Weekend Things

Last night, I was trying to decide what was sadder.  The end of A Star is Born or yesterday’s Rockies game.  Either way, it means I’m feeling emotional raw today, so please be gentle.

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Friday night, we decided to do our full week’s worth of grocery shopping and that turned out to be a bad idea.  Not that Whole Foods was all that busy but by the time I made it to the check out line, I was just exhausted.  Luckily, take out from Uncle and cuddling up on the couch to watch a movie cured everything.  We watched The Lobster and it was so quirky, so strange and so much darker than I had expected.  We liked it though!

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Saturday started with a drive to The Boulangerie, a new bakery in South Denver, to pick up a fresh loaf of brown rice sourdough bread.  Guys, it’s so squishy and soft and delicious and also gluten free??  How?!  While we were in the area, we decided to grab coffee at Steam Espresso Bar and what a smooth latte it was!

Afterward, we quick prepped a salad, packed it and ourselves into the car and drove to Estes Park.  Joey’s dad has a newly bought and renovated cabin up there so the whole family was invited up.  We totally saw elk on our way!  We stayed a few hours then drove back to Denver.  Whew!

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But we had to come back because we had very important evening plans, aka seeing A Star is Born.  I’ll just preface by saying I hadn’t seen ANY of the other versions so, except for what you can glean from the trailer, I did not know the plot.  OH MY GOD, it was so sad!!!  Everyone was a mess of tears (except Joey, who was laughing at everyone’s pain…) and emotion by the end.  Despite how sad it was, I thought the movie was REALLY GOOD!  Lady Gaga IS a star, that much is certain.

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Yesterday, as Joey was out in the cold running 12 miles, I was at home feeling super energized by coffee, a phone call with my mom and getting a jump start on lunch prep.  Maybe it was Rockies game excitement/anxiety!  We left our house, in many layers (though I was still freezing!) at 12:30 and then watched our beloved Rox get swept and shut out and taken out of the playoffs.  It was honestly heartbreaking.  I think I was numb from the cold yesterday so it feels even sadder today.

Ending aside, it was such a fun and exciting season.  From a snowy Opening Day to games with family and friends, to watching a game in San Diego, to meeting Kyle Freeland to winning that Wild Card.  Till next year, Rockies! ♥

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Ended Sunday with a good cold weather meal of Smoky Sheet Pan Chicken with Cauliflower before hopping into bed to read.  And now, if  you don’t mind, I’ll probably go listen to the A Star is Born soundtrack until I can’t stand it.  How was your weekend?

Weekend Things: Family Time in Estes Park

This weekend was just so so good.  When it comes to vacationing, I find I always have my sights set on far off locations and forget about the places, like Estes Park, that are only a few hours drive away, in our very own state.  And I always forget just how refreshing and re-energizing that fresh mountain air and time spent with loved ones can be!

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We stopped in Lyons to grab a beer at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew and look, I thought I didn’t like Oskar Blues beers, but then I had the Nooice Saison and loved it so much.  So I guess I don’t know who I am or what I like 🙂  They have an old school video game arcade that Joey and Adam were pretty into but my childhood mainly consisted of Mario Party on Nintendo 64 so I guess the nostalgia was kind of lost on me.

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Once in Estes (we saw three elk on our way!), we checked into our BEAUTIFUL condo, maybe locked ourselves out within three minutes of being there — four adults should be smarter than this, right? — made a very important beer run then had dinner at Tavern 1929, because when the lodge you’re staying at has its own restaurant and 18 microbrews, you obviously make a reservation.  We all dubbed Joey’s elk chops the best dish of the night and considered ordering dessert but then decided to retire to our condo for some hot tub/puzzle/sad sad Rockies game time.

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Saturday morning waffles for all!  Remember how I mentioned Joey made a bunch of buttermilk waffles last weekend?  Purposely, because we froze the extras then packed them up and just popped them in the toaster for everyone on Saturday morning.  I’d never tried this re-toast and revive method but they were great!  Plus, drinking coffee outside in the crisp mountain air is MY FAVORITE.  And I never pass up a coffee-mug-with-the-mountains-in-the-background picture 🙂

At 10, we made our way into town for the event of the weekend: The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival!  I didn’t even know A) Joey’s family had Scandinavian roots or B) that those painted horses are called Dala Horses and are a Swedish thing!  We totally had one of those in our house, growing up.  In all seriousness, the weather was beautiful, the festival was packed and it was cool to see all the Scandinavian culture.  We had lunch, made a stop at the taffy store and grabbed ice cream in town before heading back to our condo to rest up before dinner.

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We had a bit of a dinner party at our place later on.  Everyone came over with food and Joey and I cooked salmon with a recipe we’d never used at a size we’d never cooked but it all went swimmingly (sorry, had to make a fish pun) and this beet salad always impresses.  And I learned what potato bologna was and even got to try it for myself.  Had many Swedish learning experiences this weekend, guys!

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Okay, all I have are food photos from the beginning and the end of Sunday, but in between was a bunch of good stuff, like a quick and painless drive back from Estes, lunch at BriDer, couch lounging, garden surveying (my parents watered for us while we were gone and I love them for it ♥), running (amen for a quick weekend cool off in Denver), kombucha brewing and dinner cooking.  It felt like there were 10 extra hours in the day and I was not mad about it!  Joey made garlic scape pesto with scapes from the farmers’ market and, get this, chard from our garden.  Yes!  It was so good and we used it in some pasta for dinner and all was right in the world.  Except the Rockies… WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE SUCH PAIN??

Please tell me what you did this weekend, I’d love to hear!