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

Guys, whoa, we made it through January finally and I made it through a worse-than-usual cold that kept me home from work last Thursday and now here we are on the other side and, not going to lie, I feel like sort of discombobulated.  I’m hoping it passes soon because this month is too short to waste any time.

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I honestly did not feel much better through the first half of Friday, but I ate a really good lunch and started to feel A LOT better.  I still maybe took a small nap in between work and our Friday night plans but it’s crazy what a difference a few hours can make.  Joey, Adam, Josh, Steve, Lauren and I (double Laurens!) went to dinner at FNG (which I officially deem good!) then all went to the Nuggets game, but in different seats 😛  Nuggets won and I guess the guy sitting behind us was having a great time!

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Joey went skiing on Saturday and I took it as an opportunity to do basically nothing.  Though my version of nothing still includes making slider buns, walking the dog and going to the eye doctor.  But, if you’ll recall, last time Joey was gone for the day, I ran 100 errands and felt totally wigged out by the end of the day, so this was a major improvement.  Mostly, getting your groceries delivered is a game changer.  Once Joey was back home, we ended the day with Vietnamese Shrimp Noodle Bowls (that I didn’t love) and Leave No Trace, which I also didn’t love but at least found very interesting and well-acted.

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There was a brief moment on Sunday morning where I tried to convince myself to make breakfast but you know what’s easier and creates less dishes?  Going out!  Currently going through a Hoja obsession and it was on the way to the movie theater we were headed to afterward, so it seemed a natural choice.  Chilaquiles forever but that chocolate chip tahini muffin and Café de Olla were the real stars of breakfast.  Okay, we saw The Wife afterward and…. I found this film to be very weird.  It just didn’t add up for me.  I guess Glenn Close was good but I’m not always sure what constitutes a “good performance,” so I have to go with my gut and say I enjoyed Lady Gaga’s performance more and honestly, Olivia Colman’s best of all!

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I guess the Super Bowl was boring?  I don’t know because I had this puppy sleeping on my lap.  Can your heart even handle it?  If the answer is no then be glad I didn’t manage to snap a picture of Mason (though I did get a video of him bopping along to the halftime show and it was my favorite part ♥♥♥).  So I guess I wasn’t paying the closest attention (am I ever??) but the Game of Thrones commercial, Big Boi (why did I not put it together that it was THAT Big Boi until he was on stage??) and a puff pastry filled with chili and hot dogs (you know what’s underrated?  A hot dog.), were my favorite parts.

What did you do and see this weekend?