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??

Weekend Things

It’s December!  Can you even believe it?!  The beginning of December means many things, like the KBCO Studio C CD release, getting a Christmas tree, celebrating Mason’s birthday, feeling like I can finally buy eggnog and being distracted by thoughts that are half panic, half excitement about all the things that need/want to be accomplished this month.  Tis the season!  That said, this weekend was really wonderful and I think it means there are good things to come for the rest of this month.

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Friday involved pasta leftovers and us cutting it real close on making it to the Alamo on time to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  My thoughts on this movie could probably span an entire post, but I’ll just keep it semi-short and say:

  • TOO MANY CHARACTERS/PLOT LINES
  • Nothing Queenie did made ANY sense
  • The magic looked GREAT, but at the detriment of making the magic in the original films look weak
  • Loved Jude Law but would have loved MORE Jude Law
  • Twists are dumb and (what better have been) a fake twist is even dumber
  • MORE NIFFLERS PLEASE!!!!

I have faith that once the rest of the Fantastic Beasts films come out, this one will make more sense but two years is a LONG time to sit with all of this.  Mostly, I am a person deeply invested in this world and anything that changes what I thought I knew about it is hard for me to accept.  In other words, I FEEL you, Star Wars fans!

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Saturday started bright and early — true story: when my alarm went off my brain said “Tuesday?” — with a pre-Studio C breakfast at Snooze.  I was excited to see my sister, despite her claim that she wouldn’t be joining us.  Oh the power of peer pressure and FOMO 😛  We had our CD in hand shortly after 8:30 and it’s a goody because it’s the 30th Anniversary CD and that means extra tracks from the “Studio C Vault.”  It actually sold out by mid-day, which hasn’t happened in many many years!

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We grabbed our Christmas tree — Noble Fir or bust! — and a fresh wreath afterward and had plenty of time to take it back home and sit on the couch for a bit before heading out to a VERY SPECIAL celebration… Mason’s 1st Birthday Party!!!!  Can you believe that little guy has lived a whole year of life?  It was a confusing moment of contradictions when I looked at a picture of him the day he was born and he looked so teeny tiny compared to how he looks now, but then a gentle reminder that he’s still actually teeny tiny when we bought him a “Dumbledore’s Army” t-shirt and it looked very small.

Hannah truly outdid herself with the party!  Everything looked so cute and perfect, plus there was Chipotle and crowns and Where the Wild Things Are decor everywhere you looked.  Mason had a cold (poor thing!) but he was still a trooper and I give his cake eating my seal of approval.  That last picture SLAYS me.  What a sweet mama Hannah is to that sweet little boy ♥

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We hit up the grocery store on our way home and it was about this time that our early morning wake up call started to catch up with me.  Back at home, we watched a few episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — why did I think the second season had already come out?? — then made quesadillas (with pea hummus?!) for dinner, made it through the beginning of SNL and crashed into bed.  I think I remember asking Joey to read to me (ha!) but I was so tired!

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I didn’t wake up till 8 AM the next morning and only because Joey was up!  Felt good to sleep in though.  We hooked ourselves up with our favorite pancakes and I even made coconut whipped cream to go along with, then we lounged about for a bit — this was also when Hannah sent me a picture of Mason riding the Sweet Cow we gave him and my heart could barely handle the cuteness! — before Joey left for football and I ran over to Whole Foods for a few things we missed the day before and left having spent way too much money.  HOW?  Spent the afternoon eating lunch, taking the pup on a brisk but refreshing walk and reading before heading to yoga.

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When I got back home, we got to work decorating the Christmas tree.  We were being super dorky by showing each ornament to Andi, then holding him up next to the star because… I don’t know why.  The tree looks great though and I can’t wait to do that thing where I wake up every morning and see it all lit up out in the living room and get super excited 😛

I know it’s Monday, but I feel so happy it’s December.  Joey looked over at me on Saturday night and said “I just really love Christmas!” and it’s crazy to think you can be with someone for 10 years and think you know everything about them, but in that moment I was like “wow, he does love Christmas!” like I had just realized it for the first time.  I think his enthusiasm and happiness is rubbing off on me ♥  Please tell me how your first weekend of December was!