2015 Summer Bucket List

Last week I had to put my chapstick in the fridge because it was too melty to use.  The combination of showering and blow drying my hair in the morning makes me grow an instant sweat mustache.  And I’m thinking of advertising our house as a bikram yoga studio.  It’s official.  This is life without air conditioning summer!  And this is this year’s “Bucket List.”

P.S. Isn’t it weird that I’ve lived in Denver for a year and a half already?  Like when did that happen?  And why have I still not done so many of the things that Denver has to offer?  Hence a lot of the things on this list taking place in Denver.


#1 Attend City Park Jazz (check!)

When I told Joey about this he was like “yeah, we knew about that already.”  WE DID?  I must not have been paying attention because when I read that jazz bands play live music every Sunday in City Park, complete with FOOD TRUCKS and free entry, I freaked.  Sign. Me. Up.


#2 Host a “Kick-Off to Summer” BBQ (check and check and check!)

This one was actually Joey’s idea, but hey, I’m so down!  In fact, we already sent out the Facebook invite for the end of this month and I am like “wait, does that mean my front yard can’t be a mud pit when people show up?”  The good news is that our newest beer — a hefeweizen! — will be kegged and ready!


#3 Bike the Platte River Trail (check!)

A few months ago, Hannah and Josh were telling us about how they took a walk on this trail and I was like “wait doesn’t that go right near our house too??”  And it was then that we realized we only lived a bike ride away from each other.  We could even meet at a brewery somewhere in between!


#4 Go to a Denver Movie in the Park (check!)

I said I was gonna do this two years ago.  Then I said I was gonna do it last year.  I still haven’t done it.  Also, I’ve been using this same picture every year…


#5 Cold brew some iced coffee (check and check!)

Because buying it from a coffee shop every morning would probably get expensive.  I actually bought a fresh bag of beans this week so I’m hoping to get the grounds soaking this weekend.  Side Note: The bag of coffee beans smells SO good.  I kept huffing them in our kitchen, until Joey told me I was being weird.


#6 Run 10 miles

I’m kinda cheating because we’re running a fall half marathon, which mean summer training, which means I’d be running 10 miles whether it was on this bucket list or not.  I should probably be terrified, seeing as my normal weekly runs are 3 milers and 10 is a lot more than 3, but I’m kind of excited instead.


#7 Go to My Brother’s Bar (check!)

It’s supposedly Denver’s oldest bar and I saw it on a list of 29 things you have to do in Denver.  Joey’s down because they (also) supposedly have a really great burger.


#8 Finish our front yard

I guess I never tire of adding house/yardwork-related items to my summer bucket lists.  I actually feel like this one is doable, though!  We’ve made a ton of progress already and we’re having SIX TONS of rock delivered on Saturday.  Talk about exciting weekend plans 🙂


#9 Go to Yoga on the Rocks (check!)

I already roped Jenn into going with me.  Though, to be fair, it didn’t really take much more convincing than me saying I wanted to go this year.  She’s perfect like that.


#10 Go to The Big Wonderful

I’m always delighted by how many fun and cool things there are to do in Denver and a weekly outdoor market that’s part flea, part food festival and part concert is one of those fun and cool things.  There’s even a beer garden!  And it supports local vendors!  But most of all, you say food trucks, I say I’m there.


#11 Make fudgsicles

Because I had a huge hankering for one the other night when we made the stupid decision to brew beer and use the oven at the same time and it was legitimately 85° in our house.  And yeah, that’s not a photo of Joey eating a fudgsicle, but it’s also a cold delicious dessert so that’s as close I’m getting picture-wise.


#12 Start that mother-daughter book club (check!)

You know, the one where the only members are my mom and I.  We’re both finishing up other books, but I think our first pick is going to be Flowers for Algernon.  I’m a shitty English degree holder and don’t even know what that book is, but I’m still excited to read it.


#13 Plant flowers (check!)

I don’t even really know what I mean when I say that.  That’s how clueless I am!  I’m thinking something along the lines of a flower planter box/pot/tire? (


#14 Take a weekend trip to Fort Collins

In addition to being awesome and getting us Denver Passports, Hannah and Josh were also awesome and got us Boulder and Fort Collins Passports, so I think a weekend trip is in order.  I haven’t been to Fort Collins in YEARS.  Plus the year I lived there, I was not of age so the drinking scene will be totally new to me.

What’s on your summer bucket list?!

(It’s Almost Christmas!) Weekend Things

Hey, let’s not talk about…

How I managed to leave my purse at the brewery we were at on Friday night.  How do you even do that?! #AttackOfTheBlackIPA

How Joey and I are being extra last minute Christmas shoppers this year.  At least we can laugh about how each other’s presents might not make it on time together.

Amy Adams on SNL.  Oh was she the host?  I barely even noticed she was there.

How we made two separate attempts at buying a Denver artisan pie for Christmas Eve.  They were out both times.

How I’m married to this…


Instead, let’s talk about how I’m in a super good mood because it’s Christmas week (meaning only two days of work!), my weekend was filled with all the things that make my heart happy and maybe (mostly) because I had too much caffeine this morning.

Friday night was spent drinking beer and eating pizza with Bobby and Becca.  Breweries are everywhere so we had no trouble finding a new one to visit.


On Saturday, I got myself a Christmas manicure.  Okay, the manicure itself was just a regular one, but my nail design was Christmasy.  This probably ranks as the most adventurous thing I’ve ever done with my nails and I love it.


We also hit up The Source for the first time.  It’s an “artisan food market” inside this cool old brick building and they were having a holiday market this weekend so in addition to the restaurants, bakery, butcher, liquor store, coffee shop and brewery that are permanently there, they had a bunch of other local vendors selling goods.  WHY IS DENVER SO COOL?!


Saturday date night!  Joey surprised (or as surprised as you can be when you basically beat someone over the head with the idea of going to dinner and a holiday show) me by taking me to ChoLon and “Red is the New Green” afterwards.


No joke, I loudly squealed “ARE WE GOING TO CHOLON?!” when I saw the restaurant across the street.  I have been wanting to go there for months and it did not disappoint.  Again, no joke, it was the best restaurant meal Joey and I have ever eaten.  I mean, my eyes light up basically any time I talk about food but I’ve never seen Joey that excited.

Before this becomes a short novel on our dinner at ChoLon, I’ll just say that we ate caramelized onion soup dumplings (I will dream of these for the rest of my life!), pork belly buns (the softest bun that ever was!), spicy shrimp roll (that wasabi kick!), kaya toast dipped in coconut jam and an egg cloud (did you hear that?  AN EGG CLOUD!) and short rib with celery root purée that actually required no chewing it was so tender.  Oh and a complimentary giant rice cracker!  Everything was so on point and I think this is probably the meal they serve every day in heaven.


“Red is the New Green” was a comedy show made up of a bunch of short sketches à la SNL and it was at the tiniest little theater in Denver.  The sketches were hit or miss but regardless, we loved it.  We especially loved the skit where everyone played a leftover Christmas food and made fun of the Tofurky.  Yes!


Sunday involved another trip to The Source — yes, again — more last minute Christmas shopping, cranberry sauce-infused vodka-making, yoga, cake baking and the Cowboys game.  And now, let’s not talk about how we forgot to take the steaks we meant to cook for dinner out of the freezer.




How was your weekend?