Weekend Things

Hi!  What if I watched four movies, two TV show episodes, six football games and one award show this weekend?  Is that too many things?  Is that why I barely read this weekend?  Don’t worry, I still fit in a (the last??) bike ride to the farmers’ market, a facial, dinner with my sis and Sunday chores, but I sure do feel like I watched a lot of things this weekend!

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Joey really really wanted to see It Chapter 2 and was considering going by himself when I decided I could take one for the team and see it with him.  I am NOT a scary movie person but I fully committed by watching the first one BY MYSELF on Thursday night so we could see the second part together on Friday.  I’m not going to lie, I did not love the first one and the second one felt SO LONG, SO REPETITIVE, SO NOT SCARY.  But, sitting in a packed theater for a horror film was actually a very fun experience!  Mostly, Stephen King just seems really hard to adapt and I’m not sure why we keep doing it, but give me Bill Hader and I’ll sit through anything!

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Saturday started with coffee and whole wheat pancakes for two, which were a lovely reminder that buttermilk is the best.  Afterward, we biked to the farmers’ market and there was that unmistakable fall chill in the air!  Felt kind of nice.  This may have been our last trip to the Union Station Farmers’ Market so I snagged peaches one last time and tried not to feel too sad.  The rest of the day included a trip to the grocery, lunch and a facial for me, but then we had evening plans with my sister and Wayne.

First, dinner at Chook.  It’s just rotisserie chicken and side dishes but it’s somehow much more!  After, we saw Ad Astra, which I’ll be honest, I was not very excited for.  The trailer made it look like the same old stoic astronaut with daddy issues plot.  I was hoping to be pleasantry surprised and… I was not.  To be fair, it is GORGEOUSLY shot — the color palette, the galactic scenery, Brad Pitt’s face — but god, I was bored.  I can’t even imagine all the trouble they went through to make a film in a futuristic version of outer space but with nothing new to say.  I hope to have my mind changed but for now, meh.

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We relaxed Sunday morning — did anyone else watch Between Two Ferns: The Movie??  I thought some parts were very funny and some parts were very dumb, but Paul Rudd is a national treasure! — then we went over to our friend Josh’s parents’ house to watch football.  Their house is STUNNING and I ate a bowl of the best pozole, but watching football basically amounts to me just not speaking for three hours.  Joey wouldn’t even let me bring a book 😛

Back at home, we watched an episode of Deadwood, took a picture of a pup’s nose then made lunch salads with Lars and the Real Girl on in the background and man do I love that movie.  We had eggplant pizzas and the Emmys for dinner.  Tonally, that telecast felt very weird and I did not need that hard to hear commentary by Thomas Lennon.  There is just so much to watch on TV that I feel more and more disconnected from the Emmys every year because there’s so much I haven’t seen!  That being said, I really loved the wins/speeches by Alex Borstein and Michelle Williams plus that look on Gwendolyn Christie’s face when the crowd cheered for her was INCREDIBLE.  Also, I reserve the right to feel outraged by the Julia Louis-Dreyfus snub until I watch Fleabag, okay??

Please tell me how your weekend was and… Happy First Day of Fall!

Labor Day Weekend 2019 ♥

Can all weekends be three days, please?  I felt like I had enough time to do every thing I wanted, everything I needed, plus extra time leftover to semi-nap on our deck sofa, see a 3 hour movie and like every Telluride Film Fest-related tweet 😛

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Wow, Friday feels SO LONG AGO.  I’d really been wanting to see Where’d You Go, Bernadette since I just read (and loved) the book, but it felt like I kept putting it off, for reasons that are probably Rotten Tomato score-related but also because it kept showing at either 6 PM (so early!) or 9 PM (so late!).  Can’t a girl get a 7:45 PM movie??  Anyway, after Joey told me to stop acting like I’m too old to go to a 9 PM movie, I acquiesced.  Look, the book is obviously better and there were major changes made (especially toward the end) that I felt significantly lessened the impact of the plot, but I still liked it!  Joey and I laughed a lot over the really badly edited photos of younger Bernadette and her husband.  Was it supposed to look so bad and fake??

