Weekend Things

It’s still January??  HOW!  This month always feels soooo long to me, but not really in a bad way.  I mean, four whole weekends in one month is fine by me!  This weekend, we saw two movies, celebrated our little pup’s ninth birthday, had breakfast with Joey’s grandparents, picked up Huni for a two-week puppy play date while my parents are in Mexico (lucky!) and watched Parasite win the top SAG prize, MUCH to our pure delight.  How was your weekend??

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And speaking of Parasite, we saw it again on Friday night!  I actually don’t know if I’ve even written about this film yet on the blog?  We saw it on a Tuesday night in November so it would have missed my Weekend Things post.  IT’S AMAZING.  When we saw it the first time, I turned to Joey and said “well that was a perfect movie.”  After watching it a second time, I’m FURTHER convinced of it’s absolute brilliance.  Plus the theater was full!  Parasite Fever!!!

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Andi’s Birthday!  We maybe made him a teensy pancake while we were cooking breakfast for ourselves ♥  And then we totally abandoned him 😛

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We had tickets to the Monet Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum and even though it was PACKED in there, I really enjoyed it!  The audio guide was pretty interesting and I think I really love Monet’s style.  Seeing his paintings of all those European towns and cities in the 1800s had me imagining just how beautiful they probable were in real life!  Afterward, we grabbed lunch at Leven Deli.  We’d been there in 2018, loved it and just hadn’t found the chance to go back.  Sadly, I was really unimpressed with literally everything we ordered.  Looked way better than it tasted.  Oh well!

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Back at home, we had a double movie feature and later on, leftovers for dinner.  We hadn’t seen Moonlight since it came out.  While I think I may have been more charitable to it than Joey the first time around, neither of us truly loved it but wanted to re-watch it and give it another chance.  I was really moved by it and gosh, what a gorgeous looking film!  Joey still had some criticisms of the narrative but he could appreciate its importance as a film.  We also watched Midsommar, which was less scary than it was hollow.  LOVE Florence Pugh, but what is this movie even about??  Felt like random stuff was thrown in and the explanation was just “it’s a crazy cult, why not have a bear??” It felt lazy to me.

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Sunday morning, we had breakfast with Lori, Adam and Joey’s grandparents at Snooze — would you look at Lori’s copy of Little Women!!! — then headed over to the movie theater to see 1917!  Guys, I’ll be honest, I felt like nothing I was going to see in this movie was going to be all that important because I’d already seen and thought so much about all of the other Best Picture nominees, but I think I liked it most of anyone in the group?  Visually, it is SO STUNNING!!!  And I thought the story and the acting were all really well done.  It’s certainly not my favorite movie of the year, but I liked it quite a bit.

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We picked up Huni at my parents’ afterward and it was only slightly concerning when my mom was telling me where her will is located “just in case.”  Back at home, we made lunch salads and then I headed out to yoga.  It was a tough but great class!  Came home to a Mardi Gras Dachshund from Emily!!!!  So amazing!  Huni seems to have already settled in 😛  We made a black bean plantain enchilada bake for dinner — Joey found perfectly ripe plantains for us, thank god! — and watched the SAG Awards.  I actually thought the show was pretty good.  Eugene and Dan Levy to do the intro??  Yes please!  Plus there were a lot of good speeches (it’s extremely unfair that Brad Pitt is both handsome and funny!), all leading up to Parasite‘s win, which we cheered real hard!  Please have a good week 🙂

Weekend Things: Thanksgiving 2019

What a strange week we had here in Colorado.  A giant snowstorm blew in on Tuesday, so we worked from home and then I left work early on Wednesday to do some Thanksgiving cooking and then there we were with four more days off, that I very weirdly did not feel like I needed off?  And somehow it’s taken me three days to get this post out into the world.  Probably because I’m melting my brain by seeing and thinking about too many movies!

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I maybe made pie crust three times before finally nailing it, but would you look at that apple pie!  In addition to pie, we offered to bring rolls and a sweet potato casserole, so I left work around 2 PM to make a very time consuming crescent roll recipe and then when Joey got home, he knocked out the casserole for us.  Then we took ourselves to Uncle for our traditional Thanksgiving Eve ramen dinner.  They took my leftovers to the kitchen to box up and accidentally spilled it, so we got a new full portion and I think I heard Joey tell every person we saw over the weekend, so I guess he was happy about it 🙂  Back at home, we watched The Laundromat and sorry but no.

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Happy Thanksgiving!  We poured ourselves coffee (+ eggnog for me!) and sat down to watch the parade.  Why did I almost cry when Savannah and Hoda announced that the balloons would be flying??  Anyway, my (and everyone else’s) favorite part was obviously Al Roker pushing that man in a butter costume.  Amazing!!

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If you fuse these pictures together, we might have everyone in frame and looking at the camera 🙂  Lori and Chad cracked open the bottles of wine we had sent back from Italy, Ellie got to eat her first Thanksgiving meal and I was very jealous of Lorenzo’s table cloth!

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Over to my parents’ for Round 2 and everything was so good!  My mom tried out a new sweet potato souffle recipe and I loved it!  Plus, the stuffing tasted extra good for some reason 😛  We made it through half of E.T. (plus pie!) after dinner and I blame those commercials that were playing during the parade, but I also don’t know if I’ve ever truly sat down and watched that movie start to finish, so I was kind of glad.

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I feel like I had the post-Thanksgiving blues on Friday, so I spent most of the day trying to work out of that funk by finishing E.T. (I was unexpectedly moved by the ending!), a trip to the gym, watching The Social Network (what a movie!) and seeing a movie?  Okay, I might have a problem…. Anyway, we saw Knives Out with my sister and Wayne and what a good time it was!  I dare you to pick your favorite performance because everyone is just amazing.  Joey and I both vote for Trooper Wagner though!

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Who knows what we did all morning on Saturday, but at 3 we had a very important birthday party to attend.  Mason is two!  How??  He did a really great job unwrapping his presents and after we sang “Happy Birthday” to him, he said “again!” and sang again we did!  It was truly the cutest.  We had dinner back at home but Joey convinced me to go see another movie (he’s fueling my addiction!), so we found ourselves at the Mayan (I miss the Mayan!) to choose between Waves and Honey Boy and ended up going with the latter.  Guys, I LOVED it!  The story is heartbreaking and all the performances are so so good.  Noah Jupe is the cutest and what a year for him!  I do wonder if you need to have any connection or awareness of Shia LaBeouf to fully appreciate it though.

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We made it to Sunday!  We took ourselves to Stowaway for breakfast ♥ then went to get a Christmas tree.  We usually do this after picking up our KBCO Studio C CD but since the span of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is shorter this year, we felt like it was time.  I went to yoga later on, but when I got home, we threw on Home Alone and put the lights and ornaments on the tree.  Would you look at that beautiful Murano glass ornament Lori got us?!  I love it!  We also made one of our favorite pasta dinners and watched Kramer vs. Kramer and though I was surprised at how much more of a Dustin Hoffman movie it is than a Meryl Streep movie, I thought it was really good.  Joey loved it!

What did you do this Thanksgiving weekend??