Weekend Things: Thanksgiving 2019

What a strange week we had here in Colorado.  A giant snowstorm blew in on Tuesday, so we worked from home and then I left work early on Wednesday to do some Thanksgiving cooking and then there we were with four more days off, that I very weirdly did not feel like I needed off?  And somehow it’s taken me three days to get this post out into the world.  Probably because I’m melting my brain by seeing and thinking about too many movies!

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I maybe made pie crust three times before finally nailing it, but would you look at that apple pie!  In addition to pie, we offered to bring rolls and a sweet potato casserole, so I left work around 2 PM to make a very time consuming crescent roll recipe and then when Joey got home, he knocked out the casserole for us.  Then we took ourselves to Uncle for our traditional Thanksgiving Eve ramen dinner.  They took my leftovers to the kitchen to box up and accidentally spilled it, so we got a new full portion and I think I heard Joey tell every person we saw over the weekend, so I guess he was happy about it 🙂  Back at home, we watched The Laundromat and sorry but no.

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Happy Thanksgiving!  We poured ourselves coffee (+ eggnog for me!) and sat down to watch the parade.  Why did I almost cry when Savannah and Hoda announced that the balloons would be flying??  Anyway, my (and everyone else’s) favorite part was obviously Al Roker pushing that man in a butter costume.  Amazing!!

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If you fuse these pictures together, we might have everyone in frame and looking at the camera 🙂  Lori and Chad cracked open the bottles of wine we had sent back from Italy, Ellie got to eat her first Thanksgiving meal and I was very jealous of Lorenzo’s table cloth!

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Over to my parents’ for Round 2 and everything was so good!  My mom tried out a new sweet potato souffle recipe and I loved it!  Plus, the stuffing tasted extra good for some reason 😛  We made it through half of E.T. (plus pie!) after dinner and I blame those commercials that were playing during the parade, but I also don’t know if I’ve ever truly sat down and watched that movie start to finish, so I was kind of glad.

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I feel like I had the post-Thanksgiving blues on Friday, so I spent most of the day trying to work out of that funk by finishing E.T. (I was unexpectedly moved by the ending!), a trip to the gym, watching The Social Network (what a movie!) and seeing a movie?  Okay, I might have a problem…. Anyway, we saw Knives Out with my sister and Wayne and what a good time it was!  I dare you to pick your favorite performance because everyone is just amazing.  Joey and I both vote for Trooper Wagner though!

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Who knows what we did all morning on Saturday, but at 3 we had a very important birthday party to attend.  Mason is two!  How??  He did a really great job unwrapping his presents and after we sang “Happy Birthday” to him, he said “again!” and sang again we did!  It was truly the cutest.  We had dinner back at home but Joey convinced me to go see another movie (he’s fueling my addiction!), so we found ourselves at the Mayan (I miss the Mayan!) to choose between Waves and Honey Boy and ended up going with the latter.  Guys, I LOVED it!  The story is heartbreaking and all the performances are so so good.  Noah Jupe is the cutest and what a year for him!  I do wonder if you need to have any connection or awareness of Shia LaBeouf to fully appreciate it though.

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We made it to Sunday!  We took ourselves to Stowaway for breakfast ♥ then went to get a Christmas tree.  We usually do this after picking up our KBCO Studio C CD but since the span of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is shorter this year, we felt like it was time.  I went to yoga later on, but when I got home, we threw on Home Alone and put the lights and ornaments on the tree.  Would you look at that beautiful Murano glass ornament Lori got us?!  I love it!  We also made one of our favorite pasta dinners and watched Kramer vs. Kramer and though I was surprised at how much more of a Dustin Hoffman movie it is than a Meryl Streep movie, I thought it was really good.  Joey loved it!

What did you do this Thanksgiving weekend??

Weekend Things

Thanksgiving Week!  It’s my favorite, in case you didn’t know.  And even though my brain is mostly focused on pie crust and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and getting to eat the stuffing my mom and I made together last weekend, I would be remiss not to mention that we (and basically the rest of the county) are supposed to get pummeled by snow, starting tonight!  I’ll believe it when I see it 🙂

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Friday night, Joey, Adam, Lori and I had dinner at FNG — I managed to order something other than sliders and was WOWED by my meatloaf — then headed to our second home, the Alamo Drafthouse, to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.  What a touching tribute to Mr. Rogers that film is!  I do not mean this as a brag, but I’m just a bit too young to have been a real Mr. Rogers watcher as a child.  However, I’ve seen enough clips (plus that moving documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? from last year) to have a sense of who he was and how he conducted himself in the world and Tom Hanks and Marielle Heller got it so right in this film.  I also found the way they told this story and formatted the movie to be pretty inventive.  It’s lovely!

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Saturday morning, I made us some gingerbread waffles while Joey got us coffee.  It took me like 10 minutes to locate the molasses I bought what feels like 9 years ago, but I finally did it and these waffles were delicious!  We also watched Thanksgiving Live on Food Network and now I’m wondering if I should be cooking two smaller turkeys rather than one giant one for Christmas??

Afterward, I made some salted caramel sauce for the apple pie I’m making on Wednesday (it only took me one try, which is quite the improvement from the THREE tries it took me last time I made it!) and made, not one, but two pie crusts after the first one was not to my liking.

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Have I mentioned we live at the Alamo?  We were back there at 3:45 to see Ford v Ferrari and it was mostly a good time!  It’s definitely got a slick, big budget, Hollywood movie feel, but whatever because Damon and Bale are both great and the story (which I had literally zero knowledge of before seeing the movie) was really interesting.  Mostly, I hope that’s Christian Bale’s real accent because I love to imagine him saying “bloody hell!” all the time.

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Back at home, we made some one of our favorite salmon dinners and watched The Last Black Man in San Francisco.  I genuinely loved it.  I thought the style was unique, the story worked on both a micro and macro level and I really truly felt for the two main characters.  Meanwhile, Joey fell asleep.  We managed to stay up for SNL afterward and… it was somehow a dud.  Come on now, Will Ferrell.

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We had a vet appointment for our little pup bright and early Sunday morning and though we planned to drop him off, then go to breakfast, they managed to get him all checked out within 20 minutes.  This is much preferable!  We dropped him off at home and headed to Sassafras, which we hadn’t been to in a really long time.  They’ve even moved locations since!  It’s still an old house in Denver, just a bigger one 🙂  I went with their chicken fried eggs and bison hash, which they are known for, but WHY CAN’T THEY SEASON THE HASH??  I don’t understand.  Anyway, it was still pretty good and Joey seemed happy with his chicken pimento biscuits.

That afternoon, we headed to Jory and Betsy’s new house and it’s so nice!!  The Cowboys game was on, but there were buffalo chicken nachos and Elliott was on the move, so I was pleasantly distracted ♥  Back at home, I made granola while Joey watched the end of the game and then we made salads for the short week before plopping down on the couch with leftovers and The Peanut Butter Falcon.  My heart!  I managed to not cry, but if this movie doesn’t pull at your heartstrings, you’re probably dead inside.  I was really moved by it!

Happy Monday!