Weekend Things

Hi and welcome to the middle of January!  Does anyone else feel like this month has already been really long?  I’m not mad about it, because I could use a little slow down time and some “I have nothing to do!” moments after the holidays.  Just some room to get back into the grove of normal life, you know?

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What better way to start out the weekend than with a knockout meal at a new restaurant?  We took ourselves to Q House and had the best time!  Sat at the chef’s counter, drank cocktails and ate four incredible plates of food.  I wanted to see how their spicy chicken compared to Hop Alley and it was BETTER.  Our mouths were straight numb but that garlic-y flavor still came through and tasted amazing.  I loved it all!

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Joey headed to the mountains to ski early Saturday morning and I thought I was going to have a very chill and relaxing day at home (and it started that way, with a homemade peppermint mocha), but then it ended up being a day of frustrating errands that really tested my patience.  Mostly, can it please not be January anymore so the grocery store can go back to being less busy and I can actually find a parking spot in less than 20 minutes?

I did bottle a new batch of blood orange kombucha that looked very pretty!  And then Andi and I cuddled while Joey watched the Cowboys game and tried to ignore the emotional roller coaster going on at the other end of the couch.

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Sunday started with a baby shower brunch for Betsty — umm how cute are mini chicken and waffles?? — and I won the “Baby Bump or Beer Belly” game, ha!  Also, they sent us each home with a bottle of champagne to pop when the baby is born and I think that’s the best idea!  Took it real easy for the rest of the day, by reading, watching Top Chef and skipping my usual Sunday yoga class.

Later on, we made some dog treats — because our pup has a birthday on Friday and I’m a new dog mom, so don’t judge me — and they smelled way too good to be for a dog 😛  Ended the night with leftovers and a couple of episodes of Killing Eve, which, though it’s a show about an assassin, I find really funny?  We’re going to finish it up this week!

How was your weekend?

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! 🙂