Weekend Things

Hi and Happy Thanksgiving Week!  That’s a thing, right??  We’re a mere three days away from my favorite holiday of the year and I’m here to tell you this is the most relaxed I’ve felt about it in many many years.  I’m making all of two dishes (one for each gathering), I haven’t been obsessing over the timing of making those two dishes and until a few days ago when my mom texted me her menu, I hadn’t even wondered what she was making.  Who am I??  But for real, it feels good to loosen my grip on Thanksgiving.  It’ll all be fine.

But back to this weekend, which felt so relaxed, so without obligations and so perfect.

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I am one of the rare weirdos who doesn’t mind the time change.  The sun already being down when you get home from work just makes it feel so right to immediately change into your sweats, cook up a warm comforting meal and hunker down on the couch.  Plus, have you seen a November sunset??  STUNNING.  But what I HATE about the time change is that post-work dog walking has become increasingly difficult.  Even when I just speed walk Andi around the block, my anxiety is on high alert mode.  This is all to say, we left work a bit early, walked our pup while there was still light and this is much preferable.

Later on, we took ourselves to see Can You Ever Forgive Me? and while the story is really interesting and Melissa McCarthy totally pulls off a non-comedic role, I just found it semi-boring.  Still, settling into an old lumpy seat in an old lumpy theater next to my old lumpy husband surrounded by other people who love movies enough to leave their home and do the same, makes my heart so happy.  Also, I maybe snuck in my own bag of popcorn 😛

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Saturday we woke up early but got out of bed leisurely — Joey was reading and I was maybe just cuddling our dog, ha! — then made our way to the kitchen for Pumpkin Pancakes with coffee and bacon.  After, Joey and his mom took our leaves to the recycling and I hit the grocery store.  With the only two real agenda items checked off, we spent the rest of the day reading, watching Atlanta (we just started Season 1!) and getting a random spark of organizational energy?  I re-worked our hallway shelves to include our small book collection and I’m seriously so happy about it!

Ended the night with what I’d call a disastrous Pad Thai and what Joey would probably just call dinner and the first Fantastic Beasts film, which we wanted a refresh on before seeing the new one.  I find if I ignore the bigger plot picture — why does there have to be a connection to the Harry Potter world at all and why can’t it just be about Newt Scamander having to track down all the creatures that escaped from his case?? — all the bits of magic are just DELIGHTFUL!

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Sunday morning we went to breakfast at Devil’s Food and even though they didn’t have the pumpkin pancakes I wanted and I ordered a short rib hash that came with over medium eggs that somehow contained no yolks (????), it felt so nice and cozy in there.  I got a haircut at 11 and my hairdresser brought in her 2-month-old Chihuahua-Pomeranian ball of fluff and it was beyond cute.  If you thought getting your hair done was already self-care, try doing it while holding a puppy!

I stopped by my parents’ on my way home (Mom was making stuffing!), read/cried over the final issue of Cooking Light and went to Sunday afternoon yoga, then we made a quiche (with Parmesan zucchini fries and a maple-mustard dipping sauce) for dinner and it only took something like 40 minutes longer than the directions said.  Also, I totally bought a frozen pie dough because sometimes you just need a dinner shortcut.  We made it through most of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (because Joey just finished the book!) and we were mostly baffled about why they set The Burrow on fire?!

I hope you have a lovely and laid-back Thanksgiving!

Weekend Things

As Joey said Sunday night, “this weekend was weird, but I still had fun.” Mostly it was weird because we are currently in Memphis, so the usual get-ready-for-the-work-week stuff (grocery, lunch prep) didn’t need to be done, leaving us a lot of free time to do what exactly? 

We had zero plans for Friday night so after leaving work later than anticipated (being out of the office part of this week has its drawbacks), we were “those people” who go on a Friday evening run.  Then I made us dinner! I watched Bon Appétit make eggplant on Facebook Live last week and totally wrote down the instructions so I could re-create it and it turned out great! 
I was REALLY excited about that beer because it was a Three Floyds collaboration but then it was kinda boring. Not boring though, was The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou which I’d never seen but truly loved. Angelica Huston is a boss. 

We had a plan-free Saturday morning and I know we have plenty of Saturdays like that, but between training runs at the end of the summer, being in Florida and going to Illegal Pete’s last week, it felt like we hadn’t spent a Saturday morning at home in so long! Later on, we needed to get out of the house so we spent some time at American Cultures, then came home and tried to decide how much our trees have grown since last year? 

Since we were leaving town, we were trying not to cook and that seemed like a good excuse to go try a new restaurant. I’ve had Pizzeria Lui on the brain for weeks! It wasn’t too busy inside but they had some pretty wood tables, beer with pull tab lids (how have I never seen this before??) and, uh, pizza. Really really good pizza! I hope to go back soon. 

We had breakfast with my mom and sister on Sunday morning and look, if there’s a 45-minute wait at Devil’s Food, head two doors down for coffee and a giant donut hole! But maybe actually don’t because I did that and felt emotionally unstable for the rest of the day. Overstimulation is a tricky thing.

I spent the afternoon at Jade’s baby shower. She’s about to be the mother of three boys and I think she might have her hands full for a while 😋 Afterwards I went home for some quiet time but also took myself on a run then roasted some Delicata squash rainbows as part of dinner. Squash season has me feeling good this year! 

How was your weekend?