Weekend Things: Welcome to February

It’s February and there’s snow, a drug mule that listens to Adele (if you know, you know), a kitten and a pitbull that are best friends, a first birthday party, Super Bowl snacks and the prettiest sunset.  I think it’s safe to say this month is off to a good start ♥

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Friday night, we headed to the Alamo for the Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts.  I’m still traumatized from last year’s barrage of child deaths, so I was nervous but this year’s batch wasn’t nearly as horrific, thank god!!!  I think Joey found them somewhat lackluster but I thought they were pretty good.  Brotherhood was my favorite (compelling story and beautifully shot), but Nefta Football Club was pretty entertaining.

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Saturday started with double puppy cuddles then carrot cake waffles!  Not going to lie, I’d been looking forward to making these all week and they did not disappoint.  I also had our groceries delivered and then, since it was nice out, Joey went outside to do some yard clean up and I made some caramelized shallot dip for the next day.  We hit up an open house on our way back to the Alamo to see the Animated Shorts, then hit another one on our way back home (neither were promising).  Guys, I teared up at three of the shorts!  We liked Hair Love and Kitbull best, but man was there some crazy interesting animation this year!

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Back at home, Joey worked for a bit so I took some time to read and make salads for the week (one less thing to do on a busy Sunday!), then we saw the prettiest sunset and decided to go out for dinner.  The wait for a table at Fire on the Mountain wasn’t so bad, but the wait for our food was REALLY testing my patience.  At least the food was good!  Back at home, we watched Fighting with My Family and it’s not a perfect movie, but much better than I’d expected and I just really love Florence Pugh, okay??

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Sunday morning, we finished watching SNL (I was not really looking forward to this episode but then J.J. Watt was actually pretty good!)  Again, it was so nice outside and the pups just wanted to stay out there… and sit in the planter box apparently.  A bit later, we cleaned ourselves up and headed out for the day.  First stop, Ellie’s first birthday party.  There was a taco bar, a jumpy castle and the birthday girl was in a great mood ♥  She did dig her fingers in the cake but wasn’t really eating it afterward, so she stayed pretty clean.

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After that, we headed to the Super Bowl party.  We filled out prop bet sheets and I only had to ask who Andy Reid was, what T.O.P. stood for and then cheated off Joey’s answer for total yards ran 😛  More importantly, Mason was wearing a backwards hat and it was the cutest thing.  There were a few good commercials, but for the most part I was underwhelmed.  Loved that halftime show though!  Also, I made way too much dip.

After that 70° degree day, we are back to 30s and snow, but I guess I’ll live because my parents are finally coming home, Josh and Fletcher will be in town and… IT’S OSCAR WEEK, BABY!  Please have a good Monday 🙂

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 🙂