Weekend Things

You know when you’re just minding your own business, doing things like bottling your very own kombucha, or harvesting patty pan squash from your very own garden and then you remember “I never posted about last weekend!!!”??  Or is that just me?

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It was chilly and rainy on Friday so when Joey suggested we see a movie, I was like “BRILLIANT!”  I had been wanting to see Captain Fantastic for weeks and it was playing at our favorite theater so it was a no-brainer.  There was a line outside the ticket booth and I’ve never seen that happen before!  My thoughts on the movie could be a post in itself but I’ll just be brief and say SEE IT!  It was so beautiful and thought-provoking.  We absolutely loved it.

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Saturday involved pancakes, a mid-morning run, a trip to the Farmers’ Market (where I bought thee best peaches I’ve ever tasted and I’m not even exaggerating!) a quick trip to the grocery store so I could make this pistachio-yogurt sauce (TO DIE FOR) and basically just working my entire day around the men’s 10m diving events.  We ended the day at the annual “Zehnder Bash.”  I drank something greenish from an unmarked drink dispenser, so that’s where I am in life.

Right now, I’m realizing how hard it is to put together the details of stuff that happened five days ago and mostly thinking “is that what we did on Saturday??” 

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On Sunday, Joey and I grabbed breakfast sandwiches and Bloodies at Port Side then chilled out till I left for Girls Day with my mom and sister.  We walked over to Base Coat — my mom had never been and we wanted her to experience the pure bliss! — and got our nails done.  Just know that my sister picked my polish color and it’s called “Brunch.”

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Back at home, I real quick made some graham crackers for s’mores (that I still haven’t actually made…) then tackled a quick dinner of BLT lettuce wraps and grilled corn with Crema and it was easily the best corn we’ve had all summer.  Then we watched the Closing Ceremony and cried and cried because “4 MORE YEARS!” has a totally different and sad meaning when you’re talking about the Summer Olympics.  Actually, we laughed when the Japanese Prime Minister Mario-ed himself out of that giant tube, but then straight back to crying.

Now it’s Thursday and another weekend is almost upon us!  Can’t be sad about that.  What last minute summer plans do you guys have??

Best of the 2016 Summer Olympics

Last night, as the Closing Ceremony came to an explosive end, I asked Joey to be extra nice to me this week, as I’ll be suffering from Post-Olympic Depression.  Only sort of kidding, because I let myself get SO wrapped into the past two weeks of elite athletic competition that life afterwards feels abruptly ordinary.  For two weeks, the whole world came together to watch the best of the best put their all into their events and that communal feeling was so real and strong and wonderful.  Why does it all have end?!

So what are we to do after a Summer Olympics that gave us “Phelps Face,” Aly Raisman’s parents and a triple-triple?  A “Best Of” montage, of course!

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The Opening and Closing Ceremony

Probably don’t need to see Giselle walk that long of a runway ever again and I would settle for an abbreviated version of the Parade of Nations, but these ceremonies are always so fun to watch.  May we all remember the flag-bearer from Tonga for the rest of our days.

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Gold AND Silver in the Women’s All Around Gymnastics Final

I think we all knew Simone Biles would win gold and don’t get me wrong, I was so excited when she did, but Aly Raisman’s silver-medal performance almost made me cry.  Her routine was flawless and seeing her get so emotional afterwards was so moving.

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Katie Ledecky Can’t Be Beat

Michael Phelps is retired and it’s girl power time!  Was Katie’s confidence in and out of the pool inspirational or what??  Watching her swim that 800m, finish WAY before any one else AND beat her own World Record was exhilarating!

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Zac Efron Shows Up in Rio

I was pretty sure he was already in Rio but it turns out that was just Michael Hixon.  Part of me was embarrassed for our women’s gymnastics team’s reaction to seeing him and the other part of me knew that I’d probably react the same way.  Look, we ALL love Zac Efron, let’s just be honest.

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Usain Bolt is the Best… But Seriously

Had to Google it to see if Bolt is his real last name.  It is!  How apropos.  I know I’m supposed to root for my own country, but how can you not want Usain Bolt to win gold every single time?  And he makes it look so easy.  And so fun!

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All the Diving

Guys… I was super into diving this year!  I watched the prelim, semifinal and final for men’s 10m platform diving on Friday/Saturday and found myself saying things like “I cannot believe Tom Daly didn’t even make it to the final!!!” to people who didn’t even know who Tom Daly was.

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Lochte v Brazil, aka “Our Idiot Brother Swimmer”

Ugh.  Please excuse our bad example of American entitlement.  I want to give Ryan Lochte the benefit of the doubt and believe that being drunk and being asked to fork over money in a language you don’t speak really would be a confusing situation, but come on now.

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MICHAEL FREAKING PHELPS 

My love for Michael Phelps is both deep and complicated.  Ironically, I just re-read this post that I wrote in 2012 where I referred to him as our “Olympic poster child” and talked about his retirement.  So much for either of those things after getting his SECOND DUI and coming back out of retirement.  But, that DUI seemed to be a real wake up call.  He may have came in second during one race and he might have needed help pulling himself out of the pool after that relay but for real, I am SO proud of 2016 Michael Phelps.  He seemed so much more of a team player, so much better of a human being and so much happier about it all.  He truly is the GOAT!

In all seriousness, I am SO EXCITED to go to bed before 11 o’clock now that this Olympic business is over.