A Very Happy Life

Enjoying life to the fullest and occasionally blogging about it

My absolute favorite time of year in Colorado (early fall) also marks one of my absolute favorite things to see: the changing fall leaves.  It’s almost a cliche here to go drive around and look at the aspens this time of year, but that doesn’t make it any less appealing.  Jeff and I headed out early Sunday morning before the crowds and did a short hike at Golden Gate Canyon State Park to see them this time.  It just never gets old to me, and it was the perfect timing/perfect weekend for viewing them. 

Saturday recap:  1. Jeff and I were good aunts and uncles and attended a 5 year-old’s flag football game in the morning.  Let me tell you, 5 year old football games are just herding cats around a field and blowing whistles.  I entertained myself by taking pictures of the nephews.  2. Made the trek up to the Anderson Farms pumpkin patch (now a tradition) to cut our own pumpkins off the vine.  It was HOT (it felt like 4th of July, not pre-Halloween), but I was still glad to get in the fall mood.  3. Jeff and I got cleaned up for a date night at the ballet.  We had wine and snacks at Lala’s and then headed down for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the opera house.  It was BEAUTIFUL and dreamy and hilarious (as AMND is) and the costuming and staging were incredible.  I’m ALWAYS happy when I get a chance to see a ballet so this was special for me.

Finally made it to Barolo Grille for dinner tonight to celebrate my friend’s birthday. Of course I only remembered to take pics of my first and last courses (oops) but the food was amazing and won’t soon be forgotten. Yummmmmm!!

This is where the fluffies sleep. Not sure why they’re both ready for bed and in their designated spots at this hour though. Getting an early start on bedtime tonight, guys??

This is where the fluffies sleep. Not sure why they’re both ready for bed and in their designated spots at this hour though. Getting an early start on bedtime tonight, guys??

It’s officially Fall now, but the weather is so warm it still feels like Summer. 

So what does that mean to me?  Apparently it means painting my nails a darker fall color but it also means decking my house out with beautiful spring colored flowers.  I can’t figure it out, but I’ll just pick the girliest possible ways to embrace both seasons for as long as I can. 

WEEKEND SATURDAY RECAP:

This weekend was filled with an eventful Saturday, followed by a sit-around-reading-and-watching-football-and-not-much-else kind of Sunday, so here’s my Saturday recap.

We drove up to Superior to try a place that claims to have legit Central Texas-style barbeque.  The atmosphere was right, the ribs were great, and the other food was mostly good (except I don’t know why there were trying to call beef roast “brisket;” that was NOT Texas brisket) so we left happy having a little taste of home in our bellies.  Not perfect, but definitely better than most BBQ we can find up here.

Then we went on to Boulder for the CU vs. Hawaii football game.  We’d scored some free 45 yard line tickets from Jeff’s boss and the day was BEAUTIFUL so we really enjoyed walking around the CU campus and getting to take in a college game.  The atmosphere was fun and CU actually won a game so that was always fun too!

Then we rushed back to Denver to get food and meet up with Megan so that we could head out to Morrison for our last Red Rocks show of the summer.  The lineup was Lake Street Dive, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.  We’ve seen GPN there before but the whole show was great, including both of the openers.  Early on in Trombone Shorty’s set, the power went out throughout ALL of Red Rocks (something I’ve never seen happen before) and it took a while for Trombone Shorty’s mic to get turned back on, as well as the lights on the big rocks.  One of the pics above is when the lights came back on stage but not on the rocks so you can just barely make them out.  I’ve never been to RR when you could barely see the rocks!  They’re so PROMINENT that it felt weird not seeing them illuminated.  Luckily everything went back to normal after that and Trombone Shorty absolutely killed the rest of his set after the power outage. (And of course Grace Potter was a total rock star, as always. She makes me want a metallic panther print dress now.)

It was a crazy fun day/night but of course we were exhausted the next day so nothing much to report from yesterday.  Although if you have book suggestions for me of things you’ve read recently and loved, shoot me a comment.  I’ve been on a ridiculous reading kick lately (partly why I’ve been so distant here) and would love some more suggestions!

Hope you’ve all had great weekends, too!  xoxo, LMack

Last night we went out with Jeff’s coworkers for an office party, and for some reason a few of the coworkers talked me into baking them goodies for today.  I got up and was on a kick so I made banana nut muffins, lemon-blueberry muffins, and M&M cookie bars.  They’re all tasty, my house smells great now, and the office was all excited when I dropped them off.

