Recently Consumed

A list of things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

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Fish N Beer

It’s back!  This little restaurant that we adore caught fire last October and has been closed since, but they just reopened and we’re so happy to have our spot back!  We stopped in for all night happy hour, shared Buffalo blowfish tails, a shrimp po boy, jambalaya, a wood-grilled artichoke and a mini fish n chips basket and it tasted better than ever after not having it in our lives for months.

Russian Doll

I don’t know how to talk about this show.  There was so much I genuinely loved about it.  Natasha Lyonne for starters.  She is SO GOOD in this!  It sort of blew me away.  It is also funny, creative, thought-provoking and though the premise may not be realistic, the emotions are.  Also, this show just has a real sense of style.  But.  Multi-dimensional, time loop stuff is difficult for me.  It always seems to operate on a “this is confusing, don’t try to fully understand it, just go with it” basis, that I can’t get past.  Why was the fruit moldy?  Why were people disappearing and how did they reappear?  How did Nadia and Alan get into separate dimensions?  I felt like the versions of them that had lived and learned and grown and dealt with stuff were better versions of themselves, but what about the versions of them that HADN’T done any of that?  My sister and Joey both told me I thought about it too hard 😛

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If Beale Street Could Talk

I’ve been wanting to read this book since seeing the movie, and though that may sound like a risky move, it’s actually my preferred order for things that exist in both movie and book versions.  I’m rarely disappointed.  The book is so beautiful and heartbreaking and after reading it, I am fully convinced that Barry Jenkins’ adaptation is PERFECT.  All the emotions I felt watching the movie were the same ones I felt reading the book.  Just wow.

Jenny Lewis’s On the Line

This is a story about how I knew who Jenny Lewis was without realizing it.  Because she opened for Beck last summer and when I heard her sing, I realized I’d heard her sing before and then I learned she was the lead singer of Rilo Kiley and hey, I know that band too!  So, anyway, I saw some mentions of her new album on Twitter and decided to give it a listen.  I love it!  Specifically, “Heads Gonna Roll,” “Do Si Do,” “Little White Dove” and “On The Line.”  I’ve also been walking around all week singing, “I wasted my youth, on a puppy” to my dog, so this is me.

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A River in Darkness

A wrote a rather unfavorable review of this book on Goodreads and then, after going to book group and also seeing a picture of the author, who looked so sad and alone, felt guilty about it.  I’ll just be up front and say this writing is prosaic.  It is also from a non-writer and it’s been translated, so there’s that.  The story is an important one, but it is a tough depressing read.  I had no idea just how bad the conditions were (and maybe still are) in North Korea and I was horrified to hear the details.  For what it’s worth, this made for some impassioned discussion among our book group members.

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Spring Pea Veggie Burgers

I’ve never needed fresh herb-y flavors more than when I was already feeling so over winter and then we got a nasty snow storm.  WHY??  It was at that point that I decided it could continue being winter, but I was going to eat like it was spring.  These veggie burgers have spring in the title, so they were an obvious choice.  Plus, I made them last year and remembered how delicious and flavor-packed they were!  We loved them again and wow, how good is a burst of heat from a sriracha mayo??

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Dept. of Speculation 

I love when a book is short but still able to capture your heart, endear you to the narrator and just feel real.  I felt a little mislead by the synopsis, which said something about a woman writing letters to her husband and only being identified as “the wife.”  There is a section that slips into third person, but for the most part, it’s told from the first person and certainly not as letters.  I liked the way it told small pieces and random moments/thoughts, that together, gave you a good look at someone’s life.  And that all those small details felt honest, believable and even if you haven’t lived these exact moments, the emotions in it were relatable.

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New Garage

Okay, this is a cheat.  I have not consumed a garage, but I’m too excited to not fit this into the post.  Our new garage is all finished and it only took a little over a month to build!  We love the color, we love being able to park both our cars inside, we love all the extra space inside and we love the huge mess it made on the other side of the yard, where they tore down the old garage.  Except not that last part.  Joey loves an outdoor project, but we’re actually entertaining the idea of hiring someone to fix it up because you know what’s better than spending your entire summer trying to make your backyard nice?  Having someone else make it nice in a fraction of the time and then getting to spend the entire summer actually enjoying the backyard.

