Weekend Things

I’m not exactly sure how to talk about this weekend because it was sort of an emotional roller coaster on my end. Too much caffeine, interrupted sleep, hormones and alcohol (too much being like three-quarters of a beer, ha)?? Don’t answer that 🙂 Don’t wanna sound dramatic because most of the time I’ve been doing really well and just LOVING every baby-filled second but you know me, I like to be honest here and I’ve definitely cried a handful of times too. I think COVID exhaustion is finally finally hitting me. I know I’m lucky to have made it this far and maybe it’s because there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel (anyone else watching the first Americans get the vaccine today??), but man, I just want to go to the movie theater, watch a baseball game, eat in a restaurant and mainly, share this little babe with our families and HUG MY MOM AND SISTER. All that being said, let’s hit some weekend highlights.

Thursday night lights. I keep telling Joey we didn’t even go look at Christmas lights last year and he won’t believe me, but it’s the truth, so I know we were well overdue. No, Dempsey can’t really understand and definitely won’t remember that time we took him to The Gingerbread House, but I will! It was so cool. We picked up hot chocolate on our way and I sort of forgot how good hot chocolate is!

Woke up to a blanket of snow on Friday. How festive! When I was done having a small meltdown about how stressful breastfeeding is (have I mentioned how hard breastfeeding is??), I made myself a bacon, egg and cheese. I felt a lot better after that and hey, I think Dempsey and I turned a corner on breastfeeding this weekend. It’s only taken almost two months, oy! We briefly contemplated making soup for dinner but… take out. Anyone else just ordering a lot of take out and telling themselves it’s to help restaurants when it’s really just to help yourself?? 😛 Cart-Driver remains the best! We watched The Santa Clause afterward and boy, do I love watching a movie you’ve seen a billion times and laughing like it’s the first time.

Joey got up early Saturday morning with Dempsey, so when I woke up a little bit later, I made us gingerbread waffles and coffee as a thank you. So good! Much naps afterward and then… I ran on our new treadmill! Merry Christmas to Joey and I! Trying not to worry we made a mistake in buying one when the entire house is shaking because it is SO NICE to work out in your own home. I ran/walked a couple of miles and it felt so good to break a sweat! Afterward, when I was upstairs showering, I managed to knock one of our succulents off the windowsill and made a huge mess. Cut to me having an identity crisis because even though I think of myself as a perfectionist, am I actually sloppy and clumsy instead?? Joey made us broccoli cheddar soup with cheesy croutons for dinner and even though the loaf of bread I bought for this meal was a moldy mess, we subbed regular white bread slices and it was all okay. More than! We also watched About Time, which is LOVELY and I can’t believe no one told me about it before! We made it through the entirety of SNL and I’ve been singing “Tiny Horse” to myself ever since. I really love Timothee Chalamet, okay?

Baby in the bed! I ordered us breakfast from bed and Joey went to pick it up while I fed Dempsey and why do I always forget how much I love Sassafras?? The beignets, fried green tomato Benedict, latte and bite of Joey’s shrimp and grits were amazing! I’m definitely loving this Sunday take out breakfast routine we’ve got going. A little bit later, my parents stopped by for a visit. They got to see Dempsey hanging out on his activity mat and were amazed by how much more alert he is these days. He majorly spit up on my mom, then fell asleep in her arms. What a guy! Doesn’t my mom look so natural holding a baby? She was born to be a grandma 🙂 Joey gave Dempsey a bath, then dressed him as a little elf. Joey loves all things Christmas! I made us a Katie Lee butternut squash, kale and farro salad for dinner and then we watched a couple episodes of Breaking Bad and I have been having such a different emotional reaction to this show the second time around. Mainly, I really really really hate Walt and all the stuff I thought was cool the first time around, just feels kinda sad. Still such an amazing and well done show though! Please tell me how your weekend was.

P.S. Please know I had to listen to two very lengthy recaps of both Christmas Chronicles and Christmas Chronicles 2 this weekend… did I mention Joey loves Christmas?? 😛

Weekend Things

Thanksgiving Week!  It’s my favorite, in case you didn’t know.  And even though my brain is mostly focused on pie crust and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and getting to eat the stuffing my mom and I made together last weekend, I would be remiss not to mention that we (and basically the rest of the county) are supposed to get pummeled by snow, starting tonight!  I’ll believe it when I see it 🙂

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Friday night, Joey, Adam, Lori and I had dinner at FNG — I managed to order something other than sliders and was WOWED by my meatloaf — then headed to our second home, the Alamo Drafthouse, to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.  What a touching tribute to Mr. Rogers that film is!  I do not mean this as a brag, but I’m just a bit too young to have been a real Mr. Rogers watcher as a child.  However, I’ve seen enough clips (plus that moving documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? from last year) to have a sense of who he was and how he conducted himself in the world and Tom Hanks and Marielle Heller got it so right in this film.  I also found the way they told this story and formatted the movie to be pretty inventive.  It’s lovely!

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Saturday morning, I made us some gingerbread waffles while Joey got us coffee.  It took me like 10 minutes to locate the molasses I bought what feels like 9 years ago, but I finally did it and these waffles were delicious!  We also watched Thanksgiving Live on Food Network and now I’m wondering if I should be cooking two smaller turkeys rather than one giant one for Christmas??

Afterward, I made some salted caramel sauce for the apple pie I’m making on Wednesday (it only took me one try, which is quite the improvement from the THREE tries it took me last time I made it!) and made, not one, but two pie crusts after the first one was not to my liking.

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Have I mentioned we live at the Alamo?  We were back there at 3:45 to see Ford v Ferrari and it was mostly a good time!  It’s definitely got a slick, big budget, Hollywood movie feel, but whatever because Damon and Bale are both great and the story (which I had literally zero knowledge of before seeing the movie) was really interesting.  Mostly, I hope that’s Christian Bale’s real accent because I love to imagine him saying “bloody hell!” all the time.

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Back at home, we made some one of our favorite salmon dinners and watched The Last Black Man in San Francisco.  I genuinely loved it.  I thought the style was unique, the story worked on both a micro and macro level and I really truly felt for the two main characters.  Meanwhile, Joey fell asleep.  We managed to stay up for SNL afterward and… it was somehow a dud.  Come on now, Will Ferrell.

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We had a vet appointment for our little pup bright and early Sunday morning and though we planned to drop him off, then go to breakfast, they managed to get him all checked out within 20 minutes.  This is much preferable!  We dropped him off at home and headed to Sassafras, which we hadn’t been to in a really long time.  They’ve even moved locations since!  It’s still an old house in Denver, just a bigger one 🙂  I went with their chicken fried eggs and bison hash, which they are known for, but WHY CAN’T THEY SEASON THE HASH??  I don’t understand.  Anyway, it was still pretty good and Joey seemed happy with his chicken pimento biscuits.

That afternoon, we headed to Jory and Betsy’s new house and it’s so nice!!  The Cowboys game was on, but there were buffalo chicken nachos and Elliott was on the move, so I was pleasantly distracted ♥  Back at home, I made granola while Joey watched the end of the game and then we made salads for the short week before plopping down on the couch with leftovers and The Peanut Butter Falcon.  My heart!  I managed to not cry, but if this movie doesn’t pull at your heartstrings, you’re probably dead inside.  I was really moved by it!

Happy Monday!