Father’s Day Weekend Thing

Do you ever feel like the events of a weekend are passing you by faster than you’re able to fully process and feel present during?  That’s how this weekend felt!  But I do vaguely remember an especially painful Friday Rockies game, picking sweet baby strawberries from our garden, making cinnamon rolls, a beer fest birthday celebration for Jenn, Father’s Day breakfast and crafting with my niece and somehow fitting in chores on late Sunday afternoon, so by that list, it sounds like a great weekend!

Not entirely important, but amusing: I opened a container of toothpicks on Friday morning and accidentally flung the whole thing onto the floor!  Toothpick confetti to start the weekend!

After driving around busy Five Points for much too long, we parked and were able to nab two seats at the teensy Cart-Driver bar and enjoy our favorite clam pizza before heading to the game.  We left in the bottom of the 8th because we were up FIVE and by the time we got home, it was a tie game.  WHY??  I literally fell asleep on the couch but vaguely remembering waking up a few times to Padres home runs.  We lost this game and I’m still mystified as to how that is even possible.  Bleh!

Saturday was a new day though!  It was so nice and sunny outside, so after I got some cinnamon roll dough started (Father’s Day prep!), Joey ordered me outside to pick strawberries and he made us pancakes.  Oh my god, I was so happy after I filled this little colander.  Of all the things we’ve grown, strawberries are my most proud accomplishment!  Plus those pancakes were the best ♥  In my head, cinnamon rolls were going to take forever, but then it was only 4 hours and mostly hands-off time.  I think I’ve got it down now!

At 2, we headed over to RiNo Beer Garden, which we’d never been to, for the RiNo Beer Fest, aka Jenn’s 30th Birthday Celebration!  It was so much smaller, less crowded and more manageable than GABF!  Plus, can you even handle how cute those little mason jar taster glasses are??  I got conned into voting for Wibby Brewing just so I could have a tiny inflatable flamingo with a spot in the middle for your taster glass, then felt bad for contributing to their first place medal because it was not even the best beer I had.  It maybe rained at one point and we had to hide under a tent, but then it cleared up and we had so much fun!

The fest ended at 6, so we walked down Larimer and found ourselves at Dio Mio and Joey and I were secretly delighted to be hitting up another Larimer Street fav.  It was, as always, AMAZING.  We went back home after this and our Lift Driver rudely pegged us when he joked about going home at 8 PM to watch Netflix and eat ice cream, HA!

Happy Father’s Day to my dad and even though I got Joey a dog dad card from Andi, his complaint that I was letting him clean the bathroom on Father’s Day only elicited a major eye roll from me.  My mom made breakfast and I think everyone liked the cinnamon rolls!  My sister and I got my dad tickets to a Beatles tribute show that he’d been asking me about for several months, during which I had to act like I didn’t really want to go.  Felt good to finally let that cat out of the bag!  My niece must be entering “chapter book” territory, as she authored/illustrated her own after breakfast and, BE STILL MY HEART, told me she’d like to start reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!!!!

I had an acupuncture appointment that afternoon and wow did it feel extra relaxing for some reason.  Back at home, I read in the backyard and listened to another wild Rockies game (that also ended NOT in our favor…) until Joey got back from golf/lunch with his dad.  We put off laundry, bathroom cleaning, and lunch-making for as long as possible, but then knocked it all out in time to cook dinner and watch… The 10th Kingdom!!!  Someone please tell me you know what this is!  It was a 5-part mini-series on NBC in 2000 and my sister and I watched the hell out of it.  Joey had never seen or heard of it and it is just now, 12 years into our relationship, that I’ve decided he must know this most integral part of who I am, ha ha!  Anyway, it’s dorky and delightful and available on Amazon Prime.  Max Medina is in it, for all my Gilmore Girls fans!

Please tell me how your weekend was! 🙂

Weekend Things

If you want to start your weekend off with a bang, make a spontaneous decision to leave work early and hit that new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, then watch a Rockies win!  

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We’d been wanting to try out Señor Bear since it opened a couple of months ago and they just so happened to be launching their happy hour service on Friday so we kind of HAD to go, right?  We sat out on the patio because: still summer!  Then sipped our drinks — I got a frozen cranberry margarita and it was STRONG — and basically ordered one everything on the menu.  Can you even believe how cute that little Gordo Crunch is?!  Tasty too!

