A Very Happy Life

Enjoying life to the fullest and occasionally blogging about it

The rains stayed away and the skies cleared up for a long while today so we drove down to Colorado Springs. We had great views all the way up to the summit of Pike’s Peak (despite me having a mini panic attack about driving along the cliff edges at that height!), then had lunch at the Broadmor, and then visited my dad’s gravesite at the Air Force Academy.

It’s been years since I’ve gone to Pike’s Peak and I’d forgotten how gorgeous the road up there is!

Obsessed with the new Union Station! I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot more time here. So well done. #mamabetvisits

Obsessed with the new Union Station! I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot more time here. So well done. #mamabetvisits

I didn’t realize that National Dog Day was a thing, but if it is then I have to give a shout out to my favorite mutt. Love you, you crazy rascal!

I didn’t realize that National Dog Day was a thing, but if it is then I have to give a shout out to my favorite mutt. Love you, you crazy rascal!

Spent the morning at the Molly Brown house and now having tea at the Brown Palace. Feeling like a tourist in my own town but loving it! #mamabetvisits

Spent the morning at the Molly Brown house and now having tea at the Brown Palace. Feeling like a tourist in my own town but loving it! #mamabetvisits

Finally checked out the Chihuly glass exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens yesterday.  Mom and I went in the afternoon and then returned again at night with Jeff to see the sculptures all lit up.  It was amazing!

I put on some Patsy Cline, which has apparently lulled these two to sleep. They’re so cute I can’t stand it.

Monday Check-in

Let’s just do this bullet list style:

  • Friday: Felt pretty wearing some deep berry colored lipstick to go out for dinner and drinks with friends. 
  • Saturday: Had a productive morning at home, then had lunch and pedicures with Kelty, saw a terrible movie in the afternoon with Jeff, followed by trying out a new (to us) brewery (Comrade) and trying out a new (to us) restaurant (Bruxie) for a quick meal before heading home.
  • Sunday: Yard work, yoga, strength intervals, cleaning house, made a delicious frittata for dinner, ate dinner outside in the beautiful weather.  I should make frittatas more often. 
  • Today: My mom arrives for a visit!  The weather is supposed to be iffy for the next several days but hopefully it holds out enough for us to see some cool things and explore Denver together.

Basically my life is as normal and boring as ever, but I’m excited for the next few days with Mama Bet and then a long weekend with other friends in town as well.  Let’s do this!

I apologize in advance here.  I realize my blog has turned considerably boring lately and I haven’t been posting much of anything.  It’s summer, things are just swimming along, and what are ya gonna do.  Oh well. 

Since I don’t have much else to say, let’s talk about a culinary highlight of my week: last night’s dinner that I made.  I tried out a new recipe for Kung Pao Chicken Zoodles.  (Let’s not talk about how obnoxious the word zoodles is, I’ve moved on so let’s just get over it, ya?)  I’m certainly no food photographer, so this is my terrible photo of my food last night:

In actuality, here is what it’s supposed to look like:

Looks good, right?!  The recipe was really easy, I used my new spiralizer to make much better and much easier zoodles than the last time I tried, and it only took 20 minutes or so to prepare.  But also it was delicious (and paleo or close to it!) so I highly recommend trying it for yourself.  I made ours pretty spicy so I encourage extra spice if you like it too.  Go and eat!

I’d like to call this:  “Lazy Mutt: Exhibits A and B.”

videohall:

Goat gives it all it’s got

I’ve watched this a million times but I needed it again today.  Makes me laugh every time!

(via marissa1982)

I’ve got my boots on and I’m Nashville bound. (That sounds like it could be a line of a country song, right?!)

Courtney’s bachelorette weekend, here I come!!

I’ve got my boots on and I’m Nashville bound. (That sounds like it could be a line of a country song, right?!)

Courtney’s bachelorette weekend, here I come!!