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??

Weekend Things

“Life is fun, when you’re a member of the Academy!”  That’s what Joey said to me when I told him it’d been a good weekend AND because my new favorite joke is telling people I’m a member 😛  I wish!  But I did see two movies this weekend, so I’m pretty much there, right?  Beside sitting in movie theaters, I also ate a food truck lunch, visited a hip delicatessen, went to a Nuggets game, had breakfast with my family, VOTED and took a yoga class.  Told you it was a good one!

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We did a little thing for our employees on Friday and I arranged for the Butcher and the Blonde food truck to feed us all.  I’ve only dealt with a few food trucks, but this was by far, the easiest and most flexible one I’ve encountered!  Also, my carnitas tacos were delicious!

We took ourselves to the Esquire later on to see Beautiful Boy and even though I’d heard some mixed things and was prepared for it to not really be that great, I really liked it!  I will say it leans more toward Steve Carell’s character than Timothée Chalamet’s — I don’t think he showed up till at least 10 minutes into the movie — but it is harrowing and touching and heartbreaking all at once.

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Up bright and early for movie #2.  Well, not that early.  We still had time to eat pancakes for breakfast before making our way to the Sie Filmcenter, a place I truly love, by the way.  We snagged primo seats and were treated to a pure cinematic delight in Green Book.  Seriously, I was prepared to find it incredibly cheesy and while much of it is pretty feel good, there were also pieces that left me heartbroken.  Mostly, Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali are SO FUN together.  We seriously LOVED this movie.  It comes out in a few weeks and I suggest you go see it!

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I was starving afterward, so I threw out Leven Deli Co. as an option and 10 minutes later, we were walking in the front door.  The vibe was everything I imagine a real deal deli to be and though we felt under-prepared — why didn’t we get a chocolate tahini cookie?? — our sandwich selections did NOT disappoint.  Pastrami Reuben for Joey and a Marinated Chickpea flatbread for me.  I’m salivating just thinking about it now!

Dragged Joey to the grocery store with me afterward, then we chilled for a bit at home before heading out AGAIN for the Nuggets game.  We both agreed that the best part about a professional basketball game is that it’s over in a couple of hours.  Amen!

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Props to you if you were able to sleep that extra hour yesterday, but my body clock is strong and we woke up two and a half hours before we were supposed to be at my parents’ for breakfast.  Maybe spent it giving our dog a comforter cloak but don’t judge.  Breakfast was phenomenal and we got to see my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew finally!

My parents’ are in the process of cleaning out their garage, so we took a few boxes of my stuff — you thought that comforter cloak was bad, but wait till you see my dog in an American Girl Doll hat 😛 — but really, it just motivated me to go home and start cleaning out/re-organizing our own kitchen.  We maybe just moved stuff around instead of making anything easier, but we’ll see.  I hit a 4 PM yoga class and it felt WONDERFUL.

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Dinner was this Autumn Vegetable Grain Salad that really hit the spot.  Woke up today to go to the gym before work and THERE WAS LIGHT!  Complain all you want about Daylight Saving Time ending, but I’ll take bright mornings any day!  Plus, what do you have to do after work, except get immediately into your pajamas and hide in your house anyway?  I don’t need light for that 😛

P.S. We got our vote on this weekend and I hope you did — or are planning to by tomorrow — too!