Weekend Things

I really really wanted to start this post out on a happy note with something like “ROCKIES MADE IT TO THE POSTSEASON!  HANNAH HAD A BABY SHOWER!  I RAN A 15K!”  But then I woke up this morning to news of the Las Vegas shooting, the death of 50+ people, the injury of hundreds more and now I don’t know what tone this post is supposed to have.

It is genuinely confusing when, within the confines of your own small life, things are good and happy, but in the world at large, things aren’t going so well.  Or are just plain atrocious.  I don’t know what to do, but for now, may I offer you my weekend?


When you get to put on your new Nolan shirt before work on Friday, then it’s going to be a good day.  This image is from the Father’s Day walk-off home run for the cycle when Nolan was all pumped and maybe bleeding from the eye and someone had the epic idea of making it into a shirt.  Joey surprised me with it and I was SO HAPPY.


Packet pick-up after work and though I was actually trying to snap a picture of the junk treats they give out after the race, the highlight ended up being Joey’s face as he walked away from the chocolate fondue sample table.


Joey was all “let’s eat leftovers before the game,” and I said “how bout not!”  Cut to us waiting outside Fish N Beer for 20 minutes till they opened.  We sat at the bar and the staff was SO FUN.  They all seemed so happy to be there and it was pretty infectious.  We hit that happy hour menu hard by ordering beers, shrimp po boy sliders (where are the pickles, though??), fish & chips that Joey LOVED and buffalo blowfish tails that were so good we got a second order!  I need to be at this place way more often.


ROCKIES WIN!  It is a lot of fun when you beat the Dodgers 9-1 and witness four home runs.  Nolan hit one in the first inning and I was the only one in the women’s bathroom clapping.  It was kind of cold, but we didn’t even mind because this game was just that much fun!


When we got home, I opened the package that contained this book for Hannah’s baby shower the next day and TRUE STORY: As we flipped through it, A LITERAL BUTTERFLY FLEW OUT!!!!  Okay, so maybe it didn’t come from inside the book, but it suddenly appeared and considering it was fully dark outside and I don’t think butterflies are out and about at night, I’m going to believe it magically came from the book.  HOW WEIRD IS THAT?!


The shower was so fun!  I cannot believe we (I guess I’m saying “we” like I’m included in this :P) are a mere eight weeks away when it feels like just last week she told me she was pregnant!  Hannah has a bunch of teensy baby clothes all hung up and ready to go in the baby’s room and I was supposed to be giving my mom and sister a tour of the house but we ended up just looking at all the cute outfits for 15 minutes.  ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥  My heart is already exploding!


After the shower, we headed to Baby JJ’s first birthday party and I liked how he slept next to the pile of presents for most of the party.  I wonder if it would be acceptable for me to nap at parties too?  They woke him up when it was cake time and I thought that mini cake was too cute!  Naps and cutesy cakes?  I think babies might have it made!


You guys, when the Rockies made it to the World Series in 2007 and the playoffs in 2009, I was still VERY new to baseball.  I was happy and excited but I did not fully comprehend the gravity of the situation and I wasn’t fully aware of all the moments that led up to those big events.  Ten years later, I am much more aware and I’m not taking any of this excitement for granted!  We’re playing that Wild Card game on Wednesday and when I think about it, I feel a very real mix of excitement and terror.

P.S. I think I could watch footage of the champagne locker room celebration for hours and hours.  It made me so happy!


Rockies excitement aside, I actually slept pretty well (maybe I was worn out from running laps around our kitchen and cheering?) and felt rested and ready for our race Sunday morning.  We even got there early and walked around for a bit before heading into our corral and taking off.  Very happy to report that the race went swimmingly!  The miles kept going by so quickly and it was a beautiful fall morning in Denver.

They were handing out “sweet treats” periodically, so Joey was in his happy place eating gummy bears and M&Ms as we ran.  What a goof!  Post-run, we posed with this marshmallow gal then Ubered to get coffee and walked home.  Where I basically parked it on the couch for the rest of the afternoon.  We did pick ourselves up to eat lasagna dinner for Adam’s birthday though.

So now it’s Monday and sad messed up things are happening and my heart is with Las Vegas and each and every one of you because we’re all humans navigating this confusing world.

Easter Weekend Things

Happy Easter Sunday!  I saw someone on Instagram call it “Feaster” and I felt like that was a much more appropriate title to describe how I celebrate the holiday, so I think I’ll just call it that from now on.

We’ve turned a corner from last weekend’s snowstorm weather and are heading straight into summer this week (81 on Tuesday!).  It was 75 on Friday, so my mood was all sorts of good.  Also contributing to my Friday happiness was the big white blossoms on the tree outside my office window, being able to eat lunch outside and a night at the ballpark with some of my favorite people.



Joey was not into cooperating and taking a picture of everyone in the group, but he and Jory were also there.  After the game — we had great seats behind home plate and we won 12-1! — we walked over to where they were filming the post game show and ended up being on TV!  Joey’s waiting to get some TV deals out of it.



I spent most of the day Saturday with Hannah and my mom, doing some wedding hair and make up trials.  The bad news is that I really did not like my hair and the price was not right so I think I’m back to square one with that one, but the good news is that I really liked my make up.  Also, I managed to only have a minor anxiety attack about being late to the make up appointment after my hair stylist ran way behind and lunch took longer to pick up than I wanted it to.  I don’t know how anyone puts up with me.



Car picnics are the best, right?

Saturday ended at the Avs playoff game.  I’m sure I only looked slightly insane with my prom hair and make up.  Joey reminded me that a lot of people actually do get that made up on a daily basis so I felt better.  Turns out I kind of liked my hair better after I took it down and just let it hang in curls.  The game was actually really exciting!  And we won!  The first Avs win we’ve seen all year and thank god because I was seriously feeling the pressure to not be bad luck at a playoff game.




Feaster Sunday started like this.  I swear I was going to cook breakfast but then Joey suggested we go out and I was like “cooking?  what’s cooking?”  And out we went.  The key to going out to breakfast in Denver is to go early — as in before 9 AM — otherwise you’re going to be looking at a pretty long wait.  By the time we got to The Universal at 8:45 there was all kinds of empty tables.  Score!



Joey would not stop talking about how good the cornbread part of his cornbread rancheros were.  And he would also not stoping taking coffee refills.  You guys, he’s officially addicted.  I think I’m staging an intervention later this week and you’re all invited.  My scramble was meh and even more meh when I was mid 4-mile run.  So full!


Post run I mixed a bowl of flour and milk while watching New Girl (that show just keeps getting worse and worse…) because multi-tasking is where it’s at.  And because I insisted on bringing red velvet to the (F)Easter celebration this year.  I don’t think I’ve quite mastered the cooking time on cupcakes vs. a whole cake so these were a little on the overcooked side.  C’est la vie.



Now we’re parked on the couch — viva la lazy Sunday nights! — and I’m trying to convince Joey to let me play hooky tomorrow so I can spend the day with my sister for her birthday.  He’s not going for it…

Happy Sunday!