Weekend Things: SPOILER ALERT

WHAT A WEEKEND!!!  In short, we rode the G Line, saw Avengers: Endgame, had an incredible dinner, attended a performance of Cats, ran outside and watched the much anticipated third episode of Game of Thrones.  But, not in short, I have SO MUCH more to say about all of those things.  Stick around for it or don’t, but you’ve been warned 🙂

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The light rail station a mere two blocks from our house has been built for something like two years and they’ve just been testing this whole time.  I get it because safety first, but dang!  That’s a long time.  The G Line FINALLY opened Friday, it ran free all weekend AND we were headed right where it runs, so obviously we had to ride it.  We grabbed a quick casual dinner at Illegal Pete’s first, then walked (WALKED!) to the train.  As luck would have it, the wind kicked up right before our walk, so what should have been a pleasant stroll turned into an assault by tiny bits of dirt and sand.

SPOILER WARNING!!!!!!!!

BUT SERIOUSLY, SPOILER WARNING!

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Guys, I love love LOVED Avengers: Endgame!  If you’re going, please do yourself a favor and see it in a theater packed with other MCU fans, who will cheer, laugh and cry along with you.  Okay, I did not actually cry (or go to the bathroom!!!) but I don’t know the last time I felt as electrified as I did during that battle scene.  Cap wields Thor’s hammer!!!! Oh my god, I died!  And then Captain Marvel had the infinity gauntlet and all the lady warriors assembled around her and I died again.  And then for real, Iron Man died.  I maybe would have felt more sad about if I hadn’t been distracted by someone in the theater moaning “Nooo!  Nooo!  Nooo!”

In all honesty, the thing I’m most sad about is that I just got into all these films and only just discovered how fun it is to anticipate and watch these movies with everyone else and now… it’s over.  It happened too fast!  Also, shout out to how funny this movie is.  I laughed A LOT.

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I got up Saturday morning and ran 5 miles!  I try to ramp up the mileage around this time every year so I can make it through the Bolder Boulder but also because running the Cherry Creek Trail while it’s still cool (a bit too cool, if I’m being honest) and quiet in Denver gives me such joy.  And when I got back, Joey had coffee and waffles and dishes washed and now “joy” doesn’t seem strong enough a word ♥

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The rest of the day was spent doing a little bit (for me, but a lot for Joey!) of yard work, a trip to the grocery, walking our pup and then cleaning ourselves up for date night.  First, we hit up Spuntino for dinner and oh my god, why had we not been there before?!  We grabbed two seats at the bar and two VERY GOOD happy hour drinks, then feasted on warm focaccia with ricotta, fettuccine and the most beautifully striped ravioli.  I felt like we’d discovered a Denver dining secret and I can’t wait to go back!

Cats was… um, well, it was cats.  Throwing a cat ball.  In which a gumbie cat, a railway cat, a broken woman cat (???) were in attendance.  Look, the dancing is fabulous and the performance of “Memory” in the second act was PHENOMENAL — we immediately went home and listened to other versions of it and thought the one we’d heard live was by far the best — but WHAT IS THIS SHOW??  There’s basically no action, the songs are just okay and it was incredibly difficult to understand any of the words in the songs.  Which means I still have NO CLUE what a “jellical cat” is.

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Joey got up Sunday morning and ran 9 miles, so I stayed in bed to cuddle our dog and read, then when he got back, we took ourselves to Port Side for breakfast and May planning.  How is it already so booked??  I’m sort of sad April is almost over already, but I’m thinking May will be a good month 🙂  After, I made lunch salads while Joey started building us some flower boxes and then we made a trip to Mike’s Camera to order a picture we’re going to hang over our bed.  It felt so good to finally get that done!  I bottled a new batch of kombucha (Mango Cayenne!) before heading out to yoga.

GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!

