Weekend Things: So Long, July!

It’s Monday, it’s August and it feels like the freshest of starts!  I’m welcoming August with open arms, because after all the celebrations of July, this feels like the month to slow down and be more mindful about what we really want to fit in during this last full month of summer.

Before July ended, it gave us one last jam-packed weekend and though I never felt like I was in one place for long enough, I kind of liked seeing so much of Colorado — from Boulder, to the mountains, and back to Denver again — in such a short amount of time.  I adore this beautiful state of mine.

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We ditched work early on Friday and headed to The Med for my mom’s birthday dinner.  My love-hate relationship with Boulder is a complicated one, but my relationship with The Med is all love.  Sangria for Mom and I, plus a smattering of tapas for the whole table.  I think my favorites were the shrimp and bacon-wrapped dates.

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After dinner, we strolled the Pearl Street Mall, indulged our inner child at Into the Wind (it’s a toy-store, for those of you who didn’t spend most your childhood in Boulder) and caught sight of this lovely evening sky.  Later in the night, the most incredible cloud manifested and I saw no less than five pictures of it on the internet.

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We had a two and a half hour drive into the mountains on Saturday morning, but first things first: BREAKFAST BURRITOS!  No joke, I rode my bike to our favorite little place, filled my basket with burritos, then rode back home.  Joey thought this was the funniest thing ever, but it seemed legit to me.  Also, Adam called this “the best breakfast burrito he’s ever had” and I felt like my life goals were accomplished.

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Joey’s family has a cabin in Hartsel, Colorado and I didn’t even know that was a place but I was excited nonetheless.  Here’s the thing about cabins in the mountains… they are PERFECT!  It was so dead quiet up there, in a way that appealed to my introvertedness so hard.  I love that it feels so right to just relax, sit in silence, read a book, sip a beer, take a nap.  Which is what everyone did!  Oh, plus Frisbee golf and a 2,000-piece puzzle that we came nowhere near finishing.

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We celebrated July birthdays — I know, I know, I’m as ready to put my birthday to rest as you all probably are — and I introduced my family-in-law to the Whole Foods Chantilly cake.  I think it was a life-changing experience for everyone 🙂  Also, the most incredible sunset views!  Ugh, I just can’t even get over the beauty that is Colorado.  The drive home was mostly about listening to Third Eye Blind, Music from The O.C. and… Click Five.  Don’t ask…

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Sunday morning, I half-heartedly joined Joey for a run (he’s training for the RnR half) then ditched out to pick us up iced coffee.  Later that afternoon, I joined my mom and niece for a “girls’ day!”  We took her back-to-school clothes shopping and it was like re-living my childhood all over again.  Meaning, my mom did that thing where she’d leave the dressing room to exchange sizes, then return with five new things ♥♥♥  We also took her school supply shopping and I kinda wanted to buy some for myself.  Anyway, above is Belle’s favorite outfit from our shopping trip.  She COULD HARDLY WAIT to get back to my parents’ to put it on.  Too cute!

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Back at home, I was greeted by these backyard string lights that Joey started hanging while I was gone.  I proceeded to fall in love with them and obsessively take pictures at different points of darkness.  We’ve got one more strand to hang, but I’m SO EXCITED about how they look.  Also, please note our flourishing garden boxes in that first picture.  Our back yard is my favorite right now!

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We made these Seared Cod with Potato and Chorizo Hobo Packs (is that PC??) for dinner and though I was insanely excited to try the recipe and we spent $7 and way too much time locating that chorizo, they didn’t turn out the best.  As in the potato skins were a little crispy and the chorizo was straight char.  I know, because I put a piece in my mouth then had to get up and spit it out in our yard…  The cod also completely fell apart but all was not lost because the Pumpkin-Seed Lime Butter we put on top was DELICIOUS!

So long, July and HELLO, August!

ADELE & Other Weekend Things

So it’s Monday, and that sucks, but you know what?  I totally don’t even mind because I’m still riding a weekend high that has a lot to do with brewery patios, family time, the Farmers’ Market, firefighters holding puppies, R&R, the most fun dinner EVER, coffee shop breakfast dates, shopping success, yoga, grilled pizza and last but not least… ADELE!

