What I’m Loving Lately: A Summer 2020 Edition

If there’s one thing COVID-19 has taught me, it’s that none of the things I thought mattered actually matter. As in, I’ve survived without going to the movie theater, wearing real clothes, dining out or getting my nails done. I can still cook good food, walk my pup, visit with my immediate family and catch up on the billions of old movies I haven’t seen, so I guess I’m good! Here’s some of the things that are still bringing me joy this summer season, as weird as it may be.

FRUIT!

“What are you craving??” is possibly my least favorite pregnancy-related question because my answer is so boring: nothing really, except maybe ALL THE FRUIT. Watermelon, cherries, strawberries, grapes and most recently PEACHES!!! I asked Joey if he’d ever cried because he was so happy to be eating a peach and he said “definitely not,” so yeah, me neither…

Weekly Coffee Walk

We are so close to Tennyson Street that we can walk there! I had planned to make it a once weekly jog, but on our first outing Joey told me “you know, a long walk is fine too” and I haven’t jogged since 😂 Once we get to Tennyson, I grab us coffee at Downpours and we stroll on back. Oh and last week, we tried the donuts from Berkeley Donuts (aka Hops & Pie) and man, were they good!!! We split two and sent the rest to the office 😀

An Improved Bed Situation

I’ve hated our mattress, bed skirt, duvet cover and sheets for so long, so I vowed to upgrade once we moved. We shelled out for a Tempurpedic and I have gone from guaranteed nightly hip pain to like once or twice a week minor hip pain, so it already seems worth it to me! Plus Joey can’t feel me getting out of bed to use the bathroom, so he’s happy 😋 Also, my parents got us new linens and a quilt for my birthday and they are so so much better (and cooler) than what we had before!

Baby’s Crib!

Speaking of beds, baby’s is up! This is literally the only progress we’ve made on the nursery (waiting on some wallpaper samples before we can choose a paint color!) but I love it so much!!! I cannot leave or enter my room next door without peeking in at it first. I mean, he won’t sleep in there until at least six months after he’s born, but it’ll be ready when he is!

Dining Al Fresco

Okay, this is a summer favorite every year, but working from home means I sometimes get to sit out there for breakfast, lunch and dinner! And we have a little pergola, so there’s shade for these 95° days (THANK GOD!). Feels so good to sit out there for dinner when the heat is starting to wear off and we’re not distracted by the TV.

A Better Behaved Pup

Okay, not going to pretend Andi is a perfect angel now, but there’s much less activity going on the yards next to us than at the last house, so sometimes I can let him outside and leave him unsupervised for big blocks of time. I’ll sneak peeks at him and he’ll just be chilling in the sun. It’s the cutest! Also, I let him out when Joey tells me he’s headed home from the office twice a week and he patiently waits for his return. Now if only he would stop barking his head off at every delivery person that shows up at our house!

Please tell me what you’re loving in this unusual summer season 😊

4th of July 2020

What a weekend! Guys, I’m tired. I think we almost always do our own two-person thing on the 4th, but since we never had a Memorial Day BBQ and everyone had the day off, it only felt right to invite our family over for ribs. Between that and taking a trip to Loveland on Friday and a trip to Frederick on Sunday, I am beat, but in a good way 😃

Can I also say that celebrating America felt weird this year. I’m not going to pretend any of the problems this country is facing right now, just popped up this year, but they are in the forefront of my mind and look, I know there are many great things about America, but she’s not looking her best right now. It’s tough.

I don’t know how to segue out of that one, so here’s a bump selfie comin in hot! Please ignore the messy state of our room, okay? 24 weeks, can you believe it?!

We had Friday off, so while Joey headed over to our old house to do some last-minute yard clean up before our renters move in, I baked ribs and ran over to D Bar to pick up a 4th of July cherry pie! It was fresh out of the oven so it hadn’t quite set up yet and started leaking when I put in on the car seat, so I quickly had to move it to the floor to be more level. Smelled so good!!!

Afterward, we headed up to Loveland for a long overdue visit to my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew. My nephew is like 5′-8 now?? And my niece has braces and they BOTH have cell phones. When did they get so grown up?? It was really nice to chat with my bro and sis-in-law and would you look at that pendant my brother made me?? GORGEOUS! ❤

Back at home, we lazed for a bit then made portobello burgers for dinner eaten al fresco. Oh and we watched The Photograph afterward and Joey liked it but I thought it was just alright.

Well we started the 4th in a relaxed way with buttermilk pancakes and PEACHES (!!!). Since we haven’t been to the Farmers’ Market, I have lost all sense of what’s in season, so maybe it’s still early for peaches but I couldn’t wait any longer! After that, the whole day just felt like a series of unfortunate incidents. First our A/C went out, then I exploded a stick of butter in the microwave, then our sink started leaking into the cabinet underneath, OY! But then everyone came over and even though it started raining just as Joey went to grill the ribs, we had a pretty new dining table to relocate to. We were able to move it back outside for dessert and to watch all of Denver shoot off fireworks from their backyard. It was NUTS! Andi didn’t seem to mind but Huni was over and spent the night huddled between Joey and I, shaking. Poor pup!

We did a bit of relaxing on Sunday morning, then whipped up some coleslaw and headed over to Bobby and Becca’s new house. It looks so nice!!! They are having a baby girl in just about a month, so we got to see the nursery and all those adorable newborn baby girl clothes ❤ They fed us lunch and dessert and we got to catch up and it was so nice. Back at home, we finished The Sopranos!!! I can’t believe we got through it that fast but I’m so glad we’ve finally seen it.

Please tell me how your 4th of July weekend was!