Weekend Things

This weekend felt weird!  By all accounts — one last Rockies game/win, leaf peeping, seeing Hustlers (!!!), extreme Sunday productivity, yoga and Sunday wing night — it was eventful and fun but look, we are leaving for a two week Italian vacation on Thursday, so I can’t say I didn’t feel a bit distracted.

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Oy, this Rockies season!  It wasn’t our best (or really our worst), but we went out on top by sweeping a playoff-bound Milwaukee Brewers team.  Also, one last trip to Biker Jim’s.  I was just two dogs from trying them ALL this season!  If you care, I’d rank them (best to worst) as follows: Elk Jalapeno Cheddar, All Beef (surprisingly good!), Louisiana Red Hots, Bacon Cheddar, Southwest Buffalo, Rattlesnake Pheasant, Vegan, Wild Boar, Jack-a-Lope, German Veal, Chicken Peach (never again).  Mostly I learned that most of those dogs are like way smaller than that bun.  Can’t we get a better-fitting bun??  Also, the real MVP is the Biker Jim’s “Classic” topping of caramelized onions and cream cheese!

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Took so long for the leaves to change this year that I almost thought we might miss it entirely but it was “peak” this weekend, so we made a plan to head to Kenosha to maybe hike, or maybe just drive through.  We got up there later than usual and it was PACKED!!!  But if you just drive up a bit, past the parking lot, you basically have the trail to yourself.  We drove up for a while then found the exact same spot to park as last year, where we ate lunch and hey, we remembered a fork this time around!  Can I just say how wonderful it is to be able to drive just a few hours to see these stunning sights and breathe that fresh mountain air?  There’s nothing like it!

Back at home, we had our groceries delivered while we parked it on the couch and watched Snatch.  Such is life in 2019!  It was my first time watching this movie and wow, I definitely laughed at the some of the stylistic choices — namely that heist scene at the beginning — but I did appreciate it as a piece of film culture.  I also feel like I’ll probably forget the plot by tomorrow and mainly just remember that crazy accent Brad Pitt is doing.

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A movie I’ll not soon forget?  HUSTLERS!  Guys, it’s good, it’s so so good!  Not only does Jennifer Lopez look INCREDIBLE but she is just in full control of this performance and she makes it look EFFORTLESS.  I know it seems like the story of a group of female strippers conning men, but at its heart, it’s the story of a relationship between two women and it’s goddamn beautiful.  It also says a lot about money and power, but you’re having so much fun that none of it feels forced or boring.

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Sunday started with breakfast at Portside — I have a love-hate relationship with this place because I love sitting out on their little patio and the food is really good but man, house made almond milk always tastes so bad to me and it smells floral in an extremely funereal way in there and I do NOT love it.  After, I prepped some wings for dinner (!!!), made salads for the week, cleaned the bathroom, picked up lunch and some new mascara and packed for our vacation!  I feel so proud of myself!!!  I want to pretend I am a totally chill and laid back person, but vacation in general, and especially one that involves a nine and a half our flight and a country that speaks a different language, makes me feel a little panicky.  I’m hoping being mostly packed means I won’t wake up in the middle of the night thinking about the stuff I don’t want to forget to put in my suitcase for the rest of the week 😛  I think I feel ready!

I even had time to make it to yoga and wow, it felt so good!  The Cowboys played the Saints on Sunday night football and while I still can’t get behind the idea of football, I can TOTALLY get behind the idea of football food and there’s nothing better than not paying attention to the game and instead digging into a plate of wings.  Plus, these were REALLY GOOD and I straight up LOVED this miso roasted cauliflower.  A+ evening, even though the Cowboys lost.  I am going to do my best to keep my head in the game work-wise for the next three days but it already feels so hard!

Weekend Things

It is that part of the summer where I keep wondering if it’s the last time this year that I’ll get to do a lot of things.  “Is this the last time I get to go for a morning bike ride?”  “Is this the last time we get to eat dinner outside?”  “Is this the last time I buy peaches??”  It’s bittersweet but I mostly feel okay about just savoring these last summertime moments, knowing a new season with it’s own thrills is waiting just around the corner.

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Guys, I’m like four dogs away from trying all of the options at Biker Jim’s and… I sort of never want to eat a hot dog again.  I might find renewed strength in the next few days, but I might also just call it good enough.  I did like the bacon cheddar dog though!  Afterward, it was the PERFECT weather night at Coors Field and we won 🙂

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Saturday morning, we biked over to Maria Empanada to grab breakfast and then walked it over to the Platte to eat along the river.  I saw Tony Wolters walking his dog as we biked over and was so excited.  Joey didn’t even notice him!  Joey’s chorizo empanada was way better than my egg and potato (duh, Lauren) but he let me have the last few bites, so I guess it’s true love.  Afterward, we ordered our groceries online and this outing went from fun and carefree to hot and stressful very quickly.

We spent the afternoon at Becca and Andrea’s birthday party, then headed home to tend to our pup and watch Bad Times at the El Royale.  It wasn’t necessarily bad but it also wasn’t good.  Worth it just to hear Cynthia Erivo sing though!

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Sunday started when I groggily walked back from the bathroom with my eyes half open and proceeded to drop my glass of water onto my nightstand, where both my phone and a pile of library books were sitting.  That’ll wake you up!  But despite that rude awakening, the rest of the day was actually pretty perfect.  Joey said he wanted to wake up and drink coffee on our deck, so we did just that, then read for a bit and it was basically my favorite thing ♥

I made salads for us while the Cowboys game was on, then we headed to the Pedestrian Shop to buy some new shoes for our trip to Italy and it was a success!  I dropped Joey off then headed to yoga and back at home, we made this dinner that I’d been wanting for weeks.  Ate it outside and it was all I wanted and more!  I hope your weekend was good 🙂