Weekend Things

Yikes.  It has taken me three days to get this post up and let that serve as proof that work has been hell and life has been busy!  But back to the weekend, which was, in many ways, wonderful and in other ways, tough.  We got to see a Rockies win on Friday night, I got to spend Saturday evening with my mom at the Shakespeare Festival and we ended the weekend with an incredible concert at Red Rocks.

If you’re a long-time reader or a real life friend, you know that Joey had a dog named Tonka when we first met, but due to our living situation and probably my unwillingness to live with a dog who escaped a lot and also tried to bite me a lot and that one time the police came because he was barking “like there was a dead body inside the apartment.”  Anyway, he lived with Lori for a while before moving in with Joey’s uncle and grandparents, but his health took a turn for the worst last week and he passed away this weekend 😦  He was 13 but it’s still sad.  Beside that sad news, I was just in a weird funk on Sunday, plus two mass shootings in one weekend means I’m not feeling much happier today.  How about you guys?

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Like I said, it started out pretty good.  We hit up Biker Jim’s for dinner before the game and why is it that I like Joey’s dog better than the one I order every time??  Wild Boar was pretty good but not my favorite.  How amazing was the sky over the Rockies game though??

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On Friday night, I told Joey I couldn’t wait for my favorite part of the weekend.  Which, despite what you (and Joey) may think, is NOT going to the Farmers’ Market.  It’s cuddling with my dog!  Look how sweet he looks with his little head on my shoulder!  Anyway, we had enough time to make and eat pancakes for breakfast before hopping on our bikes and making our way to Union Station.  I got three huge peaches and was my happiest self, as evidenced by that picture of me on my bike.  At home, we did a MAJOR garden overhaul that included picking beets, a billion carrots, shishitos, snap peas and some chard with thee prettiest pink stems.  Joey lounged for about 7 minutes before deciding he couldn’t not work on the deck and I sat in the shade and read for what felt like hours.  Bliss!

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I left the house around 5 because I had evening plans with my mom!  First, I picked us up dinner at GQue BBQ (there was a minor ordering fiasco that I won’t get into but I was annoyed), then I picked my mom up and we headed into Boulder for a picnic before seeing Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Festival.  Our BBQ was really good, plus Mom brought us wine and cupcakes!  She’s too cute.  And she’s also too kind because she got us front row seats!  I kept finding myself watching with an agonized look on my face so I guess the actors were translating the emotion well 😛  In conclusion: I love my mom ♥

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I had Sunday morning French toast ambitions but by the time I got out of bed it was already 8:30 and we were trying to leave by 9:30 to make it to a 10:00 movie, so I just ended up feeling rushed instead.  Don’t get me wrong, the French toast was still amazing but I felt thrown off for the rest of the day.  And also maybe tired 😛  We saw The Farewell, which I had been eagerly anticipating and… I’m not sure I loved it.  All the communication, or lack thereof had me feeling sort of confused, uncomfortable and frustrated.  Which was maybe the point.  One thing is for sure, Awkwafina is GREAT in it!

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While I was out on Saturday night, Joey was putting together a deck feature surprise and I got to really see it in the daylight on Sunday.  It’s going to look AMAZING when it’s done, I just know it.  Plus it’s going to cover up the view of our neighbor’s graffiti garage and we can hang our string lights from it!

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The middle of the day was spent making salads, watching Deadwood and maybe a nap for me and then we picked up dinner at Illegal Pete’s and made our way up to Red Rocks for Gregory Alan Isakov.  Even though it’s technically a school night and I was sort of tired on Monday, I really love a chill Sunday concert at Red Rocks!  We tailgated in the parking lot, burritos, beers and cookies included, then got in the amphitheater just after 7 PM.  Look, we did not love the opening band and I really wished I had had a hair tie because it was WINDY, but Gregory Alan was so so so good!!!

Please tell me about your weekend and just, in general, how you’re feeling these days.

Weekend Things: Mom’s Birthday!

Hi!  This weekend was really really good and I guess the best way to explain it is by saying I have THREE canker sores in my mouth and still managed to be in a good mood.  It’s probably because I got to see the new Quentin Tarantino on Friday, celebrate Mom’s birthday on Saturday and somehow manage to fit in family time, chore time and yoga time on Sunday.  The best!

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Guys, I’ve had Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood written down as a movie to anticipate for like two years and it’s finally here!  We bought tickets to see it in 35mm (as Quentin intended) at the Sie on Friday, but first, spicy chicken at Q House!  Ugh, so good.

As for the movie, I LOVED it and the more I think about it, the more in I am.  Our theater was packed and we were all laughing together through the whole thing.  I’m not here to debate Brad vs. Leo because they are both EXCELLENT but I would like to watch the scene of Leo yelling at himself in his trailer on loop, please.  Also, Margot Robbie gives such a non-showy but intimately beautiful performance that I found so compelling.

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Saturday started with breakfast at Hoja!  Turns out they have a little patio out back that is shady and quiet and just a lovely place to spend some time.  Um I did not make it through that gargantuan (see what I did there?) burrito but I tried my best.  Afterward, I briefly contemplated going to the grocery but decided to do some backyard clean up by way of making a bigger mess instead.  Our tomato bush is trimmed, our strawberries have been thinned out, the weeds in our flower bed are pulled and I finally spread out the bag of red bark we bought like a month ago.  Plus I had granola baking inside!

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At 2, I walked over to Base Coat for a pedicure, but the real event of the day was my mom’s birthday dinner!  We got her an Apple Watch and my favorite moment of the entire day was when we told her she could talk to it and she whispered “I love you!” to it, HA HA!!  We had a tapas spread at The Med before walking the Pearl Street Mall and whoa, I think it’d been years since I’d done either of those things.  We had perfect weather for a stroll.  We all headed back to my parents’ afterward for cake/sorbet and to play with the Apple Watch.

P.S. Please know my dad had also seen Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood earlier that day and I don’t think the three that hadn’t seen it appreciated constant references by the three of us who had 🙂

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We had Sunday morning family breakfast plans but when I woke up Joey was already awake and making coffee plans for us.  (Side Note: I could get used to this thing where Joey wakes up before me and has already thought up a fun thing for us to do!) We hit up Downpours and though it was a million degrees inside the coffee shop, they also had a shady backyard patio area, where we drank our iced coffee and ordered our groceries online.

We celebrated July birthdays at Cathy & Todd’s with a breakfast burrito bar and what a genius idea that was!  I maybe had a headache over my left eye (from my ONE glass of sangria, seriously??) but we got to sit out on the deck and visit with everyone for a couple of hours and it felt so nice.

Back at home we tag-teamed salads (this one but with this dressing) for lunches this week and I finally got around to cleaning our bathroom and still had time to make it to Sunday yoga for the first time in three weeks!!!  Came home and took some glamour shots of our garden and deck.  Our backyard, just like our kitchen/fridge, is always in flux and I’m learning to back okay with it being messy at times because I know it’ll be back in order eventually.  By Sunday is was all spic-and-span!

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Dinner was Loaded Summer Chili Fries and I was blown away by how good and simple and fresh they tasted.  Truly a wonderful recipe ♥  Eaten in the backyard and I just want to remember how happy I felt in that summer moment.  We headed inside to watch Big Brother afterward and I pretty much hate everyone except Tommy.  Please tell me how your weekend was.  It was the last one of July, you know!