Weekend Things

The first weekend of summer and Colorado was cool and rainy!  No fear because this week is set to be in the upper 80s, but what a way to start the season.  We took advantage by hitting up the movie theater on Friday, ordering ramen on Saturday and going to an indoor show on Sunday (well I did anyway, Joey was out in our backyard!) but I’m ready for real summer to start now, please!

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We already had plans to see Rocketman on Friday night, but in between that and eating leftovers at home for dinner, I suggested we grab a drink at the bar at Steuben’s.  Joey was all too happy to comply.  As for the movie, it was much more of a musical than we’d expected!  It was about half an hour in, when a child version of Elton John, who was killing it on “Saturday’s Alright for Fighting,” turned into the Taron Egerton verion of Elton John and continued killing it (singing AND dancing) on “Saturday’s Alright for Fighting” that I was like “okay, I’m SO here for this movie!”  There’s a small amount of cheesiness involved but for the most part, we liked it and definitely danced around in our seats the whole time.

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Baby garden is getting PLENTY of rain but not enough sunshine!  It’s still growing though, and maybe also getting eaten by bugs?  We had our company picnic on Saturday but I HAD to make a quick stop at the Union Station Farmer’s Market.  It was chilly and they didn’t even have the pita bread I specifically went for, but we got rainier cherries (!!!), heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers and a single sprig of mint for 25 cents, so not a total loss.

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We changed it up this year and had the company picnic at Boondocks instead of Elitch’s and thank god because we would have gotten rained on if we’d been outside.  Post lunch/co-worker mingling, we played a round of putt putt and guys, I lost to both Joey and Adam by just two points!!!  Can’t decide if I’m proud at how well I did or mad that I was that close.  Oh and I got to see Ellie, looking ridiculously cute in that little headband ♥

We hit up the grocery store on our way home (such adults :P) and thought about seeing another movie but it was suddenly 6 PM and staying in to order Uncle and watch a movie sounded pretty good.  Dang, that ramen delivery took SO long but it tasted amazing so I’ve basically forgotten about the long wait.  We started watching Suspiria and… it’s not very good… sorry, Tilda!

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A Sunday Dorsey Day!  We had tickets to Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles so we had lunch downtown (Stout Street Social did NOT impress…) before heading to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for the show.  I maybe listened to Abbey Road ON REPEAT ALL WEEK and then they didn’t play anything from that album until the very end of the show, but that’s okay because they did so many earlier hits that I know and love.  Mostly it made me wish I had been alive during Beatlemania.  Thanks, Dad, for raising two Beatle-loving daughters ♥  Now cut to me listening to a lot more Beatles this week!

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I came home to two new planter boxes!!!  The look so pretty and I can’t wait to fill them with flowers.  God bless my handy husband who was also starting work on a deck we’re building over the dirt pit left by our old garage.  I sort of helped by holding a tape measure at the post holes 30 times but mostly I was inside making salads for lunch, then we made this BBQ Salmon Cobb Salad for dinner and man, was it good!  Oh and we finished The 10th Kingdom and it was as good as I remembered.  Joey gave it a 7 out of 10, which I’m maybe slightly insulted by, but there’s also a troll king and a talking dog so I guess a 7 is fair.  Watched more of Suspiria afterward and will it ever end??

How was your first summer weekend?

Valentine’s Day Mixtape

True Story: When I was a senior in high school, I dragged my sister (who was an adorable little freshman) to Walmart with me the night before Valentine’s Day to help pick out a present for my then boyfriend.  We settled on a singing card, a bag of candy and CD of “make out songs.”  I swear it was actually called that!

Even Truer Story: We broke up the next morning.  I know, on Valentine’s Day.  Bad timing, but it had to be done.  Instead, I signed the card to myself, shared the candy with my friends and added the CD to my own collection because hey, it was funny.  And while I could never re-create the original (it was obviously bad luck anyways), I thought I could make an even better “Valentine’s Day Mixtape.”  Make outs totally optional.

V Day Mix Tape

1. “I Love You Always and Forever” by Donna Lewis

Every time this song comes on mid-workout I have to remind my self not to sing out loud.  I can tell you from experience, it’s nearly impossible.

2. “Moon River” by Andy Williams

I can’t even put my love of this song into words.  It’s pure perfection.

3. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake

I know, I know, I shouldn’t.  I mean, it’s Drake.  But this song is my jam.  And Drake totally won we over after his recent hosting gig on SNL.  He kind of killed (in a good way) the first half of the show.  Just please don’t make me listen to “Started From the Bottom” ever again.

4. “In My Life” by the Beatles

I’m still in Beatles mode from last Sunday’s tribute.  The lyrics of this song pull at my heartstrings so hard.  I wish so bad that Joey was a Beatles fan, because I’d certainly consider this for a first dance song.  I guess I can always hold out for the father/daughter dance, right Dad?

5. “All of Me” by John Legend

I don’t think I will ever tire of hearing John Legend perform this song live.  His voice + the lyrics = love song perfection.

6. “Love on Top” by Beyonce

Or as she’s apparently going by in her new album, Yonce.  If you’re a normal person, you remember her singing this before announcing to the world she was pregnant.  If you’re Joey, you remember me singing this in the living room and getting embarrassingly into it as the song builds and builds and builds.  It’s a winner either way.

7. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

If you tell me you’ve never belted this out in the car by yourself with the volume turned as loud as it can go, you’re lying.

8. “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake

Joey claims that this is his favorite JT song…EVER!  Not so sure I’d take it all the way there, but I definitely think it’s good.

9. “I Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher

Back before buying a song was as easy as grabbing your phone and hitting the iTunes button, I used to anxiously wait for the oldies station my mom always listened to to play this song.  Which wasn’t often.  But when it did happen, I was definitely in my happy place.  “Then put your little hand in mine.  There ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb.”

10. “St. Patrick’s Day” by John Mayer

It basically kills me that it wasn’t easier for me to find a real “love song” by my favorite of artists.  Please ignore that the real message of this one is “Let’s be in love till all the holidays are over,” and just enjoy it for how pretty it sounds 😛

11. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele

Yes, I know this is originally a Bob Dylan song so I will have to credit him with the beautiful lyrics, but it in my very important opinion, Adele’s version is better.  Her voice just oozes that desperate and raw emotion that the lyrics are after.  I feel your love, Adele!

12. “Nothing Compares to You” by Sinead O’Connor

The baldness, the tear, the emotion.  The end.

13. Emmylou by First Aid Kit

This song comes up all the time on the Civil Wars iPhone Radio station I’m constantly listening to and I find it so so beautiful.

14. “Something” by the Beatles

I know, another Beatles song, but hear me out.  This is my favorite Beatles song.  Ever ever ever.  It’s that opening line, it’s that George Harrison wrote it, it’s that middle verse (“I don’t knoooow, I don’t know) and it’s that epic guitar solo.  It doesn’t get better than this.

Wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!