Weekend Things

Whoa, it must have been a good and busy weekend because I was so out of it when I woke up this morning and I really have to think hard to remember everything that’s happened in the past two and a half days!  But I do remember Mason in a fedora, talking about (among other things) Big Brother with Hannah and Josh, sitting in the shade for a moment post-Farmers’ Market, tidying up the garden, reading in the hammock, two major thunderstorms, wings and a movie with my mama and sister ♥, French toast, a birthday party and maybe laying on our new deck.

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Friday night, we met Hannah, Josh and Mason at Acreage.  The hour+ wait was not ideal, but gosh, what a pretty spot!  Plus I thought the food was very good.  I somehow failed to get a picture of Mason (HOW??), but he entertained us during the wait by flirting with any lady who walked by, playing peek-a-boo behind a tree and get this… spelling out the letters on a sign that said “Warning!”  Um, I don’t think I knew how to spell my name, let alone, the entire alphabet at 19 months!

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Saturday morning, I woke up to see Andi in bed with us and even though most the time he’s trying to bite me, he’s super cuddly in the morning and it’s my favorite!  We got up and headed straight to the Farmer’s Market where I found iced coffee, peaches, a loaf of Challah and, finally, SHISHITOS!  We sat on the bench near the Union Station fountains afterward to rearrange our basket, but ended up hanging there for a minute and afterward, Joey was like “wow, it was really nice to sit there with you!” and I’m glad he pointed it out, because, it really was.  He hit deck duty right after we got home, so I did some quick garden clean-up and hung all our garlic bulbs up to cure (!!!) before reading, lunching and heading to the grocery.

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We had plans to grab dinner and a movie with my sister and Wayne, but Wayne was not feeling well, so my mom subbed in!  It started POURING as we were driving over to Fire on the Mountain and it was really insane.  We’re talking sheets of rain, actual flash flooding, hail and a poor Amazon delivery man still doing his job through it all.  We tried to wait it out in the car but eventually made a run for it.  I traded my sister for a raspberry habenero wing and I think it was my favorite sauce flavor.

Afterward, we went to the Alamo to see The Lion King and… I didn’t love it.  There are some truly beautiful shots (that opening image of Pride Rock, the stampede, Simba seeing Mufasa in the sky), but in an attempt to realistically depict lions, you lose the expressiveness and theatricality of the original, so it all just feels sort of flat.  Nala is pleading with Simba to return home and the lion’s face is just deadpan, you know?  Still, those songs are great, Billy Eichner as Timon is surprisingly good and the story is as emotionally powerful as ever.  Watching Mufasa die was somehow MORE devastating as an adult?!

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We put that loaf of Challah to use by making French toast on Sunday morning and even though I had the forethought to put a can of coconut cream in the fridge to make coconut whipped cream to go with, I somehow forgot.  Ugh!  Joey went back out to work on the deck so I made our salads and read for a bit and then we both cleaned ourselves up and headed to Peyton’s 2nd birthday party.  I got to see little Ellie too!  Also, just look at the progress Joey made!  I’m maybe trying to figure out how to hide our neighbors graffiti-ed and dirty-guttered garage from my sight but also dreaming of new deck furniture to lounge on.

We finished out the weekend by watching the original Toby McGuire Spider-Man (I was inspired after seeing Spider-Man: Far From Home last week) and don’t get me wrong, Toby was fully 10 years too old to play Spider-Man, but I ride for the original okay?  I’m not saying Tom Holland isn’t better, I’m just saying show some respect for the OG.  Afterward, Big Brother and bed.  How was your weekend?

4th of July & a Birthday Staycation

We have been off from work since 3:45 PM on Thursday and I am definitely experiencing “WHAT DAY IS IT??” syndrome.  Feels as if a whole lifetime — a lifetime that included a hail storm, a grill feast, the wonderful third season of Stranger Things, a morning coffee shop trip, a delivery of wood for our deck, a manicure, dinner at The Preservery, breakfast and the Farmers’ Market, a 7-minute ride on the light rail, a full day of acting like a tourist in our own city (more on that soon) and that Sunday night feeling of going to bed with a heart full of gratitude.  I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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Got our firework fix at the Rockies game on Wednesday night

Maybe you’re one of those people that can’t fathom the idea of working on the 4th of July or maybe you’re like me and would rather have the 5th of July off and get an extra long weekend.  So we worked Thursday, but skipped out a bit early, hit up Home Depot for flowers, got home to plant them and then watched them get beat up in a totally weird hail storm??  Oh well, they looked pretty for a minute there!

