Catching Up

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Joey and I had plans to go grab breakfast sandwiches together this morning but he’s been sick since Sunday — guess drinking and staying out till 2 AM doesn’t bode well for 28-year olds :P — and was not even close to feeling up to it.

I still walked myself over to Huckleberry because having a coffee shop in walking distance and getting in a brisk walk first thing in the morning when the streets are still quiet and the sun is just coming up makes me insanely happy.

Also, because someone stayed up late watching the Rockies game — West Coast games, you are so brutal BUT that Nolan Arenado catch was so worth staying up for! — coffee was needed!

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On the food front…

We went out for a birthday dinner at a new(ish) restaurant called Gozo last week.  I thought the space was so awesome.  It was big and open and filled with white subway tile, wooden tables, Edison pendant lights and quirky things like a speaker shaped like a suitcase over the bar.  The service was so-so but the food… GAH!

We also went out to Tamayo, which is a Mexican restaurant on Larimer, and even though there was BACON GUACAMOLE, there was also $11 margaritas and that even seems steep for a marg addict like me.  I wouldn’t be sad if I never went there again.

Seeing as we were out every night last week (or so it felt!) and dinner-time cooking wasn’t happening, we survived off roasted veggies for lunch.  Transformed into this, this, this and this.  I was a happy (lunch) camper!

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On Wednesday, we saw Motown the Musical.  It was like 30 seconds into the show when the Temptations and the Four Tops were having a music battle that I knew I was going to love it!  There was a guy sitting in front of us who was seriously rocking out and even though we were all laughing at him, I kinda wanted to be doing what he was doing.

I’ve been listening to The Supremes Radio on iHeart ever since.  My mom raised me on Oldies so I probably know these songs better than anything that’s on the radio right now.  I forgot just how much I love “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye.

We’ve made it to Season 3 of The Wire and even though Omar is the coolest (especially when he’s all “Indeed.  Most def.”), I’ve kinda been meh about the show since Season 1.  I think I’m still watching so I can have an opportunity to say “McNutty.”

What’s going on in your life?!

Opening Day Weekend Things

Wait, can you put “day” and “weekend” next to each other or is that a total contradiction?  Nevermind.  All those in favor of switching to three day weekends permanently, say aye.  AYE AYE AYE.  Friday was the Rockies Home Opener (Joey said we weren’t allowed to call it “Opening Day” since they’d played a series on the road already but I say whatever to that) and this year, we decided to just take the whole day off.  You know, so we could start drinking beer at 9:30 AM…

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This new brewery in our neighborhood opened at 9 AM for the occasion and Joey had been excited to go for at least two full weeks.  Beer isn’t usually my breakfast of choice, but I figured it’s okay to get caught up in the excitement once in a while.  For the record, the six of us were the ONLY people there up until we left for the game at 11:30.

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Obligatory (and much anticipated by me) lunch at Biker Jim’s before the game.  It was busy as usual, but that place is such a well-oiled machine on game days that things always go quickly.  I got an Elk Jalapeno Cheddar dog then smothered it in ALL THE TOPPINGS.  Because hot dogs are really just vehicles for toppings, right?  At least BJ’s has really delicious vehicles.

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That cloud of balloons never gets old.  Plus new jerseys for a new season!

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We won!  Which always makes Opening Day (yeah, I’ll call it that if I want, Joey!) more fun.  It was so hot right at the beginning of the game, then the clouds came out and provided some lovely shade.  I’m always so worried about having good weather on Opening Day but I swear we always luck out!

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Joey went gambling with the guys after the game and didn’t get home till 2 AM, so Saturday was blissfully lazy.  I think we watched a lot of TV?  Story of our lives.  But around 6 PM, Bobby and Becca came over for some BBQ action.  We made our favorite green chili chicken burgers, a Greek veggie salad, roasted asparagus and margaritas.  Oh and chips, which Joey and I nonchalantly finished off after our friends left.

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After all the tequila was gone (I swear we only had a little left at the beginning of the night!), Joey pulled out the whiskey and took a stab at Old Fashioneds.  (<— Is that how you make that plural??)  I thought they were effing gross strong, but hey, those twists of orange look pretty good, don’t they??  Oh and we broke out the fire pit for the first time this season, yay!

