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.

Weekend Things

Hi!  How is December treating you?  For me, it’s been really excellent so far!  And even though I have a cold, I still did ALL THE THINGS this weekend because how can you not this time of year?  There’s holiday markets to peruse, menus to plan, movies to see, parties to attend and even some leftover time to read and relax.  It’s the best!

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Friday night we stayed in to cook ourselves dinner (Black and Blue Steak Salad + Mini Baked Sweet Potatoes) and watch my favorite Christmas movie, Scrooged.  You know when you’ve seen a movie a billion times, but you still find things to laugh at?  That’s this movie!  That part where Bill Murray wakes up in a frozen sewer and says “Where are we, Trump tower?” felt extra funny this time around.

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Saturday, after finally dragging ourselves out of bed, we posted up at Black Eye Coffee for toasts and Christmas menu planning.  It’s basically the same as last year, except we’re dry-brining the turkey and I’m really nervous/excited about it!  Since we were already out and about, we went directly from breakfast to Union Station for the Denver Flea.  I couldn’t feel my feet by the time we left, but we did get a little bit of Christmas shopping done, so it was worth it.

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Maybe took a afternoon nap, but then we went and saw The Favourite and guys, it is SO absurd and bizarre… I loved it!  It was actually less violent than I’d expected and all those incredible actresses give such knockout performances.  I can’t decide if it’s a refined Yorgos Lanthimos film or a toned down Yorgos Lanthimos film.  Joey was less enthused but he’s not sure if it’s because it was too weird or not weird enough.

The movie got out shortly past 6 PM and we maybe went to Hobby Lobby afterward to buy a stocking for our dog.  It seemed like a very uncool thing to do on a Saturday night but the place was packed so what do I know?  We had dinner at Pizzeria Lui, since we were already in the neighborhood and the pizza was borderline too hot in both senses of the word.  Made it through half of SNL before the whole day of exciting adventures caught up to us and we crashed into bed.

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Should I have just read and rested all Sunday morning?  Yes, but instead I made us pancakes, brewed/bottled some kombucha, cooked some beans and wrapped a few Christmas presents.  Then we made our way to a “Pregger Kegger” for Jory and Betsy, who are expecting a daughter in February!!!  It’s so exciting, I can hardly believe it!  Lori is famous for her diaper displays and this one did NOT disappoint.  I was very very impressed!  If you can’t tell, it’s a house divided when it comes to football 🙂

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Back at home, Joey watched the rest of the Cowboys game — I was doing my best to ignore all the yelling and read in bed, but I guess it was an exciting ending? — then we tag-teamed dinner/vegetable broth for soup later this week.  It’s the second time we’ve made this Autumn Vegetable Grain Salad and I’m still very into it!  Are you making your way through the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel?  Us too and that Catskills episode was giving us strong Dirty Dancing vibes.

Also, if December is not treating you well, please don’t take my opening paragraph as an insensitive brag.  This month, for all its gatherings, sparkly sights and gift giving, is also busy and stressful and easily derailed.  I’m trying my damndest to keep on the positive side, but if that’s not where you are, I get it and I know you’ll make it through ♥