Memorial Weekend Things

I have fuzzy memories of Joey and I listing off the wonderful things that happened over the course of Memorial Day Weekend 2018 before immediately falling asleep last night and whoa, that list was long!  Friday night Rockies game, Saturday run followed by double yogurt bowls on the front porch, Becca’s bridal shower, seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story and Avengers: Infinity War on a perfect night at the drive in, being served a crispy buttermilk waffle on Sunday morning, summer color pedis with my mom and sister, Detroit-style pizza, running our NINTH Bolder Boulder and having my mom, dad and mother-in-law there at the finish, BBQing with family and being so exhausted that I accidentally fell asleep only something like 5 times 😛

Told you the list was long!

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Dipped out of work a bit early on Friday and had backyard lounge time before watching the Rockies beat the Reds with beers in hand.  That picture of Joey using his hat to shade Andi is actually my favorite thing ♥

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We got up and ran Saturday morning and it was already HOT, but there was iced coffee waiting for us back home and we ate breakfast on the porch with our doggy and it made me feel really happy about summer being here!  I spent the afternoon at Becca’s bridal shower and I cannot believe she and Bobby’s wedding is so close.  I could not be more excited!  Saturday night plans included picking up Illegal Pete’s and heading to the Denver Mart Drive In for opening weekend and to say I’d been looking forward to it would be a MAJOR understatement!

The weather was PERFECT, my burrito was delicious and we really liked Solo!  The sun hadn’t quite gone down when it started so we had a hard time seeing the first bit of the movie (BOO!) but Alden Ehrenreich was perfectly smug-charming, Lando had a closet of capes and I thought the whole thing was just really fun.  Not as sold on Infinity War.  It was already after 11 PM when it started, so we maybe closed our eyes a few times but it also seemed really Thanos heavy and the ending was confusing/weird.  Did really enjoy the Thor/Star-Lord stuff though!  Guys, it was 2:30 AM when we got home, which is a million hours past my bedtime.

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When I got up on Sunday morning, Joey was in the kitchen making us waffles!  The best!  I ran to get coffee and when I got back, I was presented with a perfectly crispy buttermilk waffle and all the fixings ready to go ♥♥♥  We ate them on the porch swing and it was truly glorious.  Afterwards, we cleaned our house in preparation for our Memorial Day BBQ and even though I dread cleaning our house, it wasn’t so bad and happened really quickly.  Andi and Curtis Cow supervised from their thrones.

That afternoon, my mom and sister came over and we walked to Base Coat for pedis x3.  My mom almost got a purplish gray color but switched at the last minutes so we all ended up with fun summer colors.  I tried to convince them to stay in Denver and go to dinner with Joey and I but something about not wanting to abandon their significant others so we went to Blue Pan Pizza by ourselves and maybe it was all for the best because we were able to snag a two person table right away.  Saw a cute planter thing on the side of some hipster home on our way in too!  We walked Andi when we got home and I am already LOVING warm summer nights where the sun stays out late enough to walk him after dinner.  Then we watched Get Over It because it’s still our favorite. 

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It only took nine years, but we’ve finally perfected our Bolder Boulder morning plan so waking up, getting out the door, parking and making it to our wave (with time to spare even!) went so smoothly.  Some years I don’t care about my time, which immediately inspires me to care abut it the next year so I really wanted to finish under 60 minutes this year and I’m happy to report that we did so!  58:33 and it felt EASY!  My mom, dad and Lori (her first time at the BB!) were there to cheer us to the finish and can you even handle that sign my mom made?!  I cannot!  We hung out in the stadium for a bit to watch some other racers (including the Marine Corp, two butterflies and a butterfly catcher, a dad carrying his son and a man in a wheelchair) finish before heading out.

Back at home, we rested on the couch for maybe too long then sort of scrambled to get everything ready before our family turned up for the BBQ.  We grilled an assortment of brats, I made maple baked beans, Joey made German potato salad, my mom brought cocktails and the most pasta salad, Wayne made the best guac and Lori supplied us all with Cherries in the Snow for dessert.  I maybe ate a big piece then felt majorly full for the rest of the night 😛  It rain-hailed later on, but seeing my niece, nephew, brother and sister-in-law was still the best.  Oh and Lori brought us the most vibrant peonies from her yard and my sister got me thee cutest orchid that I’m determined not to kill.