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Sunday started with whole wheat pancakes!  I love when we have buttermilk on hand.  It just makes pancakes way better!  Pretty sure it scared Joey when I described these at whole wheat, flax and oatmeal flour pancakes but I swear they contained normal pancake things like sugar and butter too!  Plus I kinda loved the texture the flax added.  Oh and after breakfast, we kegged our newest beer, which measured out at 10.5% ABV!  We think we might have botched the recipe, but fingers crossed that it just magically turns out good.

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Afternoon game means we broke out our bikes and peddled over.  It was windy as hell, but that ride is so pleasantly easy and quick that the wind wasn’t a big deal.  The game itself was straight up hot and straight up depressing because our closer blew a two-run lead and gave up a two-run homerun to lose the game.  Wah, wah.  In other news, halfway through the game Joey said I was unusually quiet to which I responded that I’m really trying to focus this year! :)

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Closed out the night with a Sunday Salad™ (ha ha, couldn’t pass up that TM opportunity!) — after trying to make a quiche and realizing it was going to take an hour and a half to bake and that we were out of eggs — and Mad Men.  In conclusion, after Joey’s birthday, Easter and Opening Day, I’m feeling like I don’t need to go out to eat or drink alcohol for like two weeks.  Or at least two days :P

Celebratory Weekend Things

Joey loves when his birthday and Easter coincide and after what I would call an A+ weekend, I can see why.  Family gatherings, lots of good food and awesomely warm spring weather!  Plus baseball’s back and I can’t be mad at that :)

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I got Joey all the makings of an Old Fashioned and I’m pretty excited that we get to play bartender with giant ice cubes now.  Oh and I made a mad dash to Whole Foods to pick up a surprise Chantilly cake while Joey was in a meeting.  I think everyone at work liked it…

Only felt kinda serial killer-y toting that giant knife around.

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At 3 PM, Joey had decided he was over work so we ditched that place and took ourselves to Root Down for a pre-birthday dinner drink.  We sat at the bar and tried to take note of Old Fashioned-making techniques.  I ordered a Pepper Blossom which is totally not on the HH menu but totally worth full price because it’s INCREDIBLE.  P.S. New boots!

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IMG_7584I took Joey to Harman’s Eat + Drink for dinner and the food was so incredibly good!  The drinks?  Not so much.  I was the DD so I didn’t really care, plus I was distracted by teensy tacos, celery root tots and the juiciest pan roasted chicken there ever was!  I would totally recommend (the food at) this place!  For real, I had to force Joey to go get ice cream with me after dinner.  Who does he think he is?!

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The first half of Saturday was spent at Joey’s dad’s for springtime birthday celebrating/early Easter.  We brought a buncha cupcakes from a bakery near our house and I think they went over well!  Second half of the day was spent celebrating Joey’s birthday with his mom.  Annual Mexican dinner at Los Arcos.  Would you check out that look of pure delight on Joey’s face when they put that sombrero on his head.

Afterwards, we had his grandparents over to see our house for the first time ever then we convinced his mom and brother to go on a mini brewery crawl with us.  Full disclosure: I left my purse at the first brewery, didn’t realize until after the 20 minute walk to the second brewery and basically bereted myself the entire walk back to get it.  Yeah, for those of you keeping track, this is the third time I’ve done that…

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Easter Sunday was busy!  Okay, not really, we just got coffee (iced, duh!), roasted A TON of veggies (because it’s gonna be a busy week and having grab and go lunch options is going to be key!), I went on a run and then Easter dinner.  Mom knocked it out of the park food-wise.  That asparagus!  Both our mothers spoiled us with Easter basket gifts galore — yeah, we got Sea Monkeys! — and I provided Strawberry Shortcake for dessert.  How pretty does it look on Mom’s china?  I tried my hand at coconut whipped cream and it turned out awesome.  Though that’s not actually it in the above picture :)

This Week: Rockies Opening Day, a fantasy baseball draft, dinner and Motown the Musical, probably another dinner out for Joey’s birthday and the Rockies HOME Opener!  Yes, yes yes!

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