Weekend Things: August is Here

I think I might love the month of August. I mean, it’s still too hot and I can barely be outside unless it’s early morning or later in the day, but all the best produce is in season and it just feels a little less busy than July (no offense to the 4th of July and my own birthday). This August in particular is extra exciting because I have two friends having babies (!!!!), my own baby shower, real baseball to watch and hopefully mostly finishing the house decor. Okay, so maybe this month isn’t less busy 😋 This weekend was wonderful, so we are off to a good start!

Did you all watch “Black is King?” I’m consistently blown away by Beyoncé and this visual album did not change that! What a gorgeous feast for the eyes. I cringed when she said “Are you with me, lions?” in The Lion King and I still cringed when the voiceover played that part, but otherwise, I loved it. How amazing is it that she’s Beyoncé but there are full songs that she’s barely in and lets another artist take the spotlight. I love that!

Joey was golfing Friday morning but when he got home, he filled our little planter with baby cactus (our entry table is officially finished and I LOVE it!) and installed this rail our company made, so, as my sister said “no grandparents (or babies) falling down the stairwell after a few drinks at Christmas or Thanksgiving” 😂

The Rockies home opener was Friday night and yeah, we had other food in the fridge to eat, but it is even the home opener without Biker Jim’s?? We drove downtown to pick the order up and there were so many people out and about in Denver! They are clearly living in a different reality than I, a person who has barely left the house, is! Let’s not talk about the end of the game (WHY, WADE DAVIS, WHY?) and talk about First Cow instead. We decided we didn’t need to watch the entire game and turned the movie on around 8, and gosh, I really loved it. It’s slow and deliberate and beautiful and I was so moved by the friendship between the two main characters. The ending made me so sad! Joey wanted more air time for the cow 😂

Joey went for a run Saturday morning, so I whipped us up some buttermilk pancakes (used this NYT recipe) and they were so tender and perfectly sweet! Andi was tired after his baby pancake 😚 Afterward we headed to the Union Station Farmers’ Market, did a quick walk through, grabbed a bag of peaches and headed back home.

Around noon, we ran a dog food errand, picked up lunch for Joey, then grabbed Sparkling Lemon Lavenders for both of us. Joey saw Cherry Bean post this drink special and knowing my obsession over all things lavender, suggested we grab one. It was so good and refreshing! Joey spent a good chunk of the rest of the day assembling a Murphy bed for our guest bedroom and who knows what I was doing. I think I finished The Bluest Eye (not a new opinion but Toni Morrison is a master of words) and watched too much of Ted 2 🤷‍♀️

Another night at the Denver Mart Drive In! It was E.T. and Back to the Future and yes, three bags of popcorn. We recently watched E.T. but it’s always worth a re-watch. A controversial opinion: E.T. is good! That scene where they all take flight on their bikes and that music blasts is just epic. We maybe didn’t make it through all of Back to the Future but I promised Joey we’ll watch the rest at home.

Slept in Sunday morning, then had breakfast outdoors before Joey started some yard work and I started working on our nursery decor. It took me HOURS and some help from Joey, but we have a table, lamp, pictures, mirror, shelves and a book rack coming and I’m so excited!!!

After I basically had a panic attack and made Joey promise to stop trying to finish putting up the Murphy bed by himself — I was having visions of the base falling on me or him or our dog!!! — he moved onto hanging some wall decor. I love the way that minimalist clock looks on our brick wall and I REALLY love the framed canvases we got for our room. Matches the lamp and bed so well. Andi was literally falling asleep with his head up when I took this picture 😂

At some point, we took a drive over to the Paco Sanchez park that our company is doing work on, so Joey could check something out but the area he needed to look at was fenced off, so we quick walked Andi around the perimeter of the park (he was well behaved, despite there being a billion people there) (again, these people are living a different reality than me!), then headed back home. Made a grilled onion blossom (Joey claimed it was my best one yet 🥰) and chicken thighs with tomato panzanella for dinner and you would not believe the mess those thighs made. Andi enjoyed licking it from the floor but then Joey had to do a deep clean later. Worth it though because this dinner tasted very good! Back inside to watch the last two episodes of Succession Season 1 and oh my god, that last episode was intense!

Please tell me what kind of start your August is off to 😊

Weekend Things

It’s the end of August and fall is coming, but joke’s on us because it was so hot this weekend!  I tried to sit outside and read in the shade on Sunday and I only made it five minutes before giving up and heading back into the air conditioning.  But aside from being really hot, this weekend was wonderful and I am doing my best to live it up while we still have summer weather.  Which means brewery patio hanging, backyard movie night and grilling.  I love it all so much!

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Joey has wanted to go to Briar Common for so long and I’ve been… resisting.  Their menu is never calling my name, but on Friday, it was!  We headed over and grabbed a spot on the rooftop patio then had beers and dinner and I really liked both, but the best part is just being able to hang out together outside on a Friday night ♥  Afterward, we went home and watched this movie Adam loaned us and it was quite the stacked cast!  I was not prepared for the ending, but up until then I had found a lot of it really funny?  Where has Christina Ricci disappeared to anyway??

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Joey has been doing this thing where he wakes up too early on the weekend, so I woke up to him asking “wanna go to Snooze??” on Saturday morning, but I had a headache from my one beer the night before (WHY THOUGH?) and politely declined.  I did eventually get up and make us both yogurt bowls though.  We had an engagement party to attend at noon and don’t worry, we were first in line when the taco bar opened up 😛

Afterward, we hit up Best Buy so we could improve our outdoor movie sound system (success!) and then spent some time trying to get our projector hooked up to a streaming system, which involved Joey projecting the picture onto our ceiling.  When we finally got it all working, we maybe watching an episode of Friends up there.  Post-dinner (Loaded Summer Chili Fries is the new Spicy Black Bean Burrito Bowl, meaning it’s the summer dinner I can’t stop repeating), my sister and Wayne came over for movie night.  At the beginning of the summer, Joey said he wanted to watch The Mighty Ducks in our backyard and we finally made it happen.  I thought I’d seen it in bits and pieces, but after watching it all the way through, I realized I definitely hadn’t.  I kept waiting for Kenan to show up and that apparently doesn’t happen until the second movie.  Also, I thought all the regret over his failed career as a hockey player meant Gordon Bombay had been in the NHL and quit, but then it turns he had only played till he was 10 years old??  Wow, and I thought I held onto things too long!

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Standard Sunday Content: two food pictures and nothing in between.  We really did go to Snooze this time!  I got my hair cut a few hours later and she was like “how do you go to Snooze and not wait for hours??” but the answer is that we never go unless we’re up early!  We were sat right away and despite my attempts to order a regular sized pancake for us to share, we always end up with the giant one.  After my hair cut, I hit up the mall and it was actually extremely successful but even so, I don’t understand how anyone enjoys shopping.  I feel like it sucks the life out of me!

Back at home, my outdoor reading attempt followed by Joey finally making it home for a loooooong fantasy football draft and then we made a fun summer dinner of a Grilled Onion Blossom (we made this last year too and it’s really good and easy!) + Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Tomato Panzanella that I thought was really good but Joey seemed stressed out by because the chicken took longer to cook than the recipe said it would.  Wait, am I the laid-back cook in the house now??  Please tell me what you’re doing to live out these last few moments of summer!