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Okay, not to brag, but I’m 15-2 on Rockies games this season.  Just sayin!  We won on Friday and I was like “sweep, sweep, sweep!” but then we lost on Saturday and Sunday and I’m taking this as a sign that I really am the key to the Rockies winning 🙂

If you want to ensure that you don’t get to sleep in on a Saturday, go to Yoga on the Rocks but then make up for it by drinking coffee and getting a manicure with your sister afterwards.

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Doing yoga in the sunshine at Red Rocks is a truly beautiful experience but holy moly, is that 5:30 AM wake up call rough!  I wrangled my sister into going with me and she later told her manicurist “my sister made me go to Yoga on the Rocks this morning,” so I think she really enjoyed it 😛  Afterwards, we walked to coffee then walked to get breakfast burritos then got our nails done.  Just going to say, it was definitely NOT the best manicure I’ve ever had…

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Garden Season 2017 is winding down — except for the legit pumpkin patch and all the butternut squash we have in our yard… — so we pulled a bunch of carrots and decided we maybe let them grow a little too long because that red one was HUGE!  But it was majorly beautiful too.  I think we went to the grocery store and I made  pizza dough later?  I woke up at 5:30 AM and I don’t think my brain was working properly.

If your Summer Bucket List includes going to the drive-in, but this is the last weekend you could possibly go before their season is over and they’re playing The Nutty Job 2 (NO), then just make your own drive-in experience in the backyard. 

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In the words of Joey, “we’re awesome and we should do this more often!”  Strongly agree!  We rented Passengers because we felt we should watch a action-packed blockbuster to get the full drive-in experience, but I just want to tell you that this movie wasn’t very good.  There was dramatic music and people speaking in passionate tones — all signs that something serious was happening — but I was laughing?  I don’t think that’s what the movie creators were trying for.  This just in: Chris Pratt is funny and all, but he might not actually be a good actor.  And even though J. Law has won/been nominated for serious acting awards, she might not be either.

If you want to make up for an early Saturday morning, do NOT go for an early morning run on Sunday.

FAIL!  Did I mention Joey and I are running a 15K at the beginning of October?  At first, I thought “I might as well just run a half marathon!” but then I realized a 15K (9.3 miles) is almost FOUR MILES SHORTER than a half, and that’s pretty significant.  We’re doing a quick little 7 week training program to get ready so we ran 5 miles on Sunday morning and even though I was totally out of energy during that last .25 miles, we did it and it feels really good to be on a structured program again.

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Afterwards, we chilled out for a bit then I showered and got ready for afternoon plans and Joey made us lunch burritos for the week!  I LOVE when he does that.  Salads-in-a-jar are wonderful but sometimes you need a quick break and the best way to do it is with double cheese burritos, right?  Also want to let you know that Joey’s burrito folding technique is top notch.

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Said “afternoon plans” involved lunch and Frozen Live with my mom, sister and niece.  Lady date!  We had lunch at BriDer — they totally forgot my sister’s order and I was like “guys, you’re embarrassing us both in front of our new diners!” — then joined all the little girls in blue dresses and blonde wigs at The Buell for the show.  I just need a minute to complain about the mom next to us who chose the middle of “Let It Go” to leave the theater, when the intermission was literally 30 seconds later.  WHY?!  Also, in my professional honest opinion, two-and-a-half hours is too long for a childrens’ show but my niece was happy and an afternoon spent with your family at The Buell is never bad.

P.S. LOL at the very educational song about Hygge that they added to the show!

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Remember last summer when we made these fish foil packs and I burnt the living hell out of the potatoes and the Spanish Chorizo we spent $7 and multiple grocery stores trips on?  Or did that not traumatize you as much as it did me?  Well we re-made that meal and I’m happy to report we fully redeemed ourselves.  Turns out they even have “Chorizo Espanol” right at the deli of our regular grocery store and I could get the exact amount we needed.  Soft potatoes with crispy edges, salty Chorizo, that compound butter and perfectly flaky fish?  Yes please!

And if you want to know my opinion on last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, get ready for an earful!  I just want you to know, I called it to Joey last week so in addition to being the Rockies whisperer, I’m also the GoT plot whisperer.  Oh and Happy Eclipse Day!