(It’s Almost Christmas!) Weekend Things

Hey, let’s not talk about…

How I managed to leave my purse at the brewery we were at on Friday night.  How do you even do that?! #AttackOfTheBlackIPA

How Joey and I are being extra last minute Christmas shoppers this year.  At least we can laugh about how each other’s presents might not make it on time together.

Amy Adams on SNL.  Oh was she the host?  I barely even noticed she was there.

How we made two separate attempts at buying a Denver artisan pie for Christmas Eve.  They were out both times.

How I’m married to this…

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Instead, let’s talk about how I’m in a super good mood because it’s Christmas week (meaning only two days of work!), my weekend was filled with all the things that make my heart happy and maybe (mostly) because I had too much caffeine this morning.

Friday night was spent drinking beer and eating pizza with Bobby and Becca.  Breweries are everywhere so we had no trouble finding a new one to visit.

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On Saturday, I got myself a Christmas manicure.  Okay, the manicure itself was just a regular one, but my nail design was Christmasy.  This probably ranks as the most adventurous thing I’ve ever done with my nails and I love it.

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We also hit up The Source for the first time.  It’s an “artisan food market” inside this cool old brick building and they were having a holiday market this weekend so in addition to the restaurants, bakery, butcher, liquor store, coffee shop and brewery that are permanently there, they had a bunch of other local vendors selling goods.  WHY IS DENVER SO COOL?!

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Saturday date night!  Joey surprised (or as surprised as you can be when you basically beat someone over the head with the idea of going to dinner and a holiday show) me by taking me to ChoLon and “Red is the New Green” afterwards.

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No joke, I loudly squealed “ARE WE GOING TO CHOLON?!” when I saw the restaurant across the street.  I have been wanting to go there for months and it did not disappoint.  Again, no joke, it was the best restaurant meal Joey and I have ever eaten.  I mean, my eyes light up basically any time I talk about food but I’ve never seen Joey that excited.

Before this becomes a short novel on our dinner at ChoLon, I’ll just say that we ate caramelized onion soup dumplings (I will dream of these for the rest of my life!), pork belly buns (the softest bun that ever was!), spicy shrimp roll (that wasabi kick!), kaya toast dipped in coconut jam and an egg cloud (did you hear that?  AN EGG CLOUD!) and short rib with celery root purée that actually required no chewing it was so tender.  Oh and a complimentary giant rice cracker!  Everything was so on point and I think this is probably the meal they serve every day in heaven.

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“Red is the New Green” was a comedy show made up of a bunch of short sketches à la SNL and it was at the tiniest little theater in Denver.  The sketches were hit or miss but regardless, we loved it.  We especially loved the skit where everyone played a leftover Christmas food and made fun of the Tofurky.  Yes!

PERFECT NIGHT.

Sunday involved another trip to The Source — yes, again — more last minute Christmas shopping, cranberry sauce-infused vodka-making, yoga, cake baking and the Cowboys game.  And now, let’s not talk about how we forgot to take the steaks we meant to cook for dinner out of the freezer.

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How was your weekend?

 

 

 

10 Christmas Remakes That Don’t Suck

And the award for most eloquent post title goes to!

I was just thinking about how I’ve written a Christmas music post every single year since I started blogging in 2010.  Apparently I have a lot to say about Christmas music.  And if you thought this would be the year I ran out of things to say, you’re so wrong.  Last year’s “Remakes We Didn’t Need” obviously had to be followed up by a list of remakes we do need.

1. “Run Run Rudolph” by Kelly Clarkson

I’m a closet Kelly Clarkson fan.  Hers was my very first concert, she’s the very best of all the American Idol winners (IMO) and dang, she can sing.  She kills it in “Run Run Rudolph” and I mean that in the best of ways.

2. “O Holy Night” by Lea Michelle

Okay, a more annoying Glee character never existed but girl can sing.  There’s no denying that.  It’s a well known fact that you shouldn’t even attempt “O Holy Night” unless you have some real singing chops (I’m talking to you, Leann Rimes…) and Lea Michelle does.  She fits right in with Céline Dion, Josh Groban, Mariah Carey and Johnny Mathis.

3. “This Christmas” by Chris Brown

Chris Brown sucks so bad, but I love this song.

4. “12 Days of Christmas” by Straight No Chaser

We’re probably way past the point of being shocked and delighted by this song (it did come out eight years ago), but considering how long and boring the original is, this version is a pretty amazing feat.  It’s fun, creative and includes a Christmas-ed version of Toto’s “Africa.” Yes, yes yes.

5. “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Harry Connick Jr.

