Memorial Day Weekend Things

Whoa!  Doesn’t it feel like Friday was so long ago?  Between what felt like an endless string of Rockies games, a few parties, a festival, a bunch of delicious food, yard work, a race and fun time with family and friends, I can barely remember all the way back to the beginning of the weekend!  Thank goodness I took way too many pictures 🙂

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We started things off with a Friday Rockies game.  We thought it started at 6:40, but no, it definitely started at 6:10.  At least we live close!  We left in the 7th inning when the Rockies were down 7-0 and the sky was starting to cry over the prospect of yet another Rockies loss.  For the record, the game went into a rain delay, didn’t finish until after midnight and ended up 11-8.  We still lost, but not by much!

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Saturday started with breakfast at Onefold, which recently opened and I’d been dying to go to.  YOU GUYS.  It was so amazing!  The gal at the register was super friendly and helpful and the whole place is just the cutest.  Plus they have Vietnamese Iced Coffee.  Yes please!  This breakfast burrito with house made tortillas was to die for.  I wanna go back right now.

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The afternoon was spent party hopping.  Joey’s cousin Courtney graduated high school last week and his other cousin Jade had a birthday party for her son Colton, who clearly found eating cake to be very tiring.  It’s funny how affected all of us Coloradans are by the lack of sun lately.  When it finally came out on Saturday, it was all everyone could talk about.  Then it rained…

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Post-rain, we took ourselves downtown for Denver Day of Rock.  I stumbled across this event a couple years ago with my mom and sister, then we tried to go last year but bailed when a huge storm started to roll in and I was pretty sure this year was going to be a repeat of last year but luckily the rain let up.  Basically, there’s a few stages with local bands and then, if you’re me, you’re there for the accompanying food trucks.

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We grabbed a few plates of food and shared them near the main stage where we were kind of paying attention to the music but mostly paying attention to this big puddle of water near us that everyone in the crowd was magically managing to dodge.  I watched a girl in rain boots jump over it and thought “no, that’s not the point of wearing those shoes!”  P.S. Those tacos were okay, but those Bourbon-glazed sweet potato fries and pulled pork sandwich were A+.

Back at home, we decided “hey, let’s just start True Detective” then finished the series at 1 AM.  I know I’m so late to the game, but HOLY MOLY.  I thought Matthew McConaughey was incredible.  I’ve never seen such an interesting character and he played the heck out of that role.

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Sunday yard work!  We knew we only had about half a day to get in any landscaping work before the rain showed up so we were up and at em digging a little trench for a mini curbside walk way.  We ended up only getting one side done, which was kind of disappointing, but I think it turned out pretty good!  You would think after all these house projects we would’ve learned that things always take twice as long as you think they’re going to.

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My mom and sister are finally home from NOLA so they drove down to have dinner with us.  Burgers, beer and one giant chalice for my mom.  Oh and would you look at the loot they brought home for me!  That chicory coffee is such a familiar sight in my mom’s kitchen and now I have a bag of my own.  My mom’s not sure Camellia brand red beans are any different than the red beans you can buy here, but I say they feel much more authentic.

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And finally, Memorial Day and the annual running of the Bolder Boulder.  The weather could not have been more perfect.  Plus we actually made it on time to take off with our wave.  I don’t think I’ve ever done that!  I guess burgers and beer should be my new pre-race dinner ritual because I beat my goal of finishing in under 60 minutes by a whole minute and 45 seconds.  I’m feeling pretty great about that right now.  And I’m feeling pretty great about the unintentional photo bomb happening behind us in that last picture.

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The rest of the day involved THIS!!!  And this would be our first Denver Passport outing.  That little booklet has the names of 64 different Denver restaurants that are all participating in this 2-for-1 deal on selected drinks this summer.  Hannah and Josh got it (plus the Boulder and Fort Collins editions) for us so we all went to Highland Tap and Burger to try them out.  This specific restaurant’s drink deal was a choice of any of their signature cocktails, hence the different choices.  To say I’m excited about trying out a bunch of places we’ve never been to before is a HUGE understatement.  Poor Joey has had to listen to me excitedly obsessing over this passport thing for weeks already.

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Once we set Hannah and Josh free, I decided we should go grab another drink somewhere nearby… either that or I was going to fall asleep on the couch… again.  So the Ale House at Amato’s it was!  We grabbed two Breck IPAs on the rooftop and made it out just as it started to rain… also again.  As you can imagine, the rest of the day involved lots of laying around and me getting into bed way early.  I can’t hang with these long weekends like I used to 🙂

How was your Memorial Day Weekend?

Memorial Day Weekend Things

I am sick.  Again.

