Weekend Things

It was a weekend of finales — we watched the final season of Veep, I woke up from a nap to hear Joey watching the final scene of Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones, of course — and a weekend of me saying I was going to do stuff and then… not doing that stuff — going out to dinner, running 5 miles, buying a dress for a wedding — but I also got to watch Joey accept an award and finish a half marathon and we finally planted our garden!

Also, SPOILER WARNING because I’m definitely talking finales of all sorts in this post.

Friday, after work, we headed to Mile High (or whatever it’s called now) to pick up Joey’s race packet and despite how OVERJOYED he was at getting bib number 303, no one else commented on it 😛  We went home afterward to walk and feed Andi then spent way too long trying to decide if/where to go out to dinner then ended up staying in.  We’re the most fun!  But actually, putting on my pajamas, eating leftover enchilada casserole and watching the final season of Veep felt 100% right.

I set my alarm to run Saturday morning and then asked myself if I really wanted to do that or make pancakes and guess what the answer was!  We used our leftover ricotta to make these and wow, I forgot how good they are!  Afterward, we headed to Paulino Gardens and it was A) packed and B) pretty picked over.  I don’t know if it was because it’s already mid-May or because they’re closing at the end of this season but it was sort of nuts in there.  We managed to leave with most of what we needed but we’re still at a loss for what to plant in the shady part of our yard.  Also, Joey stood in line for something like 40 minutes while I stayed warm in the car and ordered us lunch delivery 🙂

I fully planned on heading to the mall afterward but it was already past 1 PM, we had somewhere to be at 6 PM and I still needed to shower and go to the grocery so dress shopping got the ax.  We spent the evening at a work-related gala where we were fed a family style meal of not nearly enough food (my top concern, obviously), but our company won an award, so I guess that’s cool!  Back at home, we watched a few minutes of SNL (oooh, another finale!) then went to bed because Joey had a race in the morning and I was dropping him off.

First time at the Colfax Half Marathon and the parking/traffic situation actually wasn’t bad.  Joey’s race started at 6:45 AM which seemed really early to us (the marathon started at 6!!!) so I dropped him off around 6:15 then headed back home to make myself some coffee before Lori picked me back up.  I think we took a really long route to the finish line, but Max seemed content in his stroller ♥  Joey cruised in at 1:37:59 which is a new PR for him and I was so proud!!!  He and I had a celebratory breakfast at Onefold afterward and then I went home and took a nap.  Wait, did I actually run the half marathon??

Post nap, we regrouped outside and did some planting.  I thought of my mom the whole time I assembled my planter pots since she bought them for me and is such a gardener at heart ♥  We also got our garden seeds in, plus these shishito plants that I am legitimately SO EXCITED about.  Fingers crossed!  We lost our garden bed when we built our new garage but then they left us that little strip of dirt and it looked perfect for a row of flowers.  I took myself to yoga afterward and Joey kept on working like he hadn’t run 13.1 miles very early that morning!

Came home to make salads for the week, finish up Veep, eat dinner and watch Game of Thrones.  Before I get to GOT, can we give it up for Veep?!  What an incredible, hilarious, vulgar, expertly crafted show.  Everyone gives an amazing performance but Julia Louis-Dreyfus is just PHENOMENAL.  What an all-time character!  We are so lucky to have her comedy genius in this world.

Guys, I was so ready but also not at all ready for the finale of Game of Thrones.  This season has been so strange and rushed and up and down.  I don’t think it’s any great secret that the show runners couldn’t quite get it right without the books as source material, plus this is a show built on long term development being condensed into six episodes and that just doesn’t work.  I won’t say I hated all of this season because the visuals are still (mostly) amazing and I thought this season had some nice acting and moments that I really felt in my heart but it also had far too many unanswered questions, logistics that just didn’t make sense, important scenes left unshown and character arcs that felt unsatisfying or worse, unnatural.  I feel real sad about some of it (Dany), real annoyed by some of it (Bran??) and real thrilled about some of it (QUEEN IN THE NORTH, BABY!).  I’m sure I’ll spend the rest of the week processing it all, but what a ride it’s been!  What are we all watching together now??

How was your weekend?

