A Spring Snow Day

Wait, I guess it’s not technically spring yet, but shhh, it’s spring in my heart.  We had a nasty storm on Wednesday.  A “Bomb Cyclone” to be exact and though I’m not sure what that actually means, I know our office lights all started flickering on and off and our internet went down at 11 AM, so were out of there!  What do adults do on snow days?

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Watch Game of Thrones and make brownies, of course!  Winter is coming, but actually spring is coming and so is the final season of GOT, so we’re re-watching Season 7 as a refresher.  I don’t remember it as being the best season but man, did watching four episodes get us excited!  A couple episodes in, I decided we needed brownies, that may or may not have been made with black beans, which is a thing I swore I’d never do.  But then they were really good!  So fudgy and decked out in a chocolate peanut butter frosting.

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We were on Episode 2 or 3, when they closed in on Arya and Hot Pie, but just before, they showed a random man digging into a pot pie and no joke, it looked incredible.  We needed a pot pie!  We found a single chicken thigh, a bag of peas and carrots (that we used to feed our dog), half an onion, some thyme, and a Dufour puff pastry, so we were in business!  I was kind of impressed with us for pulling it all together, and successfully!  We cooked it in our cast iron skillet and maybe ate the entire thing.

This is how you do a snow day.

(Update: We still didn’t have power at the office on Thursday and boredom officially set it.  Today (Friday), I went into the office and we had a generator powering our server and they were running an extension cord through the window in my office.  So instead of wearing my jacket and gloves all day, I packed up my computer and headed back home.  I guess I’ll be work from here (with a little dog on my lap!) today.  TGIF!)

A Weekend Reset

I can’t start this post until I backtrack and talk about how our trip to New Orleans — I WILL tell you about that trip very very soon — ended with everyone getting sick.  Like really sick.  It’s a week later and I’m just finally feeling normal again, but only after a weekend where Joey and I were both DESPERATE to “revamp?” “recharge?” “recommit?”  Reset!  I think Joey’s exact words were “I’d really like to eat a salad!”

This probably also has something to do with the “Spring Cleaning” mentality, but we needed a clean the house, restock the fridge, actually go to the gym, pick up a damn book weekend to rid us of all feelings of winter blah and sickness.  I feel so much better now!

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And now I would like to offer you three sets of “Dinner + TV” photos, thankyouverymuch!  Friday was Sweet Corn + Zucchini Pie (please note that I was couch-ridden and Joey took a “Lauren food pic” for me ♥♥♥) + Leaving Neverland Part 2.  Have you guys watched?  I’ve seen some buzz about it, including news about Michael Jackson music being pulled from some radio stations or The Simpsons taking their MJ episode out of circulation and it confuses me because, though the documentary goes into more detail than I’d known, none of this information was new or shocking to me.  It is as disturbing and creepy and believable to me now as it has been for years and years.  We had a long talk about it all afterward and… man, this stuff is sad.

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Saturday morning started with pancakes, a much much much needed trip to the gym — aside from that vacation-induced exercise break and then that sickness-induced exercise break, my workout motivation has just been lacking in general, but breaking a sweat finally felt good! — then a trip to the grocery.  Afterward, kombucha, Quickles for bánh mì sliders later this week and sitting down to read.  I think Joey did something like 10 loads of laundry for us ♥

Ended the night with steak + Creamy Chive Potatoes (our fav!) + A Serious Man.  Let’s not talk about how we smoked up the entire house and set off the fire alarm while cooking that steak and instead talk about how funny the movie was.  We were left sort of confused at the end, but maybe it’s best to not try to understand all that a Coen Brothers movie has to say and just “accept the mystery.”  Anyway, we laughed a lot.

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Well, here’s what NOT to do the day Daylight Saving Time starts… wake up tired, drink an extra cup of coffee to cope then not be able to go to bed that night because you’re WIDE awake.  Anyway, sleep problems aside, Sunday was a wonderful day that started with breakfast and reading at Black Eye Coffee and afterward, involved making salads for the week and giving our pup a bath.  Between Joey giving him a haircut on Saturday and me scrubbing him on Sunday, he’s a whole new doggy!

I headed to yoga later on and then we cooked Dijon-Herb Crusted Salmon with Warm Buttered Radish and Edamame Salad for dinner and watched the last two episodes of Shameless.  We’ve been watching this show for eight years (!!) and it was Emmy Rossum’s last show and I maybe cried.  I really wish they had just decided to end it all here because, as much as I love it and as good as the other characters are, I just don’t know what Shameless will be without its Fiona 😦

In other news, it’s supposed to snow again this week but my heart and mind have officially moved on to spring, so you can find me dreaming of iced coffee and baseball.