Weekend Things

Hold on to your hats, I’ve got a lot of pictures and a lot to say!  In the name of brevity — and the fact that it’s another busy Monday morning at the office — I’m going bullet point-style for this one.

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Starting the day off right with seasonal drinks (cardamom latte for me, s’more latte for him) at our favorite coffee shop // Still experiencing grilling weather in CO // First beer since GABF and man, was it good // Watched Young Frankenstein for the first time and was positively hysterical over Marty Feldman’s portrayal of Igor.

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Been wanting to make these pancakes for WEEKS and they were more than worth the wait, except that I wanted my picture to look as pretty as the ones in the post and when I looked down my coconut whipped cream had slid right off // Apple season at the Union Station Farmers’ Market // Carried home a BB spaghetti squash in my bike basket // THE LEAVES RIGHT NOW!

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Three years in this neighborhood and just going to Gaetano’s for the first time (it was not Roma level…) // Had to be a supportive wife and help Joey carbo-load for his half marathon // Then I introduced him to Once Bitten and wow, that movie is way worse than I remember it being // Spiced pumpkin chocolate chunk cookie from the batch I baked on Thursday night — SO GOOD!

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Sunday morning, Lori and I headed downtown to watch Joey finish his race and I brought her her first ever almond milk latte which was also her first latte ever! // Joey was all nervous about finishing in his goal time of 1:45 but then totally killed it by coming in two minutes faster // So proud of him and so amazed by that fiery tree behind us // Sunday breakfast at DJ’s Berkely Cafe afterwards.

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Joint 80th Birthday dinner for Joey’s grandparents at White Fence Farm // There’s farm animals to feed and it’s official — goats have thee scariest animal eyes of all time // Afterwards, Joey and I became a happy farm animal family // Family photo where everyone is perfectly posed with their eyes open?  We must be profesh or something!

In summation: PERFECT fall weather, ALL the good comfort foods, Joey being an absolute ROCK STAR and family being the BEST ♥

ADELE & Other Weekend Things

So it’s Monday, and that sucks, but you know what?  I totally don’t even mind because I’m still riding a weekend high that has a lot to do with brewery patios, family time, the Farmers’ Market, firefighters holding puppies, R&R, the most fun dinner EVER, coffee shop breakfast dates, shopping success, yoga, grilled pizza and last but not least… ADELE!

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The weekend came early when Lori took me out to celebrate my birthday on Thursday night.  She gave me a Rockies jacket and now I can’t wait for cooler weather?!  It takes something really great to make me think that!  Also, we went to Vine Street Pub and gosh, I love that place with all my heart.

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We met my family for dinner in Boulder on Friday but we had some time to kill beforehand so we figured we’d use it wisely and check out a new brewery/patio.  Wild Woods Brewery gets four thumbs up because Joey and I both loved it!  They’ve got a “beer inspired by the outdoors” thing going on that makes for some really unique flavors.  I got an Oaked Sorachi Ace IPA and Joey got a Campfire Red and we were both happy campers (pun totally intended).

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My dad’s cousin was in town and since I’m all about meeting family members, I was totally excited for dinner.  Well — actually I was being a major brat about actual dinner because we were going to a gluten-free restaurant that had menu descriptions like “infused with Rose Quartz Essence, a homemade infusion of the energies of compassion, harmony & Unconditional Love” and I was like COULD THIS PLACE BE ANY MORE BOULDER??  But dinner ended up being really good and our server was awesome so what do I know?

After dinner, we strolled Pearl Street and popped into a bookstore where I almost bought a pocket version of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and a Hillary Clinton paper doll but I refrained 🙂  In all seriousness, it was great to A) Fit in our annual trip to Boulder B) See family and C) Eat good food.

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Saturday morning we woke up and headed to the Farmers’ Market, where my life’s happiness was granted by a bike, a bell and a basket.  Yep, that’s all it takes.  We loaded up on market goodies — shishitos, yellow squash, tomatoes, peaches — almost picked up a puppy.  Just kidding, but the puppy rescue was at the market and there were Denver firemen walking around holding those puppies and it was all too much!

Free Noosa on our way out and you better believe I took them up on their offer to “take more than one!”

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I got a facial later than afternoon and it was great and all but who cares because let’s get to the main event of the evening!  But first, let me tell you about how my mother is the only female in the history of females that had to be DRAGGED to an Adele concert.  WHAT IS THAT EVEN?!  She kept insisting that I take Joey and I was like “oh yes it’s ladies night and the feeling’s right I’M TAKING YOU!!!!”  She eventually gave in and also eventually admitted she was glad I made her go.  In other words, I won!

We all (plus Joey) went to dinner beforehand and OH MY GOD, it ended up being the most fun dinner!  I’m not even sure I can talk about it without writing a short novel.  We went There and it was INCREDIBLE!  And not just because of the food — though that was pretty killer too — but because the staff was THE BEST WE’VE EVER HAD.  Not even joking.  They were so fun and lively and at one point, a server stood on the bar and explained the menu to the entire restaurant and another server was playing a trombone?!  I don’t even know but I DO know we were all raving and had the best time.  Also, when you discover the table behind you is also going to the Adele concert you obviously celebrate with a shotski.  Please note that “Rolling in the Deep” is playing in the background.  Way too much fun.

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(Don’t even ask where my sister and I are looking in that first picture…)

Adele was nothing short of amazing.  Honestly, I think I had goosebumps through the entire show.  I think we’ve all seen her perform so many times that we’re almost desensitized to just how incredible her voice is but seeing her live made me realize it all over again.  And she makes it look so easy.  It is just mind-blowing.  Apart from her voice, she is just so fun.  She’s chatty and real and just so comfortable in front of a giant crowd.  I loved every single second.  Me and my mama grooved to “Rolling in the Deep” and then she gave me a giant hug and thanked me for bringing her and I thanked her for giving me the tickets and that’s a moment (and an entire night) that I’ll never ever forget.

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Sunday morning, Joey and I walked to Black Eye Coffee for breakfast, spotted this tour bus on the way home and then I decided to quit my job and become a roadie for Tuna and the Rock Cats.

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I spent the rest of the day trying to rush around and do too many things with a quick car breakdown in the grocery store parking lot mixed in for fun.  But I made it to Sunday afternoon yoga and felt so much better afterwards.  Plus our first grilled pizza of the summer — only kind of burnt the crust — salad prep, Sunday night TV and because it was National Ice Cream Day and all we had was frozen bananas, I made some banana cream and topped it with a quick fudge sauce and some salted peanuts.  Gotta make due with what you got, right?

Looking back, this weekend was even better than I knew 🙂  Happy Monday!