Weekend Things: SPOILER ALERT

WHAT A WEEKEND!!!  In short, we rode the G Line, saw Avengers: Endgame, had an incredible dinner, attended a performance of Cats, ran outside and watched the much anticipated third episode of Game of Thrones.  But, not in short, I have SO MUCH more to say about all of those things.  Stick around for it or don’t, but you’ve been warned 🙂

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The light rail station a mere two blocks from our house has been built for something like two years and they’ve just been testing this whole time.  I get it because safety first, but dang!  That’s a long time.  The G Line FINALLY opened Friday, it ran free all weekend AND we were headed right where it runs, so obviously we had to ride it.  We grabbed a quick casual dinner at Illegal Pete’s first, then walked (WALKED!) to the train.  As luck would have it, the wind kicked up right before our walk, so what should have been a pleasant stroll turned into an assault by tiny bits of dirt and sand.

SPOILER WARNING!!!!!!!!

BUT SERIOUSLY, SPOILER WARNING!

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Guys, I love love LOVED Avengers: Endgame!  If you’re going, please do yourself a favor and see it in a theater packed with other MCU fans, who will cheer, laugh and cry along with you.  Okay, I did not actually cry (or go to the bathroom!!!) but I don’t know the last time I felt as electrified as I did during that battle scene.  Cap wields Thor’s hammer!!!! Oh my god, I died!  And then Captain Marvel had the infinity gauntlet and all the lady warriors assembled around her and I died again.  And then for real, Iron Man died.  I maybe would have felt more sad about if I hadn’t been distracted by someone in the theater moaning “Nooo!  Nooo!  Nooo!”

In all honesty, the thing I’m most sad about is that I just got into all these films and only just discovered how fun it is to anticipate and watch these movies with everyone else and now… it’s over.  It happened too fast!  Also, shout out to how funny this movie is.  I laughed A LOT.

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I got up Saturday morning and ran 5 miles!  I try to ramp up the mileage around this time every year so I can make it through the Bolder Boulder but also because running the Cherry Creek Trail while it’s still cool (a bit too cool, if I’m being honest) and quiet in Denver gives me such joy.  And when I got back, Joey had coffee and waffles and dishes washed and now “joy” doesn’t seem strong enough a word ♥

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The rest of the day was spent doing a little bit (for me, but a lot for Joey!) of yard work, a trip to the grocery, walking our pup and then cleaning ourselves up for date night.  First, we hit up Spuntino for dinner and oh my god, why had we not been there before?!  We grabbed two seats at the bar and two VERY GOOD happy hour drinks, then feasted on warm focaccia with ricotta, fettuccine and the most beautifully striped ravioli.  I felt like we’d discovered a Denver dining secret and I can’t wait to go back!

Cats was… um, well, it was cats.  Throwing a cat ball.  In which a gumbie cat, a railway cat, a broken woman cat (???) were in attendance.  Look, the dancing is fabulous and the performance of “Memory” in the second act was PHENOMENAL — we immediately went home and listened to other versions of it and thought the one we’d heard live was by far the best — but WHAT IS THIS SHOW??  There’s basically no action, the songs are just okay and it was incredibly difficult to understand any of the words in the songs.  Which means I still have NO CLUE what a “jellical cat” is.

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Joey got up Sunday morning and ran 9 miles, so I stayed in bed to cuddle our dog and read, then when he got back, we took ourselves to Port Side for breakfast and May planning.  How is it already so booked??  I’m sort of sad April is almost over already, but I’m thinking May will be a good month 🙂  After, I made lunch salads while Joey started building us some flower boxes and then we made a trip to Mike’s Camera to order a picture we’re going to hang over our bed.  It felt so good to finally get that done!  I bottled a new batch of kombucha (Mango Cayenne!) before heading out to yoga.

GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!

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Back at home, we made Buffalo Chicken Tenders for dinner — they were good and spicy but not quite crunchy enough for me — then watched Game of Thrones and I’m sorry to be a total bummer, but I did not like that episode.  For starters, I had a REALLY hard time seeing any of the action.  I think those dragons fighting in the air was cool, but I don’t know because I could barely see!  Narratively, it was a miss for me as well.  I was excited to see a Dothraki Horde fight and then I didn’t get to.  I have no idea where Bran warged to.  I just did not care about Beric dying and felt literally zero emotion about his connection to Arya.  I did not understand how Jorah was just right there to save Dany.  I wanted so much more from Jon, who I usually love to watch fight and I felt the Night King’s demise was so anticlimactic.  I’m still working out my thoughts on Arya being the one to kill him, because yes, Arya is badass, but for some reason, this just didn’t really feel like her fight to win.  I don’t know.  I really didn’t care for the scene ending on old Melisandre.  Please tell me your thoughts and arguments, because I’d honestly love to be talked into liking this episode.  I’d prefer it to the disappointment I currently feel.

All I’m saying is, I saw two epic battles this weekend.  One was utterly thrilling and one was not.  All GOT letdown aside, this weekend was amazing!  More please!