Weekend Things

Back in August, Joey and I debated getting the Alamo movie pass.  Joey really wanted it but I argued that we wouldn’t go any more often than before, even if we did have “unlimited” movie privileges.  Well, we saw three movies just last week, so maybe Joey was right after all 😛  If you’re not here for constant movie talk, don’t worry, there’s still food and puppy pictures to come!

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We finally saw Joker!  It came out the weekend we left for Italy and then there was just so much controversial discourse around it that it sort of turned me off.  It was time though.  Whew… this one is a thinker!  I think there are things to admire and things to feel uneasy about and for me, lots of things to feel unsure about still.  I’m not entirely sure what this film is trying to say about mental illness but something about it makes me feel uncomfortable and I just don’t know that a Joker who’s not pinned against Batman really makes sense, but Joey and I did agree that the filmmakers did a good job not fully making Joker (or Arthur Fleck) a sympathetic character.  Visually and narratively, it’s compelling and, of course, Joaquin is just fully committed.  Gotta say though, Gotham needed to look and feel a lot weirder!

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Saturday morning, we walked to Black Eye Coffee for caffeine and breakfast.  We hadn’t done that in so long!  Afterward, I went to pick up my boots at Dardano’s (they look great!) and Joey surprised me by cleaning the bathroom, even though it was my turn ♥  We watched a couple episodes of Deadwood, then Joey cut us off so he could vacuum and mop the floors??  Who is this person?  For dinner, we made Thai Butternut and Cauliflower Bowls with Snow Peas and Peanut Sauce from Plated, because my little sis gifted us a subscription!  She is the best and I really loved this meal.  That peanut sauce!

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Then we saw The Irishman!  It’s only THREE HOURS AND TWENTY MINUTES LONG.  Though I’m certainly not opposed to watching movies on my couch, in my pajamas, I really do love seeing a film on the big screen and I’d been told that this one was worth doing so.  I’m not sure I agree though.  Not to say there aren’t scenes that looked amazing up there, but so much of it is character-driven and I don’t know that you need to see Robert De Niro’s face on a large scale to read the emotion in his face.  Despite being an extremely long movie (shout-out to the guy sitting next to me who fell asleep like three times, then left early — I heard his girlfriend say “we’ll try again tomorrow” when they left, ha!), it was actually well-paced and I can’t imagine cutting any of it out.  I don’t have a strong connection to Martin Scorsese films, but I thought this was very well made, interesting and I felt more emotionally impacted by it than I had expected to be!

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Sunday morning, I made pumpkin spice pancakes for breakfast and we watched SNL from the night before.  Never speak a bad word about Harry Styles to me, okay?  I dare you to wear a full read outfit and pull it off!  Afterward, we managed to put together lunch salads for the week before we both went our separate ways at 10:30.

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I had a stuffing-making date with my mom!  I own a copy of this recipe and we made it together years ago (I think I was still in college??) but I wanted to witness the entire process.  It’s time consuming and it made me appreciate the fact that my mom has made this every Thanksgiving and Christmas for as long as I can remember.  Time commitment aside, it was the most fun hanging out in the kitchen together ♥  She even made me a wonderful tomato, avocado and Swiss on sourdough for lunch.  I got a quick taste of the stuffing at the end and now I’m extra excited for Thanksgiving!

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I went straight from my parents’ to yoga, then finally back home.  We made another Plated meal for dinner — Smoky Salmon Salad with Everything Spice Croutons and Caper-Dijon Vinaigrette — and it was another winner!  I mostly love that we own these recipes now and can re-make them even without the subscription.  Guys, we finally finished Deadwood — I really liked the show even though I was confused about what they were saying through all that Shakespearean language 50% of the time — and rolled right into the movie.  It’s like watching a season where they’ve digitally aged all of the characters, except it’s not digital.  I like it so far, but we’ll see how it ends.

