Weekend Things & A Change of Seasons

This weekend was chill.  Weather-wise, vibe-wise, football players uniting in solidarity against evil forces-wise.  Do I wish we didn’t even have to go there?  YES.  But do I respect the hell out of everyone who took a stand (er, knee) yesterday?  EVEN MORE YES.  And just like that, I’m a football fan 😛

But in all seriousness, this weekend was very good, very laid back, very cozy and I’m left feeling rested and reinvigorated.  Let’s do this thing!

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Friday started with a work event at the Leopold Bros. Distillery, which we’d never been to but it was a beautiful space.  We totally missed the tour but from what I hear it was very in-depth and not in a good way so maybe I’m glad we missed it… Did get to drink a real good cherry-infused Moscow Mule though!

Afterwards, we battled our way through the traffic back to Denver, then hit up Illegal Pete’s and the Kaleo concert at the Paramount Theater.  We had GOOD seats and per usual, the band sounded incredible.  Also felt like saying, “Look, I see you bass player/hype man and I’d love to jump up and down but this floor is sticky as hell and I can’t actually lift my feet.”

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Saturday started with an 8-mile run.  Actually, Saturday started with my alarm going off and me feeling like “NO!!!!”  Really not into that run.  But we did it, it’s done and now we just have one week of short training runs before the actual 15K race on Sunday.  I got a massage afterwards and there’s really nothing better than post-long run pampering and an hour and a half of Mom time ♥

Came home and Joey had planted the mums my sister bought me.  I love them both so much!  Also hit up the grocery — there were peaches, apples and pears and I couldn’t decide what season my tastebuds were in so I got one of each — then made pizza dinner.  Guys, this was a Thai Roasted Cauliflower Pizza and it was AMAZING.  You gotta make it!  Also, La La Land is on HBO now so we re-watched and upon second viewing, we decided… it’s still a delight!

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It basically drizzled ALL DAY on Sunday, but before the rain started, we made it to breakfast at Stowaway.  Of course we ordered a Salted Maple Pecan Donut as a breakfast appetizer!  Joey headed out to watch football afterwards and I put on cozy clothes and didn’t leave the house for the rest of the day.  I just started Big Little Lies and I think I like it!  Also knocked out our lunch for the week and then, after Joey was done re-writing the baseball standings (eeek!), we made a huge pot of 5-Ingredient Green Curry for dinner and it was kind of the perfect meal for a rainy day.

It’s only supposed to be gloomy like this for another day or so, but I walked around yesterday saying stuff like “I can’t believe it’s winter now!” because JUST LAST WEDNESDAY, it was literally 90+ degrees and this weekend felt like such a sharp contrast.  I’m not ready for it!

How was your weekend?

An Alternate Summer Bucket List

I originally wrote this post earlier in the summer, when I had barely made it through any of the things I had imagined myself doing that season.  Since then, we crossed off a bunch of “Summer Bucket List” items, but I wanted to share it anyway, as a reminder that it’s completely okay to take summer at your own pace and maybe not get to all the things you thought you were going to get to.  There are plenty of future summers for those things and in the meantime, you might just discover happiness in a whole slue of unplanned activities 🙂

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When I looked at my Summer Bucket List, hanging on the magnetic board in our kitchen, with just two items crossed out, I felt sad.  But then I thought of all the wonderful and fun things I did this summer that weren’t on that list and I felt sad no more.  I didn’t fail, I just wrote the wrong list!

What if, instead of spending most of our time trying new things, we just fine tuned/perfected/cemented our love for old things/routines/habits/experiences.  Getting better at stuff you already know you love is totally an accomplishment to me.

We went to the Farmers’ Market every Saturday we could and knew the best tents for tomatoes and just how much we could fit into my bike basket (even if we still bought more than that every time…).

We watched Dirty Dancing at Film on the Rocks and knew you forego the tailgate in favor of a amphitheater picnic because it means getting in earlier and grabbing a better seat.

I went to Yoga on the Rocks, not once but twice!  We went to so many good concerts and even upped our tailgate game by buying an actual table to sit at.

I baked ALL THE THINGS.  If weekly pie/cobbler/cake is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.  But don’t worry, we still made time for a trip to the ice cream parlor too.

We dined al fresco so many times and didn’t take a single backyard dinner for granted because they are, arguably and low key-ly, the best part of summer.

I read and ran and relaxed.  Uptight might be my middle name, but when there’s corn to grill and hammocks to read/nap in, who has time to worry about how clean (or dirty) their kitchen floor is.

I got a new grill and we found that sweet spot between BBQing for a group and just grilling up a quick dinner for ourselves.  In the end, that mostly means we just ate a lot of good things this summer.

Don’t even get me started on our little garden that I love with all my heart.  We were so much more organized and prepared this year and it was so fun to see new things grow and have that 10-minutes to water and admire all those cute little vegetables after work.

And let’s not forget weddings and vacations and weekends spent with our families that could have been stressful but ended up being relaxing and rejuvenating and a good reminder that despite all the bad things in the world, you have your people and they have you.

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So today, we say goodbye to Summer 2017 and hello to the official fall season and I’m feeling really good about it all ♥