Memorial Day Weekend 2020

Well, we didn’t go to a Rockies game or do any gardening or run the Bolder Boulder or host a family BBQ, but MDW 2020 was the best it could be considering the circumstances.  We still ate Blue Pan pizza, watched a bunch of movies, spent some time with family, grilled bratwurst and to top it all off, I got to attend our virtual book club, so while it may have been different from any other year, it was still good and happy ♥

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Um, how is Blue Pan so good?!  Well worth the indigestion I had after eating it (a fun new daily pregnancy symptom :P).  Afterward, we watched The Lovebirds, which I won’t say is a good movie, but is at least a funny movie.  I laughed SO HARD at that milkshake monologue Kumail gave.

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Andi was busy taking 300 naps on Saturday, while Joey was busy doing a little project in our back room.  We’ve been trying to rent out our house and a huge drawback seemed to be our “second bedroom,” which is already small and probably felt even smaller since we had a bunch of boxes we’d packed stacked up in there.  Thursday afternoon, Joey felt inspired to clean out the boxes, then that turned into re-flooring the room somehow.  I wasn’t going to interfere and I’m glad I didn’t because it turned out so nice.  WHY DIDN’T WE DO THIS YEARS AGO??  We made black bean + tempeh tacos for dinner and watched Laggies, which I’d seen recommended last week after the death of the director, Lynn Shelton and… I’m sorry, but it was really not good.  Oh well!

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Sunday morning, Joey went golfing (I finally gave in!) and we had showings from 9-noon, so Andi and I hid out at my parents’, where my mom fed me a blueberry scone and bacon quiche that were both SO GOOD, my dad entertained me with Quarantine Life videos and my little sissy even joined us, which was the happiest surprise.  My mom showed us this box of our baby stuff, including our baby books and this teensy t-shirt one of us had.  I cannot believe how small newborns are! ♥  Back at home, I sat outside for a little bit until the rain clouds rolled in and when Joey got home, we watched the 1994 version of Little Women (which we’d watched a few years ago after I finished the book, but had to watch again now that Joey’s finished the book).  Gotta say… it’s pretty damn good!!!  We also watched Shoplifters and it was really interesting and sad as hell.

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Memorial Day!  Felt weird to not wake up early and run the Bolder Boulder but also pretty nice, plus Joey had made us buttermilk waffles.  I don’t know why we make any other kind because these are clearly superior!  I spent a good chunk of the day finishing my book club book, Circe by Madeline Miller and I absolutely LOVED it!  If you’re into Greek mythology (or even if you’re not), I highly recommend it.  Then I made us some potato salad for later and did some yoga.  We grilled bratwurst to have alongside our potato salad for dinner and then Joey went to watch some scary movie while I “went” to book club.  I hadn’t been in months (um, reading is hard when you’re falling asleep on the couch at 8 PM every night), and it felt SO GOOD to be back!  I was in the best mood for the rest of the night ♥

I hope you made the best of your Memorial Day Weekend too!

Oscars Weekend Things!

I am on a true Oscars high!  Brad!  Bong Joon-Ho winning Best Original Screenplay!  Bong Joon-Ho winning Best Director!  A clip of “Jai Ho” (wow, I truly went insane when this happened, ha ha)!  And most importantly… PARASITE WINS BEST PICTURE!  Joey and I cheered like we were personally involved in the making of this film.  And even though I said I thought 1917 was going to win, I ended up going with my heart when I filled in my ballot and I was rewarded big time!

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In full support of Parasite, we made “Ram-Don” aka Jjapaguri for dinner and it was just as good as it looked in the movie!  Plus our traditional Buffalo Wing Popcorn and Whiskey Sours for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, though that didn’t help the movie much.  What did you guys think of that surprise Eminem performance??  Every millennial I’ve spoken to hated it, but my parents loved it, so I’m just extra confused.  Overall, it was a great night!

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Back on Friday, we headed home to hunker down because it was snowy and it felt right to stay in, cook ourselves dinner and watch a double feature.  We started with Dear Ex and even though we were having technical difficulties with the subtitles (sometimes they would flash by in the blink of an eye and sometimes they wouldn’t even come up at all!), I thought this movie was wonderful.  Such a beautiful portrait of pain and love all rolled together.  And I thought the cast gave outstanding performances.

We made Ponzu Roasted Salmon for dinner and even though Bon Appetit is always asking us to plate things in weird (usually hand-torn) ways, we LOVED this meal!  As a true lover of all things ginger and citrus, I wanted to straight up drink the ponzu sauce.  So good!  Our second feature was Drive and look, I love Ryan Gosling, Carrie Muligan and Oscar Isaac but that movie is bad.  Sorry, not sorry!

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Saturday started with our go-to recipe for whole wheat pancakes and ended with the Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts, but in between, I made banana bread, we hit not one but two open houses (the houses were amazing, but the circumstances around them were not), I went for an eye exam and we grabbed burgers with my mom, sister and Wayne ♥  As for the doc shorts, I really liked them this year!  If you’ve never heard of Resignation Syndrome (I hadn’t!), please look it up or, better yet, watch Life Overtakes Me on Netflix.  It was crazy!  Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) was our (and the Academy’s) favorite though.  It was surprisingly uplifting for a documentary that takes place in Afghanistan.

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I think I’ve spoken enough about Sunday, but please know we woke up to MORE snow, so we ditched our dining out plans and made breakfast at home.  I am very into a soft scramble with goat cheese right now and hey look, the banana bread I made on Saturday made an appearance on my plate!  Also made lunch salads for the week while Joey cleaned the $#%& out of the bathroom and then I did a self-led yoga class while he worked.  I never even left the house!

Now please excuse me while I go watch that clip of Bong Joon-Ho giggling at his Oscar statuette 😛