Weekend Things

It’s December!  Can you even believe it?!  The beginning of December means many things, like the KBCO Studio C CD release, getting a Christmas tree, celebrating Mason’s birthday, feeling like I can finally buy eggnog and being distracted by thoughts that are half panic, half excitement about all the things that need/want to be accomplished this month.  Tis the season!  That said, this weekend was really wonderful and I think it means there are good things to come for the rest of this month.

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Friday involved pasta leftovers and us cutting it real close on making it to the Alamo on time to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  My thoughts on this movie could probably span an entire post, but I’ll just keep it semi-short and say:

  • TOO MANY CHARACTERS/PLOT LINES
  • Nothing Queenie did made ANY sense
  • The magic looked GREAT, but at the detriment of making the magic in the original films look weak
  • Loved Jude Law but would have loved MORE Jude Law
  • Twists are dumb and (what better have been) a fake twist is even dumber
  • MORE NIFFLERS PLEASE!!!!

I have faith that once the rest of the Fantastic Beasts films come out, this one will make more sense but two years is a LONG time to sit with all of this.  Mostly, I am a person deeply invested in this world and anything that changes what I thought I knew about it is hard for me to accept.  In other words, I FEEL you, Star Wars fans!

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Saturday started bright and early — true story: when my alarm went off my brain said “Tuesday?” — with a pre-Studio C breakfast at Snooze.  I was excited to see my sister, despite her claim that she wouldn’t be joining us.  Oh the power of peer pressure and FOMO 😛  We had our CD in hand shortly after 8:30 and it’s a goody because it’s the 30th Anniversary CD and that means extra tracks from the “Studio C Vault.”  It actually sold out by mid-day, which hasn’t happened in many many years!

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We grabbed our Christmas tree — Noble Fir or bust! — and a fresh wreath afterward and had plenty of time to take it back home and sit on the couch for a bit before heading out to a VERY SPECIAL celebration… Mason’s 1st Birthday Party!!!!  Can you believe that little guy has lived a whole year of life?  It was a confusing moment of contradictions when I looked at a picture of him the day he was born and he looked so teeny tiny compared to how he looks now, but then a gentle reminder that he’s still actually teeny tiny when we bought him a “Dumbledore’s Army” t-shirt and it looked very small.

Hannah truly outdid herself with the party!  Everything looked so cute and perfect, plus there was Chipotle and crowns and Where the Wild Things Are decor everywhere you looked.  Mason had a cold (poor thing!) but he was still a trooper and I give his cake eating my seal of approval.  That last picture SLAYS me.  What a sweet mama Hannah is to that sweet little boy ♥

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We hit up the grocery store on our way home and it was about this time that our early morning wake up call started to catch up with me.  Back at home, we watched a few episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — why did I think the second season had already come out?? — then made quesadillas (with pea hummus?!) for dinner, made it through the beginning of SNL and crashed into bed.  I think I remember asking Joey to read to me (ha!) but I was so tired!

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I didn’t wake up till 8 AM the next morning and only because Joey was up!  Felt good to sleep in though.  We hooked ourselves up with our favorite pancakes and I even made coconut whipped cream to go along with, then we lounged about for a bit — this was also when Hannah sent me a picture of Mason riding the Sweet Cow we gave him and my heart could barely handle the cuteness! — before Joey left for football and I ran over to Whole Foods for a few things we missed the day before and left having spent way too much money.  HOW?  Spent the afternoon eating lunch, taking the pup on a brisk but refreshing walk and reading before heading to yoga.

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When I got back home, we got to work decorating the Christmas tree.  We were being super dorky by showing each ornament to Andi, then holding him up next to the star because… I don’t know why.  The tree looks great though and I can’t wait to do that thing where I wake up every morning and see it all lit up out in the living room and get super excited 😛

I know it’s Monday, but I feel so happy it’s December.  Joey looked over at me on Saturday night and said “I just really love Christmas!” and it’s crazy to think you can be with someone for 10 years and think you know everything about them, but in that moment I was like “wow, he does love Christmas!” like I had just realized it for the first time.  I think his enthusiasm and happiness is rubbing off on me ♥  Please tell me how your first weekend of December was!

Weekend Things

Confession: Our friends Josh and Fletcher have been in town since Saturday, so the weekend was full of fun dinners out, lots of Mason time, Super Bowl party food, ice cream and me not taking any pictures.  What is wrong with me?!

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I started out with good intentions!  Friday, we had dinner at Pizzeria Lui — I deem this the best crust in Denver — then headed over to the Alamo Drafthouse to see Phantom Thread.  Not gonna go into detail about how much popcorn we consumed but I will tell you that we really enjoyed the movie.  The way it’s shot, how the actors say so much by saying nothing at all, the tension throughout and that final twist (which we did not see coming!) was so so interesting.

Mostly though, I AM REYNOLDS WOODCOCK and this is not a good thing.  Joey and I both turned to each other and stifled laughter after Lesley Manville, who plays his sister, said something along the lines of “if breakfast is disturbed, it’s very difficult for him to recover” because that is me to a T…

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Saturday started with hot yoga — not my favorite class, but it’s still nice to start your day with a good sweat sesh — then I grabbed a latte on my way home and here’s where my picture taking plans derailed.  We hit the grocery store, watched a billion episodes of The Mindy Project and knocked out laundry before heading into Erie to meet up with Hannah, Fletcher and two Joshes.  From there we hit up The Old Mine for dinner then went next door for dessert.  They serve Little Man Ice Cream and really, you can’t ask for more than getting to eat Little Man without having to stand in the Little Man line.  Space Junkie for the win!

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Super Bowl Sunday!  We did normal Sunday things — pancakes, SNL, gym time, salad prep — then headed over to Darron and Karla’s for the game sangria and snacks.  Guys, these Bronco die-hards hate the Patriots just as much as they love the Broncos.  There was a lot of yelling.  More importantly, there were chips and dips and meatball sliders and then shrimp tacos came out at halftime and I died of happiness.  Not messing around with the spread this year.

I wish I could tell you anything about the game, but I cannot.  Instead, I can tell you I was pretty into the Tide, Alexa and Dirty Dancing commercials.  Was that an ad for the NFL??  Not as into JT’s performance.  He’s still got the moves, but I was sort of distracted by how he seemed to be traveling from place to place the entire time and also that hideous outfit.

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Had to make it through Monday at work then we headed over to Hannah and Josh’s — I could get used to this seeing Mason every day thing! — then all of us went to Community for dinner.  We ordered a whole slew of stuff but my favorites were the Brussels (gah!), the juiciest roast chicken and the mac n cheese.  If you live in the area, I highly recommend this place!  We’ve been impressed every time.  To top it all off, we ended up at Sweet Cow — had to compare to Little Man, of course — then sadly gave goodbye hugs to Josh and Fletcher, who leave today.  This Tuesday already feels like a Monday but it was fun feeling like we were on vacation for a few days 🙂