Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Last Weekend: Breweries, Movies, Mountains

Last weekend wasn't as productive as I would have liked in that I didn't set-up my new bookcases or make the frittata I was hoping to, but it was fulfilling in other ways in that we spent a lot of time with friends and got out to enjoy our fabulous Colorado winter weather. So, overall, I can't complain!

Friday night Andy and I went out with Kevin to Copper Kettle brewery, which isn't too far from our houses. And Saturday, Shelly and I went to the matinee showing of "Hidden Figures" and out for a couple beers afterwards to chat about it. If you haven't seen the movie yet, drop what you're doing right now and go see it - you'll thank me! When I got home, Andy and I cooked dinner and agreed on a lazy movie night and disagreed on movie choice until finally agreeing on "O Brother Where Art Thou".

Andy and I headed out for a Sunday morning hike in the foothills of Boulder. It's so muddy on the trails right now as the temperature is rising and the snow is melting! So we ended up doing a hike we'd done before since the trail we wanted to try was closed due to conditions. But hey, no complaints! There's not a bad view! Since we were already up in Boulder, we decided to head to some breweries, and meet up with our friends Mark & Devon.

Not as cool of an action shot as I was hoping, but here's Andy rinsing his muddy boot in a stream.

Girl Scouts were selling cookies at the brewery. They made a lot of money.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Friday Photos [1.27.17]

Here are some photos from Andy & my week:

Andy made us chili and I made us grilled cheese on Monday, and we enjoyed them in front of the movie "Sully".

We went to Ikea. We bought some mirrors.

Cool old firehouse in downtown Niwot (Niwot is right outside of Boulder).

I brought Andy out to dinner Thursday night to Phoenician Kabob, a middle eastern restaurant in our neighborhood.

Andy's fancy drink at the Bistro in Stapleton.

And lastly, a couple more pictures from the Women's March from the other weekend. First one of me and my ladies because we're best when we help each other up, and second one of the gentlemen holding our purses so we could take our picture because no march is complete or as influential as when your allies show up, too <3


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Last Weekend: Katie's Naessens in Town, Women's March

Last weekend my dear friend from college, Katie, was in town from Washington DC! She flew in to flee the madness of the inauguration, and to spend the weekend with Andy and me and a few other friends of hers (who, conveniently, are some of Andy my closest friends in Denver).

Katie and I visited and toured the Molly Brown House on Friday afternoon. It's a historic home in the Cap Hill neighborhood (two blocks from the capitol) built in the early 1900's. At one point, it was lived in by Margaret Brown, who is the famous "Unsinkable Molly Brown" from the Titanic, though I was in awe on the tour as I was learning of all she did in her life other than riding on the Titanic!

Not at the Molly Brown House! This is at a brewery watching our friend Jon Ham play some tunes.

On Saturday, Andy and I went to the Women's March in Denver with Katie, Shelly, Heather, Noah, Noah's mom and dad, and Katy. In Denver, the march started in Civic Center Park right by the capitol, and the route went through the downtown. They estimate 100,000+ people showed up in Denver to march, and it sure as hell felt like it! So many beautiful nasty women and bad hombres <3

We're stronger together. If anyone was still wondering the purpose of the march, there's one reason right there. We're stronger together.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Winter Holiday Celebrations in 2016

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. All three holidays feel so significant, and all happen at once! I love the traditions and social aspect of the holidays, and so look forward to the unique celebrations each bring. Andy and I fully embrace each holiday, and enjoy spoiling ourselves with family and friends time during the winter holidays!

For Thanksgiving, Andy and I hosted a Friendsgiving at our house in Denver.

I was really proud of my table decorations.

So much food! Salads, dill bread, turkey...

candied carrots, green bean casserole, stuffing, mac & cheese, salmon, rolls...

...ham, mashed potatoes. Not pictured: beer, wine, whiskey.

My pescitarian, gluten-free Thanksgiving plate has never been so full!

Andy and I walked to Station 26 on Black Friday (#optoutside) for their beer release event.


The month of December is pretty much one Christmas celebration after another. Funkwerks, where I work, has two big parties in the month, and Andy and I soak up as much Denver Christmas cheer as we can before we go back to the Midwest to celebrate Christmas Eve and Day with my family.

Funkwerks Christmas party white elephant gift exchange.

Alex was determined to be the proud owner of the two sweatshirts with the brewery owner's face on it.

He was relentless, and successful!, in his pursuit. 

We visited the Christkindl Market and beer hall before watching the downtown Parade of Lights.

The only pictures I got of the Funkwerks 6th anniversary party. My friends made a dance party!

Andy and my annual visit to the Denver Zoo Lights. We wandered into Santa's Workshop and the woman working encouraged us to talk with Santa! We passed ;)

Andy and my Christmas celebration.

On New Years Eve day, Andy and I visited the Colorado History Museum to take in one of the last days of their Awkward Family Photos exhibit. When we got home after our visit, my dear friends Becky, Lina, and Rachel arrived on their road trip from Wisconsin! They came to Denver for ONE DAY to celebrate 2017 with Andy and me <3


Oh yea and we went to Spangalang brewery after the museum.  

Ella was spoiled rotten by our dog-loving friends!

Post-ball dropping, pre-J.Lo sing along.

A sunny New Years Day hike in Golden!


Phew. Even reflecting back on the holidays is exhausting. Delightfully, lovingly exhausting. No wonder we need almost 11 months to prepare for them again!