Weekend Things: Unexpected Perfection

I thought Memorial Day Weekend was going to be my favorite weekend of the summer, but this weekend, the first weekend of June, caught me by surprise with just how perfect is was!  I know we’re only four days in, but June is THE BEST!

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Joey went golfing Friday afternoon and wasn’t planning to be home till late, so I did what any person does when home alone on a Friday night in a house that feels like it’s 90°… make no-bake granola and boil water (to brew kombucha) from the burner on your grill.  The second part of that plan was maybe a mistake because I ended up with a pot of water full of cotton, but shhh, anything to avoid heating up our house is fine by me.

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The rest of the night featured reading in the hammock, eating hot pink slider bun leftovers, watching the Rockies game with Andi (Heartbreak by the Dodgers #1) and then Joey came home and we resumed our watching of Arrested Development Season 5 until I looked over and he was full on sleeping, so I ordered us all to bed 🙂

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Saturday!  The best day!  Joey requested yogurt bowls when we woke up, so I made us each one, and then we ate them in the sunshine of the backyard before biking to the Famers’ Market for the first time this summer.  It’s such a small thing, this little trip we take (almost) every summer Saturday, but it makes me SO HAPPY.  It was already busy when we got there and early-summer produce is always a bit slim, but we got iced coffees and cherries and saw a long-haired dachshund and two new foods stands (BAO BUNS AND TACOS!) so I was truly in my happy place.

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Spent the rest of the afternoon on this little retaining wall project Joey cooked up for us.  I lifted like 10 of these bricks and did very little complaining but OH MY GOD, it was actually really hard for me.  I woke up Sunday and everything was sore!  And before you make fun of me, we looked it up and they weigh 52 pounds each.  Joey was doing most of the work, but he named me Refreshment Coordinator so I helped by providing lunch, plus I arranged for our groceries to be delivered because that just seemed like a major time-saving move.

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We cleaned ourselves up fairly early because we wanted to grab dinner before the Rockies game.  I’d been wanting to try a new-to-us placed called Goed Zuur and oh my god, I cannot believe we had not been there before!  They mostly serve sour beers and we’re on the fence with those but I did have a good one from Odd13 and daily happy hour means it was only $3, plus the food choices were great.  We both opted for a hot dog and shared a bag of duck fat, black pepper & Parmesan popcorn that I think I may have been shoveling into my mouth.  Sooo good, we’ll be back for sure!

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The Rockies gave up EIGHT RUNS in the 7th inning, but thankfully, I was barely paying attention because we attended this game with Hannah, Josh and, for his first ever Rockies game, Mason!!!  He was wearing a little Rockies onesie, baby sunglasses and a teensy hat and I COULD NOT HANDLE THE CUTENESS!  They got him a First Rockies Game button and a picture with Dinger even ♥  He was so well-behaved (and such a flirt too!) but they decided to head out at the 7th inning stretch and Joey and I looked at the score (Heartbreak by the Dodgers #2) and decided to leave too.  Made the spontaneous decision to grab ice cream at Sweet Cow afterward and look, if it’s summer and you don’t have a nightly reminder set on your phone to get ice cream, are you even really living??

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The Sunday plan was for Joey to work on the wall and me to do our food prep for the week, but I thought about it and decided we needed to have more fun than that so I suggested we grab breakfast and hit up the Chalk Art Festival as soon as it opened up and Joey was game.  We got toast and a waffle at Huckleberry then made our way to Larimer Square.  The bad news is that it was already crowded with people but the good news is it probably wasn’t as crowded as it got to be later in the afternoon and it also wasn’t too hot.  I took some shot of my favorite ones, which turned out to be anything with bright or bold colors and then we got the heck out of there.  I checked and we hadn’t been to the festival in 5 YEARS, whoa!

