Weekend Things: August is Here

I think I might love the month of August. I mean, it’s still too hot and I can barely be outside unless it’s early morning or later in the day, but all the best produce is in season and it just feels a little less busy than July (no offense to the 4th of July and my own birthday). This August in particular is extra exciting because I have two friends having babies (!!!!), my own baby shower, real baseball to watch and hopefully mostly finishing the house decor. Okay, so maybe this month isn’t less busy 😋 This weekend was wonderful, so we are off to a good start!

Did you all watch “Black is King?” I’m consistently blown away by Beyoncé and this visual album did not change that! What a gorgeous feast for the eyes. I cringed when she said “Are you with me, lions?” in The Lion King and I still cringed when the voiceover played that part, but otherwise, I loved it. How amazing is it that she’s Beyoncé but there are full songs that she’s barely in and lets another artist take the spotlight. I love that!

Joey was golfing Friday morning but when he got home, he filled our little planter with baby cactus (our entry table is officially finished and I LOVE it!) and installed this rail our company made, so, as my sister said “no grandparents (or babies) falling down the stairwell after a few drinks at Christmas or Thanksgiving” 😂

The Rockies home opener was Friday night and yeah, we had other food in the fridge to eat, but it is even the home opener without Biker Jim’s?? We drove downtown to pick the order up and there were so many people out and about in Denver! They are clearly living in a different reality than I, a person who has barely left the house, is! Let’s not talk about the end of the game (WHY, WADE DAVIS, WHY?) and talk about First Cow instead. We decided we didn’t need to watch the entire game and turned the movie on around 8, and gosh, I really loved it. It’s slow and deliberate and beautiful and I was so moved by the friendship between the two main characters. The ending made me so sad! Joey wanted more air time for the cow 😂

Joey went for a run Saturday morning, so I whipped us up some buttermilk pancakes (used this NYT recipe) and they were so tender and perfectly sweet! Andi was tired after his baby pancake 😚 Afterward we headed to the Union Station Farmers’ Market, did a quick walk through, grabbed a bag of peaches and headed back home.

Around noon, we ran a dog food errand, picked up lunch for Joey, then grabbed Sparkling Lemon Lavenders for both of us. Joey saw Cherry Bean post this drink special and knowing my obsession over all things lavender, suggested we grab one. It was so good and refreshing! Joey spent a good chunk of the rest of the day assembling a Murphy bed for our guest bedroom and who knows what I was doing. I think I finished The Bluest Eye (not a new opinion but Toni Morrison is a master of words) and watched too much of Ted 2 🤷‍♀️

Another night at the Denver Mart Drive In! It was E.T. and Back to the Future and yes, three bags of popcorn. We recently watched E.T. but it’s always worth a re-watch. A controversial opinion: E.T. is good! That scene where they all take flight on their bikes and that music blasts is just epic. We maybe didn’t make it through all of Back to the Future but I promised Joey we’ll watch the rest at home.

Slept in Sunday morning, then had breakfast outdoors before Joey started some yard work and I started working on our nursery decor. It took me HOURS and some help from Joey, but we have a table, lamp, pictures, mirror, shelves and a book rack coming and I’m so excited!!!

After I basically had a panic attack and made Joey promise to stop trying to finish putting up the Murphy bed by himself — I was having visions of the base falling on me or him or our dog!!! — he moved onto hanging some wall decor. I love the way that minimalist clock looks on our brick wall and I REALLY love the framed canvases we got for our room. Matches the lamp and bed so well. Andi was literally falling asleep with his head up when I took this picture 😂

At some point, we took a drive over to the Paco Sanchez park that our company is doing work on, so Joey could check something out but the area he needed to look at was fenced off, so we quick walked Andi around the perimeter of the park (he was well behaved, despite there being a billion people there) (again, these people are living a different reality than me!), then headed back home. Made a grilled onion blossom (Joey claimed it was my best one yet 🥰) and chicken thighs with tomato panzanella for dinner and you would not believe the mess those thighs made. Andi enjoyed licking it from the floor but then Joey had to do a deep clean later. Worth it though because this dinner tasted very good! Back inside to watch the last two episodes of Succession Season 1 and oh my god, that last episode was intense!

Please tell me what kind of start your August is off to 😊

Weekend Things

Well, looking back on these photos, it was a weekend of outdoor movies, late nights, dinner salads and sleepy pups.

We also got the best start to Friday with a visit from Hannah and Mason, bearing gifts! Hannah passed along some maternity clothes and I thought I was doing fine just wearing the same four things I’ve bought, but now that I have more (way better-fitting) options, it feels like a godsend! Mason is ready for baby brother’s arrival and thinks he’ll have black hair. I can’t wait to see!

That night, we made a grilled corn salad, then Joey got us all set up for our first outdoor movie night in the new house. We were about to toss our old duvet cover, but Joey realized it would make for a good screen, so we got it hung and queued up Jaws, which I’d “seen” but not really seen, ya know? Turns out it’s a classic for a reason because I thought it was GREAT. It was after 11 by the time we got into bed and Andi was clearly exhausted 😋

I slept in on Saturday (I guess Andi wasn’t the only one who was tired) but Joey was up early pulling garden weeds and now it looks so much better out there! Not everything came up, but what did looks pretty good. Also, I’d seen Wooden Spoon post a picture of peach danishes the day before and HAD to have one, so I put in a pick up order for us and Joey grabbed it and I was in my happy place.

I’m pretty sure I spent the rest of the day buying decor for a table we have in our entryway 🤣 and Andi and I also took a nice nap before dinner. We made these grilled chicken sandwiches and even though they look really good and the flavor was spot on, I put an heirloom tomato on there and it was SOGGY CITY. I only complained the entire time I ate it 😋

At 8, we met my sister and Wayne at the drive in for a Beauty and the Beast/Iron Man double feature! I have a love-hate relationship with this drive in because on the one hand, it’s fun to go watch a movie in your car on a summer night but on the other hand, I could not make out any of the dark scenes and at one point, it REEKED of trash. Oh well, we’re still going again in a couple of weeks. I hadn’t seen my sis since the 4th of July so it was nice to yell to each other from our cars parked with an empty space between 😋

It was Joey’s turn to sleep in on Sunday (it was like 1 AM by the time we got home from the drive in!), so I got up and made us pancakes then had to go wake both him and Andi up. Later on, I gave that pup a bath, read, ordered groceries and did some prenatal yoga. We made dinner salads (again but different), then walked Andi and watched the second half of Iron Man because we actually left early the night before and I don’t know if I’ve really watched that movie since it came out in 2008. Let me tell you, it holds up!

What did you do this weekend?