Weekend Things

I very purposely kept life (mostly) off of Instagram this weekend.  Just as an experiment to see if I felt more present and less distracted that way.  Not going to lie though, I sort of felt like I was keeping myself from sharing stuff I wanted to share.  I’m about to share it all here, so it’s not so big of a deal, but dang, you probably all wish you could have seen a real time video of me singing along to The Hunchback of Notre Dame, right?? 😛

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We had a real deal date night on Friday and it wasn’t until we were headed to dinner that I realized it felt like it’d been a while since we’d had one.  First, we took advantage of the nice weather and being able to leave work a bit early to walk our pup.  It was the furthest we’ve ever walked him and I think we all enjoyed it ♥

We tried Dio Mio, Fish N Beer and Il Posto before finally ending up at Stowaway and we should have just gone there to begin with.  That pita was the best second best!  Then… FIRST MAN!  Sorry for all the movie enthusiasm lately, but as a voting member of the Academy, it’s my job to be excited and up to date on these things 😛  Joey wasn’t blown away but I liked it.  We both agreed Claire Foy was amazing, but do not expect any dramatic emotive performance from Gosling.

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Saturday started at Illegal Pete’s because: FREE BREAKFAST BURRITO DAY!  I picked us up coffee while Joey stretched and cooled down from his 10 mile run then we hopped in line and enjoyed our free breakfast.  Hit up the grocery store afterward and saw a girl totally scrape the entire right side of her car along the cement column in the parking garage!  Also, I bought this seasonal kombucha and it’s too savory for my taste.  And just for the record, it was nice enough to go on a noon-time run in short sleeves and it was truly wonderful.

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We had a wedding to attend that evening and while there, I saw the biggest pot of Pozole I’ve EVER seen.  I was feeling very witchy as I stirred it.  We maybe left with a cup of homemade salsa and a cup of candy corn, don’t judge!  Back at home, we threw on The Hunchback of Notre Dame and even though Joey fell asleep like 10 minutes in, I watched the whole thing and I had forgotten how dark it was.  Also, no offense Disney, but it’s sort of boring.

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We woke up to snow on Sunday!  Making Saturday’s short sleeved run even more wondrous.  I whipped up some vegan pumpkin spice pancakes, while Joey made himself some avocado toast (which became funny later in the day, when he was denying being a millennial and his argument was immediately struck down by Wayne asking “do you eat avocado toast??”) and we got some Sunday chores taken care of before heading to my parents’ for lunch.  Mom made some REALLY good chili and even though we missed my brother, SIL, niece and nephew who had to cancel because of the snow, it was fun seeing everyone else ♥

Later on, we put our pup in his coat and took a little walk in the snow.  He didn’t seem to mind the snow but he was NOT about me trying to wipe off his paws so I let Joey do that, ha.  Look how many more leaves were on the ground than on Friday!  Made some pad thai for dinner with “Decorating Disney” on in the background.  FASCINATING!  We also watched Private Life and I want to tell you it was really good but it mostly made me feel sad.

How was your weekend??

Recently Consumed

A list of things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

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Avocado Toast

Please do not ask me how many times I ate avocado toast while we were in San Diego.  When in Rome Cali, right??  But actually, the trend started before that, at home, and smashing avo on top a piece of toast with a dash of nutritional yeast, a sprinkle of salt and a swish of olive oil is a pretty amazing low-maintenance breakfast.

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Tin Man by Sarah Winman

I read this for book club last month and devoured it in a matter of days.  Which isn’t saying all that much because it’s fairly short, but what I’m really trying to say it that I adored it.  Prose that’s paired down, neat and concise and able to say so much by saying so little is my absolute favorite and Sarah Winman does it MASTERFULLY.  I was blown away by how quickly and effortlessly she endears you to the characters.  So much of this book is truly heartbreaking but there are so many tender moments of love, friendship and compassion too.  I hope, if you read it, you love it as much as I did.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This is my favorite book.  Ever!  Which leaves big shoes for the movie adaptation to fill, but I’m happy to report that I mostly really liked it.  Lily James was charming and though Michiel Huisman is handsomer than I had pictured Dawsey, I didn’t mind it.  I felt sort of weird about the fabricated Nazi love interest part and I super didn’t care for the hostility they wrote into Mrs. Maugery’s character (one of the most touching parts of the book is how instantly accepting the Guernsey characters are of Juliet) but 10 minutes in, Joey announced that he’d be reading the book and it meant more to me than he’ll ever know ♥

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Cashew Yogurt

Gosh, this Cashew Yogurt (which it totally not yogurt and I feel weird about calling it that but hey, I didn’t name the recipe!) reminds me of something but I can’t place on my finger on what.  That frosting that comes with Toaster Strudel perhaps??  Anyway, I made some a couple of weeks ago and ate it every day straight for a week.  I am a major cashew lover so the flavor was so so good to me.  Need to make another batch!

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The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah

I enjoyed The Nightingale so I figured I’d give another Kristen Hannah novel a try aaaaand, I didn’t totally love it.  I’ve read a few novels that had sort of an arctic setting and look, I’m sure it’s truly beautiful but I haven’t seen it with my own eyes and I’m NOT into cold weather so I think half the appeal of these types of books is lost on me right there.  The plot of this one is also sort of dramatic in a very predictable way, though I will say her writing is lovely.  So I guess I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I really wanted to love this movie and parts of it were cute and fun but mostly I didn’t find it believable that this adorable and completely normal girl wouldn’t have friends and I was really put off by how the good-looking, athletic, popular guy got the girl.  Totally deserving because his life seemed so unfair up until then…  Also, I felt misled by the trailer because most of the guys she writes loves letters to are basically non-entities.  Anyway, the younger sister was amazing!  (P.S. I listened to a podcast this week and the two women in it had the exact opposite opinion of everything I just said.)

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Bubbly Rose Health-Ade Kombucha

Took a little booch brew break while we were on vacation so I had to hit the store and left with this pretty bottle that tasted just as lovely.

And that’s it for this time!  It’s Friday and we’re thinking of taking a stroll through RiNo to see the all the fresh street art plus a trip to the Farmers’ Market and another drive to the mountains.  How about you?!