Recently Consumed

Wow, has it really been since LAST APRIL that I wrote one of these posts??  How dare I?!  But it’s a new year and it’s time to check in all the things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

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Chocolate-Covered Dates Stuffed with Peppermint Cream

I know I already mentioned this in my weekend post, but we’ve nearly finished off this batch of dates and I have leftover peppermint cream, so I already have plans to make more!  Joey told me these were “professional,” so I’ll take that a sign they were good, plus I really did love them myself!

Chernobyl

Why didn’t anyone tell me how deeply fucked up this show was?!  Okay, except everything I heard about this show made it clear that it was deeply fucked up.  We knocked the whole series out in a few days and besides being just really well made and well shot and well acted, it is HARROWING and unbelievably gruesome.  I cannot believe this incident actually happened (and not even that long ago!).  What a monumental disaster!

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Cosmic Crisp Apple

My mom gifted me this apple before they left for vacation and wow, so juicy and sweet and beautiful!  Plus I thought of her as I ate it… which was probably her ploy all along!!!

Paul Walter Hauser Fever

I’ve listened to not one, but two, Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya, BlacKkKlansman, Richard Jewell) interviews this week and he is a delight!!!  Not only is he incredibly funny but also hard-working, talented and down-to-earth.  More please!

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Black Bean + Tempeh Tacos with Cashew Cheese Sauce

Is this the thousandth time I’ve talked about how much I love these veggie tacos?  Probably, but here we are again!  We chowed down on these as we finished Chernobyl in the dark and I managed not to make a huge mess even.  They are truly so good, please make them.

Film Scores

You guys thought I’d already gone off the deep end with how many movies I saw this year, but the nerdom continues because I’m now listening to the scores of those films.  But for real, beautiful wordless music is the best thing to listen to at work! Last week I was on the Little Women score, which is twinkly and elegant and beyond beautiful and this week has been dedicated to the Marriage Story score, by Randy Newman.  I think I’ll hit up the Joker score (it did win the Golden Globe after all!) next week.

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Double Puppy Party

I have consumed a lot of puppy time this week!  One dog is DEFINITELY easier than two — I wish I had video evidence of me being pulled in half as I walked them both solo on Wednesday — but they are really entertaining together.  Plus it’s nice when Joey and I each have a dog to cuddle on the couch at night ♥

I realize I have not listed any books or restaurant food here, which must mean I’m slacking all of 10 days into the new year 😛  I just got that 2020 Yelp Elite badge so I need to step up my game this weekend maybe??  Also, I’m halfway through my first read of the year, The Scholar, and it’s alright, not amazing and not bad but interesting enough.  I’ll report back on both of these things, soon hopefully!  Happy Weekend to you all!

Weekend Things: Thanksgiving 2019

What a strange week we had here in Colorado.  A giant snowstorm blew in on Tuesday, so we worked from home and then I left work early on Wednesday to do some Thanksgiving cooking and then there we were with four more days off, that I very weirdly did not feel like I needed off?  And somehow it’s taken me three days to get this post out into the world.  Probably because I’m melting my brain by seeing and thinking about too many movies!

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I maybe made pie crust three times before finally nailing it, but would you look at that apple pie!  In addition to pie, we offered to bring rolls and a sweet potato casserole, so I left work around 2 PM to make a very time consuming crescent roll recipe and then when Joey got home, he knocked out the casserole for us.  Then we took ourselves to Uncle for our traditional Thanksgiving Eve ramen dinner.  They took my leftovers to the kitchen to box up and accidentally spilled it, so we got a new full portion and I think I heard Joey tell every person we saw over the weekend, so I guess he was happy about it 🙂  Back at home, we watched The Laundromat and sorry but no.

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Happy Thanksgiving!  We poured ourselves coffee (+ eggnog for me!) and sat down to watch the parade.  Why did I almost cry when Savannah and Hoda announced that the balloons would be flying??  Anyway, my (and everyone else’s) favorite part was obviously Al Roker pushing that man in a butter costume.  Amazing!!

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If you fuse these pictures together, we might have everyone in frame and looking at the camera 🙂  Lori and Chad cracked open the bottles of wine we had sent back from Italy, Ellie got to eat her first Thanksgiving meal and I was very jealous of Lorenzo’s table cloth!

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Over to my parents’ for Round 2 and everything was so good!  My mom tried out a new sweet potato souffle recipe and I loved it!  Plus, the stuffing tasted extra good for some reason 😛  We made it through half of E.T. (plus pie!) after dinner and I blame those commercials that were playing during the parade, but I also don’t know if I’ve ever truly sat down and watched that movie start to finish, so I was kind of glad.

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I feel like I had the post-Thanksgiving blues on Friday, so I spent most of the day trying to work out of that funk by finishing E.T. (I was unexpectedly moved by the ending!), a trip to the gym, watching The Social Network (what a movie!) and seeing a movie?  Okay, I might have a problem…. Anyway, we saw Knives Out with my sister and Wayne and what a good time it was!  I dare you to pick your favorite performance because everyone is just amazing.  Joey and I both vote for Trooper Wagner though!

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Who knows what we did all morning on Saturday, but at 3 we had a very important birthday party to attend.  Mason is two!  How??  He did a really great job unwrapping his presents and after we sang “Happy Birthday” to him, he said “again!” and sang again we did!  It was truly the cutest.  We had dinner back at home but Joey convinced me to go see another movie (he’s fueling my addiction!), so we found ourselves at the Mayan (I miss the Mayan!) to choose between Waves and Honey Boy and ended up going with the latter.  Guys, I LOVED it!  The story is heartbreaking and all the performances are so so good.  Noah Jupe is the cutest and what a year for him!  I do wonder if you need to have any connection or awareness of Shia LaBeouf to fully appreciate it though.

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We made it to Sunday!  We took ourselves to Stowaway for breakfast ♥ then went to get a Christmas tree.  We usually do this after picking up our KBCO Studio C CD but since the span of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is shorter this year, we felt like it was time.  I went to yoga later on, but when I got home, we threw on Home Alone and put the lights and ornaments on the tree.  Would you look at that beautiful Murano glass ornament Lori got us?!  I love it!  We also made one of our favorite pasta dinners and watched Kramer vs. Kramer and though I was surprised at how much more of a Dustin Hoffman movie it is than a Meryl Streep movie, I thought it was really good.  Joey loved it!

What did you do this Thanksgiving weekend??