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 ♥

10 Christmas Songs I’m Embarrassed to Admit I Like

My WordPress dashboard is snowing!  Which is weird because it’s supposed to reach 70 degrees here in Colorado today.  What is going on and where is the winter weather?

Okay so the weather here doesn’t exactly make it feel like Christmas is soon.  I’m coping by listening to loads of Christmas music.  Last week I bought the Mariah Carey Christmas CD and have been listening to it on repeat at work ever since.  Two questions: why did I not already own this album and do the other employees at work love listening to it as much as I do?

Sadly, this isn’t the only Christmas music-related embarrassment in my life.

10 Christmas Songs I’m Embarrassed to Admit I Like

1. Colorado Christmas – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

I just can’t help it.  It’s about my home state and seriously, “the closest thing to heaven on this planet anywhere, is a quiet Christmas morning in the Colorado snow” are probably the truest lyrics I’ve ever heard.

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2. Last Christmas – any and all versions

Honestly, there’s no version of this song that wouldn’t be embarrassing to like.  Wham!, Savage Garden, Rachel and Finn on Glee?  Nope, no version.  But there’s something about that dumb little tune and those heartbreaking lyrics that makes it hard not to belt this one out whenever it comes up on the radio. 

3. Sleigh Ride – Harry Connick Jr.

Let’s be clear that there’s nothing embarrassing about Harry Connick Jr. or liking him and his music.  The embarrassing part is how excited I am every time I hear this song come on.  Like picture the most embarrassing and immature display of excitement you can imagine.  Yeah, that’s me.  I hope I’m never driving near someone I know when I hear this one.

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4.  Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano

I claim I hate this song, but then every time it comes on I don’t change the station and I do sing along.  I mean, I still don’t really know the words, but I sing along to a lot of songs I don’t know the words to.

5. Mele Kalilimaka – Bing Crosby

Speaking of songs that I don’t know the words to.  Hawaii is possibly the least Christmasy place there is in the United States, but for some reason I still love this song and imagine myself spending Christmas on an island in the 1950’s whenever I hear it.  Unrelated side note: I had no idea this was Bing Crosby and now I feel dumb.

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6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – David Archuleta & Charice Pempengco

My American Idol favorite always loses.  First Clay, then David, then Adam.  My heart couldn’t take it and I no longer watch Idol.  Does anyone?  Anyways, “the David that should have won” will always have a place in my heart and this duet with Charice Pempengco, one of many Glee characters who suddenly disappeared, is beautiful.  Can Kurt disappear next, please?

8. Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney

Even Sir Paul is embarrassed by this song.  But I will go to the grave claiming to like anything by any of the Beatles.

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7. Step Into Christmas – Elton John

Once Joey and I drove the entire PCL from Los Angeles to San Francisco in one day and listened to the Best of Elton John the entire time.  We maintain that this is totally normal.  Also totally normal to purchase “Step Into Christmas” when it’s not even Christmas time and occasionally listen to it until it becomes the time of year where it’s socially acceptable to listen to it.  Wait, is it even socially acceptable to listen to this song?

9. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas – Gayla Peevey

And all this time I thought the singer was just an adult with an obnoxious voice, but it turns out it’s a 10-year-old.  I have a sneaking suspicion this song would probably be completely annoying if you listened to it more than twice in one year, but I don’t so I happen to like it.  Also, “hippo” is hands down the best animal name abbreviation.

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10. O Holy Night – Josh Groban

Last week, Joey and I played this game where he played the iTunes previews of different versions of this song and I guessed the artist.  I was good at this game.  Like “oh, that’s the third girl from Destiny’s Child who no one remembers” good.  One version that didn’t come up was Josh Groban’s because he apparently decided not to share this gift with iTunes and thus, the world.  Not cool, Josh.  But man can he sing O Holy Night or what?  Unrelated side note #2: Can you imagine being Josh Groban’s parents and hearing him sing like that from his room when he was younger?

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Your turn: what Christmas song are you embarrassed to admit you like?