Weekend Things

Okay, it has been rainy, cloudy and mild all weekend and, I’m just going to say it, it feels like FALL.  I know, I know, it’s only the end of July, but this change in weather (albeit temporary) totally has me giddy.  If the remainder of the summer feels this way, I will not mind a single bit.  Other things that had me giddy this weekend included Friday night at the ballpark, my mom’s birthday on Saturday and lots of fun running around on Sunday.




And oh hey, we actually won this game.  By a lot!  We ran by Vitamin Cottage on our way home from work to buy some rolled oats — because that’s what everyone does to kick off the weekend, right? — and decided to pick up some dinner to bring to the game too.  For the record, a pita wrap filled with hummus, falafel and veggies is where it’s at.  We sat right above the Rockies bullpen and one of the pitchers tossed a ball up to Joey.  I made the executive decision to give it away when a little boy who sat down next to me a couple of innings later.  It was the right thing to do.



Saturday was my mom’s birthday and it only felt right that I make her a red velvet cake since she made me one for my birthday.  Plus I badly needed an excuse to to bust out my new mixer.  It worked amazingly, in case you were wondering.  Above is a picture of my sous chef, ahem, sleeping on the ground just outside of our kitchen.  He’s fired.  Anyways, the cake tasted amazing but I didn’t give myself enough time for the cake to cool before frosting it and it turned into a melty mess.  You won’t be seeing pictures of the finished product.  It’s for your own good.








Back in the day, my family spent every birthday celebration at the Olive Garden.  These days, we’ve become a little more food sophisticated and the Med is our new birthday dinner restaurant of choice.  And yes, I was just celebrating my birthday there two weeks ago.  Never.gets.old.  The happy hour selection (and prices!) can’t be beat and the food never disappoints.  Except this one time when I had a “salad” made of bread, chickpeas, and red onion.  Anyways, it was an all around hit on Saturday.  Plus the company was great.  We got my mom tickets to a Beatles tribute show at Red Rocks later this month.  We’re all going and could not be more excited.  Viva la Beatles!





We fully intended on going to the Boulder Outdoor Theater after dinner to see Moonlight Kingdom but towards the end of dinner it started pouring!  We were sitting outside but luckily ended up being underneath an overhang so we got to sit back and watch the rest of the outdoor diners scatter and the servers get totally soaked as they dashed back and forth in the rain.  We still made the walk over to the “theater,” paid $10 to get in, sat in the rain for 10 minutes then decided it wasn’t going to let up and headed home for ugly red velvet cake and Moonlight Kingdom via Redbox.  We walked past this rubber duck in a fountain on the way back to our car.






The sun finally came out late yesterday afternoon, but most of the day was more rain and gloom.  Joey is training for a half marathon in October and had a 7 mile run on the agenda, so I decided to take a rainy bike ride next to him.  Afterwards we took yet another trip into Boulder.  Mustard’s Last Stand, a old Boulder standby, was celebrating it’s 35th anniversary with 99 cent hot dogs, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to fulfill a craving I’ve had for the past couple of weeks…a simple unpretentious hot dog with ketchup, mustard and relish.  Craving officially satisfied.  Later we headed over to Joey’s aunt and uncle’s to celebrate the July birthdays (yes that’s me again).  We brought lots-o-guac and enjoyed the fresh fall air out on the patio.

Happy Monday!


What did you do this weekend?

Do you have a favorite kind of cake?

It’s too early for talk of fall, right?

Weekend Things


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.”


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.



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.


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.


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 😦



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.


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.


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?


What did you do this weekend?

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

Do you have any 4th of July plans?