Weekend Things

If you want to start your weekend off with a bang, make a spontaneous decision to leave work early and hit that new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, then watch a Rockies win!  

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We’d been wanting to try out Señor Bear since it opened a couple of months ago and they just so happened to be launching their happy hour service on Friday so we kind of HAD to go, right?  We sat out on the patio because: still summer!  Then sipped our drinks — I got a frozen cranberry margarita and it was STRONG — and basically ordered one everything on the menu.  Can you even believe how cute that little Gordo Crunch is?!  Tasty too!

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Okay, not to brag, but I’m 15-2 on Rockies games this season.  Just sayin!  We won on Friday and I was like “sweep, sweep, sweep!” but then we lost on Saturday and Sunday and I’m taking this as a sign that I really am the key to the Rockies winning 🙂

If you want to ensure that you don’t get to sleep in on a Saturday, go to Yoga on the Rocks but then make up for it by drinking coffee and getting a manicure with your sister afterwards.

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Doing yoga in the sunshine at Red Rocks is a truly beautiful experience but holy moly, is that 5:30 AM wake up call rough!  I wrangled my sister into going with me and she later told her manicurist “my sister made me go to Yoga on the Rocks this morning,” so I think she really enjoyed it 😛  Afterwards, we walked to coffee then walked to get breakfast burritos then got our nails done.  Just going to say, it was definitely NOT the best manicure I’ve ever had…

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Garden Season 2017 is winding down — except for the legit pumpkin patch and all the butternut squash we have in our yard… — so we pulled a bunch of carrots and decided we maybe let them grow a little too long because that red one was HUGE!  But it was majorly beautiful too.  I think we went to the grocery store and I made  pizza dough later?  I woke up at 5:30 AM and I don’t think my brain was working properly.

If your Summer Bucket List includes going to the drive-in, but this is the last weekend you could possibly go before their season is over and they’re playing The Nutty Job 2 (NO), then just make your own drive-in experience in the backyard. 

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In the words of Joey, “we’re awesome and we should do this more often!”  Strongly agree!  We rented Passengers because we felt we should watch a action-packed blockbuster to get the full drive-in experience, but I just want to tell you that this movie wasn’t very good.  There was dramatic music and people speaking in passionate tones — all signs that something serious was happening — but I was laughing?  I don’t think that’s what the movie creators were trying for.  This just in: Chris Pratt is funny and all, but he might not actually be a good actor.  And even though J. Law has won/been nominated for serious acting awards, she might not be either.

If you want to make up for an early Saturday morning, do NOT go for an early morning run on Sunday.

FAIL!  Did I mention Joey and I are running a 15K at the beginning of October?  At first, I thought “I might as well just run a half marathon!” but then I realized a 15K (9.3 miles) is almost FOUR MILES SHORTER than a half, and that’s pretty significant.  We’re doing a quick little 7 week training program to get ready so we ran 5 miles on Sunday morning and even though I was totally out of energy during that last .25 miles, we did it and it feels really good to be on a structured program again.

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Afterwards, we chilled out for a bit then I showered and got ready for afternoon plans and Joey made us lunch burritos for the week!  I LOVE when he does that.  Salads-in-a-jar are wonderful but sometimes you need a quick break and the best way to do it is with double cheese burritos, right?  Also want to let you know that Joey’s burrito folding technique is top notch.

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Said “afternoon plans” involved lunch and Frozen Live with my mom, sister and niece.  Lady date!  We had lunch at BriDer — they totally forgot my sister’s order and I was like “guys, you’re embarrassing us both in front of our new diners!” — then joined all the little girls in blue dresses and blonde wigs at The Buell for the show.  I just need a minute to complain about the mom next to us who chose the middle of “Let It Go” to leave the theater, when the intermission was literally 30 seconds later.  WHY?!  Also, in my professional honest opinion, two-and-a-half hours is too long for a childrens’ show but my niece was happy and an afternoon spent with your family at The Buell is never bad.

P.S. LOL at the very educational song about Hygge that they added to the show!

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Remember last summer when we made these fish foil packs and I burnt the living hell out of the potatoes and the Spanish Chorizo we spent $7 and multiple grocery stores trips on?  Or did that not traumatize you as much as it did me?  Well we re-made that meal and I’m happy to report we fully redeemed ourselves.  Turns out they even have “Chorizo Espanol” right at the deli of our regular grocery store and I could get the exact amount we needed.  Soft potatoes with crispy edges, salty Chorizo, that compound butter and perfectly flaky fish?  Yes please!

And if you want to know my opinion on last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, get ready for an earful!  I just want you to know, I called it to Joey last week so in addition to being the Rockies whisperer, I’m also the GoT plot whisperer.  Oh and Happy Eclipse Day!

What I’m Loving Lately: Late Summer Edition

On Tuesday, we went to Red Rocks for our last concert of the summer — Young the Giant was incredible and Sameer’s dance moves are the very best! — and it was legitimately chilly!  Last night, my dad texted me about how it’s getting darker earlier in the evening.  I’m feeling that (self-created) pressure to do everything I haven’t crossed off my Summer Bucket List and all of this can mean only one thing: it’s officially late summer.  But, I’m going to refer to it as “late summer” instead of “the end of summer” because that’s just too depressing for a Friday post 🙂  Here’s some stuff I’ve been into lately!

Binge Mode

Guys, I spend a significant amount of my life trying to hide how deeply immersed in Game of Thrones I truly am.  But I fear I’m actually doing a terrible job because my blog, my Twitter account and my real life conversations seems to be about 80% GoT references and 20% food.  So now that it’s out in the open, I wanna tell you that I’ve been listening to this Podcast (so much that I’m actually speaking like the podcast hosts now — shouts to Binge Mode!) and now I even have Joey listening!  It’s pretty legit and also really funny, so I highly recommend it.

The Savvy Cook

Mentioned this cookbook here and there but I’m making my way through some of the MANY recipes I have dogeared and so far, I’m loving everything we’ve tried!  Made some egg-free French toast with MISO-DATE BUTTER (can you even?!) and it was so so good!  I can get weird about eggs sometimes so I was delighted to find a recipe for French toast that did away with them completely.  Also, that butter is a sweet savory dream and leftovers make for some incredible oatmeal.

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Iced Lattes

In the summer, Joey is ALL ABOUT iced coffee and I get it because that stuff can be incredibly good but I’ve been falling for a creamier cold coffee drink lately, so lattes are where its at.  My local coffee shop just switched from using almond milk to oat milk, but as long as it tastes like caffeinated cereal milk, I’m don’t really care what kind of non-dairy milk they use.  P.S. I ordered an iced lavender latte last week and life felt too good to be true.

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Peaches

I truly love a stone fruit.  And there is NOTHING better than a perfectly ripe, sweet, in-season peach.  For real!  You know when you get one that tastes so good it’s almost like you’re eating cobbler?  And your entire summer is built around finding THAT ONE perfect peach?  I’ve been lucky enough to eat several of those this summer and it makes me wonder what I’ve done to deserve such happiness.

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Gel Manicures

Growing up, I always had great nails.  Somewhere around 2011, they started to suck.  They were thin and brittle and ripping on the sides ALL THE TIME.  I’m gonna chaulk it up to a major increase in cooking, aka washing a lot of dishes, aka drying my nails out but who really knows.  What I DO know is that I got a “Oxygenating Medical Grade 10-Free Gel Manicure” at my fav place at the beginning of June and my nails have been killer ever since!  I’m not going to question this magic, I’m just going to enjoy it.

On the weekend docket: Rockies, Yoga on the Rocks, Frozen Live, smiles, hugs, LOVE!