Weekend Things

Another weekend, another bachelor party excursion for Joey.  Which means I was riding solo again and thinking a lot about the pros and cons of that situation.  I was peak happy taking my sister to the Rockies game, riding to the Farmers’ Market, reading in the backyard, spending quality time with my parents and waking up early for a Sunday morning run.  I’m less indecisive when it’s just me.

But, my inability to chill is SO MUCH WORSE when I’m alone.  No one is there to point out that I haven’t sat down all day and that I’m rushing through like 80 projects instead of using the weekend to relax, to re-energize and to enjoy this sweet summer moment.  So I guess what I’m saying is find a partner that keeps you lazy from burning the candle at both ends ♥

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I got to have dinner with my sister on Tuesday and take her to a Rockies game on Friday, so I’m the luckiest!  This entire Diamondbacks series was godawful so I was thankful for sister distraction.  Also, I pointed out that it was 8 PM, the sun was still out and it was warm enough to be plenty comfortable in shorts and short sleeves.  Isn’t summer the best??

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Andi Dog would not even sleep in our room with me on Friday (anguish face emoji) but we did get up Saturday morning and run around in the backyard for a bit before I made myself a pretty pancake breakfast, complete with coconut whipped cream.  I thought I was the happiest I could be, but then I biked to the Farmers’ Market and saw TONY WOLTERS!!!!  Oh and I bought these stunner heirloom tomatoes.

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Look, I totally planned on going to the mall to find a dress for a wedding we’re going to THIS WEEKEND (why’m I so plan ahead about some thing but so last minute about other things??) but then… I just stayed home instead.  It was a million degrees outside, so Andi and I hid in the AC of our room and I read while he rested his little pup head on my leg ♥  Later on, I headed to Elitch’s for our company picnic and even though I was feeling anxious about going to a social gathering by myself, it was actually good and fine and fun!

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Took my parents to dinner that night!  Or, rather, they took me to dinner but I got to pick the location and I picked FNG, which Joey and I spotted on our way to Blue Pan Pizza over MDW.  It looked busy but they sat us right away and while my inner fake food critic wished there had been less of a delay between appetizer #1 and appetizer #2, we actually weren’t in any rush so it was okay to linger for a while.  I ordered my mom a beer, ate a really good burger slider and watched my dad eat “fatboy mashed potatoes” 🙂  It was so nice outside when we left so we walked around, gazing at pretty Highlands homes, then sat in the backyard for a bit when we got back to my house.  It was all the best!

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I got up too early Sunday morning to beat the heat and go for a run.  I maybe needed a nap later on, but when I’m jogging alongside the Platte River and it’s cool and quiet and the only other people out are fellow morning exercisers, it feels so worth getting up early.  Backyard breakfast and reading in the hammock followed my run and then my Instacart order arrived (all packed in a box which I thought was a genius way to avoid plastic bags!) and I rushed around making Green Salad with Dilly Chickpeas for the week before Joey arrived back home.  I did eventually go out to buy a dress but mostly I just felt tired and not into it.

Ended Sunday with the freshest salad, — Side Note: Joey was SO excited about eating vegetables, so I just assume the entire bachelor party was junk food and beer 😛 — a walk with our pup, spatchcocking a chicken and getting into bed to read.  Woke up to the first episode of Binge Mode: Harry Potter, so Monday isn’t all bad!

What did you do this weekend?

Weekend Things: Unexpected Perfection

I thought Memorial Day Weekend was going to be my favorite weekend of the summer, but this weekend, the first weekend of June, caught me by surprise with just how perfect is was!  I know we’re only four days in, but June is THE BEST!

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Joey went golfing Friday afternoon and wasn’t planning to be home till late, so I did what any person does when home alone on a Friday night in a house that feels like it’s 90°… make no-bake granola and boil water (to brew kombucha) from the burner on your grill.  The second part of that plan was maybe a mistake because I ended up with a pot of water full of cotton, but shhh, anything to avoid heating up our house is fine by me.

