Weekend Things

I think January is an underrated month.  Sure, it’s winter and there are no nationally-celebrated holidays, but that’s maybe also what’s nice about it.  Nights feel cozy, you can get back into your normal routine and just relax.  I love it!

Over the holidays, I got to see my family SO MUCH and it has been truly wonderful and fun, but I wonder if Joey has enjoyed being married to me AND four other people??  He must not mind, because he agreed to go see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker all together on Friday night!  I’m not gonna lie, guys, I really enjoyed it.  And I really enjoyed The Last Jedi too and maybe not being super invested in the Star Wars franchise is the best place to be.  Joey clutched my hand when Babu Frik showed up on screen and I was delighted by literally every (possibly cheesy) thing that happened.  This movie has gotten so much bad press but I’m just over here having a great time.  Oh and they played this video before the movie started and I laughed SO hard!

Thursday night, when Joey was off at bowling, I made a batch of vanilla-maple almond milk and couldn’t wait to use it for our Saturday morning lattes.  It frothed so perfectly and tasted amazing, so I couldn’t have been happier.  (Please note my “latte art” in Joey’s mug, ha!)  And Joey made us pancakes after he woke up earlier than me ♥

We needed to pick up a new series to watch and went with Silicon Valley, which has been so funny so far.  After a couple of episodes, we turned the TV off and took down all the Christmas decorations.  I love the feeling of filling the house with festive sparkly things and subsequently, the feeling of extra room after you take all those things down 🙂  I headed out to get a facial later on and it was lovely!

I had been majorly craving the soup dumplings from ChoLon so we took ourselves to happy hour — I had a spicy tequila-based cocktail that had a strawberry-beet ice cube and it was so unique and delicious! — and feasted.  THOSE DUMPLINGS ♥  But also pork belly buns, kaya toast, calamari and a bite of Joey’s fried chicken slider.  Craving satisfied!  We walked over to a new indoor mini golf facility afterward but the wait was an hour to an hour and a half, so we just headed back home to watch a movie instead.

I thought Wild Rose was pretty good.  It’s the story of a Scottish woman trying to make it as a country singer and she really did have a great voice!  We maybe had to put the subtitles on because dang, Scottish accents are tough, but I’d heard the song she sings at the end was amazing and it was!

Sunday was a day of productivity!  I made us breakfast and threw a pot of black-eyed peas in the pressure cooker so we could use them later for dinner.  How cute are BEP??  My parents, my sister and Wayne are all headed to Glenwood Springs today, so we’re watching Huni for them and since I was already going to give Andi a bath, Huni got one too!  Those puppies are so silly together.  Here they are lying in each other’s beds.  We also made salads for the week and I made us some treats for later on 🙂

I went to afternoon yoga and I know it’s the beginning of a new year because the class was PACKED.  It’ll be like that through January at least!  It was still a good class and then I booked it home so we could get dinner ready before the Golden Globes.  Turned out Joey had basically done it all already!  Did you guys watch?  Ricky Gervais is truly insane and I can’t decide if I liked or hated it.  But three wins for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, plus wins for Bong Joon Ho, Awkwafina, Fleabag and that wonderful speech by Tom Hanks were a delight.  I fist-pumped through all of Michelle Williams’s speech too!  I have no idea how Taron Egerton or the makers of Missing Link ended up accepting awards but it is the Golden Globes after all.  I’m anxious to see 1917 now!  Those treats I mentioned earlier were chocolate-covered peppermint cream-stuffed dates and they turned out really good!

What a wonderful weekend!  I hope yours was as well 🙂

Hello, 2020!

I couldn’t sleep last night.  I was too excited for 2020!  Or perhaps the espresso I had yesterday morning was too strong.  Either way, I feel good about 2020.  I’m hopeful for happy things, plus it’s a Summer Olympics year!!!  Also, I’m just so done with 2019.  Joey and I had our five year wedding anniversary and the most wonderful trip to Italy, but also just a lot of tough moments both personally and on a a larger scale — does anyone else feel like this presidency has lasted a million years?? — so let me tell you about the very last day of 2019 and then let’s put it to rest, okay?  Sounds good to me!

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It’s starting to feel like seeing a movie is the best way to spend New Year’s Eve!  We invited my sister and Wayne to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with us but then my sister suggested Little Women!  I’d already seen it at an advanced screening but loved it so much and was dying to see it again so my answer was, of course, YES!  Then we invited my parents and Lori and wow, did I feel happy sitting in the theater with all of them ♥♥

Guys, this movie is truly wonderful.  I’ll allow the criticism about the jumping around between timelines, but I’ll hear no other bad remarks about it.  It’s perfect.  I was slightly horrified to find out no one cried because I openly wept the first time I saw it and then, because I knew exactly what was coming and when, had to turn to stone watching it the second time around.  It’s so alive and fun and perfectly cast.  I feel so lucky to live in a world where Saoirse Ronan exists, but DAMN, Florence Pugh blows me away in this film.  Afterward, my mom walked up to me and said “I loved it so much!  I was sad at the end because I wanted it to keep going!” and I’ve never been happier.

We grabbed a late dinner at Homegrown Tap and Dough afterward and what a mess that place is.  I’m over it!  They seemed short staffed and you could just tell they all wanted to go home and didn’t really care if we had a pleasant time.  Twice, we had to track down our waitress.  But it’s okay, because it was still fun to all have dinner together.  We went back home and watched the Times Square festivities, which we had recorded and somehow messed up recording the part where they dropped the ball?  Oh well!

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New Year’s Day is quickly becoming my favorite holiday!  I don’t think many people even celebrate it, but my family always has and we’ve taken to hosting for the past few years.  It feels so small and intimate and manageable after all the Christmas celebrations.  We woke up and made lattes (we’re getting better!) + whole wheat buttermilk pancakes (have I never made these before because they were wonderful!) and got to another recent New Year’s Day tradition: watching a musical!  We went with Meet Me in St. Louis, which neither of us had ever seen and OH MY GOSH, WE LOVED IT!  We both thought it was amazing and whacky and funny.  The musical numbers are such fun and Judy Garland is just such a star.  I will say that Halloween scene was truly bizarre, though!

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We spent the afternoon, cleaning up a bit, prepping a four pound brisket for dinner and I made a chocolate cake!  Joey and Andi needed a nap after that, so I started my first read of 2019: The Scholar.  So far, so good!

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My family came over at 5 and dinner was served!  Guys, this was our first time cooking brisket and though we were insanely excited about it, it was a bit tough.  I looked it up and sounded like we UNDERcooked it??  Perhaps we’ll try it again later in the year and see if we can figure it out or perhaps we’ll never cook brisket again, who knows!  Still, the sauce was great, the carrot-sweet potato mash was amazing and everyone refused to believe I had just pan-seared those Brussels sprouts in olive oil and there was no mustard or horseradish involved.  The star of the show, though, was that chocolate cake!!!  It was BA’s Best Chocolate Macaroon Cake and here’s the thing, I had to bake it for almost twice as long as directed and had a bit of trouble getting the ganache to thicken up (I ended up adding a couple tablespoons of coconut oil then letting it sit in the freezer for a bit), but it all worked out and it was truly delicious.  I was wowed!

Before everyone left, we all went outside to pop some confetti on the front porch.  Please be good to us, 2020!!!  And please tell me how the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 went for you.  I hope it was splendid 🙂