Weekend Things

It’s July!!!  But before we jump into my favorite, birthday-filled, peak summer month, let’s give some recognition to the end of June because it was truly a perfect end of the month weekend ♥

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A Friday night Rockies game that starts with Biker Jim’s and ends with a Dodgers defeat?!  Yes please!  I’m still making my way through the BJ’s menu and ordered the Southwest Buffalo this time around.  Also, they no longer carry my favorite Alaskan Reindeer and I felt personally to blame when they told me it was because it’s on the endangered species list… We maybe skipped out of the game early (I swear it’s always Joey who wants to leave lately!) because it was raining but we got to watch the Rox officially win back at home and YAY!

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Saturday!  And what a good day it was!  We started with a quick bike tune-up (thanks, Joey!) while our pup took in some morning sunshine and then we made our way to the Farmer’s Market ♥  We maybe didn’t even discuss our breakfast plan (which is VERY unlike me) but realized we were starving when we got there so after grabbing two iced coffees we split up to find food.  Joey got a burrito and reported that it was not good but I got a bagel from Woodgrain Bagels (a new fixture at the Union Station FM) and loved it!  I still need to look up what a Montreal-style bagel is though.  Back at home, I harvested a bunch of heads of lettuce (that I made a lunch salad with later on!) and Joey gave Andi a lil haircut (I completed his beauty routine later on by giving him a bath).  Then we hit up the cheese shop for picnic supplies!

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We had tickets to the Shakespeare Festival that night!  We checked and Joey and I hadn’t been together since 2013!  Thankfully, we had perfect pre-show picnic weather and the cheeses we got were really good!  I think my favorite combo is just cheese and dates?  We were maybe already full but pulled out the macarons for dessert.  Joey’s face when he bit into the salted caramel one though!

As for the show — Twelfth Night — we loved it!!!  Yeah yeah with the main characters, but the supporting characters, namely a drunken uncle named Sir Toby Belch and his companion in debauchery, Sir Andrew Aguecheek were a true riot.  Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Shakespeare Fest??  Gosh, SO much!

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We started Sunday at Thump Coffee with toasts (Joey gave me a bite of his avo-cream cheese-dill toast and whoa, I need to recreate that at home!), talk of July and maybe some Italian vacation plans?  We’re pretty serious about it, I think!  Back at home, we knocked out salads for the week in something like half an hour then Joey headed outside for yard work and I made a pie!!!  I’d been wanting to make this strawberry pie for MONTHS but was waiting for real strawberry season and it looked pretty good, if I do say so myself!

I also read for like an hour and a half outside and it felt too good to be true.  Followed it up with Sunday yoga and between that and this little arm workout Joey and I have been doing, my shoulders are actually dead today…

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Guys, we started watching Deadwood and even though I’m so into this Wild West stuff, we had to pause like 10 times and say “wait, what just happened?” so hopefully we become less dumb in the very near future and can understand the plot.  We also made one of our favorite dinners (with radishes from our garden, no less!) and followed it all up with Big Brother and two slices of pie!  Not going to lie, the structural integrity of this pie is extremely questionable.  As in, I cut a piece and basically all the strawberries slid off but no matter, it still tasted good!

July is already off to a good start because we’re headed to Film on the Rocks to watch Top Gun with the family tonight and I could not be more excited!  Hope your July is the best!

Weekend Things: July is here!

I know I could just wait a day and post about our weekend and the actual 4th of July all at once, but what’s the fun in that?

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Joey texted me mid-afternoon on Friday (from his office, 5 steps away…) to say he could be persuaded into leaving early for a happy hour drink/snack.  It wasn’t even on my radar but as soon as he brought it up, I was like “HUDSON HILL!”  Been wanting to try that coffee/cocktail bar for weeks so we pretty much had to, ya know?

The Green Hour is the prettiest of pastel greens and even though it’s not on the HH menu, I really needed to order it.  Probably the creamiest drink in all the land!  Plus pickled okra?!  Can’t pass that up.  Joey isn’t into pickled things quite like I am, but he’s gonna come around, I just know it 🙂

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Back at home, post-hammock hang and garden admiring — I know it sounds like we do that every day, but it’s just because we do that every day! — we real quick made some Blackened Shrimp Tacos and you know when you make something and you’re like “this is good but I think I know how to make them even better next time”?  Had that moment with these tacos.  All ♥ for taco dinner in our backyard though!

P.S. Spent the rest of the night watching the Rockies and I fell asleep on the couch and didn’t even see them win.  Also, it was the second time I fell asleep on the couch during a Rockies game this week…

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Do you even know how excited I get to go to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday?!  Yes, probably you do, but thought I should tell you again.  Biked over and bought… um two mini pies.  And then, because I felt we couldn’t leave without purchasing some actual produce, we snagged some real good-looking snap peas.  Kinda ready for peach/shishito/corn season to be upon us though.

Turned Friday’s taco into Saturday’s salad when we got back home, then had the energy to run a bunch of errands: cheese shop, liquor store, beer supplies, coffee beans.

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And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the annual Shakespeare Festival outing!  We loved our picnic from last year so much that we did it all over again!  And honestly, is there anything better than drinking wine and eating cheese with your mom and your sister?  Answer: NO.

As for the play, I need you to know some things about The Taming of the Shrew.  #1: Shakespeare is my homeboy but this play is so freaking sexist!  It’s basically about submitting to your husband.  Only after suffering enough sleep deprivation and starvation though.  How bout no?  I’ve seen this play twice and the actors can do a lot in the way of body language and line delivery to make the plot less offensive but still.  #2: At the end, the entire cast did a dance together and afterwards, both my mom and my sister turned to me (sitting between them) and said “that was my favorite part!”  #3: 10 Things I Hate About You is still better than the original play 🙂

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Sunday started with a 5-mile run.  Not all that recommended if you went to bed past midnight the night before, but I lived.  Afterwards, we took ourselves to Thump Coffee for breakfast and I did what millenials do best, pay for the kind of toast I could make at home.  Did some adulting afterwards, aka grocery/lunch prep/house cleaning then shifted into R&R mode with the newest 5280 Magazine and a pedicure.  That color is called “Pixie” and I really love it.

To cap off Sunday, we (and the entirety of Denver) headed to City Park Jazz.  We sat further back then in past years because it was PACKED but it meant we could spread out more, plus we could still hear the live band so it was all good.  Replayed Saturday’s picnic spread + hummus and radishes from our garden.  Should have bought another mini pie for dessert but freezer cookies to the rescue!

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And now I’m off to contemplate whether I’m proud or worried that I ate cheese and sausage for dinner two nights in a row and to celebrate the 4th early, with new summer highlights in my hair, hopefully a Rockies win, some Biker Jim’s for dinner and get this, we may even stay for the fireworks tonight!  Wishing you all a happy holiday tomorrow!