Weekend Things

I almost started this post yesterday, in which case, it was going to start with something like: I’m just going to say it — this weekend felt like spring!  But today it is cool and cloudy and windy as hell, so maybe it’s still winter.  Womp, womp.  But that little taste of spring — sunshine skies, warm temps, actual flowers popping up in our neighborhood — has me excited nonetheless.  And the spring preview made for the perfect backdrop this weekend, which I’m rolling out for you highlights style!

Ate All the Good Things!

Starting with happy hour at The Way Back on Friday — the ricotta gnudi was lifechanging, and to think we almost didn’t order it.  We may also have made a “Gnudi Magazine Day!” joke because we’re still children of the 90’s and Billy Madison is king.

Afterwards, ice cream at the new Sweet Cooie’s.  It’s an ice cream parlor straight from a Wes Anderson movie.  Which means everything is pastel, old-timey and somewhere between completely adorable and entirely creepy.  I dug the vibe and my peanut butter Oreo ice cream.

Best of all, my mom cooked us breakfast on Sunday and everything was so so good!  My mom and I are totally on the same page about chilaquiles.  She sent me over the recipe and I see breakfast for dinner in my near future.

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Why can’t the light be this good in my house??

Had All the Mom-Time!

Not only did she feed me the best meal but she gave me a massage on Saturday and we took a little mother-daughter trip to Home Depot post-breakfast feast on Sunday.  I was singing a little “I get to see my Mama on Sunday!” song in the car on Friday and Joey made fun of me then reminded me that I actually got to see her on Saturday too.

Bonus: I also got to see my little sissy, a sunshine-seeking pup and that gorgeous pot rack/new set of pots my mom just got.  Joey hung it and then we spent something like 20 minutes arranging them JUST SO.  Worth it!

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How crazy cool are those lids??

Watched All the Good Movies!

Friday: Sing Street — we loved it so much, because: Irish accents!  Catchy 80’s-style songs!  A cute feel good story line!  And just to give it some validity, Aidan Gillen is totally in it.  I think it’s the first role I’ve seen him in where he speaks with his actual accent.  Also, I like all the songs more than anything in La La Land, so there’s that.

Saturday: Tallulah.  Joey picked this one for us and he chose well!  We felt like something was off/missing but couldn’t place exactly what it was.  Also, I pointed out that this is the second movie Ellen Page and Allison Janney star in together.  They make a good team.

Sunday: The Fundamentals of Caring.  I’ll pretty much agree to watch anything with Paul Rudd in it.  Joey also picked this one for us and I guess I’m just going to let him pick every movie we watch from now on because he was three for three this weekend!  I think my favorite part was Paul Rudd saying “I’m getting a patty melt, I don’t give a shit!”

Did All the Relaxing!

I forwent formal exercise this weekend, in exchange for warm weather walks, backyard hanging and lots of reading time.  Felt good, felt right.  Joey spent some time working on the drywall in our living room so I set myself up on the couch, just on the other side of his homemade dust barrier and dug into my book.  I’ve got about 100 pages left of The Eyre Affair and I really really like it!  As an English major who took courses on Shakespeare, Victorian literature and detective fiction, I feel like this book really gets me on so many levels.  Plus, I just love a badass female main character  🙂

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What did you do this weekend??

Weekend Things

Truth is, I got lots and lots of thoughts, moments and images floating around in this brain of mine today.  And I’m trying to find a way to share them all without writing a post that goes on and on and on.  Sometimes, when I recap all the bigger things that happen over the weekend, I completely miss/forget the little ones.  The song that played in the car on our way to the grocery store or a movie we had on in the background while I made a King Cake.

So I’m gonna do my best to share those little moments (as well as the bigger ones) from this weekend.  If you really think about it, they’re equally important.

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Friday

We skipped out early and, because the sun was shining, the weather was perfect and a hint of spring was in the air, decided to head to happy hour.  We tried to go to The Way Back but they were closed for a private event so Root Down it was!  Not complaining though 🙂  Afterwards, we settled in to watch Arrival and while it was thought-provoking, neither of us were blown away by the movie.

