Weekend Things

Hi and how was your Valentine’s weekend??  Ours started with a house viewing, included three movies at home and ended with buffalo chicken tacos, so I am not complaining!

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We saw a BEAUTIFUL house on Friday and it even had this J+L sign in the backyard!!!  We put in a really strong offer, but we didn’t get it 😦 so the search continues!

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I had made us a dinner reservation at Annette (we’ve been for brunch, but never for dinner) and though it was good, I was sort of put off by how small the “share” plates were and how long the gap between our first two dishes and our entree was.  We contemplated dessert, but decided to ditch out and head to Sweet Cow for ice cream instead ♥

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Saturday started with chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes and later on, I had a manicure.  I’ve basically spent a lifetime having manicurists chastise me for not taking better care of my cuticles and it takes all my patience not to be like “YES, I KNOW!”  Anyway, my color is called Terra and I’m loving it!  We also maybe looked at four houses, but none of them were “the one.”

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Back at home, we watched The Host — now that Parasite has won Best Picture, we must watch all Bong Joon-Ho’s other movies, though we can’t find Memories of Murder anywhere!! — and I thought it was great!  I’m just saying, that movie came out in 2006 and that CGI monster really holds up, plus that ending duel scene was pretty badass.  After that, we ate leftover soup and watched The Departed.  Leo was amazing, Matt Damon’s Boston accent is truly what I live for and I did not see that ending coming, but sort of feels like Martin Scorsese makes movies for and about men, you know?

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Sunday started at a very busy Onefold — I won’t subject you to another photo of their breakfast burrito 😛 — and then we jumped right into our Sunday chores, including salads for the week and I made granola and roasted a beet (for beet brioche burger buns later this week!) while Joey did laundry and worked for a bit.  I hit up yoga later on and then we made Buffalo Chicken Tacos (from a recipe my sister gave me ♥) and watched Mother.  I thought Kim Hye-ja, who played the titular character was AMAZING!!!  We only have Snowpiercer and Okja left!

Please tell me what you did this weekend, I’d love to hear 🙂

Oscars Weekend Things!

I am on a true Oscars high!  Brad!  Bong Joon-Ho winning Best Original Screenplay!  Bong Joon-Ho winning Best Director!  A clip of “Jai Ho” (wow, I truly went insane when this happened, ha ha)!  And most importantly… PARASITE WINS BEST PICTURE!  Joey and I cheered like we were personally involved in the making of this film.  And even though I said I thought 1917 was going to win, I ended up going with my heart when I filled in my ballot and I was rewarded big time!

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In full support of Parasite, we made “Ram-Don” aka Jjapaguri for dinner and it was just as good as it looked in the movie!  Plus our traditional Buffalo Wing Popcorn and Whiskey Sours for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, though that didn’t help the movie much.  What did you guys think of that surprise Eminem performance??  Every millennial I’ve spoken to hated it, but my parents loved it, so I’m just extra confused.  Overall, it was a great night!

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Back on Friday, we headed home to hunker down because it was snowy and it felt right to stay in, cook ourselves dinner and watch a double feature.  We started with Dear Ex and even though we were having technical difficulties with the subtitles (sometimes they would flash by in the blink of an eye and sometimes they wouldn’t even come up at all!), I thought this movie was wonderful.  Such a beautiful portrait of pain and love all rolled together.  And I thought the cast gave outstanding performances.

We made Ponzu Roasted Salmon for dinner and even though Bon Appetit is always asking us to plate things in weird (usually hand-torn) ways, we LOVED this meal!  As a true lover of all things ginger and citrus, I wanted to straight up drink the ponzu sauce.  So good!  Our second feature was Drive and look, I love Ryan Gosling, Carrie Muligan and Oscar Isaac but that movie is bad.  Sorry, not sorry!

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Saturday started with our go-to recipe for whole wheat pancakes and ended with the Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts, but in between, I made banana bread, we hit not one but two open houses (the houses were amazing, but the circumstances around them were not), I went for an eye exam and we grabbed burgers with my mom, sister and Wayne ♥  As for the doc shorts, I really liked them this year!  If you’ve never heard of Resignation Syndrome (I hadn’t!), please look it up or, better yet, watch Life Overtakes Me on Netflix.  It was crazy!  Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) was our (and the Academy’s) favorite though.  It was surprisingly uplifting for a documentary that takes place in Afghanistan.

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I think I’ve spoken enough about Sunday, but please know we woke up to MORE snow, so we ditched our dining out plans and made breakfast at home.  I am very into a soft scramble with goat cheese right now and hey look, the banana bread I made on Saturday made an appearance on my plate!  Also made lunch salads for the week while Joey cleaned the $#%& out of the bathroom and then I did a self-led yoga class while he worked.  I never even left the house!

Now please excuse me while I go watch that clip of Bong Joon-Ho giggling at his Oscar statuette 😛