Weekend Things

Back in August, Joey and I debated getting the Alamo movie pass.  Joey really wanted it but I argued that we wouldn’t go any more often than before, even if we did have “unlimited” movie privileges.  Well, we saw three movies just last week, so maybe Joey was right after all 😛  If you’re not here for constant movie talk, don’t worry, there’s still food and puppy pictures to come!

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We finally saw Joker!  It came out the weekend we left for Italy and then there was just so much controversial discourse around it that it sort of turned me off.  It was time though.  Whew… this one is a thinker!  I think there are things to admire and things to feel uneasy about and for me, lots of things to feel unsure about still.  I’m not entirely sure what this film is trying to say about mental illness but something about it makes me feel uncomfortable and I just don’t know that a Joker who’s not pinned against Batman really makes sense, but Joey and I did agree that the filmmakers did a good job not fully making Joker (or Arthur Fleck) a sympathetic character.  Visually and narratively, it’s compelling and, of course, Joaquin is just fully committed.  Gotta say though, Gotham needed to look and feel a lot weirder!

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Saturday morning, we walked to Black Eye Coffee for caffeine and breakfast.  We hadn’t done that in so long!  Afterward, I went to pick up my boots at Dardano’s (they look great!) and Joey surprised me by cleaning the bathroom, even though it was my turn ♥  We watched a couple episodes of Deadwood, then Joey cut us off so he could vacuum and mop the floors??  Who is this person?  For dinner, we made Thai Butternut and Cauliflower Bowls with Snow Peas and Peanut Sauce from Plated, because my little sis gifted us a subscription!  She is the best and I really loved this meal.  That peanut sauce!

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Then we saw The Irishman!  It’s only THREE HOURS AND TWENTY MINUTES LONG.  Though I’m certainly not opposed to watching movies on my couch, in my pajamas, I really do love seeing a film on the big screen and I’d been told that this one was worth doing so.  I’m not sure I agree though.  Not to say there aren’t scenes that looked amazing up there, but so much of it is character-driven and I don’t know that you need to see Robert De Niro’s face on a large scale to read the emotion in his face.  Despite being an extremely long movie (shout-out to the guy sitting next to me who fell asleep like three times, then left early — I heard his girlfriend say “we’ll try again tomorrow” when they left, ha!), it was actually well-paced and I can’t imagine cutting any of it out.  I don’t have a strong connection to Martin Scorsese films, but I thought this was very well made, interesting and I felt more emotionally impacted by it than I had expected to be!

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Sunday morning, I made pumpkin spice pancakes for breakfast and we watched SNL from the night before.  Never speak a bad word about Harry Styles to me, okay?  I dare you to wear a full read outfit and pull it off!  Afterward, we managed to put together lunch salads for the week before we both went our separate ways at 10:30.

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I had a stuffing-making date with my mom!  I own a copy of this recipe and we made it together years ago (I think I was still in college??) but I wanted to witness the entire process.  It’s time consuming and it made me appreciate the fact that my mom has made this every Thanksgiving and Christmas for as long as I can remember.  Time commitment aside, it was the most fun hanging out in the kitchen together ♥  She even made me a wonderful tomato, avocado and Swiss on sourdough for lunch.  I got a quick taste of the stuffing at the end and now I’m extra excited for Thanksgiving!

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I went straight from my parents’ to yoga, then finally back home.  We made another Plated meal for dinner — Smoky Salmon Salad with Everything Spice Croutons and Caper-Dijon Vinaigrette — and it was another winner!  I mostly love that we own these recipes now and can re-make them even without the subscription.  Guys, we finally finished Deadwood — I really liked the show even though I was confused about what they were saying through all that Shakespearean language 50% of the time — and rolled right into the movie.  It’s like watching a season where they’ve digitally aged all of the characters, except it’s not digital.  I like it so far, but we’ll see how it ends.

This week: book club, possible snow, lunch with my dad and… I’M SEEING LITTLE WOMEN!!!!  Excited does not begin to describe how I feel.  Our book club got advanced tickets and I feel so lucky to be going.  I will report back, but until then, please have a wonderful week 🙂

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!

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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!

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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 ♥

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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!

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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 ♥

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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 🙂