Little Moments:

Pulling into the liquor store parking lot to make a serious pro/con list for going out vs. mixing up cocktails and cooking dinner at home

Eating the BEST EVER lamb slider with stars in our eyes and trying to figure out what old movie was playing on the projector screen in the bar

Mid-movie popcorn snack

Trying to figure out what exactly that movie was about

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Saturday

We woke up and made blueberry-buttermilk waffles with cinnamon sugar and don’t get me wrong, they were perfectly blueberried and crispy but I’ll take all future waffles with maple syrup, please.  Spent the afternoon shopping for groceries, a rug (we mustered the strength to make a trip to IKEA and I think it majorly paid off!), purple sprinkles and white wine then spent the night at home, making dinner, drinking that white wine and watching the very last of the Oscar Best Picture nominees: Hacksaw Ridge.  I tweeted my movie rankings but I think I might dedicate a full post to that before this coming Sunday so stay tuned 🙂

Little Moments

Joey telling me he’s a professional “waffle maker heater up-er”

Watching batter ooze out of the side of the waffle maker… noooooo!

Watching the cast of The Kitchen make a brownie bombe

Looking across the produce section to see Joey just standing there staring at our grocery list

An older couple calling out “WHERE ARE YOU?!” to each other in the IKEA parking lot

Joey begging me to buy him a $1 hot dog

Carrying a 4-pack of Melvin Citradamus back to the car while Joey carried a bottle of wine — to hell with gender stereotypes 

Semi-watching pieces of Finding Nemo, Cars, Knocked Up (“… with emotion??) and 21 Jump Street (“you do have the right to be an attorney, if you want”)

Caramelizing onions in white wine (THAT SMELL) while Joey set up our new bedroom rug and installed our over-the-sink light

Laughing SO HARD at that scene in Hacksaw Ridge where Andrew Garfield slo-mo slaps a grenade 

A bite of Joey’s ice cream ♥

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Sunday

We woke up Sunday and decided to venture out East (jk, it’s just Stapleton :P) to have breakfast at Four Friends Kitchen.  Backstory: our company did some work on this restaurant when it was built and we attempted to have Mother’s Day brunch here last year but we’d never successfully eaten there.  FINALLY FINALLY!  And it was KILLER.  Everything was so so good and we couldn’t stop talking about it.  We already can’t wait to go back.

I could detail all the things I did in (and a few things out of) the kitchen post-breakfast, but it’s probably better if I just list them.  So:

  • MADE A KING CAKE (first and foremost!)
  • Prepped the crock pot for Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas Tacos
  • Made a new batch of kombucha — pineapple coconut is either gonna be very weird or very good
  • Went for a run in perfect weather
  • Made salad jars for lunch this week
  • Cooked dinner
  • Collapsed on the couch

I’m dying to tell you all about that King Cake but as I’ve been blabbing on long enough as it is, I’m going to do that later this week 🙂  Just know that Joey and I both posted pictures of it and I’ve already been asked twice if I’m pregnant.  I’M NOT.  But I am loving my first try at homemade King Cake ♥♥♥

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Little Moments

Joey Etch A Sketch-ing me a picture of bacon while we waited for a table at breakfast

Rocking out to “The Bird and the Worm” on the way home and realizing I may have had too much coffee at breakfast

The smell of cinnamon and nutmeg in the world’s softest dough — you can’t even imagine!

Sticking my nose over the little steam hole on the crock pot to sniff the deliciousness going on inside

Joey magically popping in from whatever outdoor project he was working on every time the sink got too full of dishes 

Imagining what the Mexican restaurant that recently closed in our neighborhood will become instead — our vote’s for pizza or, ya know, if Root Down could just relocate  

Watching bits and pieces of Superbad (“Miss each other? No thank you, I don’t miss each other) but also, just listening to Joey laugh while watching it

Cutting into that King Cake and hitting that damn baby on the first slice!

This weekend was a good one 🙂