October Memory-a-Day

Monday, October 1st: Getting a “Rabbit, rabbit!” text from my mom ♥

Tuesday, October 2nd: Taking a video of the final out of the Wild Card game and feeling really really happy that the Rockies won!

Wednesday, October 3rd: Parking next to Alamo Placito Park on a beautiful fall evening and seeing all the flowers still in bloom and even a couple having a picnic.

Thursday, October 4th: Realizing the Rockies game was going to go later than I thought and I wouldn’t have time to go for a post-work run.

Friday, October 5th: Feeling really irritated by Senator Collins’s smiling face.

Saturday, October 6th: Hearing Joey tell me “I think sitting in a movie theater together is our happiest place!” ♥

Sunday, October 7th: Thinking “at least I won’t have to sit in the cold at 7:40 tomorrow night” as the Rockies were down 6-0 in the ninth inning.

Monday, October 8th: Feeling rushed as I tried to get ready for work and make Joey and I breakfast after getting home from the first day back at the gym.

Tuesday, October 9th: Sitting on my yoga mat, after much back-and-forth decision-making anxiety, and feeling glad I left my house to come to class.

Wednesday, October 10th: Holding back tears as I read this article about Chef Fatima Ali, who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, in my office.

Thursday, October 11th: Sending Joey no less than six texts in a row (each more enthusiastic than the last) as I looked through the films showing at Denver Film Fest.  “ROMA OMG!!!”  “IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK!!!!!”

Friday, October 12th: Eating a Cashew-Apricot Bar at 3:30 and feeling really happy about how good it tasted.

Saturday, October 13th: Sitting on the porch swing with Joey and our pup and taking 10 minutes to appreciate some perfect fall weather.

Sunday, October 14th: Curling up on the couch mid salad prep and wondering why I felt so tired.

Monday, October 15th: Bottling a pomegranate-lemon-honey kombucha.

Tuesday, October 16th: Walking up to Brider as Joey said “remember how many times we’ve tried to eat somewhere and when we showed up they were closed or hosting a private event?!” and then seeing a “Closed at 3 PM for a Private Event” sign on the door.  HOW?!

Wednesday, October 17th: Reading an article that broke down all 13 initiatives on the Colorado ballot this year.

Thursday, October 18th: Waking up with a headache.

Friday, October 19th: Buttering a warm pumpkin muffin and eating it at my kitchen island.

Saturday, October 20th: Doing that thing where someone charges me and I don’t understand the price but for reasons unknown, I don’t ask any questions.  Why do I do that??

Sunday, October 21st: Checking my Bolder Boulder race time to see if I’d expectantly beat it, without even trying.  (I didn’t, but I came close!)

Monday, October 22nd: Driving to Little Man for pumpkin chip ice cream and turning right back around when we didn’t see it on the menu.

Tuesday, October 23rd: Attempting to shut our dog in the extra bedroom instead of letting him sleep in our bed and after 10 straight minutes of barking and panicked scratching at the door, giving in and letting him out.  We’re so weak!

Wednesday, October 24th: Sitting at the Hop Alley bar and cheersing drinks with Fletcher, who was in town for a last minute work trip.

Thursday, October 25th: Flipping to the last page of the book I’d just started and realizing it was 901 pages long.

Friday, October 26th: Showing up at Masterpiece Delicatessen to find it closed.

Saturday, October 27th: Taking a 10 minute nap before walking to get a manicure.

Sunday, October 28th: Eating lunch with Andi on my lap in the backyard on a GORGEOUS Sunday in October.

Monday, October 29th: Watching two episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale then having Joey tell me we still had 5 episodes left.  When will it end??

Tuesday, October 30th: Eating thee best sweet potato fries I’ve ever had at Work & Class.

Wednesday, October 31st: Finally just microwaving the damn spaghetti squash.

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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!