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 ūüėõ

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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?

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Things

Last week felt weird.¬† Mostly, working from home is sort of strange.¬† After sitting on the couch in my own living room all day, I shut down my computer and wondered how people who work from home transition from “work mode” to “post work mode” when the location doesn’t actually change.¬† Joey came home and I said, “I feel like I’m supposed to leave the house and go get a drink??”¬† Without missing a beat, he responded, “you’re right, we¬†should¬†go to The Family Jones!”¬† I was in.

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The bar was full, but we promised to be done by the time the next reservation came in for their table.¬† I know my drink looks really pretty, but man, was it alcohol-forward!¬† Our waitress had already asked me if I’d had it before, because it’s “not for everyone” and I really thought it was the same drink I’d ordered last time I went in, so when it turned out to definitely not be the same, I felt like I couldn’t admit it at that point.

Back at home, we kept it chill with leftovers, the Top Chef finale and a few episodes of Russian Doll.

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Saturday morning, I made us Greek Yogurt Pancakes¬†and a bit later we headed out for a matinee showing of Captain Marvel.¬† They were showing a bunch of Captain Marvel history beforehand, but our waitress was talking to us in the middle of it and then I was just confused but it seemed interesting.¬† I liked the movie!¬† I thought Brie Larson was great, I thought the 90s of it all — especially the music! — was great, I thought the cat was great and I thought the stuff with Maria Rambeau was unexpectedly emotional?

Not going to lie though, Annette Bening in a space suit is not great and aliens are not great.¬† Sorry, but please don’t try to make me care about an alien dad reuniting with his alien wife and daughter.¬† Mostly though, Joey ordered a cheesecake milkshake halfway through the movie and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so happy!

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The rest of the day involved a trip to the grocery for me and yard work for Joey and then we reunited to make pasta.¬† But not just any pasta… GREEN PASTA!¬† “Make colored pasta” was on my list of things to do in 2019 and St. Patrick’s Day weekend seemed as good a time as any to make it happen.¬† The dough was greener and also stickier than we had expected, so it maybe wasn’t our best batch but all homemade pasta is good pasta, so we still loved it.¬† I could actually taste the spinach, in a good way!

We added it into this recipe for Creamy Carrot and Herb Linguine and it tasted all light and fresh like spring!

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What can I say about Sunday except that I took this one picture, so I guess I’m back to being the same old me?¬† Just to fill you in, the rest of the day involved breakfast, finishing¬†Russian Doll,¬†— hold please for my thoughts — Power Salads, Joey running 7 miles (he’s training for the Colfax Half Marathon!) and me… not running any miles, making dog treats for our pup, and then we picked my sister up and went to 4 Noses Brewing for pre-dinner beers.

Over at my parents’, our traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner!¬† My mom bought two pieces corned beef from the same store and cooked them side by side and one was bright pink and firm and the other was pale pink and fall-apart?¬† Isn’t that strange?¬† Anyway, they both tasted great!¬† We made it back home by 8, just in time to watch “Beyond the Wall,” and I don’t know, Daenerys showing up with the dragons is an amazing moment and Viserion getting shot down is a heartbreaking moment but that episode just doesn’t live up to the greatness of the penultimate episode in basically every other season.

How was your weekend?¬† Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?