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.

Recently Consumed

A list of things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

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It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

This was our August book club read and I honestly thought it was some beach read drivel and okay, parts of it definitely were, but in the end it was a really eye-opening and thought-provoking take on domestic abuse.  I am VERY interested to see what the other ladies in my group thought of it.

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Store Bought Booch

Between vacation and general summer busy-ness, I’ve had a few batches of kombucha that I’ve had to toss and re-brew.  This is totally fine and one of the best things about making your own booch is that your SCOBY is happy-as-a-clam just living in that fermented liquid for an extra week or two.  AKA zero guilt for neglecting your brew for a bit.  Also, not having a fresh batch in the fridge means getting a chance to see what’s on the shelf.  This seasonal flavor roped me right in AND inspired me to make a cherry-lime flavor of my own!

The Incredible Jessica James

Joey downloaded this for us to watch on the flight to Portland and even though we only made it through half and then it took something like three tries to finally finish watching it, I really enjoyed it.  I didn’t LOVE it and felt like it maybe hadn’t found that perfect balance between funny moments and moments with more emotional heft but the main character was a pure delight.  May we all have as much self-confidence as Jessica James!

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Spaghetti with Tomato & Walnut Pesto

Remember when Joey made this for me last summer?  He did it again!  I think it was even better this time around!  The pesto has tomatoes and walnuts obviously, but also lemon zest, anchovies and garlic and even though they’re blitzed together, you can taste every one of those ingredients shining through.  He dished me up a huge bowl and I scarfed the entire thing down in a very ladylike way.

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Young the Giant at Red Rocks

Joywave opened (pass), Cold War Kids followed (meh) and by the time YTG came on I was so over hearing other bands and the wind and rain coming down on us, but then Sameer was dancing and singing and the band was so into it and I was jumping all over and all was right in the world.  What a show and what a bright note to leave Red Rocks Concert Season 2017 on.

The Big Sick

I’d been wanting to see this film all summer, so when we found ourselves without any Friday night plans, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I laughed A LOT during this movie!  Kumail Nanjiani is a comedic gem and support from Aidy Bryant and Bo Burnham didn’t hurt.  Again though, I didn’t LOVE it and couldn’t really place my finger on why.  It had a ton of heart and beautifully depicted just how difficult it is for second generation Americans to figure out their own beliefs in contrast to their parents’ beliefs but I just kept thinking that if I hadn’t known it was a true story, I would have found the plot very strange.

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The Eclipse!

I think of myself as a pretty on-top-of-it type of person, but I guess I didn’t fully realize how big of a deal this eclipse was.  Cut to Joey and I not buying eclipse glasses when we were JUST IN OREGON.  What were we even doing??  Luckily, we work for a construction company so we had welding shields and smoke glasses and made due.  On the one hand, the eclipse was kind of anti-climactic but on the other hand, how cool is it that we got to see it?  And even cooler were all those crescent-shaped shadows on the ground!!  Mark my words, I’ll be ready for 2024!

This 9-Minute Workout

Or did this workout consume me?  Our 15K training plan said we should “stretch and strengthen” on Monday so I found this “easy little workout plan” for us and 2 minutes in, we realized it was NOT going to be easy.  Going to simultaneously feel dread and determination every Monday for the next five weeks.

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Affogato

A couple of months ago, Joey and I finally made it to Dio Mio and were blown away by that hand-made pasta and sun-drenched community table so when I realized they had affogato on their dessert menu and I could kill two birds with one stone by going back, we jumped at the chance.  Verdict: We still loved it!  It’s not what I’d call cheap, especially for an order at the counter place, but the drinks were still delicious, the pasta was still cheesy and plentiful and I think I could drink that bagna cauda sauce underneath the broccoli rabe.  As for the affogato… tasted like vanilla ice cream and espresso.  Can you imagine?  Also, caffeine at 7 PM was a terrible terrible decision.

The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown

I borrowed this from my mom, who borrowed it from client, who had it signed by the author!  It was a sweet little story that included scenes from the most beautiful city I’ve ever visited and, though I’m usually more into stories from the past than the present — nothing pulls you out of a book quicker than mention of Starbucks or Siri — this one included both and I actually liked both.  No Starbucks or iPhone talk, thankfully!  Definitely an enjoyable read.

In other news, it’s cabin weekend and there’s going to be tacos and peach galette, so I’ll be off in my happy place.  Wishing you the same (tacos and galette included)!