Weekend Things

Hi and welcome to the middle of January!  Does anyone else feel like this month has already been really long?  I’m not mad about it, because I could use a little slow down time and some “I have nothing to do!” moments after the holidays.  Just some room to get back into the grove of normal life, you know?

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What better way to start out the weekend than with a knockout meal at a new restaurant?  We took ourselves to Q House and had the best time!  Sat at the chef’s counter, drank cocktails and ate four incredible plates of food.  I wanted to see how their spicy chicken compared to Hop Alley and it was BETTER.  Our mouths were straight numb but that garlic-y flavor still came through and tasted amazing.  I loved it all!

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Joey headed to the mountains to ski early Saturday morning and I thought I was going to have a very chill and relaxing day at home (and it started that way, with a homemade peppermint mocha), but then it ended up being a day of frustrating errands that really tested my patience.  Mostly, can it please not be January anymore so the grocery store can go back to being less busy and I can actually find a parking spot in less than 20 minutes?

I did bottle a new batch of blood orange kombucha that looked very pretty!  And then Andi and I cuddled while Joey watched the Cowboys game and tried to ignore the emotional roller coaster going on at the other end of the couch.

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Sunday started with a baby shower brunch for Betsty — umm how cute are mini chicken and waffles?? — and I won the “Baby Bump or Beer Belly” game, ha!  Also, they sent us each home with a bottle of champagne to pop when the baby is born and I think that’s the best idea!  Took it real easy for the rest of the day, by reading, watching Top Chef and skipping my usual Sunday yoga class.

Later on, we made some dog treats — because our pup has a birthday on Friday and I’m a new dog mom, so don’t judge me — and they smelled way too good to be for a dog 😛  Ended the night with leftovers and a couple of episodes of Killing Eve, which, though it’s a show about an assassin, I find really funny?  We’re going to finish it up this week!

How was your weekend?

Weekend Things

Hi!  How is December treating you?  For me, it’s been really excellent so far!  And even though I have a cold, I still did ALL THE THINGS this weekend because how can you not this time of year?  There’s holiday markets to peruse, menus to plan, movies to see, parties to attend and even some leftover time to read and relax.  It’s the best!

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Friday night we stayed in to cook ourselves dinner (Black and Blue Steak Salad + Mini Baked Sweet Potatoes) and watch my favorite Christmas movie, Scrooged.  You know when you’ve seen a movie a billion times, but you still find things to laugh at?  That’s this movie!  That part where Bill Murray wakes up in a frozen sewer and says “Where are we, Trump tower?” felt extra funny this time around.

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Saturday, after finally dragging ourselves out of bed, we posted up at Black Eye Coffee for toasts and Christmas menu planning.  It’s basically the same as last year, except we’re dry-brining the turkey and I’m really nervous/excited about it!  Since we were already out and about, we went directly from breakfast to Union Station for the Denver Flea.  I couldn’t feel my feet by the time we left, but we did get a little bit of Christmas shopping done, so it was worth it.

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Maybe took a afternoon nap, but then we went and saw The Favourite and guys, it is SO absurd and bizarre… I loved it!  It was actually less violent than I’d expected and all those incredible actresses give such knockout performances.  I can’t decide if it’s a refined Yorgos Lanthimos film or a toned down Yorgos Lanthimos film.  Joey was less enthused but he’s not sure if it’s because it was too weird or not weird enough.

The movie got out shortly past 6 PM and we maybe went to Hobby Lobby afterward to buy a stocking for our dog.  It seemed like a very uncool thing to do on a Saturday night but the place was packed so what do I know?  We had dinner at Pizzeria Lui, since we were already in the neighborhood and the pizza was borderline too hot in both senses of the word.  Made it through half of SNL before the whole day of exciting adventures caught up to us and we crashed into bed.

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Should I have just read and rested all Sunday morning?  Yes, but instead I made us pancakes, brewed/bottled some kombucha, cooked some beans and wrapped a few Christmas presents.  Then we made our way to a “Pregger Kegger” for Jory and Betsy, who are expecting a daughter in February!!!  It’s so exciting, I can hardly believe it!  Lori is famous for her diaper displays and this one did NOT disappoint.  I was very very impressed!  If you can’t tell, it’s a house divided when it comes to football 🙂

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Back at home, Joey watched the rest of the Cowboys game — I was doing my best to ignore all the yelling and read in bed, but I guess it was an exciting ending? — then we tag-teamed dinner/vegetable broth for soup later this week.  It’s the second time we’ve made this Autumn Vegetable Grain Salad and I’m still very into it!  Are you making your way through the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel?  Us too and that Catskills episode was giving us strong Dirty Dancing vibes.

Also, if December is not treating you well, please don’t take my opening paragraph as an insensitive brag.  This month, for all its gatherings, sparkly sights and gift giving, is also busy and stressful and easily derailed.  I’m trying my damndest to keep on the positive side, but if that’s not where you are, I get it and I know you’ll make it through ♥