Weekend Things

August is such a confusing time.  Even though we’re still in the 90s during the day, there is that unmistakable chill in the morning air and I can never decide if I’m excited for fall or devastated that summer might end.  I did my best to just enjoy the fleeting summer moments this weekend and what better way than by going to a Rockies game, finally finally having a backyard movie night and enjoying a patio lunch on Sunday?

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I’m starting to realize I probably won’t make it through every dog at Biker Jim’s by the end of this baseball season.  Unless, of course, I start doubling up!  Joey and I are going to go halfsies from here on out.  There was a very weird lightning delay at the beginning of the game, even though the sun was fully shining?  But, even with the delay, it was a really fast game AND we won!  Can’t argue with any of that.

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Woke up (too early) and made a mountain of whole wheat pancakes before grabbing our bikes to head to the Farmers’ Market, only to discover Joey had a flat.  Look, he’s not quite as fast changing a bike tire as a car tire, but I was still impressed.  My usual peach selling stand was MIA (WHY??) but I bought some from another farmer and felt such relief.  Also, you guys know how much I LOVE going to the FM on Saturday morning, but… I could be done with the biking part.  Or at least done with the biking in the heat part.

Back at home, OUR PATIO FURNITURE WAS DELIVERED!!!!  We sort of wish we had shelled out for a second chair and side table, plus two ottomans but we love how it looks and even better, how it feels!  We ate steak dinner (that Joey grilled to perfection!) out there, then set up our new projector to watch a movie.  Joey has wanted to watch The Mighty Ducks all summer but there were technical difficulties and we ended up having to watch something we own on DVD, so The Mask it was.  When’s the last time you watched this movie??  I was mostly focused on how he wears a zoot suit?  Also, my favorite part was that cameo by Ben Stein 😛  Oh and I made us this Freezer Caramel Slice for dessert and it sure was decadent!

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Sort of slept in on Sunday then had breakfast before splitting up to do some chores.  I harvested our basil and made the best pesto for pizza later, assembled salads for lunches this week (we hadn’t made this one in too long!) and then my mom and sister stopped by to see our new patio furniture and to join us for lunch.  We hit up Avanti and managed to snag seats on the outdoor but covered patio (hallelujah!).  My sister and I tried the new spot, Street Feud and I approve!  My mom got an order of truffle fries and seemed to find particular joy in dipping a fry in mayo, then using it to get the truffle-herb mixture to stick to her fry.  What a goof!  

I went to 4 PM yoga and even just walking from the car to the studio had my black pants feeling like they were on fire.  Back at home (and on the deck, of course), we did some transportation logistics research for our trip to Italy and bought a train ticket from Varenna to Venice.  Then we made that pizza!  We’ve made this ricotta-tomato pizza a handful of times, but never on the grill.  Seemed like the right thing to do though.  Also, I don’t know if we got a different brand of ricotta or maybe we usually get part-skim and bought whole milk instead but it was SO CREAMY and SO GOOD.  Whoa!  After, we watched Big Brother and my fantasy team is screwed.  Oh well!  How was your weekend?

October Memory-a-Day

Monday, October 1st: Getting a “Rabbit, rabbit!” text from my mom ♥

Tuesday, October 2nd: Taking a video of the final out of the Wild Card game and feeling really really happy that the Rockies won!

Wednesday, October 3rd: Parking next to Alamo Placito Park on a beautiful fall evening and seeing all the flowers still in bloom and even a couple having a picnic.

Thursday, October 4th: Realizing the Rockies game was going to go later than I thought and I wouldn’t have time to go for a post-work run.

Friday, October 5th: Feeling really irritated by Senator Collins’s smiling face.

Saturday, October 6th: Hearing Joey tell me “I think sitting in a movie theater together is our happiest place!” ♥

Sunday, October 7th: Thinking “at least I won’t have to sit in the cold at 7:40 tomorrow night” as the Rockies were down 6-0 in the ninth inning.

Monday, October 8th: Feeling rushed as I tried to get ready for work and make Joey and I breakfast after getting home from the first day back at the gym.

Tuesday, October 9th: Sitting on my yoga mat, after much back-and-forth decision-making anxiety, and feeling glad I left my house to come to class.

Wednesday, October 10th: Holding back tears as I read this article about Chef Fatima Ali, who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, in my office.

Thursday, October 11th: Sending Joey no less than six texts in a row (each more enthusiastic than the last) as I looked through the films showing at Denver Film Fest.  “ROMA OMG!!!”  “IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK!!!!!”

Friday, October 12th: Eating a Cashew-Apricot Bar at 3:30 and feeling really happy about how good it tasted.

Saturday, October 13th: Sitting on the porch swing with Joey and our pup and taking 10 minutes to appreciate some perfect fall weather.

Sunday, October 14th: Curling up on the couch mid salad prep and wondering why I felt so tired.

Monday, October 15th: Bottling a pomegranate-lemon-honey kombucha.

Tuesday, October 16th: Walking up to Brider as Joey said “remember how many times we’ve tried to eat somewhere and when we showed up they were closed or hosting a private event?!” and then seeing a “Closed at 3 PM for a Private Event” sign on the door.  HOW?!

Wednesday, October 17th: Reading an article that broke down all 13 initiatives on the Colorado ballot this year.

Thursday, October 18th: Waking up with a headache.

Friday, October 19th: Buttering a warm pumpkin muffin and eating it at my kitchen island.

Saturday, October 20th: Doing that thing where someone charges me and I don’t understand the price but for reasons unknown, I don’t ask any questions.  Why do I do that??

Sunday, October 21st: Checking my Bolder Boulder race time to see if I’d expectantly beat it, without even trying.  (I didn’t, but I came close!)

Monday, October 22nd: Driving to Little Man for pumpkin chip ice cream and turning right back around when we didn’t see it on the menu.

Tuesday, October 23rd: Attempting to shut our dog in the extra bedroom instead of letting him sleep in our bed and after 10 straight minutes of barking and panicked scratching at the door, giving in and letting him out.  We’re so weak!

Wednesday, October 24th: Sitting at the Hop Alley bar and cheersing drinks with Fletcher, who was in town for a last minute work trip.

Thursday, October 25th: Flipping to the last page of the book I’d just started and realizing it was 901 pages long.

Friday, October 26th: Showing up at Masterpiece Delicatessen to find it closed.

Saturday, October 27th: Taking a 10 minute nap before walking to get a manicure.

Sunday, October 28th: Eating lunch with Andi on my lap in the backyard on a GORGEOUS Sunday in October.

Monday, October 29th: Watching two episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale then having Joey tell me we still had 5 episodes left.  When will it end??

Tuesday, October 30th: Eating thee best sweet potato fries I’ve ever had at Work & Class.

Wednesday, October 31st: Finally just microwaving the damn spaghetti squash.

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