St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Things

Last week felt weird.  Mostly, working from home is sort of strange.  After sitting on the couch in my own living room all day, I shut down my computer and wondered how people who work from home transition from “work mode” to “post work mode” when the location doesn’t actually change.  Joey came home and I said, “I feel like I’m supposed to leave the house and go get a drink??”  Without missing a beat, he responded, “you’re right, we should go to The Family Jones!”  I was in.

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The bar was full, but we promised to be done by the time the next reservation came in for their table.  I know my drink looks really pretty, but man, was it alcohol-forward!  Our waitress had already asked me if I’d had it before, because it’s “not for everyone” and I really thought it was the same drink I’d ordered last time I went in, so when it turned out to definitely not be the same, I felt like I couldn’t admit it at that point.

Back at home, we kept it chill with leftovers, the Top Chef finale and a few episodes of Russian Doll.

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Saturday morning, I made us Greek Yogurt Pancakes and a bit later we headed out for a matinee showing of Captain Marvel.  They were showing a bunch of Captain Marvel history beforehand, but our waitress was talking to us in the middle of it and then I was just confused but it seemed interesting.  I liked the movie!  I thought Brie Larson was great, I thought the 90s of it all — especially the music! — was great, I thought the cat was great and I thought the stuff with Maria Rambeau was unexpectedly emotional?

Not going to lie though, Annette Bening in a space suit is not great and aliens are not great.  Sorry, but please don’t try to make me care about an alien dad reuniting with his alien wife and daughter.  Mostly though, Joey ordered a cheesecake milkshake halfway through the movie and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so happy!

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The rest of the day involved a trip to the grocery for me and yard work for Joey and then we reunited to make pasta.  But not just any pasta… GREEN PASTA!  “Make colored pasta” was on my list of things to do in 2019 and St. Patrick’s Day weekend seemed as good a time as any to make it happen.  The dough was greener and also stickier than we had expected, so it maybe wasn’t our best batch but all homemade pasta is good pasta, so we still loved it.  I could actually taste the spinach, in a good way!

We added it into this recipe for Creamy Carrot and Herb Linguine and it tasted all light and fresh like spring!

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What can I say about Sunday except that I took this one picture, so I guess I’m back to being the same old me?  Just to fill you in, the rest of the day involved breakfast, finishing Russian Doll, — hold please for my thoughts — Power Salads, Joey running 7 miles (he’s training for the Colfax Half Marathon!) and me… not running any miles, making dog treats for our pup, and then we picked my sister up and went to 4 Noses Brewing for pre-dinner beers.

Over at my parents’, our traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner!  My mom bought two pieces corned beef from the same store and cooked them side by side and one was bright pink and firm and the other was pale pink and fall-apart?  Isn’t that strange?  Anyway, they both tasted great!  We made it back home by 8, just in time to watch “Beyond the Wall,” and I don’t know, Daenerys showing up with the dragons is an amazing moment and Viserion getting shot down is a heartbreaking moment but that episode just doesn’t live up to the greatness of the penultimate episode in basically every other season.

How was your weekend?  Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Weekend Things

I felt like last weekend got away from me.  Leaned too far toward the errand/chore side of things, so I decided this weekend would be the opposite and I’d keep adulting to a minimum.  Which meant eating out, having groceries delivered, getting a manicure and watching movies.

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Friday night double date with my sister and Wayne!  We grabbed a casual dinner at Illegal Pete’s, where they have good, cheap, strong margaritas that feel too good to be true.  After, we headed to the Alamo for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and look, an animated Spider-Man movie that contains the word “Spider-Verse” might sound dumb and honestly, it didn’t really seem like my kind of thing but I’d heard too many good reviews and decided to be open-minded.  Guys, I loved it!  It just works on every level and it was incredibly funny.  “Can you float through the air when you smell a delicious pie?” is a real line spoken by a character called Spider-Ham and I laughed SO hard.  If you feel like taking a chance on this movie, I promise you won’t regret it.

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I got a manicure Saturday afternoon and then we had a day date!  First, we went to Safta for blue crab hummus but when they didn’t have it, we ordered regular hummus and then split a lamb kebab sandwich, which turned out to be on a pita and filled with hummus.  So I guess what I’m saying is, I got my fill of pita and hummus but what I’m also saying is THIS PITA WAS INCREDIBLE.  That lamb, that chutney, those pickles.  Gah, we were in lunchtime heaven!

Later on, we went to the Mayan to see Destroyer.  It was just okay, to be honest.  Felt sort of amateur and though Nicole Kidman is a successful and treasured actress, does she have to wear so many wigs??  I liked the format of the film, I just didn’t love the content as much.

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Sunday started with a family breakfast to celebrate my dad’s birthday.  I gave him a Coen Brothers book that he was poring over all morning, so I think it’s safe to say he liked it ♥ After we all ate, most of us walked over to the park and my niece made this cute snowman because guys, she is a little artist!  My nephew later kicked it over because guys, he is a 9 (almost 10!) year old boy.

The rest of the afternoon was spent on Larimer, where we met up with our friend Zach at Our Mutual Friend to join him in a birthday beer.  Then Jenn, Joey, my sister, Wayne and I had lunch? dinner? linner? at Cart-Driver.  I think this is how most people our age spend a Sunday in Denver, but for us homebodies, it felt like an indulgent treat!

Please tell me how you spent the weekend 🙂