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 ♥

Weekend Things

This weekend was good and low-key and I’m starting to really appreciate the slower pace of these types of weekends.  I also want to tell you that I’m an obsessive list maker and make one for every weekend, but this weekend, I just didn’t.  Sometimes you gotta trust that the things you have to do will get done and the things you want to do will happen on their own, ya know?

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Friday, we headed home, ate some leftovers for dinner — why do I always forget the totally satisfying simplicity of throwing a brat on the grill? — then headed to the Rockies game.  I do not want to talk about the first half of the game or the final outcome, so I’ll just say MATT HOLLIDAY IS BACK!

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Saturday morning, after Joey had run 7 miles! — we did a thing I’d been wanting to do all summer… coffee at the Platte River!  Every time I run the trail, I look across the river and think how peaceful it’d probably feel to sit over there on a quiet summer morning.  So, we biked over to Carbon to grab coffee and breakfast to go (and maybe a mini Lavender Earl Grey donut to share while we waited for our food) then walked over to the steps along the Platte and had the place mostly to ourselves.  It was every bit as peaceful as I’d imagined.

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I’m not even fully sure what I did for the rest of the day but I think it involved slow-roasting two pints of cherry tomatoes from our garden — 225° for 2 hours but I think I maybe could have gone another hour — and hitting up the grocery store, but also a hammock nap and an early dinner of leftovers before heading to the Esquire.

We saw Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and it blew me away!  I knew next to nothing about Mr. Rogers and can’t remember ever watching a full episode of his show, so his complete and utter KINDNESS was a complete shock.  I keep thinking back on the footage they had of him working on his show or interacting with children and feeling incredibly emotional.  It was so touching, inspiring and important and I hope you find the time to see this film ♥

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Standard Sunday Content: every meal I ate and not photo-documenting anything in between.  Let’s just come to terms with this, okay?  Anyway, un-pictured was a 5 mile run I went on and felt really good during and a bit of house cleaning — you know how they say buying cute workout clothes will motivate you to work out?  I think it’s the same with buying good smelling cleaning products 😛 — before my sister and Wayne came over.  My perfect little sissy gave me a fun yellow mani/pedi and in exchange, I fed them spicy black bean burrito bowls for dinner.  Will I ever tire of this meal?  Probably not!

Oh and they brought Huni so she and Andi could have a little sibling reunion and look, I don’t know if they actually like each other but they do tolerate each other and I got a kick out of watching them make laps around the house as if they were magnetically attached.

What fun things did you do this weekend?