For once I tried to not plan a single thing last weekend just to see what would happen. I did ask Regina to come over Friday evening on Thursday, and for me, this is very last-minute planning. Luckily she said yes, and we drank Autumn Russians to our hearts’ content. I tend to eyeball this recipe, but basically you just mix half milk with half Rumchata (however much you want), with a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey and a shot of Pumpkin Spice Vodka. Serve it over ice, and it’s good to go. I have yet to disappoint anyone with my made-from-scratch concoction.


The next morning, Keegan asked if I wanted to go to the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Colorado Springs (technically referred to as the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off) and I’m like “Umm, yes I want to go!”. I caught wind of the event on Facebook, but figured he wasn’t interested, so it totally worked out. The drive was somewhat lengthy, but what else was there do? I didn’t make any plans.

Unbeknownst to us, the actual balloon festivities began at 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. They weren’t inflated all day as expected, so we arrived at 2:30 to a virtually empty field full of food vendors waiting to serve customers. We decided to bar hop with Buddy around Colorado Springs from one dog-friendly porch to another to kill 4 hours of time.

We booked it back to the park at 7:15 and made it just in the nick of time. Had we been late, we would’ve missed the entire finale. They lit up the balloons for 15 minutes, and that was it. What a long-ass day for a whopping 15 minutes! But it was fun nonetheless. Saturday served as a reminder to go with the flow as we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Colorado Springs. It kind of felt like the Midwest version of Chattanooga.

First stop: Southside Johny’s followed by a trip to Nosh.






Sunday, we took it easy and grilled on the patio. We attempted Juicy Lucy’s for the first time ever, and they turned out absolutely perfect. While I seasoned and constructed the burgers, Keegan took it upon himself to do the grilling. Between the two of us, the effort was worth it. These burgers might take the cake for my favorite spur of the moment summer recipe.

Romantic dinner for two

And last but not least, we chilled on Monday, as well. We played video games, worked on the yard and paid a trip to Happy Life Gardens to see the goats. I also caught up with Kimmi yesterday evening in Erie, Colorado. Yet again, we found another quintessential mountain town. Apparently Erie resides outside of Longmont, and she might move there soon, which would be awesome! We had drinks and pizza at Echo Brewing, and their Fennel Sausage satisfied my pork craving.

The cutest goats ever!!

All in all, it was an awesome weekend. But this upcoming weekend shall be absolutely epic. And that’s all I can say about that, for now.