Weekend Things

It’s December!  Can you even believe it?!  The beginning of December means many things, like the KBCO Studio C CD release, getting a Christmas tree, celebrating Mason’s birthday, feeling like I can finally buy eggnog and being distracted by thoughts that are half panic, half excitement about all the things that need/want to be accomplished this month.  Tis the season!  That said, this weekend was really wonderful and I think it means there are good things to come for the rest of this month.

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Friday involved pasta leftovers and us cutting it real close on making it to the Alamo on time to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  My thoughts on this movie could probably span an entire post, but I’ll just keep it semi-short and say:

  • TOO MANY CHARACTERS/PLOT LINES
  • Nothing Queenie did made ANY sense
  • The magic looked GREAT, but at the detriment of making the magic in the original films look weak
  • Loved Jude Law but would have loved MORE Jude Law
  • Twists are dumb and (what better have been) a fake twist is even dumber
  • MORE NIFFLERS PLEASE!!!!

I have faith that once the rest of the Fantastic Beasts films come out, this one will make more sense but two years is a LONG time to sit with all of this.  Mostly, I am a person deeply invested in this world and anything that changes what I thought I knew about it is hard for me to accept.  In other words, I FEEL you, Star Wars fans!

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Saturday started bright and early — true story: when my alarm went off my brain said “Tuesday?” — with a pre-Studio C breakfast at Snooze.  I was excited to see my sister, despite her claim that she wouldn’t be joining us.  Oh the power of peer pressure and FOMO 😛  We had our CD in hand shortly after 8:30 and it’s a goody because it’s the 30th Anniversary CD and that means extra tracks from the “Studio C Vault.”  It actually sold out by mid-day, which hasn’t happened in many many years!

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We grabbed our Christmas tree — Noble Fir or bust! — and a fresh wreath afterward and had plenty of time to take it back home and sit on the couch for a bit before heading out to a VERY SPECIAL celebration… Mason’s 1st Birthday Party!!!!  Can you believe that little guy has lived a whole year of life?  It was a confusing moment of contradictions when I looked at a picture of him the day he was born and he looked so teeny tiny compared to how he looks now, but then a gentle reminder that he’s still actually teeny tiny when we bought him a “Dumbledore’s Army” t-shirt and it looked very small.

Hannah truly outdid herself with the party!  Everything looked so cute and perfect, plus there was Chipotle and crowns and Where the Wild Things Are decor everywhere you looked.  Mason had a cold (poor thing!) but he was still a trooper and I give his cake eating my seal of approval.  That last picture SLAYS me.  What a sweet mama Hannah is to that sweet little boy ♥

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We hit up the grocery store on our way home and it was about this time that our early morning wake up call started to catch up with me.  Back at home, we watched a few episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — why did I think the second season had already come out?? — then made quesadillas (with pea hummus?!) for dinner, made it through the beginning of SNL and crashed into bed.  I think I remember asking Joey to read to me (ha!) but I was so tired!

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I didn’t wake up till 8 AM the next morning and only because Joey was up!  Felt good to sleep in though.  We hooked ourselves up with our favorite pancakes and I even made coconut whipped cream to go along with, then we lounged about for a bit — this was also when Hannah sent me a picture of Mason riding the Sweet Cow we gave him and my heart could barely handle the cuteness! — before Joey left for football and I ran over to Whole Foods for a few things we missed the day before and left having spent way too much money.  HOW?  Spent the afternoon eating lunch, taking the pup on a brisk but refreshing walk and reading before heading to yoga.

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When I got back home, we got to work decorating the Christmas tree.  We were being super dorky by showing each ornament to Andi, then holding him up next to the star because… I don’t know why.  The tree looks great though and I can’t wait to do that thing where I wake up every morning and see it all lit up out in the living room and get super excited 😛

I know it’s Monday, but I feel so happy it’s December.  Joey looked over at me on Saturday night and said “I just really love Christmas!” and it’s crazy to think you can be with someone for 10 years and think you know everything about them, but in that moment I was like “wow, he does love Christmas!” like I had just realized it for the first time.  I think his enthusiasm and happiness is rubbing off on me ♥  Please tell me how your first weekend of December was!

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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