Oscar Weekend Things

They came, they saw, they awarded Green Book Best Picture?  My first reaction was “WHYYYY?”  But my second was “at least it wasn’t Bohemian Rhapsody!”  There were so many good moments during this show — Brian Tyree Henry in that outrageous costume, Keegan-Michael Key descending from the ceiling holding an umbrella, Spike Lee jumping on Samuel L. Jackson, a surprise Olivia Colman win — but to end it with a speech from a guy who backed up Trump’s claim that Muslims in New Jersey were cheering when the towers went down on 9/11 is a bad look.  Roma was robbed!

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In other news, we had a for real blizzard on Friday night and I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know it was supposed to snow.  One minute you’re driving to dinner and the next, you’re walking back to your car through 3″ of snow!  Vine Street Pub was still packed though and even though I ordered and drank a stout, I still don’t like a stout.  We rented A Star is Born afterward because: “I just wanted to take another look at you.”  Upon re-watching, I still think it’s very very good.  I’ll watch the Streisand version soon though, for all you Generation X-ers who still think it’s the best one (is it though??).

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Saturday started with 6″ of glittery snow + Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Pancakes, then ended with a family birthday celebration and baby time.  (Actually, it technically ended with Carrot Cake ice cream and You Were Never Really Here but I’m still totally confused about that movie, so let’s not get into it.)  In between was grocery shopping, kombucha brewing, catching up on TV from the week and an exciting time of me cleaning the bathroom.  Elliott is still the cutest and the smallest ♥

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Please be proud of me for actually taking pictures on Sunday!  We woke up and headed to Onefold for giant breakfast burritos and March plans (we’re going to make green pasta!) but mostly because my sister had gone the morning before and I was jealous.  Afterward, I walked to Base Coat to have my nails done for our vacation on Wednesday and a Mardi Gras trip to New Orleans seemed like a good time to pick a purple sparkle polish.  Also, on my walk back, I helped an older man with a cane and a boot get over the snow-packed curb and who needs drugs, alcohol or exercise endorphins, when acts of kindness work just fine?

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Before I headed to yoga, I filled out my ballot and made some Buffalo Wing Popcorn — it turned out amazing, but man, making caramel is incredibly stressful! — so I’d be all ready for the Oscars once I got home.  Joey surprised me with an Oscar Gimlet and I was so happy and excited, plus it tasted amazing.  Say what you want about that performance of “Shallow” but I thought it was perfect and I don’t know, maybe we don’t need a host ever again?  I went 15 for 24 on my ballot, which isn’t great, but Glenn Close not winning really threw me for a loop and even though I said I didn’t want her to win, I felt instantly bad when she didn’t.

In all sincerity, I actually quite liked Green Book after we saw it, but then so much was said about it afterward and it really made me re-evaluate and ultimately, change my mind about it.  Plus I saw a lot of movies afterward that I found more interesting, more honest and more willing to engage with the messier parts of this world, so I can’t agree with this outcome.  Just going to focus on Greta Gerwig ‘s Little Women reboot, starring Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet that’s coming out later this year instead 🙂

What did you think of the Oscars?

Weekend Things

I felt like last weekend got away from me.  Leaned too far toward the errand/chore side of things, so I decided this weekend would be the opposite and I’d keep adulting to a minimum.  Which meant eating out, having groceries delivered, getting a manicure and watching movies.

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Friday night double date with my sister and Wayne!  We grabbed a casual dinner at Illegal Pete’s, where they have good, cheap, strong margaritas that feel too good to be true.  After, we headed to the Alamo for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and look, an animated Spider-Man movie that contains the word “Spider-Verse” might sound dumb and honestly, it didn’t really seem like my kind of thing but I’d heard too many good reviews and decided to be open-minded.  Guys, I loved it!  It just works on every level and it was incredibly funny.  “Can you float through the air when you smell a delicious pie?” is a real line spoken by a character called Spider-Ham and I laughed SO hard.  If you feel like taking a chance on this movie, I promise you won’t regret it.

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I got a manicure Saturday afternoon and then we had a day date!  First, we went to Safta for blue crab hummus but when they didn’t have it, we ordered regular hummus and then split a lamb kebab sandwich, which turned out to be on a pita and filled with hummus.  So I guess what I’m saying is, I got my fill of pita and hummus but what I’m also saying is THIS PITA WAS INCREDIBLE.  That lamb, that chutney, those pickles.  Gah, we were in lunchtime heaven!

Later on, we went to the Mayan to see Destroyer.  It was just okay, to be honest.  Felt sort of amateur and though Nicole Kidman is a successful and treasured actress, does she have to wear so many wigs??  I liked the format of the film, I just didn’t love the content as much.

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Sunday started with a family breakfast to celebrate my dad’s birthday.  I gave him a Coen Brothers book that he was poring over all morning, so I think it’s safe to say he liked it ♥ After we all ate, most of us walked over to the park and my niece made this cute snowman because guys, she is a little artist!  My nephew later kicked it over because guys, he is a 9 (almost 10!) year old boy.

The rest of the afternoon was spent on Larimer, where we met up with our friend Zach at Our Mutual Friend to join him in a birthday beer.  Then Jenn, Joey, my sister, Wayne and I had lunch? dinner? linner? at Cart-Driver.  I think this is how most people our age spend a Sunday in Denver, but for us homebodies, it felt like an indulgent treat!

Please tell me how you spent the weekend 🙂