I am not even joking when I say I started coughing the minute we landed back in Denver last week.  And not a dainty lady-like cough.  A loud donkey-like cough.  I guess I should be glad I was able to sandwich our trip to Vegas in between two colds, but I would rather just not have had either cold at all.

That being said, this weekend has been a blast.  Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kickoff to summer, is one of my favorite times of the year, so I’ll be damned if I let a stupid cold get in the way of any warm-weather fun.

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It is officially taco season (for me, at least) and I could not be happier.  This recipe for Blackened Shrimp Tacos was in last month’s Cooking Light so we tried it out on Friday and loved it.  Then again, what isn’t there to love about perfectly spicy shrimp, crumbly queso fresco, mashed avocados and a ranch-y mayo sauce?  Oh and Joey made me have that strawberry margarita.  He’s so unfair.

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Headed to the Boulder Famers’ Market on Saturday morning, totally forgetting the Boulder Creek Fest was also going on.  It was packed with people and tents, so we grabbed breakfast, took a quick stroll along the creek and got out of there.  Whose idea was that outing anyways?…

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We ate cheesy pupusas and I grabbed my beloved Vietnamese Iced Coffee and completely regretted it later when I was buzzing so hard on caffeine that I felt absolutely insane.  Some days caffeine doesn’t affect me and other days, it hits me so hard that I vow to never drink it again.  I had to stage my own intervention later that day and tell my family and Joey to not allow me to drink coffee anymore.

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My mom bought tickets for us girls to see Les Mis on Saturday afternoon at the Buell Theatre in Denver and I loved the performance.  Call me crazy, but I wasn’t especially wowed by the film version so I was sort of worried I wouldn’t like the play either, but I loved seeing it live.  It may have helped that the actors in the play had better singing voices than Russel Crowe.

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After the show, I forced my mom and sister to walk around Denver with me to find something to eat (all those starving French peasants were making me so hungry!) and stumbled upon the Denver Day of Rock celebration, complete with a line of FOOD TRUCKS!  I was slightly excited.  I got two Korean Short Rib Street Tacos at the Epicurean Catering truck and felt totally revived afterwards.  Stole a few of my mom’s sweet potato fries too 🙂  They had a glaze on them that made them different than any other sweet potato fry I’ve ever tasted.

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A friend of ours was in town for his brother’s high school graduation party, so we spent the rest of Saturday night at the celebration.  This is legitimately another friend of ours’s car.  The shifter is made of a Coors Lights tap handle.  He says he’s going to fix it up, but I say leave it as is!

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Also, if you want to feel old, play beer pong at a high school graduation party where none of the kids even know what beer pong is.  Also, play one game and make all of one cup and you will realize you certainly aren’t in college anymore.  All beer pong nostalgia aside, the sunset going on in the middle of the party was so spectacular.  Maybe I’m biased, but I swear Colorado sunsets are above all others.

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I think this pictures basically sums up Sunday.  But that’s a whole different post.  I also went to yoga for the first time in for.ev.er.  I drove there with the windows rolled down, then chatted with the teacher and headed into the locker room, only to find pieces of my hair sticking straight up in the air.  Only slightly mortifying.

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Monday was the annual running of America’s Best 10K, the Bolder Boulder.  We’ve been digging the Denver scene lately, but Boulder will always and forever have my heart.  Just look at that view!

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Why Joey insists on doing this slip and slide during the race is beyond me.  He just ends up complaining about how he’s soaking wet and out of breath afterwards.

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And speaking of things that are beyond me, I have no idea how these two people ran in these full bear costumes without passing out.  I can only imagine how hot it probably was in there.

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My parents were nice enough to come down to crazy crowded Boulder just to watch us finish.  Thanks, Mom and Dad!

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It certainly wasn’t our fastest 10K by any stretch of the imagination, but considering how terrified I was for the race — I haven’t run a 10K since the Bolder Boulder last year and last year I didn’t think I was going to make it up that final super steep hill into CU’s Folsom Field! — I felt pretty good about our results.

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I really only go so I can hang out with these people all morning and sit in awe as the elite runners sprint 6 miles in about half an hour.  I see it happen every year and I still can’t believe it.

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Rounding Memorial Day out with our first CSA (or Community Supported Agriculture) pick-up.  Basically, we’ll be stopping by this organic farm in Longmont every other week to pick up our share of fresh veggies.  They let us know ahead of time what we’ll be getting, so hopefully we’ll be able to plan what to do with our loot.  For now, will someone please tell me what to do with broccoli rabe?

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And last but not least, a BBQ at my brother and sister-in-law’s.  Where my mother taught my niece to say “diamond,” and my nephew only pushed me over and told me he didn’t like me a couple times.  I swear he doesn’t really hate me 😛

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What did you do with your Memorial Day weekend?

Have you watched the new season of Arrested Development?

Are you much of a caffeine drinker?