Weekend Things

It is that part of the summer where I keep wondering if it’s the last time this year that I’ll get to do a lot of things.  “Is this the last time I get to go for a morning bike ride?”  “Is this the last time we get to eat dinner outside?”  “Is this the last time I buy peaches??”  It’s bittersweet but I mostly feel okay about just savoring these last summertime moments, knowing a new season with it’s own thrills is waiting just around the corner.

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Guys, I’m like four dogs away from trying all of the options at Biker Jim’s and… I sort of never want to eat a hot dog again.  I might find renewed strength in the next few days, but I might also just call it good enough.  I did like the bacon cheddar dog though!  Afterward, it was the PERFECT weather night at Coors Field and we won 🙂

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Saturday morning, we biked over to Maria Empanada to grab breakfast and then walked it over to the Platte to eat along the river.  I saw Tony Wolters walking his dog as we biked over and was so excited.  Joey didn’t even notice him!  Joey’s chorizo empanada was way better than my egg and potato (duh, Lauren) but he let me have the last few bites, so I guess it’s true love.  Afterward, we ordered our groceries online and this outing went from fun and carefree to hot and stressful very quickly.

We spent the afternoon at Becca and Andrea’s birthday party, then headed home to tend to our pup and watch Bad Times at the El Royale.  It wasn’t necessarily bad but it also wasn’t good.  Worth it just to hear Cynthia Erivo sing though!

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Sunday started when I groggily walked back from the bathroom with my eyes half open and proceeded to drop my glass of water onto my nightstand, where both my phone and a pile of library books were sitting.  That’ll wake you up!  But despite that rude awakening, the rest of the day was actually pretty perfect.  Joey said he wanted to wake up and drink coffee on our deck, so we did just that, then read for a bit and it was basically my favorite thing ♥

I made salads for us while the Cowboys game was on, then we headed to the Pedestrian Shop to buy some new shoes for our trip to Italy and it was a success!  I dropped Joey off then headed to yoga and back at home, we made this dinner that I’d been wanting for weeks.  Ate it outside and it was all I wanted and more!  I hope your weekend was good 🙂

An Alternate Summer Bucket List

I originally wrote this post earlier in the summer, when I had barely made it through any of the things I had imagined myself doing that season.  Since then, we crossed off a bunch of “Summer Bucket List” items, but I wanted to share it anyway, as a reminder that it’s completely okay to take summer at your own pace and maybe not get to all the things you thought you were going to get to.  There are plenty of future summers for those things and in the meantime, you might just discover happiness in a whole slue of unplanned activities 🙂

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When I looked at my Summer Bucket List, hanging on the magnetic board in our kitchen, with just two items crossed out, I felt sad.  But then I thought of all the wonderful and fun things I did this summer that weren’t on that list and I felt sad no more.  I didn’t fail, I just wrote the wrong list!

What if, instead of spending most of our time trying new things, we just fine tuned/perfected/cemented our love for old things/routines/habits/experiences.  Getting better at stuff you already know you love is totally an accomplishment to me.

We went to the Farmers’ Market every Saturday we could and knew the best tents for tomatoes and just how much we could fit into my bike basket (even if we still bought more than that every time…).

We watched Dirty Dancing at Film on the Rocks and knew you forego the tailgate in favor of a amphitheater picnic because it means getting in earlier and grabbing a better seat.

I went to Yoga on the Rocks, not once but twice!  We went to so many good concerts and even upped our tailgate game by buying an actual table to sit at.

I baked ALL THE THINGS.  If weekly pie/cobbler/cake is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.  But don’t worry, we still made time for a trip to the ice cream parlor too.

We dined al fresco so many times and didn’t take a single backyard dinner for granted because they are, arguably and low key-ly, the best part of summer.

I read and ran and relaxed.  Uptight might be my middle name, but when there’s corn to grill and hammocks to read/nap in, who has time to worry about how clean (or dirty) their kitchen floor is.

I got a new grill and we found that sweet spot between BBQing for a group and just grilling up a quick dinner for ourselves.  In the end, that mostly means we just ate a lot of good things this summer.

Don’t even get me started on our little garden that I love with all my heart.  We were so much more organized and prepared this year and it was so fun to see new things grow and have that 10-minutes to water and admire all those cute little vegetables after work.

And let’s not forget weddings and vacations and weekends spent with our families that could have been stressful but ended up being relaxing and rejuvenating and a good reminder that despite all the bad things in the world, you have your people and they have you.

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So today, we say goodbye to Summer 2017 and hello to the official fall season and I’m feeling really good about it all ♥