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 🙂

An Oscars Post You Definitely Need to Read

Or, actually, you really don’t but I’m going to write it anyway! 😛

If it’s even possible, I think I’ve one-upped myself on Oscar obsession this year.  If this trend continues, what will I be like in two, five, ten years??  The answer is probably INSUFFERABLE.  It’s possible I’ve spent far too many hours wondering how A Star is Born has managed to NOT sweep every award show, listening to every podcast that even mentions the Oscars and rolling my eyes every time I remember Bohemian Rhapsody is nominated for Best Picture but If Beale Street Could Talk is not??  Let’s discuss.

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Best Picture

Who I Want to WinA Star is Born

Who I Think Will WinRoma

But I won’t be mad when Roma wins because what a masterpiece it is!

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Actor in a Leading Role

Who I Want to Win: Bradley Cooper

Who I Think Will Win: Rami Malek

Rami nailed the physicality of Freddie Mercury, but I don’t know, is imitation really as impressive as lowering your voice a whole octave, keeping up with Lady Gaga when you’re NOT even a singer and bringing new emotional depth to a character that’s already been depicted three times, all while starring and directing??

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Actress in a Leading Role

Who I Want to Win: Lady Gaga

Who I Think Will Win: Glenn Close

I saw The Wife and it legitimately made me so mad.  The premise of the film — that a wife could ghost write her husband’s entire canon of novels — is just WILDLY unbelievable.  She also puts a stop to her career because ONE female novelist advises her not to become a writer?  I can’t with this film and therefore with Glenn Close’s performance, which was fine I guess but lost in this nothing film.  Gaga forever!

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Actor in a Supporting Role

Who I Want to Win: Sam Elliott or Richard E. Grant

Who I Think Will Win: Mahershala Ali

Look, Mahershala is great, but he just won and I’m also sort of confused why Mahershala gets to be spared any of the Green Book controversy.  Did he sign onto this film like everyone else?  Anyway, no moment moved me like a teary-eyed Sam Elliott backing out of the driveway and Richard E. Grant is just a delightful human being who gave a superb performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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Actress in a Supporting Role

Who I Want to Win: Regina King

Who I Think Will Win: Regina King

I feel teary every time I think of the sincerity and ferocity Regina put into this performance.  It was astounding.

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Miscellaneous Hopes & Thoughts

I’m going to be really excited when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse wins because animated or not, superheroes or not, it was one of my favorite movies of the year.

I listened to the score from If Beale Street Could Talk at work on Friday and it is though I know NOTHING about music, it is seriously so beautiful.

Real quick just want to mention that Eighth Grade was such an amazing movie and it’s a crime against humanity that it wasn’t nominated for ANYTHING.  The end.

I am very nervous for Bradley Cooper to sing.  Please let it go well…

Mainly, I know the Oscars have been kind of a mess this year — I think they walked back literally every announcement they made — but look, there’s only so much you can do to make it a good show, the rest is out of everyone’s control.  No matter what, I’m excited to watch!

Are you watching the Oscars tonight?