Weekend Things

It’s the end of August and fall is coming, but joke’s on us because it was so hot this weekend!  I tried to sit outside and read in the shade on Sunday and I only made it five minutes before giving up and heading back into the air conditioning.  But aside from being really hot, this weekend was wonderful and I am doing my best to live it up while we still have summer weather.  Which means brewery patio hanging, backyard movie night and grilling.  I love it all so much!

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Joey has wanted to go to Briar Common for so long and I’ve been… resisting.  Their menu is never calling my name, but on Friday, it was!  We headed over and grabbed a spot on the rooftop patio then had beers and dinner and I really liked both, but the best part is just being able to hang out together outside on a Friday night ♥  Afterward, we went home and watched this movie Adam loaned us and it was quite the stacked cast!  I was not prepared for the ending, but up until then I had found a lot of it really funny?  Where has Christina Ricci disappeared to anyway??

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Joey has been doing this thing where he wakes up too early on the weekend, so I woke up to him asking “wanna go to Snooze??” on Saturday morning, but I had a headache from my one beer the night before (WHY THOUGH?) and politely declined.  I did eventually get up and make us both yogurt bowls though.  We had an engagement party to attend at noon and don’t worry, we were first in line when the taco bar opened up 😛

Afterward, we hit up Best Buy so we could improve our outdoor movie sound system (success!) and then spent some time trying to get our projector hooked up to a streaming system, which involved Joey projecting the picture onto our ceiling.  When we finally got it all working, we maybe watching an episode of Friends up there.  Post-dinner (Loaded Summer Chili Fries is the new Spicy Black Bean Burrito Bowl, meaning it’s the summer dinner I can’t stop repeating), my sister and Wayne came over for movie night.  At the beginning of the summer, Joey said he wanted to watch The Mighty Ducks in our backyard and we finally made it happen.  I thought I’d seen it in bits and pieces, but after watching it all the way through, I realized I definitely hadn’t.  I kept waiting for Kenan to show up and that apparently doesn’t happen until the second movie.  Also, I thought all the regret over his failed career as a hockey player meant Gordon Bombay had been in the NHL and quit, but then it turns he had only played till he was 10 years old??  Wow, and I thought I held onto things too long!

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Standard Sunday Content: two food pictures and nothing in between.  We really did go to Snooze this time!  I got my hair cut a few hours later and she was like “how do you go to Snooze and not wait for hours??” but the answer is that we never go unless we’re up early!  We were sat right away and despite my attempts to order a regular sized pancake for us to share, we always end up with the giant one.  After my hair cut, I hit up the mall and it was actually extremely successful but even so, I don’t understand how anyone enjoys shopping.  I feel like it sucks the life out of me!

Back at home, my outdoor reading attempt followed by Joey finally making it home for a loooooong fantasy football draft and then we made a fun summer dinner of a Grilled Onion Blossom (we made this last year too and it’s really good and easy!) + Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Tomato Panzanella that I thought was really good but Joey seemed stressed out by because the chicken took longer to cook than the recipe said it would.  Wait, am I the laid-back cook in the house now??  Please tell me what you’re doing to live out these last few moments of summer!

Weekend Things

This post contains a LOT of wildflower pictures, so I’ll spare you an intro and just jump right in!

Feels like it’s been so long since we stayed home and did nothing on a Friday, so this one felt extra nice.  We stopped by the grocery store on the way home from work and look who I ran into!  Wayne sent Joey and I a picture of my sister doing this same pose last week, so it only felt right that I reciprocate.  We ate fajita leftovers in the backyard and would you look at how fruitful our shishito plants are?!  We are so amazed and happy about it!  Also, we’re on a Leo kick after seeing OUATIH and decided to re-watch Wolf of Wall Street, which we hadn’t seen since we saw it in theaters in 2014!  We only made it halfway, because it’s a billion hours long!

Saturday we were up and at em for a wildflower hike!  I’d been wanting to do this since last year when I came across an article about the best places to see Colorado wildflowers, except by the time I read it, wildflower season had already passed.  I wasn’t going to miss my chance this year!  I found an article that listed Black Powder Pass as a good spot, so we loaded ourselves and lunch into the car and drove up toward Breckenridge.  It was maybe cloudy and rainy the whole drive and for a moment, I thought we would just have to turn back around, but the rain stopped and we had the most glorious time!!!  These pictures do not do the flowers (or their INCREDIBLE fragrance!) justice.  I could hardly believe my eyes!

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Um we saw two moose!!!!!  We made it up to the final meadow and there they were on the other side of the valley.  I know they look really far away, but they felt a lot closer in real life!  I was part amazed and part terrified because, MOOSE ARE HUGE!  But apart from what felt like them staring right at us, they basically ignored us and went on their way.  And wow, what an epic view we had!  This trail was seriously so wonderful.  It was just the right length, just the right difficulty and except for a few groups we saw on our way back down, we had the whole thing to ourselves.  Plus, did I mention wildflowers and moose?!  Had a tailgate lunch back at the car and felt like my happiest self 🙂

Back at home, it was summer again!  My mom, dad and sister are out of town for a few days, so my sister dropped Huni off to watch while they’re gone.  The pups are such bad influences on each other!  But it has been highly entertaining to watch them compete with each other over everything and I can’t complain about double puppy cuddles 🙂  Joey did some more work on the slat wall while I read and relaxed for a bit inside.  We broke out the pasta maker for dinner!  Joey mentioned wanting to make spaghetti and meatballs months ago, so I’ve been keeping the idea in my back pocket.  It was our first time using the spaghetti attachment and even though we accidentally made a few ramen noodles, we got the hang of it and Joey declared this his favorite fresh pasta meal yet!

Also, we finished Wolf of Wall Street, and though it is a GREAT performance by Leo and there are many funny parts, why does this movie exist again??  It feels pretty much in service of the real Jordan Belmont (who literally has a cameo in the movie) and uh, this guy doesn’t deserve any service.

Sunday, Sunday!  We woke up and had waffles, then headed out to do some patio furniture shopping.  Word to the wise, maybe don’t wait this far into summer to START shopping for patio furniture.  At Home had slim pickings, Fruehauf’s was out of our budget and Home Depot was a major bust.  We were finally able to find what we wanted at Christy Sports but it was still a game of piecing a set together from what was left in stock at this time of year.  Whew, felt good to make a buy though and I can’t wait to see it all on our deck next weekend!

Back at home, Joey did some deck/yard work and I made burritos for lunches this week, cleaned the floors, read (sorta) and harvested our eggplant!!! Isn’t she a beauty?!  Just a tad better than our last attempt at growing eggplant 😛  I sauteed it up for a Sunday Salad.  Can you tell which salad has real feta and which has tofu feta??  I maybe didn’t let it refrigerate for a full 5 hours like I was supposed to, so it was more goat cheese texture than feta texture, but YUM!  We walked the pups and watched Big Brother but the highlight of the night, was seeing our string lights over the deck ♥