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Taco Tuesday at Dos Santos

I love so many things about Dos Santos.  Their House Margarita, they’re outdoor patio (especially on one of those first warm nights on spring), their chips and salsa and of course, those tacos.  But, why does the service have to be so bad every time?  It’s slow or disinterested or a combination of the two.  Despite the 20 minutes it took to flag down our waitress for the check, I still love a 75 degree night eating tacos and sipping a marg.  Please let it be summer soon!

In other news, the Rockies can’t win a game, we had another snowstorm yesterday, we’re going to Vegas tomorrow, I can’t put down the book I’m currently reading (The Shadow of the Wind!) and every moment I’m not reading, I’m thinking about Game of Thrones.  What are you reading, watching, eating, enjoying right now?

Weekend Things

Here’s to all the unexpected delights of this weekend!  Like “having” to leave work early to have a our sprinklers blown out, waking up early enough to go to Snooze on Saturday morning, finding a honeynut squash at the last Farmers’ Market of the season (crying emoji!), running a fast 10K and just having the most delicious fall weather ♥

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I volunteered to meet our sprinkler guy at the house but it only took something like 15 minutes and I used the rest of the afternoon to read and take our pup on a long luxurious walk.  Joey picked me up later to hit up Whole Foods for pizza dough and cheese but then we maybe also left with Perfect Bars, veggie chips and ice cream.  Why, Whole Foods, why??  We made this Pumpkin and Gouda Pizza and watched The Land of Steady Habits, which we liked but didn’t love.  Something was just slightly off.

Sometimes it’s Friday and I’m itching to go out and do something and sometimes it’s Friday and I just want to be at home and go to bed at a normal hour and the latter felt so so right this time around.

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We weren’t sure what we wanted to do for breakfast on Saturday, but since we had plans to visit the Union Station Farmers’ Market and it was still semi-early, we decided to take ourselves to Snooze.  I had this Protein Punch Bowl (which, for the record, was not described as being covered in chia seeds!) and we shared the pancake of the day, which was some kind of buttermilk pumpkin situation that tasted amazing.  It’s a sad day when the Farmers’ Market comes to an end, but a happy one when you leave with pretty little apples and the cutest honeynut squash.  Till next year, FM!

We headed to the Denver Rock n Roll Race Expo afterward to pick up our packets then did some backyard clean up.  We raked up 5 bags of leaves and were seriously only at it for less than an hour but somehow, my hamstrings are INCREDIBLY sore now.  Send help!

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I got an afternoon facial — Joey did our grocery shopping while I was out relaxing and it made me so genuinely happy — and when we got back, the weather was nice enough to take Andi on another long walk.  We also aided in the recovery of someone’s cell phone, so it was an eventful outing, ha!  Then we made this super simple but really satisfying Spicy Chicken and Sweet Potato Meal Prep for dinner and watched The Goonies which, get this, I’d never seen!  I was really into that scene where they found the pirate ship but less into everyone basically being in hysterics the entire movie.  It was making my brain hurt.

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Sunday was race day!  The difference between running a half marathon and running a 10K is sort of crazy to me.  Joey was running long distances back to back days every weekend for months and I basically did nothing except my usual weekly running and a few 5 milers here and there.  I sort of felt like a fraud amidst all the hard working half marathoners!  Joey wanted to do it in an hour and 42 minutes but ended up zooming in in one hour 39 minutes and 44 seconds!!!  I’m so proud of him!  And not to discredit myself because I finished in 58:46.  Under an hour without even trying and it felt so good and easy!

My mom, sister, Wayne and Lori came and then we all went to Acova for brunch afterward.  Guys, I really really like this place for being close to our house, being open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and delivering on taste every time!  Not to mention it’s got plenty of space and hasn’t ever been crazy busy.  My breakfast tacos were LEGIT.  The rest of the day involved naps, more puppy walking, lunch prep, watching Hotel Transylvania and leftovers for dinner.  This weekend was such a good one!