Weekend Things

This post contains a LOT of wildflower pictures, so I’ll spare you an intro and just jump right in!

Feels like it’s been so long since we stayed home and did nothing on a Friday, so this one felt extra nice.  We stopped by the grocery store on the way home from work and look who I ran into!  Wayne sent Joey and I a picture of my sister doing this same pose last week, so it only felt right that I reciprocate.  We ate fajita leftovers in the backyard and would you look at how fruitful our shishito plants are?!  We are so amazed and happy about it!  Also, we’re on a Leo kick after seeing OUATIH and decided to re-watch Wolf of Wall Street, which we hadn’t seen since we saw it in theaters in 2014!  We only made it halfway, because it’s a billion hours long!

Saturday we were up and at em for a wildflower hike!  I’d been wanting to do this since last year when I came across an article about the best places to see Colorado wildflowers, except by the time I read it, wildflower season had already passed.  I wasn’t going to miss my chance this year!  I found an article that listed Black Powder Pass as a good spot, so we loaded ourselves and lunch into the car and drove up toward Breckenridge.  It was maybe cloudy and rainy the whole drive and for a moment, I thought we would just have to turn back around, but the rain stopped and we had the most glorious time!!!  These pictures do not do the flowers (or their INCREDIBLE fragrance!) justice.  I could hardly believe my eyes!

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Um we saw two moose!!!!!  We made it up to the final meadow and there they were on the other side of the valley.  I know they look really far away, but they felt a lot closer in real life!  I was part amazed and part terrified because, MOOSE ARE HUGE!  But apart from what felt like them staring right at us, they basically ignored us and went on their way.  And wow, what an epic view we had!  This trail was seriously so wonderful.  It was just the right length, just the right difficulty and except for a few groups we saw on our way back down, we had the whole thing to ourselves.  Plus, did I mention wildflowers and moose?!  Had a tailgate lunch back at the car and felt like my happiest self 🙂

Back at home, it was summer again!  My mom, dad and sister are out of town for a few days, so my sister dropped Huni off to watch while they’re gone.  The pups are such bad influences on each other!  But it has been highly entertaining to watch them compete with each other over everything and I can’t complain about double puppy cuddles 🙂  Joey did some more work on the slat wall while I read and relaxed for a bit inside.  We broke out the pasta maker for dinner!  Joey mentioned wanting to make spaghetti and meatballs months ago, so I’ve been keeping the idea in my back pocket.  It was our first time using the spaghetti attachment and even though we accidentally made a few ramen noodles, we got the hang of it and Joey declared this his favorite fresh pasta meal yet!

Also, we finished Wolf of Wall Street, and though it is a GREAT performance by Leo and there are many funny parts, why does this movie exist again??  It feels pretty much in service of the real Jordan Belmont (who literally has a cameo in the movie) and uh, this guy doesn’t deserve any service.

Sunday, Sunday!  We woke up and had waffles, then headed out to do some patio furniture shopping.  Word to the wise, maybe don’t wait this far into summer to START shopping for patio furniture.  At Home had slim pickings, Fruehauf’s was out of our budget and Home Depot was a major bust.  We were finally able to find what we wanted at Christy Sports but it was still a game of piecing a set together from what was left in stock at this time of year.  Whew, felt good to make a buy though and I can’t wait to see it all on our deck next weekend!

Back at home, Joey did some deck/yard work and I made burritos for lunches this week, cleaned the floors, read (sorta) and harvested our eggplant!!! Isn’t she a beauty?!  Just a tad better than our last attempt at growing eggplant 😛  I sauteed it up for a Sunday Salad.  Can you tell which salad has real feta and which has tofu feta??  I maybe didn’t let it refrigerate for a full 5 hours like I was supposed to, so it was more goat cheese texture than feta texture, but YUM!  We walked the pups and watched Big Brother but the highlight of the night, was seeing our string lights over the deck ♥

Weekend Things: 2017 to 2018

2017 wasn’t a perfect year and 2018 won’t be either, but the weekend that took us from one to the other most certainly was!  A long weekend felt like the perfect way to pause and reflect on 2017 while also having time to usher in 2018 and even though I’m feeling sort of tired today, I went to bed last night feeling completely at peace with how the weekend played out.

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Went to close my office blinds on Friday and saw the most beautiful sunset.  I literally ran outside to snap a picture 🙂  The best way to kick off a long weekend is with a trip to the library to pick up new books, of course.  Joey wanted to stay in but in a rare moment, I did NOT feel like changing straight into my pajamas upon getting home and felt the itch to get out, so I convinced him to go see a movie.  We saw Call Me By Your Name and I’m still not sure what I thought of it.  Beautiful in many ways, confusing in many other ways.

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Saturday and a bold statement: If I could only eat at one breakfast restaurant for the rest of my life, it would be Stowaway.  It’s just that every time we decide to go out, it’s the only place I really want to go and it never doesn’t sound good.  Thankfully, Joey indulges me in going all the time.  I don’t even know what we did on Saturday — wait, no that’s wrong!  WE FINISHED WATCHING THE LEFTOVERS!  And I seriously need someone who considers it “the best show ever” to explain to me because I hated it.  Help!

Filled in the rest of the day with a trip to the gym (I ran exactly one mile less in 2017 than I did in 2016, which I think should kill me, but I sort of don’t care?), a mountain of granola and our traditional New Year’s dinner of black eyed peas and collard greens.  Oh and we watched Gone Baby Gone and despite some real plot problems, we still liked it.

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NYE!  Started with a bunch of yogurt pancakes (minus the apples and I subbed half whole wheat for all-purpose — loved them!) and then I made a pie for dinner the next day ♥  Later on, we hit up Huckleberry Roasters for some January planning, NYE caffeinating and new book reading.  It gave my heart such joy.  We need to hang out in coffee shops more.

Festivities for the night started with us getting all dressed up Great Gatsby-style!  We had a themed party to attend but went to dinner in costume first.  I think the gal taking our order at Cart-Driver was confused for a minute before we explained we were going to a party afterwards.  Just FYI, we ordered all the costumage (costumery?) on Amazon, it all arrived on Saturday and much to my shock and delight, it all worked out perfectly!  Not going to lie though, that headband was hell.  I took it off mid-party because it felt like it was actually cutting into my head and I had a headache all day Monday that I’m blaming on that thing.  What were women in the 20’s thinking?!

In conclusion, eating Cart-Driver’s clam pizza, talking 2017 happenings and cheersing Joey and Jenn at midnight felt like the best end to a weird rocky year.

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The first day of 2018 was blissful.  Started slow and easy with breakfast on the couch, followed by movie time.  We’re seeing The King and I at The Buell next weekend but Joey had never seen the original, so I felt we needed to watch it.  Yul Brynner is a goddamn delight and I was overjoyed to discover the whole film is just as good as I remembered it being.  Newly discovered favorite line: “I’ll do the remembering!”  It just applies so well to my life 🙂  I also picked us up some lunch burritos from the newly opened Illegal Pete’s in our neighborhood.  Every young hungover Denverite seemed to be there so the line was brutal but worth it.

We had my family over for New Year’s Day dinner — a Dorsey family tradition that I thank my wonderful mother for — and it honestly made my heart so happy ♥  Made bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey chicken, shredded kale salad and cauliflower gratin plus that vegan French Silk Pie and loved how it all turned out.  Everyone left shortly after 9, we cleaned up in a state of euphoria and were in bed by 9:45.  It was the best!

Please be kind to us, 2018.