Anniversary Weekend Things

FIVE YEARS, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??  Sometimes it feels like just yesterday and sometimes I hear myself telling newly married or recently engaged people about our wedding and imagine them rolling their eyes because they don’t want to hear about something that happened so long ago.  Okay, now I’m projecting and we’ve gotten off track 😛

HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY TO US, IT’S BEEN THE VERY VERY BEST!

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We had a very loud, but otherwise wonderful, dinner at Spuntino — we split two perfectly al dente pasta dishes and a flight of gelato — and I hope everything in Italy tastes this good when we’re there in a month!  I took zero pictures because sometimes, it’s really really nice to not do that.  Afterward, we hit up the Mayan to see Brittany Runs a Marathon.  Joey dropped his chapstick off the second floor balcony while we were waiting to go into the theater and I found it really funny.  Anyway, the movie was ALSO really funny and I wholeheartedly loved it!  Joey didn’t find it “artistic” enough and I think I’ve created this monster?

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Saturday started with ricotta pancakes (THE FLUFFIEST AND BEST!), then we ran a few errands before deciding to head to Cheesman Park!  Joey suggested this and I couldn’t see a reason not to!  We set up our blanket in the shade near the pavilion and got to witness five quinceañeras and a wedding.  So much celebration ♥  Plus reading and napping and right before we left, we found out Jenn and Korey were there too, so we got to go say hi.  Made it back home in time to watch the end of the CU game, like a good alumni 😛  We won!  Spent the evening at Top Golf — I have swung a golf club like three times EVER, so I opted to just hang out, though Joey did get me to hit one ball — for Kelsey’s birthday celebration.  I maybe stole that group photo from her 🙂

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Joey liked our Sunday morning run last week and suggested we do it again.  I only made us walk twice…  Afterward, he headed out to watch football and though I received much pressure and guilt-tripping, I was really just feeling like I needed some time to myself so I got a manicure (the color is called “Quinceañera”!), read in the backyard, made some snack bars and went to yoga.  It was majorly pouring when my class got out and the walk back to the car suddenly felt extra long, but that class was so healing ♥

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We had plans to make Stupid-Simple Grilled Ribs with cornbread and green beans and when Joey went out to check the ribs they were literally burnt to a crisp!!!!  We think they maybe caught on fire??  They were not even close to salvageable and we had nothing else in the fridge!  Don’t let this happen to you.  The cornbread and green beans were already made, so we quickly decided to go pick up ribs at Smok and honestly, they were probably better than the ones we were going to make.  That cornbread though!!!  So dinner disaster aside, we made it through and the first weekend of September is in the books.  How was your weekend and have you every majorly destroyed your own dinner??

Weekend Things

Hi!  It’s Monday, I’m feeling inexplicably out of it (I even went to bed on time!) and my thoughts on the weekend are swimming around unorganized in my brain.  Can I still blame the time change or are we past that point?

This weekend was a mix of highs and weird irritability on my part.  Sometimes the sun is shining and you have nothing to stress about, but you can still be in a bad mood for no apparent reason.  I’m not going to worry about it too much.  Especially since there are far more happy pieces to focus.

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Friday night, I had my heart set on dinner and a movie so we headed to Avanti, followed by The Florida Project and I was fully in my happy place.  We tried out Kaya Kitchen for the first time, and if eating dumplings off a cardboard plate is wrong, I don’t want to be right.  I was also really into those shrimp tacos.  They were generously drizzled in an avocado créma that I want to drizzle on everything from here on out.

Look, I had heard really good things about The Florida Project and I did like it but I wouldn’t say I loved it.  The kids in it are either incredibly natural actors or a lot of this movie was just candid, I’m not sure which.  There are a lot of funny moments but underneath all the antics, this movie is SAD.  For what it’s worth, no matter how much I do or don’t like a movie, settling into our seats at the Mayan and feeling like it’s finally “movie season” is what I live for ♥

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Saturday in a nutshell: pumpkin pancakes (MAJOR YUM), grocery shopping, chilling at home for lunch, new kombucha carbonation perfection, walking at Cheesman and filling up on those fall vibes with 3 PM shadows, a coolness in the air and just a few trees with red leaves left.  We were thisclose to taking a spontaneous trip to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science but it was A) too nice outside to spend the day inside and B) we wanted to be able to spend a good chunk of time there without feeling rushed, so we’ll save that for another day.  I still wanna go though!

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Saturday night was Fakesgiving!  If you’ve been reading for a while, go ahead and skip this redundant explanation, but for everyone else, Fakesgiving is that day when I test out a bunch of potential Thanksgiving side dishes then we eat them all for dinner.  It’s sort of my favorite and it’s been a tradition going on seven years now!  Can you even believe it?!  Joey made those little squash plates and his presentation gets a gold star from me.  I think the cauliflower gratin may have been my favorite but the glazed shallots are pretty incredible too.

We popped in er, on(?) a movie called The Invitation and I’ll just tell you it was really freaking strange.  Joey loves horror and thriller films but I do NOT, so I was on edge the entire time, just waiting something to happen.   A little over halfway through, we paused to make a quick dessert for two.  Hasselback Apples with vanilla ice cream hit the spot and though I had to get up from the couch every ten minutes to take it in or out of the oven, it’s actually really easy to make.  SNL afterwards and look, I’m really trying to put out positive and supportive vibes for my fellow women but Taylor Swift is making it REALLY difficult.  Her second performance was way more tolerable but yikes, that first one was so cringe-worthy.

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By now you know the Sunday drill, right?  Starts with breakfast, progresses to alone time while Joey heads out to watch football and somewhere in there is meal prep and if I’m behaving, sitting down to read instead of just scrolling on my phone until I’ve melted my brain enough for one day.  I read this article over lunch and tried to make a promise to myself NOT to let my addiction to stress get the best of me this holiday season.  I should probably expel on this in a future post.

On Saturday, when we got home from the grocery, I took a few minutes to wash/chop all our herbs and greens and it’s really making dinnertime way less stressful.  For instance, when 6 PM rolled around on Sunday, all I had to do for dinner was bake some tofu and make a quick dressing.  It was seriously so nice!

Hope you all had a nice weekend!