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Back at home, we made Buffalo Chicken Tenders for dinner — they were good and spicy but not quite crunchy enough for me — then watched Game of Thrones and I’m sorry to be a total bummer, but I did not like that episode.  For starters, I had a REALLY hard time seeing any of the action.  I think those dragons fighting in the air was cool, but I don’t know because I could barely see!  Narratively, it was a miss for me as well.  I was excited to see a Dothraki Horde fight and then I didn’t get to.  I have no idea where Bran warged to.  I just did not care about Beric dying and felt literally zero emotion about his connection to Arya.  I did not understand how Jorah was just right there to save Dany.  I wanted so much more from Jon, who I usually love to watch fight and I felt the Night King’s demise was so anticlimactic.  I’m still working out my thoughts on Arya being the one to kill him, because yes, Arya is badass, but for some reason, this just didn’t really feel like her fight to win.  I don’t know.  I really didn’t care for the scene ending on old Melisandre.  Please tell me your thoughts and arguments, because I’d honestly love to be talked into liking this episode.  I’d prefer it to the disappointment I currently feel.

All I’m saying is, I saw two epic battles this weekend.  One was utterly thrilling and one was not.  All GOT letdown aside, this weekend was amazing!  More please!

A Weekend Reset

I can’t start this post until I backtrack and talk about how our trip to New Orleans — I WILL tell you about that trip very very soon — ended with everyone getting sick.  Like really sick.  It’s a week later and I’m just finally feeling normal again, but only after a weekend where Joey and I were both DESPERATE to “revamp?” “recharge?” “recommit?”  Reset!  I think Joey’s exact words were “I’d really like to eat a salad!”

This probably also has something to do with the “Spring Cleaning” mentality, but we needed a clean the house, restock the fridge, actually go to the gym, pick up a damn book weekend to rid us of all feelings of winter blah and sickness.  I feel so much better now!

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And now I would like to offer you three sets of “Dinner + TV” photos, thankyouverymuch!  Friday was Sweet Corn + Zucchini Pie (please note that I was couch-ridden and Joey took a “Lauren food pic” for me ♥♥♥) + Leaving Neverland Part 2.  Have you guys watched?  I’ve seen some buzz about it, including news about Michael Jackson music being pulled from some radio stations or The Simpsons taking their MJ episode out of circulation and it confuses me because, though the documentary goes into more detail than I’d known, none of this information was new or shocking to me.  It is as disturbing and creepy and believable to me now as it has been for years and years.  We had a long talk about it all afterward and… man, this stuff is sad.

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Saturday morning started with pancakes, a much much much needed trip to the gym — aside from that vacation-induced exercise break and then that sickness-induced exercise break, my workout motivation has just been lacking in general, but breaking a sweat finally felt good! — then a trip to the grocery.  Afterward, kombucha, Quickles for bánh mì sliders later this week and sitting down to read.  I think Joey did something like 10 loads of laundry for us ♥

Ended the night with steak + Creamy Chive Potatoes (our fav!) + A Serious Man.  Let’s not talk about how we smoked up the entire house and set off the fire alarm while cooking that steak and instead talk about how funny the movie was.  We were left sort of confused at the end, but maybe it’s best to not try to understand all that a Coen Brothers movie has to say and just “accept the mystery.”  Anyway, we laughed a lot.

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Well, here’s what NOT to do the day Daylight Saving Time starts… wake up tired, drink an extra cup of coffee to cope then not be able to go to bed that night because you’re WIDE awake.  Anyway, sleep problems aside, Sunday was a wonderful day that started with breakfast and reading at Black Eye Coffee and afterward, involved making salads for the week and giving our pup a bath.  Between Joey giving him a haircut on Saturday and me scrubbing him on Sunday, he’s a whole new doggy!

I headed to yoga later on and then we cooked Dijon-Herb Crusted Salmon with Warm Buttered Radish and Edamame Salad for dinner and watched the last two episodes of Shameless.  We’ve been watching this show for eight years (!!) and it was Emmy Rossum’s last show and I maybe cried.  I really wish they had just decided to end it all here because, as much as I love it and as good as the other characters are, I just don’t know what Shameless will be without its Fiona 😦

In other news, it’s supposed to snow again this week but my heart and mind have officially moved on to spring, so you can find me dreaming of iced coffee and baseball.