Memorial Day Weekend always leaves me feeling exhausted but in the best possible way and this year was no exception ♥  Now, let it be summer!

Weekend Things

Joey was out of town this weekend and that was sad, but here’s some things that weren’t: Friday pizza night with my Mom and sister, Saturday morning yoga followed by two hours of reading in the backyard, a pink-red mani, wings and gelato at my parents’, a 5-mile run and playing fetch with my doggy, pretty tulips and perfect weekend weather ♥

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Thursday night, I gazed at tulips, walked Andi, poured myself a lavender soda and started watching Captain America: Civil War.  Guys, I just want to see Avengers: Infinity War so I can be part of the pop culture conversation, but I have some work to do because I saw Iron Man in 2008 and Black Panther in February and nothing in between (actually, I’ve seen like 80% of Guardians of the Galaxy but we left early to avoid Film on the Rocks traffic, ha!).  I only made it half way through the movie though because it’s many many hours long and it was a school night.

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I was going to be lame and have Hermit Night on Friday but then my mom and sister wanted pizza so out we went!  I made a list of like six pizza places we could go to, but we decided on Cart-Driver and I was so happy to introduce them to that little shipping container that busts out the best wood-fired pizza.  My sister suggested we do weekly Sister Dinners in Denver and I am so down with that idea!  Oh and my mom just got back from New Orleans (she got there they day after I left!) and brought back presents.  She is truly the best ♥

Back at home, I finished my movie and hey, I thought it was really good!  It’s ten years later but Iron Man is somehow still cool?  And I really appreciated that scene where Captain America is holding onto a helicopter with one hand and a building with the other and it was just a long shot of Chris Evans’ flexed biceps.  So subtle.

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Saturday!  The best day!  I woke up and ate pancakes before taking myself to a hot yoga class.  The fitness class next door was BLASTING their music and at the end of yoga my teacher said “Bow your head and say ‘Namaste.’  May you be free.  Free from pain, free from suffering and free from bass in your face.”  I thought it was so funny!  The library was only a few block from the yoga studio so I walked there to return a few books and pick up our May book club pick, then I got iced coffee and it all felt too good to be true.

Back at home, I parked it in the backyard to start a very important re-read and hold a cute pup on my lap.  His face looking up into the sun pretty much sums up how we both felt about basking in the summer-like weather.  By the way, I know it seems like I’m always watching/reading Harry Potter but this is seriously only the second time I’ve read books 4-7.  I’ve read the first one like eight times though 😛

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Sorry not sorry for showing you so many tulip photos but can you even believe that feathery one??  I realized I had booked a 5 PM manicure and the Kentucky Derby was set to go off at 4:50, so I anxiously stood in the living room, ready to RUN out the door afterwards.  I told Joey — who was in Vegas — to bet on Justified but he didn’t listen and lost it all.  I made it to my appointment right on time (phew!) and took my sister’s suggestion to go red (plus the color was called Emily and I felt like my cousin would approve) then I dashed over to my parents’ for dinner.  My mom was sick and still managed to make two different types of wings, roasted Brussels sprouts and mac and cheese.  We had Talenti for dessert and it was better than most ice cream I’ve eaten in my life.

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I went for a run Sunday morning and though I didn’t beat my time from the week before, I’m still loving these longer weekend runs 🙂  Came back to Banana Bread Overnight Oats, iced coffee, a new Cooking Light and… TULIPS.  Also gave Andi a bath then let him dry off outside in the sun.  Later on, we went back inside to watch the Rockies game (SWEEP!), cook beans, make California Caprese Bowls for lunch this week and start laundry.  Joey made it back home and we got to catch up outside — “tell me all the things you ate while I was gone” is a real thing he said to me — before heating up leftover wings and grilling some zucchini for dinner.  We started watching Thor Ragnarok and oh my god, I heard it was funny but it’s really funny.

It was nice all weekend, it’s going to be nice all week and I am fully in the summer spirit so I am pretending it’s not going to be chilly and rainy this weekend.