A Weekend Reset

I can’t start this post until I backtrack and talk about how our trip to New Orleans — I WILL tell you about that trip very very soon — ended with everyone getting sick.  Like really sick.  It’s a week later and I’m just finally feeling normal again, but only after a weekend where Joey and I were both DESPERATE to “revamp?” “recharge?” “recommit?”  Reset!  I think Joey’s exact words were “I’d really like to eat a salad!”

This probably also has something to do with the “Spring Cleaning” mentality, but we needed a clean the house, restock the fridge, actually go to the gym, pick up a damn book weekend to rid us of all feelings of winter blah and sickness.  I feel so much better now!

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And now I would like to offer you three sets of “Dinner + TV” photos, thankyouverymuch!  Friday was Sweet Corn + Zucchini Pie (please note that I was couch-ridden and Joey took a “Lauren food pic” for me ♥♥♥) + Leaving Neverland Part 2.  Have you guys watched?  I’ve seen some buzz about it, including news about Michael Jackson music being pulled from some radio stations or The Simpsons taking their MJ episode out of circulation and it confuses me because, though the documentary goes into more detail than I’d known, none of this information was new or shocking to me.  It is as disturbing and creepy and believable to me now as it has been for years and years.  We had a long talk about it all afterward and… man, this stuff is sad.

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Saturday morning started with pancakes, a much much much needed trip to the gym — aside from that vacation-induced exercise break and then that sickness-induced exercise break, my workout motivation has just been lacking in general, but breaking a sweat finally felt good! — then a trip to the grocery.  Afterward, kombucha, Quickles for bánh mì sliders later this week and sitting down to read.  I think Joey did something like 10 loads of laundry for us ♥

Ended the night with steak + Creamy Chive Potatoes (our fav!) + A Serious Man.  Let’s not talk about how we smoked up the entire house and set off the fire alarm while cooking that steak and instead talk about how funny the movie was.  We were left sort of confused at the end, but maybe it’s best to not try to understand all that a Coen Brothers movie has to say and just “accept the mystery.”  Anyway, we laughed a lot.

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Well, here’s what NOT to do the day Daylight Saving Time starts… wake up tired, drink an extra cup of coffee to cope then not be able to go to bed that night because you’re WIDE awake.  Anyway, sleep problems aside, Sunday was a wonderful day that started with breakfast and reading at Black Eye Coffee and afterward, involved making salads for the week and giving our pup a bath.  Between Joey giving him a haircut on Saturday and me scrubbing him on Sunday, he’s a whole new doggy!

I headed to yoga later on and then we cooked Dijon-Herb Crusted Salmon with Warm Buttered Radish and Edamame Salad for dinner and watched the last two episodes of Shameless.  We’ve been watching this show for eight years (!!) and it was Emmy Rossum’s last show and I maybe cried.  I really wish they had just decided to end it all here because, as much as I love it and as good as the other characters are, I just don’t know what Shameless will be without its Fiona 😦

In other news, it’s supposed to snow again this week but my heart and mind have officially moved on to spring, so you can find me dreaming of iced coffee and baseball.

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?