Weekend Things

Right now, I am doing my best to get some work done with a whiny dog sitting on my lap.  My mom, my sister and her boyfriend are all headed to New Orleans tomorrow so I’m dog-sitting right now and so far it’s fun in that “but I get to give her back next week” way that grandparents probably feel when they babysit their grandkids.  I’ve always wanted to rent a dog for the week! 🙂

In other news, this weekend felt full in the fun, go-go-go way that summer is all about.  There were things we wanted to do, but didn’t get to and things we didn’t want to do, but had to anyway (hello, food prep at 9:30 on Sunday night) and then all the things we DID wanna do and actually got to and those were obviously the best!

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Friday

Breakfast on the patio at Stowaway // I got the muesli (that little poached pear, though!) but I was jealous of Joey’s Colorful Colorado.

Family dinner at Leña // We totally planned on going to movie night at Little Man but then my sister wanted to celebrate her last day of school and I was all about that.  Margaritas, tacos, empanadas and yuca bread.  My heart and stomach were so happy.

Ice cream and a neighborhood stroll // Sweet Action Ice Cream was a few shops down from Leña so Joey and I shared a scoop and it was meh.  But the houses we strolled past were the cutest!

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Saturday

Bridal shower games // I don’t know how Lori and I didn’t win with this toilet paper dress but I think it was a great look for Joey’s grandma 🙂

Afternoon cookie baking // It’s actually insane to turn our oven on in the summer, but a freezer empty from cookies calls for desperate measures.

Grocery store trip // I kindly waited for Joey to return from our company picnic so that I could drag him along.  I bought a bunch a mangos?  Who knows!

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Park picnic-ing // Our friends DJ and Alyssa had a BBQ/housewarming thang, so Joey and I packed up a bomber and headed out.

I love Jenn! // Even though I had to scold her for getting a 2nd/3rd sunburn when she was in San Diego last week…

Salad dinner back at home // Grilled some corn and ate it with this salad and OMG, it was so good!  Katie Lee is my spirit animal and also the creator of some really amazing recipes.  I can’t wait to make this one again.

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Sunday morning run // It was already hot (wahhh) but I don’t even care because running through Denver parks gives my heart such happiness.

GARDENING!!!! // Oh sorry, just a little bit excited.  We finally got our garden boxes finished and filled with dirt, so we bought and planted a bunch of veggies in them on Sunday.  I’m trying not to get my hopes up about anything actually growing (especially since we planted so late!) but it’s hard to not be excited about the possibility of strawberries and kale growing in my own backyard.

Rockies Game // We biked for the first time this year, found seats in the shade AND it was a walk-off win.  I mean what more can you possibly ask for??

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Grilled wing dinner // Getting so into (and good at!) grilling this summer!  We made these wings with shishito peppers, mint/basil/cilantro and a lime vinaigrette and they were so so good.

Game of Thrones finale! // Still processing and probably will be for the rest of the week.

Work week food prep // Yeah, not ideal timing (because I totally would’ve rather been watching Big Brother) but we got our salads for the week prepped and that’s all that matters.

Here’s to another perfect summery week and a holiday weekend at the end!

Weekend Things

SPRING. SPRING. SPRING.

Okay, so I know it’s not technically spring until the 20th, and I know we Coloradoans are taking a huge step backwards in terms of weather this week (dropping temps, lots of wind, maybe snow!), but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Spring is coming!

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In other news, last week was a little rocky.  Joey was scheduled to have Lasik surgery on Friday but after his pre-op check up on Wednesday, his surgeon didn’t feel comfortable proceeding.  Disappointment does not even begin to describe how we both felt.  In the end, a more experienced surgeon (at the same office) okayed the procedure and we’re good to go THIS Friday.  Which means Joey has to wear his super out-of-date glasses for another week and though he’s none too happy about that, it’s going to be so worth it come Friday.

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So instead of 20/20 vision, we kicked the weekend off with a gorgeous stroll around Cheesman Park.  The pavilion was looking stunning, as usual (and I will say “remember how we got married here?!” every time I see it), and the weather was all too perfect.  I’m going to do my best to remember this sunny spring moment of happiness later this week when I’m cooped up in my office, hiding from the wind.  Also, this was my attempt at soaking up lots of outdoor time since I’ve been bad at that for the past two weekends.

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Afterwards, we went home, made shrimp tacos and started RE-watching Game of Thrones.  We’ve been pretty much saying we should do that since we finished watching it the first time around but now that HBO is pushing that 50 episodes in 50 days (just in time for the new season) thing, I was really feeling motivated to pull the trigger.  And can I just say… it is so much easier to watch the second time around!!!  I actually know who’s who and can follow the plot.  It’s a whole different viewing experience.  Also, I’m trying to figure out exactly what IS in focus in that picture…

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Saturday with zero plans.  Yes please!  We ate pancakes, hit the grocery store, I went on a run/walk and painted my nails outside while Joey worked on his little garden building project.  I’m all in on the actual planting part but the digging of dirt and stacking of bricks — not so much.  Afterwards, we cleaned ourselves up and went to dinner at The Melting Pot.  Not my first choice for Denver Restaurant Week but their deal is pretty good and we had a couple of gift cards, so we figured why not.  I spent 30 minutes curling my hair, only to have it ruined when the steam from the fondue pot blew my direction all night.  All in the name of cheese and chocolate though, right?

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Sunday started with a sunny walk to the coffee shop, followed by breakfast at my parents’.  They had my niece over for a sleepover, so when I got there we colored and then she made us some hats.  Oh and I think my favorite part was when she one by one led us to sit on the floor in the hallway and repeated a story about my nephew falling off his scooter.  Kids brains are so interesting to me 🙂  We finished Sunday with work week prep (Joey made our salads this week and I’m insanely excited about them!) and a family birthday celebration at Joey’s dad’s house.  We ate dinner on his back patio and I could totally get used to dining al fresco again.

What did you do this weekend?