We had to wait out the rain before we could grill dinner and then it had to be an indoor Independence Day Feast but it was okay because our lamb was amazing — let’s forget the moments of terror as we cooked these over an unusually flame-y grill — and also because I maybe wanted to watch Stranger Things anyway 😛

Andi didn’t seem to mind the fireworks last year but our neighbors were setting off some extra noisy ones that kept occasionally flying into our yard and our pup was not exactly having it.  We caved and let him sleep in our bed with us!

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Feta Yogurt Dip with watermelon (that I didn’t know was yellow until I cut into it!)

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Armenian Lamb and Grilled Vegetables with pita

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We had a plan to start our day off on the rooftop at Blue Sparrow and it was momentarily wonderful but we had to rush out when our Lowe’s delivery showed up with a bundle of wood for the deck Joey is building us.  Please give me full credit for helping move all the wood into our garage.  We probably could have been productive afterward but instead… more Stranger Things!  I did eventually have to make it to a manicure appointment though and get this, on my walk over to Base Coat, an older man in a convertible pulled up beside me and said “need a ride?”  Are you serious??

Anyway, after my color changing polish mani, we took our pup over to my parents’ then took ourselves to dinner at The Preservery.  I’d maybe been saying I wanted to go there since it opened… three years ago.  It was GREAT!  Back at home, we watched all but the final episode of Stranger Things which, in retrospect sounds insane, but I was definitely going to fall asleep during the finale if we continued on.

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A Saturday Staycation!  Look, I know some people like to go big for their 30th birthday, but that ain’t me.  I was more into the idea of a weekend trip, but then I remembered how much time it takes to travel and decided a staycation sounded best!  We looked into a handful of Denver hotels and landed on The Maven because we thought it would be cool to have a balcony overlooking downtown Denver, be within walking distance of Union Station and the MCA, and have so many good food options right at our fingertips.  I think it was the perfect choice!

First things first, though.  We biked over to the Farmers’ Market per usual but then did the unusual and had breakfast at Mercantile.  Turns out they have a pretty great little menu and it’s a casual order-at-the-counter-and-seat-yourself set up so we got to enjoy our food out on their patio.  Joey complained that it’s NOT a calzone unless it’s all closed up but looked pretty good to me, plus my ricotta pancakes were delicious!  Most importantly, peaches have arrived at the FM and I am so happy!!!

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Back at home, we quickly packed up and took the 7-minute light rail ride back to Union Station, then walked over to the Dairy Block to leave our bags and do a short walk through of the shops before heading to the Museum of Contemporary Art.  It was penny day!  So for 2 cents, we got to spend a little over an hour perusing the art then chilling on the rooftop patio (still one of my favorite Denver secrets ♥) before heading out to find lunch.  We maybe checked the menu at three other places before making it all the way to Hearth & Dram to find it closed for lunch.  But, conveniently, there were a bunch of scooters out front so we each hopped on one and rode toward the 16th Street Mall and had a lovely patio lunch at The Kitchen.  It didn’t even rain!

We walked the mall after lunch and it had been a while since either of us had done that.  It was, uh… interesting.  If you come in from out of town, my advice to you is just don’t go to the 16th Street Mall.  It’s just chain restaurants and questionable happenings.  Joey continues to refer to this walk as his favorite part of the day just to annoy me…

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By this point we were able to check into our hotel room, where we spent some time relaxing.  Our patio had a great view of none other than Coors Field!  Plus an airsteam trailer in the lobby serving up one complimentary drink per person 🙂  Most importantly though, we bit the bullet and finally booked flights to Italy for this October.  I am beyond excited and only a little bit nervous about that long flight and finding hotels ASAP.

Around 8, we made our way back over to Union Station for dinner at Ultreia, which turned out to be just okay.  I wasn’t impressed by my drink and the food was pretty lackluster overall, but we did grab Little Man ice cream at Milkbox afterward so it wasn’t a total loss.  Watched like 20 minutes of Wildlife in bed before we realized we were exhausted and went to bed.  A truly amazing day!

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Sunday morning, Joey ran downstairs to grab us complimentary coffees from Huckleberry (how perfect that our favorite coffee roaster has a location inside The Maven!), plus toast for me and a breakfast burrito for him and we ate both on our little patio.  Denver was much quieter (but no less beautiful) in the morning ♥  We checked ourselves out shortly before 11 AM, took the light rail (only a four minute ride on the way back!) home then picked up our little pup.  All in all, just a truly wonderful little weekend “trip” that I feel so happy to have experienced.  P.S. We watched that final episode of Stranger Things and my heart could hardly handle it.  “Please make this scene end!” is a real thing I said, while fighting back tears.  Also, Scoops Troop Forever!

And as if that wasn’t a good enough end to my 20s, my mom showed up at my office today with a red velvet cake!  How did I get so lucky??