A Very Happy Life

Enjoying life to the fullest and occasionally blogging about it

Today was a long-planned zoo day for me and my nephew, Jackson.  We had quite an adventure when it started to torrentially downpour on us, but we waited out the rain and had a blast anyway.  I let Jackson wear my raincoat so he wouldn’t hurt his prized Superman t-shirt, so naturally Aunt Lauren ended up soaked to the bone.  Oh well.  Totally worth it.  We had an awesome time.

Today was a long-planned zoo day for me and my nephew, Jackson.  We had quite an adventure when it started to torrentially downpour on us, but we waited out the rain and had a blast anyway.  I let Jackson wear my raincoat so he wouldn’t hurt his prized Superman t-shirt, so naturally Aunt Lauren ended up soaked to the bone.  Oh well.  Totally worth it.  We had an awesome time.

Back at Red Rocks tonight (wouldn’t ya know?!).  We’re here to see Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen and although there are not nearly as many Texas Country fans here in CO, it’s kind of nice to spread out, move down to nicer seats, and enjoy this incredible breezy cool summer weather like this. No rainbows tonight, but we did see some deer so I’ve got no complaints. I feel so lucky for this amazing place to be in our backyards. I love you, Colorado!

Back at Red Rocks tonight (wouldn’t ya know?!). We’re here to see Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen and although there are not nearly as many Texas Country fans here in CO, it’s kind of nice to spread out, move down to nicer seats, and enjoy this incredible breezy cool summer weather like this. No rainbows tonight, but we did see some deer so I’ve got no complaints. I feel so lucky for this amazing place to be in our backyards. I love you, Colorado!

Last night at Red Rocks was magical.  It is truly the most spectacular music venue I’ve ever known, and it was absolutely amazing to be sitting in the 4th row, watching an old classmate play to a sold out crowd there. 

Gary Clark Jr played a great set, and the whole thing was made even more magical by the fact that about two songs in, a perfect double rainbow appeared over the whole stage. 

After Gary, the skies cleared completely and Tedeschi Trucks Band came on under a canopy of stars. 

It was a night to be remembered— for the friends, for the music, and for the incredible energy and beauty of Red Rocks.  I can’t wait to go back on Monday!

Thursday night: 9:30 pm

Jeff and I randomly listening (rocking out, singing at the top of our lungs) to “Foolish Games” by Jewel.

A) How is this song so old?

B) I’d forgotten how great that album was. (My ten year old heart had a lot of FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS connected to that song, ok?!)

C) This lyric: “He was fashionably sensitive but too cool to care.” She was describing a hipster, yes? This is the best description of a hipster I’ve ever heard. Well done, Jewel. You were ahead of your time and now you seem so desperate and irrelevant and it all makes me a little sad.

Ok I know a lot of you are great cooks and eat interesting things, so I’m coming to you for inspiration.  What are your favorite recipes that are gluten-free, paleo, or carb-lite?  We aren’t going super drastic around these parts, but we are trying to cut out white starches and breads pretty much entirely so I need new recipes!  Somehow all of my go-to dishes tend to revolve around pasta or tortillas or other deliciously bready ingredients, but we need to rethink.
So…. what are your best breadless recipes, people?

Ok I know a lot of you are great cooks and eat interesting things, so I’m coming to you for inspiration.  What are your favorite recipes that are gluten-free, paleo, or carb-lite?  We aren’t going super drastic around these parts, but we are trying to cut out white starches and breads pretty much entirely so I need new recipes!  Somehow all of my go-to dishes tend to revolve around pasta or tortillas or other deliciously bready ingredients, but we need to rethink.

So…. what are your best breadless recipes, people?

