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 🙂

Weekend Things

The first weekend of 2019!  Did you dig it?  Honestly, I sort of forgot it was the first weekend of the new year until my yoga teacher pointed it out, but it was a good one anyway.  It started with a spontaneous dinner out and ended with a wild Golden Globes show, that still has me feeling confused.  Let’s dive in!

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We were totally going to eat free leftovers for dinner but my sister texted me as we were driving home asking if we wanted to go out for burgers and the answer took very little thought.  YES!  In exchange, we invited them to join us in seeing a movie, so Park & Co first, then off to the Mayan for If Beale Street Could Talk second.  Guys, this film is SO beautiful.  I felt so moved just watching Tish and Fonny, the two main characters, look into each others eyes.  It was truly astounding how love was evoked through this whole film.  The ending is sort of heartbreaking and not what you hope for, though maybe what you should expect.  I need to read the James Baldwin novel it’s based on now!

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Saturday morning, we took ourselves to a new coffee shop, called Doppio for breakfast and to wrap our heads around the month of January.  After holiday chaos, this month looks blissfully empty.  Doppio was a-okay.  Into all the space they had, giant coffee mugs and decked out toast, but service was sort of weird and do I really need an extra piece of toasts that isn’t decked out?  Probably not.

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The rest of the day was wide open.  We went on a noontime run and it felt wonderful and like it was maybe the first time I’d run outside since before the time change??  Whoa.  I also hit the grocery store and I cannot wait for everyone to give up on their New Year’s Resolutions so I can find a parking spot at Whole Foods again 😛  The Cowboys played that night, so I offered to make us dinner — Black-Eyed Peas with Cornmeal Dumplings, per tradition — then read while Joey watched the game.  They won, so I guess I’ll be doing this same thing next Saturday?

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First things first, I woke up on Sunday and Joey told me he’d finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the night before, thus bringing his reading of the HP series to an end.  I cannot even tell you how much this means to me ♥♥♥  Mostly because I’ll cry!  This moment is 11 years in the making and I love him on a whole new level.

Post-HP recap discussion, there were pancakes and afterward, I ran to a different grocery store to get a few things we can’t get at WF — it was busy there too and people were straight up creating their own parking spaces! — before returning home to make granola, eat lunch and read some more before yoga.  The class was really full — is this a theme?? — but it was also really good and I made it home in time for Joey and I to type each other a letter?  Don’t ask.  Then it was Globes time!

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Oh the Golden Globes, what can I say?  I thought the whole thing was somewhere between okay and totally weird.  I’m probably just idealizing but I kept thinking “hasn’t this award show been much better in past years??”  There were so many good films this year, but winners were so spread out among those films that it almost felt like no one film got quite the recognition it deserved.

I still haven’t seen Bohemian Rhapsody so it’s hard for me to really have an opinion on it winning Best Picture Drama but the reason I haven’t seen it, is because it looks really bad!  Also, I really loved Green Book, but I feel so conflicted between my original opinion, the opinion of everyone I know who’s seen it and (apparently) the HFPA’s opinion versus everything I’ve heard about it from critics, which is basically that it’s an inaccurate depiction or it’s an oversimplification of race relations in America or it’s yet another white savior narrative.  I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to think anymore.  I do wish there’d been more space to reward Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born though!

Did you watch?  What did you think?

If not, tell me how your first weekend of 2019 was! 🙂