BUT…

Now I have a giant mess in my kitchen.  Anyone want to come clean it for me?  I’ll pay you in M&M cookie bars! 

Pretty please?

Poor little Roscoe has pink eye and now I have to give him eye drops twice a day. 😥 Considering the fact that I’ve never been able to give MYSELF eye drops because it freaks me out so bad, how exactly am I supposed to put drops in my dog’s eye? Eeeeeeeeeeeeee! I have no idea why this is making me so nervous!

Poor little Roscoe has pink eye and now I have to give him eye drops twice a day. 😥 Considering the fact that I’ve never been able to give MYSELF eye drops because it freaks me out so bad, how exactly am I supposed to put drops in my dog’s eye? Eeeeeeeeeeeeee! I have no idea why this is making me so nervous!

At the request of my niece, Natalie, here is a reminder of the time that Sadie thought she was an actual loaf of bread.
(The bread had been sitting on the table for a while and Sadie got up there and sat just like it.  She’s excellent at mimicking bread.)

At the request of my niece, Natalie, here is a reminder of the time that Sadie thought she was an actual loaf of bread.

(The bread had been sitting on the table for a while and Sadie got up there and sat just like it.  She’s excellent at mimicking bread.)

Delayed Weekend Recap & Photo Dump

I had yet another whirlwind weekend in Austin, cramming in both a wedding of one of my close friends and seeing as many people as possible.  Here’s the gist:

THURSDAY—

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon at Maudie’s: image

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Wedding rehearsal at Nature’s Point overlooking Lake Travis: image

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The property even had miniature horses! image

Crammed in some time to see a friend’s new house in North Austin. 

Then the rehearsal dinner on Town Lake (more photos were previously posted, but here’s a pretty pic of the ATX skyline once the sun went down): image

FRIDAY—

Up early to start getting ready with the other bridesmaids at the hotel.  This included many hours of makeup and hair prep, as per usual.  No pics here.  Then out to the wedding venue on the shuttle (despite awful traffic— thanks, Joe Biden!) to prep for the wedding.  Here’s a quick snap of the bride after she just put on her wedding dress: image

Courtney looked gorgeous and the night was great, despite having to move everything indoors because of rain.  Now she’s Mrs. Supon!

SATURDAY—

I went to a baby shower (because of course there was a baby shower to squeeze in— of course there was!) for a friend from high school who is having twins. 

Then I came back to my mom’s and changed clothes to go see my brother’s family and his 2 kiddos.  We spent the afternoon hanging out while Jeff drove down to San Antonio to see his brother and his brother’s kiddos.  Jeff got back to Austin just in time for us all to go to dinner with my brother’s family at our favorite Tex Mex spot.  (Whew— already exhausted at this point!)

Next came a quick trip down to South Austin to see some college friends and their new house and baby.  It was nice, but a short visit.

Then we drove back downtown to meet up with more friends— most of the wedding party (at least our group of friends from it) plus one of my high school friends who wanted to come say “hi.”  Luckily we all met at my favorite dive bar (Donn’s) which had the Nash Hernandez Orchestra playing (an AWESOME 10 piece band— go see them if you get the chance in ATX!).  They were so good and Donn’s was just as fun as it always is. image

I thought we were supposed to be doing goofy faces in this photo, but apparently I’m the only one who got the memo (and maybe Grant)?
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SUNDAY—

Finally, the home stretch.  Spent time with my mom, spent time with Jeff’s mom, went back over and spent more time with my niece and nephew at my brother’s house, and flew back to Denver.  It’s amazing how 3.5 days can really take it out of you.  We did a LOT but I was exhausted! 

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Glad to be back in my normal, quiet routine!

Autumn weather is closing in, but tonight we’re celebrating the last few days of summer with a delicious Southern Summer Succotash (served with grilled chicken). A bit of bacon, onion, garlic, corn, cherry tomatoes, lima beans, okra, and fresh basil… Perfect.

A few pics from last night’s rehearsal dinner on a boat on Town Lake. Although it was oppressively hot, the sunset and skyline made up for the heat.

Oh right. Texas.

Now I remember. Currently 85% humidity and supposed to reach 97 degrees today.

You’ve got to be kidding me.

Didn’t someone say there’s a chance of snow in Denver tomorrow? That sounds crazy too but I’d take it over this swamp-like weather any time.