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The rest of the night featured reading in the hammock, eating hot pink slider bun leftovers, watching the Rockies game with Andi (Heartbreak by the Dodgers #1) and then Joey came home and we resumed our watching of Arrested Development Season 5 until I looked over and he was full on sleeping, so I ordered us all to bed 🙂

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Saturday!  The best day!  Joey requested yogurt bowls when we woke up, so I made us each one, and then we ate them in the sunshine of the backyard before biking to the Famers’ Market for the first time this summer.  It’s such a small thing, this little trip we take (almost) every summer Saturday, but it makes me SO HAPPY.  It was already busy when we got there and early-summer produce is always a bit slim, but we got iced coffees and cherries and saw a long-haired dachshund and two new foods stands (BAO BUNS AND TACOS!) so I was truly in my happy place.

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Spent the rest of the afternoon on this little retaining wall project Joey cooked up for us.  I lifted like 10 of these bricks and did very little complaining but OH MY GOD, it was actually really hard for me.  I woke up Sunday and everything was sore!  And before you make fun of me, we looked it up and they weigh 52 pounds each.  Joey was doing most of the work, but he named me Refreshment Coordinator so I helped by providing lunch, plus I arranged for our groceries to be delivered because that just seemed like a major time-saving move.

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We cleaned ourselves up fairly early because we wanted to grab dinner before the Rockies game.  I’d been wanting to try a new-to-us placed called Goed Zuur and oh my god, I cannot believe we had not been there before!  They mostly serve sour beers and we’re on the fence with those but I did have a good one from Odd13 and daily happy hour means it was only $3, plus the food choices were great.  We both opted for a hot dog and shared a bag of duck fat, black pepper & Parmesan popcorn that I think I may have been shoveling into my mouth.  Sooo good, we’ll be back for sure!

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The Rockies gave up EIGHT RUNS in the 7th inning, but thankfully, I was barely paying attention because we attended this game with Hannah, Josh and, for his first ever Rockies game, Mason!!!  He was wearing a little Rockies onesie, baby sunglasses and a teensy hat and I COULD NOT HANDLE THE CUTENESS!  They got him a First Rockies Game button and a picture with Dinger even ♥  He was so well-behaved (and such a flirt too!) but they decided to head out at the 7th inning stretch and Joey and I looked at the score (Heartbreak by the Dodgers #2) and decided to leave too.  Made the spontaneous decision to grab ice cream at Sweet Cow afterward and look, if it’s summer and you don’t have a nightly reminder set on your phone to get ice cream, are you even really living??

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The Sunday plan was for Joey to work on the wall and me to do our food prep for the week, but I thought about it and decided we needed to have more fun than that so I suggested we grab breakfast and hit up the Chalk Art Festival as soon as it opened up and Joey was game.  We got toast and a waffle at Huckleberry then made our way to Larimer Square.  The bad news is that it was already crowded with people but the good news is it probably wasn’t as crowded as it got to be later in the afternoon and it also wasn’t too hot.  I took some shot of my favorite ones, which turned out to be anything with bright or bold colors and then we got the heck out of there.  I checked and we hadn’t been to the festival in 5 YEARS, whoa!

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The rest of the day involved wall building, lunch making (Beet, Farro, and Watercress Salad with Fig Vinaigrette coming right up!) and laundry folding but I did sneak in a workout (amen for partly cloudy skies that make mid-day running possible) and a trip to the liquor store, because I take my roll as Refreshment Coordinator very seriously, okay?  Rockies lost AGAIN (Heartbreak by the Dodgers #3 = a sweep, UGH!) but let’s focus on how good the wall looks so far instead 🙂  Joey wanted to get it in before we get a sprinkler system (FINALLY!) at the end of the month and I already think it looks great!

Rounded out Sunday by reading on the porch swing, walking Andi, cooking a quick but delicious dinner of grilled salmon and a broiled veggie side, featuring radishes we grew ourselves (!) and eating it in the backyard (MY FAVORITE!) before finishing up a movie we started on Saturday called The Tale.  What can I say, except that it was deeply disturbing but masterfully made?  Look it up!  In conclusion, if the first weekend of June is any indication, this month is going to be incredible ♥