Weekend Things

Interrupting recaps of Italian Vacation 2019, to tell you I watched too many movies this weekend.  But, as Joey whispered to me while we were cozy in our seats at the Alamo Drafthouse on Friday night, “it’s movie season!”

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We saw Jojo Rabbit, a movie I had been highly anticipating, on Friday night and I don’t know how to tell you about it.  The entire time, I had this feeling that something was missing or amiss and just not totally working for me, so I was shocked to death afterward when Joey told me “that’s the best movie of the year!”  We maybe argued about it for way too long, but now that a few days have passed I’ve softened and feel like I was maybe too harsh in my criticism.  I still don’t think it’s a perfect movie, but I will say it’s funny and for real, I was so taken with Roman Griffin Davis, who plays Jojo and is seriously so adorable ♥

Back at home, we maybe started Jenny Slate’s comedy special Stage Fright and I didn’t think it was that funny, yet I keep quoting it?  What does this mean?

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Saturday started with pancakes for the first time in three weeks!!!  I should mention that after we got back from Italy, we were home for a literal day, then flew to Chicago for a wedding in Rockford, so this was our first real weekend home.  I hit the grocery and was reminded that all human beings are annoying and from here on out I will do whatever necessary to have my groceries delivered 😛

Back at home, Joey was cleaning up our yard, which was covered in leaves and the dead remains of our garden (all the shishitos had turned to ghost shishitos!).  I basically figured we had no chance of getting it all cleaned up, but then we did and I’m so glad!  I even found some carrots and beets that had managed to thrive even though we had completely neglected them.  Also, it was in the 70s and beautiful outside.

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I am nothing if not a committed movie viewer, so even though we weren’t stoked to see it, Oscar buzz for Renée Zellweger means we went to see Judy.  We were sort of disappointed that, though there are a few flashbacks to when she was filming Wizard of Oz, most of the film takes place near the end of her life.  I wanted to see it all!  She does her own singing and I don’t know that she really sounds like Judy Garland but you do still get that captivating effect.  Mostly, it was really sad knowing she would die so soon after the events of the film.

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Woke up to snow on Sunday (and it’s basically been snowing ever since…)!  My sister picked me up later so we could go get our nails done.  We go to the same nail salon, but not at the same time as often as we should.  She was telling me about a simulation lab she did in school and I’m so impressed and proud of that little nurse-to-be ♥  We went to Beet Box afterward so she could pick up some donuts for Wayne and I got myself a tofu banh mi (that was so good!) for lunch.

Back at home, Joey and I lazed around for basically the rest of the day.  Last Thursday, while he was at bowling, I decided to re-watch Ocean’s Eleven then quickly realized I had definitely never seen a single second of that movie.  So Sunday we watched Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.  Thirteen is okay, but Twelve was a joke.  Why do we make sequels again?  Snow days calls for chili and cornbread, right?

What did you do this weekend??

Weekend Things

I very purposely kept life (mostly) off of Instagram this weekend.  Just as an experiment to see if I felt more present and less distracted that way.  Not going to lie though, I sort of felt like I was keeping myself from sharing stuff I wanted to share.  I’m about to share it all here, so it’s not so big of a deal, but dang, you probably all wish you could have seen a real time video of me singing along to The Hunchback of Notre Dame, right?? 😛

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We had a real deal date night on Friday and it wasn’t until we were headed to dinner that I realized it felt like it’d been a while since we’d had one.  First, we took advantage of the nice weather and being able to leave work a bit early to walk our pup.  It was the furthest we’ve ever walked him and I think we all enjoyed it ♥

We tried Dio Mio, Fish N Beer and Il Posto before finally ending up at Stowaway and we should have just gone there to begin with.  That pita was the best second best!  Then… FIRST MAN!  Sorry for all the movie enthusiasm lately, but as a voting member of the Academy, it’s my job to be excited and up to date on these things 😛  Joey wasn’t blown away but I liked it.  We both agreed Claire Foy was amazing, but do not expect any dramatic emotive performance from Gosling.

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Saturday started at Illegal Pete’s because: FREE BREAKFAST BURRITO DAY!  I picked us up coffee while Joey stretched and cooled down from his 10 mile run then we hopped in line and enjoyed our free breakfast.  Hit up the grocery store afterward and saw a girl totally scrape the entire right side of her car along the cement column in the parking garage!  Also, I bought this seasonal kombucha and it’s too savory for my taste.  And just for the record, it was nice enough to go on a noon-time run in short sleeves and it was truly wonderful.

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We had a wedding to attend that evening and while there, I saw the biggest pot of Pozole I’ve EVER seen.  I was feeling very witchy as I stirred it.  We maybe left with a cup of homemade salsa and a cup of candy corn, don’t judge!  Back at home, we threw on The Hunchback of Notre Dame and even though Joey fell asleep like 10 minutes in, I watched the whole thing and I had forgotten how dark it was.  Also, no offense Disney, but it’s sort of boring.

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We woke up to snow on Sunday!  Making Saturday’s short sleeved run even more wondrous.  I whipped up some vegan pumpkin spice pancakes, while Joey made himself some avocado toast (which became funny later in the day, when he was denying being a millennial and his argument was immediately struck down by Wayne asking “do you eat avocado toast??”) and we got some Sunday chores taken care of before heading to my parents’ for lunch.  Mom made some REALLY good chili and even though we missed my brother, SIL, niece and nephew who had to cancel because of the snow, it was fun seeing everyone else ♥

Later on, we put our pup in his coat and took a little walk in the snow.  He didn’t seem to mind the snow but he was NOT about me trying to wipe off his paws so I let Joey do that, ha.  Look how many more leaves were on the ground than on Friday!  Made some pad thai for dinner with “Decorating Disney” on in the background.  FASCINATING!  We also watched Private Life and I want to tell you it was really good but it mostly made me feel sad.

How was your weekend??