Weekend Things

Does anyone else feel like they blinked and October was (basically) over??  Right now, I am staring up at the calendar pinned to my wall and seeing Rockies games at the very beginning of the month and thinking “yes, I certainly remember that” but now it’s two days from Halloween and the weeks between feel like a blur!  This weekend did feel slower paced though, so I suppose I have that to thank for my semi-composed attitude heading into the final days of October.

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Fletcher was in town for a last minute work trip so we spent Friday night with him + Hannah and Josh and, for a brief but adorable moment, little Mason.  We, as quick as we could, went home to tend to Andi Dog and grab something to eat (Brider does a mean sandwich!) so we missed Mason playing in pumpkin guts but he was kind enough to stay awake long enough to see him in his dino jammies ♥

Afterward, the adults carved pumpkins — LOL at Josh’s “nerd pumpkin” — then maybe ate double dessert before calling it a night.  See you in December, Fletcher!

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Saturday morning was pretty lounge-y and then we made our way over to a 1st birthday party.  When we left, the birthday boy was OUT but I did see video proof that he eventually woke up for his shark-shaped cake!  I got a late afternoon mani and went with black for the first time ever.  I kind of love it!

Back at home, we took the doggy on a walk then remembered a few things we’d been wanting to do, aka putting “B-O-O-K-S” letters on the little library and planting garlic!  The first project turned out GREAT (thanks, Joey ♥) and hopefully by the spring, we’ll know if the second one turned out as well.  Spicy Kale and Coconut Fried Rice — I loved the addition of the coconut flakes! — and The Witches of Eastwick rounded out the night.  No offense to Cher, who is a goddamned queen, but that movie is not great.

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First thing Sunday, we got up and went for a run!  I was sort of impressed with myself.  Afterward, I made up these Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, which were delicious but I think I liked the ones from two weeks ago better and I also should have photographed Joey’s plate instead because it was all decked out in powdered sugar and looked better than mine.  Joey headed out to watch football, so I did one boring chore (cleaning the bathroom, boo) and one fun “chore” (homemade chai!) before heading out myself to do some shopping.  It was actually a very successful trip too!

Back at home, I read in the backyard for a bit and you would not believe how nice it was outside!  Upper 70s and sunshine ♥  We sat out there to do our monthly “get your head in the game for next month” meeting before walking Andi and cooking dinner.  We made this One-Pan Baked Salmon and watched Clue (we recorded all the Halloween movies on Free Form in case you couldn’t tell :P).  I loved both!

Happy Monday!

Weekend Things & GABF 2018

What can I say about this weekend except that it was the very best because: after two years, we were back at Great American Beer Fest!  Saturday was low key and plan-free and Sunday involved a last-minute manicure and baking (because it’s fall now, ya know??).  I’d relive it all again in a heartbeat!

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In truest Lauren form, I was EXTREMELY prepared for GABF — you do not even know how thorough my list making was — and my excitement level was OFF THE CHARTS.  Pretzel necklaces and Illegal Pete’s burritos are my favorite pre-fest rituals but this year was even better because Hannah and Mason dropped Josh off and I got to see that little babe crawl and bounce on our rubber cow and make only the best of faces ♥

The line to get into the fest was HORRIBLE (I think it wound the entire way around the convention center), but once inside, I forgot all about that ordeal.  Highlights included being the last group to taste Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds, a DEEP purple barrel-aged sour from Une Année, the Blazed Orange Milkshake from Hop Butcher for the World, a guy playing the saxophone on top the Melvin bus (who knows!) and get this… A SPAGHETTI GOSE from WeldWerks!  It smelled like spaghetti and tasted tomato-y in the most interesting way.  You’re probably thinking “EW!” but let me ask you this, do you like a Bloody Mary??  It’s not so different.  Mostly though, this was just the best night with the best people and I feel so happy about it.

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Joey got up the next morning and ran 5 miles (HOW??) but I needed an iced oat milk latte to revive me.  It worked, thankfully!  I realized I’d put ALL my energy into preparing for GABF and forgot to plan anything for Saturday or Sunday, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it made for a real laid back couple of days.  I hit up the grocery, bottled some orange-vanilla-honey kombucha, napped, excitedly snapped a picture of my little library once Joey got it set up (♥♥♥) and then we made tacos and watched Set It Up (which isn’t going to win any Oscars but we laughed).

Oh and I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, bringing my HP re-read to a close and it is so so bittersweet.  I think I cried like 100x during that last book, starting on the literal first page which said something like “And now we bring you the final installment of the Harry Potter series.”  HA!

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Sunday started with a run for both of us (TEN MILES for Joey and five for me) then breakfast together before we split up for the afternoon.  I booked myself a manicure and walked over to a surprisingly quiet Base Coat and on my way back, I peeped that little library and it made me so happy.  I tackled lunches before sitting outside to read for a bit.

Once Joey got home from watching football (really needed him to get our mixer down for me :P), I got to baking because it’s fall now and we MUST.  This recipe for Whole Wheat Applesauce Loaf is one of my very favorites and I hadn’t made it in years so obviously that had no change.  I always make em into muffins (same temp, just 30 minutes less to bake) and then Joey and I each ate one sitting on the couch in the dark because having the oven on without AC is still tough (but worth it for these!).  Hope your weekend was wonderful!