Weekend Things: SPOILER ALERT

WHAT A WEEKEND!!!  In short, we rode the G Line, saw Avengers: Endgame, had an incredible dinner, attended a performance of Cats, ran outside and watched the much anticipated third episode of Game of Thrones.  But, not in short, I have SO MUCH more to say about all of those things.  Stick around for it or don’t, but you’ve been warned 🙂

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The light rail station a mere two blocks from our house has been built for something like two years and they’ve just been testing this whole time.  I get it because safety first, but dang!  That’s a long time.  The G Line FINALLY opened Friday, it ran free all weekend AND we were headed right where it runs, so obviously we had to ride it.  We grabbed a quick casual dinner at Illegal Pete’s first, then walked (WALKED!) to the train.  As luck would have it, the wind kicked up right before our walk, so what should have been a pleasant stroll turned into an assault by tiny bits of dirt and sand.

SPOILER WARNING!!!!!!!!

BUT SERIOUSLY, SPOILER WARNING!

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Guys, I love love LOVED Avengers: Endgame!  If you’re going, please do yourself a favor and see it in a theater packed with other MCU fans, who will cheer, laugh and cry along with you.  Okay, I did not actually cry (or go to the bathroom!!!) but I don’t know the last time I felt as electrified as I did during that battle scene.  Cap wields Thor’s hammer!!!! Oh my god, I died!  And then Captain Marvel had the infinity gauntlet and all the lady warriors assembled around her and I died again.  And then for real, Iron Man died.  I maybe would have felt more sad about if I hadn’t been distracted by someone in the theater moaning “Nooo!  Nooo!  Nooo!”

In all honesty, the thing I’m most sad about is that I just got into all these films and only just discovered how fun it is to anticipate and watch these movies with everyone else and now… it’s over.  It happened too fast!  Also, shout out to how funny this movie is.  I laughed A LOT.

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I got up Saturday morning and ran 5 miles!  I try to ramp up the mileage around this time every year so I can make it through the Bolder Boulder but also because running the Cherry Creek Trail while it’s still cool (a bit too cool, if I’m being honest) and quiet in Denver gives me such joy.  And when I got back, Joey had coffee and waffles and dishes washed and now “joy” doesn’t seem strong enough a word ♥

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The rest of the day was spent doing a little bit (for me, but a lot for Joey!) of yard work, a trip to the grocery, walking our pup and then cleaning ourselves up for date night.  First, we hit up Spuntino for dinner and oh my god, why had we not been there before?!  We grabbed two seats at the bar and two VERY GOOD happy hour drinks, then feasted on warm focaccia with ricotta, fettuccine and the most beautifully striped ravioli.  I felt like we’d discovered a Denver dining secret and I can’t wait to go back!

Cats was… um, well, it was cats.  Throwing a cat ball.  In which a gumbie cat, a railway cat, a broken woman cat (???) were in attendance.  Look, the dancing is fabulous and the performance of “Memory” in the second act was PHENOMENAL — we immediately went home and listened to other versions of it and thought the one we’d heard live was by far the best — but WHAT IS THIS SHOW??  There’s basically no action, the songs are just okay and it was incredibly difficult to understand any of the words in the songs.  Which means I still have NO CLUE what a “jellical cat” is.

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Joey got up Sunday morning and ran 9 miles, so I stayed in bed to cuddle our dog and read, then when he got back, we took ourselves to Port Side for breakfast and May planning.  How is it already so booked??  I’m sort of sad April is almost over already, but I’m thinking May will be a good month 🙂  After, I made lunch salads while Joey started building us some flower boxes and then we made a trip to Mike’s Camera to order a picture we’re going to hang over our bed.  It felt so good to finally get that done!  I bottled a new batch of kombucha (Mango Cayenne!) before heading out to yoga.

GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!

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Back at home, we made Buffalo Chicken Tenders for dinner — they were good and spicy but not quite crunchy enough for me — then watched Game of Thrones and I’m sorry to be a total bummer, but I did not like that episode.  For starters, I had a REALLY hard time seeing any of the action.  I think those dragons fighting in the air was cool, but I don’t know because I could barely see!  Narratively, it was a miss for me as well.  I was excited to see a Dothraki Horde fight and then I didn’t get to.  I have no idea where Bran warged to.  I just did not care about Beric dying and felt literally zero emotion about his connection to Arya.  I did not understand how Jorah was just right there to save Dany.  I wanted so much more from Jon, who I usually love to watch fight and I felt the Night King’s demise was so anticlimactic.  I’m still working out my thoughts on Arya being the one to kill him, because yes, Arya is badass, but for some reason, this just didn’t really feel like her fight to win.  I don’t know.  I really didn’t care for the scene ending on old Melisandre.  Please tell me your thoughts and arguments, because I’d honestly love to be talked into liking this episode.  I’d prefer it to the disappointment I currently feel.

All I’m saying is, I saw two epic battles this weekend.  One was utterly thrilling and one was not.  All GOT letdown aside, this weekend was amazing!  More please!

Weekend Things

The last weekend of March, wow!  Baseball is back and crazy spring weather is here!  Let this be a reminder to myself that I may not feel in total control during this busier less predictable season and that it will all be okay.

Our schedule is about to ramp up, so I was thankful for a cool and cloudy Friday that made it feel 100% right to lay low at home with leftovers, pajamas and a movie.  Got to watch the Rockies win beforehand ♥  Joey has been making the argument that ALL you need to have seen to understand Avengers: Endgame are the previous Avengers films and I do NOT agree, but I’ll indulge him for now.  This is all to say we started The Avengers on Friday night.  Why are all these movies so long though??

Joey got up to go skiing one last time on Saturday, so I cuddled a dog then made Whole Grain Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pancakes that were so thick and fluffy and delicious.  Truly!  I also made some pizza dough for later this week, then went to the grocery and spent $25 on crabmeat (scream face emoji).

Most importantly though, we celebrated Joey’s birthday at Bar Dough!  We’ve been wanting to go for, uh… three years… We just hadn’t gotten around to it.  We finally remembered it when brainstorming where to go and now we’re kicking ourselves because it was SO GOOD.  Yelp had mixed reviews, but we had zero complaints!  Service was so professional, drinks were delicious and the food was KILLER.  We got “Fancy Toast” (how could we not?), culurgiones (basically a potato-ricotta noodle dumpling!) and were thisclose to ordering another pasta dish when I suggested the saltimbocca chop and what a good last minute change it was.  They gifted us dessert and I LOVED IT SO MUCH.  We are coming back!!!

Sunday morning puppy cuddles are my favorite!  It is a genuine joy when I open my eyes and see him leaping over Joey to me ♥♥♥  There’s been a sort of changing of the guard over at The Source and we were momentarily terrified when Babette’s and Boxcar Coffee Roasters both left, but comparable new businesses have moved in, so all is good.  I just really love an almond croissant, so I guess I’m truly my mother’s daughter.  We checked out our schedule for April and it’s packed and I’m scared.  But also really excited!

Back at home, we tag-teamed salads for the week and I made some snack bars for us, while Joey did laundry and does whatever he does outside all the time 😛  I also spent a good chunk of Sunday (and some time on Saturday too) reading and god, it felt good!  I am a BAD weekend reader and I’d like to change that.  I took myself to yoga later on and then we made Mediterranean Eggplant and Halloumi Bowls with Lemon-Dill Sauce for dinner, while watching Avengers: Age of Ultron and I’m starting to think I only live for Tony Stark’s arrogant humor and Stan Lee cameos.

It’s a week of celebration around these parts, with Joey’s birthday on Wednesday and Rockies Home Opener on Friday, so let the madness and excitement begin!