Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Week Re-Cap


Serena snapped this photo of me and...clearly I walk with purpose.
Mid-week seems wild today. I've been having a chaotic May...visited Austin, went to Portland last week, heading to Steamboat Springs this week and now I'm headed to the east coast next week...then Julia comes to visit and we're going to Wyoming. So...chaos. But it has all been fun chaos! And there are so many exciting things happening, which is amazing but it is really hard not to feel overwhelmed. There will be more to come about the insane life changes happening for me in the future but not going to share them until they are real. ANYWAYS, here are a few photos from my trip to Portland to visit Serena. We had a lovely time and Portland was beautiful. I've decided to do a write-up of everything we did later this week but wanted to go ahead and share a few images here. How are you? Have you been to Portland?

While it rained almost the whole time, I got to break in my Hunters & I kind of loved it.
These pink dicots were insane.

Beautiful pastries at Petite Provence.



A lovely stroll through Laurelhurst Park.

Carl the Cactus!!

One of the best meals I've had in a while.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Guide to Denver Farmers Markets, 2022

 

The Denver metro area has almost 30 farmers markets taking place throughout the week each summer through fall. They sell everything from fresh produce to artisanal items like woven baskets, pasta and baked goods. Below you'll find my favorites, no I didn't include them all because not all of them are worth visiting, in my opinion. You'll see a TikTok video linked with each so you can see for yourself why I chose these!

SATURDAYS

City Park Farmers Market — Saturdays 8am-1pm May 14–Oct. 29

Union Station Farmers Market — Saturdays 9am–1pm, June 4–Sept. 10

Longmont Farmers Market — Saturdays 8am-1pm, April 2–Nov. 19

SUNDAYS

Highlands Ranch Farmers Market — Sundays 10am-2pm, May 1–Oct. 30

People + Produce at Bellview Station — Sundays 9am-1pm, June 5–Oct.2

Parker Farmers Market — Sundays 8am-1pm, May 8–Oct.

THURSDAYS

Park Hill Farm + Flea — Thursdays 4pm–8pm

OTHER FARMERS MARKETS

(visited but didn't love)
Southwest Plaza Farmers Market — Saturdays, 8am-2pm, April 30–Oct. 29 (see TikTok)
Louisville Farmers Market — Saturdays 9am-1pm, May 14–Oct.15 (see TikTok)
Broomfield Farmers Market — Tuesdays 4-7 pm, June 14–Sept. (see TikTok)
Littleton Farmers Market — Wednesdays 10am-2pm, June 15–Sept. 28 (see TikTok)
Green Valley Ranch Market — Wednesdays 5-8pm, June 1–Aug. 31 (see TikTok)
 South University Market — Fridays 10am-2pm, May 6–Oct. 28 (see TikTok)

Monday, May 9, 2022

Monday Links


Happy Monday!

Mi Tierra is my favorite restaurant in San Antonio.

Preppy style never really leaves but it seems to be coming back with a vengeance for summer.

Love this reading room.

This house is so colorful, I love it.

Currently loving "Under the Banner of Heaven."

One of my favorite Colorado breweries is opening downtown, also meet the Jamaican-inspired brewery in Denver.

These inn-by-inn hiking trips seem so cool.

23 abortion funds to donate to as you freak about about the news.

And here are 101 ways to get outside with the the weight of the news gets to be too much.

This book looks like a fun summer read.

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Week Re-Cap


Yes, it is Thursday but with Monday night's news I didn't have it in me to write this. And to be honest I still don't, but here are some photos.

Fuel & Iron just opened in downtown Denver.

Live Oak Brewing

We went to the opening of the Moody Center to see Willie Nelson & George Strait.




Saturday brunch at Hillside Farmacy


Yep.

Did a lil hat shoppin'.

Pinthouse Pizza
Drove out to Wild Bunch Brewing in Red Rock, Texas.


Had a lovely dinner at the Red Rock Saloon.




Gingerbread chocolate chip pancakes
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Roe.

Oof.

As I watched the Met Gala and got the first news about the leaked draft opinion, I thought "this can't be real." As a person who owns a uterus I am disgusted, as we all are. But at the same time, once the initial shock of the 67-page piece of garbage settled in, I realized I wasn't all that surprised. The right has been playing the long game when it comes to reproductive health (or lack thereof). Reproductive-People of Color have warned us for years that this was coming. And us white uterus-owners didn't listen. And now here we are, on the precipice of terror. The last few years have been a nightmare, but good god, this is a fresh hell. Yesterday I took some time off work to deal with my mental struggles around this, but I know many cannot afford to do so. I donated to Yellowhammer, but I know so many can't afford to do so. I want to wield my privilege in the most impactful way and will continue to research how to do so.

I'm scared. Your scared. We're all scared. But, we still have fight left in us. And I'm not letting the work that Sarah Weddington (and countless others) did go in vain. If you have the ability, please donate to one of the pro-choice supporting organizations below. If you know of other ways I can help, please let me know.

Finally I highly recommend this essay on how Black feminists defined abortion rights >>

ABORTION DONATIONS

Yellowhammer Fund


West Fund

Carolina Abortion Fund


Indigenous Women Rising


West Virginia Free Choice Fund


Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund


Kentucky Health Justice Network


Missouri Abortion Fund


Arkansas Abortion Support Network


South Dakota Access for Every Woman


North Dakota Women in Need


New Orleans Abortion Fund


Access Reproductive Care-Southeast


Roe Fund


Fund Texas Choice


Blue Ridge Abortion Fund


Chelsea's Fund

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Everything I Read in April 2022

Well, this was an interesting month. I had requested my book club pick back in March and...I still don't have it! So, I will be reading that as soon as I get it and I've already started on May's book in the meantime.

How the Finch Stole Christmas

I adore the Meg Langslow series but I hadn't read one in a while, so it was so nice to go back to her small town in Virginia. I even got another Christmas-themed book from Donna Andrews to read in May because I enjoyed it so much. They are just such easy reads — oh and this one included a shout-out to my hometown, so that was wild. 

Make it Ahead

I love the Barefoot Contessa but I had never read one of her cookbooks, which feels so wrong. But, I finally did! Is it the book for me? Probably not. She uses a lot of ingredients that aren't my favorites, but  it was still a fun read.

She The People

Okay, I have read a ton of feminist books in my day (and will continue to do so), but this is one of the best I've read in a while. I learned so much! For instance, let's stop saying "rule of thumb" because back in the day a man in Massachusetts could beat his wife as long as the implement was less thick than his thumb...SO NO. I highly recommend.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I am finally done with the Harry Potter series! I have a lot of mixed feelings about the books right now, and if I wanted children I would feel conflicted about letting them read it. There's so much racism and hate involved...I'm not sure. But I did enjoy listening to them.

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Favorite Denver Tradition: Littleton Crabapple Route


Each April the crabapple trees begin to bloom in Littleton, Colorado and it is one of my favorite traditions to take the seven-mile walk to see them. It kind of reminds me of the cherry blossom trees in D.C. They were planted more than 40 years ago as part of a city beautification project and now more than 7,000 of the bright-pink flowering trees exist in people's yards. You can drive or walk following the signs (I've included a map of the route below). It's so pretty and a great way to get outside. They stop blooming pretty quickly, so you need to get your visit as soon as you see the blossoms. I highly recommend adding this to your Denver bucket list.