Sunshine & Weekend Things

Literally, as I wrote that post title, the sun disappeared behind a giant cloud.

I’m sorry if you live anywhere on the East Coast (North or South), but aside from the aforementioned cloud, we’ve got sunshine and 65 degree weather here in Colorado.  I planned to take full advantage by going on a outdoor run, but I came down with a cold (that’s #2 of the year for those of you keeping track), so I’m taking advantage by writing this post out on the back patio.

How was everyone’s Valentine’s Day?  I kicked mine off early by sneaking into my parents’ office with my sister on Thursday night and putting balloons, flowers, chocolate and a card in my mom’s office.  Word on the street is that she was totally surprised and we made her cry.

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Joey and I celebrated by having an early dinner at a new-to-us restaurant called Humboldt where I learned that Merlot can also be white and that while fried broccoli drizzled in a cheese sauce might defeat the purpose of broccoli, it is also 100% worth it.  In all seriousness, I was blown away by the service, ambiance and food!

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Afterwards, we headed to the movie theater, watched 40 minutes of Her then evacuated when the fire alarms started going off.  We ended up waiting outside for half an hour while the fire department checked everything out then got to watch the rest of the movie, which I loved.  It was realistically futuristic, funny, sweet, sad and thought provoking all at once.

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Guess what we did on Saturday morning!  Cake Tasting #3.  Last one, I promise.  This one was in Park Hill, a Denver neighborhood I’d never really been to but thought was so cute!  Definitely a family-friendly type of place.  And the bakery was packed!  We took that as a good sign, but after tasting the cake, we decided it wasn’t our favorite.  Then I pawned all this off on my mom 😛

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Later that afternoon, we headed into Boulder for the Boulder International Film Fest, or as I like to call it, “BIFF.”  I definitely did not expect to have to wait in a giant line outside the Boulder Theater but it turned out that we did.  We saw The Face of Life, which is about a woman who starts a relationship with a man who is identical to her deceased husband.  I liked it but I think (after only two years of attending) I’m over BIFF.  I could watch a non-mainstream movie at home and I wouldn’t be in the second to last row of a crowded theater that I paid $13 to get into.

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By this time Cold #2 had me feeling pretty wiped out, so I was in bed by 5 PM and basically didn’t get back up for the rest of the night.  We tried to catch up on the Olympics (oh my god Jeremy Abbott!) and watched one of the documentaries that’s up for an Oscar this year.  And then I ate like 3 meals in bed.  Because the age old adage of “Feed a cold, starve a fever” is the only good thing about being sick, right?

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Today started with me feeling like crap (morning and nights with a cold are the worst!), but I felt better once I got up, showered and ate breakfast.  I even rallied and opted to walk instead of drive over to a coffee shop to do some Save the Date addressing.  Although, I made us leave once I’d reached shaky hand levels of caffeination, which was making it difficult to write.

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Once we got home, we dined alfresco for lunch then hung out with this cat, which I think belongs to our next door neighbor.  Fact: I am a total cat person.  Fact: Joey is allergic and therefore hates cats.  I spent most of lunch trying to convince Joey that it’s eyes were normal cat eyes, it wasn’t going to attack him and the sound it was making was purring, not hissing.

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So now that I’m finishing up this post, the sun is finally setting, so I’m moving… to my bed — I swear I’d be sitting on the couch if it wasn’t still in the middle of our kitchen, up against a super dusty plastic divider — and taking it easy, while Joey continues his rampage of productivity.  True Story: He doesn’t handle caffeine well and can’t seem to sit still.  I’m fine with it because it means our yard is raked, the laundry is done and he just headed out to the grocery(?!?!).

Happy Sunday!

Weekend Things

I am sick.  AGAIN!  For those of you keeping tally, yes that would be three times in 4 months.  I now officially sound like a broken record and frustrated doesn’t even begin to describe what I’m feeling right now.  In addition to feeling frustrated, I feel like someone has been sitting on my chest for the past week, like I can’t breathe from my nose, and like the amount of coughing I’m doing is about to start a fire in my throat.  My staying out till midnight on a Tuesday night probably had nothing to do with my inability to recover at all this week.

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Hannah, Beanie and I saw Mean Girls at Film on the Rocks this week and it was a blast.  Just so much girl power going on!  Not to mention Mean Girls is the best!

I swear I actually do want to feel better, but it’s summer and there’s just so many fun things to be doing on the weekend that I can’t help myself and end up doing everything but resting.  Friday popped up this week and all I could do was spend the entire day trying to convince Joey that we should be taking a half day at work.  I settled for a fun lunch break at Udi’s, which I always forget is pretty close to our office.

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I also always forget just how much I love a good Udi’s sandwich for lunch.  This totally hit the spot.  As soon as the work day was over, I was like “cold, what cold?” and all I could think about was a glass of white wine.  Bur first, we picked up the makings for a new brew — an IPA to be exact — that called for 5 different bags of hops.  I think the most we’ve ever  had to buy for one batch of beer was two bags?  This one is going to be hoppy, to say the least.

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My idea of resting is to only have two glasses of wine and throw an indoor picnic.  We cooked up a delicious dinner, threw down a blanket and picked out a movie from our Netflix queue.  The movie — The Go-Getter — was good, but not life changing and the ending was kind of strange.  At least I was in bed at a decent hour that night, right?

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I think Saturday was what did me in.  We had our company picnic at Elitch’s and there was just no way I was going to miss that.  I hadn’t been to Elitch’s in years and I can’t pass up an opportunity to ride a roller coaster.  Or you know, all of the roller coasters.  Joey hates them but his cousins were with us so I had someone to ride with.  Four beers later Joey was volunteering himself to ride a “loop-di-loop” coaster with me.  He was pretty much done riding rides after that 😛

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I also held Joey’s cousin’s teeny tiny 1-month-old baby for about 2 minutes before he started to stir and I got totally freaked out.  A bunch of our co-workers rode this crazy slingshot ride that launches you a billion feet in the air and then revolves as you come falling back down.  I felt nauseas just watching them all.  I’m all for roller coasters but I would never in a million years go on something like that.

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I’d like to pretend I went home and rested after the park, but my friend Jenn’s mom was throwing a surprise birthday dinner for her and there was no way I was missing that.  Besides, beer and ice cream cake are basically medicine, right?  I’d never had this Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale but I loved it!  Joey is always making it sound like brown ales are disgusting but he’s so wrong.

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But I guess it’s not the elixir of life either because I basically spent the entire drive home coughing like I’ve never coughed before.  I’m guessing no one is feeling any sympathy for me, though 🙂  I swear I’m making a concentrated effort to take it easy today.  I’m even staying home from a family BBQ in honor of my niece’s birthday, which was this past Tuesday.  I’m totally bummed but I’m guessing no one wants to catch what I have anyways.

Hoping you all enjoy what’s left of your weekend!

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What did you do this weekend?

Do you like roller coasters?

Do you find it hard to take it easy when you’re not feeling well?