Weekend Things

Weekend Highlights: tempura broccoli and Colorado lamb at Work & Class, checking another Best Picture nominee off our list, sesame-honey pancakes, quality time with Mom, a good workout, staying on budget at the grocery store, a big bowl of noodles and Dunkirk, Will Ferrell on SNL, coffee and croissants at The Source, laughing really hard while watching The Mindy Project, a late afternoon stroll, ricotta gnocchi, reading in bed.  And perhaps best of all, waking up Monday morning feeling rested and ready to go 🙂

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Post-delicious-dinner at Work & Class, we headed to the Mayan to see The Shape of Water and look, I’d been avoiding seeing it because, come on, a fish man?  Really?  I’m here to report it wasn’t as dumb as I thought it’d be but it was also just as dumb as I thought it’d be.  I feel like I’m in a place where I find it hard to appreciate a polished, large production, sweeping score, predictably plotted films, though I did think Sally Hawkins was great.  Mainly though, THIS IS THE EXACT SAME PLOT AS SPLASH and I like Splash a lot more.

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Had enough time for pancakes and Top Chef before heading into Louisville to see my mom for a massage.  I hadn’t had one in so long and between the heart to heart chatting we had before and the much needed kneading (see what I did there?) of my muscles, I felt so incredible afterwards.  Back at home, there was lunch, a trip to the gym, a trip to Whole Foods, super seed butter and leftovers of this Mongolian Beef Noodle Bowl Joey made earlier in the week.  He killed it — this meal was so so good!

We also watched Dunkirk and I actually liked it a lot more than I thought I would!  I mean I didn’t know any of the characters names afterwards and it took a minute to figure out the overlapping time tables but I found it really interesting.  Plus I learned all British soldiers were good-looking 20-year-olds with the exact same hair color.  Who knew?!  P.S. Harry Styles had a much bigger role than I had anticipated.

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I woke up Sunday and felt sort of crabby but then we took ourselves to The Source, ordered coffee, picked out pastries, semi-plotted our February and read in silence and I think it set the tone for a wonderful Sunday.  It also felt like a really long day in a really good way, so that I got lunches made, cleaned up the kitchen, read and went on a walk but also had time to watch a lot of TV and be really loungey on the couch.  We rounded out the day with ricotta gnocchi and pesto from The Savvy Cook and I know I sound like a spokesperson for this cookbook but literally everything we’ve made has been incredible and this gnocchi was no exception!

Here’s something that’s been on my mind lately.  I feel like we are in a time where we post the best parts of our life online and it’s really easy to see someone else’s best and compare yourself to that.  On Saturday, my mom told me she’s so impressed by how much I cook and go out and do fun things and how do I do it all?!  And whoa, I do not mean to make it look my life is perfect because sometimes I feel overwhelmed by “doing it all” and Joey and I do not always get along.  In fact, we argued A LOT on Saturday, and I usually edit stuff like that out of my weekend recap because I’m afraid, to an outsider, it will sound like a relationship red flag, but I actually think it’s fine and normal to argue with your spouse.  I just wanna keep it real with you, ya know?

Anyway, it’s all good and I hope you feel that way too and I hope you have a good Monday!

Weekend Things

I don’t even know how to start this post because there were so many good things this weekend.  Namely, visiting with Hannah and Josh and Mason, — who is starting to support his own head already?! — making pasta for the first time ever (!!!!) and lots of family time on Sunday.  I mean I also burnt my mouth on coffee, yucca fries and a bite of farro but shhh, let’s not talk about those things.

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I love this little baby!!!  Oh sorry, that’s probably too much yelling for a Monday morning but seriously, he’s the cutest and the best and watching him throw his little baby arms in the air, mid-nap was heart-melting.  I feel I could just gaze at him forever.  Bonus: we got to eat some delicious pizza and exchange Christmas presents with Hannah and Josh.  What time should we come over this Friday, guys? 🙂

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Some Saturday morning scenes.  Including a Greek yogurt, tahini, date, granola toast pre-eye exam and grabbing a latte from a new coffee shop with the prettiest details post-eye exam.  Guys, I’m pretty sure my eye doctor is semi-insane.  I found it half entertaining and half annoying so I’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of laughing really hard but also having to wait 15 minutes to see her and another 30 minutes for her to get through the exam.

This video doesn’t have sound but just know we were listening to the “Italian Cooking Music” playlist on Spotify and “Mambo Italiano” was playing at the time.

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We took on a double grocery store trip afterwards and I’m pretty sure Joey was suffering from caffeine poisoning and didn’t even know where we were or what day it was.  He’s lucky I was in a good mood 🙂  But let’s skip over afternoon activities of lunch, reading and going to the gym to hit the most important event of the day… HOMEMADE PASTA!  Lori got us pasta attachments for Christmas and I had been reading up on how to make it all week.  Suffice it to say I was a bit excited.

We used this really detailed guide — there’s a shortened recipe at the end — and mixed the dough, then Joey kneaded it for A LONG TIME because it was sort of stiff but we got it all sorted out and the actual pasta rolling process was so dang fun!  I had to give myself a pep talk beforehand that went something like “if this turns into a giant disaster and we end up throwing it all in the trash, IT’S OKAY.”  But then it wasn’t a disaster.  And it was fun.  And we ended up with some wonderful pappardelle that we loaded with beef ragu, ricotta and parm for dinner.  I’ve never been so happy!

P.S. We started The Handmaid’s Tale that night and there will be more on that once we finish.

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Sunday started with breakfast at my parents’.  My mom knocked it out of the park with the food — Mom, Joey and I decided that was the best your French toast casserole has ever tasted! — and I drank coffee out of that hilarious mug, then my mom, Dad, Joey and I drove up to my brother and Nikki’s to give them their Christmas presents.  Joey was out throwing the football with Gennaro and I was inside making/putting up Valentine’s Day decorations with Belle and then when the boys came in to play Madden, Belle, Nikki and I did some crafting with this jewelry kit.  Apparently, Joey and I are the kind of psycho non-parents who think it’s a good idea to give a child something with that many beads.

We dropped my parents’ off back home around 3 PM then grabbed linner at Vital Root and finally headed home ourselves to do those adult duties of laundry and making lunch for the week.  Not going to lie, after getting our salads made, I most lazed about on the couch for the rest of the night.  Feels necessary to do that sometimes.

How was your weekend?