Weekend Things

It’s almost Christmas, God help us!  Kidding, but sort of serious, because our headcount for Christmas lunch is 25 people, we have not one but two turkeys in our fridge, there are cinnamon rolls and apple pie bars, plus just random ingredients all over our house and I’ve yet to watch Scrooged!  Then again, presents are all wrapped and we had some much needed responsibility-free fun this weekend, so maybe it’s not so bad 😛

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Felt like we were movie-ing it up in recent months, but as the year comes to a close, I think movie release season is slowing down too.  Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker came out on Friday so, naturally, we saw Bombshell instead 😛  It was one of those really big theaters and it was full!  We actually really liked this movie.  What an INSANE story.  And insane that it happened only a couple of years ago and I still didn’t really know what happened.  They didn’t play Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” at all though!  How dare they!

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Saturday, we woke up and made chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes and YUM!  Remind me to make these more often.  Afterward, we hit the grocery store — something we were both dreading — and it really wasn’t so bad.  No lines at the check out even!  Back at home, I made cinnamon rolls x2 — I wonder when I will figure out how to get these to uniformly rise?? — then we wrapped presents.  Such productivity!

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That night we had dinner at 3 Sons Italian Restaurant then headed to the Arvada Center to see A Christmas Carol and dang, it was so good!!!  This is the third show I’ve seen at this theater and I’ve been so impressed by all of them.  The seats, the sets and the performers are truly amazing.  Thank you to Lori for getting us tickets to see this ♥

Don’t think we didn’t rush home to watch Eddie Murphy on SNL!  I wasn’t exactly alive during his original tenure but I think we all know those characters he was famous for and he did not disappoint by reprising all of them.  Also, what a moment when he stood on stage with Tracy Morgan, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Kenan Thompson!  I loved Lizzo’s performances too!  What a show!!!

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I got up Sunday morning and walked over to Black Eye Coffee for a latte and a piece of coffee cake before meeting my mom and sister at Base Coat ♥  I got Demi because I always get Demi 🙂  They took me back home afterward and upon seeing my house, my sister said something like “stuff is happening in here!”  Joey had already made salads and started laundry but then I helped make apple pie bars for Christmas Eve dessert and made cranberry sauce for Christmas lunch.  Joey hit Whole Foods for us and picked up our turkeys — two smaller ones instead of one huge one! — and a few other things and when he got back, I headed out to yoga.

Back at home, we finished watching Big Little Lies, Season 2 — I thought it was just fine! — then made dinner and popped in The Holiday 🙂  Please tell me how your weekend was!

Weekend Things

Interrupting recaps of Italian Vacation 2019, to tell you I watched too many movies this weekend.  But, as Joey whispered to me while we were cozy in our seats at the Alamo Drafthouse on Friday night, “it’s movie season!”

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We saw Jojo Rabbit, a movie I had been highly anticipating, on Friday night and I don’t know how to tell you about it.  The entire time, I had this feeling that something was missing or amiss and just not totally working for me, so I was shocked to death afterward when Joey told me “that’s the best movie of the year!”  We maybe argued about it for way too long, but now that a few days have passed I’ve softened and feel like I was maybe too harsh in my criticism.  I still don’t think it’s a perfect movie, but I will say it’s funny and for real, I was so taken with Roman Griffin Davis, who plays Jojo and is seriously so adorable ♥

Back at home, we maybe started Jenny Slate’s comedy special Stage Fright and I didn’t think it was that funny, yet I keep quoting it?  What does this mean?

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Saturday started with pancakes for the first time in three weeks!!!  I should mention that after we got back from Italy, we were home for a literal day, then flew to Chicago for a wedding in Rockford, so this was our first real weekend home.  I hit the grocery and was reminded that all human beings are annoying and from here on out I will do whatever necessary to have my groceries delivered 😛

Back at home, Joey was cleaning up our yard, which was covered in leaves and the dead remains of our garden (all the shishitos had turned to ghost shishitos!).  I basically figured we had no chance of getting it all cleaned up, but then we did and I’m so glad!  I even found some carrots and beets that had managed to thrive even though we had completely neglected them.  Also, it was in the 70s and beautiful outside.

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I am nothing if not a committed movie viewer, so even though we weren’t stoked to see it, Oscar buzz for Renée Zellweger means we went to see Judy.  We were sort of disappointed that, though there are a few flashbacks to when she was filming Wizard of Oz, most of the film takes place near the end of her life.  I wanted to see it all!  She does her own singing and I don’t know that she really sounds like Judy Garland but you do still get that captivating effect.  Mostly, it was really sad knowing she would die so soon after the events of the film.

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Woke up to snow on Sunday (and it’s basically been snowing ever since…)!  My sister picked me up later so we could go get our nails done.  We go to the same nail salon, but not at the same time as often as we should.  She was telling me about a simulation lab she did in school and I’m so impressed and proud of that little nurse-to-be ♥  We went to Beet Box afterward so she could pick up some donuts for Wayne and I got myself a tofu banh mi (that was so good!) for lunch.

Back at home, Joey and I lazed around for basically the rest of the day.  Last Thursday, while he was at bowling, I decided to re-watch Ocean’s Eleven then quickly realized I had definitely never seen a single second of that movie.  So Sunday we watched Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.  Thirteen is okay, but Twelve was a joke.  Why do we make sequels again?  Snow days calls for chili and cornbread, right?

What did you do this weekend??