Weekend Things

Okay, it has been rainy, cloudy and mild all weekend and, I’m just going to say it, it feels like FALL.  I know, I know, it’s only the end of July, but this change in weather (albeit temporary) totally has me giddy.  If the remainder of the summer feels this way, I will not mind a single bit.  Other things that had me giddy this weekend included Friday night at the ballpark, my mom’s birthday on Saturday and lots of fun running around on Sunday.

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And oh hey, we actually won this game.  By a lot!  We ran by Vitamin Cottage on our way home from work to buy some rolled oats — because that’s what everyone does to kick off the weekend, right? — and decided to pick up some dinner to bring to the game too.  For the record, a pita wrap filled with hummus, falafel and veggies is where it’s at.  We sat right above the Rockies bullpen and one of the pitchers tossed a ball up to Joey.  I made the executive decision to give it away when a little boy who sat down next to me a couple of innings later.  It was the right thing to do.

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Saturday was my mom’s birthday and it only felt right that I make her a red velvet cake since she made me one for my birthday.  Plus I badly needed an excuse to to bust out my new mixer.  It worked amazingly, in case you were wondering.  Above is a picture of my sous chef, ahem, sleeping on the ground just outside of our kitchen.  He’s fired.  Anyways, the cake tasted amazing but I didn’t give myself enough time for the cake to cool before frosting it and it turned into a melty mess.  You won’t be seeing pictures of the finished product.  It’s for your own good.

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Back in the day, my family spent every birthday celebration at the Olive Garden.  These days, we’ve become a little more food sophisticated and the Med is our new birthday dinner restaurant of choice.  And yes, I was just celebrating my birthday there two weeks ago.  Never.gets.old.  The happy hour selection (and prices!) can’t be beat and the food never disappoints.  Except this one time when I had a “salad” made of bread, chickpeas, and red onion.  Anyways, it was an all around hit on Saturday.  Plus the company was great.  We got my mom tickets to a Beatles tribute show at Red Rocks later this month.  We’re all going and could not be more excited.  Viva la Beatles!

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We fully intended on going to the Boulder Outdoor Theater after dinner to see Moonlight Kingdom but towards the end of dinner it started pouring!  We were sitting outside but luckily ended up being underneath an overhang so we got to sit back and watch the rest of the outdoor diners scatter and the servers get totally soaked as they dashed back and forth in the rain.  We still made the walk over to the “theater,” paid $10 to get in, sat in the rain for 10 minutes then decided it wasn’t going to let up and headed home for ugly red velvet cake and Moonlight Kingdom via Redbox.  We walked past this rubber duck in a fountain on the way back to our car.

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The sun finally came out late yesterday afternoon, but most of the day was more rain and gloom.  Joey is training for a half marathon in October and had a 7 mile run on the agenda, so I decided to take a rainy bike ride next to him.  Afterwards we took yet another trip into Boulder.  Mustard’s Last Stand, a old Boulder standby, was celebrating it’s 35th anniversary with 99 cent hot dogs, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to fulfill a craving I’ve had for the past couple of weeks…a simple unpretentious hot dog with ketchup, mustard and relish.  Craving officially satisfied.  Later we headed over to Joey’s aunt and uncle’s to celebrate the July birthdays (yes that’s me again).  We brought lots-o-guac and enjoyed the fresh fall air out on the patio.

Happy Monday!

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What did you do this weekend?

Do you have a favorite kind of cake?

It’s too early for talk of fall, right?

A Movie in the Park

It’s my mom’s birthday on Saturday, making this “Birthday Week!”  As in, I fully support and encourage all family and friends to celebrate their birthdays all.week.long.  I mean, it only seems natural that we do so as adults, since birthdays don’t get as much attention as they did when we were kids.  Seems like a fair trade off to me.

I’m always excited for my mom’s birthday as I’m partial to July celebrations (wonder why!…) and especially excited this year because the festivities are right up my alley and because I have some really good birthday surprises up my sleeve (Mom, are you reading this?).  And guess what?  We kicked the celebration off last night with a movie in the park.

IMG_4207I should have known it was going to be a good night when I met my family in Louisville and everyone was on time.  That never happens.  Seriously.  It gave me hope that I can put my dad and my sister back on the guest list for my future wedding (cough they are the family’s biggest punctuality offenders cough).  Also…a line of food trucks!  Be still my heart!

IMG_4205I was kind of taken aback by the amount of trucks that were there — nine I think?? — but finally settled on the street taco truck, Comida.  I have a serious taco weakness.  I kind of underestimated how small these tacos were, hence me only ordering one (chorizo!) plus a side of rice and beans, but that just means more room for sangria and ice cream, right?

IMG_4203My mom and my sister grabbed brisket sandwiches and some amazingly delicious French fries — thick cut and salty, just how I like em — at the BBQ truck and then we all camped out on our picnic blanket with some homemade sangria my mom brought with her.  P.S. Can you see my mom’s new diamond earrings?  She had one fall out of her ear earlier this year, so my dad took her for a replacement and white gold upgrade.  Way to go, Dad!  I swear he was also at the movie, despite the lack of evidence.

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IMG_4209Wine-soaked cherries and peaches, yes please!  Oh look, there’s my dad (kind of…).  Told you he was there too.  We hung out with our sangria while we waited for the sun to set and the movie to start.  They were showing Jurassic Park, which yes, I did just see in the theater, but Jeff Goldblum is so worth re-watching it.  My dad concurred that he is the best part of that movie.

IMG_4206How cool is the inflatable screen?  I had just enough to time grab a double scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough from the Sweet Cow truck to share with the girls just before the movie started…perfection.  About halfway through the movie, we started to feel a few raindrops and the wind picked up and that park cleared out so fast.  We stuck it out though.  We had to see who was going to save them all from the Velociraptors, obviously.

Seriously, a perfect night (albeit kind of chilly, especially for the end of July) with my family.  All that was missing was Joey (he was at his softball game) and maybe a second street taco 😛  The best part?  We get to do it all again on Saturday when we celebrate my mom’s actual birthday with tapas and dinner at the Med (always the Med!) and another movie in another park.

Is it Saturday yet?

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Do your birthday celebrations last longer now than they did when you were a kid?

Have you ever been to a movie in the park?

The food truck craze: yay or nay?