Weekend Things

August is such a confusing time.  Even though we’re still in the 90s during the day, there is that unmistakable chill in the morning air and I can never decide if I’m excited for fall or devastated that summer might end.  I did my best to just enjoy the fleeting summer moments this weekend and what better way than by going to a Rockies game, finally finally having a backyard movie night and enjoying a patio lunch on Sunday?

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I’m starting to realize I probably won’t make it through every dog at Biker Jim’s by the end of this baseball season.  Unless, of course, I start doubling up!  Joey and I are going to go halfsies from here on out.  There was a very weird lightning delay at the beginning of the game, even though the sun was fully shining?  But, even with the delay, it was a really fast game AND we won!  Can’t argue with any of that.

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Woke up (too early) and made a mountain of whole wheat pancakes before grabbing our bikes to head to the Farmers’ Market, only to discover Joey had a flat.  Look, he’s not quite as fast changing a bike tire as a car tire, but I was still impressed.  My usual peach selling stand was MIA (WHY??) but I bought some from another farmer and felt such relief.  Also, you guys know how much I LOVE going to the FM on Saturday morning, but… I could be done with the biking part.  Or at least done with the biking in the heat part.

Back at home, OUR PATIO FURNITURE WAS DELIVERED!!!!  We sort of wish we had shelled out for a second chair and side table, plus two ottomans but we love how it looks and even better, how it feels!  We ate steak dinner (that Joey grilled to perfection!) out there, then set up our new projector to watch a movie.  Joey has wanted to watch The Mighty Ducks all summer but there were technical difficulties and we ended up having to watch something we own on DVD, so The Mask it was.  When’s the last time you watched this movie??  I was mostly focused on how he wears a zoot suit?  Also, my favorite part was that cameo by Ben Stein 😛  Oh and I made us this Freezer Caramel Slice for dessert and it sure was decadent!

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Sort of slept in on Sunday then had breakfast before splitting up to do some chores.  I harvested our basil and made the best pesto for pizza later, assembled salads for lunches this week (we hadn’t made this one in too long!) and then my mom and sister stopped by to see our new patio furniture and to join us for lunch.  We hit up Avanti and managed to snag seats on the outdoor but covered patio (hallelujah!).  My sister and I tried the new spot, Street Feud and I approve!  My mom got an order of truffle fries and seemed to find particular joy in dipping a fry in mayo, then using it to get the truffle-herb mixture to stick to her fry.  What a goof!  

I went to 4 PM yoga and even just walking from the car to the studio had my black pants feeling like they were on fire.  Back at home (and on the deck, of course), we did some transportation logistics research for our trip to Italy and bought a train ticket from Varenna to Venice.  Then we made that pizza!  We’ve made this ricotta-tomato pizza a handful of times, but never on the grill.  Seemed like the right thing to do though.  Also, I don’t know if we got a different brand of ricotta or maybe we usually get part-skim and bought whole milk instead but it was SO CREAMY and SO GOOD.  Whoa!  After, we watched Big Brother and my fantasy team is screwed.  Oh well!  How was your weekend?

Weekend Things

Yikes.  It has taken me three days to get this post up and let that serve as proof that work has been hell and life has been busy!  But back to the weekend, which was, in many ways, wonderful and in other ways, tough.  We got to see a Rockies win on Friday night, I got to spend Saturday evening with my mom at the Shakespeare Festival and we ended the weekend with an incredible concert at Red Rocks.

If you’re a long-time reader or a real life friend, you know that Joey had a dog named Tonka when we first met, but due to our living situation and probably my unwillingness to live with a dog who escaped a lot and also tried to bite me a lot and that one time the police came because he was barking “like there was a dead body inside the apartment.”  Anyway, he lived with Lori for a while before moving in with Joey’s uncle and grandparents, but his health took a turn for the worst last week and he passed away this weekend 😦  He was 13 but it’s still sad.  Beside that sad news, I was just in a weird funk on Sunday, plus two mass shootings in one weekend means I’m not feeling much happier today.  How about you guys?

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Like I said, it started out pretty good.  We hit up Biker Jim’s for dinner before the game and why is it that I like Joey’s dog better than the one I order every time??  Wild Boar was pretty good but not my favorite.  How amazing was the sky over the Rockies game though??

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On Friday night, I told Joey I couldn’t wait for my favorite part of the weekend.  Which, despite what you (and Joey) may think, is NOT going to the Farmers’ Market.  It’s cuddling with my dog!  Look how sweet he looks with his little head on my shoulder!  Anyway, we had enough time to make and eat pancakes for breakfast before hopping on our bikes and making our way to Union Station.  I got three huge peaches and was my happiest self, as evidenced by that picture of me on my bike.  At home, we did a MAJOR garden overhaul that included picking beets, a billion carrots, shishitos, snap peas and some chard with thee prettiest pink stems.  Joey lounged for about 7 minutes before deciding he couldn’t not work on the deck and I sat in the shade and read for what felt like hours.  Bliss!

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I left the house around 5 because I had evening plans with my mom!  First, I picked us up dinner at GQue BBQ (there was a minor ordering fiasco that I won’t get into but I was annoyed), then I picked my mom up and we headed into Boulder for a picnic before seeing Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Festival.  Our BBQ was really good, plus Mom brought us wine and cupcakes!  She’s too cute.  And she’s also too kind because she got us front row seats!  I kept finding myself watching with an agonized look on my face so I guess the actors were translating the emotion well 😛  In conclusion: I love my mom ♥

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I had Sunday morning French toast ambitions but by the time I got out of bed it was already 8:30 and we were trying to leave by 9:30 to make it to a 10:00 movie, so I just ended up feeling rushed instead.  Don’t get me wrong, the French toast was still amazing but I felt thrown off for the rest of the day.  And also maybe tired 😛  We saw The Farewell, which I had been eagerly anticipating and… I’m not sure I loved it.  All the communication, or lack thereof had me feeling sort of confused, uncomfortable and frustrated.  Which was maybe the point.  One thing is for sure, Awkwafina is GREAT in it!

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While I was out on Saturday night, Joey was putting together a deck feature surprise and I got to really see it in the daylight on Sunday.  It’s going to look AMAZING when it’s done, I just know it.  Plus it’s going to cover up the view of our neighbor’s graffiti garage and we can hang our string lights from it!

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The middle of the day was spent making salads, watching Deadwood and maybe a nap for me and then we picked up dinner at Illegal Pete’s and made our way up to Red Rocks for Gregory Alan Isakov.  Even though it’s technically a school night and I was sort of tired on Monday, I really love a chill Sunday concert at Red Rocks!  We tailgated in the parking lot, burritos, beers and cookies included, then got in the amphitheater just after 7 PM.  Look, we did not love the opening band and I really wished I had had a hair tie because it was WINDY, but Gregory Alan was so so so good!!!

Please tell me about your weekend and just, in general, how you’re feeling these days.