November Memory-a-Day

Thursday, November 1st: Feeling revitalized after my dad and I’s biweekly lunch.

Friday, November 2nd: Deciding the bad mood I was in would NOT be remedied by staying in, but by going out to see a movie.

Saturday, November 3rd: Handing Joey a spicy Bloody Mary and settling into my seat at the Sie.

Sunday, November 4th: Watching a flock of birds fly around the roof of the apartment building opposite the yoga studio I was in.

Monday, November 5th: Feeling annoyed at how long my steel-cut oats were taking to cook and that my plan to be ready for work on time was not going accordingly.

Tuesday, November 6th: Turning my phone back on after yoga and getting good news about the election from my mom and sister.

Wednesday, November 7th: Looking for my pup and finally finding him curled up sleeping under the covers in our bed.

Thursday, November 8th: Reading a “birthday schedule” I wrote for my 11th birthday in Disneyland (OMG, who am I??).

Friday, November 9th: Filling up bowls of popcorn for Joey and I.

Saturday, November 10th: Standing in line at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and helping Joey decide what concessions to buy for the movie.

Sunday, November 11th: Wondering what we’d done earlier in the yoga class to make my legs feel so darn shaky!

Monday, November 12th: Looking up as we drove to work and truly feeling like we were in a snow globe ♥

Tuesday, November 13th: Finishing Parks and Recreation and feeling like it was a big deal.  “Those were my friends!” is maybe a real thing I said afterward.

Wednesday, November 14th: Deciding I was over pork tenderloin forever.

Thursday, November 15th: Drinking a “popcorn tea” that legitimately had a tiny piece of popcorn inside the tea bag.

Friday, November 16th: Giving a dramatic impression of Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots (“Remember, if you murder me, you murder your sister… and you murder your queen!”) on the drive home from the movie theater.

Saturday, November 17th: Firing up KOSI 101.1 on iHeartRadio to see if they’d started playing Christmas music and discovering yes, yes they had!

Sunday, November 18th: Trying to watch the final episode of Season 2 of The Deuce but getting caught in technical difficulties (one after another!) and deciding it was the universe’s way of telling me to just read instead.

Monday, November 19th: Telling Joey I had a dream someone stole my purse from my shopping cart at the grocery store.

Tuesday, November 20th: Setting my alarm for 5:21 AM so I could hit the gym before work on Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 21st: Cheersing steamed buns at the chef’s counter during our traditional Thanksgiving Eve dinner at Uncle.

Thursday, November 22nd: The whole family (Andi included!) FaceTiming with my aunt and uncle in Arizona.

Friday, November 23rd: The first sip of a very medicinal-tasting cocktail at Cart Driver.

Saturday, November 24th: Coming home to find our pup curled up in the clothes we’d pulled from the dryer and tossed on our bed.

Sunday, November 25th: Laughing SO hard at a screenshot of Joey at the Avs game 😛

Monday, November 26th: Maybe closing my eyes for a brief nap on the way to work (I wasn’t driving!).

Tuesday, November 27th: Reading the KBCO Studio C track list to Joey.

Wednesday, November 28th: Looking at a picture of Mason from the day Hannah and Josh brought him home from the hospital and wondering how that tiny tiny baby could possibly be turning ONE on Sunday!

Thursday, November 29th: Hearing that little scratch on the bedroom door, letting a little pup in and having him curl up next to me in bed ♥

Friday, November 30th: Changing the batteries in my twinkle lights so they would twinkle extra bright.

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Thanksgiving Weekend Things

I want to be honest and tell you I was not in the mood I wanted to be in for much of this holiday weekend.  Sometimes the makings of a perfect weekend are there — extra time, family traditions, good food, fun plans — but my emotions and attitude just don’t line up with it all.  Or, more likely, it’s BECAUSE of all these good parts that I just set my expectations too high.  I really have been working on that habit this year, but I maybe didn’t do my best this Thanksgiving and found myself in a funk I couldn’t fully shake.

But it’s okay because even when you think things are bad, there’s always good stuff mixed in too!

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We left work a bit early on Wednesday, prepped a few things for Thanksgiving — please give me props for allowing Joey to handle the sweet potato casserole I make every year, thus giving up the opportunity to take credit for its deliciousness — before heading to Uncle for our traditional Thanksgiving Eve ramen dinner.  We are four for four on snagging chef’s counter seats and watching the hustle and bustle of the kitchen does not get old.

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We’ve been doing this double Thanksgiving thing for many years now and while I’m mostly glad I get to spend time with everyone, I also can’t wait to just have one Thanksgiving some day when I win the lottery and can afford a bigger house.  Thanksgiving #1 highlights were Lori somehow being able to get everything to the table while it was still hot, this year’s Christmas ornament and trying to talk Chad into cooking the turkey “whole hog-style” next year. Thanksgiving #2 highlights were STUFFING, Mom handing us each a piece of turkey skin and having our little pup with us all night.

Sometimes I get real impatient like “can we sit down and eat already?!” but as we were all crowded in the kitchen — Joey carving the turkey, my sister mixing the cocktail, me re-heating the Brussels and my mom conducting the whole symphony — I realized this (slightly chaotic, sort of loud, maybe disorganized) part, where we are all doing something to help get the meal on the table, is actually the best ♥

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I just realized I have ZERO pictures from Friday.  Did that day even happen??  I guess I was too caught up in a slow morning, a quick trip to the gym, grocery shopping and a double date night with Wayne and my sister and I’m totally fine with that.  We hit Cart-Driver for pizza — it’s official, this is my favorite pizza place in all of Denver — then saw Widows and look, all the performances were amazing — Viola Davis performs grief like nobody’s business — and it’s shot beautifully, but why make a heist movie if you’re not going to put a lot of detail into the heist??

Saturday started with gingerbread waffles (SO GOOD!) and progressed into cookie baking and Christmas decorating before I headed into Louisville to visit my favorite small businesses 🙂 and when I got back, I came through the back door and straight out the front so Joey and I could have a coffee date.  We ate Thanksgiving leftovers (thanks, Mom!!!) before heading to the Avs game.  The walk to and from the car were MISERABLY COLD but the game was seriously so fun!

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What day are we on??  Oh yes, Sunday 😛  We took ourselves to breakfast at Stowaway — there was brief moment of panic when their front door said “NOPE” but turns out the N was just on the wrong end and they really were open.  Lots of coffee, a chocolate pomegranate doughnut and my beloved mushroom tartine perked me up long enough to make lunch salads, mix up Dorsey Bars and clean the bathroom and despite momentarily falling asleep on the couch, I did make it to Sunday yoga.  My teacher kept reminding us to stay in the moment — “anxiety is what happens when we try to predict the future, depression comes from dwelling on the past” — and that hit me hard.

Back at home, Joey had already started dinner (the best!) so I helped finish it all up and we were awarded with a dinner feast of salmon burgers and sweet potato fries that I LOVED.  The fennel slaw was out of this world and please know that I’ve been waiting for these sweet potato fries since 2016, when Chrissy Teigan first teased a picture of them.  Whoa!  They were worth the wait because they were truly crispy and delicious.

This post is already way too long but also know that we started Atlanta and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel this weekend and I’m enjoying both!  Please tell me how your holiday weekend was, I’d love to hear ♥