Weekend Things

I really really wanted to start this post out on a happy note with something like “ROCKIES MADE IT TO THE POSTSEASON!  HANNAH HAD A BABY SHOWER!  I RAN A 15K!”  But then I woke up this morning to news of the Las Vegas shooting, the death of 50+ people, the injury of hundreds more and now I don’t know what tone this post is supposed to have.

It is genuinely confusing when, within the confines of your own small life, things are good and happy, but in the world at large, things aren’t going so well.  Or are just plain atrocious.  I don’t know what to do, but for now, may I offer you my weekend?

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When you get to put on your new Nolan shirt before work on Friday, then it’s going to be a good day.  This image is from the Father’s Day walk-off home run for the cycle when Nolan was all pumped and maybe bleeding from the eye and someone had the epic idea of making it into a shirt.  Joey surprised me with it and I was SO HAPPY.

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Packet pick-up after work and though I was actually trying to snap a picture of the junk treats they give out after the race, the highlight ended up being Joey’s face as he walked away from the chocolate fondue sample table.

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Joey was all “let’s eat leftovers before the game,” and I said “how bout not!”  Cut to us waiting outside Fish N Beer for 20 minutes till they opened.  We sat at the bar and the staff was SO FUN.  They all seemed so happy to be there and it was pretty infectious.  We hit that happy hour menu hard by ordering beers, shrimp po boy sliders (where are the pickles, though??), fish & chips that Joey LOVED and buffalo blowfish tails that were so good we got a second order!  I need to be at this place way more often.

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ROCKIES WIN!  It is a lot of fun when you beat the Dodgers 9-1 and witness four home runs.  Nolan hit one in the first inning and I was the only one in the women’s bathroom clapping.  It was kind of cold, but we didn’t even mind because this game was just that much fun!

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When we got home, I opened the package that contained this book for Hannah’s baby shower the next day and TRUE STORY: As we flipped through it, A LITERAL BUTTERFLY FLEW OUT!!!!  Okay, so maybe it didn’t come from inside the book, but it suddenly appeared and considering it was fully dark outside and I don’t think butterflies are out and about at night, I’m going to believe it magically came from the book.  HOW WEIRD IS THAT?!

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The shower was so fun!  I cannot believe we (I guess I’m saying “we” like I’m included in this :P) are a mere eight weeks away when it feel like just last week she told me she was pregnant!  Hannah has a bunch of teensy baby clothes all hung up and ready to go in the baby’s room and I was supposed to be giving my mom and sister a tour of the house but we ended up just looking at all the cute outfits for 15 minutes.  ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥  My heart is already exploding!

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After the shower, we headed to Baby JJ’s first birthday party and I liked how he slept next to the pile of presents for most of the party.  I wonder if it would be acceptable for me to nap at parties too?  They woke him up when it was cake time and I thought that mini cake was too cute!  Naps and cutesy cakes?  I think babies might have it made!

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You guys, when the Rockies made it to the World Series in 2007 and the playoffs in 2009, I was still VERY new to baseball.  I was happy and excited but I did not fully comprehend the gravity of the situation and I wasn’t fully aware of all the moments that led up to those big events.  Ten years later, I am much more aware and I’m not taking any of this excitement for granted!  We’re playing that Wild Card game on Wednesday and when I think about it, I feel a very real mix of excitement and terror.

P.S. I think I could watch footage of the champagne locker room celebration for hours and hours.  It made me so happy!

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Rockies excitement aside, I actually slept pretty well (maybe I was worn out from running laps around our kitchen and cheering?) and felt rested and ready for our race Sunday morning.  We even got there early and walked around for a bit before heading into our corral and taking off.  Very happy to report that the race went swimmingly!  The miles kept going by so quickly and it was a beautiful fall morning in Denver.

They were handing out “sweet treats” periodically, so Joey was in his happy place eating gummy bears and M&Ms as we ran.  What a goof!  Post-run, we posed with this marshmallow gal then Ubered to get coffee and walked home.  Where I basically parked it on the couch for the rest of the afternoon.  We did pick ourselves up to eat lasagna dinner for Adam’s birthday though.

So now it’s Monday and sad messed up things are happening and my heart is with Las Vegas and each and every one of you because we’re all humans navigating this confusing world.

Weekend Things & A Change of Seasons

This weekend was chill.  Weather-wise, vibe-wise, football players uniting in solidarity against evil forces-wise.  Do I wish we didn’t even have to go there?  YES.  But do I respect the hell out of everyone who took a stand (er, knee) yesterday?  EVEN MORE YES.  And just like that, I’m a football fan 😛

But in all seriousness, this weekend was very good, very laid back, very cozy and I’m left feeling rested and reinvigorated.  Let’s do this thing!

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Friday started with a work event at the Leopold Bros. Distillery, which we’d never been to but it was a beautiful space.  We totally missed the tour but from what I hear it was very in-depth and not in a good way so maybe I’m glad we missed it… Did get to drink a real good cherry-infused Moscow Mule though!

Afterwards, we battled our way through the traffic back to Denver, then hit up Illegal Pete’s and the Kaleo concert at the Paramount Theater.  We had GOOD seats and per usual, the band sounded incredible.  Also felt like saying, “Look, I see you bass player/hype man and I’d love to jump up and down but this floor is sticky as hell and I can’t actually lift my feet.”

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Saturday started with an 8-mile run.  Actually, Saturday started with my alarm going off and me feeling like “NO!!!!”  Really not into that run.  But we did it, it’s done and now we just have one week of short training runs before the actual 15K race on Sunday.  I got a massage afterwards and there’s really nothing better than post-long run pampering and an hour and a half of Mom time ♥

Came home and Joey had planted the mums my sister bought me.  I love them both so much!  Also hit up the grocery — there were peaches, apples and pears and I couldn’t decide what season my tastebuds were in so I got one of each — then made pizza dinner.  Guys, this was a Thai Roasted Cauliflower Pizza and it was AMAZING.  You gotta make it!  Also, La La Land is on HBO now so we re-watched and upon second viewing, we decided… it’s still a delight!

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It basically drizzled ALL DAY on Sunday, but before the rain started, we made it to breakfast at Stowaway.  Of course we ordered a Salted Maple Pecan Donut as a breakfast appetizer!  Joey headed out to watch football afterwards and I put on cozy clothes and didn’t leave the house for the rest of the day.  I just started Big Little Lies and I think I like it!  Also knocked out our lunch for the week and then, after Joey was done re-writing the baseball standings (eeek!), we made a huge pot of 5-Ingredient Green Curry for dinner and it was kind of the perfect meal for a rainy day.

It’s only supposed to be gloomy like this for another day or so, but I walked around yesterday saying stuff like “I can’t believe it’s winter now!” because JUST LAST WEDNESDAY, it was literally 90+ degrees and this weekend felt like such a sharp contrast.  I’m not ready for it!

How was your weekend?