Weekend Things & Stay Safe!

Hello from truly the strangest, most stressful and worrisome times.  I hope you are safe and well and, unlike me, your anxiety level is not at a ten.  So much has happened so quickly and it all feels surreal.  Remember how last week’s post didn’t even mention the Corona Virus?!  And now here we are.  This is a reminder to myself most of all, but let’s all breathe and seriously, please stay home if at all possible!

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Joey flew out to Vegas last Wednesday, partly for a work expo and partly for the Pac-12 Tournament but when all of the games were cancelled, I practically begged him to come home early.  He was able to change his flight to Friday afternoon, then rode the Light Rail to Union Station and walked over to Whole Foods so we could brave grocery shopping together.  It actually wasn’t as bad as I’d expected but some of the pantry aisles were pretty ravaged.  We got enough stuff to last us a week or so.  I didn’t see any panic shopping, thankfully!

Back at home, we ate dinner and watched Big Time Adolescence, which premiered at LAST YEAR’S Sundance Film Festival and I’ve been watching out for it ever since.  It stars Pete Davidson and we both really liked it!  It’s on Hulu if you want to check it out 🙂

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I truly didn’t leave my house or my pajamas on Saturday.  Am I proud or embarrassed?  Hmm.  Friday night, I mentioned that Clueless was an Emma adaptation and Joey’s response was that he’d never really seen Clueless… WHAT??  Well that had to change, so we rented it up.  You ever re-watch a movie from your childhood and realize just how many times you’d seen it because you know every line, every song, every outfit?  That happened to me.  What a hilarious script though!  The movie holds up!

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The only credit I give myself for Saturday is that we cooked dinner.  I promise there’s really creamy pasta and zucchini noodles under all those toasted breadcrumbs.  I really love this recipe!  Plus we finally watched There Will Be Blood.  Now that’s a movie!  Between Okja, Escape at Dannemora and There Will Be Blood, I guess we are only watching Paul Dano things now 😛

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I think this photo sums up our Sunday anxiety level.  We had breakfast and got our chores taken care of, then I headed out for my re-scheduled facial from last weekend.  I’m not going to lie, I kept wondering if I should still being doing things like getting a facial but I went.  Afterward, I came home and cleaned up and then we went to my parents’ for corned beef and cabbage.  Am I somehow the most worried person in my family about all of this??  Apparently!

Though our office remains open and employees are welcome to work there if they want, we did ask that anyone not feeling well please stay home and though I feel fine, I just felt more comfortable grabbing my computer and working from home.  Please hang in there, everyone and be smart about all of this!

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Things

Last week felt weird.  Mostly, working from home is sort of strange.  After sitting on the couch in my own living room all day, I shut down my computer and wondered how people who work from home transition from “work mode” to “post work mode” when the location doesn’t actually change.  Joey came home and I said, “I feel like I’m supposed to leave the house and go get a drink??”  Without missing a beat, he responded, “you’re right, we should go to The Family Jones!”  I was in.

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The bar was full, but we promised to be done by the time the next reservation came in for their table.  I know my drink looks really pretty, but man, was it alcohol-forward!  Our waitress had already asked me if I’d had it before, because it’s “not for everyone” and I really thought it was the same drink I’d ordered last time I went in, so when it turned out to definitely not be the same, I felt like I couldn’t admit it at that point.

Back at home, we kept it chill with leftovers, the Top Chef finale and a few episodes of Russian Doll.

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Saturday morning, I made us Greek Yogurt Pancakes and a bit later we headed out for a matinee showing of Captain Marvel.  They were showing a bunch of Captain Marvel history beforehand, but our waitress was talking to us in the middle of it and then I was just confused but it seemed interesting.  I liked the movie!  I thought Brie Larson was great, I thought the 90s of it all — especially the music! — was great, I thought the cat was great and I thought the stuff with Maria Rambeau was unexpectedly emotional?

Not going to lie though, Annette Bening in a space suit is not great and aliens are not great.  Sorry, but please don’t try to make me care about an alien dad reuniting with his alien wife and daughter.  Mostly though, Joey ordered a cheesecake milkshake halfway through the movie and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so happy!

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The rest of the day involved a trip to the grocery for me and yard work for Joey and then we reunited to make pasta.  But not just any pasta… GREEN PASTA!  “Make colored pasta” was on my list of things to do in 2019 and St. Patrick’s Day weekend seemed as good a time as any to make it happen.  The dough was greener and also stickier than we had expected, so it maybe wasn’t our best batch but all homemade pasta is good pasta, so we still loved it.  I could actually taste the spinach, in a good way!

We added it into this recipe for Creamy Carrot and Herb Linguine and it tasted all light and fresh like spring!

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What can I say about Sunday except that I took this one picture, so I guess I’m back to being the same old me?  Just to fill you in, the rest of the day involved breakfast, finishing Russian Doll, — hold please for my thoughts — Power Salads, Joey running 7 miles (he’s training for the Colfax Half Marathon!) and me… not running any miles, making dog treats for our pup, and then we picked my sister up and went to 4 Noses Brewing for pre-dinner beers.

Over at my parents’, our traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner!  My mom bought two pieces corned beef from the same store and cooked them side by side and one was bright pink and firm and the other was pale pink and fall-apart?  Isn’t that strange?  Anyway, they both tasted great!  We made it back home by 8, just in time to watch “Beyond the Wall,” and I don’t know, Daenerys showing up with the dragons is an amazing moment and Viserion getting shot down is a heartbreaking moment but that episode just doesn’t live up to the greatness of the penultimate episode in basically every other season.

How was your weekend?  Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?