Weekend Things

Whoa, it must have been a good and busy weekend because I was so out of it when I woke up this morning and I really have to think hard to remember everything that’s happened in the past two and a half days!  But I do remember Mason in a fedora, talking about (among other things) Big Brother with Hannah and Josh, sitting in the shade for a moment post-Farmers’ Market, tidying up the garden, reading in the hammock, two major thunderstorms, wings and a movie with my mama and sister ♥, French toast, a birthday party and maybe laying on our new deck.

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Friday night, we met Hannah, Josh and Mason at Acreage.  The hour+ wait was not ideal, but gosh, what a pretty spot!  Plus I thought the food was very good.  I somehow failed to get a picture of Mason (HOW??), but he entertained us during the wait by flirting with any lady who walked by, playing peek-a-boo behind a tree and get this… spelling out the letters on a sign that said “Warning!”  Um, I don’t think I knew how to spell my name, let alone, the entire alphabet at 19 months!

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Saturday morning, I woke up to see Andi in bed with us and even though most the time he’s trying to bite me, he’s super cuddly in the morning and it’s my favorite!  We got up and headed straight to the Farmer’s Market where I found iced coffee, peaches, a loaf of Challah and, finally, SHISHITOS!  We sat on the bench near the Union Station fountains afterward to rearrange our basket, but ended up hanging there for a minute and afterward, Joey was like “wow, it was really nice to sit there with you!” and I’m glad he pointed it out, because, it really was.  He hit deck duty right after we got home, so I did some quick garden clean-up and hung all our garlic bulbs up to cure (!!!) before reading, lunching and heading to the grocery.

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We had plans to grab dinner and a movie with my sister and Wayne, but Wayne was not feeling well, so my mom subbed in!  It started POURING as we were driving over to Fire on the Mountain and it was really insane.  We’re talking sheets of rain, actual flash flooding, hail and a poor Amazon delivery man still doing his job through it all.  We tried to wait it out in the car but eventually made a run for it.  I traded my sister for a raspberry habenero wing and I think it was my favorite sauce flavor.

Afterward, we went to the Alamo to see The Lion King and… I didn’t love it.  There are some truly beautiful shots (that opening image of Pride Rock, the stampede, Simba seeing Mufasa in the sky), but in an attempt to realistically depict lions, you lose the expressiveness and theatricality of the original, so it all just feels sort of flat.  Nala is pleading with Simba to return home and the lion’s face is just deadpan, you know?  Still, those songs are great, Billy Eichner as Timon is surprisingly good and the story is as emotionally powerful as ever.  Watching Mufasa die was somehow MORE devastating as an adult?!

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We put that loaf of Challah to use by making French toast on Sunday morning and even though I had the forethought to put a can of coconut cream in the fridge to make coconut whipped cream to go with, I somehow forgot.  Ugh!  Joey went back out to work on the deck so I made our salads and read for a bit and then we both cleaned ourselves up and headed to Peyton’s 2nd birthday party.  I got to see little Ellie too!  Also, just look at the progress Joey made!  I’m maybe trying to figure out how to hide our neighbors graffiti-ed and dirty-guttered garage from my sight but also dreaming of new deck furniture to lounge on.

We finished out the weekend by watching the original Toby McGuire Spider-Man (I was inspired after seeing Spider-Man: Far From Home last week) and don’t get me wrong, Toby was fully 10 years too old to play Spider-Man, but I ride for the original okay?  I’m not saying Tom Holland isn’t better, I’m just saying show some respect for the OG.  Afterward, Big Brother and bed.  How was your weekend?

Weekend Things

If you thought getting a new phone, with a much much better camera than my previous iPhone 7 (Portrait Mode, finally!!!), meant I’d have a slew of weekend photos, you thought wrong.  What I do have is a giant tree branch that fell in our yard, deck progress, a Rockies game and, you know, like five meals I ate.

Don’t worry, I’ll fill you in on the rest, but first I wanted to do a quick summer check in.  How has yours been so far?  As we were biking home from the Farmers’ Market on Saturday, I was thinking that I’ve already, without much planning or effort or stress, checked off a lot of things that we usually like to do in the summer.  It’s making me feel extremely chill and I like it a lot!  Hope you’re feeling chill too 🙂

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It rained overnight on Thursday, so we woke up to this giant tree branch hanging between our hammock and, shudder, our string lights.  Thankfully, it didn’t damage either one, but whoa!

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In other Friday news, we took a trip to Verizon, followed by a trip to Home Depot and when we finally got home, all we had energy for was takeout pizza, dinner in the backyard and a movie on the couch.  It was 9:30 when we started Spiderman: Homecoming so we only made it about halfway through, but don’t worry, we finished it up last night.  Look, Tom Holland is extremely charismatic and definitely more age-appropriate but I always loved Toby McGuire as Spiderman (then again, I never saw Spiderman 3).  Plus, that Stark-made suit just felt way too tech-y for me.  Still excited to see Spideman: Far From Home though!

Also maybe used my new vacuum while Joey was out picking up our pizza so, hi I’m 30 now.

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We woke up too early on Saturday, so I had time to make us pancakes before we headed over to the Farmers’ Market.  I am still on the lookout for shishitos but happy to report we are fully in peach season, plus I love this little stand that will sell you a single sprig of herbs for 25-50 cents.  We saw so many fluffy pups on our bike ride there and back too!

The rest of the day involved a little bit of garden clean up, a trip to the grocery, lunch, reading and making a BBQ side dish for me and major deck progress by Joey.  He has the upper arm sunburn and backache to prove it!  But really, it’s coming along so well, and I don’t take having a handy husband for granted AT ALL.  We picked a color and ordered the deck composite so that should be here this week and I can’t wait to see it!

We hit up the  annual Summer Bash at the Zehnder’s later on and, as luck would have it, a giant storm rolled through not long after we got there and we all had to seek shelter inside.  Oh well, there was good BBQ, a carefully curated playlist and we got to see our friends Grant, Kelsey and their son Peyton, who just moved (back?) here from Florida!

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We slept in on Sunday, then got up and did a few chores before making the semi-spontaneous decision to head to the game early so we could grab lunch at Biker Jim’s.  Back to back bike riding days maybe doesn’t feel that great today, but gosh I love that ride to Coors.  I tried the Chicken Peach Chipotle dog and let’s just say it wasn’t my favorite but all BJ’s dogs are good dogs and sidewinder fries are always the very best.  We had shade seats but then the whole game was blissfully cloudy and we were able to sit with a group of friends that were there to celebrate (another) Lauren’s birthday.  We won!

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Back at home, we finished our previously discussed movie, made a summer salad for dinner, walked our dog and watched Big Brother.  Just a good weekend all around.  Please tell me about yours!