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Woke up Saturday and made us some banana bread buckwheat pancakes because, as Joey put it, “WE OWN EVERY FLOUR!” and buckwheat was one of them.  Turns out buckwheat not only looks like sand, but tastes like it?  No thank you!  Afterward, we hit the farmers’ market and two different grocery stores!!!  I was very proud of our stamina.  We were hosting a family BBQ on Sunday and weeks ago, when we planned the menu, I was elated over the prospect of buying fresh produce at the farmers’ market.  It was just as exciting as I thought it’d be 🙂

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We spent the rest of the day cleaning the house, which is not exciting, then cleaned ourselves up and headed out for dinner/Rockies, which was exciting (until the game sucked).  We’re nearing the end of Rockies season, so I’m running out of time to try all the Biker Jim’s dogs, eek!  Joey and I traded halves so I could knock out two — Elk Jalapeno Cheddar and Rattlesnake & Pheasant — and both were great.  I fear I’m going to get to the end of this experiment and tell you what you already know — Elk Jalapeno Cheddar with classic topping is the best.

It was a perfect night at Coors Field weather/sunset-wise, but woof, that game!  We left early to go grab ice cream at Smith + Canon, only to find they had sold out and closed early, noooo!  Luckily, Ice Cream Riot is just down the street and though not quite Smith + Canon level, still very very good!

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I remarked on Saturday that I couldn’t remember the last time we’d gone on a weekend run, so we woke up and did just that on Sunday.  My left quad is SO SORE and I have zero clue why, so we maybe walked a little, but “that’s what weekend runs are for” Joey says.  After cooling down for a bit and eating breakfast, we jumped right into BBQ prep.  Joey was outside cleaning up the front and back yard and I was in the kitchen whipping up potato salad and squash and corn salad, then prepping a tomato salad and burgers.  Go figure, I only got a picture of one of those dishes, but that tomato salad sure looks pretty!  Also, while I cooked, I had Titanic on and I’m never not blown away by that film!

This whole BBQ was supposed to function as a “Garage and Deck Christening,” thought up by Joey’s grandma, who wasn’t feeling well and ended up missing the whole thing, bummer!!!  But Joey, my parents, my sister, Wayne, Lori, Adam, Joey’s grandpa, Jory, Betsy, Lorenzo, and Ellie were all there and my heart was so full.  Lori got us the sweetest sign for our deck ♥  I asked my mom to bring a dessert, so naturally, she brought two.  I maybe loaded my plate with peach cobbler (MY FAVORITE!!!) and vanilla ice cream, plus almond cake with whipped cream and strawberries and my mom saw and said “I’m so proud of you!” HA!  Half the party went home around 8, but those that were left, watched A Goofy Movie on the deck and it was the best ending to the best day ♥

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How great it is to host a Sunday BBQ, then get a day of recovery afterward??  Amazing!  We slept in till 8 (when did 8 become sleeping in??), then took ourselves to Weathervane for giant coffees and breakfast on the teensy front patio.  We wrapped our heads around September — we leave for Italy in one month and I do not feel ready, but we’ll get there… I think! — then headed to my parents’ to pick up our pup, who was not invited to the BBQ and it was so good to have him back… and then to leave him at home while we headed to Golden.  A day off, with nothing to do, felt like the right time to visit a brewery and I’d heard good things about New Terrain.  It wasn’t so busy when we first got there, but when we left a couple hours later, it was PACKED.  My Golden Haze was so so good and I only had a headache for a day and half afterward!  (Why???)  Also, what a view!

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It was an actual 100° degrees outside, so we were looking for something cool and dark to do afterward and a movie sounded like just the ticket!  I can’t remember if I mentioned this, but we have the Alamo movie pass, so we pay a monthly fee and then we can see as many movies as we want!  The only thing A) we wanted to see and B) was showing at the right time happened to be Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, which yes, we’ve already seen but it was “free” and can I please endorse the concept of the re-watch?  You catch so much more on a second viewing.  We still really really loved it, but found extra lines to laugh at and maybe clutched each others’ arms when we saw Leo get out of the pool and head to the tool shed.  Also, shout out to Zoë Bell, whose brief but brilliant scene is just so good!

Back at home, we relaxed on the deck, walked the pup, ate BBQ leftovers (from now until forever), dreamt of not drinking beer or overeating and crashed into bed.  I loved every single second of this Labor Day Weekend and fear the post-holiday weekend blues that are sure to follow, but I wouldn’t trade the memories for anything.  I hope yours was just as good!