Weekend Things

Ahoy!

Oh, sorry.  Confession: every Sunday at 9 AM I sit down and watch Sandwich King on Food Network.  I watched Jeff Mauro win Next Food Network Star and I find him to be so much fun.  Plus his 4-year-old son Lorenzo (seriously, that’s his name)?  Adorable!  Anyways, I’m watching as I [start to] write this post and it’s all about seafood sandwiches (crab cake sliders, yes please!), hence the “ahoy.”

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Other highlights of the weekend included my second trip to the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.  This time with my mom and my sister.  We planned on picnic-ing in the grass before the play started, but it started raining right as we parked, so a car picnic it was!  We all picked out our own dinners at the Boulder Whole Foods beforehand — oh hey, sister’s employee discount — and it was CA-RAZY in there!  I can’t believe how many people go grocery shopping on a Friday night.  Or maybe that’s just health-food-loving Boulderites.

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My mom forced me to get this soda and it was horrible!  It seriously tasted like carbonated cough medicine.

As luck would have it, the rain stopped right as we finished our picnic.  Sidenote: it rains every.single.time. I go to the Shakespeare Festival.  It’s usually just a sprinkle, but still, what are the odds of that?  We saw Macbeth and I was pretty excited as I’ve only ever seen comedies in the past.  I was ready to see how the CSF handled something darker.

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Look at the Koi and the cute little turtle swimming at University Pond.

My two cents: I really did not enjoy the new direction the CSF took this year by modernizing the plays.  All the lines stayed the same but Macbeth, for instance, was set in a more-modern-day Afghanistan.  I think they were trying to make the plays more relevant.  Well call me old-fashioned but I liked going to the CSF in the past so I could be transported back to Shakespeare’s time.

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About three-quarters of the way through the play, the wind really picked up and there was some crazy lightening.  I thought it was really adding to the play, but the CSF crew seemed to think it was a little unsafe so they sent us inside.  About 15 minutes later, they called it and we headed home 😦

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We had almost nothing planned on Saturday and I can honestly tell you, I couldn’t have been happier about it.  Instead, I got to lounge around and watch TV, enjoy a relaxing facial, go shopping and cook up a delicious homemade pizza.  We also happened upon a tiny (and pretty disappointing) Farmers’ Market right by our place.  I was hoping to find some good cherries, but instead I had to go to Whole Foods and spend much more than was probably necessary to get some Rainier cherries.  In my humble opinion, they are the best.

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Saturday ended with S’mores!  We had graham crackers, Hershey’s chocolate and marshmallows, we just didn’t have a campfire.  But you know, sometimes you just have to make do, so we may or may not have taken apart our grill to be able to toast the marshmallows.  Can we all agree that the charred marshmallow is the best part and the overwhelmingly chocolatey Hershey’s square is the worst?  I have a feeling any chocoholic readers out there are now questioning my sanity.

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This picture pretty much sums up Sunday — aside from me watching Sandwich King, of course.  When you purchase the warning track suite, they automatically give you 8 tickets for another game in one of the suites, so this was our view for the game.  Not too shabby, eh?  Unfortunately we lost — although our catcher didn’t seem to notice, as Joey just read a tweet he wrote about winning the game — but it was still a nice place to spend the day.  

One last thing: Happy July!  Can you believe it’s here already?

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What did you do this weekend?

What’s your favorite part of a S’more?

Do you have any 4th of July plans?

2013 Summer Bucket List

Gosh, “Bucket List” makes this post sound morbid, doesn’t it? Anyways, I know it’s not technically summer until the 21st of this month but if you ask me (and I suspect most people would agree), summer already started on Memorial Day. So let the summer bucket listing begin!

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Go vegetarian for one week

Laughable that this used to be a piece of cake to accomplish. I’m totally fine with eating lots more meat than I was a couple years ago (especially during the summer — burgers, brats, hot dogs, oh my), but it would be a fun challenge to see if I could forego meat for one measly week.

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Attend Film on the Rocks

I say I want to go every.single.summer. then somehow it slips my mind and by the time I remember, the movie is sold out and I’m saying “maybe next year?” Not even letting it happen again this time.

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Finish all the books on my “Summer Reading List”

I’m going through a serious dry spell in terms of reading. For some reason, Twitter has convinced me that I should spend more time with it at night than with a good book. Wrong, Twitter. You’re wrong. I’ve got 4 books on my list for this summer: The Paris Wife, The Night Circus, Dearie and The Storyteller. Here’s to being a bookworm this summer.

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Go to Movie in the Park

They show movies (for free!) on Saturday nights in both Boulder and Denver and the line ups for this year look great! Last summer was actually the first time I’d done this before and I had such a blast. I’m definitely up for it again this year.

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Try a new hiking trail

As much as I love love love hiking the Royal Arch in Boulder, I know there’s tons of other equally-beautiful hiking spots in Colorado and I’d love to try a new one this year. Also, totally sad that I have yet to take a single hike yet this year!

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Go one day without social media

This might be the ultimate summer challenge for me. Help, I’m addicted.

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Run a 10K

I’ve been digging the whole run for fun/not training for anything habit I’ve been in for the past couple of years, but after running the Bolder Boulder I’m reminded that 10K’s are a really fun distance. Also, a totally do-able distance without any training. The real challenge will be finding one that doesn’t plant me right in the middle of some kind of summer heat wave.

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Bike to work

Joey and I had noble aspirations to get our bikes into working condition this past weekend, but I think a 2.5 hour nap snuck in and there went that plan. I know Joey has ridden his bike to work in the past so I know we can make it. Don’t think it will become a daily (or even weekly) habit, however.

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Give my office some personality

Thank goodness I work with a bunch of guys who don’t care about office décor or I would feel really embarrassed about my completely blank walls and utter lack of beauty in my office. I don’t think I have a designer bone in my body so I’m probably talking about something simple like a fun lamp, some flowers and a giant portrait of myself (not!) but that’s better than nothing.

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Go to an amusement park

Because nothing’s more summer-y than roller coasters and corndogs, right?

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Brew an IPA

Even though I’ve totally come around and am a total beer drinker now, Joey and I still don’t see eye-to-eye on the type of beer. I love anything wheaty and Joey is all over anything hoppy. He loves IPAs and is always hinting that he’s like to brew one. I’ve been successfully skating the subject, but I guess I could take one for the team.

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Make/eat s’mores

Every time we drive back to our apartment at night during the summer I can see a few people gathered around the fire pit and think to myself that it looks like the perfect spot to roast s’mores. I would hate to let the s’more making opportunity pass me by again this summer.

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Drink a root beer float

Another one of those fleeting summer cravings that I need to give into.

Go to the cabin (and don’t complain :P)

True Story: I’ve never been camping. Roughing it just isn’t my cup of tea. For years Joey has been begging me to go to his uncle’s cabin for a weekend with him and for years I have been saying no and loving that Joey has a short memory and doesn’t remember to bring it up more than once a year, but I think my list of excuses is running out.

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What’s on your summer bucket list?