’d had enough of the nonsense.  I went to the Center for Medical Weight...

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    Denver Blizzard 2016

    by  • March 23, 2016 • Colorado, Exercise, Pictures, Workouts • 0 Comments

    It was 70 degrees yesterday, and the weather has been really nice for a while.  I went for a run in a short-sleeved t-shirt and running shorts and it was comfy.  There have been many opportunities for this type of exercise lately, and I’ve been taking advantage of it.   They said we were...

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