Weekend Things

Well aside from listening to “Dynamite” a billion times, I’m delighted to report I did more than take pictures of my dog all weekend. We got the nursery about 80% done, ate a lot of take out and watched I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I’m feeling so happy about it all (except that last part, which has me feeling like I’ll never sleep again 😬). I can’t wait to show you!

Also, both Hannah and Becca had their babies last week and I have so loved getting their updates and seeing pictures of those sweet babies ❤❤❤❤

We’d been craving wings for a while so we got take out from Fire on the Mountain and those fries were on point! Back inside, we started I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. Scary things in general and true crime specifically are NOT my thing but I’d heard this series was good, so we decided to give it a go.

Two episodes later and this little puppy was wiped out! 😂😍

Guys, breakfast is a struggle lately! You know I usually LOVE breakfast but every morning lately I wake up and nothing sounds good! We agonized over what to make and ultimately decided to pick something up from Stowaway. I really miss eating there and I really miss ordering something with poached eggs 😋

I forgot to mention that our rocking chair and ottoman were deliv!ered on Friday and though we’d had this set picked out for MONTHS, it wasn’t until the delivery was scheduled that we thought to measure our super narrow stairway and IT WAS TOO SMALL!!!! We hoped we were maybe wrong or that the chair cushions might squish enough to fit but no. We were in a slight panic but Chad and Lori came over on Saturday and suggested opening up the covering on the bottom of the chair to take the rockers off (I’m definitely not familiar enough with how furniture is put together to have thought of this) and it fit no problem. I cannot even tell you how relieved and happy I felt!!!! Also, it’s so beautiful and comfortable. Andi and I spent a lot of time sitting in it this weekend ❤

Look what else came… our wallpaper! Not going to lie, we definitely thought about backing out on this project many times during the month between when we ordered it and when it came, but then we decided to go for it, so Joey started it up on Saturday. I can’t say I helped physically, but I did keep him company 😋 He got it all up by Saturday night, so it would just need to be trimmed come Sunday. I made us steak fajita bowls for dinner and we hit two more episodes of our show. I’ll tell you what, I could definitely have done without that audio of the Golden State Killer saying “I’m gonna kill you” that they played something like 5 times!!! 😱

Sunday started with yogurt bowls in the backyard. Have I mentioned we’ve had something like seven consecutive 90 degree days?? Combine that with smoky air from wildfires and being outside has not exactly been a joy. We try to keep it to early morning and evenings, but it is still hot!

Afterward, Joey finished up the wallpaper and I LOVE IT!!!! He did such a good job and I’m so grateful. We accidentally broke the second picture frame for the right side, so after this (and delivery from Illegal Pete’s for lunch!) we headed to Michael’s to pick up another and now we just need our Winnie the Pooh prints to come, so we can fill them. The other side of the room needs a few things and then I can unveil that side too 😊

We took the rest of the day easy and just had leftovers, watched Big Brother and finished our show. I SOBBED over Michelle McNamara (or more specifically, her daughter Alice) but I thought this show was really well done and I love how it focused (and ended) on the survivors. Please tell me what you did this weekend!

Recently Consume

A list of things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

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Avocado Toast

Please do not ask me how many times I ate avocado toast while we were in San Diego.  When in Rome Cali, right??  But actually, the trend started before that, at home, and smashing avo on top a piece of toast with a dash of nutritional yeast, a sprinkle of salt and a swish of olive oil is a pretty amazing low-maintenance breakfast.

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Tin Man by Sarah Winman

I read this for book club last month and devoured it in a matter of days.  Which isn’t saying all that much because it’s fairly short, but what I’m really trying to say it that I adored it.  Prose that’s paired down, neat and concise and able to say so much by saying so little is my absolute favorite and Sarah Winman does it MASTERFULLY.  I was blown away by how quickly and effortlessly she endears you to the characters.  So much of this book is truly heartbreaking but there are so many tender moments of love, friendship and compassion too.  I hope, if you read it, you love it as much as I did.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This is my favorite book.  Ever!  Which leaves big shoes for the movie adaptation to fill, but I’m happy to report that I mostly really liked it.  Lily James was charming and though Michiel Huisman is handsomer than I had pictured Dawsey, I didn’t mind it.  I super didn’t care for the hostility they wrote into Mrs. Maugery’s character (one of the most touching parts of the book is how instantly accepting the Guernsey characters are of Juliet) but 10 minutes in, Joey announced that he’d be reading the book and it meant more to me than he’ll ever know ♥

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Cashew Yogurt

Gosh, this Cashew Yogurt (which it totally not yogurt and I feel weird about calling it that but hey, I didn’t name the recipe!) reminds me of something but I can’t place on my finger on what.  That frosting that comes with Toaster Strudel perhaps??  Anyway, I made some a couple of weeks ago and ate it every day straight for a week.  I am a major cashew lover so the flavor was so so good to me.  Need to make another batch!

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The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah

I enjoyed The Nightingale so I figured I’d give another Kristen Hannah novel a try aaaaand, I didn’t totally love it.  I’ve read a few novels that had sort of an arctic setting and look, I’m sure it’s truly beautiful but I haven’t seen it with my own eyes and I’m NOT into cold weather so I think half the appeal of these types of books is lost on me right there.  The plot of this one is also sort of dramatic in a very predictable way, though I will say her writing is lovely.  So I guess I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I really wanted to love this movie and parts of it were cute and fun but mostly I didn’t find it believable that this adorable and completely normal girl wouldn’t have friends and I was really put off by how the good-looking, athletic, popular guy got the girl.  Totally deserving because his life seemed so unfair up until then…  Also, I felt misled by the trailer because most of the guys she writes loves letters to are basically non-entities.  Anyway, the younger sister was amazing!  (P.S. I listened to a podcast this week and the two women in it had the exact opposite opinion of everything I just said.)

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Bubbly Rose Health-Ade Kombucha

Took a little booch brew break while we were on vacation so I had to hit the store and left with this pretty bottle that tasted just as lovely.

And that’s it for this time!  It’s Friday and we’re thinking of taking a stroll through RiNo to see the all the fresh street art plus a trip to the Farmers’ Market and another drive to the mountains.  How about you?!