Weekend Things

It’s sometimes very difficult to write these weekend things posts. Not because I don’t have time or free hands (but I also don’t have those things 😋), but because I’ve lost all track of what day it is! I can only tell by when Joey is working and not and as for the date? Forget it! I think Christmas is Friday?! This holiday season has gone by way too fast! Anyway, I am finally getting this weekend recap up… three days later, oops! I wrote this post yesterday, while I was stuck on the couch with a baby who had just got his 2-month shots and was so extra sleepy. I won’t complain about extra snuggles though!

We got snow on Friday! I got to watch it come down from the nursery window while I was up there to FaceTime with my sister. We miss her but she got the vaccine yesterday and we get to see her for an outdoor activity next month! Grandma Lori came to visit and Dempsey showed off his newfound alertness by playing on his activity mat before falling asleep in Grandma’s arms. We ordered ramen from, not Uncle, but Ramen Star and it was so good and perfect for a snowy evening. Oh and we made this cocktail and LOVED it! Broke our Christmas movie binge to watch Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and my only complaint was that I wanted it to be longer!

Joey was up early with Dempsey on Saturday so when I came down, I made the pancake recipe my mom always used when we were little, then we swapped places so I could feed the baby and a bit later, I was presented this plate. They were so tender and delicious! Afterward, we threw on Elf and did some cleaning and present wrapping while Dempsey slept in his downstairs pack n play (for the first time!). He even slept through Joey vacuuming. Steve and Lorna came over that afternoon and Dempsey “opened” his first Christmas present! Too cute! We watched Love Actually that night and definitely didn’t make it to SNL.

Sunday started with SNL and a Onefold order. I got my burrito smothered for the first time and I don’t know why I hadn’t ordered it that way before! And I got to drink a Vietnamese iced coffee for the first time in over 9 months. So good! My parents came to visit afterward, so yes, Dempsey got to see all his grandparents this weekend. What a lucky boy! He is so loved. He fell asleep in another grandma’s arms ❤️ After they left, I attempted a run but I think I may have gone too hard too fast with this whole working out thing because my shins and ankles are not doing well and I ended up just walking. We took our little loves 2 month photos later on and he was hamming it up!! Gosh these baby smiles are the best! We made salad for weekday lunch, heated up leftovers and watched “Ozymandias” all while Dempsey fought his nap. Just how I always imagined watching that all-important episode of Breaking Bad 😂

I hope you are all having a good Christmas week!

Weekend Things

If I had to name a theme of the weekend I guess it would be: good food, depressing movies.  And lots of down town in between.  We were at the movie theater every day this weekend!  And between the utter horror of the Live Action Shorts, finishing up The Assassination of Gianni Versace last night and just being in the cold throes of winter, I could really really just use some warmth and humor right now.  Thank god a new season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt just came out!

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As Joey was bowling last Thursday, we relocated our Valentine’s Day celebration to Friday and hit up The Way Back for the first time in TWO YEARS (oops!).  They’ve also relocated and the new(ish) spot is much bigger and beautifully arranged.  We had a seriously hard time narrowing down our order, but ended up splitting the white bean fritters, pappardelle and sirloin.  Man, it was all SO good!  And to top it all off, a warm apple cake that we nearly licked the plate clean of.

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It wasn’t until we were en route to the Mayan that I realized I hadn’t even read up on the Oscar-Nominated Shorts, which is VERY unlike me!  The result being I had NO IDEA what we were getting ourselves into, which was legitimately nightmarish.  First up, a child calling his mother because his father has left him on a beach and his phone dies just as he tells her a strange man is approaching him.  Next, two boys messing around when one drowns in a pit of wet concrete.  Followed by the true story of two 10-year old boys who brutally murdered a two-year old.  Lastly, blatant racism and violence that ends with a child shooting his father.  Okay, I left out the happiest one which was still about an old woman dying alone.  WHY???

Sitting through this barrage of sadistic hell was truly traumatic.  You guys know I live for all things Oscar related, but like, maybe just don’t see these.  No one needs to feel this sad.

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Saturday started with begrudgingly-made waffles.  Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE waffles, but we don’t love the time it takes to make them.  I whipped these out pretty fast though!  Later on, I made some granola bars for the week and then we ran some errands, mostly motivated by the promise of lunch at Chook.  It’s a bright and beautiful order-at-the-counter type of place, that offers rotisserie chicken with choice of sauce and a bunch of delicious sides to choose from.  I went piri-piri and grilled carrot salad alongside my quarter dark meat and was blown away by how good it all tasted.  Why are all my new favorite places in Wash Park??

I got a facial later that afternoon and then we headed back to the Mayan for the Animated Shorts, which though they had some sadder moments, were overall MUCH LESS DEPRESSING than the Live Action Shorts.  At one point, I was actually laughing out loud and thought “well this feels good!”  We actually thought one of the “highly recommended” (but not nominated) shorts (Tweet, Tweet) was one of our favorites.  Joey liked One Small Step best (it is beautifully animated and touching) and I just loved Weekends.  

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I managed to take ZERO pictures on Sunday so please enjoy this picture of the manicure I got on Valentine’s Day and a recycled photo of the dinner we had, thank you!  This is actually a good way to mention I’ve been feeling unusually low picture-taking motivation.  It’s probably a good thing to NOT feel the pressure to photo-document every moment of your life but it also makes for less interesting blog posts.  I’m very at odds with it all so any advice you have would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Anyway, we started Sunday at Snooze with Joey’s grandparents, then went to see They Shall Not Grow Old, which is a World War I documentary, directed by Peter Jackson.  I legitimately haven’t seen any of the Lord of the Rings films, but I felt like that name-drop would be impressive to someone who has.  It was really interesting!  They restored, colorized and added audio to all of the old video footage and it was truly impressive.  I took myself to yoga later and we ended the night with that super satisfying dinner.

How was your weekend??