Weekend Things: Welcome to February

It’s February and there’s snow, a drug mule that listens to Adele (if you know, you know), a kitten and a pitbull that are best friends, a first birthday party, Super Bowl snacks and the prettiest sunset.  I think it’s safe to say this month is off to a good start ♥

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Friday night, we headed to the Alamo for the Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts.  I’m still traumatized from last year’s barrage of child deaths, so I was nervous but this year’s batch wasn’t nearly as horrific, thank god!!!  I think Joey found them somewhat lackluster but I thought they were pretty good.  Brotherhood was my favorite (compelling story and beautifully shot), but Nefta Football Club was pretty entertaining.

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Saturday started with double puppy cuddles then carrot cake waffles!  Not going to lie, I’d been looking forward to making these all week and they did not disappoint.  I also had our groceries delivered and then, since it was nice out, Joey went outside to do some yard clean up and I made some caramelized shallot dip for the next day.  We hit up an open house on our way back to the Alamo to see the Animated Shorts, then hit another one on our way back home (neither were promising).  Guys, I teared up at three of the shorts!  We liked Hair Love and Kitbull best, but man was there some crazy interesting animation this year!

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Back at home, Joey worked for a bit so I took some time to read and make salads for the week (one less thing to do on a busy Sunday!), then we saw the prettiest sunset and decided to go out for dinner.  The wait for a table at Fire on the Mountain wasn’t so bad, but the wait for our food was REALLY testing my patience.  At least the food was good!  Back at home, we watched Fighting with My Family and it’s not a perfect movie, but much better than I’d expected and I just really love Florence Pugh, okay??

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Sunday morning, we finished watching SNL (I was not really looking forward to this episode but then J.J. Watt was actually pretty good!)  Again, it was so nice outside and the pups just wanted to stay out there… and sit in the planter box apparently.  A bit later, we cleaned ourselves up and headed out for the day.  First stop, Ellie’s first birthday party.  There was a taco bar, a jumpy castle and the birthday girl was in a great mood ♥  She did dig her fingers in the cake but wasn’t really eating it afterward, so she stayed pretty clean.

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After that, we headed to the Super Bowl party.  We filled out prop bet sheets and I only had to ask who Andy Reid was, what T.O.P. stood for and then cheated off Joey’s answer for total yards ran 😛  More importantly, Mason was wearing a backwards hat and it was the cutest thing.  There were a few good commercials, but for the most part I was underwhelmed.  Loved that halftime show though!  Also, I made way too much dip.

After that 70° degree day, we are back to 30s and snow, but I guess I’ll live because my parents are finally coming home, Josh and Fletcher will be in town and… IT’S OSCAR WEEK, BABY!  Please have a good Monday 🙂

Weekend Things

I went through a phase where I put a lot of stock into having a “perfect” weekend and it felt like something that needed to carefully crafted, but I think I’ve relaxed about it a bit and spend a lot less time thinking about it even.  Turns out, it’s a lot easier to do it this way.  Who knew?! 😛

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Friday started with that pretty sky and ended with the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (it was our first time seeing them!!) and in between was that time when we decided to squeeze in going out to dinner and rushing into the movie theater just as the shorts started.  Also, we didn’t have time to finish our pizza so we maybe ate the rest when we got home at 10 PM.

Those documentaries could have their own post, but I’ll just shout out a few.  “Lifeboat” showed the rescue of refugees off the coast of Libya and it was so moving to see volunteers embrace these boats of people.  “Period. End of Sentence.” was such a eye-opening but also empowering and fun documentary about a rural village in India, who received a machine to make sanitary pads for the women there.  The best and hardest and most heart-ripping was “End Game” about end of life care.  Realizing mid-documentary that all of the subjects had since passed away was so sobering.  It’s a tough but beautiful watch.

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On Saturday, I was bad a taking pictures, apparently!  But there were pancakes and then once our groceries were delivered, I made white bean chili and coffee cake to take to Betsy and Jory because… THEY HAD THEIR BABY GIRL!!!!  We got to go see her last Wednesday and gosh, she is PRECIOUS ♥  Got to see my mama for a massage later that afternoon, then we took my sister and Wayne to Q House for dinner because I’d been talking up that mouth-numbing chicken for weeks.  I think it was less mouth-numbing than the first time but still very very good.  We all watched Boy Erased afterward and I felt like it was just okay.  Lucas Hedges was good though!

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It’s Sunday and we’re all sleepy, or so those first two pictures make it seem 🙂  We started with waffles and I knocked out lunches for the week, while Joey did some cleaning and though we were thisclose to going to see the Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts, we decided staying at home would be easier/better, plus we ran through Father of the Bride Part II, My Best Friend’s Wedding and part of The Notebook while we got stuff done.  It was somewhere between me saying “your memories, George” in Mr. Habib’s voice, singing note for note with Cameron Diaz during the karaoke scene and making the same fist punch as Ryan Gosling when his dad outs him for stammering when he was younger that I realized I’ve seen all of these movies too many times.

We took that coffee cake and chili over to Jory and Betsy mid-afternoon and got to hold a sleeping Elliott for a good long time ♥  Back at home, we ate some of that chili ourselves, watched a few episodes of The Assassination of Gianni Versace (not going to lie, I’m finding it way more disturbing than I had expected) and ate popcorn in front of a jealous pup.  Oh and while we didn’t watch the Grammys, we did see Brandi Carlile’s performance and DANG, she was so good!

How was your weekend?