Oscars Weekend Things!

I am on a true Oscars high!  Brad!  Bong Joon-Ho winning Best Original Screenplay!  Bong Joon-Ho winning Best Director!  A clip of “Jai Ho” (wow, I truly went insane when this happened, ha ha)!  And most importantly… PARASITE WINS BEST PICTURE!  Joey and I cheered like we were personally involved in the making of this film.  And even though I said I thought 1917 was going to win, I ended up going with my heart when I filled in my ballot and I was rewarded big time!

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In full support of Parasite, we made “Ram-Don” aka Jjapaguri for dinner and it was just as good as it looked in the movie!  Plus our traditional Buffalo Wing Popcorn and Whiskey Sours for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, though that didn’t help the movie much.  What did you guys think of that surprise Eminem performance??  Every millennial I’ve spoken to hated it, but my parents loved it, so I’m just extra confused.  Overall, it was a great night!

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Back on Friday, we headed home to hunker down because it was snowy and it felt right to stay in, cook ourselves dinner and watch a double feature.  We started with Dear Ex and even though we were having technical difficulties with the subtitles (sometimes they would flash by in the blink of an eye and sometimes they wouldn’t even come up at all!), I thought this movie was wonderful.  Such a beautiful portrait of pain and love all rolled together.  And I thought the cast gave outstanding performances.

We made Ponzu Roasted Salmon for dinner and even though Bon Appetit is always asking us to plate things in weird (usually hand-torn) ways, we LOVED this meal!  As a true lover of all things ginger and citrus, I wanted to straight up drink the ponzu sauce.  So good!  Our second feature was Drive and look, I love Ryan Gosling, Carrie Muligan and Oscar Isaac but that movie is bad.  Sorry, not sorry!

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Saturday started with our go-to recipe for whole wheat pancakes and ended with the Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts, but in between, I made banana bread, we hit not one but two open houses (the houses were amazing, but the circumstances around them were not), I went for an eye exam and we grabbed burgers with my mom, sister and Wayne ♥  As for the doc shorts, I really liked them this year!  If you’ve never heard of Resignation Syndrome (I hadn’t!), please look it up or, better yet, watch Life Overtakes Me on Netflix.  It was crazy!  Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) was our (and the Academy’s) favorite though.  It was surprisingly uplifting for a documentary that takes place in Afghanistan.

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I think I’ve spoken enough about Sunday, but please know we woke up to MORE snow, so we ditched our dining out plans and made breakfast at home.  I am very into a soft scramble with goat cheese right now and hey look, the banana bread I made on Saturday made an appearance on my plate!  Also made lunch salads for the week while Joey cleaned the $#%& out of the bathroom and then I did a self-led yoga class while he worked.  I never even left the house!

Now please excuse me while I go watch that clip of Bong Joon-Ho giggling at his Oscar statuette 😛

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.