We anticipated being busy from the get-go during this long holiday weekend, so Future Husband and I made sure to build in some couple time, between the comedy, kabobs and holiday festivities with family and friends. Long holiday weekends are always fun, because friends who have fled Rochester for bright lights and big cities come back home.
It had been particularly hard to get out of a work state of mind when I got out Friday afternoon, but after enjoying a delicious Napa Valley salad at Napa Wood-Fired Pizza with my parents and the evening of laughs amidst loved ones, I finally started to feel like myself again. The pre- and post-event catch-up with my parents was particularly therapeutic, because what better people are there in the world are there to assure you that everything is going to be okay?
Future Husband’s Three Guys Walk into a Bar comedy show on Friday night at Boulder Coffee Company went remarkably well, and it was great to catch up with old friends we hadn’t seen in years after the show. I think it’s fair to say that the best way to put the bounce back into your step is by surrounding yourself with good friends.
The Saturday sun emerged just before Jimmy and I headed out to Magnolia’s to meet a college friend for lunch, so we got our share of Vitamin D for the day, sitting outside for lunch and then delighting in an early dinner (or dunch, as we so aptly named it) on Tap and Mallet‘s back porch. (I justified the early dinner date after Vin and I had raced to beat an incoming storm on our four-mile trek.) Our favorite neighborhood pub had just switched up their menu for the summer season, with lots more vegetarian options like the veggie burger — packed with chopped veggies, quinoa, garlic veganaise and Bibb lettuce on a homemade bun — which came with a nice, light white bean-garlic salad. Future Husband had the asian short rib sandwich.
We had our inaugural ice cream cone on the ledge of the South Wedge clock, before heading home to our pup and a viewing of “Wet Hot American Summer” — an homage to the joys and awkwardness of summer camp by the comedic group the State, which I recommend you check out, if you haven’t already. (Here’s a great review of the movie from the A.V. Club.)
What does today hold in store for us? An early trip to Wegmans to pick up some groceries and ingredients for kabobs. I pulled the recipe from Cooks.com and it looks pretty veggilicious.
GRILLED VEGETABLE KABOBS
2 zucchini, cut into 2″ chunks
2 yellow squash, cut into 2″ chunks
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, cleaned2 red and green bell peppers, cut into 2″ chunks
2 medium red onions, cut into wedges
2 ears sweet corn, cut into 2″ chunks
16 whole cherry tomatoes
8 ounces teriyaki sauce
Wash vegetables except mushrooms. Brush mushrooms clean. Prepare vegetables according to recipe. Cook corn in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Toss vegetables in teriyaki sauce. Thread vegetables onto skewers. Place on grill over medium-hot heat. Baste occasionally with teriyaki sauce. Grill 20 minutes or until tender.Serving Size: 8
The weather is behaving thus far *knock on wood* for my buddy’s barbecue, which I’ll bring the ingredients over for later today. Tonight, it’s more comedy with old and new friends, since Future Husband is hosting tonight’s Boulder Open Mic Comedy. (If you’re in the area, come on down! — I figured I had to throw one shameless plug in there.) Then it’s family time with Future Husband’s clan, which is always a good time, and back to the work week Tuesday. It’s funny to think about how busy we’ve been, because this has always been one of those slow-paced nowhere to go holidays. This weekend is turning out to be incredibly rejuvenating though, and I’m reminded again that with good friends, a fantastic family and the company of the guy I love, there’s not much more I could really ask for.