Weekend Things

Two nights out with friends, a trip to the Farmers’ Market, much Saturday relaxation, beer brewing on Sunday morning, seeing Mama Mia! Here We Go Again with my mom and sister late Sunday afternoon and to cap it all off, Joey making me dinner.  So even though I think I was feeling sort of crabby on Saturday afternoon, I’ve all but permanently deleted that memory from my mind because the rest of the weekend was too good!

Oh and I finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and only cried like five times 😛

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Friday afternoon, we met Hannah and Josh at Community for some happy hour action and my gosh, has a cuter baby dino ever existed??  I spend a lot of time thinking “Mason is growing so fast, where is the time going?!” but when I saw him sitting in the restaurant high chair, he looked positively teensy.  He can now do things like feed himself cereal pieces and pull himself up to standing!  Also, we ordered approximately a million plates of food and it was all really good.  We had to grab gelato up the street afterward, because there was no AC in the restaurant and it was SO HOT so we needed a way to cool off 🙂

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We woke up Saturday and headed straight to the Farmers’ Market and it was blissfully the opposite of what the last visit was like, THANK GOD.  We left caffeinated — first stop is ALWAYS Pig Train for nitro iced coffees! — and with peaches and thee fluffiest pita that I am so excited to try.

Not going to lie, much lounging happened during the rest of the day and it was perfectly wonderful.  We watched Ant-Man for the first time and I’ve gotta be honest, it was sorta dorky.  If Paul Rudd wasn’t in it, I probably would not have been interested.  Someone could have warned me about close up shots of ants!  I still have PTSD from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.  

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I cracked open my “Melonilla” kombucha and I think it’s one of the best I’ve ever made!  I absolutely love the vanilla flavor and it’s perfectly carbonated.  Unlike the lime-ginger I made last week that I keep making Joey open for me because it’s explosively carbonated… Oh and we made a trip to our homebrew store for ingredients and got the trim and door painted on my little library.  Just needs to stencil work and it’s ready to go in the ground!

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We met Bobby and Becca at The Source later on for dinner at Comida.  That taco platter is a beaut and all of the tacos were good, but for me, the grilled taco still reigns supreme so I’m probably only ordering those from here on out!  Since we were so close to a handful of breweries, — but can you really be anyplace that’s NOT close to a handful of breweries these days? — we walked over to the Great Divide Barrel Bar for a beer.  There, we reminisced about how perfect the wedding was and I kept hearing myself say stuff like “I remember, at our wedding…” and felt like a real old married person.

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We woke up Sunday and, while Joey got our beer brewing, I made us pancakes and then we had like four hours to kill while we brewed.  I posted a few Sunday clips on my Instagram story and told Joey “it looks like I’ve done a million things today but I’ve really just done like 5 minutes of all of them!”  Those things being garden harvest/upkeep, black bean pressure cooking, reading, a little workout/yoga session and watching the OG Mamma Mia! because I needed to prep for sequel time later.  I was incredibly embarrassing dancing around to “Dancing Queen” but I can’t help it!  Also, that synth sound at the beginning of “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” gives me life!

As for the sequel, as my mom said afterward, “it’s not a good movie but it’s so much fun!”  That fleet of ships carrying dancers performing “Dancing Queen” made me the happiest I’d ever been.  Also, Lily James is a knockout, Jessica Keenan Wynn is a dead ringer for Christine Baranski and I was very very thankful for far fewer musical numbers by the three, ahem old mature men.  Cher doesn’t have a huge role or much screen time but she is a LEGEND, so we should feel lucky any time she graces us with a performance.

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I came home to this stunning dinner that tasted even better than it looked and most importantly, didn’t involve me lifting a finger, except the one I used to swipe my credit card when I bought the salmon on my way home.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there’s nothing better than having a homemade dinner prepared for you!

What did you do this weekend?!

Weekend Things

Can we pause on this moment in time for just a few more weeks?  Because this pre-spring feeling has me in such a good good mood.  We’re not quite in full-on spring mode, so anytime it’s nice enough to walk outside without a jacket or grab an iced coffee or enjoy a sunny Friday happy hour feels like a true blessing.  At some point, all of those things will feel expected, so I’m loving this up-in-the-air, surprise-spring-weather time we’re having.

FRI-YAY!  We were heading to the Nuggets game (why do I feel like I hadn’t been to a game in sooooo long?) so we decided to make it a full out date night and go to happy hour before.  We were thisclose to trying out Citizen Rail but then we remembered we’d also been wanting to try Hearth & Dram and after one glance at their HH menu, we were sold.  It was even better than we had hoped!  We maybe over ordered but everything was INCREDIBLE and we maybe can’t stop talking about it!  Denverites, PLEASE GO NOW!

The Nuggets beat the Lakers afterwards, but I still cannot tell you the name of any player on the team 🙂

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Saturday started with Greek Yogurt Waffles!  We topped them with not-so-great strawberries but they still tasted good so let that be a testament to the recipe and waffles in general.  A little bit later, we hit up the gym, where I ran while listening to a Margot Robbie interview and she is GREAT.  We honestly had no real plans for the rest of the day and it was amazing!  We ate lunch — my Concord Grape Kombucha turned out real nice! — showered, made pizza dough and went to the grocery and it all felt very leisurely and perfect.

Also, they bagged someone else’s ice cream with our groceries and though we felt bad for the person who was going to get home and find themselves without dessert, Joey seemed happy to enjoy said ice cream for that person 😛

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Homemade pasta for dinner!  It was our second time around and I think we did a little better than last time!  Putting the dough through the fettuccine cutter was so satisfying.  We used the noodles to make Fettuccinne with Tomato-Cream Sauce, which we’ve been making for something like six years, so it was already a favorite, but it was EVEN BETTER made with fresh pasta.  I think we were both doing a little happy dance the entire time we were eating it (or was that just me?).  Oh and we finally watched Wonder Woman!  I had mixed feelings that had nothing to do with Wonder Woman or the way Gal Gadot portrayed her and everything to do with ARES, GOD OF WAR, being played by dorky Professor Lupin.  When they superimposed his head on that muscular body in the flashback, I about lost it.  As a fan of Greek mythology, I’m very offended by this casting decision.

Did you guys watch Sterling K. Brown on SNL?!  I thought he KILLED it!  When he came out for the monologue, we already knew he was going to be good, but then he was SO SO good!  I also laughed VERY hard at Alex Moffat as Willem Dafoe.

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We slept a little later than usual — or was it the same as usual but felt later because of the time change?? — so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to go to Annette for breakfast, since they don’t open till 10.  We did that French Press, biscuit-of-the-day, pork hash thing that we do every time we’re there and it did not disappoint.  We don’t know how they make the biscuits so perfect or the pork hash so delicious, but we’re not going to question it.  Back at home, Joey tackled lunch salads while I cleaned the bathroom/backroom and I felt very proud of us.

At 3, I walked to get a manicure and it was just lovely outside.  I saw someone with silver nails the day before and felt inspired to do the same.  I think I’m into it!  While I was out, Joey returned this horrible book that I finally finished for me and I hated it so much that this is the only time I’ll be speaking about it.  After I got home and we had watched our 100th episode of The Amazing Race for the weekend, we made dinner and then suddenly it was the end of the day and sadly, the weekend.  Noooo!  Hey, at least I got to catch snippets of both The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast and annoy Joey by singing/dancing along to “Tale as Old as Time.”

Tell me about your weekend 🙂