Weekend Things

If I had to name a theme of the weekend I guess it would be: good food, depressing movies.  And lots of down town in between.  We were at the movie theater every day this weekend!  And between the utter horror of the Live Action Shorts, finishing up The Assassination of Gianni Versace last night and just being in the cold throes of winter, I could really really just use some warmth and humor right now.  Thank god a new season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt just came out!

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As Joey was bowling last Thursday, we relocated our Valentine’s Day celebration to Friday and hit up The Way Back for the first time in TWO YEARS (oops!).  They’ve also relocated and the new(ish) spot is much bigger and beautifully arranged.  We had a seriously hard time narrowing down our order, but ended up splitting the white bean fritters, pappardelle and sirloin.  Man, it was all SO good!  And to top it all off, a warm apple cake that we nearly licked the plate clean of.

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It wasn’t until we were en route to the Mayan that I realized I hadn’t even read up on the Oscar-Nominated Shorts, which is VERY unlike me!  The result being I had NO IDEA what we were getting ourselves into, which was legitimately nightmarish.  First up, a child calling his mother because his father has left him on a beach and his phone dies just as he tells her a strange man is approaching him.  Next, two boys messing around when one drowns in a pit of wet concrete.  Followed by the true story of two 10-year old boys who brutally murdered a two-year old.  Lastly, blatant racism and violence that ends with a child shooting his father.  Okay, I left out the happiest one which was still about an old woman dying alone.  WHY???

Sitting through this barrage of sadistic hell was truly traumatic.  You guys know I live for all things Oscar related, but like, maybe just don’t see these.  No one needs to feel this sad.

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Saturday started with begrudgingly-made waffles.  Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE waffles, but we don’t love the time it takes to make them.  I whipped these out pretty fast though!  Later on, I made some granola bars for the week and then we ran some errands, mostly motivated by the promise of lunch at Chook.  It’s a bright and beautiful order-at-the-counter type of place, that offers rotisserie chicken with choice of sauce and a bunch of delicious sides to choose from.  I went piri-piri and grilled carrot salad alongside my quarter dark meat and was blown away by how good it all tasted.  Why are all my new favorite places in Wash Park??

I got a facial later that afternoon and then we headed back to the Mayan for the Animated Shorts, which though they had some sadder moments, were overall MUCH LESS DEPRESSING than the Live Action Shorts.  At one point, I was actually laughing out loud and thought “well this feels good!”  We actually thought one of the “highly recommended” (but not nominated) shorts (Tweet, Tweet) was one of our favorites.  Joey liked One Small Step best (it is beautifully animated and touching) and I just loved Weekends.  

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I managed to take ZERO pictures on Sunday so please enjoy this picture of the manicure I got on Valentine’s Day and a recycled photo of the dinner we had, thank you!  This is actually a good way to mention I’ve been feeling unusually low picture-taking motivation.  It’s probably a good thing to NOT feel the pressure to photo-document every moment of your life but it also makes for less interesting blog posts.  I’m very at odds with it all so any advice you have would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Anyway, we started Sunday at Snooze with Joey’s grandparents, then went to see They Shall Not Grow Old, which is a World War I documentary, directed by Peter Jackson.  I legitimately haven’t seen any of the Lord of the Rings films, but I felt like that name-drop would be impressive to someone who has.  It was really interesting!  They restored, colorized and added audio to all of the old video footage and it was truly impressive.  I took myself to yoga later and we ended the night with that super satisfying dinner.

How was your weekend??

Weekend Things

I felt like last weekend got away from me.  Leaned too far toward the errand/chore side of things, so I decided this weekend would be the opposite and I’d keep adulting to a minimum.  Which meant eating out, having groceries delivered, getting a manicure and watching movies.

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Friday night double date with my sister and Wayne!  We grabbed a casual dinner at Illegal Pete’s, where they have good, cheap, strong margaritas that feel too good to be true.  After, we headed to the Alamo for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and look, an animated Spider-Man movie that contains the word “Spider-Verse” might sound dumb and honestly, it didn’t really seem like my kind of thing but I’d heard too many good reviews and decided to be open-minded.  Guys, I loved it!  It just works on every level and it was incredibly funny.  “Can you float through the air when you smell a delicious pie?” is a real line spoken by a character called Spider-Ham and I laughed SO hard.  If you feel like taking a chance on this movie, I promise you won’t regret it.

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I got a manicure Saturday afternoon and then we had a day date!  First, we went to Safta for blue crab hummus but when they didn’t have it, we ordered regular hummus and then split a lamb kebab sandwich, which turned out to be on a pita and filled with hummus.  So I guess what I’m saying is, I got my fill of pita and hummus but what I’m also saying is THIS PITA WAS INCREDIBLE.  That lamb, that chutney, those pickles.  Gah, we were in lunchtime heaven!

Later on, we went to the Mayan to see Destroyer.  It was just okay, to be honest.  Felt sort of amateur and though Nicole Kidman is a successful and treasured actress, does she have to wear so many wigs??  I liked the format of the film, I just didn’t love the content as much.

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Sunday started with a family breakfast to celebrate my dad’s birthday.  I gave him a Coen Brothers book that he was poring over all morning, so I think it’s safe to say he liked it ♥ After we all ate, most of us walked over to the park and my niece made this cute snowman because guys, she is a little artist!  My nephew later kicked it over because guys, he is a 9 (almost 10!) year old boy.

The rest of the afternoon was spent on Larimer, where we met up with our friend Zach at Our Mutual Friend to join him in a birthday beer.  Then Jenn, Joey, my sister, Wayne and I had lunch? dinner? linner? at Cart-Driver.  I think this is how most people our age spend a Sunday in Denver, but for us homebodies, it felt like an indulgent treat!

Please tell me how you spent the weekend 🙂