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 ♥

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Things

Last week felt weird.  Mostly, working from home is sort of strange.  After sitting on the couch in my own living room all day, I shut down my computer and wondered how people who work from home transition from “work mode” to “post work mode” when the location doesn’t actually change.  Joey came home and I said, “I feel like I’m supposed to leave the house and go get a drink??”  Without missing a beat, he responded, “you’re right, we should go to The Family Jones!”  I was in.

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The bar was full, but we promised to be done by the time the next reservation came in for their table.  I know my drink looks really pretty, but man, was it alcohol-forward!  Our waitress had already asked me if I’d had it before, because it’s “not for everyone” and I really thought it was the same drink I’d ordered last time I went in, so when it turned out to definitely not be the same, I felt like I couldn’t admit it at that point.

Back at home, we kept it chill with leftovers, the Top Chef finale and a few episodes of Russian Doll.

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Saturday morning, I made us Greek Yogurt Pancakes and a bit later we headed out for a matinee showing of Captain Marvel.  They were showing a bunch of Captain Marvel history beforehand, but our waitress was talking to us in the middle of it and then I was just confused but it seemed interesting.  I liked the movie!  I thought Brie Larson was great, I thought the 90s of it all — especially the music! — was great, I thought the cat was great and I thought the stuff with Maria Rambeau was unexpectedly emotional?

Not going to lie though, Annette Bening in a space suit is not great and aliens are not great.  Sorry, but please don’t try to make me care about an alien dad reuniting with his alien wife and daughter.  Mostly though, Joey ordered a cheesecake milkshake halfway through the movie and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so happy!

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The rest of the day involved a trip to the grocery for me and yard work for Joey and then we reunited to make pasta.  But not just any pasta… GREEN PASTA!  “Make colored pasta” was on my list of things to do in 2019 and St. Patrick’s Day weekend seemed as good a time as any to make it happen.  The dough was greener and also stickier than we had expected, so it maybe wasn’t our best batch but all homemade pasta is good pasta, so we still loved it.  I could actually taste the spinach, in a good way!

We added it into this recipe for Creamy Carrot and Herb Linguine and it tasted all light and fresh like spring!

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What can I say about Sunday except that I took this one picture, so I guess I’m back to being the same old me?  Just to fill you in, the rest of the day involved breakfast, finishing Russian Doll, — hold please for my thoughts — Power Salads, Joey running 7 miles (he’s training for the Colfax Half Marathon!) and me… not running any miles, making dog treats for our pup, and then we picked my sister up and went to 4 Noses Brewing for pre-dinner beers.

Over at my parents’, our traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner!  My mom bought two pieces corned beef from the same store and cooked them side by side and one was bright pink and firm and the other was pale pink and fall-apart?  Isn’t that strange?  Anyway, they both tasted great!  We made it back home by 8, just in time to watch “Beyond the Wall,” and I don’t know, Daenerys showing up with the dragons is an amazing moment and Viserion getting shot down is a heartbreaking moment but that episode just doesn’t live up to the greatness of the penultimate episode in basically every other season.

How was your weekend?  Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?