Weekend Things

Apologies if this post is all over the place but my brain is mush because I have a newborn and WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT!!!!!! I don’t think I can properly relay the explosion of emotions I have felt since Saturday morning when we saw CNN had projected Joe Biden as the President-Elect. I think part of me had already mentally prepared to be disappointed in the outcome of the election — I was SO blindsided in 2016 and I did not want to feel that way again — so when things started going our way, I was shocked in the happiest of ways and seeing that announcement was the biggest feeling of relief and happiness and still a little bit of disbelief. I fully realized how stressful and heavy the past four years have felt and knowing it was over was EUPHORIC. This little baby won’t have to watch our president bully or name-call or lie or tweet insanity. We’ll have decency back in the White House. And dogs! We’ll have dogs in the White House again. I’m just so happy!

I have no idea what my posting schedule will be like in this unpredictable but wonderful newborn/maternity leave stage, but since it happened to be Sunday when I wrote this — I definitely thought Saturday was Friday and was bewildered when I realized I was wrong — I’ll go with a Weekend Things post for now. We loaded up Dempsey and walked to the coffee shop late Friday morning and… I hated it. There were so many people out and about and I felt very weird about it. Don’t worry, the baby didn’t go inside and we kept him away from everyone but still. Later that night, we supported the Denver Film Fest, by ordering up a movie called The Killing of Two Lovers. I really liked it! Joey was unsure about the ending but enjoyed the rest.

Saturday morning, Dempsey wasn’t interested in going back to bed after his 5 AM feeding, so Joey graciously got up with him and let me sleep in a bit longer. When I got up, I made us some blueberry pancakes, so I think we’re even :). They were really good and it’d been a few weeks since we’d made pancakes, so it felt like a luxury to eat them. And Andi was excited for the return of his Puppy Pancake.

Well I wish I could say we did anything productive on Saturday but mainly, we watched the news, scrolled celebration videos on Twitter and held the baby. We whipped out the Solly wrap and I’m not sure about it. I’m sure I’ll get better at it, but I can’t get it tight enough to feel like it’s actually supporting him and not just hanging off my body in a way that makes me feel like I have to lean backward to counterbalance him. Joey fared better and also sent me pictures of Dempsey’s sweet face from the other end of the couch.

My parents came over for dinner and we picked up food from Ginger Pig, a new restaurant just a few blocks from us. I thought it was all really good, but everyone else seemed to be more critical, which is the opposite of how it usually is! We all watched Kamala and Joe speak and can you believe we have a female Vice President??? I cannot tell you how much this means to me. My mom and I definitely teared up afterward :).

Sunday was semi-lazy too. For me, at least :). We ate breakfast and watched SNL because there was no way we were making it till 11:30 when it aired on Saturday and I thought the cold open was lame but Chapelle’s monologue was great and I loved that performance of “Times Like These” the Foo Fighters did. We have not done a lot of cooking in the past three weeks (thanks to everyone who has brought food!), but before Dempsey was born, Joey cleared out our garden and picked a TON of green cherry tomatoes. Did you know tomatoes will ripen on the counter?? They were finally all ready, so Joey made up some cream of tomato soup and I made two grilled cheeses and it felt like such a indulgence to have a fresh cooked lunch, especially one that tasted so good! The rest of the day included a Cowboys lose game, me writing this post, a fussy baby and a few episodes of Breaking Bad which we’d been talking about re-watching and finally pulled the trigger on. How was your weekend??

Weekend Things

It’s November, it’s the Denver Film Fest, it’s the end of Daylight Saving Time!  Even though I feel like we skipped right over fall and headed straight into winter — I feel so mentally unprepared for snow and darkness and holiday madness — it’s not ALL bad, because it also means Avs games, the Denver Film Fest and more light at the beginning of the day (for a little while at least).

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We’ve been Instagram-stalking the Yuan Wonton food truck for a couple of months and were FINALLY able to make it to one of their stops on Friday!  They had quite the crowd at Strange Craft Beer Company, but it was worth the wait because those dumplings and wontons and soup were all so spicy good.  They were out of soup dumplings by the time we got there, so we are already planning to find them again soon.

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Afterward, we went to our first Avs game of the season and… they lost, so we must be bad luck 😦  Loss aside, it was a good time and I was only sort of distracted by the many groups of people wearing Where’s Waldo costumes??

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Saturday morning waffles!  I made these Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles while Joey picked up coffee beans and then I used them to make a pumpkin spice latte that was NOT GOOD.  Oh well, because the waffles were great!  Our pup is very loungey but also very protective of his ball 😛  Later on, I took a pair of boots to Dardano’s to get re-heeled (they do the best job!) and then we completely cleaned out and re-arranged our closet.  It seriously felt so good.  Fall/winter sweaters are out!

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I just want to tell you that I was greatly frustrated by the Denver Film Festival this year.  Months ago, we bought a ticket package (6 tickets at a discounted price), then realized the tickets would go on sale while we were in Rome.  We walked all the way back to our hotel, so I could access the wifi and buy the tickets.  The lineup was so good but ALL the movies I wanted to see were “Special Presentations” that we could not use our ticket package for.  UGH!!!  We ended up having to pick movies we weren’t all that excited for instead and I was really bummed.  That being said, our first movie, Saint Frances, ended up being wonderful, so what do I know!  We both really loved it ♥

Afterward, we headed to Arvada to have dinner with Steve, Lorna, Nick and Adam at the Arvada Tavern.  I dug the speakeasy vibe and their cocktails are so good!  We made it back home in time for SNL and though I do not love Kristen Stewart, I laughed (way too hard) at that Ginuwine “Pony” skit.

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I know people talk about getting an extra hour of sleep when we “fall back,” but um, we just woke up at the same time, except the clock read an hour earlier.  Boo!  I got my hair cut a few hours later and when I got back home, I lightly suggested going out for lunch before DFF Round 2, to which Joey suggested Cart-Driver and SAY NO MORE!  It happened to be pretty nice weather, so we had our pizza out on the patio and it was all perfect.  We saw Sybil and it was just okay.  You can’t win em all, I guess.

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Later on, we cooked this Seared Steak with Horseradish Cream Sauce and Crispy Brussels Sprouts and it was AMAZING!  That sauce though ♥  My sister got a Plated subscription, then generously gifted this meal to us so we could try it out and not only was it really quick and easy, but super delicious.  Not going to brag too much, but I cooked that steak perfectly 😛  Plus, my sister is just the best.  Oh and we watched The King, which is somehow long but covers such little ground?  Only Timotheé Chalamet could pull of that bowl cut.  He was really good but Robert Pattinson?  Not so much.

What did you do this weekend??