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 😊

Weekend Things

It is that part of the summer where I keep wondering if it’s the last time this year that I’ll get to do a lot of things.  “Is this the last time I get to go for a morning bike ride?”  “Is this the last time we get to eat dinner outside?”  “Is this the last time I buy peaches??”  It’s bittersweet but I mostly feel okay about just savoring these last summertime moments, knowing a new season with it’s own thrills is waiting just around the corner.

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Guys, I’m like four dogs away from trying all of the options at Biker Jim’s and… I sort of never want to eat a hot dog again.  I might find renewed strength in the next few days, but I might also just call it good enough.  I did like the bacon cheddar dog though!  Afterward, it was the PERFECT weather night at Coors Field and we won 🙂

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Saturday morning, we biked over to Maria Empanada to grab breakfast and then walked it over to the Platte to eat along the river.  I saw Tony Wolters walking his dog as we biked over and was so excited.  Joey didn’t even notice him!  Joey’s chorizo empanada was way better than my egg and potato (duh, Lauren) but he let me have the last few bites, so I guess it’s true love.  Afterward, we ordered our groceries online and this outing went from fun and carefree to hot and stressful very quickly.

We spent the afternoon at Becca and Andrea’s birthday party, then headed home to tend to our pup and watch Bad Times at the El Royale.  It wasn’t necessarily bad but it also wasn’t good.  Worth it just to hear Cynthia Erivo sing though!

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Sunday started when I groggily walked back from the bathroom with my eyes half open and proceeded to drop my glass of water onto my nightstand, where both my phone and a pile of library books were sitting.  That’ll wake you up!  But despite that rude awakening, the rest of the day was actually pretty perfect.  Joey said he wanted to wake up and drink coffee on our deck, so we did just that, then read for a bit and it was basically my favorite thing ♥

I made salads for us while the Cowboys game was on, then we headed to the Pedestrian Shop to buy some new shoes for our trip to Italy and it was a success!  I dropped Joey off then headed to yoga and back at home, we made this dinner that I’d been wanting for weeks.  Ate it outside and it was all I wanted and more!  I hope your weekend was good 🙂