The Weekend Review

The Weekend Review

I hope you guys had great weekends! We sure did. Saturday started out with archery lessons. Yes, you heard that right. I got to pretend to be Katiness for a little while, and it was so much fun!  Few of you probably know that I’ve like archery ever since seventh grade P.E. when we had an archery unit in class. Granted, I think that was probably the last time that I picked up a bow, but I was still pretty excited when I picked up a Groupon for lessons a few months ago. Also, I was pretty good at it back then, and was curious if I was still any good. So, off to Pacific Archery we went.

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That’s a lot of aarows.

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Pretty bows.

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Squint. Aim. Shoot.

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We both ended up with a few bullseyes, and a new favorite thing to go do when we’re bored! Guaranteed we’re going to do this again. And don’t tell my husband, but I kind  of love that I am as good at this as he is.

Next up is Sunday and an impromptu trip to San Jose. And, not just any trip, but a trip to see the Ducks play some ball!  We were lucky enough to score tickets to the Round of 32 NCAA Mens Basketball tournament game with the Oregon Ducks playing St. Louis.  March Madness!!  Granted, I don’t follow Oregon basketball with nearly the same amount of enthusiasm as I follow Oregon football, but I was still really psyched to see the game. Plus, WE WON!  They’re now off to the Sweet Sixteen in Indiana to play #1 seed Louisville. We’ll see how long our luck can last. Go Ducks!

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Quarryhill Botanical Garden

This past weekend we drove up to the Quarryhill Botanical Garden, just outside of Sonoma. I had purchased a half off admission for two deal from Groupon, and we figured this was as good a weekend as any to use it. Boy, did we poorly plan this grand idea. It didn’t occur to either of us to actually check the weather before we left. Genius, I know.  So, even though it was beautiful up in Glen Ellen, it was also very very HOT. I’m talkin’ 95 degrees hot.  Both of us were in jeans, I was in leather boots (and not the practical hiking kind), and neither of us had our CamelBak’s. Though, Tim does keep a spare can of sunscreen in the back of his car, so we lucked out there. Needless to say, It made for a hot, sweaty, and thirsty hike through the hilly garden grounds. We may have drank some questionable, brown hued water from a spigot in the middle of the gardens along the way, but hey, we were thirsty! Despite our discomfort, I did manage to get some pics of the gardens.

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The Weekend Review

What a great Labor Day weekend!  We didn’t spend it barbequing in the park, but it was equally glutenous. The weekend started at both In-N- Out, AND Krispy Kreme.  Yes, we did actually go to them both, one after the other.

I do feel the need to explain that this is not, let me repeat NOT a regular occurrence for us. But since they are both in the same parking lot we figured that we would kill two birds with one stone, or perhaps more accurately, clog two hearts with one grease laden burger. But gosh was it good. Doesn’t it look good?

Then it was off to the deYoung art museum.  It just so happens that on certain days of the month you can get free entry to the museum just for showing them your Bank of America debit or credit card. We’d been to the museum before, but figured free entry was worth another tour. They actually do this for museums all over the US.  If you bank with B of A, here’s the link to the website so you can see what museums you can get into for free.

Want some giant glass fruit?

I like looking at paintbrush strokes up close. I wish I could paint!

And lastly, this is Tim’s semi staged response to wandering around The deYoung…

Then we were off to my favorite part of Saturday. Can you guess what it was?  Saturday was GAME DAY! Yep, the Ducks were playing Arkansas State. We went to a local bar where they have U of O alumni watch parties of the games and had a good time watching the green and yellow slaughter Arkansas State.  The score was  50-3 at the half, if that gives you any idea of what happened.  So really, it was just about drinking a lot of beer and eating salami sandwiches while watching the ducks have a practice session.

Sunday was pretty low key. After such a busy Saturday we didn’t do much more then sit at home and play video games and sleep.

