Recently Consumed

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

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Carrot Hummus at The Pig and The Sprout

We chose this spot for our Tuesday Date Night and when they posted a picture of this luxurious looking carrot hummus on Instagram that day, I KNEW I had to order it and see what was up with those “funyun” chips.  Turns out there’s no chickpeas involved in that hummus, hence the creamy texture and those chips DID have the exact flavor of Funyuns.  We dug it!

Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

Forgot to mention our March book club read!  Probably because I really wasn’t into it.  Basic Plot: Grad student/aspiring writer borrows a very buzzed about book from her roommate and discovers it’s about HER (very troubled) past and was written by her long lost childhood best friend turned first love.  Ugh, just writing that description reminded how annoying this book was.  The entire cast of the book seemed to cater to this very selfish and immature main character and I was not about it.

Girls Final Season

The highest respect to TV writers who had reviews of the final season of Girls out the night of the finale.  It’s been weeks and I still can’t make sense of my feelings on the show in its entirety.  I meant to write about the finale and I didn’t.  I meant to post about my favorite episodes from all six seasons and I didn’t.  I meant to figure out why I’m so conflicted about this show and I haven’t.  I will say, that final scene between Hannah and Adam was easily one of my favorite moments of the entire series.  They said so much by saying so little and though it was heartbreaking, it felt right.  Also, I will continue to pretend “Goodbye Tour” was actually the finale because Hannah and Jessa reuniting (even if only temporarily) was so touching and the whole dancing scene interspersed with snapshots of Hannah’s future was really the only ending I needed.  Plus I really hated “Latching.”

Well that “quick blurb” certainly got away from me…

Broken Angels by Gemma Liviero

This book reminded me A LOT of both All the Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, both in the setting (Europe during WWII) and the formulation (characters from different sides of the aisle whose stories eventually combine).  That being said, I felt the effect was damaged because I kept thinking “I’ve read this all before!”  And I liked the writing in both of those other books more than this one.  Still, I liked this one well enough and wouldn’t dissuade anyone from picking it up for themselves.

Sweet Corn and Zucchini Pie

Well I’ve mentioned this recipe on the blog approximately 7,000 times, sooooo HAVE YOU MADE IT YET?  If not, I don’t know what you’re waiting for, but I’m actually not waiting for summer to eat corn and zucchini.  JOEY cooked this for ME and even though we were short a few ounces of cheese, it was still SO GOOD.  So that’s probably why I’ve talked about it so many times.  Paired with the best sweet potato fries (Joey makes them so much better than me!) and I think this meal actually willed the sun out of hiding that day.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

GUYS.  OMG.  LITERATURE!  I tried to explain to Joey — in a lengthy and cocktail induced speech — the difference between what I read in book club and actual literature and how damn refreshing it was to know within seconds of starting Beloved that is was the latter but he was probably mostly hoping I’d just stop talking 🙂  But seriously, the writing is so poetic and the story is so deeply painful and beautiful and I don’t know why it took me this long to finally pick this novel up but I’m so glad I finally did.

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Happy Friday/Cinco de Mayo/Birthday to my mother-in-law!  We are celebrating all those things the best way we know how… with burgers, fries, beer and a Rockies game!  Bet you thought I was going to say tacos and margaritas, huh? 🙂  What are you up to this weekend?

Weekend Things

Real Talk: On Friday, I told Joey that I was waffling back and forth between feeling irritable and melancholy or charged and joyous.  I want to blame a new season, or maybe the moon?  Or, maybe I’m just always like this and I’m just really noticing it right now.  If you are an even tempered person living life at a steady pace of emotions, please consider yourself very lucky.  The emotionally sensitive life ain’t easy!

All mood swings aside, this weekend was blissfully low key.  I’ve got a post-work commitment every single day this week and while it’s all fun stuff I want to go to, I know, come Friday, I might need some serious introvert time.  So while I didn’t plan for the weekend to be so relaxed, I think it was kismet considering the busier week ahead.

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Friday was my little sister’s birthday and we celebrated at La Loma with Happy Hour margs, fajitas on the fluffiest fresh-made tortillas and, of course, ALL THE CHIPS AND SALSA.  I made my sister pose for this picture outside and then we all pretty much ran to our cars because it was windy and cold in downtown Denver.  April weather is as moody as I’ve been 🙂

P.S. Weird how my sister turned 25, but I continue to think of us both as younger than that.

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Sometimes you gotta have a pep talk with your body that goes something like “look, let’s sleep in tomorrow, okay?”  I still woke up at 6:45 on Saturday but managed to fall back asleep till 8:30.  YES!  Upon finally getting out of bed, I made us waffles.  Was feeling so antsy while I made them — as in “WHY IS THIS TAKING SO LONG??  I JUST WANT MY WAFFLE!” antsy — but once this crispy syrupy beauty was on my plate and I was sipping coffee and watching Katie Lee make a really good-looking roasted chicken I forgot all about how long it took to get to that point.

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I had a 1 o’clock massage scheduled with my mom, but I was majorly early so I decided to take a little walk down memory lane, aka park in the neighborhood I grew up in and walk the little path to the park I spent SO MUCH time at growing up.  Old town Louisville might be busier, with newer restaurants and re-built houses, but this part of town seemed completely untouched.  I even peeped my old backyard and missed it so much!  Anyway, back to my massage.  Mom brought me back those little pins from her trip to NOLA and I love them SO MUCH.  Gonna pin them on my jean jacket probably!

Almost squeezed in a trip to the grocery store afterwards but decided to just relax before the Rockies game instead.  We almost never go to Saturday night games but they start earlier than Friday games and once we were back home, in our pajamas, planted comfortably on the couch by 9:30, we were wondering why we don’t go to Saturday games more often.  For the record, the weather was nicer than we’d expected and we won!  In conclusion, Saturday was sort of perfect.

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Sunday started with another 5-miler, cept Joey joined me this time and got to enjoy me setting our blazing pace of 10:30/mile 🙂  Afterwards, we cleaned ourselves up and headed to breakfast at Onefold.  I love that place (and that burrito!) so much, but dear lord, that thing is messier and messier every time I go.  I swear it was once a hand-held breakfast but now it’s unquestionably a knife and fork situation.  Life’s hard when you have high expectations and a zero tolerance policy to change.

Grocery, laundry, lunch prep, backyard reading/sun-soaking/napping ensued post-breakfast and then we made one of our favorite warm weather dinners (Green Mexican Rice with Corn + Fried Plantains) and pretended it’s not going to be cold, rainy and maybe even snowy (NOOOOO!) later on this week.  How was your weekend?