Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Photos [10.31.14]

Here are some photos from Andy & my week:

From the front of Glenwood Springs High School. Nice view walking into school :o)

Advertisement at a high school in the mountains. Made me chuckle.

I went to the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Monday night.
Staying in Colorado wine country. Made for some nice post-work activities!

Wineries in the Mesa Valley.

Lots and lots and lots of vineyards. I took this picture from a parking lot in Palisade, CO.

Awesome artwork in a high school library! 

Glass work at a high school in Carbondale, CO. 

More glass work.

Mesa Valley views. This one took my breath away.

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Happiest Place: Folks Fest

Do you have a place where you feel you're at your best: Your happiest, your kindest, your peacefulest (most peaceful?) For me that place is Lyons Folks Fest. A weekend of camping, live music, beers, and friends all right on the river in the beautiful town of Lyons, CO.

This year Folks Fest was August 15-17 and by mid-morning Friday I was so ready to shut down my work computer and get the weekend started! I couldn't wait to make the hour drive north of Denver to Lyons and settle into the campsite and fest grounds. The energy and comradery of Folks Fest is like a different world. I mean, we're all just hear to have a good time, right? So what if you just bumped into me/spilled your beer on me/stole my music-watching seat when I was away. "It's all good," I think as my everyday regular life melts away. I should live everyday like it's Folks Fest.

The 2014 music lineup was like a dream for me. Some of my favorite artists like Sarah Jarosz, Josh Ritter, Ben Solle, and Lake Street Dive were performing and some legends and new favorite artists like Ani DiFranco, Brandi Carlile, Dispatch, and Randy Newman were also on the line-up. (Here is the full lineup.)

In addition to checking-out the music, I was pouring cocktails this year volunteering at the Libation Station. I was whipping up some bloodies, Moscow mules, and margaritas like an old pro! Volunteering got me a free weekend pass to the fest, and I spent three hours each day making sure the other fest-goers had their vodka and tequila. Plus it's an awesome group of folks running the Libation Station and I met some wonderful new festival friends.

I'm hoping to channel that Folks Fest energy from August to August and have a little more folks energy in my life between attending the festival.


So what's your happy place? What do you do to bring your happy place to your day-to-day life?


Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Photos [10.24.14]

Here are some photos from Andy & my week:

Sunday afternoon beers at Oskar Blues in Lyons, CO. Right from the source :o)

Denver at night, from afar.

I was feeling a tad overwhelmed Wednesday afternoon, so I stole a few unused minutes to go for a walk.

Standley Lake High School in Westminster, CO had an unfortunate event occur on campus last year and the neighboring schools sent banners of encouragement and love to the school.

Hazy Denver, from the north.


Hidden Lake. The view from inside Westminster High School.

The risk of being an Admissions Rep: Losing your voice.

This weekend we have a fall hike and some beer drinking planned. Our ideal weekend :o) Enjoy your weekend!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sunday in a Postcard: Rocky Mountain National Park

Remember earlier this month when Andy and I got up real early (ok, well, relatively early for a weekend) to go for a hike? And how much we loved it? Well, Sunday we decided to try it out again to see if it would still have it's luster. And, guess what? It did!

But first, we had to spend a little bit of money at Station 26 for a weekend happy hour :o)

Now, on to our postcard-worthy hike just a bit over an hour from our home.

Taken from the sunroof while we were in motion. Really, you can't take a bad photo here.

Not that I needed the weekend to get any better - I mean, Station 26 beers and Rocky Mountain National Park! - but it did with a Sunday evening concert in Denver. Indie artist and self-proclaimed sad song  writer, Noah Gundersen, put on a surprisingly energetic (see description as sad song writer) and beautiful show. 

Two of the band members are Noah's siblings.

This is what weekends are all about :o)