Weekend Things

It’s Monday and I’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to my dad, who is turning 70 today!  It’s also Oscar Nomination Day and I’d like to wish a not happy day to the Academy who didn’t nominate JLo, Greta Gerwig, Awkwafina or Adam Sandler.  Now, let me tell you about the weekend!

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As movie season winds down, I think we’re going to find ourselves at home more often on Friday nights, beginning with this one.  We queued up The Report basically as soon as we got home (Adam Driver is great as always and I was HORRIFIED to see those torture scenes, it’s an important story albeit not the most enjoyable one), then moved on to Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as an alcoholic paraplegic who joins AA with Jonah Hill as his sponsor.  Joey fell asleep halfway through but not before we enjoyed this homemade ice cream.  Peanut Butter, banana, honey flavor is majorly good!

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Woke up Saturday morning and made buttermilk pancakes (the best!!), then finished our movie and I mostly liked it but REALLY loved Jonah Hill in it ♥  Not a fan of watching movies in two parts though, so no more of that please.  Afterward, I drove to not one, not two, but three different grocery stores looking for extra ripe bananas to make banana bread with.  Turns out people will comment when they see you picking out “bad” bananas.  I finally sort of succeeded (still had to use the oven trick) then came home to a watch dog and some afternoon baking.  I made this Almond Flour Banana Bread,which is gluten-free and dairy-free and WHOA, it turned out so good!!!  This might be my new go-to despite the fact that I’m neither gluten nor dairy-free!

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Date Night!  We had tickets to the Nuggets game and decided to hit up a new restaurant beforehand.  We debated then landed on Woodie Fisher which is inside an old Fire Station so it looks extra cool on the outside, but as it turns out, it’s beautiful on the inside too!  We had amazing service and we LOVED the food, but it was EMPTY in there so please take this as encouragement to go try it out, Denverites!  The Nuggets lost 😦 and it was Western Night 😦 but they did parade a mini horse around and Joey made a Little Sebastian reference, so all was not lost.

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Sunday was a busy day!  First up, family breakfast for my dad’s birthday.  Joey went to Huckleberry to grab us both a coffee and then we did a drive by coffee exchange through our car windows, ha!  Breakfast was not long enough for me because I had to rush out for a haircut I’d previously scheduled and it all made me feel a bit frantic, to be honest.  Post-haircut, we headed to Grant and Kelsey’s Sprinkle for Baby #2!

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Back at home, we finished lunch salads, I finished my book (I didn’t feel like I completely understood the ending and yet, I didn’t care enough to want to completely understand the ending…) then made “Fish and Chips” for dinner and watched Atonement, because it’s a Saoirse world and we’re all just living in it!  I have so so so many older movies to catch up on and yet, they are sometimes hard to watch because they just don’t look great.  I was really distracted during the first half of this movie by how harsh the sunlight was!  Did it really look like that when it came out in 2007??  Anyway, by the end, I’d decided I rather liked it!  Andi wasn’t very helpful in choosing a new book, but he sure did look cute ♥

How was your weekend??

Weekend Things & Christmas 2019

Is it my completist nature that’s making me feel like the world will end if I don’t post Christmas week happenings before this last day of 2019 ends??  Whew, here we are!  Those four days off after Christmas were wonderful and relaxing but also left me feeling disoriented and constantly wondering what day it even was.  You too, right?

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What a weird one a Wednesday Christmas is!  Our company decided to work Christmas Eve, then take Christmas through the weekend off, but we still managed to get out of the office early.  I left around 1, went home and made stuffing and salad dressing, then a little bit later, Joey came home and made corn casserole and spatchcocked a turkey.  Christmas lunch prep: check!

We made a pit stop at my parents’, maybe did a family photo shoot, then left our pup and headed over to Joey’s aunt and uncles for a soup spread and gift exchange.  Also, the apple pie bars we made were a huge hit and I couldn’t have been happier about it!

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Christmas Day!  In lieu of cooking one giant turkey, we decided to cook two smaller ones this year and we even saw a recipe on The Kitchen that called for two, so we went with it.  We popped them in the oven, ate cinnamon rolls, whipped up a few other sides and it all went off without a hitch!  The turkeys were actually done way faster than we’d expected.  Joey’s grandpa told me we get better every year we cook Christmas lunch and that’s the only present I needed.  Still, we were spoiled by both families!  It was the happiest time opening presents at my parents’ and then I forced everyone to take a family photo, so I win the night ♥

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The day after Christmas felt like such a whirlwind so it’s fitting that this is the only photo I have.  We woke up later than usual and perhaps spent too long messing around with out new espresso machine, then bought tickets to an afternoon movie, THEN realized we both had errands to run before that movie, oops!  It was Wayne’s birthday, so he and my sister joined us for the movie.  Uncut Gems is also a whirlwind!  It’s intense and anxiety-inducing and I was floored by Adam Sandler!  The more I think about it, the more impressed I am.  Afterward, we headed to Teocalli in Lafayette for a happy hour birthday celebration and then I convinced everyone to come watch Joey bowl with me.  Can you believe none of them had ever seen him bowl before??

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Friday, Joey got up early and headed to the mountains to ski and I had INTROVERT TIME.  Much needed, to be honest!  I made espresso machine progress, read, took myself to the gym, made a new batch of granola and baked some slider buns (I like to have them ready to go in the freezer!) and when Joey was finally back home for the night, we had dinner and watched Two Popes… sort of.  I kept looking over to find Joey sleeping, so I eventually ordered us to bed.  Isn’t it nice when you have a bunch of days off to just us one to rest and get yourself back in order?  I think so!

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A Saturday snow day!  We made waffles, finished Two Popes (my take was that it was really interesting and I liked all those shots of the two popes in their stark-white or black outfits against whatever background they were in, but it wasn’t the most exciting thing I’ve ever watched), cleaned up our Christmas mess of a house, watched Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (hey, it was funny!) and fretted over whether we should still go to Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo that night.  We decided to bundle up and go for it!  My brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew all came to our house to exchange presents and eat pizza before heading out.  I missed them all so much!  Zoo Lights was cold but fun and I’m so glad we got to go ♥

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We started our last day off at Weathervane and I seriously left my purse there and didn’t realize it until we were nearly home.  Do you think I’ll stop doing that in 2020??  Joey headed out to watch football and I finished the salads he’d started for us, read and went to yoga.  Back at home, we made this salad, which is mostly a vehicle for smoky salmon, goat cheese and puff pastry croutons.  I love it!  We also watched American Factory but my favorite part was watching the Obamas talk to the creators of the documentary afterward.  I love them so much!

I hope this post sounded less rushed than it felt to write it!  Please have a safe and happy end to your 2019 and I’ll see you again in 2020!