We rounded out the long weekend with a trip down the coast through Pacific City and Half Moon Bay.  Naturally we had to bookend our glutenous weekend with a stop in Pacific City at Gorilla Barbeque.  This place has been on Diner’s Drive-In’s and Dives on the Food Network, and is well worth a stop if you’re ever in the area. They claim that “if we’re smokin’, we’re open,” and we’ve never been there when there wasn’t a crowd.

So that’s it!  How did you guys spend your Labor Day weekends?

 

The Weekend Review

Hi Friends! I hope you all had fantastic, relaxing and fun weekends like we sure did. I love weekends where nothing important or required gets done (except maybe tidying up the apartment). It’s nice every once in a while to just chill out and do only the things you really want to do! Here’s a little walk through our weekend…

While The Mister slept off a long work week, I started off Saturday bright and early with a trip to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Here’s what I came home with. A bouquet of pretty dahlias. A jar of lemon curd for no good reason at all. Raspberries, strawberries and a lemon for quick jam making (I’ll post the recipe a little later this week). And, ingredients for awesome sandwiches: Rustic sandwich rolls from Acme Bread Company, cow’s milk cheese from Cowgirl Creamery (I normally go for their Devil’s Gulch variety, but it was out of season, so not this time), Brown Sugar and Fennel Salami from Boccalone Salumeria, some random green leafy vegis which I forgot the name of, and a little organic red onion. Add a little mustard and you have a marvelous lunch!

As previously mentioned, next up on the weekend agenda was Strawberry Raspberry Vanilla Quick Jam making. I made this while Tim played Super Mario Brothers on Wii. It has to be the easiest, recipe ever! We ate this, once chilled, drizzled over pound cake with a little lemon curd on the side for desert. Amazing, is all I have to say about that.

Finally, we rounded out Saturday with a trip to Best Buy to….wait for it….buy The Hunger Games of course. Yes, it came out on Saturday. Yes, I dragged Tim out to buy it. Yes, we watched it. And yes, I really am that much of a nerd. I can’t wait for the next in the series to hit theaters.

Now on to Sunday. Sunday started early for me. Are you starting to sense a trend? The cats have total meltdowns if not fed by 6:30 am most days, so seeing as how I was up at that hour I took it as a great chance to catch up on my weekend reading pile. In the pile this weekend: Faithful Place by Tana French, a canning and preserving cookbook/guide, my camera’s manual, and the West Elm catalogue.

Next up on Sunday’s agenda? Golden Gate Fields for a little horse racing! You guys probably know by now that Tim and I love horse racing, and this weekend was the opening weekend for the summer meet, so naturally we planned to go. My strategy for picking horses has always been to make my initial picks based of which horses I like the look of, and then look at the odds. Yep, I pick horses because they’re pretty, or tall and lean, or because they just look like they want to go out there and win a race.  This was a perfect formula for the eighth race. A gorgeous dark brown gal named Pleasing Sunrise was circling the viewing area before the race, and every time she rounded the corner she looked right at me. Flat out starred me down. It was kinda like she was saying “come on, bet on me, I’m gonna go out there and kick some ass.” It didn’t seem to matter to me that her odds were 23-1. That horse looked right at me, you bet I was gonna put some money on her. So I placed my bet. I made a $12 exacta box bet with her, and three other of my favorites to come in first or second in any order. And, I’ll be damned if that long-shot horse didn’t launch a last minute affront out of nowhere at the tale end of the race and ended up finishing second. Add that to another of my picks, a 6-1 named Koby Jo coming in first, and I walked away from that race with a nice $128 payout! Not a bad day at the races.

And what weekend, or any day of the week for that matter, would be complete without having to yell at Annie a good ten times throughout the day to “GET OFF THE TABLE!” She never listens to me, but you better believe she listens to Tim. Aparently the tone of his voice conveys a more urgent sense of doom then mine does…

And, there you have it! What fun things did you guys do this weekend?