A Weekend Reset

I can’t start this post until I backtrack and talk about how our trip to New Orleans — I WILL tell you about that trip very very soon — ended with everyone getting sick.  Like really sick.  It’s a week later and I’m just finally feeling normal again, but only after a weekend where Joey and I were both DESPERATE to “revamp?” “recharge?” “recommit?”  Reset!  I think Joey’s exact words were “I’d really like to eat a salad!”

This probably also has something to do with the “Spring Cleaning” mentality, but we needed a clean the house, restock the fridge, actually go to the gym, pick up a damn book weekend to rid us of all feelings of winter blah and sickness.  I feel so much better now!

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And now I would like to offer you three sets of “Dinner + TV” photos, thankyouverymuch!  Friday was Sweet Corn + Zucchini Pie (please note that I was couch-ridden and Joey took a “Lauren food pic” for me ♥♥♥) + Leaving Neverland Part 2.  Have you guys watched?  I’ve seen some buzz about it, including news about Michael Jackson music being pulled from some radio stations or The Simpsons taking their MJ episode out of circulation and it confuses me because, though the documentary goes into more detail than I’d known, none of this information was new or shocking to me.  It is as disturbing and creepy and believable to me now as it has been for years and years.  We had a long talk about it all afterward and… man, this stuff is sad.

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Saturday morning started with pancakes, a much much much needed trip to the gym — aside from that vacation-induced exercise break and then that sickness-induced exercise break, my workout motivation has just been lacking in general, but breaking a sweat finally felt good! — then a trip to the grocery.  Afterward, kombucha, Quickles for bánh mì sliders later this week and sitting down to read.  I think Joey did something like 10 loads of laundry for us ♥

Ended the night with steak + Creamy Chive Potatoes (our fav!) + A Serious Man.  Let’s not talk about how we smoked up the entire house and set off the fire alarm while cooking that steak and instead talk about how funny the movie was.  We were left sort of confused at the end, but maybe it’s best to not try to understand all that a Coen Brothers movie has to say and just “accept the mystery.”  Anyway, we laughed a lot.

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Well, here’s what NOT to do the day Daylight Saving Time starts… wake up tired, drink an extra cup of coffee to cope then not be able to go to bed that night because you’re WIDE awake.  Anyway, sleep problems aside, Sunday was a wonderful day that started with breakfast and reading at Black Eye Coffee and afterward, involved making salads for the week and giving our pup a bath.  Between Joey giving him a haircut on Saturday and me scrubbing him on Sunday, he’s a whole new doggy!

I headed to yoga later on and then we cooked Dijon-Herb Crusted Salmon with Warm Buttered Radish and Edamame Salad for dinner and watched the last two episodes of Shameless.  We’ve been watching this show for eight years (!!) and it was Emmy Rossum’s last show and I maybe cried.  I really wish they had just decided to end it all here because, as much as I love it and as good as the other characters are, I just don’t know what Shameless will be without its Fiona 😦

In other news, it’s supposed to snow again this week but my heart and mind have officially moved on to spring, so you can find me dreaming of iced coffee and baseball.

Weekend Things

Hi, how are you on this Monday morning?  Now that it’s November and darkness is closing in on us from both ends of the day, I’m back to working out at the gym.  Today was our first time back and I think I might be riding that endorphin/coffee high, so if this energy is too much for you, maybe check back later 🙂

Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I hope you got to fit in one last post-work outdoor run then made your husband pick you out a beer before he left for the Nuggets game.  I hope you watched a good movie and only felt a little guilty for watching it without your husband.  I hope you got to eat Saturday breakfast across from your best friend, who you might not see again until she has A BABY (oh my god!) and I hope you spent the rest of Saturday being half productive, half relaxed and fully happy.  I hope you slept an extra hour on Sunday then celebrated with pancakes and coffee before heading out to see a movie at Denver Film Fest, then took yourself to lunch because Sunday shouldn’t always just be about meal prep and laundry.  I hope you watched the Shameless premiere in your pajamas and ate a crockpot meal for dinner and decided November is going to be a good month.

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Made myself this salad for dinner and it took WAY TOO LONG but then tasted so good that I’d still probably make it again.

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During breakfast at Snooze, Hannah told me she was going home to pack a hospital bag and then Josh told her to put his Xbox in there.  I can’t stop laughing about that!  Spent the rest of the day re-staining our garden boxes, grocery shopping, voting, watching A LOT of Transparent, baking granola and maybe falling asleep during a boring episode of SNL. 

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Took us FOR-EV-ER to choose between all the films at Denver Film Fest and we kept running into sold out shows but finally landed on Humor Me and it was seriously SO GOOD!  We both gave it a 5/5 on our movie ballot and have been re-telling jokes from it ever since ♥

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Denver Central Market and Greenseed, in particular, for the lunch time win!

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P.S. What if you kind of like when it gets dark early because it makes it feel really acceptable to put your pajamas on and cozy up on the couch as soon as you get home from work?  Asking for a friend 🙂