Weekend Things & GABF 2018

What can I say about this weekend except that it was the very best because: after two years, we were back at Great American Beer Fest!  Saturday was low key and plan-free and Sunday involved a last-minute manicure and baking (because it’s fall now, ya know??).  I’d relive it all again in a heartbeat!

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In truest Lauren form, I was EXTREMELY prepared for GABF — you do not even know how thorough my list making was — and my excitement level was OFF THE CHARTS.  Pretzel necklaces and Illegal Pete’s burritos are my favorite pre-fest rituals but this year was even better because Hannah and Mason dropped Josh off and I got to see that little babe crawl and bounce on our rubber cow and make only the best of faces ♥

The line to get into the fest was HORRIBLE (I think it wound the entire way around the convention center), but once inside, I forgot all about that ordeal.  Highlights included being the last group to taste Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds, a DEEP purple barrel-aged sour from Une Année, the Blazed Orange Milkshake from Hop Butcher for the World, a guy playing the saxophone on top the Melvin bus (who knows!) and get this… A SPAGHETTI GOSE from WeldWerks!  It smelled like spaghetti and tasted tomato-y in the most interesting way.  You’re probably thinking “EW!” but let me ask you this, do you like a Bloody Mary??  It’s not so different.  Mostly though, this was just the best night with the best people and I feel so happy about it.

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Joey got up the next morning and ran 5 miles (HOW??) but I needed an iced oat milk latte to revive me.  It worked, thankfully!  I realized I’d put ALL my energy into preparing for GABF and forgot to plan anything for Saturday or Sunday, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it made for a real laid back couple of days.  I hit up the grocery, bottled some orange-vanilla-honey kombucha, napped, excitedly snapped a picture of my little library once Joey got it set up (♥♥♥) and then we made tacos and watched Set It Up (which isn’t going to win any Oscars but we laughed).

Oh and I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, bringing my HP re-read to a close and it is so so bittersweet.  I think I cried like 100x during that last book, starting on the literal first page which said something like “And now we bring you the final installment of the Harry Potter series.”  HA!

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Sunday started with a run for both of us (TEN MILES for Joey and five for me) then breakfast together before we split up for the afternoon.  I booked myself a manicure and walked over to a surprisingly quiet Base Coat and on my way back, I peeped that little library and it made me so happy.  I tackled lunches before sitting outside to read for a bit.

Once Joey got home from watching football (really needed him to get our mixer down for me :P), I got to baking because it’s fall now and we MUST.  This recipe for Whole Wheat Applesauce Loaf is one of my very favorites and I hadn’t made it in years so obviously that had no change.  I always make em into muffins (same temp, just 30 minutes less to bake) and then Joey and I each ate one sitting on the couch in the dark because having the oven on without AC is still tough (but worth it for these!).  Hope your weekend was wonderful!

Weekend Things

This weekend was good and low-key and I’m starting to really appreciate the slower pace of these types of weekends.  I also want to tell you that I’m an obsessive list maker and make one for every weekend, but this weekend, I just didn’t.  Sometimes you gotta trust that the things you have to do will get done and the things you want to do will happen on their own, ya know?

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Friday, we headed home, ate some leftovers for dinner — why do I always forget the totally satisfying simplicity of throwing a brat on the grill? — then headed to the Rockies game.  I do not want to talk about the first half of the game or the final outcome, so I’ll just say MATT HOLLIDAY IS BACK!

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Saturday morning, after Joey had run 7 miles! — we did a thing I’d been wanting to do all summer… coffee at the Platte River!  Every time I run the trail, I look across the river and think how peaceful it’d probably feel to sit over there on a quiet summer morning.  So, we biked over to Carbon to grab coffee and breakfast to go (and maybe a mini Lavender Earl Grey donut to share while we waited for our food) then walked over to the steps along the Platte and had the place mostly to ourselves.  It was every bit as peaceful as I’d imagined.

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I’m not even fully sure what I did for the rest of the day but I think it involved slow-roasting two pints of cherry tomatoes from our garden — 225° for 2 hours but I think I maybe could have gone another hour — and hitting up the grocery store, but also a hammock nap and an early dinner of leftovers before heading to the Esquire.

We saw Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and it blew me away!  I knew next to nothing about Mr. Rogers and can’t remember ever watching a full episode of his show, so his complete and utter KINDNESS was a complete shock.  I keep thinking back on the footage they had of him working on his show or interacting with children and feeling incredibly emotional.  It was so touching, inspiring and important and I hope you find the time to see this film ♥

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Standard Sunday Content: every meal I ate and not photo-documenting anything in between.  Let’s just come to terms with this, okay?  Anyway, un-pictured was a 5 mile run I went on and felt really good during and a bit of house cleaning — you know how they say buying cute workout clothes will motivate you to work out?  I think it’s the same with buying good smelling cleaning products 😛 — before my sister and Wayne came over.  My perfect little sissy gave me a fun yellow mani/pedi and in exchange, I fed them spicy black bean burrito bowls for dinner.  Will I ever tire of this meal?  Probably not!

Oh and they brought Huni so she and Andi could have a little sibling reunion and look, I don’t know if they actually like each other but they do tolerate each other and I got a kick out of watching them make laps around the house as if they were magnetically attached.

What fun things did you do this weekend?