Memory-a-Day in July

Sunday, July 1st: Taking a very brief moment to just rest my eyes in our hammock, with the umbrella over me.

Monday, July 2nd: Being literally the only person in the office at noon and listening to Drake very loudly.

Tuesday, July 3rd: Holding back tears during a very beautiful wedding ceremony.

Wednesday, July 4th: Feeling unprepared and disorganized, grabbing 4th of July dinner ingredients at Whole Foods and being 100% okay with that feeling.

Thursday, July 5th: Leaving a very good therapy session and seeing a rainbow in the sky.

Friday, July 6th: Walking just a block from the bustling Highlands and finding ourselves on a shady quiet street lined with big old brick houses (and lots of free parking spots).

Saturday, July 7th: Feeling hot and irritated at the Farmers’ Market and guilty for wanting to immediately leave a place that I’m “supposed” to love.

Sunday, July 8th: Pulling a stool directly in front of the window A/C unit in the kitchen while I kept an eye on chickpeas in the pressure cooker and eggs boiling on the stove.

Monday, July 9th: Watching a beach ball hit Joey in the head while we sat in the crowd at Red Rocks, waiting for The Big Lebowski to start.

Tuesday, July 10th: Pressing snooze one extra time and feeling extremely out of it after going to bed at 1 AM the night before.

Wednesday, July 11th: Saying no to TV time and instead, getting into bed early to read.

Thursday, July 12th: Feeling thoroughly impressed with the manicure my sister gave me and with how prepared she was!

Friday, July 13th: Remembering how out of it I had felt coming home from work and how refreshed I felt now that I was sitting outside at the Rockies game.

Saturday, July 14th: Joey asking me if I wanted to sit outside in the backyard with him at the very end of the day.

Sunday, July 15th: Making a donut out of modelling clay with my niece.

Monday, July 16th: Waking up to the smell of coffee and parting my hair down the middle because why not?

Tuesday, July 17th: Having lunch with my dad at the last shady table on the Mod Market patio.

Wednesday, July 18th: Having breakfast toast with Joey at Huckleberry before work.

Thursday, July 19th: Sharing a quote my therapist had shared with me with Joey.

Friday, July 20th: Watching Mason try a lemon for the first time.  He didn’t hate it!

Saturday, July 21st: Feeling uncertain about having our dog out in the front yard.

Sunday, July 22nd: Playing ABBA very loudly in my car while driving to Whole Foods.

Monday, July 23rd: Catching up on Food Network Star while eating a very fluffy pita.

Tuesday, July 24th: Feeling lucky to live so close to Coors Field when there’s a rain delay.

Wednesday, July 25th: Seeing Joey come inside with a surprise first zucchini from our garden.

Thursday, July 26th: Wondering why I felt sort of crabby.

Friday, July 27th: Waking up to go for a run and feeling refreshed and ready.

Saturday, July 28th: Rushing to clean the bathroom and shower/get ready to leave the house for the day.

Sunday, July 29th: Going to Sunday afternoon yoga for the first time in a long time and smiling when I saw new gold veggie decals on one of the walls.

Monday, July 30th: Trying to get in a better mood by listening to Janelle Monáe at work.

Tuesday, July 31st: Wearing my new running sunglasses for the first time and feeling legit!

July was so so good, but we must say good bye and I have a real feeling August will be pretty good too 🙂

Weekend Things

So out with June and in with July!  This month is a celebratory one, what with a wedding, 4th of July, birthdays galore (including mine!) and just that peak summer spirit going on.  I’m all for it!  We had no plans for Friday and I’m not going to lie, I was VERY into the idea of cooking dinner at home, vegging out on the couch and probably falling asleep early.  We did all of that and I loved every second!

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Orzo Salad from The Kitchen made thee biggest bowl of food and we will have leftovers forever!

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Saturday started with a trip to the Farmers’ Market but I’m happy to report we finally invested in bike helmets so our brains were nice and safe on the way there.  Shh, don’t think about how many times I told you we biked someplace now that you know we weren’t wearing helmets till now.  We grabbed breakfast tacos at a stand in the market and I was NOT impressed.  But I went home with peaches and shishitos and feel only happiness about that!!!

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The rest of the day was spent preparing for and enjoying (or if you’re my mom and sister, SUFFERING THROUGH) the Shakespeare Festival.  Friday was in the 90s, Sunday was in the 90s and Saturday was seriously in the 60s.  WHY?!  I think my sister referred to my insistence that we still picnic before the play as inflexibility, but I’m calling it perseverance, okay?  We had a spread of sausage, cheese, crackers, dates, figs, cherries, shrimp, potstickers, marcona almonds and olives that was only slightly excessive for three people.  And we maybe ate our macarons in the car because we needed a quick warm up before sitting outside for 2+ hours.

I seriously loved the production of Love’s Labour’s Lost but my sister’s review was “just a bunch of old men spitting” (and okay, all the male actors did seem to be emitting a bit too much spray while delivering their lines) and my mom thought it was dull.  To each their own!

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And now, a representation of Sunday via every meal I ate.  Ha!  We made our very favorite egg-free French toast with miso-date butter, using some challah we bought at the Farmers’ Market and it was amazing!  Between that and my lunch salad, I got my hair cut and returned a bunch of things at the mall, then my parents came over to pick up Andi.  They’re watching him for a couple of days while we stay in Lyons for Bobby and Becca’s wedding and Joey and I very dramatically fake cried about letting go of him.  Also, I took my dad to American Cultures to fill up growlers of kombucha and I was very happy to hear how much he liked the place!

Got a mani/pedi later on and then, since my hair was nice and curled, my nails were pretty and pink and it felt like holiday weekend time, we went out to dinner at Bamboo Sushi.  They have a lovely shaded patio out back and is there anything better than fresh sushi on a hot summer evening?  I say no.   The Green Machine is a veggie roll but it is seriously my favorite ever.  Between Cart-Driver last Sunday and Bamboo Sushi this Sunday, I could get used to this chill Sunday dinner out thing ♥  Last but not least, major shout out to Joey, who whipped the backyard into shape this weekend so it feels like our little oasis again.  I am so very thankful for his hard work!