A Very Happy Life

Enjoying life to the fullest and occasionally blogging about it

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!

Celebrating Jeff’s birthday (again) with dinner at Fruition tonight. 

Note to the wise: when you make reservations on OpenTable, ALWAYS say you’re celebrating some kind of occasion. We got free champagne and a candle in our dessert. I love free champagne!!

Also, Fruition was INCREDIBLE and I’m so glad we finally crossed that off of our culinary bucket list. Sooooo tasty.

Celebrating Jeff’s birthday (again) with dinner at Fruition tonight.

Note to the wise: when you make reservations on OpenTable, ALWAYS say you’re celebrating some kind of occasion. We got free champagne and a candle in our dessert. I love free champagne!!

Also, Fruition was INCREDIBLE and I’m so glad we finally crossed that off of our culinary bucket list. Sooooo tasty.

In the continuing sheet saga of my life, I’m now noticing that like 80% of the sheets I look at say “Low Pilling” (see above). How about NO pilling, sheet manufacturers? How about that? You’re basically telling me that despite whatever price I pay for your sheets, at some point there will in fact be “low pilling?” Gross. I’m going to keep looking. 

Thanks to everyone for all of your suggestions, btw!

In the continuing sheet saga of my life, I’m now noticing that like 80% of the sheets I look at say “Low Pilling” (see above). How about NO pilling, sheet manufacturers? How about that? You’re basically telling me that despite whatever price I pay for your sheets, at some point there will in fact be “low pilling?” Gross. I’m going to keep looking.

Thanks to everyone for all of your suggestions, btw!

Let’s Talk About Sheets

I’m serious, sadly.

I need your help, Internet.  I can’t find good sheets.  The past few sets I’ve purchased have all pilled within a few months and they’re driving me crazy.  It serves me right, I know.  I shouldn’t have trusted buying sheets at a TJ Maxx/Home Goods store.  But seriously, why must they all pill?  It is so itchy and annoying! 

So.  Now is the time for good sheets.   Who loves their sheets and where did you get them?

This just became the lamest post I’ve ever posted but I need to know!  Where do you buy your sheets, America?!

Sorry for the horrible photos (I’m officially the worst at food photography), but I had to share these because it was just too damn tasty not to.

Tonight I made Julia Child’s mini eggplant pizzas and they were both incredibly easy and super delicious (And paleo-ish? I don’t understand paleo, but maybe?).  Not pictured is the fresh basil that I shredded on top, but you get the picture.  I also had one of the sweetest summer nectarines on the side, and now I’m already craving the nectarine I bought for lunch tomorrow.  Summer fruits!!

Anyway, go make this recipe.  Trust me on this one.