Weekend Things & Christmas 2019

Is it my completist nature that’s making me feel like the world will end if I don’t post Christmas week happenings before this last day of 2019 ends??  Whew, here we are!  Those four days off after Christmas were wonderful and relaxing but also left me feeling disoriented and constantly wondering what day it even was.  You too, right?

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What a weird one a Wednesday Christmas is!  Our company decided to work Christmas Eve, then take Christmas through the weekend off, but we still managed to get out of the office early.  I left around 1, went home and made stuffing and salad dressing, then a little bit later, Joey came home and made corn casserole and spatchcocked a turkey.  Christmas lunch prep: check!

We made a pit stop at my parents’, maybe did a family photo shoot, then left our pup and headed over to Joey’s aunt and uncles for a soup spread and gift exchange.  Also, the apple pie bars we made were a huge hit and I couldn’t have been happier about it!

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Christmas Day!  In lieu of cooking one giant turkey, we decided to cook two smaller ones this year and we even saw a recipe on The Kitchen that called for two, so we went with it.  We popped them in the oven, ate cinnamon rolls, whipped up a few other sides and it all went off without a hitch!  The turkeys were actually done way faster than we’d expected.  Joey’s grandpa told me we get better every year we cook Christmas lunch and that’s the only present I needed.  Still, we were spoiled by both families!  It was the happiest time opening presents at my parents’ and then I forced everyone to take a family photo, so I win the night ♥

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The day after Christmas felt like such a whirlwind so it’s fitting that this is the only photo I have.  We woke up later than usual and perhaps spent too long messing around with out new espresso machine, then bought tickets to an afternoon movie, THEN realized we both had errands to run before that movie, oops!  It was Wayne’s birthday, so he and my sister joined us for the movie.  Uncut Gems is also a whirlwind!  It’s intense and anxiety-inducing and I was floored by Adam Sandler!  The more I think about it, the more impressed I am.  Afterward, we headed to Teocalli in Lafayette for a happy hour birthday celebration and then I convinced everyone to come watch Joey bowl with me.  Can you believe none of them had ever seen him bowl before??

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Friday, Joey got up early and headed to the mountains to ski and I had INTROVERT TIME.  Much needed, to be honest!  I made espresso machine progress, read, took myself to the gym, made a new batch of granola and baked some slider buns (I like to have them ready to go in the freezer!) and when Joey was finally back home for the night, we had dinner and watched Two Popes… sort of.  I kept looking over to find Joey sleeping, so I eventually ordered us to bed.  Isn’t it nice when you have a bunch of days off to just us one to rest and get yourself back in order?  I think so!

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A Saturday snow day!  We made waffles, finished Two Popes (my take was that it was really interesting and I liked all those shots of the two popes in their stark-white or black outfits against whatever background they were in, but it wasn’t the most exciting thing I’ve ever watched), cleaned up our Christmas mess of a house, watched Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (hey, it was funny!) and fretted over whether we should still go to Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo that night.  We decided to bundle up and go for it!  My brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew all came to our house to exchange presents and eat pizza before heading out.  I missed them all so much!  Zoo Lights was cold but fun and I’m so glad we got to go ♥

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We started our last day off at Weathervane and I seriously left my purse there and didn’t realize it until we were nearly home.  Do you think I’ll stop doing that in 2020??  Joey headed out to watch football and I finished the salads he’d started for us, read and went to yoga.  Back at home, we made this salad, which is mostly a vehicle for smoky salmon, goat cheese and puff pastry croutons.  I love it!  We also watched American Factory but my favorite part was watching the Obamas talk to the creators of the documentary afterward.  I love them so much!

I hope this post sounded less rushed than it felt to write it!  Please have a safe and happy end to your 2019 and I’ll see you again in 2020!

Weekend Things

It’s July!!!  But before we jump into my favorite, birthday-filled, peak summer month, let’s give some recognition to the end of June because it was truly a perfect end of the month weekend ♥

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A Friday night Rockies game that starts with Biker Jim’s and ends with a Dodgers defeat?!  Yes please!  I’m still making my way through the BJ’s menu and ordered the Southwest Buffalo this time around.  Also, they no longer carry my favorite Alaskan Reindeer and I felt personally to blame when they told me it was because it’s on the endangered species list… We maybe skipped out of the game early (I swear it’s always Joey who wants to leave lately!) because it was raining but we got to watch the Rox officially win back at home and YAY!

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Saturday!  And what a good day it was!  We started with a quick bike tune-up (thanks, Joey!) while our pup took in some morning sunshine and then we made our way to the Farmer’s Market ♥  We maybe didn’t even discuss our breakfast plan (which is VERY unlike me) but realized we were starving when we got there so after grabbing two iced coffees we split up to find food.  Joey got a burrito and reported that it was not good but I got a bagel from Woodgrain Bagels (a new fixture at the Union Station FM) and loved it!  I still need to look up what a Montreal-style bagel is though.  Back at home, I harvested a bunch of heads of lettuce (that I made a lunch salad with later on!) and Joey gave Andi a lil haircut (I completed his beauty routine later on by giving him a bath).  Then we hit up the cheese shop for picnic supplies!

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We had tickets to the Shakespeare Festival that night!  We checked and Joey and I hadn’t been together since 2013!  Thankfully, we had perfect pre-show picnic weather and the cheeses we got were really good!  I think my favorite combo is just cheese and dates?  We were maybe already full but pulled out the macarons for dessert.  Joey’s face when he bit into the salted caramel one though!

As for the show — Twelfth Night — we loved it!!!  Yeah yeah with the main characters, but the supporting characters, namely a drunken uncle named Sir Toby Belch and his companion in debauchery, Sir Andrew Aguecheek were a true riot.  Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Shakespeare Fest??  Gosh, SO much!

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We started Sunday at Thump Coffee with toasts (Joey gave me a bite of his avo-cream cheese-dill toast and whoa, I need to recreate that at home!), talk of July and maybe some Italian vacation plans?  We’re pretty serious about it, I think!  Back at home, we knocked out salads for the week in something like half an hour then Joey headed outside for yard work and I made a pie!!!  I’d been wanting to make this strawberry pie for MONTHS but was waiting for real strawberry season and it looked pretty good, if I do say so myself!

I also read for like an hour and a half outside and it felt too good to be true.  Followed it up with Sunday yoga and between that and this little arm workout Joey and I have been doing, my shoulders are actually dead today…

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Guys, we started watching Deadwood and even though I’m so into this Wild West stuff, we had to pause like 10 times and say “wait, what just happened?” so hopefully we become less dumb in the very near future and can understand the plot.  We also made one of our favorite dinners (with radishes from our garden, no less!) and followed it all up with Big Brother and two slices of pie!  Not going to lie, the structural integrity of this pie is extremely questionable.  As in, I cut a piece and basically all the strawberries slid off but no matter, it still tasted good!

July is already off to a good start because we’re headed to Film on the Rocks to watch Top Gun with the family tonight and I could not be more excited!  Hope your July is the best!