Weekend Things

Joey was in Breckenridge this weekend, so I lived a third wheel life and loved it?  Sometimes Joey goes out of town and all I want to do is not tell anyone and hide at home by myself, but I wasn’t really feeling like being alone all weekend, so I lined up plans with my sister and Wayne for Friday and time with Hannah, Josh and Mason for Saturday and even though he wasn’t impressed by any of the dancing I did and didn’t even want to sleep in bed with me, a little dog made for a fine companion the rest of the time.

Was it some crazy coincidence that my sister and I were both looking up a new hot chicken place last week??  Or do we just follow the same Instagram accounts? 😛  The Budlong is new at Zeppelin Station and Zeppelin Station is new(ish) to Denver, so we needed to try out both.  I feel like whoever put the plans together for Zeppelin made some questionable choices as to the location and layout, but this chicken was real good and even better, the company.  I love them both and to use the millennial term of the moment, I felt so seen after talking to them all night ♥

Who knows what I did on Saturday, except I do remember going to the grocery, making some granola and seeing baby garlic coming up in our garden box!  I forgot we planted that!  More importantly though, I met Hannah, Josh and Mason (so I guess I wasn’t really the third wheel, I was Mason’s date :P) at Steuben’s, where Mason showed us his muscles and ate only the bread pieces of everything Hannah put in front of him.  A child after my own heart!  We grabbed ice cream afterward and Mason was doing the most entertaining things like taking a shoe off, climbing on the table and making the funniest faces while eating from Hannah’s ice cream cone.  I love him so much!!! And his parents too 🙂

Back at home, I watched Rushmore for the first time (how??) and it was sort of refreshing to watch a Wes Anderson film before he’d dialed it up to an 11.

I got up and walked over to Huckleberry on Sunday morning because I was hellbent on enjoying an iced coffee this weekend.  Bonus: I finished my book club book!  I’ll tell you about how I didn’t like it later.  Afterward, I did Sunday chores — cooking beans, making salads, doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom — and even managed to sneak in an outdoor run that felt AMAZING!  Finally, Joey made it back home and right back into his arms Andi went.  But we’d made so much bonding progress!

How was your weekend??

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Things

Last week felt weird.  Mostly, working from home is sort of strange.  After sitting on the couch in my own living room all day, I shut down my computer and wondered how people who work from home transition from “work mode” to “post work mode” when the location doesn’t actually change.  Joey came home and I said, “I feel like I’m supposed to leave the house and go get a drink??”  Without missing a beat, he responded, “you’re right, we should go to The Family Jones!”  I was in.

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The bar was full, but we promised to be done by the time the next reservation came in for their table.  I know my drink looks really pretty, but man, was it alcohol-forward!  Our waitress had already asked me if I’d had it before, because it’s “not for everyone” and I really thought it was the same drink I’d ordered last time I went in, so when it turned out to definitely not be the same, I felt like I couldn’t admit it at that point.

Back at home, we kept it chill with leftovers, the Top Chef finale and a few episodes of Russian Doll.

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Saturday morning, I made us Greek Yogurt Pancakes and a bit later we headed out for a matinee showing of Captain Marvel.  They were showing a bunch of Captain Marvel history beforehand, but our waitress was talking to us in the middle of it and then I was just confused but it seemed interesting.  I liked the movie!  I thought Brie Larson was great, I thought the 90s of it all — especially the music! — was great, I thought the cat was great and I thought the stuff with Maria Rambeau was unexpectedly emotional?

Not going to lie though, Annette Bening in a space suit is not great and aliens are not great.  Sorry, but please don’t try to make me care about an alien dad reuniting with his alien wife and daughter.  Mostly though, Joey ordered a cheesecake milkshake halfway through the movie and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so happy!

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The rest of the day involved a trip to the grocery for me and yard work for Joey and then we reunited to make pasta.  But not just any pasta… GREEN PASTA!  “Make colored pasta” was on my list of things to do in 2019 and St. Patrick’s Day weekend seemed as good a time as any to make it happen.  The dough was greener and also stickier than we had expected, so it maybe wasn’t our best batch but all homemade pasta is good pasta, so we still loved it.  I could actually taste the spinach, in a good way!

We added it into this recipe for Creamy Carrot and Herb Linguine and it tasted all light and fresh like spring!

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What can I say about Sunday except that I took this one picture, so I guess I’m back to being the same old me?  Just to fill you in, the rest of the day involved breakfast, finishing Russian Doll, — hold please for my thoughts — Power Salads, Joey running 7 miles (he’s training for the Colfax Half Marathon!) and me… not running any miles, making dog treats for our pup, and then we picked my sister up and went to 4 Noses Brewing for pre-dinner beers.

Over at my parents’, our traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner!  My mom bought two pieces corned beef from the same store and cooked them side by side and one was bright pink and firm and the other was pale pink and fall-apart?  Isn’t that strange?  Anyway, they both tasted great!  We made it back home by 8, just in time to watch “Beyond the Wall,” and I don’t know, Daenerys showing up with the dragons is an amazing moment and Viserion getting shot down is a heartbreaking moment but that episode just doesn’t live up to the greatness of the penultimate episode in basically every other season.

How was your weekend?  Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?