This week: book club, possible snow, lunch with my dad and… I’M SEEING LITTLE WOMEN!!!!  Excited does not begin to describe how I feel.  Our book club got advanced tickets and I feel so lucky to be going.  I will report back, but until then, please have a wonderful week 🙂

Weekend Things

Yikes.  It has taken me three days to get this post up and let that serve as proof that work has been hell and life has been busy!  But back to the weekend, which was, in many ways, wonderful and in other ways, tough.  We got to see a Rockies win on Friday night, I got to spend Saturday evening with my mom at the Shakespeare Festival and we ended the weekend with an incredible concert at Red Rocks.

If you’re a long-time reader or a real life friend, you know that Joey had a dog named Tonka when we first met, but due to our living situation and probably my unwillingness to live with a dog who escaped a lot and also tried to bite me a lot and that one time the police came because he was barking “like there was a dead body inside the apartment.”  Anyway, he lived with Lori for a while before moving in with Joey’s uncle and grandparents, but his health took a turn for the worst last week and he passed away this weekend 😦  He was 13 but it’s still sad.  Beside that sad news, I was just in a weird funk on Sunday, plus two mass shootings in one weekend means I’m not feeling much happier today.  How about you guys?

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Like I said, it started out pretty good.  We hit up Biker Jim’s for dinner before the game and why is it that I like Joey’s dog better than the one I order every time??  Wild Boar was pretty good but not my favorite.  How amazing was the sky over the Rockies game though??

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On Friday night, I told Joey I couldn’t wait for my favorite part of the weekend.  Which, despite what you (and Joey) may think, is NOT going to the Farmers’ Market.  It’s cuddling with my dog!  Look how sweet he looks with his little head on my shoulder!  Anyway, we had enough time to make and eat pancakes for breakfast before hopping on our bikes and making our way to Union Station.  I got three huge peaches and was my happiest self, as evidenced by that picture of me on my bike.  At home, we did a MAJOR garden overhaul that included picking beets, a billion carrots, shishitos, snap peas and some chard with thee prettiest pink stems.  Joey lounged for about 7 minutes before deciding he couldn’t not work on the deck and I sat in the shade and read for what felt like hours.  Bliss!

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I left the house around 5 because I had evening plans with my mom!  First, I picked us up dinner at GQue BBQ (there was a minor ordering fiasco that I won’t get into but I was annoyed), then I picked my mom up and we headed into Boulder for a picnic before seeing Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Festival.  Our BBQ was really good, plus Mom brought us wine and cupcakes!  She’s too cute.  And she’s also too kind because she got us front row seats!  I kept finding myself watching with an agonized look on my face so I guess the actors were translating the emotion well 😛  In conclusion: I love my mom ♥

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I had Sunday morning French toast ambitions but by the time I got out of bed it was already 8:30 and we were trying to leave by 9:30 to make it to a 10:00 movie, so I just ended up feeling rushed instead.  Don’t get me wrong, the French toast was still amazing but I felt thrown off for the rest of the day.  And also maybe tired 😛  We saw The Farewell, which I had been eagerly anticipating and… I’m not sure I loved it.  All the communication, or lack thereof had me feeling sort of confused, uncomfortable and frustrated.  Which was maybe the point.  One thing is for sure, Awkwafina is GREAT in it!

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While I was out on Saturday night, Joey was putting together a deck feature surprise and I got to really see it in the daylight on Sunday.  It’s going to look AMAZING when it’s done, I just know it.  Plus it’s going to cover up the view of our neighbor’s graffiti garage and we can hang our string lights from it!

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The middle of the day was spent making salads, watching Deadwood and maybe a nap for me and then we picked up dinner at Illegal Pete’s and made our way up to Red Rocks for Gregory Alan Isakov.  Even though it’s technically a school night and I was sort of tired on Monday, I really love a chill Sunday concert at Red Rocks!  We tailgated in the parking lot, burritos, beers and cookies included, then got in the amphitheater just after 7 PM.  Look, we did not love the opening band and I really wished I had had a hair tie because it was WINDY, but Gregory Alan was so so so good!!!

Please tell me about your weekend and just, in general, how you’re feeling these days.