I’m good, I’m good, I’m good, I’m good!

I have a new favorite song, “I’m Good,” by the Mowgli’s. I love the lyrics. Here they are:

I’m good, I’m good, I’m good, I’m good; living life just like I should; wouldn’t change it if I could; I’m good, I’m good, I’m good

Trying to figure out who I am or who I’m supposed to be; feel good about where I stand so I can make the most of me

I’m coming back down from space; a million miles away; there’s a lot of love in this place; and I’m just trying to say

I’m good, I’m good, I’m good, I’m good; living life just like I should; wouldn’t change it if I could; I’m good, I’m good, I’m good

It’s been a long time living this way; worrying what people say; feeling like I won’t fit in; but I won’t give up, no I won’t give in

We’re looking for something more; what you’re really looking for; it’s been with you since you were born; since you were born

You only live once; I’m good with myself; I’m there for my friends; Til the very end

I wanna see another love revolution; find a way to be a better person; If we come together like we should; we could all be good

Good message, good tune. Lots of good, all around! Music is very therapeutic for me. I listen to AltNation on Sirius XM or locally, 93.3 almost exclusively. We’ve got some concert tickets already purchased for this summer and some others that we’ve got our eyes on. There’s nothing better than a Red Rocks summer concert. Well, besides a Red Rocks summer movie. And a Red Rocks morning run. Ok — it’s clear that I love Red Rocks. 🙂

This one time … at band camp…

Zach was supposed to go to Grand Junction yesterday for a band competition (for those who live outside Colorado, GJ is a few hours away — even longer by tour bus — and is on the western slope of the Rockies. To get there, you have to go up over the Divide and across a couple mountain passes.) They were going to stay the night in Glenwood Springs at the Hot Springs Resort. But the weather didn’t cooperate. A spring snow storm came across the mountains starting on Thursday and continued into Friday. Michael was supposed to chaperone the trip so he and Zach were watching and waiting eagerly, but to no avail. The trip was delayed and eventually cancelled. I’m sure it was the right call — on E-470 another tour bus flipped and so many other accidents caused closures and back ups for miles.

But Zach’s had sort of a rough week. First he got the news about his food allergies. Then he developed a cold. For him, colds are really sucky because he has asthma, and that’s his main trigger. On Wednesday, he needed his nebulizer a number of times and took his inhaler at school several times. He said that the treatments felt like they were working for only about half an hour. So, after dinner on Wednesday, Michael took him to the ER. We contemplated a bit before taking him, but I’d rather err on the side of safe than sorry. Ultimately, his pulse ox was good, he was exchanging air well so they gave him a treatment and some prednisone. They sent him home with prescriptions for prednisone and Adviar. He was doing better by Thursday, but his cough persisted so he stayed home from school, hoping the whole time that the band trip would happen.

When it was cancelled, I may have been more disappointed than he. Michael was too. But when Zach got home from school, Michael had a genius idea that we all go to a hot springs anyway! So we started feverishly Googling for a hot springs resort that we didn’t have to travel on I-70 to get to, was not too far from home and was suitable for kids. Lo and behold, we found it! Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort. Within the hour, we were packed and gone.


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Top left: the drive there on Friday evening. Top right: The pools in the morning. Middle left: Michael’s selfie and Zach’s photo bomb. Middle right: Either a big foot sighting or Aspen and me through the steam of the pools at night. Bottom: The view from our room.

Check it out if you like. Rick and Ann, it’s a great option for you guys the next time you head out this way. It’s a beautiful drive there, two hours from my house, the accommodations are very nice and they have a restaurant on site.

As luck would have it, they had three rooms left for the night and one had two queen beds — just perfect for the four of us. It may have been the best night of sleep I’ve had in quite some time. The room was SO dark. And I crashed. No one in my family snores, has bladder control issues or talks in their sleep, so no one got booted out into the snow. 🙂 When I woke up at 7, I felt very refreshed.

The springs are nestled right up against Mt. Princeton (a 14-er), and the scenery is just amazing. They have a couple big pools filled with the relaxing hot mineral water, but also a creek runs through the property with spouts of hot spring water that enter the stream periodically creating pools of warm water.

Zach loved it! He said he’d love to go back this summer.

The drive back to Denver was … interesting. It snowed again this morning over Kenosha Pass. We had only one incident where we flirted with danger. The Jeep started to fishtail, and I thought we were going to end up in the ditch. My money was on the right side. We did not. Zach thought it was the coolest thing ever. Michael and Zach joked about “Tokyo Drift” and I didn’t even pretend like I knew what they meant.  And I was thankful that no other cars were in the southbound lane at that moment. In all, it was a beautiful drive. Snow storms are just something you have to get used to in the Rockies.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

Once back home, I made some fruit water (strawberry and watermelon) and checked my plants. Which are growing like … weeds! Look at them! Those are cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, oregano, and lavender. The peppers haven’t popped up yet and neither have some lines of the previously mentioned seeds. But I still have faith. Now I’m off to Jared’s to get some 3″ and 5″ pots for my sprouts.

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Now, I’ve got some beef stocking brewing. I roasted some marrow bones and put them in the crock pot with water, bay leaves, onion, celery and salt and pepper. I’m going to make beef stew for dinner. Which reminds me… my taste is returning! It’s not fully back, but probably 50% and growing. And that other bone marrow stew that Butch made me eat?? Oh my, it wasn’t fit for man nor beast. I knew it was good for me, so I ate it a few times. But the timing was particularly bad. At a time when food already tastes like feet and my nausea was at an all-time high, it was not a good idea to go mixing Chinese herbs that look like bark with beef bones and seaweed and calling it “soup.” I literally gagged. And so I was done.

I just felt like running.

One last note… I feel like I want to run. I see people running, and I remember how good it felt. I haven’t run in so long and I miss it. I probably wouldn’t make it very far these days, and I’m quite sure that Butch would tell me that I should not try given my need to conserve energy and rebuild my strength, plus my femurs still hurt after running up the stairs in my house, but it feels good to WANT to! Cha feel?


One thought on “I’m good, I’m good, I’m good, I’m good!

  1. I LOVE this post Erika!!!!!! It made me smile, and smile and smile…..well, not the part about Zach’s struggles this week, and I am so glad that he is feeling better…but the part about how you all just hopped in the car and searched out an alternative for a very disappointing day. Why didn’t I think of that??? Anyway, I’m glad your feeling like you want to run, that’s awesome. You’re wanting to cook, your plants are happy….and I am happy for you as I read this post. xo

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