Weekend Things

It’s still January??  HOW!  This month always feels soooo long to me, but not really in a bad way.  I mean, four whole weekends in one month is fine by me!  This weekend, we saw two movies, celebrated our little pup’s ninth birthday, had breakfast with Joey’s grandparents, picked up Huni for a two-week puppy play date while my parents are in Mexico (lucky!) and watched Parasite win the top SAG prize, MUCH to our pure delight.  How was your weekend??

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And speaking of Parasite, we saw it again on Friday night!  I actually don’t know if I’ve even written about this film yet on the blog?  We saw it on a Tuesday night in November so it would have missed my Weekend Things post.  IT’S AMAZING.  When we saw it the first time, I turned to Joey and said “well that was a perfect movie.”  After watching it a second time, I’m FURTHER convinced of it’s absolute brilliance.  Plus the theater was full!  Parasite Fever!!!

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Andi’s Birthday!  We maybe made him a teensy pancake while we were cooking breakfast for ourselves ♥  And then we totally abandoned him 😛

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We had tickets to the Monet Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum and even though it was PACKED in there, I really enjoyed it!  The audio guide was pretty interesting and I think I really love Monet’s style.  Seeing his paintings of all those European towns and cities in the 1800s had me imagining just how beautiful they probable were in real life!  Afterward, we grabbed lunch at Leven Deli.  We’d been there in 2018, loved it and just hadn’t found the chance to go back.  Sadly, I was really unimpressed with literally everything we ordered.  Looked way better than it tasted.  Oh well!

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Back at home, we had a double movie feature and later on, leftovers for dinner.  We hadn’t seen Moonlight since it came out.  While I think I may have been more charitable to it than Joey the first time around, neither of us truly loved it but wanted to re-watch it and give it another chance.  I was really moved by it and gosh, what a gorgeous looking film!  Joey still had some criticisms of the narrative but he could appreciate its importance as a film.  We also watched Midsommar, which was less scary than it was hollow.  LOVE Florence Pugh, but what is this movie even about??  Felt like random stuff was thrown in and the explanation was just “it’s a crazy cult, why not have a bear??” It felt lazy to me.

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Sunday morning, we had breakfast with Lori, Adam and Joey’s grandparents at Snooze — would you look at Lori’s copy of Little Women!!! — then headed over to the movie theater to see 1917!  Guys, I’ll be honest, I felt like nothing I was going to see in this movie was going to be all that important because I’d already seen and thought so much about all of the other Best Picture nominees, but I think I liked it most of anyone in the group?  Visually, it is SO STUNNING!!!  And I thought the story and the acting were all really well done.  It’s certainly not my favorite movie of the year, but I liked it quite a bit.

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We picked up Huni at my parents’ afterward and it was only slightly concerning when my mom was telling me where her will is located “just in case.”  Back at home, we made lunch salads and then I headed out to yoga.  It was a tough but great class!  Came home to a Mardi Gras Dachshund from Emily!!!!  So amazing!  Huni seems to have already settled in 😛  We made a black bean plantain enchilada bake for dinner — Joey found perfectly ripe plantains for us, thank god! — and watched the SAG Awards.  I actually thought the show was pretty good.  Eugene and Dan Levy to do the intro??  Yes please!  Plus there were a lot of good speeches (it’s extremely unfair that Brad Pitt is both handsome and funny!), all leading up to Parasite‘s win, which we cheered real hard!  Please have a good week 🙂

Weekend Things

August is such a confusing time.  Even though we’re still in the 90s during the day, there is that unmistakable chill in the morning air and I can never decide if I’m excited for fall or devastated that summer might end.  I did my best to just enjoy the fleeting summer moments this weekend and what better way than by going to a Rockies game, finally finally having a backyard movie night and enjoying a patio lunch on Sunday?

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I’m starting to realize I probably won’t make it through every dog at Biker Jim’s by the end of this baseball season.  Unless, of course, I start doubling up!  Joey and I are going to go halfsies from here on out.  There was a very weird lightning delay at the beginning of the game, even though the sun was fully shining?  But, even with the delay, it was a really fast game AND we won!  Can’t argue with any of that.

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Woke up (too early) and made a mountain of whole wheat pancakes before grabbing our bikes to head to the Farmers’ Market, only to discover Joey had a flat.  Look, he’s not quite as fast changing a bike tire as a car tire, but I was still impressed.  My usual peach selling stand was MIA (WHY??) but I bought some from another farmer and felt such relief.  Also, you guys know how much I LOVE going to the FM on Saturday morning, but… I could be done with the biking part.  Or at least done with the biking in the heat part.

Back at home, OUR PATIO FURNITURE WAS DELIVERED!!!!  We sort of wish we had shelled out for a second chair and side table, plus two ottomans but we love how it looks and even better, how it feels!  We ate steak dinner (that Joey grilled to perfection!) out there, then set up our new projector to watch a movie.  Joey has wanted to watch The Mighty Ducks all summer but there were technical difficulties and we ended up having to watch something we own on DVD, so The Mask it was.  When’s the last time you watched this movie??  I was mostly focused on how he wears a zoot suit?  Also, my favorite part was that cameo by Ben Stein 😛  Oh and I made us this Freezer Caramel Slice for dessert and it sure was decadent!

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Sort of slept in on Sunday then had breakfast before splitting up to do some chores.  I harvested our basil and made the best pesto for pizza later, assembled salads for lunches this week (we hadn’t made this one in too long!) and then my mom and sister stopped by to see our new patio furniture and to join us for lunch.  We hit up Avanti and managed to snag seats on the outdoor but covered patio (hallelujah!).  My sister and I tried the new spot, Street Feud and I approve!  My mom got an order of truffle fries and seemed to find particular joy in dipping a fry in mayo, then using it to get the truffle-herb mixture to stick to her fry.  What a goof!  

I went to 4 PM yoga and even just walking from the car to the studio had my black pants feeling like they were on fire.  Back at home (and on the deck, of course), we did some transportation logistics research for our trip to Italy and bought a train ticket from Varenna to Venice.  Then we made that pizza!  We’ve made this ricotta-tomato pizza a handful of times, but never on the grill.  Seemed like the right thing to do though.  Also, I don’t know if we got a different brand of ricotta or maybe we usually get part-skim and bought whole milk instead but it was SO CREAMY and SO GOOD.  Whoa!  After, we watched Big Brother and my fantasy team is screwed.  Oh well!  How was your weekend?