Anniversary Weekend Things

FIVE YEARS, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??  Sometimes it feels like just yesterday and sometimes I hear myself telling newly married or recently engaged people about our wedding and imagine them rolling their eyes because they don’t want to hear about something that happened so long ago.  Okay, now I’m projecting and we’ve gotten off track 😛

HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY TO US, IT’S BEEN THE VERY VERY BEST!

750ae611-ce98-4acd-8462-bdc8ebc22fb0599cd80b-df39-410a-a577-5d5520159c2a

We had a very loud, but otherwise wonderful, dinner at Spuntino — we split two perfectly al dente pasta dishes and a flight of gelato — and I hope everything in Italy tastes this good when we’re there in a month!  I took zero pictures because sometimes, it’s really really nice to not do that.  Afterward, we hit up the Mayan to see Brittany Runs a Marathon.  Joey dropped his chapstick off the second floor balcony while we were waiting to go into the theater and I found it really funny.  Anyway, the movie was ALSO really funny and I wholeheartedly loved it!  Joey didn’t find it “artistic” enough and I think I’ve created this monster?

619c7b9a-156c-4a7b-8eec-f0cc2cedb4c461fed822-96c6-4e7b-a8f7-08c05fe83a83dd495e4c-d35a-4b86-aec4-99bb5dee2847img_0668

Saturday started with ricotta pancakes (THE FLUFFIEST AND BEST!), then we ran a few errands before deciding to head to Cheesman Park!  Joey suggested this and I couldn’t see a reason not to!  We set up our blanket in the shade near the pavilion and got to witness five quinceañeras and a wedding.  So much celebration ♥  Plus reading and napping and right before we left, we found out Jenn and Korey were there too, so we got to go say hi.  Made it back home in time to watch the end of the CU game, like a good alumni 😛  We won!  Spent the evening at Top Golf — I have swung a golf club like three times EVER, so I opted to just hang out, though Joey did get me to hit one ball — for Kelsey’s birthday celebration.  I maybe stole that group photo from her 🙂

099257e0-d54a-42cd-8417-ca3bfd12044a

Joey liked our Sunday morning run last week and suggested we do it again.  I only made us walk twice…  Afterward, he headed out to watch football and though I received much pressure and guilt-tripping, I was really just feeling like I needed some time to myself so I got a manicure (the color is called “Quinceañera”!), read in the backyard, made some snack bars and went to yoga.  It was majorly pouring when my class got out and the walk back to the car suddenly felt extra long, but that class was so healing ♥

eba778de-ad1c-4fdd-9506-eef4b1e788096e8b2003-24dd-462a-85fd-b045dac9bd70d8833045-59fa-48e8-ad6b-585cbf8f6bd8

We had plans to make Stupid-Simple Grilled Ribs with cornbread and green beans and when Joey went out to check the ribs they were literally burnt to a crisp!!!!  We think they maybe caught on fire??  They were not even close to salvageable and we had nothing else in the fridge!  Don’t let this happen to you.  The cornbread and green beans were already made, so we quickly decided to go pick up ribs at Smok and honestly, they were probably better than the ones we were going to make.  That cornbread though!!!  So dinner disaster aside, we made it through and the first weekend of September is in the books.  How was your weekend and have you every majorly destroyed your own dinner??

Labor Day Weekend 2019 ♥

Can all weekends be three days, please?  I felt like I had enough time to do every thing I wanted, everything I needed, plus extra time leftover to semi-nap on our deck sofa, see a 3 hour movie and like every Telluride Film Fest-related tweet 😛

aeb176b6-6873-4166-936a-72fb63e056b0

Wow, Friday feels SO LONG AGO.  I’d really been wanting to see Where’d You Go, Bernadette since I just read (and loved) the book, but it felt like I kept putting it off, for reasons that are probably Rotten Tomato score-related but also because it kept showing at either 6 PM (so early!) or 9 PM (so late!).  Can’t a girl get a 7:45 PM movie??  Anyway, after Joey told me to stop acting like I’m too old to go to a 9 PM movie, I acquiesced.  Look, the book is obviously better and there were major changes made (especially toward the end) that I felt significantly lessened the impact of the plot, but I still liked it!  Joey and I laughed a lot over the really badly edited photos of younger Bernadette and her husband.  Was it supposed to look so bad and fake??

f3fe389d-b483-48a3-8bb9-7c5409d73f9d

Woke up Saturday and made us some banana bread buckwheat pancakes because, as Joey put it, “WE OWN EVERY FLOUR!” and buckwheat was one of them.  Turns out buckwheat not only looks like sand, but tastes like it?  No thank you!  Afterward, we hit the farmers’ market and two different grocery stores!!!  I was very proud of our stamina.  We were hosting a family BBQ on Sunday and weeks ago, when we planned the menu, I was elated over the prospect of buying fresh produce at the farmers’ market.  It was just as exciting as I thought it’d be 🙂

