Since We Last Spoke

Joey turned 30!  


What can I say?  We did a bike bar tour through RiNo the Saturday before and OMG it was fun.  We made a playlist of songs that came out in 1987 (the year Joey was born) and who would’ve known “La Bamba” would be such a hit!  Both of our mothers were in attendance, I took a shot with my sister, smashed into a photo booth with Jenn, hugged my bestie lots and forgot it wasn’t MY birthday.

We also had a killer dinner at Acorn, — that 24 oz. prime ribeye though! — I gave Joey a mini fridge specifically for bombers — he’s been wanting one since we visited my aunt and uncle in Ohio last year and saw their bomber collection — and capped it all off with the traditional birthday dinner (and sombrero) at Los Arcos.

Baseball started!


I live for Opening Day traditions — aka Biker Jim’s and a beer for lunch — getting to the game early, watching them set those balloons free into the sky, taking that Opening Day portrait with Joey, getting that accidental sunburn.  Okay, I could probably do without that last part but I’m starting to think I’ll never learn.  In other news, we beat the Dodgers and the weather could not have been more perfect.  Feeling good about this season already 🙂

I pampered myself.


Ugh, sorry for that awkward selfie.  I don’t normally take them but when you get  your nails done — Joey made the appointment for me and I’d like to publicly announce that I’d be more than okay with more of those surprises in the future! — and your hair cut (and curled) you definitely go back to work, take a picture of yourself and hope none of your co-workers were walking by while you did it.

And because feeding myself delicious things also feels like pampering to me, there’s also been cookies, peanut butter oatmeal bars, breakfast sammies, quesadillas + sweet potato fries, honey-Dijon salmon, linguine in a creamy herb sauce, a weird but delicious bowl of fridge odds and ends and fish tacos because it’s already warm in Denver and my tastebuds are ready for taco season.

Spent a weekend alone.

Joey basically went straight from the Rockies game to the airport for a bachelor party in New Orleans so I had the weekend to myself.  I did all the productive things, aka cooked dinner for myself, went to the grocery, made pizza dough, did laundry, ran 5 miles (hi, Bolder Boulder, I see you coming up next month!) and did some filing for work.  But I also did all the fun things, aka read in the back yard, watched the Rockies take down Kershaw, had breakfast with my dad and sister and managed to feel relaxed.

Side Note: my mom also happens to be in NOLA so Joey met up with she and my uncle on Sunday after all the other guys of the bachelor party had headed home and I think that’s the sweetest and cutest and could only be better if was also there with them.

Tell me what’s happening in your life! 🙂

Weekend Things

Right now, I am doing my best to get some work done with a whiny dog sitting on my lap.  My mom, my sister and her boyfriend are all headed to New Orleans tomorrow so I’m dog-sitting right now and so far it’s fun in that “but I get to give her back next week” way that grandparents probably feel when they babysit their grandkids.  I’ve always wanted to rent a dog for the week! 🙂

In other news, this weekend felt full in the fun, go-go-go way that summer is all about.  There were things we wanted to do, but didn’t get to and things we didn’t want to do, but had to anyway (hello, food prep at 9:30 on Sunday night) and then all the things we DID wanna do and actually got to and those were obviously the best!



Breakfast on the patio at Stowaway // I got the muesli (that little poached pear, though!) but I was jealous of Joey’s Colorful Colorado.

Family dinner at Leña // We totally planned on going to movie night at Little Man but then my sister wanted to celebrate her last day of school and I was all about that.  Margaritas, tacos, empanadas and yuca bread.  My heart and stomach were so happy.

Ice cream and a neighborhood stroll // Sweet Action Ice Cream was a few shops down from Leña so Joey and I shared a scoop and it was meh.  But the houses we strolled past were the cutest!



Bridal shower games // I don’t know how Lori and I didn’t win with this toilet paper dress but I think it was a great look for Joey’s grandma 🙂

Afternoon cookie baking // It’s actually insane to turn our oven on in the summer, but a freezer empty from cookies calls for desperate measures.

Grocery store trip // I kindly waited for Joey to return from our company picnic so that I could drag him along.  I bought a bunch a mangos?  Who knows!


Park picnic-ing // Our friends DJ and Alyssa had a BBQ/housewarming thang, so Joey and I packed up a bomber and headed out.

I love Jenn! // Even though I had to scold her for getting a 2nd/3rd sunburn when she was in San Diego last week…

Salad dinner back at home // Grilled some corn and ate it with this salad and OMG, it was so good!  Katie Lee is my spirit animal and also the creator of some really amazing recipes.  I can’t wait to make this one again.


Sunday morning run // It was already hot (wahhh) but I don’t even care because running through Denver parks gives my heart such happiness.

GARDENING!!!! // Oh sorry, just a little bit excited.  We finally got our garden boxes finished and filled with dirt, so we bought and planted a bunch of veggies in them on Sunday.  I’m trying not to get my hopes up about anything actually growing (especially since we planted so late!) but it’s hard to not be excited about the possibility of strawberries and kale growing in my own backyard.

Rockies Game // We biked for the first time this year, found seats in the shade AND it was a walk-off win.  I mean what more can you possibly ask for??


Grilled wing dinner // Getting so into (and good at!) grilling this summer!  We made these wings with shishito peppers, mint/basil/cilantro and a lime vinaigrette and they were so so good.

Game of Thrones finale! // Still processing and probably will be for the rest of the week.

Work week food prep // Yeah, not ideal timing (because I totally would’ve rather been watching Big Brother) but we got our salads for the week prepped and that’s all that matters.

Here’s to another perfect summery week and a holiday weekend at the end!