In our ongoing list of concerts we’re attending this summer, Jeff and I had the chance to go see Jason Isbell play at the Ogden last night. 
Due to the wonderful little internet community we have here, I found out about Jason Isbell nearly 6 or 8 months ago, on some random post that I just happened to see pop up on my dash, and instantly feel in love with his songwriting and his folk/country sound.  He’s been in heavy rotation at our house ever since.  
Yay internets, and yay for a GREAT show last night!
Now we’re gearing up for another show tomorrow.  Gary Clark Jr (my high school friend who I’ve mentioned here MANY times) is playing at RED ROCKS with Tedeschi Trucks tomorrow and we’re heading out early to picnic and catch the show.  I mean, playing Red Rocks is just such a cool thing, a bucket-list venue for many artists, and I think it’s going to be awesome to get to see Gary play there.  I can’t wait!

In our ongoing list of concerts we’re attending this summer, Jeff and I had the chance to go see Jason Isbell play at the Ogden last night. 

Due to the wonderful little internet community we have here, I found out about Jason Isbell nearly 6 or 8 months ago, on some random post that I just happened to see pop up on my dash, and instantly feel in love with his songwriting and his folk/country sound.  He’s been in heavy rotation at our house ever since. 

Yay internets, and yay for a GREAT show last night!

Now we’re gearing up for another show tomorrow.  Gary Clark Jr (my high school friend who I’ve mentioned here MANY times) is playing at RED ROCKS with Tedeschi Trucks tomorrow and we’re heading out early to picnic and catch the show.  I mean, playing Red Rocks is just such a cool thing, a bucket-list venue for many artists, and I think it’s going to be awesome to get to see Gary play there.  I can’t wait!

I just took Roscoe for a walk and now I am fairly certain I might actually melt from the heat. 
Our A/C at home has never felt so good.

I just took Roscoe for a walk and now I am fairly certain I might actually melt from the heat. 

Our A/C at home has never felt so good.

Past Few Days Recap (I’m including today because it was nuts)

Friday: Last minute plans to see Holly Williams in concert at an awesome venue.  Great time.

Saturday: Spent the morning hiking at Lair O’ The Bear park and then spent the evening seeing a comedy show (Marc Maron— hilarious!) downtown with friends. 

Sunday: Had one of those rare lounge-around-doing-absolutely-nothing days, and even ate Mexican food in Colorado (something I generally avoid like the plague but it was surprisingly not heinous this time).

Today: Started the morning with a ton of really odd requests and bizarre behavior from some library patrons, only for things to get weirder when a patron got sick and thought she was going to pass out.  I had to call 911 and watch her get carried out of the library strapped to a gurney.  The only saving grace was that the firemen and EMT responders were VERY attractive. 

Is it only Monday?!

Spent a beautiful morning hiking at Lair O’ The Bear Park and Corwina Park before it got too hot outside. Now it’s time for a nap!!

Last minute plans tonight that were just perfect: dinner at our new neighborhood eatery that just opened last weekend (amazing food!) and a Holly Williams concert (Hank Sr.’s granddaughter) at my favorite intimate venue (The Soiled Dove) with her foxy husband (of Kings of Leon) on guitar.

I love spontaneous nights that turn out to be incredibly fun. Happy weekend!!

Ugh! There is nothing worse than going through a stack of old papers and finding things you thought you mailed MONTHS ago (like, in December). I’m so sorry, Uncle Bill! We totally loved the grapefruits and I TOTALLY thought I’d sent your thank you card seven months ago! 

So, what exactly constitutes too late to send a thank you card? They’re already stamped soooooooo?????

ETA: note to self, don’t leave paper stacks or junk drawers unsorted for seven+ months at a time. Oy vey!

Ugh! There is nothing worse than going through a stack of old papers and finding things you thought you mailed MONTHS ago (like, in December). I’m so sorry, Uncle Bill! We totally loved the grapefruits and I TOTALLY thought I’d sent your thank you card seven months ago!

So, what exactly constitutes too late to send a thank you card? They’re already stamped soooooooo?????

ETA: note to self, don’t leave paper stacks or junk drawers unsorted for seven+ months at a time. Oy vey!

I can see it in her eyes. She’s definitely already plotting her revenge. I’m sorry, Sadie!

I can see it in her eyes. She’s definitely already plotting her revenge. I’m sorry, Sadie!