Weekend Things

If I had to name a theme of the weekend I guess it would be: good food, depressing movies.  And lots of down town in between.  We were at the movie theater every day this weekend!  And between the utter horror of the Live Action Shorts, finishing up The Assassination of Gianni Versace last night and just being in the cold throes of winter, I could really really just use some warmth and humor right now.  Thank god a new season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt just came out!

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As Joey was bowling last Thursday, we relocated our Valentine’s Day celebration to Friday and hit up The Way Back for the first time in TWO YEARS (oops!).  They’ve also relocated and the new(ish) spot is much bigger and beautifully arranged.  We had a seriously hard time narrowing down our order, but ended up splitting the white bean fritters, pappardelle and sirloin.  Man, it was all SO good!  And to top it all off, a warm apple cake that we nearly licked the plate clean of.

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It wasn’t until we were en route to the Mayan that I realized I hadn’t even read up on the Oscar-Nominated Shorts, which is VERY unlike me!  The result being I had NO IDEA what we were getting ourselves into, which was legitimately nightmarish.  First up, a child calling his mother because his father has left him on a beach and his phone dies just as he tells her a strange man is approaching him.  Next, two boys messing around when one drowns in a pit of wet concrete.  Followed by the true story of two 10-year old boys who brutally murdered a two-year old.  Lastly, blatant racism and violence that ends with a child shooting his father.  Okay, I left out the happiest one which was still about an old woman dying alone.  WHY???

Sitting through this barrage of sadistic hell was truly traumatic.  You guys know I live for all things Oscar related, but like, maybe just don’t see these.  No one needs to feel this sad.

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Saturday started with begrudgingly-made waffles.  Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE waffles, but we don’t love the time it takes to make them.  I whipped these out pretty fast though!  Later on, I made some granola bars for the week and then we ran some errands, mostly motivated by the promise of lunch at Chook.  It’s a bright and beautiful order-at-the-counter type of place, that offers rotisserie chicken with choice of sauce and a bunch of delicious sides to choose from.  I went piri-piri and grilled carrot salad alongside my quarter dark meat and was blown away by how good it all tasted.  Why are all my new favorite places in Wash Park??

I got a facial later that afternoon and then we headed back to the Mayan for the Animated Shorts, which though they had some sadder moments, were overall MUCH LESS DEPRESSING than the Live Action Shorts.  At one point, I was actually laughing out loud and thought “well this feels good!”  We actually thought one of the “highly recommended” (but not nominated) shorts (Tweet, Tweet) was one of our favorites.  Joey liked One Small Step best (it is beautifully animated and touching) and I just loved Weekends.  

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I managed to take ZERO pictures on Sunday so please enjoy this picture of the manicure I got on Valentine’s Day and a recycled photo of the dinner we had, thank you!  This is actually a good way to mention I’ve been feeling unusually low picture-taking motivation.  It’s probably a good thing to NOT feel the pressure to photo-document every moment of your life but it also makes for less interesting blog posts.  I’m very at odds with it all so any advice you have would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Anyway, we started Sunday at Snooze with Joey’s grandparents, then went to see They Shall Not Grow Old, which is a World War I documentary, directed by Peter Jackson.  I legitimately haven’t seen any of the Lord of the Rings films, but I felt like that name-drop would be impressive to someone who has.  It was really interesting!  They restored, colorized and added audio to all of the old video footage and it was truly impressive.  I took myself to yoga later and we ended the night with that super satisfying dinner.

How was your weekend??

Weekend Things

I went through a phase where I put a lot of stock into having a “perfect” weekend and it felt like something that needed to carefully crafted, but I think I’ve relaxed about it a bit and spend a lot less time thinking about it even.  Turns out, it’s a lot easier to do it this way.  Who knew?! 😛

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Friday started with that pretty sky and ended with the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (it was our first time seeing them!!) and in between was that time when we decided to squeeze in going out to dinner and rushing into the movie theater just as the shorts started.  Also, we didn’t have time to finish our pizza so we maybe ate the rest when we got home at 10 PM.

Those documentaries could have their own post, but I’ll just shout out a few.  “Lifeboat” showed the rescue of refugees off the coast of Libya and it was so moving to see volunteers embrace these boats of people.  “Period. End of Sentence.” was such a eye-opening but also empowering and fun documentary about a rural village in India, who received a machine to make sanitary pads for the women there.  The best and hardest and most heart-ripping was “End Game” about end of life care.  Realizing mid-documentary that all of the subjects had since passed away was so sobering.  It’s a tough but beautiful watch.

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On Saturday, I was bad a taking pictures, apparently!  But there were pancakes and then once our groceries were delivered, I made white bean chili and coffee cake to take to Betsy and Jory because… THEY HAD THEIR BABY GIRL!!!!  We got to go see her last Wednesday and gosh, she is PRECIOUS ♥  Got to see my mama for a massage later that afternoon, then we took my sister and Wayne to Q House for dinner because I’d been talking up that mouth-numbing chicken for weeks.  I think it was less mouth-numbing than the first time but still very very good.  We all watched Boy Erased afterward and I felt like it was just okay.  Lucas Hedges was good though!

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It’s Sunday and we’re all sleepy, or so those first two pictures make it seem 🙂  We started with waffles and I knocked out lunches for the week, while Joey did some cleaning and though we were thisclose to going to see the Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts, we decided staying at home would be easier/better, plus we ran through Father of the Bride Part II, My Best Friend’s Wedding and part of The Notebook while we got stuff done.  It was somewhere between me saying “your memories, George” in Mr. Habib’s voice, singing note for note with Cameron Diaz during the karaoke scene and making the same fist punch as Ryan Gosling when his dad outs him for stammering when he was younger that I realized I’ve seen all of these movies too many times.

We took that coffee cake and chili over to Jory and Betsy mid-afternoon and got to hold a sleeping Elliott for a good long time ♥  Back at home, we ate some of that chili ourselves, watched a few episodes of The Assassination of Gianni Versace (not going to lie, I’m finding it way more disturbing than I had expected) and ate popcorn in front of a jealous pup.  Oh and while we didn’t watch the Grammys, we did see Brandi Carlile’s performance and DANG, she was so good!

How was your weekend?