Weekend Things & GABF 2018

What can I say about this weekend except that it was the very best because: after two years, we were back at Great American Beer Fest!  Saturday was low key and plan-free and Sunday involved a last-minute manicure and baking (because it’s fall now, ya know??).  I’d relive it all again in a heartbeat!

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In truest Lauren form, I was EXTREMELY prepared for GABF — you do not even know how thorough my list making was — and my excitement level was OFF THE CHARTS.  Pretzel necklaces and Illegal Pete’s burritos are my favorite pre-fest rituals but this year was even better because Hannah and Mason dropped Josh off and I got to see that little babe crawl and bounce on our rubber cow and make only the best of faces ♥

The line to get into the fest was HORRIBLE (I think it wound the entire way around the convention center), but once inside, I forgot all about that ordeal.  Highlights included being the last group to taste Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds, a DEEP purple barrel-aged sour from Une Année, the Blazed Orange Milkshake from Hop Butcher for the World, a guy playing the saxophone on top the Melvin bus (who knows!) and get this… A SPAGHETTI GOSE from WeldWerks!  It smelled like spaghetti and tasted tomato-y in the most interesting way.  You’re probably thinking “EW!” but let me ask you this, do you like a Bloody Mary??  It’s not so different.  Mostly though, this was just the best night with the best people and I feel so happy about it.

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Joey got up the next morning and ran 5 miles (HOW??) but I needed an iced oat milk latte to revive me.  It worked, thankfully!  I realized I’d put ALL my energy into preparing for GABF and forgot to plan anything for Saturday or Sunday, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it made for a real laid back couple of days.  I hit up the grocery, bottled some orange-vanilla-honey kombucha, napped, excitedly snapped a picture of my little library once Joey got it set up (♥♥♥) and then we made tacos and watched Set It Up (which isn’t going to win any Oscars but we laughed).

Oh and I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, bringing my HP re-read to a close and it is so so bittersweet.  I think I cried like 100x during that last book, starting on the literal first page which said something like “And now we bring you the final installment of the Harry Potter series.”  HA!

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Sunday started with a run for both of us (TEN MILES for Joey and five for me) then breakfast together before we split up for the afternoon.  I booked myself a manicure and walked over to a surprisingly quiet Base Coat and on my way back, I peeped that little library and it made me so happy.  I tackled lunches before sitting outside to read for a bit.

Once Joey got home from watching football (really needed him to get our mixer down for me :P), I got to baking because it’s fall now and we MUST.  This recipe for Whole Wheat Applesauce Loaf is one of my very favorites and I hadn’t made it in years so obviously that had no change.  I always make em into muffins (same temp, just 30 minutes less to bake) and then Joey and I each ate one sitting on the couch in the dark because having the oven on without AC is still tough (but worth it for these!).  Hope your weekend was wonderful!

Weekend Things

I’m searching for a common thread to tie this weekend post together, but honestly, all the days felt very different.  Friday was spent with Hannah, Josh and for a little bit, Favorite Baby Mason.  Saturday was cool and I felt sort of sleepy all day, which I totally blame on the Royal Wedding.  And Sunday was packed with “get ready for the work week projects,” that took up the whole day.  At the end of it, I told Joey, “we should have had more fun today!”

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Yes, yes, Little Man’s Space Junkie ice cream and amazing beer + taco dinner but most importantly, that smiley little babe that I love so so much.  Do you see all that fluffy hair he has now??  I asked that he please not grow between my visits but I’m not sure he was listening because he was busy putting a plastic football in his mouth and watching Avery dog run around.

After we got some Mason time in, we dropped him off with his grandparents and headed to Liquid Mechanics for a drink and hit up the Butcher and the Blonde food truck outside for dinner.  I think we’ve been talking about chasing down this food truck for three years.  Finally!  Everything was so so good and the carnitas on both the street fries and my tacos were my favorite part.  I also decided to venture outside my comfort zone and order an IPA.  Oh wait, that’s what I get everywhere 😛  It was straight delicious though!

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If you thought I wasn’t going to wake up at 4:30 AM to watch the Royal Wedding, you’re wrong!  But if you thought I was going to wake up at 4:30 AM to watch the Royal Wedding, you’re only half right because I think I was still mostly asleep while I watched it.  I liked Kate’s dress a lot more but if seeing Harry and Meghan look lovingly into each others’ eyes with nothing but pure excitement and happiness didn’t touch you, your heart may be made of ice.

When we woke back up, we had banana pancakes then went to the grocery store.  Later on, we tried Andi’s new bandanna on.  For the record, I don’t condone this but it’s also a cute little dog bandanna so I might sort of condone it.  We took a trip to Home Depot then came home and made some Mediterranean Eggplant and Halloumi Bowls with Lemon-Dill Sauce for dinner and I loved every squeaky bite.  Clearly, Andi was tired after our early wake up call too ♥

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Ha, why am I so bad at taking Sunday pictures though??  Between that first picture — Joey made me an egg sandwich! — and that last picture — Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salads almost make you forget it’s rainy outside — was me pressure-cooking some Navy beans, baking some beet brioche slider buns and brewing kombucha and Joey making us Superfood Salads for weekday lunches, giving Andi a bath and grilling chicken in the rain (hero!).  Plus we both went on a run, watched the Rockies lose, read on the couch and ate freezer cookies for dessert.

Mostly, I am just ready for good weather and sunshine and am feeling sort of uninspired without it.  Luckily, we are supposed to be in the 80s all week and heading straight into Memorial Day Weekend.  I can’t wait!  Happy Monday 🙂