Shortly after finding out I’d gotten the job in Ridgway, I found out Amanda Shires was playing at the Wright Opera House in Ouray. Shires plays the type of singer-songwriter alt-country music that I really love so I immediately bought a ticket.
Then, about four hours before showtime, things got even better when I learned that Jason Isbell, Shires husband, would be playing guitar. Isbell played in Telluride awhile ago and I was so bummed to miss out. (You should totally check out the Death, Sex & Money podcast Confessions of a Nashville Power Couple featuring Shires and Isbell; it’s awesome.)
The show was absolutely worth every penny and the really snowy drive home. Shires was so personable and entertaining and the venue was one of the most intimate I’ve ever attended a show at. (It almost reminded me of the Village Club Series at Bates.) Watching these two perform together was also amazing.
If you ever get the chance to see Amanda be sure to go! The show will not disappoint.
Lately, life has been a little rough at times. I’ve been adjusting to life on my own and taking on a new career all while tackling my #damselNOTindistress projects.
However, looking back at the last week, I can’t help but smile. I attended an awesome Halloween party at The Sherbino:
Monday, I went out for burgers and beer with friends. Then Wednesday, we gathered again to eat cheese, drink wine, and play Cards Against Humanity.
Yesterday morning, our whole school gathered to send off our volleyball team to state. It didn’t hurt that the volunteer fire department escorted the bus out to the highway with lights and sirens.
Then last night, I was driving home from yet another Home Depot trip and was absolutely astounded by the quiet beauty of the mountains in the moonlight.
Sometimes it’s just the little things, you know?
What little things are making you happy this week?
Yesterday, I shared my lazy Sunday in bed. Why was I so exhausted? Well, after two weekends of solid work (plus a week of parent-teacher conference craziness combined with more #damselNOTindistresswork), I finished hanging the drywall, applying the mud, texturing, and painting!
This blurry shot is me celebrating being done mudding the drywall:
And then it was time to mask off the windows and center beam to get ready for paint and texture:
The texturing went quickly and was relatively painless:
And then, finally, there was paint:
I can’t believe how great this place looks!
The flooring arrives today! Once that goes in, I think I’ll finally feel like I’m not living in a construction zone!
The last month has been a really busy one for me. I was either playing all weekend (Kristin visiting and going to Joes Valley with some #omniten friends were highlights!) or working on the house (the last two weekends).
This photo is from Saturday night but it still sums up my Sunday:
I have a #damselNOTindistress update coming your way this week but yesterday, I finally took a break. I made a Home Depot run in the morning, got home, cleaned the kitchen up (it’s finally a functional kitchen not covered in drywall dust!), and then I made a cup of tea, crawled in bed, turned on a movie and started working on my quilt.
I desperately needed a day to recharge my batteries. (Interestingly, Katie wrote about the same idea yesterday.) Today, it’s back to school and #damselNOTindistress-ing. But sometimes, a quiet rainy day is just what the Sprocket ordered:
Kristin and I need to be better at taking Selfies apparently because this whole post looks like it’s all about SP and me. Luckily, she was kind enough to share some photos of our awesome day in Telluride here on the blog. We headed to Telluride via Last Dollar Road to enjoy the last of the fall colors, walked around downtown Telluride, gorged ourselves at Brown Dog Pizza, and rode the gondola to Mountain Village for a little extra scenery.