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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Weekend Things

Hi and Happy Thanksgiving Week!  That’s a thing, right??  We’re a mere three days away from my favorite holiday of the year and I’m here to tell you this is the most relaxed I’ve felt about it in many many years.  I’m making all of two dishes (one for each gathering), I haven’t been obsessing over the timing of making those two dishes and until a few days ago when my mom texted me her menu, I hadn’t even wondered what she was making.  Who am I??  But for real, it feels good to loosen my grip on Thanksgiving.  It’ll all be fine.

But back to this weekend, which felt so relaxed, so without obligations and so perfect.

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I am one of the rare weirdos who doesn’t mind the time change.  The sun already being down when you get home from work just makes it feel so right to immediately change into your sweats, cook up a warm comforting meal and hunker down on the couch.  Plus, have you seen a November sunset??  STUNNING.  But what I HATE about the time change is that post-work dog walking has become increasingly difficult.  Even when I just speed walk Andi around the block, my anxiety is on high alert mode.  This is all to say, we left work a bit early, walked our pup while there was still light and this is much preferable.

Later on, we took ourselves to see Can You Ever Forgive Me? and while the story is really interesting and Melissa McCarthy totally pulls off a non-comedic role, I just found it semi-boring.  Still, settling into an old lumpy seat in an old lumpy theater next to my old lumpy husband surrounded by other people who love movies enough to leave their home and do the same, makes my heart so happy.  Also, I maybe snuck in my own bag of popcorn 😛

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Saturday we woke up early but got out of bed leisurely — Joey was reading and I was maybe just cuddling our dog, ha! — then made our way to the kitchen for Pumpkin Pancakes with coffee and bacon.  After, Joey and his mom took our leaves to the recycling and I hit the grocery store.  With the only two real agenda items checked off, we spent the rest of the day reading, watching Atlanta (we just started Season 1!) and getting a random spark of organizational energy?  I re-worked our hallway shelves to include our small book collection and I’m seriously so happy about it!

Ended the night with what I’d call a disastrous Pad Thai and what Joey would probably just call dinner and the first Fantastic Beasts film, which we wanted a refresh on before seeing the new one.  I find if I ignore the bigger plot picture — why does there have to be a connection to the Harry Potter world at all and why can’t it just be about Newt Scamander having to track down all the creatures that escaped from his case?? — all the bits of magic are just DELIGHTFUL!

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Sunday morning we went to breakfast at Devil’s Food and even though they didn’t have the pumpkin pancakes I wanted and I ordered a short rib hash that came with over medium eggs that somehow contained no yolks (????), it felt so nice and cozy in there.  I got a haircut at 11 and my hairdresser brought in her 2-month-old Chihuahua-Pomeranian ball of fluff and it was beyond cute.  If you thought getting your hair done was already self-care, try doing it while holding a puppy!

I stopped by my parents’ on my way home (Mom was making stuffing!), read/cried over the final issue of Cooking Light and went to Sunday afternoon yoga, then we made a quiche (with Parmesan zucchini fries and a maple-mustard dipping sauce) for dinner and it only took something like 40 minutes longer than the directions said.  Also, I totally bought a frozen pie dough because sometimes you just need a dinner shortcut.  We made it through most of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (because Joey just finished the book!) and we were mostly baffled about why they set The Burrow on fire?!

I hope you have a lovely and laid-back Thanksgiving!