Some Life Updates

Even though I write in this space pretty consistently, it still feels like some stuff gets skipped over.  Like how we booked a spontaneous trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras or how the other day, I put on my pajama pants and one of Joey’s socks fell out.  How long had it been there??  Okay, just kidding about that second one, but I wanted to take a moment to mention some larger life happenings that aren’t Oscar-related 🙂

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I honestly don’t know if I ever even mentioned it (HOW?), but after our first renovation venture went bust, we took some time to think, then decided to scale the project WAAAAY back and try again.  Sadly, the EXACT same thing happened.  After many reassurances that the budget we were very upfront and clear about was doable, we were given a number almost twice that.  We were so mad and disappointed and mostly, really ready to wash our hands of that design/build company, who obviously don’t know how to price projects.

I think we’ve mostly recovered again.  But since a renovation of any size apparently wasn’t in the cards, we decided to at least get ourselves a new garage (which was going to be part of the renovation).  One that actually fits Joey’s truck!  This also meant having to take down a few trees in our backyard, including this pretty big one that we’ve always loved.  It’s feeling very open and exposed back there now and it was honestly sadder than I expected to lose the trees, but hopefully when all is said and done, we’ll have a nice garage and we can forget the disappointing stuff that came before it.

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This little pup! ♥  For as cute as he is and as much as I love him, I have to say, his behavior is sometimes not the best.  Mainly, he’s suddenly nipping at me!  Like all the time.  I thought maybe it was a jealousy/protective thing — he is VERY attached to Joey — but he does it even when I’m home alone with him.  It seems to have something to do with my hands??  It is honestly so strange and confusing.  He will come sit in my lap, nudge my hand until I pet him and then when I do he tries to snap at me.  When I pull my hand away, he frantically nudges at my hand to pet him.  “What do you want from me??”  I’ve become very good at discerning when he’s “in a mood” so I’m not really taking it that seriously but it is sad when he’s looking so cuddly and cute and I just want to pet him!

In “good dog” news, we recently got Andi to stop sleeping in our bed and it has been life changing!  Every morning, Joey asks me how I slept and I say “REALLY GOOD!”  It was also surprisingly easy, considering we’d tried to lock him out of our room several times to disastrous effect.  Turns out he just needed a big blanket on the ground to burrow in, ha!

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And the last bit of news is that it’s official, we’re putting our homebrewing career to rest.  We’d been doing it so infrequently anyway and though Joey still drank our brew, I much MUCH preferred to drink something we bought.  Very proud of what we made but look, a professionally made beer just tastes way better.  Also that kegerator was taking up room in our small house.  Joey cleaned it up and took it all to the basement — he carried it by himself backwards down the stairs and it gave me next level anxiety — and that’s that.  It’s sad but it’s also not sad.  It didn’t really feel like part of who we were any more, plus we have plenty of other things we enjoy doing together.

Okay, that’s really it, you know everything about me now 😛

Oscar Weekend Things

I don’t know that I’ve mentioned it here on the blog but for the past few months, Joey and I have been making some pretty serious plans to do a major renovation on our house.  We’ve invested a lot of time, some money and much of our hearts to this idea so when we met with our builders Friday morning and they presented a budget that was WAY out of our range, we were pretty devastated.  I honestly don’t know where it all lies as of now, but just know we spent the rest of the weekend eating, drinking and money-spending our feelings 😛

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I legitimately emailed Joey the seasonally updated happy hour menu at Root Down with the subject line “This looks like a good place to cry later.”  Despite our disappointment, it was a beautifully spring-like day and there’s nothing more soothing than sitting in the bar with the windows wide open and a drink in your hand.  Also, the parsnip croquettes temporarily made us forget anything bad had happened earlier in the day.  SO DANG GOOD.  Back at home, we watched Icarus (which was up for, and ended up winning, Best Documentary Feature) and I thought the flow of the film was weird but the subject was really interesting.

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Saturday morning, we woke up and had just enough time for pancakes and coffee before I left to get a massage.  My mom gave me a bag of “presents” that included ten onions, ha!  Afterwards, I popped over to my sister’s new apartment, where she treated me to some Lemon-Ginger Brew.  I felt like I hadn’t seen her in so long and it was sincerely the best to soak up some sister time ♥  Back at home, I sat outside to eat lunch and read for a bit, then took myself on a run.  It is god-awful windy today but at least we got perfect weekend weather.

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We went grocery shopping Saturday evening and even though we were kind of making fun of ourselves, there seemed to be a lot of other young people doing the same, so maybe we’re in?  I was thisclose to letting Joey convince me to go out to dinner again but then staying in to cook sounded fun too and we had just bought all those groceries.  Sorry not sorry that I love these broccoli tacos so much!  We also cracked open some beers and watched On Body and Soul, which was up for Best Foreign Language Film.  The description was sort of misleading and it was pretty slow, but I don’t think either of us minded the film overall.

P.S. Made it through all of SNL afterwards and Charles Barkley is far from a polished performer but I still really liked it?

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Started Sunday by walking over to Huckleberry for breakfast and coffee.  Iced coffee, to be exact!  This weekend was apparently all about getting a taste of warm weather things and I was not mad about it.  This toast took what felt like an hour to come out (HOW THOUGH?) but then it tasted really good and the iced coffee was on point so we didn’t really mind.  Mostly, this little breakfast date at our local spot made me so happy.

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The rest of the day involved leaving the back door wide open to let the warmth and sunshine in, food prep, writing a lengthy email to our builders and about 50 episodes of Celebrity Big Brother, during which I was also writing my Oscar post and therefore retained about 5% of what happened on the show.

We sat down to dinner just as the Oscars were starting and I was almost distracted from the show by how good this salmon and these sweet potatoes were.  Almost.  Anyway, I don’t think I need to tell you how excited I was for the Oscars.  I look forward to this day ALL YEAR!  Most of the winners went as predicted, but I thought Jimmy Kimmel was hilarious, — I seriously choked on some water during one of his opening jokes and it took me the rest of the night to fully recover — that bit where they surprised the theater across the street was the best and Frances McDormand was INCREDIBLE.  Also, I did end up making that Buffalo Wing Popcorn and it was truly delicious.  I highly highly recommend you make some.  Now someone tell me how many days until next year’s Oscars 🙂