Weekend Things

Hi from Colorado, where it snowed all day and all night and is apparently winter now.  I’m NOT into being cold, but gosh it was so pretty driving through all the fluffy flurries on our way into work this morning!  It also made for an extra cozy weekend, which I’ll share with you now 🙂

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Friday night, featuring leftovers and a movie in our pajamas.  I know it sounds lame, but it sounded amazing to us!  We made this Coffee-Rubbed Steak with Brussels Sprouts Salad mid-week and ate the leftovers while we watched the Judy Garland/James Mason version of A Star is Born.  It felt very long and we didn’t actually finish it until Saturday morning, but the emotional impact is all there.

I will also mention there’s a incredibly strange stretch toward the start of the movie where they apparently cut some scenes then lost the footage, so they added in still photos along with the audio??  How it’s even possible to talk about this movie without mentioning that is very confusing to me, yet, I read a good handful of articles about all the different versions of A Star is Born when the new one came out and I was still caught off guard by it!

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Saturday started with Blueberry Pancakes and ended with Thai Roasted Cauliflower Pizza but the biggest moment of the day was right in the middle when we saw Roma at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, as part of Denver Film Fest.  To say I had been looking forward to it would be a MASSIVE understatement.  It’s a Netflix film so most people will be watching it from their home, but come on, this Alfonso Cuarón-directed, black-and-white, subtitled, period piece, was meant for the big screen.

We thought it was SO beautiful and the sound system they specially installed was like nothing I’d ever heard at a movie theater.  It is fairly slow-paced but there are some big moments too.  Not going to lie, it’s a film enthusiast’s jam, but I’m not sure how it’s going to land on the small screen.  Also, we finished watching A Handmaid’s Tale that night and I’m like “good riddance!”

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We woke up to snow on Sunday and even though it probably would have been nice to stay cozy inside all morning, someone had a vet appointment at 8:30 AM.  But oh well because we still had time for a breakfast and to grab coffee at Huckleberry before we left.  Andi gets kind of worked up when we take him anywhere in the car but he passed his exam with flying colors and then was out for the count the rest of the day.  I get it, Pup, being anxious IS exhausting.

I made it to Sunday yoga and despite the weather, the class was packed!  Afterward, we went out for BBQ!  A few months ago, when we were having dinner at Safta, we looked across the way and saw a new BBQ restaurant showing the Cowboys game and Joey suggested we try it some time when the Cowboys had another night game.  Whatever with football, but YES, I’m in on BBQ.  I wish the pulled pork had been better but otherwise the sides, the sausage and OMG, THE BURNT ENDS were delicious.

Please tell me what fun things you did this weekend 🙂

Weekend Things

“Life is fun, when you’re a member of the Academy!”  That’s what Joey said to me when I told him it’d been a good weekend AND because my new favorite joke is telling people I’m a member 😛  I wish!  But I did see two movies this weekend, so I’m pretty much there, right?  Beside sitting in movie theaters, I also ate a food truck lunch, visited a hip delicatessen, went to a Nuggets game, had breakfast with my family, VOTED and took a yoga class.  Told you it was a good one!

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We did a little thing for our employees on Friday and I arranged for the Butcher and the Blonde food truck to feed us all.  I’ve only dealt with a few food trucks, but this was by far, the easiest and most flexible one I’ve encountered!  Also, my carnitas tacos were delicious!

We took ourselves to the Esquire later on to see Beautiful Boy and even though I’d heard some mixed things and was prepared for it to not really be that great, I really liked it!  I will say it leans more toward Steve Carell’s character than Timothée Chalamet’s — I don’t think he showed up till at least 10 minutes into the movie — but it is harrowing and touching and heartbreaking all at once.

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Up bright and early for movie #2.  Well, not that early.  We still had time to eat pancakes for breakfast before making our way to the Sie Filmcenter, a place I truly love, by the way.  We snagged primo seats and were treated to a pure cinematic delight in Green Book.  Seriously, I was prepared to find it incredibly cheesy and while much of it is pretty feel good, there were also pieces that left me heartbroken.  Mostly, Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali are SO FUN together.  We seriously LOVED this movie.  It comes out in a few weeks and I suggest you go see it!

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I was starving afterward, so I threw out Leven Deli Co. as an option and 10 minutes later, we were walking in the front door.  The vibe was everything I imagine a real deal deli to be and though we felt under-prepared — why didn’t we get a chocolate tahini cookie?? — our sandwich selections did NOT disappoint.  Pastrami Reuben for Joey and a Marinated Chickpea flatbread for me.  I’m salivating just thinking about it now!

Dragged Joey to the grocery store with me afterward, then we chilled for a bit at home before heading out AGAIN for the Nuggets game.  We both agreed that the best part about a professional basketball game is that it’s over in a couple of hours.  Amen!

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Props to you if you were able to sleep that extra hour yesterday, but my body clock is strong and we woke up two and a half hours before we were supposed to be at my parents’ for breakfast.  Maybe spent it giving our dog a comforter cloak but don’t judge.  Breakfast was phenomenal and we got to see my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew finally!

My parents’ are in the process of cleaning out their garage, so we took a few boxes of my stuff — you thought that comforter cloak was bad, but wait till you see my dog in an American Girl Doll hat 😛 — but really, it just motivated me to go home and start cleaning out/re-organizing our own kitchen.  We maybe just moved stuff around instead of making anything easier, but we’ll see.  I hit a 4 PM yoga class and it felt WONDERFUL.

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Dinner was this Autumn Vegetable Grain Salad that really hit the spot.  Woke up today to go to the gym before work and THERE WAS LIGHT!  Complain all you want about Daylight Saving Time ending, but I’ll take bright mornings any day!  Plus, what do you have to do after work, except get immediately into your pajamas and hide in your house anyway?  I don’t need light for that 😛

P.S. We got our vote on this weekend and I hope you did — or are planning to by tomorrow — too!