January Memory-a-Day

Tuesday, January 1st: Cleaning up our dinner party with Leon Bridges playing in the background.

Wednesday, January 2nd: Thinking “I love this little diffuser!” when I walked back into my lavender-scented office ♥

Thursday, January 3rd: Opening the door to my parents’ condo to see my little sister sitting on the couch.

Friday, January 4th: Peeking out the back window to see a blurry pup scurrying around in the snow.

Saturday, January 5th: Thinking “I shouldn’t have drank that extra half cup of coffee…”

Sunday, January 6th: Listening to “Shallow” REAL loud in the car, in preparation for the Golden Globes.

Monday, January 7th: The feeling of fluoride on my teeth after my dentist appointment.  Yuck!

Tuesday, January 8th: Deleting the monthly reminder to wash my brush.  (Side Note: Do you do this??  Am I really supposed to do this?)

Wednesday, January 9th: Joey using “smooth operator” in a sentence, then both of us singing “Smooth Operator” at the same time (ha!).

Thursday, January 10th: Getting a delivery of five pounds of crawfish from my uncle!

Friday, January 11th: Opening the blinds in my office ALL THE WAY so I could watch the snow come down.

Saturday, January 12th: Circling the grocery store parking lot for a THIRD time before giving up and just leaving.

Sunday, January 13th: Texting “Happy Birthday!” to my dad.

Monday, January 14th: Looking up the premier date for the second season of Killing Eve.

Tuesday, January 15th: Reading through the AFI’s list of Top 100 movies.

Wednesday, January 16th: Seeing a bucket with a face painted on it, hanging from a power line, as we walked back to our car after breakfast at Stowaway.

Thursday, January 17th: Watching my library book travel up the conveyor belt of the book return.

Friday, January 18th: Walking through the icy Alamo parking lot, while Joey purposely slid over it.

Saturday, January 19th: Finding a back door out of the movie theater that took us right to our car.

Sunday, January 20th: Hugging Jenn inside Our Mutual Friend!

Monday, January 21st: Breaking our Chemex when it slipped out of my hand after washing it 😦

Tuesday, January 22nd: Maybe getting teary-eyed when Professor McGonagall duels Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Wednesday, January 23rd: Checking my phone for the time (4 AM) and hoping it was almost time for me to get up anyway (NOPE) because I could NOT sleep.

Thursday, January 24th: Sitting down on the couch to read for a bit as soon as I got home from work.

Friday, January 25th: Watching Mason throw his little football, then throw his hands in the air for “TOUCHDOWN!” ♥

Saturday, January 26th: Walking through a grocery store that was positively crowded with stacked boxes that needed unpacking and feeling so stressed for all the employees.

Sunday, January 27th: Eating a second white chocolate chip oatmeal cookie that was soft and chewy and perfect, just like the mom who made them.  (My mom is surely going to text me about how she’s soft and chewy after she reads this :P)

Monday, January 28th: Walking to the back door to let the dog out and discovering LOTS of snow!

Tuesday, January 29th: Eating a post-lunch cookie.

Wednesday, January 30th: Talking to Jory about how he and Betsy might be having a baby this week!!!!!!

Thursday, January 31st: Turning off my alarm and thinking “no, I definitely am not going into work today.”  Colds suck.

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Weekend Things

The first weekend of 2019!  Did you dig it?  Honestly, I sort of forgot it was the first weekend of the new year until my yoga teacher pointed it out, but it was a good one anyway.  It started with a spontaneous dinner out and ended with a wild Golden Globes show, that still has me feeling confused.  Let’s dive in!

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We were totally going to eat free leftovers for dinner but my sister texted me as we were driving home asking if we wanted to go out for burgers and the answer took very little thought.  YES!  In exchange, we invited them to join us in seeing a movie, so Park & Co first, then off to the Mayan for If Beale Street Could Talk second.  Guys, this film is SO beautiful.  I felt so moved just watching Tish and Fonny, the two main characters, look into each others eyes.  It was truly astounding how love was evoked through this whole film.  The ending is sort of heartbreaking and not what you hope for, though maybe what you should expect.  I need to read the James Baldwin novel it’s based on now!

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Saturday morning, we took ourselves to a new coffee shop, called Doppio for breakfast and to wrap our heads around the month of January.  After holiday chaos, this month looks blissfully empty.  Doppio was a-okay.  Into all the space they had, giant coffee mugs and decked out toast, but service was sort of weird and do I really need an extra piece of toasts that isn’t decked out?  Probably not.

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The rest of the day was wide open.  We went on a noontime run and it felt wonderful and like it was maybe the first time I’d run outside since before the time change??  Whoa.  I also hit the grocery store and I cannot wait for everyone to give up on their New Year’s Resolutions so I can find a parking spot at Whole Foods again 😛  The Cowboys played that night, so I offered to make us dinner — Black-Eyed Peas with Cornmeal Dumplings, per tradition — then read while Joey watched the game.  They won, so I guess I’ll be doing this same thing next Saturday?

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First things first, I woke up on Sunday and Joey told me he’d finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the night before, thus bringing his reading of the HP series to an end.  I cannot even tell you how much this means to me ♥♥♥  Mostly because I’ll cry!  This moment is 11 years in the making and I love him on a whole new level.

Post-HP recap discussion, there were pancakes and afterward, I ran to a different grocery store to get a few things we can’t get at WF — it was busy there too and people were straight up creating their own parking spaces! — before returning home to make granola, eat lunch and read some more before yoga.  The class was really full — is this a theme?? — but it was also really good and I made it home in time for Joey and I to type each other a letter?  Don’t ask.  Then it was Globes time!

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Oh the Golden Globes, what can I say?  I thought the whole thing was somewhere between okay and totally weird.  I’m probably just idealizing but I kept thinking “hasn’t this award show been much better in past years??”  There were so many good films this year, but winners were so spread out among those films that it almost felt like no one film got quite the recognition it deserved.

I still haven’t seen Bohemian Rhapsody so it’s hard for me to really have an opinion on it winning Best Picture Drama but the reason I haven’t seen it, is because it looks really bad!  Also, I really loved Green Book, but I feel so conflicted between my original opinion, the opinion of everyone I know who’s seen it and (apparently) the HFPA’s opinion versus everything I’ve heard about it from critics, which is basically that it’s an inaccurate depiction or it’s an oversimplification of race relations in America or it’s yet another white savior narrative.  I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to think anymore.  I do wish there’d been more space to reward Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born though!

Did you watch?  What did you think?

If not, tell me how your first weekend of 2019 was! 🙂