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!

Weekend Things

Wow, these May weekends have been so good to us so far!  This one was maybe extra good because it included warm weather and after Thursday’s snow (HOW??), it felt positively thrilling to be out and about in short sleeves.  We even ate dinner outside last night!!!  Plus I got to soak up lots of mom time and honestly, moms are just the best ♥

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We might be back in our Friday night Rockies game groove finally!  We ate dinner at home beforehand and this little pup MUST be ours because he loves pizza too.  He stared at me longingly the entire time I ate and then I maybe gave him a teensy bite.  He gave me a teensy bite later, but not of pizza…  ANYWAY, the game was basically a blowout and we left mega-early after Joey ate Dippin’ Dots and decided he was both cold and confident the Rox would win.

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Saturday started with the Cystic Fibrosis Walk and wow, this was easily the best weather we’ve ever had for it!  Joey even got a nice sunburn.  We went to Katie and Andrew’s for a BBQ afterward and I maybe ate a dip with Fritos mixed in.  Who am I? 😛  We were back home by 2ish and I ran to the grocery while Joey rested from his 10 mile run that morning!  We briefly considered putting those groceries to use, but going out sounded way more fun, so off to the brand newly-opened Pistol Whip we went.  The good news is, the restaurant is beautiful, the menu has lots to offer and the staff is friendly.  The bad news is all the food fell flat for us.  Nothing was properly seasoned, cocktails tasted watered down and the burger was overcooked.  Might be worth trying again, but we’ll see.  We started Burning when we got home and only made it halfway — it’s BEAUTIFUL but slow so far.

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Mother’s Day!  I thought I had it all under control because I made a brunch reservation weeks ago and then two days before, I found out it was actually a brunch BUFFET for $58/person.  So we re-worked out plan and went to Great Scott’s instead and you know what?  It all worked out!  All of us (less Wayne and Adam) went putt-putting after and even though no one took Joey down — he always wins and is truly insufferable when he does — it was still the most fun!  I came in second, so I feel pretty good about it all.

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Back at home, we made salads for the week — LOVE a Cobb — and Joey did some work in our garage while I “read,” and by that I mean I did my nails with my Kindle next to me but turned off 😛  We made what’s becoming one of our favorite meals — one-pan baked salmon with green beans and smashed potatoes — for dinner and, like I said, ate it outside.  Joey had this little GOT set up going and it was my FAVORITE!!!

IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED GOT, STOP READING NOW.

As for that episode… THANK YOU FOR A DAYTIME BATTLE!!!  I thought it looked incredible and I actually loved much of it — the Varys scene, the Hound/Arya scene, Cleganebowl, even the Jamie/Cersai stuff — but that Dany stuff made NO SENSE.  Yes, the show has hinted at a “Mad Queen” turn for the entire series, but her ruthlessness and intensity has always been balanced out (if not fully canceled out) by her genuine empathy and kindness.  I’m NOT about this.  Still managed to highly enjoy myself during this episode, though maybe not quite as much as Joey, who laughed SO HARD over that Qyburn scene.  What did everyone else think??