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! 🙂

Memorial Day Weekend 2019

This weekend… wow! ♥

Leading up to this Memorial Day Weekend, I almost did that thing where I look up all my past MDW posts and feel the deep desire to do those same things in an effort to re-create the happiness of past years but then, I didn’t.  We already had a few plans in place and they felt good and right and enough.  I even took out a few things that I just didn’t feel like I had time for and was able to let them go without any of that guilt or FOMO I usually feel.  Plus I made it through the Bolder Boulder, so I guess that means the weekend was perfect!

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After what felt like much too long, we got together with Hannah, Josh and Mason to eat pizza, exchange birthday presents, get caught up on each other’s lives and most importantly, eat ice cream.  Mason looks quite pleased to be standing between two cones of Space Junkie and, I mean, can you blame him??  Hannah and I maybe stood in the regular line for 15 minutes before realizing they were out of our favorite flavor and made a beeline for the express booth where they luckily still had some.  In other news, Mason can walk, point out the letter O, play peek-a-boo, spot motorcycles and cheers drinks now and gosh, he is the absolute cutest!

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We started Saturday with Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Pancakes and I already had four on the pan when I thought “these don’t look right” and realized I hadn’t added any baking powder!  Um those went into the trash, but the rest turned out great.  Afterward, we hit up the grocery store(s) for BBQ supplies — Joey and I were maybe on opposite sidbes of the produce section when we both heard “Screaming Infidelities,” looked over at each other and mouthed “your hair, it’s everywhere” to each other, ha ha! — and not enough other food for the rest of the week (oops!).  Then I left Joey to work in our backyard and headed to the mall to find a dress for an upcoming wedding.  I think I tried on about 100 dresses and finally bought one.  Have I mentioned how much I hate shopping? 😛

We went to the Rockies game that night and managed to see the one loss of the series but it did happen to be Game of Thrones night and I loved how they imitated the intro but with Coors Field on the map.

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Sunday, what a day!  We started with our monthly coffee date.  Wait, no, we started by being minorly alarmed that I felt itchy ALL OVER.  I took a Benadryl and it seemed to calm down but not going to lie, I still feel low-level itchy today.  Anway, I had Hoja in mind for our coffee date, but then Joey suggested we walk to Huckleberry and in a rare sighting of flexibility, I happily agreed.  Toasts and iced coffee in the sunshine ♥  We went home afterward and really cleaned the house!  Felt so good to get everything spick-and-span.  We had ribs baking in the oven while we cleaned and they smelled so good!  Afterward, we mixed together two different kinds of no-churn ice cream (salted Oreo and strawberry with vanilla bean and white chocolate chips!) and I was DELIGHTED to discover it was only 2:45 and I fully had time to sit down and read for a bit AND go to yoga.

When I got back home, Joey had made a trip to Home Depot for a new lawn mower (our old one finally bit the dust), new doorknobs for our garage, a few things for our yard and the prettiest hanging plants!  I was so happy when I saw it all.  He is the very best.  We had this for dinner (YUM!) and watched Before Sunset.  I liked Before Sunrise better and also, is it supposed to be a compliment when someone tells you they have a wife and son but can’t stop thinking about you?

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Memorial Day, Bolder Boulder Day, the best day!  We didn’t realize until halfway through the race, but this was our TENTH time running the BB10K, whoa!  We each held up 10 fingers as we crossed the finish line in 59:07 and I felt very proud and happy.  Plus, our family walked the race this year!!!!  We maybe had two whole hours between our finish and theirs so we walked to The Hill for coffee, walked back Folsom Field, discovered we couldn’t bring our goodie bags back into the stadium (this makes no sense…), walked back to the car and finally (another six miles of walking later…) got back into the stadium just as the sun was coming out and John Mayer’s “New Light” started playing.  Never mind all the walking we had just done, I felt peak happiness in that moment!

My dad and Lori came in first and we totally missed them!!!  I couldn’t believe it!  But they seemed to have loved the race.  We did see my mom, my sister and Wayne come in though and I was so proud when I saw them all run through the finish line.  Timing worked out perfectly so that we were able to catch the Women’s Elite race and the winner of the Men’s Elite race all together afterward.  Gosh, those runners are incredible!

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We told everyone to come to our house for a BBQ at 2, then when we were just leaving Boulder at noon, hinted that it would be okay if everyone took their time arriving.  I was feeling slightly frantic trying to shower, get ready and put together a few dishes, but it turned out we had plenty of time and I was just about to text my sister and say “hurry, we can’t stop eating the dip!” when they showed up.  We got to use Joey’s new outdoor cooler, check our Lori’s cute new car and feast on ribs and it all made me feel so happy.  We pulled out the ice creams later on and the salted Oreo was amazing but the strawberry was a bit icy.  We blame the tupperware we froze it in. We were cleaned up, in our pajamas and parked on the couch by 5:30!  Joey and Andi (who was worn out from his play date with Huni) took a nap, while I watched part of Saving Private Ryan because it happened to be on and when they both woke up we started Game of Thrones: The Last Watch (I cannot believe how much went into the making of that show!) but by 8:30 I was EXHAUSTED.  I think I fell asleep the second my head hit the pillow.

What a perfect weekend!