Weekend Things

Whoa, it must have been a good and busy weekend because I was so out of it when I woke up this morning and I really have to think hard to remember everything that’s happened in the past two and a half days!  But I do remember Mason in a fedora, talking about (among other things) Big Brother with Hannah and Josh, sitting in the shade for a moment post-Farmers’ Market, tidying up the garden, reading in the hammock, two major thunderstorms, wings and a movie with my mama and sister ♥, French toast, a birthday party and maybe laying on our new deck.

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Friday night, we met Hannah, Josh and Mason at Acreage.  The hour+ wait was not ideal, but gosh, what a pretty spot!  Plus I thought the food was very good.  I somehow failed to get a picture of Mason (HOW??), but he entertained us during the wait by flirting with any lady who walked by, playing peek-a-boo behind a tree and get this… spelling out the letters on a sign that said “Warning!”  Um, I don’t think I knew how to spell my name, let alone, the entire alphabet at 19 months!

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Saturday morning, I woke up to see Andi in bed with us and even though most the time he’s trying to bite me, he’s super cuddly in the morning and it’s my favorite!  We got up and headed straight to the Farmer’s Market where I found iced coffee, peaches, a loaf of Challah and, finally, SHISHITOS!  We sat on the bench near the Union Station fountains afterward to rearrange our basket, but ended up hanging there for a minute and afterward, Joey was like “wow, it was really nice to sit there with you!” and I’m glad he pointed it out, because, it really was.  He hit deck duty right after we got home, so I did some quick garden clean-up and hung all our garlic bulbs up to cure (!!!) before reading, lunching and heading to the grocery.

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We had plans to grab dinner and a movie with my sister and Wayne, but Wayne was not feeling well, so my mom subbed in!  It started POURING as we were driving over to Fire on the Mountain and it was really insane.  We’re talking sheets of rain, actual flash flooding, hail and a poor Amazon delivery man still doing his job through it all.  We tried to wait it out in the car but eventually made a run for it.  I traded my sister for a raspberry habenero wing and I think it was my favorite sauce flavor.

Afterward, we went to the Alamo to see The Lion King and… I didn’t love it.  There are some truly beautiful shots (that opening image of Pride Rock, the stampede, Simba seeing Mufasa in the sky), but in an attempt to realistically depict lions, you lose the expressiveness and theatricality of the original, so it all just feels sort of flat.  Nala is pleading with Simba to return home and the lion’s face is just deadpan, you know?  Still, those songs are great, Billy Eichner as Timon is surprisingly good and the story is as emotionally powerful as ever.  Watching Mufasa die was somehow MORE devastating as an adult?!

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We put that loaf of Challah to use by making French toast on Sunday morning and even though I had the forethought to put a can of coconut cream in the fridge to make coconut whipped cream to go with, I somehow forgot.  Ugh!  Joey went back out to work on the deck so I made our salads and read for a bit and then we both cleaned ourselves up and headed to Peyton’s 2nd birthday party.  I got to see little Ellie too!  Also, just look at the progress Joey made!  I’m maybe trying to figure out how to hide our neighbors graffiti-ed and dirty-guttered garage from my sight but also dreaming of new deck furniture to lounge on.

We finished out the weekend by watching the original Toby McGuire Spider-Man (I was inspired after seeing Spider-Man: Far From Home last week) and don’t get me wrong, Toby was fully 10 years too old to play Spider-Man, but I ride for the original okay?  I’m not saying Tom Holland isn’t better, I’m just saying show some respect for the OG.  Afterward, Big Brother and bed.  How was your weekend?

Weekend Things

It’s July!!!  But before we jump into my favorite, birthday-filled, peak summer month, let’s give some recognition to the end of June because it was truly a perfect end of the month weekend ♥

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A Friday night Rockies game that starts with Biker Jim’s and ends with a Dodgers defeat?!  Yes please!  I’m still making my way through the BJ’s menu and ordered the Southwest Buffalo this time around.  Also, they no longer carry my favorite Alaskan Reindeer and I felt personally to blame when they told me it was because it’s on the endangered species list… We maybe skipped out of the game early (I swear it’s always Joey who wants to leave lately!) because it was raining but we got to watch the Rox officially win back at home and YAY!

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Saturday!  And what a good day it was!  We started with a quick bike tune-up (thanks, Joey!) while our pup took in some morning sunshine and then we made our way to the Farmer’s Market ♥  We maybe didn’t even discuss our breakfast plan (which is VERY unlike me) but realized we were starving when we got there so after grabbing two iced coffees we split up to find food.  Joey got a burrito and reported that it was not good but I got a bagel from Woodgrain Bagels (a new fixture at the Union Station FM) and loved it!  I still need to look up what a Montreal-style bagel is though.  Back at home, I harvested a bunch of heads of lettuce (that I made a lunch salad with later on!) and Joey gave Andi a lil haircut (I completed his beauty routine later on by giving him a bath).  Then we hit up the cheese shop for picnic supplies!

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We had tickets to the Shakespeare Festival that night!  We checked and Joey and I hadn’t been together since 2013!  Thankfully, we had perfect pre-show picnic weather and the cheeses we got were really good!  I think my favorite combo is just cheese and dates?  We were maybe already full but pulled out the macarons for dessert.  Joey’s face when he bit into the salted caramel one though!

As for the show — Twelfth Night — we loved it!!!  Yeah yeah with the main characters, but the supporting characters, namely a drunken uncle named Sir Toby Belch and his companion in debauchery, Sir Andrew Aguecheek were a true riot.  Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Shakespeare Fest??  Gosh, SO much!

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We started Sunday at Thump Coffee with toasts (Joey gave me a bite of his avo-cream cheese-dill toast and whoa, I need to recreate that at home!), talk of July and maybe some Italian vacation plans?  We’re pretty serious about it, I think!  Back at home, we knocked out salads for the week in something like half an hour then Joey headed outside for yard work and I made a pie!!!  I’d been wanting to make this strawberry pie for MONTHS but was waiting for real strawberry season and it looked pretty good, if I do say so myself!

I also read for like an hour and a half outside and it felt too good to be true.  Followed it up with Sunday yoga and between that and this little arm workout Joey and I have been doing, my shoulders are actually dead today…

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Guys, we started watching Deadwood and even though I’m so into this Wild West stuff, we had to pause like 10 times and say “wait, what just happened?” so hopefully we become less dumb in the very near future and can understand the plot.  We also made one of our favorite dinners (with radishes from our garden, no less!) and followed it all up with Big Brother and two slices of pie!  Not going to lie, the structural integrity of this pie is extremely questionable.  As in, I cut a piece and basically all the strawberries slid off but no matter, it still tasted good!

July is already off to a good start because we’re headed to Film on the Rocks to watch Top Gun with the family tonight and I could not be more excited!  Hope your July is the best!