Oscar Weekend Things

Good morning and what the hell happened at the end of those Oscars??? It had already been a mix of wonderful moments and strange production choices when Rita Moreno came out to announce… BEST PICTURE?? With twenty minutes left in the broadcast?? We could have ended with Chloé Zhao’s speech and Frances McDormand howling, but instead we ended with an Anthony Hopkins headshot and welp, good night! I do not understand. Anyway, this weekend started out very rocky with Joey basically down for the count post-second dose but then Earl Gray waffles, great grandparent time for Dempsey, a super fun Rockies game and “Da Butt,” so I can’t complain about it all 🙂

Joey and I both got our second dose of the COVID vaccine on Thursday and by that night my arm was SORE. I could barely lift it! By the next morning, it actually felt a lot better and I just had a slight headache but was otherwise fine. Joey, on the other hand, was a-struggling! He got in bed around noon and pretty much stayed there the rest of the day. I can’t say I got a ton of work done, but Dempsey and I played and went for a long walk. It was the best! When Joey had risen from the grave, we had dinner, put Dempsey to bed and started the very last shorts program, the docs, so we could feel thoroughly depressed before bed. A children’s hunger ward in Yemen was particularly bleak. Why do we subject ourselves to these??

Good morning, my sweet baby! After we all woke up, I took care of Demps while Joey made us Earl Gray waffles with honey whipped cream and YUM! I didn’t think we had enough heavy cream to whip up so I was prepared to go without but Joey went for it and holy moly was it good. That pinch of salt made it, I think! Also, Joey tore up Andi’s piece because he hates when I give it to him whole and he wolfs it down too fast, oops!

We took an afternoon trip to see Joey’s grandparents, who are back from Arizona and Dempsey was being sort of fussy but he cheered up by the end of our visit and was giving some good smiles 🙂 He CRASHED as soon as we got back in the car!

We ate dinner al fresco, then showed Dempsey the tiny blossoms on our tree and… he put them in his mouth! Ha ha! After he went to bed, we finished up the doc shorts and made it through all of Time, which was one of the nominated documentary features. A sixty year sentence for a non-violent crime is just ridiculous, guys, and I can’t believe I even have to say that.

Sunday started with bagel sandwiches from a nearby café and ICED COFFEE from Metropolis because it’s by far the best and YUM! I thought those sandwiches were very good! That little babes was on the short end of a long nap and when he woke up, we went on a family walk (warm weather is the very best!) and when his second nap ended way too early, I held him so he could be a little more rested before our afternoon Rockies game. We had shade seats, it was a Rockies blowout and Dempsey was in a great great mood!!! The very best 💜💜 The woman sitting behind us kept saying she was going to eat him and it was getting annoying but then she got distracted yelling at Bryce Harper and finally left us alone, thank god! We left after the 7th inning stretch because someone was tired but we had so much fun!

Dempsey took a nap as soon as we got home and when he woke back up, we made blackened salmon for dinner and helped him fill out his Oscars ballot. He went with some strange picks but I wished him the very best of luck! As for the show, my favorite moments were Yuh-Jung Youn’s speech (Brad, social distancing be damned, help that woman off the stage!!!), Daniel Kaluuya “mentioning” his parents (or more like his mom’s reaction to him “mentioning” them 😂), Bong Joon-ho announcing Chloé Zhao as Best Director and, of course, Glenn Close being a comedian. But there were some really strange decisions made during this show. Why were they awkwardly showing the nominees instead of clips of the films or the makeup/hairstyling or the production design?? A lot of people haven’t seen all of these movies, so show them what they’re missing! And, of course, the decision to do Best Picture before Best Actress and Actor is just baffling to me. We figured they wanted to end with Chadwick Boseman since he has basically swept the rest of the award shows but do the producers not know who’s going to win beforehand?? If not, what a terrible gamble! That being said, Anthony Hopkins is so good in The Father. Till next year, Oscars!

Weekend Things

Good morning. Today already feels heavy, with super gloomy skies outside and closing arguments of the trial of Derek Chauvin on the TV, but I am trying to keep the faith and remain optimistic. How was your weekend? Ours was momentous because Joey and I had an honest to God date night for the first time since Dempsey was born (but also since way before that because we took quarantine pretty seriously all of last year)!!!! Felt good. AND… Dempsey finally finally finally gave us a real laugh. Worth the wait!

Joey was on a Friday afternoon run, so I entertained Dempsey with… a La Croix can?? He has so many real toys but all he wants is tags and cans. I maybe taped over the top, so he couldn’t cut himself on the opening. Ha! Joey dressed him up for dinner and we ate a real good quiche that had lots of fresh herbs and feta in it. After Dempsey went to bed, we started the Live Action Oscar-Nominated Shorts. Made it through all but the last one before I was ready to fall asleep on the couch, but I was so moved by “Feeling Through,” the story of a chance meeting between a homeless young man and a deaf and blind man. So sweet 🙂

Um Dempsey’s new thing is to wake up at 5 AM and that is a huge NO. I’ve tried to do some research and he’s either going to bed too early or going to bed too late, so that’s helpful. I think maybe he just wanted me to be able to catch the end of Bang Bang Con 21! Last April, BTS streamed past concerts in full on YouTube for two days and good lord, was it thrilling to watch, but that was back when pregnancy insomnia and no baby to take care of during the day made it easy to watch something taking place over night. I caught the end of the first concert when I randomly woke up at 1:30 AM and then got to watch the second half of the third concert when Demps woke up. Guys, I don’t need coffee, I just need to wake up and watch the “Dope,” “Silver Spoon,” “Fire,” “Idol” medley from the São Paulo concert. I’m so sad it’s over! Joey made us lemon buttermilk pancakes so we could watch the end 🥰 He also snapped THEE CUTEST pic of Dempsey. Do you even see that sweet face?! Later on, I was holding him on the couch and making funny noises and he was legitimately laughing! It was the world’s best sound!

Our date night started with my sis and Wayne coming over to babysit and then we gave them some instructions and off we went! We hit a 4:45 PM showing of Nobody and um, THAT MOVIE RULES! Bob Odenkirk is the best and I was delighted to find out Christopher Lloyd was in it and he’s still got it! Also, more movies with an hour and half run time, please. We realized Friday night that we probably should have made a dinner reservation ahead of time and then we couldn’t find anyplace that had any openings, oops! We decided to try our luck at Cart-Driver and they quoted us an hour and a half!! We called/walked around to a few other places, then decided we’d just wait and lo and behold, our table was ready ten minutes later. We sat at the bar, ordered drinks, spicy Brussels sprouts, two pizzas and only peeked in at Dempsey a few times 🙂 Seemed like he was well-behaved for his babysitters and he was sound asleep when we got home. A successful date night, indeed!

Up at 4:30 AM!!!! But I was able to get him to go back to sleep until 6:30 AM at least. We got a casual breakfast from Huckleberry, then chilled out for a bit. Joey went on a run and I cleaned the upstairs bathrooms while Dempsey napped, then I headed out to get my hair cut. My gal has three kids, so she knows and could relate to all the things we’re experiencing with Dempsey right now. Always fun to chat with another mother and feel so understood 🙂 Back at home, we had a relaxing rest of the day. Dempsey made it from 4:25-7 PM when we put him to bed! I love spending a good chunk of time with him and it’s only going to get better as he’s able to stay awake longer, yay! Guys, he’s going to be 6 months old tomorrow. How???

Please take care!