Weekend Things

Hi and Happy Thanksgiving Week!  That’s a thing, right??  We’re a mere three days away from my favorite holiday of the year and I’m here to tell you this is the most relaxed I’ve felt about it in many many years.  I’m making all of two dishes (one for each gathering), I haven’t been obsessing over the timing of making those two dishes and until a few days ago when my mom texted me her menu, I hadn’t even wondered what she was making.  Who am I??  But for real, it feels good to loosen my grip on Thanksgiving.  It’ll all be fine.

But back to this weekend, which felt so relaxed, so without obligations and so perfect.

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I am one of the rare weirdos who doesn’t mind the time change.  The sun already being down when you get home from work just makes it feel so right to immediately change into your sweats, cook up a warm comforting meal and hunker down on the couch.  Plus, have you seen a November sunset??  STUNNING.  But what I HATE about the time change is that post-work dog walking has become increasingly difficult.  Even when I just speed walk Andi around the block, my anxiety is on high alert mode.  This is all to say, we left work a bit early, walked our pup while there was still light and this is much preferable.

Later on, we took ourselves to see Can You Ever Forgive Me? and while the story is really interesting and Melissa McCarthy totally pulls off a non-comedic role, I just found it semi-boring.  Still, settling into an old lumpy seat in an old lumpy theater next to my old lumpy husband surrounded by other people who love movies enough to leave their home and do the same, makes my heart so happy.  Also, I maybe snuck in my own bag of popcorn 😛

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Saturday we woke up early but got out of bed leisurely — Joey was reading and I was maybe just cuddling our dog, ha! — then made our way to the kitchen for Pumpkin Pancakes with coffee and bacon.  After, Joey and his mom took our leaves to the recycling and I hit the grocery store.  With the only two real agenda items checked off, we spent the rest of the day reading, watching Atlanta (we just started Season 1!) and getting a random spark of organizational energy?  I re-worked our hallway shelves to include our small book collection and I’m seriously so happy about it!

Ended the night with what I’d call a disastrous Pad Thai and what Joey would probably just call dinner and the first Fantastic Beasts film, which we wanted a refresh on before seeing the new one.  I find if I ignore the bigger plot picture — why does there have to be a connection to the Harry Potter world at all and why can’t it just be about Newt Scamander having to track down all the creatures that escaped from his case?? — all the bits of magic are just DELIGHTFUL!

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Sunday morning we went to breakfast at Devil’s Food and even though they didn’t have the pumpkin pancakes I wanted and I ordered a short rib hash that came with over medium eggs that somehow contained no yolks (????), it felt so nice and cozy in there.  I got a haircut at 11 and my hairdresser brought in her 2-month-old Chihuahua-Pomeranian ball of fluff and it was beyond cute.  If you thought getting your hair done was already self-care, try doing it while holding a puppy!

I stopped by my parents’ on my way home (Mom was making stuffing!), read/cried over the final issue of Cooking Light and went to Sunday afternoon yoga, then we made a quiche (with Parmesan zucchini fries and a maple-mustard dipping sauce) for dinner and it only took something like 40 minutes longer than the directions said.  Also, I totally bought a frozen pie dough because sometimes you just need a dinner shortcut.  We made it through most of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (because Joey just finished the book!) and we were mostly baffled about why they set The Burrow on fire?!

I hope you have a lovely and laid-back Thanksgiving!

Weekend Things

Hi from Colorado, where it snowed all day and all night and is apparently winter now.  I’m NOT into being cold, but gosh it was so pretty driving through all the fluffy flurries on our way into work this morning!  It also made for an extra cozy weekend, which I’ll share with you now 🙂

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Friday night, featuring leftovers and a movie in our pajamas.  I know it sounds lame, but it sounded amazing to us!  We made this Coffee-Rubbed Steak with Brussels Sprouts Salad mid-week and ate the leftovers while we watched the Judy Garland/James Mason version of A Star is Born.  It felt very long and we didn’t actually finish it until Saturday morning, but the emotional impact is all there.

I will also mention there’s a incredibly strange stretch toward the start of the movie where they apparently cut some scenes then lost the footage, so they added in still photos along with the audio??  How it’s even possible to talk about this movie without mentioning that is very confusing to me, yet, I read a good handful of articles about all the different versions of A Star is Born when the new one came out and I was still caught off guard by it!

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Saturday started with Blueberry Pancakes and ended with Thai Roasted Cauliflower Pizza but the biggest moment of the day was right in the middle when we saw Roma at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, as part of Denver Film Fest.  To say I had been looking forward to it would be a MASSIVE understatement.  It’s a Netflix film so most people will be watching it from their home, but come on, this Alfonso Cuarón-directed, black-and-white, subtitled, period piece, was meant for the big screen.

We thought it was SO beautiful and the sound system they specially installed was like nothing I’d ever heard at a movie theater.  It is fairly slow-paced but there are some big moments too.  Not going to lie, it’s a film enthusiast’s jam, but I’m not sure how it’s going to land on the small screen.  Also, we finished watching A Handmaid’s Tale that night and I’m like “good riddance!”

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We woke up to snow on Sunday and even though it probably would have been nice to stay cozy inside all morning, someone had a vet appointment at 8:30 AM.  But oh well because we still had time for a breakfast and to grab coffee at Huckleberry before we left.  Andi gets kind of worked up when we take him anywhere in the car but he passed his exam with flying colors and then was out for the count the rest of the day.  I get it, Pup, being anxious IS exhausting.

I made it to Sunday yoga and despite the weather, the class was packed!  Afterward, we went out for BBQ!  A few months ago, when we were having dinner at Safta, we looked across the way and saw a new BBQ restaurant showing the Cowboys game and Joey suggested we try it some time when the Cowboys had another night game.  Whatever with football, but YES, I’m in on BBQ.  I wish the pulled pork had been better but otherwise the sides, the sausage and OMG, THE BURNT ENDS were delicious.

Please tell me what fun things you did this weekend 🙂