Weekend Things

Is this not the best time of year?? Fall by morning and evening, summer by day. It’s the best of both worlds! And aside from enjoying this fall/summer limbo, we did our best to stay busy this weekend and I think we did a good job!

My mom and sister both have significant others who do not eat gluten or dairy and are forever wishing they could just cook some pasta or eat a sandwich for dinner, so we’ve started up a little Girls Cooking Club where they can do just that! My sis was in charge of dinner, so we all met at my parents’ and I basically just sat there as my mom served me deviled eggs and tomatoes with balsamic and then my sister fed me Cacio e Pepe, so it all worked out for me 😋 A definite downside was that when I walked in, the news was reporting the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and what a hit to the heart that was 😥 I was glad to be in the company of two women who get it though. I brought Smith + Cannon ice cream for dessert and then finally returned home feeling full and happy.

I hope I like breakfast again when I’m no longer pregnant, because the struggle is real. Saturday morning, we finally landed on OneFold breakfast burritos that Joey offered to go pick up when the delivery wait time was something like an hour and I didn’t think I’d make it. We sat out in the back yard to eat, then took the pup on a morning walk?? Who are we! Back at home, we started our Red Cross first aid course online.

We had been waiting in anticipation for the sneak peek of the maternity photo shoot we did last Wednesday, so when they popped up on Instagram that afternoon, we were so very excited. Jo shot our wedding at Cheesman six years ago, so it only felt right that she shot our maternity photos there as well and gosh, I am IN LOVE with how they turned out and can’t wait to see the rest!

Around 2, we drove over to Hannah and Josh’s and got to sit out on their back deck with them for a few hours and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. Little Henry is just the cutest and most chill and Mason woke up from his nap and came out to show up his toy plane collection. He did have to correct me at one point because some of them are biplanes 😂 But actually my favorite part was when he stole Hannah’s phone and was texting someone and when she tried to pry it away from him, he yelled “I’m texting Joey and Lauren!” 😂😂😂 Anyway, it was so soul nourishing to see them all and I can’t wait till we can add our little boy to the group!

We cooked up a fall-ish pizza for dinner and man was it good! And then our Hitchcock binge continued with Rear Window and we really liked it! Gotta say, my favorite was when Lisa and Stella sort of took over. They were great!! I should mention the fire alarm in our room randomly went off a few times in the middle of the night?? We reset it and it seemed to be fine after that but Andi was TOTALLY wigged out by it. We let him come up into our bed and he kept jolting awake and barking at the ceiling, poor little puppy!

Sunday started with butternut pancakes (since we had already opened the can for pizza the night before) and YUM, FALL! We lounged for a little bit, then put a pork shoulder in the oven for pulled pork later on (!!), and worked on our first aid course till lunchtime. I think the afternoon was spent watching sports for Joey and reading/doing my nails for me and some napping for Andi. We also finished up our first aid course and I hope I never ever have to use infant CPR, but I definitely feel better knowing it!

So, the pork. It was my first time ever making pulled pork and I don’t know that it went totally smoothly. All the brown sugar in the rub seemed to burn to an absolute crisp on the bottom of our Dutch oven and the outside of the pork was so tough, but everything inside was at least tender. Wish I’d had WAY more BBQ sauce than the 1-2 cups the recipe called for though. We at least had enough for our two dinner sandwiches and even though the recipe kind of seemed like a fail, it tasted really good!!! Made us some coleslaw for on top and on the side, then froze the rest of the pork for post-baby dinners.

We ended the night with a Nuggets game, Big Brother, Emmys triple feature and even though toward the end of the Emmys, I was begging for it to be over (help, I get tired so early nowadays!), I thought it was kind of a good show. Glad we had watched Schitt’s Creek and Succession so we could celebrate those wins! Hope you had a good weekend!

Weekend Things

Hi!  What if I watched four movies, two TV show episodes, six football games and one award show this weekend?  Is that too many things?  Is that why I barely read this weekend?  Don’t worry, I still fit in a (the last??) bike ride to the farmers’ market, a facial, dinner with my sis and Sunday chores, but I sure do feel like I watched a lot of things this weekend!

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Joey really really wanted to see It Chapter 2 and was considering going by himself when I decided I could take one for the team and see it with him.  I am NOT a scary movie person but I fully committed by watching the first one BY MYSELF on Thursday night so we could see the second part together on Friday.  I’m not going to lie, I did not love the first one and the second one felt SO LONG, SO REPETITIVE, SO NOT SCARY.  But, sitting in a packed theater for a horror film was actually a very fun experience!  Mostly, Stephen King just seems really hard to adapt and I’m not sure why we keep doing it, but give me Bill Hader and I’ll sit through anything!

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Saturday started with coffee and whole wheat pancakes for two, which were a lovely reminder that buttermilk is the best.  Afterward, we biked to the farmers’ market and there was that unmistakable fall chill in the air!  Felt kind of nice.  This may have been our last trip to the Union Station Farmers’ Market so I snagged peaches one last time and tried not to feel too sad.  The rest of the day included a trip to the grocery, lunch and a facial for me, but then we had evening plans with my sister and Wayne.

First, dinner at Chook.  It’s just rotisserie chicken and side dishes but it’s somehow much more!  After, we saw Ad Astra, which I’ll be honest, I was not very excited for.  The trailer made it look like the same old stoic astronaut with daddy issues plot.  I was hoping to be pleasantry surprised and… I was not.  To be fair, it is GORGEOUSLY shot — the color palette, the galactic scenery, Brad Pitt’s face — but god, I was bored.  I can’t even imagine all the trouble they went through to make a film in a futuristic version of outer space but with nothing new to say.  I hope to have my mind changed but for now, meh.

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We relaxed Sunday morning — did anyone else watch Between Two Ferns: The Movie??  I thought some parts were very funny and some parts were very dumb, but Paul Rudd is a national treasure! — then we went over to our friend Josh’s parents’ house to watch football.  Their house is STUNNING and I ate a bowl of the best pozole, but watching football basically amounts to me just not speaking for three hours.  Joey wouldn’t even let me bring a book 😛

Back at home, we watched an episode of Deadwood, took a picture of a pup’s nose then made lunch salads with Lars and the Real Girl on in the background and man do I love that movie.  We had eggplant pizzas and the Emmys for dinner.  Tonally, that telecast felt very weird and I did not need that hard to hear commentary by Thomas Lennon.  There is just so much to watch on TV that I feel more and more disconnected from the Emmys every year because there’s so much I haven’t seen!  That being said, I really loved the wins/speeches by Alex Borstein and Michelle Williams plus that look on Gwendolyn Christie’s face when the crowd cheered for her was INCREDIBLE.  Also, I reserve the right to feel outraged by the Julia Louis-Dreyfus snub until I watch Fleabag, okay??

Please tell me how your weekend was and… Happy First Day of Fall!