Weekend Things

Here’s to all the unexpected delights of this weekend!  Like “having” to leave work early to have a our sprinklers blown out, waking up early enough to go to Snooze on Saturday morning, finding a honeynut squash at the last Farmers’ Market of the season (crying emoji!), running a fast 10K and just having the most delicious fall weather ♥

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I volunteered to meet our sprinkler guy at the house but it only took something like 15 minutes and I used the rest of the afternoon to read and take our pup on a long luxurious walk.  Joey picked me up later to hit up Whole Foods for pizza dough and cheese but then we maybe also left with Perfect Bars, veggie chips and ice cream.  Why, Whole Foods, why??  We made this Pumpkin and Gouda Pizza and watched The Land of Steady Habits, which we liked but didn’t love.  Something was just slightly off.

Sometimes it’s Friday and I’m itching to go out and do something and sometimes it’s Friday and I just want to be at home and go to bed at a normal hour and the latter felt so so right this time around.

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We weren’t sure what we wanted to do for breakfast on Saturday, but since we had plans to visit the Union Station Farmers’ Market and it was still semi-early, we decided to take ourselves to Snooze.  I had this Protein Punch Bowl (which, for the record, was not described as being covered in chia seeds!) and we shared the pancake of the day, which was some kind of buttermilk pumpkin situation that tasted amazing.  It’s a sad day when the Farmers’ Market comes to an end, but a happy one when you leave with pretty little apples and the cutest honeynut squash.  Till next year, FM!

We headed to the Denver Rock n Roll Race Expo afterward to pick up our packets then did some backyard clean up.  We raked up 5 bags of leaves and were seriously only at it for less than an hour but somehow, my hamstrings are INCREDIBLY sore now.  Send help!

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I got an afternoon facial — Joey did our grocery shopping while I was out relaxing and it made me so genuinely happy — and when we got back, the weather was nice enough to take Andi on another long walk.  We also aided in the recovery of someone’s cell phone, so it was an eventful outing, ha!  Then we made this super simple but really satisfying Spicy Chicken and Sweet Potato Meal Prep for dinner and watched The Goonies which, get this, I’d never seen!  I was really into that scene where they found the pirate ship but less into everyone basically being in hysterics the entire movie.  It was making my brain hurt.

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Sunday was race day!  The difference between running a half marathon and running a 10K is sort of crazy to me.  Joey was running long distances back to back days every weekend for months and I basically did nothing except my usual weekly running and a few 5 milers here and there.  I sort of felt like a fraud amidst all the hard working half marathoners!  Joey wanted to do it in an hour and 42 minutes but ended up zooming in in one hour 39 minutes and 44 seconds!!!  I’m so proud of him!  And not to discredit myself because I finished in 58:46.  Under an hour without even trying and it felt so good and easy!

My mom, sister, Wayne and Lori came and then we all went to Acova for brunch afterward.  Guys, I really really like this place for being close to our house, being open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and delivering on taste every time!  Not to mention it’s got plenty of space and hasn’t ever been crazy busy.  My breakfast tacos were LEGIT.  The rest of the day involved naps, more puppy walking, lunch prep, watching Hotel Transylvania and leftovers for dinner.  This weekend was such a good one!

Weekend Things

Sometimes you are gifted with a perfect weekend and this weekend, that started with a really good movie, included a night out with our besties and ended with a taco festival, was just such a weekend.  Just thinking about it is making me feel so so happy ♥

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Real life dinner sometimes looks a lot different than Instagram dinner but those leftovers were delicious and we got to watch some of the Rockies game before making our way to the Mayan to see Eighth Grade.  Guys, the movie was SO GOOD.  I think I had mentally prepared for it to be really sad, so I was pleasantly surprised at how A) funny and B) optimistic much of it was.  But don’t get me wrong, there were many cringe-worthy and heart-breaking parts too.  Please see it, it is truly beautiful!

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The Saturday morning plan was to wake up and head straight to the Farmers’ Market then have breakfast when we got back, but Joey got up SUUUPER early and went for a run and then I got up two full hours before the market started so pancakes at home it was!  These Coconut-Cashew Pancakes were in the newest Cooking Light and once I got the batter properly thinned out with extra coconut milk, they turned out really good!

We hadn’t been to the market in something like three weeks, and in our absence, all the peppers popped up!  We paid $20 for our haul and I thought that was a pretty good deal.  Spent the rest of Saturday doing a few productive things — grocery, garden clean up, over-baking some Pistachio-Raisin Bars — but mostly some restful things — reading, napping, watching Anchorman — before our exciting evening plans.

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We made Dining Al Fresco reservations for Osteria Marco all the way back in MAY and even then, 8 PM was the earliest we could get in!  We also waited 20 minutes for our table but there was complimentary Prosecco, so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much.  Once sat, it was just a fun night of dinner under the string lights with our best friends ♥  It started POURING as we drove back home, so we could not have timed it more perfectly!

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Fish Taco from Los Chingones

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Jackfruit Taco from Mas Kaos

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Scallop Taco from Bright Marten

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Hard Shell Beef Taco + Green Chile from La Fiesta

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Barbacoa Taco from Chuey FU’s

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Carnitas Taco from Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina 

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Chocolate + Butter Pecan Paletas from Neveria Jedany’s

Sunday morning, I got up early(ish) and headed to yoga and Joey was out most of the day for a fantasy football draft so when I got home, I got our salads for the week made and finished my book so we could have the rest of the late afternoon to spend together at… Tacolandia!  Aka, an all-you-can-eat taco festival at Civic Center Park.  Look, there wasn’t a bad taco in the bunch, but the barbacoa from Chuey FU’s was my favorite.

After we had watched enough of the Lucha Libre Final Match (the wrestlers slapping their leg as they “punched” each other to imitate the noise was seriously so funny!), we decided to top it all off with some dessert in the form of the creamiest paletas and a Tamaricco, which I’d never heard of before but found super fascinating.  Also, again, the weather was not supposed to be great for this outdoor event, but we totally lucked out because, except for a bit of wind, it was plenty warm and sunny.  We had so much fun doing this!  Oh and Rockies swept the Braves!

Please tell me something fun you did this weekend! 🙂