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The rest of the day involved wall building, lunch making (Beet, Farro, and Watercress Salad with Fig Vinaigrette coming right up!) and laundry folding but I did sneak in a workout (amen for partly cloudy skies that make mid-day running possible) and a trip to the liquor store, because I take my roll as Refreshment Coordinator very seriously, okay?  Rockies lost AGAIN (Heartbreak by the Dodgers #3 = a sweep, UGH!) but let’s focus on how good the wall looks so far instead 🙂  Joey wanted to get it in before we get a sprinkler system (FINALLY!) at the end of the month and I already think it looks great!

Rounded out Sunday by reading on the porch swing, walking Andi, cooking a quick but delicious dinner of grilled salmon and a broiled veggie side, featuring radishes we grew ourselves (!) and eating it in the backyard (MY FAVORITE!) before finishing up a movie we started on Saturday called The Tale.  What can I say, except that it was deeply disturbing but masterfully made?  Look it up!  In conclusion, if the first weekend of June is any indication, this month is going to be incredible ♥

Memory-a-Day in May

Tuesday, May 1st: Taco Tuesday and $1 tacos that looked cute but tasted bland.

Wednesday, May 2nd: A very good soup on a very rainy night, Adele in the background.

Thursday, May 3rd: Walking my doggy in sunshiny weather.

Friday, May 4th: Holding my sister and mom’s hands as we walked back to the car after getting pizza for dinner.

Saturday, May 5th: Walking from yoga to the library and feeling smitten with Denver.

Sunday, May 6th: Thinking a pink tulip in my garden was the perfect size to sip some rosé from.

Monday, May 7th: First grilled pizza of the year!

Tuesday, May 8th: Drinking Bubble Stash with Joey on a warm night at Coors Field.

Wednesday, May 9th: Eating dinner in the backyard and feeling so so content.

Thursday, May 10th: Listening to the best Throwback Thursday playlist on Spotify.

Friday, May 11th: Thinking I’d be able to leave the Rockies game early because it was already 9-3.

Saturday, May 12th: Sipping a lunchtime beer at our first BBQ of the season.

Sunday, May 13th: Sitting next to my mama and across from my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day brunch.

Monday, May 14th: Being in a sincere funk on a rainy Monday.

Tuesday, May 15th: Pulling a thorn out of our puppy’s paw while taking him on a walk.

Wednesday, May 16th: Morning breakfast burrito date at Onefold.

Thursday, May 17th: Sitting on ski lift bench for dinner at Homegrown Tap & Dough.

Friday, May 18th: Feeling my heart swell at the sight of Mason smiling ♥

Saturday, May 19th: Hearing Joey say “come on, Andi, let’s get our spot on the couch ready” at 4:30 AM on the morning of the Royal Wedding.

Sunday, May 20th: Battling those anxious “I have so much to do today!” thoughts as I powered through a to-do list that felt equal parts exciting and stressful.

Monday, May 21st: Eating really good homemade shrimp tacos.

Tuesday, May 22nd: Taking the shovel to our out of control rhubarb plant that WILL NOT DIE!

Wednesday, May 23rd: Whipping up a quick dinner, NOT cleaning as I went, eating outside with our pup and remarking that “this is my favorite part of summer!”

Thursday, May 24th: Being brave enough to order the pork dumplings that our waiter referred to as “an 8-9 out of 10 on the heat scale” and not only surviving, but loving them!

Friday, May 25th: Watering our garden on a warm morning, iced coffee in hand.

Saturday, May 26th: Regretting not bringing kettle corn to the drive in.

Sunday, May 27th: Taking my mom to Black Eye Coffee for a coffee cake snack.

Monday, May 28th: Watching my nephew make instant friends with a neighbor kid and wishing adults had it so easy.

Tuesday, May 29th: Getting a little bit of social time at book club before taking myself home for some alone time.

Wednesday, May 30th: Tag-teaming dinner effortlessly. Doesn’t always happen like that.

Thursday, May 31st: Starting Season 5 of Arrested Development.

So long, May!