Weekend Things

Happy Monday from a snowy Colorado!  Since we were gone for such a big chunk of October, I feel like I’m mentally a month behind.  They started playing Christmas music on our local radio station this weekend and it caught me totally by surprise.  Snow?  Christmas music?  Holiday specials on Food Network?  I guess we’re here already!


Friday night, we saw The Lighthouse at the Alamo and let me just tell you this movie is insane.  It’s a two-hander between Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, playing a lighthouse keeper and his assistant and… their descent into insanity?  It was so bizarre and wacky and I found it wildly entertaining.  I don’t think Joey is sure how he feels about it but I loved it!


Saturday started with pancakes (these, except I left the pear out) and an episode of The Kitchen, but then I sat on the couch and read for hours!  I recently realized our book club was meeting a week earlier than I thought and that the book was a lot longer than I expected, so I needed to put some work in on it and I definitely did.  Helps that I really like it so far!  Later on, I headed into Louisville to get a facial and even got to say hi to my mom beforehand ♥


That night we had tickets to see Ray Lamontagne at the Paramount and can I get a hell yeah for a Saturday night concert?!  Those weekday ones are so brutal.  Beforehand, we grabbed dinner at Corinne.  They had a burger, chicken tenders and lobster mac and cheese on the menu, so Joey was IN.  I wasn’t feeling super into it, but then I was really impressed with the atmosphere, the service and the food.  Joey went with the chicken tenders, in case you were wondering 😛

Ray has the most interesting voice!  It’s somehow both gravely and smooth?  I don’t know how he does it, but he sounded great and the whole show was acoustic so it sounded extra beautiful.  That being said, a dark theater and a soothing sound was making me very sleepy at times!


Sunday breakfast with this sweet boy and his parents!  Hannah and I got together at the end of August, but the five of us hadn’t been altogether since July and that is unacceptable!  I love seeing that little family and I can hardly believe Mason is just about to turn two.  When did this happen??  He gave me the sweetest little hug before we all dispersed ♥


Joey went to watch football after breakfast, so I used the alone time to make lunch salads for the week and… you guessed it, READ!  Is this how people read more than I do?  They stop watching TV and movies and scrolling Twitter and just actually read?  I also went to yoga for the first time since September!!!  Felt so nice and my shoulders are only slightly mad today.

For dinner, we made a Buttermilk-Marinated Roast Chicken and guys… SO GOOD!  I saw Samin Nosrat make one on Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and have been meaning to make it ever since.  I’m so glad I finally got around to it!  Besides the forethought required to marinate it a day in advance, it was wildly easy to make and so moist and flavorful.  Try it out!  We also made Glazed Beets with Creme Fraiche and Pistachios (except I used Greek yogurt instead of creme fraiche) on the side and we loved it!

Please tell me what you did this weekend 🙂

The Little Things

I have been in such a good mood lately.

And really, there’s no big reason for it.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 23 years of life, it’s that it’s all about the little things.  Yeah, getting promoted, buying your dream house, winning the lottery, etc. is great (and I totally wouldn’t mind any of those things :P), but the little things add up too!

It’s leaving yoga at sunset and catching some trees all decked out in Christmas lights.

I admitted to Joey last night that although I detest cold weather, I really enjoy going out on winter nights and seeing all the lights and decorations.  Christmas happiness overrules my hatred of the cold.  Also, how good is a toasty yoga class on a cold night?

It’s finding a bag of Hershey’s White Chocolate Meltaways in the breakroom at work and adding a little bliss to my work day.

If I’m being honest, I’ve always had a soft spot for white chocolate.  There’s a time and a place for dark chocolate (like when you want to pretend the chocolate you’re eating is “healthy”) but there’s also a time for milk and white chocolate.  

And that time is apparently 12:30 on a Monday.

It’s getting a mani/pedi with your best friend on a Tuesday night.

In addition to a toasty yoga class, a piping hot foot soak is equally amazing on a winter night.  Plus we got to discuss important matters like online Coach sales, suspicions that your mom might like your boyfriend more than she likes you and our thoughts on men getting pedicures.

I went with OPI’s “Didjeridoo Your Nails?”

It’s listening to this song and wondering how it’s even possible to have a voice as good as Ray LaMontagne’s.

FYI, this song is extra good if you listen to it while you’re laying in bed, right before you go to sleep.

It’s having a home-cooked meal with your family and realizing how lucky you are to have a mom who’s such an amazing cook.

And who has the brilliant idea to cook some chili then cook some mac and cheese and layer the one over the other.

My mom confessed to adding an extra layer of cheese to the macaroni.  I could hardly scoop it into my bowl with all the strings of cheese oozing everywhere.  Extra cheese = extra love.

It’s picking up your Turkey Trot bib and being super excited to rock a 5K before indulging in two delicious Thanksgiving celebrations.

Crossing my fingers (and toes!) that I’m one of the random racers who wins $500.  Because that’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to winning the lottery.

It’s also skipping your workout to sit on the couch and mindlessly watch TV, with a candle burning and the heat on high.  Yeah, it’s definitely that.


Tomorrow is Friday, how are you celebrating the kickoff to the weekend?

What little things made you happy this week?

White, milk or dark chocolate?