08ebb904-7271-4bd1-bff0-dd72d2cbcdcbc584f7bd-04d8-4d70-a067-60b44293d45d

We spent the rest of the day cleaning the house, which is not exciting, then cleaned ourselves up and headed out for dinner/Rockies, which was exciting (until the game sucked).  We’re nearing the end of Rockies season, so I’m running out of time to try all the Biker Jim’s dogs, eek!  Joey and I traded halves so I could knock out two — Elk Jalapeno Cheddar and Rattlesnake & Pheasant — and both were great.  I fear I’m going to get to the end of this experiment and tell you what you already know — Elk Jalapeno Cheddar with classic topping is the best.

It was a perfect night at Coors Field weather/sunset-wise, but woof, that game!  We left early to go grab ice cream at Smith + Canon, only to find they had sold out and closed early, noooo!  Luckily, Ice Cream Riot is just down the street and though not quite Smith + Canon level, still very very good!

998fe915-6a6c-4ed6-bc09-805d66b308e265e80e24-ca1d-4f70-8954-20ad993f662ac52b3c15-0bf9-4b5f-a737-25369f8e6873

I remarked on Saturday that I couldn’t remember the last time we’d gone on a weekend run, so we woke up and did just that on Sunday.  My left quad is SO SORE and I have zero clue why, so we maybe walked a little, but “that’s what weekend runs are for” Joey says.  After cooling down for a bit and eating breakfast, we jumped right into BBQ prep.  Joey was outside cleaning up the front and back yard and I was in the kitchen whipping up potato salad and squash and corn salad, then prepping a tomato salad and burgers.  Go figure, I only got a picture of one of those dishes, but that tomato salad sure looks pretty!  Also, while I cooked, I had Titanic on and I’m never not blown away by that film!

This whole BBQ was supposed to function as a “Garage and Deck Christening,” thought up by Joey’s grandma, who wasn’t feeling well and ended up missing the whole thing, bummer!!!  But Joey, my parents, my sister, Wayne, Lori, Adam, Joey’s grandpa, Jory, Betsy, Lorenzo, and Ellie were all there and my heart was so full.  Lori got us the sweetest sign for our deck ♥  I asked my mom to bring a dessert, so naturally, she brought two.  I maybe loaded my plate with peach cobbler (MY FAVORITE!!!) and vanilla ice cream, plus almond cake with whipped cream and strawberries and my mom saw and said “I’m so proud of you!” HA!  Half the party went home around 8, but those that were left, watched A Goofy Movie on the deck and it was the best ending to the best day ♥

5404e9eb-72f7-4dfa-8886-9fd2d5216e065124b749-47be-4dd2-bd6e-a0f136fb67d81f456ef4-bb77-46a5-a9da-f2fc13022c3a7ced8385-c29f-4c60-9e3c-cfb19ec47b4a

How great it is to host a Sunday BBQ, then get a day of recovery afterward??  Amazing!  We slept in till 8 (when did 8 become sleeping in??), then took ourselves to Weathervane for giant coffees and breakfast on the teensy front patio.  We wrapped our heads around September — we leave for Italy in one month and I do not feel ready, but we’ll get there… I think! — then headed to my parents’ to pick up our pup, who was not invited to the BBQ and it was so good to have him back… and then to leave him at home while we headed to Golden.  A day off, with nothing to do, felt like the right time to visit a brewery and I’d heard good things about New Terrain.  It wasn’t so busy when we first got there, but when we left a couple hours later, it was PACKED.  My Golden Haze was so so good and I only had a headache for a day and half afterward!  (Why???)  Also, what a view!

5698ed8f-f109-4bc7-a50f-86ddf46288ce

It was an actual 100° degrees outside, so we were looking for something cool and dark to do afterward and a movie sounded like just the ticket!  I can’t remember if I mentioned this, but we have the Alamo movie pass, so we pay a monthly fee and then we can see as many movies as we want!  The only thing A) we wanted to see and B) was showing at the right time happened to be Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, which yes, we’ve already seen but it was “free” and can I please endorse the concept of the re-watch?  You catch so much more on a second viewing.  We still really really loved it, but found extra lines to laugh at and maybe clutched each others’ arms when we saw Leo get out of the pool and head to the tool shed.  Also, shout out to Zoë Bell, whose brief but brilliant scene is just so good!

Back at home, we relaxed on the deck, walked the pup, ate BBQ leftovers (from now until forever), dreamt of not drinking beer or overeating and crashed into bed.  I loved every single second of this Labor Day Weekend and fear the post-holiday weekend blues that are sure to follow, but I wouldn’t trade the memories for anything.  I hope yours was just as good!