Oh, did you think you were gonna make it through a Christmas song post without me talking about HCJr.?  That was silly.  His When My Heart Finds Christmas was the definition of Christmas time when I was a kid.  The Dorsey family wore that album out.  This song is particularly trumpet-y and therefore particularly amazing.

6. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” by Indina Menzel

Now comes the part where I admit that I hate “Let It Go.”  HATE.  The first time I heard it on the radio I thought it was a joke.  And now my ears start bleeding every time I’m subjected to it.  So here we have an already incredibly annoying song and the singer of an another incredibly song and you put them together and… I like it?  It doesn’t make sense!  Yet somehow, it does.

7. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Sam Smith

Sam Smith could sing the phone book and I would probably buy it on iTunes.

8. “Holly Jolly Christmas” by Michael Bublé

I almost wrote “Insert Song Here” by Michael Bublé. Look, some people’s voices are just made for Christmas music.  And those people are HCJr., Josh Groban and Michael Bublé so really I could’ve written any of his Christmas songs and it would’ve worked.

9. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Hall & Oates

Would you expect anything less from someone who played “You Make My Dreams Come True” during their wedding recessional?  This version of JBR is such a classic to me, that I almost forgot it’s not the original.  All in favor of pretending this is the one and only version of “Jingle Bell Rock” to exist, say aye!

10. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by Céline Dion

Normally, I would be opposed to remakes of anything by John Lennon (RIP), but this version is so lovely and well-done that it gets a pass.  It almost doesn’t even sound like the same song so we can escape the comparison trap.  And really, Céline can do no wrong with that voice of hers.

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What are you guys doing this weekend?  Last minute shopping?  Watching Christmas movies?  Checking the weather forecast every half hour to make sure snow is still expected on Christmas?  I’ll be doing all of thee above plus a million other things that I probably don’t have time for :)

Happy Friday!

 

Weekend Things

I think I made it to Tuesday last week when I said, “I want to do NOTHING this weekend!”  This time of year is exhausting, people.  Exhausting in the best and most fun way possible, but exhausting nevertheless.  Of course, I realize I am incapable of actually “doing nothing,” so that’s not how the weekend panned out, BUT I did get lots and lots of sleep so I’m calling it an overall success.

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We didn’t have Friday plans, so I asked Joey on a date to a Mexican restaurant down the street from us.  He’s been begging to go for… oh probably a year, so I finally gave in.  The margaritas were good (I got one made with St. Germain!), the chips and salsa were great, the food was okay (not “messy enough” for Joey) and the service was plain weird.  Weird, as in our server gave our drinks to the wrong table and just seemed very confused all night.  Annual viewing of the Santa Claus afterwards.  Not gonna lie, I feel asleep watching it.  How does it end?!

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Saturday involved pancakes (Joey is on a mission to find a “go to” recipe and I’m totally in support because it means lots of pancake eating for me!), couch lounging, yoga and a Saturday night movie.  We also walked over to a friend’s new jewelry/vintage clothing store in the afternoon and it’s official, our neighborhood is hip.  We watched Short Term 12 and though it was heavy it was also very good.

Oh and I bought eggnog because Joey claimed he’d never had the real stuff before.  It was only halfway through pouring that I realized we used to cut it with milk when I was younger.  Even uncut it still tasted like my childhood.

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Pre-Show Family Photo

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It snowed on Sunday!  FINALLY!  I mean, I guess I shouldn’t complain about 60 degree days in December, but snow makes everything feel more festive, doesn’t it?  Plus drinking tea (or coffee, in Joey’s case) in bed while the snow falls is the epitome of winter time happiness.  We spent the afternoon at the Buell seeing Jersey Boys!  The signs warning of “authentic, profane, Jersey language” made me laugh.

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The show was great!  This is going to sound naïve, but I had no idea it was actually about the Four Seasons (as opposed to an unrelated story that just happened to use their music, à la Mama Mia).  Not only was the music amazing, but I loved learning about the group’s history.  And the actor playing Frankie Valli totally nailed his voice.

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One snowy walk later, we landed ourselves at Osteria Marco for an early dinner.  I adore Larimer Street during the holidays.  I mean they have lights strung from one side of the street to the other year round, but it always looks prettier in December.  Plus all the restaurants and shops looks extra glitzy.  I’ve been wanting to try Osteria Marco for years and it lived up to my expectations.  Everything I tried was exceptionally good.  Or is that the bottle of wine I shared with Lori talking?

Despite getting lots of sleep this weekend, I still needed coffee this morning.  Monday, why are you always so rough?

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