Weekend Things: St. Patrick’s Day & Other Fun

I need to begin by telling you I caught a cold last week, so when Friday rolled around we decided to stay in, heat up leftover Shepherd’s Pie for dinner and watch a movie.  I’m not actually sure those two things are related but it sounded like a good excuse for our boringness.  Fridays are weird because we are home by 5:30 and if we don’t have plans, I’m like “what are we supposed to do till it’s acceptable couch and pajama time??”  Feels extra weird now that the sun is out later and being hunkered down for the night while it’s still fully bright outside seems WRONG.

Help, what do you do after work on a Friday?! 😛


Right when we got home, we went outside and peeped the very beginning of tulip season in our very own backyard!  I don’t know why, but I was skeptical that they’d actually bloom so I was very excited to be wrong.  Anyway, dinner was delicious and Coco was so so good!  Not only is the animation straight breathtaking (ALL THOSE COLORS!) but the story and the display of Mexican culture is so lovely.  We really loved it and I think I sang “Remember Me” for the rest of the weekend.


I had a semi-early Saturday facial to get to so I ate breakfast, picked up an iced coffee and headed into Louisville.  Felt so good to reset even if traffic heading back into Denver is always THE WORST.  Why??


Back at home, I found Joey in the backyard reading and we made a spontaneous decision to go grab lunch before forcing ourselves to go to the grocery.  We got caught in St. Patrick’s Day Parade traffic (ugh!) but eventually made it to Call, where we had perfect patio weather and really good (albeit sort of pricey) food.  Ginger-turmeric tonic and mushroom tartine for me, chopped salad to share and a chicken salad sandwich and beer for Joey.  I think we were both in our happy place.


We were having dinner at my parents’ later on and decided to do like we did last year and stop at Four Noses beforehand.  I got a hybrid IPA and I have no idea what that means, I just know it was damn good!  Mom killed it as usual with the corned beef and cabbage and then she served us Green Velvet cupcakes and I was full like whoa but it was so worth it.


Sunday started with Joey making me lemon poppyseed pancakes and he somehow timed it perfect with coffee, so everything was ready at the same time.  So I guess what I’m saying is, I give up my weekend pancake-making duties forever.  Oh and we totally went on an outdoor run both Saturday AND Sunday!  I used to work out on back to back (to back to back) days all the time, but I sort of stopped at some point and it’s been just fine.  This is all to say both ways can be okay depending on what feels right for you right now  🙂

The rest of the day was spent making lunch salads, baking a quiche (why don’t I do this more often?!) and finishing Lily and the Octopus.  I was full on crying at the end while Joey was sitting next to me eating chips and salsa, completely unaware of the emotional moment I was having, ha!  We ended Sunday with pizza, family birthdays and SNOW!  What??  How??  Must be spring in Colorado!

How was your weekend?

Weekend Things: Winter Olympics Are Here!

If you didn’t stay home to eat pasta in your pajamas while watching the Opening Ceremony,

If you didn’t start Saturday with zero knowledge of the men’s slopestyle competitors then found yourself cheering on Red Gerard and saying things like “hold on, I’m trying to watch McMorris’s run” like you’re a slopestyle expert,

If you didn’t feel chills watching Adam Rippon finish his program or seeing Mirai Nagasu land her triple axel,

If you aren’t considering taking a two week leave of absence from work and going nocturnal so you don’t miss a single second of Olympic excitement,

We probably can’t be friends anymore.  Or we can, but not until February 26th.  Because even though Summer Olympics are my real jam and I tweeted that my Winter Olympic enthusiasm felt low this year, here I am, FULLY INTO IT.  It takes so little to get there, doesn’t it? 🙂


I’ve been itching to be out of the house on Friday nights but there was NO WAY I was missing that Opening Ceremony!  Plus Pasta Plans™ meant staying in and not gonna lie, it was a nice change of pace.  I rate this Butternut Squash Baked Pasta a 10/10 and the Opening Ceremony slightly lower but only because I compare all Opening Ceremonies to London’s so anything less than the Spice Girls,* Mr. Bean and James Bond arriving with The Queen is bound to be a disappointment.  Biggest takeaway: Team USA is very very good looking.

*I just looked it up and the Spice Girls were actually part of the Closing Ceremony, but whatever!


It was all snowy and cold on Saturday so we started slow, with pancakes, Top Chef and men’s slopestyle qualifications then braved the weather to go see The Post and yeah, it’s probably not Tom Hank’s most inspired role and it’s sort of distracting to see a bunch of well-known actors popping up all over, but I found the story FASCINATING and I know we’re all “Meryl again?!” when Oscar nominations come out every year, but she’s pretty incredible and her portrayal of Katharine Graham was so compelling.

Spent the rest of the day hibernating — oh the irony of watching super active athletes perform while you don’t move from your couch for hours — then pulled out pasta leftovers and some (possibly old) wine that I blame for my falling asleep on Joey midway through the Knierims’ performance (what is wrong with me?!).


Sunday was a perfect day that started at this new coffee shop, which I immediately fell in love with!  Yes, they were playing The Head and The Heart inside and no, I didn’t love the coffee — I feel like something weird happened with our French Press because if I closed my eyes, I could have sworn it was hot water — but most importantly, the staff was beyond friendly, the breakfast sandwiches were big and bold and delicious and it was the most beautifully cozy space to sit and read in ♥

Afterwards, we took ourselves to the grocery store(s), got lunches made and I made red beans in preparation for Mardi Gras this week.  I know red beans are for Monday so I feel weird making them for Tuesday but let’s be real, red beans are good any day of the week!  Finished up meal prep with time to spare so I took myself to yoga and though I complained that it was too easy, I am SO SORE today.


Sunday ended with Joey making me our favorite Crispy Baked Asian Salmon plus seeing Jamie Anderson win gold and Team USA win bronze in figure skating and then we were in bed to read with lights out before 10 PM.  Help, we’re old and tired.  Will I even have the energy to stay up to watch all the Olympic fun for the next two weeks?!  Who knows!

Hope you had a good weekend and a wonderful Mardi Gras/National Pancake Day/Valentine’s Day this week 🙂