Weekend Things

Hi!  How is December treating you?  For me, it’s been really excellent so far!  And even though I have a cold, I still did ALL THE THINGS this weekend because how can you not this time of year?  There’s holiday markets to peruse, menus to plan, movies to see, parties to attend and even some leftover time to read and relax.  It’s the best!

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Friday night we stayed in to cook ourselves dinner (Black and Blue Steak Salad + Mini Baked Sweet Potatoes) and watch my favorite Christmas movie, Scrooged.  You know when you’ve seen a movie a billion times, but you still find things to laugh at?  That’s this movie!  That part where Bill Murray wakes up in a frozen sewer and says “Where are we, Trump tower?” felt extra funny this time around.

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Saturday, after finally dragging ourselves out of bed, we posted up at Black Eye Coffee for toasts and Christmas menu planning.  It’s basically the same as last year, except we’re dry-brining the turkey and I’m really nervous/excited about it!  Since we were already out and about, we went directly from breakfast to Union Station for the Denver Flea.  I couldn’t feel my feet by the time we left, but we did get a little bit of Christmas shopping done, so it was worth it.

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Maybe took a afternoon nap, but then we went and saw The Favourite and guys, it is SO absurd and bizarre… I loved it!  It was actually less violent than I’d expected and all those incredible actresses give such knockout performances.  I can’t decide if it’s a refined Yorgos Lanthimos film or a toned down Yorgos Lanthimos film.  Joey was less enthused but he’s not sure if it’s because it was too weird or not weird enough.

The movie got out shortly past 6 PM and we maybe went to Hobby Lobby afterward to buy a stocking for our dog.  It seemed like a very uncool thing to do on a Saturday night but the place was packed so what do I know?  We had dinner at Pizzeria Lui, since we were already in the neighborhood and the pizza was borderline too hot in both senses of the word.  Made it through half of SNL before the whole day of exciting adventures caught up to us and we crashed into bed.

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Should I have just read and rested all Sunday morning?  Yes, but instead I made us pancakes, brewed/bottled some kombucha, cooked some beans and wrapped a few Christmas presents.  Then we made our way to a “Pregger Kegger” for Jory and Betsy, who are expecting a daughter in February!!!  It’s so exciting, I can hardly believe it!  Lori is famous for her diaper displays and this one did NOT disappoint.  I was very very impressed!  If you can’t tell, it’s a house divided when it comes to football 🙂

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Back at home, Joey watched the rest of the Cowboys game — I was doing my best to ignore all the yelling and read in bed, but I guess it was an exciting ending? — then we tag-teamed dinner/vegetable broth for soup later this week.  It’s the second time we’ve made this Autumn Vegetable Grain Salad and I’m still very into it!  Are you making your way through the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel?  Us too and that Catskills episode was giving us strong Dirty Dancing vibes.

Also, if December is not treating you well, please don’t take my opening paragraph as an insensitive brag.  This month, for all its gatherings, sparkly sights and gift giving, is also busy and stressful and easily derailed.  I’m trying my damndest to keep on the positive side, but if that’s not where you are, I get it and I know you’ll make it through ♥

November Memory-a-Day

Thursday, November 1st: Feeling revitalized after my dad and I’s biweekly lunch.

Friday, November 2nd: Deciding the bad mood I was in would NOT be remedied by staying in, but by going out to see a movie.

Saturday, November 3rd: Handing Joey a spicy Bloody Mary and settling into my seat at the Sie.

Sunday, November 4th: Watching a flock of birds fly around the roof of the apartment building opposite the yoga studio I was in.

Monday, November 5th: Feeling annoyed at how long my steel-cut oats were taking to cook and that my plan to be ready for work on time was not going accordingly.

Tuesday, November 6th: Turning my phone back on after yoga and getting good news about the election from my mom and sister.

Wednesday, November 7th: Looking for my pup and finally finding him curled up sleeping under the covers in our bed.

Thursday, November 8th: Reading a “birthday schedule” I wrote for my 11th birthday in Disneyland (OMG, who am I??).

Friday, November 9th: Filling up bowls of popcorn for Joey and I.

Saturday, November 10th: Standing in line at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and helping Joey decide what concessions to buy for the movie.

Sunday, November 11th: Wondering what we’d done earlier in the yoga class to make my legs feel so darn shaky!

Monday, November 12th: Looking up as we drove to work and truly feeling like we were in a snow globe ♥

Tuesday, November 13th: Finishing Parks and Recreation and feeling like it was a big deal.  “Those were my friends!” is maybe a real thing I said afterward.

Wednesday, November 14th: Deciding I was over pork tenderloin forever.

Thursday, November 15th: Drinking a “popcorn tea” that legitimately had a tiny piece of popcorn inside the tea bag.

Friday, November 16th: Giving a dramatic impression of Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots (“Remember, if you murder me, you murder your sister… and you murder your queen!”) on the drive home from the movie theater.

Saturday, November 17th: Firing up KOSI 101.1 on iHeartRadio to see if they’d started playing Christmas music and discovering yes, yes they had!

Sunday, November 18th: Trying to watch the final episode of Season 2 of The Deuce but getting caught in technical difficulties (one after another!) and deciding it was the universe’s way of telling me to just read instead.

Monday, November 19th: Telling Joey I had a dream someone stole my purse from my shopping cart at the grocery store.

Tuesday, November 20th: Setting my alarm for 5:21 AM so I could hit the gym before work on Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 21st: Cheersing steamed buns at the chef’s counter during our traditional Thanksgiving Eve dinner at Uncle.

Thursday, November 22nd: The whole family (Andi included!) FaceTiming with my aunt and uncle in Arizona.

Friday, November 23rd: The first sip of a very medicinal-tasting cocktail at Cart Driver.

Saturday, November 24th: Coming home to find our pup curled up in the clothes we’d pulled from the dryer and tossed on our bed.

Sunday, November 25th: Laughing SO hard at a screenshot of Joey at the Avs game 😛

Monday, November 26th: Maybe closing my eyes for a brief nap on the way to work (I wasn’t driving!).

Tuesday, November 27th: Reading the KBCO Studio C track list to Joey.

Wednesday, November 28th: Looking at a picture of Mason from the day Hannah and Josh brought him home from the hospital and wondering how that tiny tiny baby could possibly be turning ONE on Sunday!

Thursday, November 29th: Hearing that little scratch on the bedroom door, letting a little pup in and having him curl up next to me in bed ♥

Friday, November 30th: Changing the batteries in my twinkle lights so they would twinkle extra bright.

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