Weekend Things

It’s Monday and I’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to my dad, who is turning 70 today!  It’s also Oscar Nomination Day and I’d like to wish a not happy day to the Academy who didn’t nominate JLo, Greta Gerwig, Awkwafina or Adam Sandler.  Now, let me tell you about the weekend!

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As movie season winds down, I think we’re going to find ourselves at home more often on Friday nights, beginning with this one.  We queued up The Report basically as soon as we got home (Adam Driver is great as always and I was HORRIFIED to see those torture scenes, it’s an important story albeit not the most enjoyable one), then moved on to Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as an alcoholic paraplegic who joins AA with Jonah Hill as his sponsor.  Joey fell asleep halfway through but not before we enjoyed this homemade ice cream.  Peanut Butter, banana, honey flavor is majorly good!

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Woke up Saturday morning and made buttermilk pancakes (the best!!), then finished our movie and I mostly liked it but REALLY loved Jonah Hill in it ♥  Not a fan of watching movies in two parts though, so no more of that please.  Afterward, I drove to not one, not two, but three different grocery stores looking for extra ripe bananas to make banana bread with.  Turns out people will comment when they see you picking out “bad” bananas.  I finally sort of succeeded (still had to use the oven trick) then came home to a watch dog and some afternoon baking.  I made this Almond Flour Banana Bread,which is gluten-free and dairy-free and WHOA, it turned out so good!!!  This might be my new go-to despite the fact that I’m neither gluten nor dairy-free!

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Date Night!  We had tickets to the Nuggets game and decided to hit up a new restaurant beforehand.  We debated then landed on Woodie Fisher which is inside an old Fire Station so it looks extra cool on the outside, but as it turns out, it’s beautiful on the inside too!  We had amazing service and we LOVED the food, but it was EMPTY in there so please take this as encouragement to go try it out, Denverites!  The Nuggets lost 😦 and it was Western Night 😦 but they did parade a mini horse around and Joey made a Little Sebastian reference, so all was not lost.

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Sunday was a busy day!  First up, family breakfast for my dad’s birthday.  Joey went to Huckleberry to grab us both a coffee and then we did a drive by coffee exchange through our car windows, ha!  Breakfast was not long enough for me because I had to rush out for a haircut I’d previously scheduled and it all made me feel a bit frantic, to be honest.  Post-haircut, we headed to Grant and Kelsey’s Sprinkle for Baby #2!

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Back at home, we finished lunch salads, I finished my book (I didn’t feel like I completely understood the ending and yet, I didn’t care enough to want to completely understand the ending…) then made “Fish and Chips” for dinner and watched Atonement, because it’s a Saoirse world and we’re all just living in it!  I have so so so many older movies to catch up on and yet, they are sometimes hard to watch because they just don’t look great.  I was really distracted during the first half of this movie by how harsh the sunlight was!  Did it really look like that when it came out in 2007??  Anyway, by the end, I’d decided I rather liked it!  Andi wasn’t very helpful in choosing a new book, but he sure did look cute ♥

How was your weekend??

Recently Consumed

Wow, has it really been since LAST APRIL that I wrote one of these posts??  How dare I?!  But it’s a new year and it’s time to check in all the things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

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Chocolate-Covered Dates Stuffed with Peppermint Cream

I know I already mentioned this in my weekend post, but we’ve nearly finished off this batch of dates and I have leftover peppermint cream, so I already have plans to make more!  Joey told me these were “professional,” so I’ll take that a sign they were good, plus I really did love them myself!

Chernobyl

Why didn’t anyone tell me how deeply fucked up this show was?!  Okay, except everything I heard about this show made it clear that it was deeply fucked up.  We knocked the whole series out in a few days and besides being just really well made and well shot and well acted, it is HARROWING and unbelievably gruesome.  I cannot believe this incident actually happened (and not even that long ago!).  What a monumental disaster!

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Cosmic Crisp Apple

My mom gifted me this apple before they left for vacation and wow, so juicy and sweet and beautiful!  Plus I thought of her as I ate it… which was probably her ploy all along!!!

Paul Walter Hauser Fever

I’ve listened to not one, but two, Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya, BlacKkKlansman, Richard Jewell) interviews this week and he is a delight!!!  Not only is he incredibly funny but also hard-working, talented and down-to-earth.  More please!

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Black Bean + Tempeh Tacos with Cashew Cheese Sauce

Is this the thousandth time I’ve talked about how much I love these veggie tacos?  Probably, but here we are again!  We chowed down on these as we finished Chernobyl in the dark and I managed not to make a huge mess even.  They are truly so good, please make them.

Film Scores

You guys thought I’d already gone off the deep end with how many movies I saw this year, but the nerdom continues because I’m now listening to the scores of those films.  But for real, beautiful wordless music is the best thing to listen to at work! Last week I was on the Little Women score, which is twinkly and elegant and beyond beautiful and this week has been dedicated to the Marriage Story score, by Randy Newman.  I think I’ll hit up the Joker score (it did win the Golden Globe after all!) next week.

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Double Puppy Party

I have consumed a lot of puppy time this week!  One dog is DEFINITELY easier than two — I wish I had video evidence of me being pulled in half as I walked them both solo on Wednesday — but they are really entertaining together.  Plus it’s nice when Joey and I each have a dog to cuddle on the couch at night ♥

I realize I have not listed any books or restaurant food here, which must mean I’m slacking all of 10 days into the new year 😛  I just got that 2020 Yelp Elite badge so I need to step up my game this weekend maybe??  Also, I’m halfway through my first read of the year, The Scholar, and it’s alright, not amazing and not bad but interesting enough.  I’ll report back on both of these things, soon hopefully!  Happy Weekend to you all!