Weekend Things

Real Talk: On Friday, I told Joey that I was waffling back and forth between feeling irritable and melancholy or charged and joyous.  I want to blame a new season, or maybe the moon?  Or, maybe I’m just always like this and I’m just really noticing it right now.  If you are an even tempered person living life at a steady pace of emotions, please consider yourself very lucky.  The emotionally sensitive life ain’t easy!

All mood swings aside, this weekend was blissfully low key.  I’ve got a post-work commitment every single day this week and while it’s all fun stuff I want to go to, I know, come Friday, I might need some serious introvert time.  So while I didn’t plan for the weekend to be so relaxed, I think it was kismet considering the busier week ahead.

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Friday was my little sister’s birthday and we celebrated at La Loma with Happy Hour margs, fajitas on the fluffiest fresh-made tortillas and, of course, ALL THE CHIPS AND SALSA.  I made my sister pose for this picture outside and then we all pretty much ran to our cars because it was windy and cold in downtown Denver.  April weather is as moody as I’ve been 🙂

P.S. Weird how my sister turned 25, but I continue to think of us both as younger than that.

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Sometimes you gotta have a pep talk with your body that goes something like “look, let’s sleep in tomorrow, okay?”  I still woke up at 6:45 on Saturday but managed to fall back asleep till 8:30.  YES!  Upon finally getting out of bed, I made us waffles.  Was feeling so antsy while I made them — as in “WHY IS THIS TAKING SO LONG??  I JUST WANT MY WAFFLE!” antsy — but once this crispy syrupy beauty was on my plate and I was sipping coffee and watching Katie Lee make a really good-looking roasted chicken I forgot all about how long it took to get to that point.

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I had a 1 o’clock massage scheduled with my mom, but I was majorly early so I decided to take a little walk down memory lane, aka park in the neighborhood I grew up in and walk the little path to the park I spent SO MUCH time at growing up.  Old town Louisville might be busier, with newer restaurants and re-built houses, but this part of town seemed completely untouched.  I even peeped my old backyard and missed it so much!  Anyway, back to my massage.  Mom brought me back those little pins from her trip to NOLA and I love them SO MUCH.  Gonna pin them on my jean jacket probably!

Almost squeezed in a trip to the grocery store afterwards but decided to just relax before the Rockies game instead.  We almost never go to Saturday night games but they start earlier than Friday games and once we were back home, in our pajamas, planted comfortably on the couch by 9:30, we were wondering why we don’t go to Saturday games more often.  For the record, the weather was nicer than we’d expected and we won!  In conclusion, Saturday was sort of perfect.

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Sunday started with another 5-miler, cept Joey joined me this time and got to enjoy me setting our blazing pace of 10:30/mile 🙂  Afterwards, we cleaned ourselves up and headed to breakfast at Onefold.  I love that place (and that burrito!) so much, but dear lord, that thing is messier and messier every time I go.  I swear it was once a hand-held breakfast but now it’s unquestionably a knife and fork situation.  Life’s hard when you have high expectations and a zero tolerance policy to change.

Grocery, laundry, lunch prep, backyard reading/sun-soaking/napping ensued post-breakfast and then we made one of our favorite warm weather dinners (Green Mexican Rice with Corn + Fried Plantains) and pretended it’s not going to be cold, rainy and maybe even snowy (NOOOOO!) later on this week.  How was your weekend?

Weekend Things: When it’s summer in winter

It’s officially the first day of spring, but it was 80° in Colorado this weekend!  We had all the fans on and all the windows open, but it was straight up HOT.  Felt like we completely skipped over spring and went straight to summer.  It’s cooling back down (slightly) this week, but I didn’t mind that little summer vacation one bit.

Last night, as we were putting away the dishes and getting ready for bed, I asked Joey what his favorite part of the weekend was.  He couldn’t pick.  And honestly, neither could I.  If I were to share it with you in word form it would look something like: patio beers at a new-to-us brewery, traditional St. Patrick’s Day corned beef & cabbage (PLUS GREEN VELVET CAKE!) with my family, a kombucha field trip with my sissy, pizza lunch date, LOTS of reading outside in the sun, an evening run, Beauty and the Beast, the most incredible Sunday brunch, exploring the Stanley Marketplace, “Sunday stuff” (aka being an adult), an evening stroll and capping it all off with a perfectly springy salmon dinner.

And in picture form, it would look like this…

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Joey suggested we hit up 4 Noses Brewing after work on Friday and it did not disappoint.  That place is doing everything (from their website to their beer to their taproom atmosphere) right!  

P.S. Remind me to drink more saisons.

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PSA: My mom is the best.  I declare this the best corned beef she’s ever made (so perfectly salty!) plus I mentioned to her earlier in the week that I was dying to try Irish Soda Bread and she surprised me with a loaf.  Red GREEN velvet cake for dessert because, as I said, my mom is the best.

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Our tree babies bloomed!!!!!  I actually squealed in delight when we pulled up to the house on Friday night and I saw the little blossoms.  Joey texted me this picture Saturday morning when he left to pick us up some iced coffee and those little flowers are so perfect.

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I made Joy’s whole grain waffles and they were seedy, but in a good way.  I kind of loved them!

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At noon, my sister and Wayne came over and then we all headed to American Cultures, which is, GET THIS, a kombucha taproom!  I got a taster — ginger peach was the best! — and Joey got a kombucha float so he was just as happy.  I asked Joey to take the picture at an angle that would make me look just as tall as my sister but I see he failed completely.  

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After my sister and Wayne headed back home, Joey and I walked over to Denver Deep Dish where I had a salad + slice lunch and it was so satisfying.  Post lunch, we hung out in the backyard, went on that evening run, watched the animated version of Beauty and the Beast (HOW’S IT SO GOOD, THOUGH??) and then I fell asleep on the couch at the like 10 PM.  

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Sunday morning at the new Stanley Marketplace.  People have been talking it up and I was like “yeah, yeah, but how’s it any better than The Source?” Turns out it’s way bigger, has way more restaurants and shops and is just… uh yeah, better.  

We ate at Annette and I was so totally smitten with the experience.  They do a daily biscuit (apricot & ginger) and it was huge and buttery and I think Joey loved it more than he loves me.  We both ordered the pork shank hash and it was INCREDIBLE.  Those crispy potatoes, that fall-apart tender pork, those perfectly poached eggs and PICKLED mustard seeds.  Help, I’m head over heels.   

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Post-brunch, it was grocery, laundry, lunch salad prep, slow-cooker beef (for burritos this week!), reading, being delighted by Joey finishing a bunch of house projects, I actually cleaned the bathroom (instead of just talking about needing to) and then we went on a little end-of-the-day stroll before dinner.

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I made us this Dijon-Herb Crusted Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce + Warm Buttered Radish & Edamame Salad and it tasted like straight up spring deliciousness.  Joey was blown away and I take that as the highest of compliments.

I give this weekend an A+ and gosh, I’m so happy it’s spring today!  What did you do this weekend?!