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The weekend came early when Lori took me out to celebrate my birthday on Thursday night.  She gave me a Rockies jacket and now I can’t wait for cooler weather?!  It takes something really great to make me think that!  Also, we went to Vine Street Pub and gosh, I love that place with all my heart.

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We met my family for dinner in Boulder on Friday but we had some time to kill beforehand so we figured we’d use it wisely and check out a new brewery/patio.  Wild Woods Brewery gets four thumbs up because Joey and I both loved it!  They’ve got a “beer inspired by the outdoors” thing going on that makes for some really unique flavors.  I got an Oaked Sorachi Ace IPA and Joey got a Campfire Red and we were both happy campers (pun totally intended).

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My dad’s cousin was in town and since I’m all about meeting family members, I was totally excited for dinner.  Well — actually I was being a major brat about actual dinner because we were going to a gluten-free restaurant that had menu descriptions like “infused with Rose Quartz Essence, a homemade infusion of the energies of compassion, harmony & Unconditional Love” and I was like COULD THIS PLACE BE ANY MORE BOULDER??  But dinner ended up being really good and our server was awesome so what do I know?

After dinner, we strolled Pearl Street and popped into a bookstore where I almost bought a pocket version of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and a Hillary Clinton paper doll but I refrained 🙂  In all seriousness, it was great to A) Fit in our annual trip to Boulder B) See family and C) Eat good food.

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Saturday morning we woke up and headed to the Farmers’ Market, where my life’s happiness was granted by a bike, a bell and a basket.  Yep, that’s all it takes.  We loaded up on market goodies — shishitos, yellow squash, tomatoes, peaches — almost picked up a puppy.  Just kidding, but the puppy rescue was at the market and there were Denver firemen walking around holding those puppies and it was all too much!

Free Noosa on our way out and you better believe I took them up on their offer to “take more than one!”

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I got a facial later than afternoon and it was great and all but who cares because let’s get to the main event of the evening!  But first, let me tell you about how my mother is the only female in the history of females that had to be DRAGGED to an Adele concert.  WHAT IS THAT EVEN?!  She kept insisting that I take Joey and I was like “oh yes it’s ladies night and the feeling’s right I’M TAKING YOU!!!!”  She eventually gave in and also eventually admitted she was glad I made her go.  In other words, I won!

We all (plus Joey) went to dinner beforehand and OH MY GOD, it ended up being the most fun dinner!  I’m not even sure I can talk about it without writing a short novel.  We went There and it was INCREDIBLE!  And not just because of the food — though that was pretty killer too — but because the staff was THE BEST WE’VE EVER HAD.  Not even joking.  They were so fun and lively and at one point, a server stood on the bar and explained the menu to the entire restaurant and another server was playing a trombone?!  I don’t even know but I DO know we were all raving and had the best time.  Also, when you discover the table behind you is also going to the Adele concert you obviously celebrate with a shotski.  Please note that “Rolling in the Deep” is playing in the background.  Way too much fun.

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(Don’t even ask where my sister and I are looking in that first picture…)

Adele was nothing short of amazing.  Honestly, I think I had goosebumps through the entire show.  I think we’ve all seen her perform so many times that we’re almost desensitized to just how incredible her voice is but seeing her live made me realize it all over again.  And she makes it look so easy.  It is just mind-blowing.  Apart from her voice, she is just so fun.  She’s chatty and real and just so comfortable in front of a giant crowd.  I loved every single second.  Me and my mama grooved to “Rolling in the Deep” and then she gave me a giant hug and thanked me for bringing her and I thanked her for giving me the tickets and that’s a moment (and an entire night) that I’ll never ever forget.

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Sunday morning, Joey and I walked to Black Eye Coffee for breakfast, spotted this tour bus on the way home and then I decided to quit my job and become a roadie for Tuna and the Rock Cats.

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I spent the rest of the day trying to rush around and do too many things with a quick car breakdown in the grocery store parking lot mixed in for fun.  But I made it to Sunday afternoon yoga and felt so much better afterwards.  Plus our first grilled pizza of the summer — only kind of burnt the crust — salad prep, Sunday night TV and because it was National Ice Cream Day and all we had was frozen bananas, I made some banana cream and topped it with a quick fudge sauce and some salted peanuts.  Gotta make due with what you got, right?

Looking back, this weekend was even better than I knew 🙂  Happy Monday!