Happy First Day Of Spring

Happy First Day of Spring everyone!



It’s a chilly morning here in Denver, but the sun is out and it should get warmer through out the day.  Spring has definitely sprung her head and I couldn’t be happier.  Hope it’s beautiful and springy where you are as well 🙂

This Morning

Gus man and I celebrated the first day of spring in the best way possible.

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A beautiful walk in the hills of the Highland neighborhood!

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I’ve grown to love our little Thursday morning ritual of long walks and slowly waking up.  Ever since I got sick these rest days have been very important for me and my body, and I’m happy to include Gus in that little routine.

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Denver was beautiful as always and woke us up nicely (well woke me up, Gus is currently fast asleep deep in the back of his crate.  I think he thinks he’s hiding. . .)

Workout of the Day:  Rest/Walk with Gus

Not a bad morning 🙂  Let’s back track to last night

Sandwiches and Brew Co

Last night was another standard Jara low key date night of sammies and Denver Brew Co.

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Once again I went with the Tuna on an english muffin from Masterpiece Deli  (the best) that I enjoyed with a Raspberry kolsh.

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Zach was happy to be home knowing that there isn’t any travel in the foreseeable future.  The poor boy has been all over the globe the past few months, but at least he’s been able to keep a good attitude about it and take advantage of it 🙂

We came home early to watch the St Louis Blues/Chicago Blackhawks game which unfortunately went ugly fast. . . oh well.  The Blues are just fine to skate into the playoffs and that’s where the real fun begins.

I of course ended the evening the same way I have every other day this week. . . 



And introduced the boy to them as well. . . It’s going to be a sad day when I grow sick of these cookies.

That’s all I have for yall this morning.  I hope you get to get outside and enjoy the first day of Spring at some point 🙂

Question of the Morning:  Does it feel like Spring where you are?  How many rest days do you take, and do you completely rest or have some kind of easy activity normally planned for them?

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Good Morning and Happy Monday.  But more importantly. . .

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!  Wearing my green to show a bit of Irish pride, and protect my hide from being pinched! {see what I did there?}  Anybody have any fun festive plans for the holiday?   I think my evening is going to include some yoga and sushi. . . but I may throw a Guiness in there for good Irish flavor 😉


Yesterday was another beautiful day here in Denver {thank you Spring}

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Zach felt like enjoying the sunshine a bit after being in the cold mountains, so we headed to Denver Brew Co for a quick beer.  Of course I went with an Irish stout, hello!

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I brought a new-to-me but AWESOME snack with us to enjoy along with the beer.  These Earth Balance bite remind me of a peanut butter Cracker Jack, which I HIGHLY approve of!  Zach had a little problem with the idea of the “peanut butter covered peanuts” that were mixed in, but I didn’t.  The more, the merrier when it comes to PB.

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Even August was basking in the afternoon sunshine yesterday when we got home from DBC.  I think she may have been a little jealous of the rest of the family enjoying the patio, but that’s OK.  She always forgives us. . .

Sunday evening of course equals pizza night in the Jara household, so that’s exactly what we did.


Except last night we switched it up a bit.   I made one side of the pizza “Greek” and used up the peppers, feta and basil that we had.  While it was definitely tasty, the lack of wetness on the crust made it a little crispier than we are used to.  More like a flat bread.  We definitely weren’t complaining, just very different.  We of course also had our delicious cheesy side to compensate :).

And then because I just didn’t get enough Peanut butter in my afternoon snack, I answered a quick baking bug and made peanut butter cookies.

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That actually ended up being more like peanut butter pancakes (I didn’t want to use much flour at all because I think it makes the cookies chalky — but next time I would add oats so the cookies would hold together better).  With that said, they were still delicious and with the addition of half the sugar, applesauce instead of shortening, pretty healthy as well!

Workout of the Morning

Zach and I went to bed super early last night in hopes to start the week off on the right foot (and he had a 6 AM flight, you know).  That meant I had no excuse to get outta bed and get a quick gym session in to start the week off on the right foot.


I did not AT ALL feel like treadmill running it this AM, so I hoped on our stationary bike and read through some of my blogs for a quick 10 miles.  I ended it with some tricep dips and upper body twists for good measure.   I’m also hoping to squeeze in a yoga class this afternoon,  but we’ll see how the day goes!

Happy St Patties Day Everyone!

Question of the Morning:  Are you Irish?  Do you celebrate, whether or not you’re Irish? 

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What We Do When It’s Freezing

What’s something to do when it’s super cold all weekend?

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Hit up the slopes 🙂

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Our day started bright and early at 615 so that we could miss the powder hound traffic, and thankfully that’s exactly what we did.   Including a stop at the grocery store for gas and snacks/breakfast, we made it to Arapahoe Basin before 815.  Awesome!

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The morning started cloudy and tough to see with dull light, but as you can tell by the pictures ended up sunny and quite perfect.

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Gus was NOT about the PBR (please don’t think that we would ever actually let Gus have beer. . . )

I don’t know how Zach does it, but he managed to rally pretty flipping well today after 24 hours of travel and ski a good hard 4 hours.  Call me impressed.

Workout of the day:  SKIING 🙂


After a relaxing morning, I headed to the airport to finally pick up the boy.  Zach’s flight got in about 2 PM which actually worked out really well.

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To say the furballs were happy to have dad home is an understatement.

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We hung around the house catching up on all the American TV he missed until our tummies told us it was time for dinner.  Per the traveling boy’s request, we hit up DBC and brought dinner along.

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Last nights dinner may not have looked great, but man was it delicious.  A Cubano sandwich on the worlds best english muffin from Masterpiece Delicatessen.  I was in hog heaven.

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And so was our begging pup.

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Yeah — we both shared our dinners last night.  We’re such suckers.

And now it’s time to soak up the rest of my Sunday afternoon with the family.  I hope you all have had a great weekend and are staying warm wherever you are!