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 ♥

Weekend Things

This weekend was good and low-key and I’m starting to really appreciate the slower pace of these types of weekends.  I also want to tell you that I’m an obsessive list maker and make one for every weekend, but this weekend, I just didn’t.  Sometimes you gotta trust that the things you have to do will get done and the things you want to do will happen on their own, ya know?

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Friday, we headed home, ate some leftovers for dinner — why do I always forget the totally satisfying simplicity of throwing a brat on the grill? — then headed to the Rockies game.  I do not want to talk about the first half of the game or the final outcome, so I’ll just say MATT HOLLIDAY IS BACK!

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Saturday morning, after Joey had run 7 miles! — we did a thing I’d been wanting to do all summer… coffee at the Platte River!  Every time I run the trail, I look across the river and think how peaceful it’d probably feel to sit over there on a quiet summer morning.  So, we biked over to Carbon to grab coffee and breakfast to go (and maybe a mini Lavender Earl Grey donut to share while we waited for our food) then walked over to the steps along the Platte and had the place mostly to ourselves.  It was every bit as peaceful as I’d imagined.

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I’m not even fully sure what I did for the rest of the day but I think it involved slow-roasting two pints of cherry tomatoes from our garden — 225° for 2 hours but I think I maybe could have gone another hour — and hitting up the grocery store, but also a hammock nap and an early dinner of leftovers before heading to the Esquire.

We saw Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and it blew me away!  I knew next to nothing about Mr. Rogers and can’t remember ever watching a full episode of his show, so his complete and utter KINDNESS was a complete shock.  I keep thinking back on the footage they had of him working on his show or interacting with children and feeling incredibly emotional.  It was so touching, inspiring and important and I hope you find the time to see this film ♥

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Standard Sunday Content: every meal I ate and not photo-documenting anything in between.  Let’s just come to terms with this, okay?  Anyway, un-pictured was a 5 mile run I went on and felt really good during and a bit of house cleaning — you know how they say buying cute workout clothes will motivate you to work out?  I think it’s the same with buying good smelling cleaning products 😛 — before my sister and Wayne came over.  My perfect little sissy gave me a fun yellow mani/pedi and in exchange, I fed them spicy black bean burrito bowls for dinner.  Will I ever tire of this meal?  Probably not!

Oh and they brought Huni so she and Andi could have a little sibling reunion and look, I don’t know if they actually like each other but they do tolerate each other and I got a kick out of watching them make laps around the house as if they were magnetically attached.

What fun things did you do this weekend?