Weekend Things

I think I made it to Tuesday last week when I said, “I want to do NOTHING this weekend!”  This time of year is exhausting, people.  Exhausting in the best and most fun way possible, but exhausting nevertheless.  Of course, I realize I am incapable of actually “doing nothing,” so that’s not how the weekend panned out, BUT I did get lots and lots of sleep so I’m calling it an overall success.

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We didn’t have Friday plans, so I asked Joey on a date to a Mexican restaurant down the street from us.  He’s been begging to go for… oh probably a year, so I finally gave in.  The margaritas were good (I got one made with St. Germain!), the chips and salsa were great, the food was okay (not “messy enough” for Joey) and the service was plain weird.  Weird, as in our server gave our drinks to the wrong table and just seemed very confused all night.  Annual viewing of The Santa Clause afterwards.  Not gonna lie, I feel asleep watching it.  How does it end?!

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Saturday involved pancakes (Joey is on a mission to find a “go to” recipe and I’m totally in support because it means lots of pancake eating for me!), couch lounging, yoga and a Saturday night movie.  We also walked over to a friend’s new jewelry/vintage clothing store in the afternoon and it’s official, our neighborhood is hip.  We watched Short Term 12 and though it was heavy it was also very good.

Oh and I bought eggnog because Joey claimed he’d never had the real stuff before.  It was only halfway through pouring that I realized we used to cut it with milk when I was younger.  Even uncut it still tasted like my childhood.

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Pre-Show Family Photo

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It snowed on Sunday!  FINALLY!  I mean, I guess I shouldn’t complain about 60 degree days in December, but snow makes everything feel more festive, doesn’t it?  Plus drinking tea (or coffee, in Joey’s case) in bed while the snow falls is the epitome of winter time happiness.  We spent the afternoon at the Buell seeing Jersey Boys!  The signs warning of “authentic, profane, Jersey language” made me laugh.

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The show was great!  This is going to sound naïve, but I had no idea it was actually about the Four Seasons (as opposed to an unrelated story that just happened to use their music, à la Mama Mia).  Not only was the music amazing, but I loved learning about the group’s history.  And the actor playing Frankie Valli totally nailed his voice.


One snowy walk later, we landed ourselves at Osteria Marco for an early dinner.  I adore Larimer Street during the holidays.  I mean they have lights strung from one side of the street to the other year round, but it always looks prettier in December.  Plus all the restaurants and shops looks extra glitzy.  I’ve been wanting to try Osteria Marco for years and it lived up to my expectations.  Everything I tried was exceptionally good.  Or is that the bottle of wine I shared with Lori talking?

Despite getting lots of sleep this weekend, I still needed coffee this morning.  Monday, why are you always so rough?

Weekend Things


10 Things from This Weekend:

1. Friday.  Did I mention we went into work immediately afterwards?  I was deliriously tired by the time we got into bed… at 4:30 PM… Only to wake up at 7, eat dinner and go back to bed.

2. Another trip to our very favorite place…Ikea!  We’re old pros by now and know how to cut all the corners and weave through the crowd to get where we need to be.  In and out in less than an hour, I’ll take it!

3. Our room is so dang close to being done.  Our wardrobe is finally completely put together and we LOVE it.  All we need is something to put above our bed — there’s a big picture hanging on the wall across from it and our wardrobe has two GIANT mirror doors so I’m at a loss for what to put up there! — and new blinds/curtains and voila, it’ll be done.

4. We went for a run on Saturday afternoon after taking a week and a half off and I felt like my lungs were going to explode.  I’m all about feeling wiped out after a run because I really pushed myself but not so into being wiped out because I feel out of shape.  Help.

5. Saturday night dinner with our friends Bobby and Becca to celebrate Bobby’s birthday, which was last weekend.  We were just about to pay $5 to park when a car on the side of the street left and we nabbed it.  Score!

6. Pancake Sunday!  Okay, so lately I’ve just been making these for Pancake Sunday because they’re so easy and we both love them but I decided to make an effort and do something different this week… Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes!  They stuck to our griddle so bad.  C’est la vie.

7. The Cowboys won.  I couldn’t care less, but our household is generally a happier place when they win.

8. I went on yet another run and felt even worse than I did on Saturday.  I think I walked at least half of the distance.  What the heck?

9. I felt like I spent so much time in the kitchen this weekend, making this on Saturday afternoon, the aforementioned pancakes Sunday morning and this (only muffin version) on Sunday evening.  I roped Joey into cooking us dinner because I just didn’t think I could stand to cook another thing.

10. I adore Sundays.  Whether it’s staying in and getting prepared for the week ahead or totally ignoring all those “responsibilities” for one last hurrah before Monday comes, they just make me feel happy.  Plus I love the ritual of Sunday night TV.  Amazing Race for the win!

Happy Monday!