Weekend Things

Hi!  How was your weekend?  Did you eat ice cream with your best friends, take yourself to a matinee, binge-watch Shrill and make pasta from scratch?  Same!

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Friday night, we met Hannah, Josh and Mason at Community, where we proceeded to wait 45 minutes for a table.  I guess people like that place and I can’t blame them, because ME TOO!  Afterward, we grabbed ice cream and instead of remembering to take a picture of Mason’s face covered in chocolate, I took a picture of my own cup??  What is wrong with me!  Anyway, I’m forever blown away by how smart and sweet that boy is ♥

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Saturday started with whole wheat banana waffles and maybe a few episodes of Shrill before we hit up an open house in our neighborhood.  It was nice, but just a tad small, plus Joey literally hit his head on the basement ceiling, ha!  Later that afternoon, we went to see Portrait of a Lady on Fire (finally!!!!) and wow, it was really beautiful.  I could have done without the girl next to me taking through THE ENTIRE MOVIE, though…

Joey was going to the Dashboard Confessional concert that night, but my family invited me to dinner to celebrate Wayne’s summer internship, so we spent like 40 minutes in highway traffic on our way to Chook (ugh!) but dinner was good, so it was all okay.  I think Joey got home some time after midnight, when I was definitely already tucked into bed.

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We super slept in on Sunday then lazed on the couch, watching Shrill for hours and hours.  Felt real good, to be honest!  We rallied later and did our usual Sunday chores, plus I made some treats for our cuddly pup and even took him on a walk, which was nice for both of us, seeing as I’d yet to go outside 😛

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It’d been too long since we’d made pasta so we fixed that.  While the dough was resting, we watched the last episode of Shrill and gosh that show is so so good!!!  I really love Aidy Bryant and I thought she knocked it out of the park with this show ♥  A special thanks to my sister for not only recommending it to us, but for letting us use her Hulu account to watch it!

Can you even believe how pretty that pasta is??  I think it was our best yet!  However, I sort of messed up the sauce by adding way too much pasta water and was disappointed.  The leftovers are gonna soak it all up though, so I know the second go-around will be much better.  During dinner, we watched our last Bong Joon Ho film (until Memories of Murder is available somewhere) and uh, I kinda really liked Okja!  I’m never sure if Tilda is doing a good performance or just a weird performance, but I really enjoyed Paul Dano, Steven Yeun and that brief appearance by Choi Woo-shik.

I hope you had a nice weekend!  It’s the last week of February, let’s enjoy it 🙂

Weekend Things

This post contains a LOT of wildflower pictures, so I’ll spare you an intro and just jump right in!

Feels like it’s been so long since we stayed home and did nothing on a Friday, so this one felt extra nice.  We stopped by the grocery store on the way home from work and look who I ran into!  Wayne sent Joey and I a picture of my sister doing this same pose last week, so it only felt right that I reciprocate.  We ate fajita leftovers in the backyard and would you look at how fruitful our shishito plants are?!  We are so amazed and happy about it!  Also, we’re on a Leo kick after seeing OUATIH and decided to re-watch Wolf of Wall Street, which we hadn’t seen since we saw it in theaters in 2014!  We only made it halfway, because it’s a billion hours long!

Saturday we were up and at em for a wildflower hike!  I’d been wanting to do this since last year when I came across an article about the best places to see Colorado wildflowers, except by the time I read it, wildflower season had already passed.  I wasn’t going to miss my chance this year!  I found an article that listed Black Powder Pass as a good spot, so we loaded ourselves and lunch into the car and drove up toward Breckenridge.  It was maybe cloudy and rainy the whole drive and for a moment, I thought we would just have to turn back around, but the rain stopped and we had the most glorious time!!!  These pictures do not do the flowers (or their INCREDIBLE fragrance!) justice.  I could hardly believe my eyes!

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Um we saw two moose!!!!!  We made it up to the final meadow and there they were on the other side of the valley.  I know they look really far away, but they felt a lot closer in real life!  I was part amazed and part terrified because, MOOSE ARE HUGE!  But apart from what felt like them staring right at us, they basically ignored us and went on their way.  And wow, what an epic view we had!  This trail was seriously so wonderful.  It was just the right length, just the right difficulty and except for a few groups we saw on our way back down, we had the whole thing to ourselves.  Plus, did I mention wildflowers and moose?!  Had a tailgate lunch back at the car and felt like my happiest self 🙂

Back at home, it was summer again!  My mom, dad and sister are out of town for a few days, so my sister dropped Huni off to watch while they’re gone.  The pups are such bad influences on each other!  But it has been highly entertaining to watch them compete with each other over everything and I can’t complain about double puppy cuddles 🙂  Joey did some more work on the slat wall while I read and relaxed for a bit inside.  We broke out the pasta maker for dinner!  Joey mentioned wanting to make spaghetti and meatballs months ago, so I’ve been keeping the idea in my back pocket.  It was our first time using the spaghetti attachment and even though we accidentally made a few ramen noodles, we got the hang of it and Joey declared this his favorite fresh pasta meal yet!

Also, we finished Wolf of Wall Street, and though it is a GREAT performance by Leo and there are many funny parts, why does this movie exist again??  It feels pretty much in service of the real Jordan Belmont (who literally has a cameo in the movie) and uh, this guy doesn’t deserve any service.

Sunday, Sunday!  We woke up and had waffles, then headed out to do some patio furniture shopping.  Word to the wise, maybe don’t wait this far into summer to START shopping for patio furniture.  At Home had slim pickings, Fruehauf’s was out of our budget and Home Depot was a major bust.  We were finally able to find what we wanted at Christy Sports but it was still a game of piecing a set together from what was left in stock at this time of year.  Whew, felt good to make a buy though and I can’t wait to see it all on our deck next weekend!

Back at home, Joey did some deck/yard work and I made burritos for lunches this week, cleaned the floors, read (sorta) and harvested our eggplant!!! Isn’t she a beauty?!  Just a tad better than our last attempt at growing eggplant 😛  I sauteed it up for a Sunday Salad.  Can you tell which salad has real feta and which has tofu feta??  I maybe didn’t let it refrigerate for a full 5 hours like I was supposed to, so it was more goat cheese texture than feta texture, but YUM!  We walked the pups and watched Big Brother but the highlight of the night, was seeing our string lights over the deck ♥