Weekend Things & Christmas 2019

Is it my completist nature that’s making me feel like the world will end if I don’t post Christmas week happenings before this last day of 2019 ends??  Whew, here we are!  Those four days off after Christmas were wonderful and relaxing but also left me feeling disoriented and constantly wondering what day it even was.  You too, right?

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What a weird one a Wednesday Christmas is!  Our company decided to work Christmas Eve, then take Christmas through the weekend off, but we still managed to get out of the office early.  I left around 1, went home and made stuffing and salad dressing, then a little bit later, Joey came home and made corn casserole and spatchcocked a turkey.  Christmas lunch prep: check!

We made a pit stop at my parents’, maybe did a family photo shoot, then left our pup and headed over to Joey’s aunt and uncles for a soup spread and gift exchange.  Also, the apple pie bars we made were a huge hit and I couldn’t have been happier about it!

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Christmas Day!  In lieu of cooking one giant turkey, we decided to cook two smaller ones this year and we even saw a recipe on The Kitchen that called for two, so we went with it.  We popped them in the oven, ate cinnamon rolls, whipped up a few other sides and it all went off without a hitch!  The turkeys were actually done way faster than we’d expected.  Joey’s grandpa told me we get better every year we cook Christmas lunch and that’s the only present I needed.  Still, we were spoiled by both families!  It was the happiest time opening presents at my parents’ and then I forced everyone to take a family photo, so I win the night ♥

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The day after Christmas felt like such a whirlwind so it’s fitting that this is the only photo I have.  We woke up later than usual and perhaps spent too long messing around with out new espresso machine, then bought tickets to an afternoon movie, THEN realized we both had errands to run before that movie, oops!  It was Wayne’s birthday, so he and my sister joined us for the movie.  Uncut Gems is also a whirlwind!  It’s intense and anxiety-inducing and I was floored by Adam Sandler!  The more I think about it, the more impressed I am.  Afterward, we headed to Teocalli in Lafayette for a happy hour birthday celebration and then I convinced everyone to come watch Joey bowl with me.  Can you believe none of them had ever seen him bowl before??

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Friday, Joey got up early and headed to the mountains to ski and I had INTROVERT TIME.  Much needed, to be honest!  I made espresso machine progress, read, took myself to the gym, made a new batch of granola and baked some slider buns (I like to have them ready to go in the freezer!) and when Joey was finally back home for the night, we had dinner and watched Two Popes… sort of.  I kept looking over to find Joey sleeping, so I eventually ordered us to bed.  Isn’t it nice when you have a bunch of days off to just us one to rest and get yourself back in order?  I think so!

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A Saturday snow day!  We made waffles, finished Two Popes (my take was that it was really interesting and I liked all those shots of the two popes in their stark-white or black outfits against whatever background they were in, but it wasn’t the most exciting thing I’ve ever watched), cleaned up our Christmas mess of a house, watched Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (hey, it was funny!) and fretted over whether we should still go to Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo that night.  We decided to bundle up and go for it!  My brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew all came to our house to exchange presents and eat pizza before heading out.  I missed them all so much!  Zoo Lights was cold but fun and I’m so glad we got to go ♥

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We started our last day off at Weathervane and I seriously left my purse there and didn’t realize it until we were nearly home.  Do you think I’ll stop doing that in 2020??  Joey headed out to watch football and I finished the salads he’d started for us, read and went to yoga.  Back at home, we made this salad, which is mostly a vehicle for smoky salmon, goat cheese and puff pastry croutons.  I love it!  We also watched American Factory but my favorite part was watching the Obamas talk to the creators of the documentary afterward.  I love them so much!

I hope this post sounded less rushed than it felt to write it!  Please have a safe and happy end to your 2019 and I’ll see you again in 2020!

Weekend Things

I thought last weekend was a busy one, but man, this weekend was too!  And it was busy in a social way, so even though this introvert might need a few recovery days, it was such a fun time.

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I snuck out of work early on Friday to go have my nails done and look, I’ve already chipped a few, but oh well because they’re all the same length for once!  Afterward, we walked our pup and fed ourselves leftovers before heading to the Rockies game.  We lost — and we should have won — and I was cold by the end, but it was our first “normal” (aka not Opening Day or a big group) game and that part felt so good.

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Saturday started with pancakes and then I ran into Louisville to have my eyebrows done and wow, I think it’d been something like five years since I’d done that?!  Meanwhile, Joey was at home unpacking the cabinet system we just got for our garage and he was possibly way too excited about it.  Lunchtime featured my newest kombucha which looked so pretty with those flecks of cayenne and then we were off to the races (figuratively, but also literally?).

Joey’s grandpa is 80 (today!) so there was a Kentucky Derby-themed party in his honor.  Everyone was looking dapper and we streamed the race during the party, so we could all watch that crazy turn of events unfold.  I felt so sad for the jockey who won then got disqualified!  We had a wedding to attend afterward (which worked out attire-wise), so we left celebration #1 for celebration #2 around 5:30 and whoa, that wedding started RIGHT on time.  There was mild discussion of Game of Thrones at our table and I definitely heard the party table behind us toast “To the respect of women.  To people respecting women.” Superbad fans unite!  There was also a dance battle and a fake arrest of the groom?  Anything goes at a wedding!  We left around 11:30 because we missed our dog, but don’t think we didn’t take cupcakes to go 🙂

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Sunday started with another 5-mile run.  I later made a “cinco de miles” joke to Joey and he told me it didn’t really work… rude!  Then I picked up iced coffee, then I made a trip to the store (even though we had JUST had our groceries delivered because they always mess stuff up, ugh!), then we threw together salads and ourselves just in time for the Rockies game because… Lori’s birthday!!!  We had taco lunch before, then sat in some amazing seats for the game and hey, THEY WON.  Obviously had to celebrate with ice cream afterward.  This is maybe the second time this week that we’ve been to Smith + Canon, a brand new coffee/ice cream shop on Colfax.  I cannot believe how good this ice cream is!

Back at home, I walked Dog (did I mention we call him this now?…) and it felt like summertime out there ♥  Then, when the sun went down, we sat down for GOT and I’m still not really sure how I felt about the episode.  I did not see much of it coming, but surprise doesn’t equate enjoyment.  Mostly, I don’t know if the show is actually going here or not, but the “Mad Queen” discourse I’ve seen online is endlessly boring to me.  Daenerys is a woman in a position of power and GASP, shows emotion, so she must be “mad.”  Gosh, where have I see this story line before??  What did everyone else think??