Weekend Things

It’s the end of August and fall is coming, but joke’s on us because it was so hot this weekend!  I tried to sit outside and read in the shade on Sunday and I only made it five minutes before giving up and heading back into the air conditioning.  But aside from being really hot, this weekend was wonderful and I am doing my best to live it up while we still have summer weather.  Which means brewery patio hanging, backyard movie night and grilling.  I love it all so much!

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Joey has wanted to go to Briar Common for so long and I’ve been… resisting.  Their menu is never calling my name, but on Friday, it was!  We headed over and grabbed a spot on the rooftop patio then had beers and dinner and I really liked both, but the best part is just being able to hang out together outside on a Friday night ♥  Afterward, we went home and watched this movie Adam loaned us and it was quite the stacked cast!  I was not prepared for the ending, but up until then I had found a lot of it really funny?  Where has Christina Ricci disappeared to anyway??

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Joey has been doing this thing where he wakes up too early on the weekend, so I woke up to him asking “wanna go to Snooze??” on Saturday morning, but I had a headache from my one beer the night before (WHY THOUGH?) and politely declined.  I did eventually get up and make us both yogurt bowls though.  We had an engagement party to attend at noon and don’t worry, we were first in line when the taco bar opened up 😛

Afterward, we hit up Best Buy so we could improve our outdoor movie sound system (success!) and then spent some time trying to get our projector hooked up to a streaming system, which involved Joey projecting the picture onto our ceiling.  When we finally got it all working, we maybe watching an episode of Friends up there.  Post-dinner (Loaded Summer Chili Fries is the new Spicy Black Bean Burrito Bowl, meaning it’s the summer dinner I can’t stop repeating), my sister and Wayne came over for movie night.  At the beginning of the summer, Joey said he wanted to watch The Mighty Ducks in our backyard and we finally made it happen.  I thought I’d seen it in bits and pieces, but after watching it all the way through, I realized I definitely hadn’t.  I kept waiting for Kenan to show up and that apparently doesn’t happen until the second movie.  Also, I thought all the regret over his failed career as a hockey player meant Gordon Bombay had been in the NHL and quit, but then it turns he had only played till he was 10 years old??  Wow, and I thought I held onto things too long!

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Standard Sunday Content: two food pictures and nothing in between.  We really did go to Snooze this time!  I got my hair cut a few hours later and she was like “how do you go to Snooze and not wait for hours??” but the answer is that we never go unless we’re up early!  We were sat right away and despite my attempts to order a regular sized pancake for us to share, we always end up with the giant one.  After my hair cut, I hit up the mall and it was actually extremely successful but even so, I don’t understand how anyone enjoys shopping.  I feel like it sucks the life out of me!

Back at home, my outdoor reading attempt followed by Joey finally making it home for a loooooong fantasy football draft and then we made a fun summer dinner of a Grilled Onion Blossom (we made this last year too and it’s really good and easy!) + Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Tomato Panzanella that I thought was really good but Joey seemed stressed out by because the chicken took longer to cook than the recipe said it would.  Wait, am I the laid-back cook in the house now??  Please tell me what you’re doing to live out these last few moments of summer!

4th of July Weekend Things

So here’s the thing.  I am ALL FOR a three-day holiday weekend and seeing as it’s days before my birthday, I should be all about the 4th of July but year after year, I just find it kind of disappointing (and why does it always seem to be rainy??).  Plus how can you possibly beat last year’s festivities?  This is all to say that this year I set my expectations much lower and it ended up being a perfect, albeit low key, holiday weekend.  I didn’t want it to end!

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We kicked things off on Thursday night, by grabbing beer and dinner with my family at a new-to-us brewery in Westminster.  We had time to enjoy our drinks and super sloppy burgers in the sunshine before a rainstorm swept in and started doing fun things like overturning tables on the patio.  We scooted out of there pretty quick!

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Friday’s day off started with a lazy morning run and breakfast on the front porch and ended with us throwing another BBQ!  The first BBQ is a lot of work but the second BBQ is such a breeze.  The house is already clean, the supplies are already stocked and you’ve realized that drinking a pitcher of sangria is a bad idea.  Joey was all excited that he had a festive shirt to wear till I pointed out we were matching again.

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Oh right and the BBQ occasion was July birthdays!  I turn 26 on Thursday and Tyler, the other July birthday-er was in town so I didn’t have to throw a party for just myself.  Clearly, we have both perfected the stand-awkwardly-while-people-sing-“Happy Birthday”-to-you stance.  There was double cobbler and ice cream with CHUNKS OF PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE.  I was all “oh that’s a lot of ice cream, I’ll share with Joey” then ate it all.

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4th of July celebratory breakfast!  I felt weird going to Illegal Pete’s when I have pledged lifelong allegiance to Chipotle but I also really wanted a breakfast burrito and a Bloody Mary on the patio sooooo.  The burrito was ♥♥♥ but the Bloody was way meh.  I was also like “this burrito is big, I’ll never finish it” then ate the whole thing.  I guess that was the theme of the weekend.  Anyway, I’d totally go back to Illegal Pete’s for a dinner burrito and probably a margarita.  Full bar, for the win!

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As we finished breakfast, we realized “uhh we have NOTHING to do today.”  Weird!  Once home and lounging in the hammock, we devised a plan to bike to Littleton and go putt putt golfing.  So we sunscreened up, packed our backpack with snacks and water and headed out.  I mean it was hot, we got lost and never made it to putt putt and I saw three cars submerged IN THE Platte River but I had so much fun.  I’m not sure it counts as going on a bike ride together because I was always half a mile behind Joey but whatever.  And just like that, another Summer Bucket List item checked off!

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Evening plans included that grilled vegan pizza — you should’ve seen my face when Joey asked me if it had cheese — and an outdoor movie!!!!  Oh sorry, just a little excited.  I put the idea in Joey’s mind that we should set our guest room TV up outside and watch a movie from the hammock.  Ask and you shall receive!  So while I got our pizza all grilled up, Joey got the TV and DVD player all set up.  We brought out the blankets, pillows and pajamas and watched 500 Days of Summer.  Um could that movie be any more perfect?!  Oh and the neighbor kids were setting off fireworks so I’m pretending we had a private show.  BEST NIGHT EVER!

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Can I be honest?  I am SO BAD at taking Sunday pictures.  Unless I do something out of the ordinary, Sunday is usually comprised of laundry and me watching TV with the lights off, to avoid creating extra heat.  So really, you probably don’t want to see any pictures.  I did take this super sunny picture of the toast I had for breakfast which is totally on different bread that’s too thick to even constitute as toast and it’s a total downgrade for my favorite coffee shop.  Who do I speak to about this??

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Also, I decided restocking myself on granola (because I was getting sick of crumbling frosted wheat cereal over things and pretending it was granola) was worth turning on the oven.  A little sweat mustache in the middle of the day never hurt anyone, right?  Then I ordered myself a magnetic knife holder online, finished my book (it was kind of depressing), watched more TV and decided drinking coffee on a Sunday was a terrible idea.

What did you do this 4th of July weekend?