Weekend Things

Thanksgiving Week!  It’s my favorite, in case you didn’t know.  And even though my brain is mostly focused on pie crust and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and getting to eat the stuffing my mom and I made together last weekend, I would be remiss not to mention that we (and basically the rest of the county) are supposed to get pummeled by snow, starting tonight!  I’ll believe it when I see it 🙂

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Friday night, Joey, Adam, Lori and I had dinner at FNG — I managed to order something other than sliders and was WOWED by my meatloaf — then headed to our second home, the Alamo Drafthouse, to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.  What a touching tribute to Mr. Rogers that film is!  I do not mean this as a brag, but I’m just a bit too young to have been a real Mr. Rogers watcher as a child.  However, I’ve seen enough clips (plus that moving documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? from last year) to have a sense of who he was and how he conducted himself in the world and Tom Hanks and Marielle Heller got it so right in this film.  I also found the way they told this story and formatted the movie to be pretty inventive.  It’s lovely!

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Saturday morning, I made us some gingerbread waffles while Joey got us coffee.  It took me like 10 minutes to locate the molasses I bought what feels like 9 years ago, but I finally did it and these waffles were delicious!  We also watched Thanksgiving Live on Food Network and now I’m wondering if I should be cooking two smaller turkeys rather than one giant one for Christmas??

Afterward, I made some salted caramel sauce for the apple pie I’m making on Wednesday (it only took me one try, which is quite the improvement from the THREE tries it took me last time I made it!) and made, not one, but two pie crusts after the first one was not to my liking.

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Have I mentioned we live at the Alamo?  We were back there at 3:45 to see Ford v Ferrari and it was mostly a good time!  It’s definitely got a slick, big budget, Hollywood movie feel, but whatever because Damon and Bale are both great and the story (which I had literally zero knowledge of before seeing the movie) was really interesting.  Mostly, I hope that’s Christian Bale’s real accent because I love to imagine him saying “bloody hell!” all the time.

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Back at home, we made some one of our favorite salmon dinners and watched The Last Black Man in San Francisco.  I genuinely loved it.  I thought the style was unique, the story worked on both a micro and macro level and I really truly felt for the two main characters.  Meanwhile, Joey fell asleep.  We managed to stay up for SNL afterward and… it was somehow a dud.  Come on now, Will Ferrell.

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We had a vet appointment for our little pup bright and early Sunday morning and though we planned to drop him off, then go to breakfast, they managed to get him all checked out within 20 minutes.  This is much preferable!  We dropped him off at home and headed to Sassafras, which we hadn’t been to in a really long time.  They’ve even moved locations since!  It’s still an old house in Denver, just a bigger one 🙂  I went with their chicken fried eggs and bison hash, which they are known for, but WHY CAN’T THEY SEASON THE HASH??  I don’t understand.  Anyway, it was still pretty good and Joey seemed happy with his chicken pimento biscuits.

That afternoon, we headed to Jory and Betsy’s new house and it’s so nice!!  The Cowboys game was on, but there were buffalo chicken nachos and Elliott was on the move, so I was pleasantly distracted ♥  Back at home, I made granola while Joey watched the end of the game and then we made salads for the short week before plopping down on the couch with leftovers and The Peanut Butter Falcon.  My heart!  I managed to not cry, but if this movie doesn’t pull at your heartstrings, you’re probably dead inside.  I was really moved by it!

Happy Monday!

Weekend Things

This weekend felt weird!  By all accounts — one last Rockies game/win, leaf peeping, seeing Hustlers (!!!), extreme Sunday productivity, yoga and Sunday wing night — it was eventful and fun but look, we are leaving for a two week Italian vacation on Thursday, so I can’t say I didn’t feel a bit distracted.

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Oy, this Rockies season!  It wasn’t our best (or really our worst), but we went out on top by sweeping a playoff-bound Milwaukee Brewers team.  Also, one last trip to Biker Jim’s.  I was just two dogs from trying them ALL this season!  If you care, I’d rank them (best to worst) as follows: Elk Jalapeno Cheddar, All Beef (surprisingly good!), Louisiana Red Hots, Bacon Cheddar, Southwest Buffalo, Rattlesnake Pheasant, Vegan, Wild Boar, Jack-a-Lope, German Veal, Chicken Peach (never again).  Mostly I learned that most of those dogs are like way smaller than that bun.  Can’t we get a better-fitting bun??  Also, the real MVP is the Biker Jim’s “Classic” topping of caramelized onions and cream cheese!

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Took so long for the leaves to change this year that I almost thought we might miss it entirely but it was “peak” this weekend, so we made a plan to head to Kenosha to maybe hike, or maybe just drive through.  We got up there later than usual and it was PACKED!!!  But if you just drive up a bit, past the parking lot, you basically have the trail to yourself.  We drove up for a while then found the exact same spot to park as last year, where we ate lunch and hey, we remembered a fork this time around!  Can I just say how wonderful it is to be able to drive just a few hours to see these stunning sights and breathe that fresh mountain air?  There’s nothing like it!

Back at home, we had our groceries delivered while we parked it on the couch and watched Snatch.  Such is life in 2019!  It was my first time watching this movie and wow, I definitely laughed at the some of the stylistic choices — namely that heist scene at the beginning — but I did appreciate it as a piece of film culture.  I also feel like I’ll probably forget the plot by tomorrow and mainly just remember that crazy accent Brad Pitt is doing.

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A movie I’ll not soon forget?  HUSTLERS!  Guys, it’s good, it’s so so good!  Not only does Jennifer Lopez look INCREDIBLE but she is just in full control of this performance and she makes it look EFFORTLESS.  I know it seems like the story of a group of female strippers conning men, but at its heart, it’s the story of a relationship between two women and it’s goddamn beautiful.  It also says a lot about money and power, but you’re having so much fun that none of it feels forced or boring.

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Sunday started with breakfast at Portside — I have a love-hate relationship with this place because I love sitting out on their little patio and the food is really good but man, house made almond milk always tastes so bad to me and it smells floral in an extremely funereal way in there and I do NOT love it.  After, I prepped some wings for dinner (!!!), made salads for the week, cleaned the bathroom, picked up lunch and some new mascara and packed for our vacation!  I feel so proud of myself!!!  I want to pretend I am a totally chill and laid back person, but vacation in general, and especially one that involves a nine and a half our flight and a country that speaks a different language, makes me feel a little panicky.  I’m hoping being mostly packed means I won’t wake up in the middle of the night thinking about the stuff I don’t want to forget to put in my suitcase for the rest of the week 😛  I think I feel ready!

I even had time to make it to yoga and wow, it felt so good!  The Cowboys played the Saints on Sunday night football and while I still can’t get behind the idea of football, I can TOTALLY get behind the idea of football food and there’s nothing better than not paying attention to the game and instead digging into a plate of wings.  Plus, these were REALLY GOOD and I straight up LOVED this miso roasted cauliflower.  A+ evening, even though the Cowboys lost.  I am going to do my best to keep my head in the game work-wise for the next three days but it already feels so hard!