Weekend Things

It’s November, it’s the Denver Film Fest, it’s the end of Daylight Saving Time!  Even though I feel like we skipped right over fall and headed straight into winter — I feel so mentally unprepared for snow and darkness and holiday madness — it’s not ALL bad, because it also means Avs games, the Denver Film Fest and more light at the beginning of the day (for a little while at least).

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We’ve been Instagram-stalking the Yuan Wonton food truck for a couple of months and were FINALLY able to make it to one of their stops on Friday!  They had quite the crowd at Strange Craft Beer Company, but it was worth the wait because those dumplings and wontons and soup were all so spicy good.  They were out of soup dumplings by the time we got there, so we are already planning to find them again soon.

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Afterward, we went to our first Avs game of the season and… they lost, so we must be bad luck 😦  Loss aside, it was a good time and I was only sort of distracted by the many groups of people wearing Where’s Waldo costumes??

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Saturday morning waffles!  I made these Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles while Joey picked up coffee beans and then I used them to make a pumpkin spice latte that was NOT GOOD.  Oh well, because the waffles were great!  Our pup is very loungey but also very protective of his ball 😛  Later on, I took a pair of boots to Dardano’s to get re-heeled (they do the best job!) and then we completely cleaned out and re-arranged our closet.  It seriously felt so good.  Fall/winter sweaters are out!

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I just want to tell you that I was greatly frustrated by the Denver Film Festival this year.  Months ago, we bought a ticket package (6 tickets at a discounted price), then realized the tickets would go on sale while we were in Rome.  We walked all the way back to our hotel, so I could access the wifi and buy the tickets.  The lineup was so good but ALL the movies I wanted to see were “Special Presentations” that we could not use our ticket package for.  UGH!!!  We ended up having to pick movies we weren’t all that excited for instead and I was really bummed.  That being said, our first movie, Saint Frances, ended up being wonderful, so what do I know!  We both really loved it ♥

Afterward, we headed to Arvada to have dinner with Steve, Lorna, Nick and Adam at the Arvada Tavern.  I dug the speakeasy vibe and their cocktails are so good!  We made it back home in time for SNL and though I do not love Kristen Stewart, I laughed (way too hard) at that Ginuwine “Pony” skit.

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I know people talk about getting an extra hour of sleep when we “fall back,” but um, we just woke up at the same time, except the clock read an hour earlier.  Boo!  I got my hair cut a few hours later and when I got back home, I lightly suggested going out for lunch before DFF Round 2, to which Joey suggested Cart-Driver and SAY NO MORE!  It happened to be pretty nice weather, so we had our pizza out on the patio and it was all perfect.  We saw Sybil and it was just okay.  You can’t win em all, I guess.

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Later on, we cooked this Seared Steak with Horseradish Cream Sauce and Crispy Brussels Sprouts and it was AMAZING!  That sauce though ♥  My sister got a Plated subscription, then generously gifted this meal to us so we could try it out and not only was it really quick and easy, but super delicious.  Not going to brag too much, but I cooked that steak perfectly 😛  Plus, my sister is just the best.  Oh and we watched The King, which is somehow long but covers such little ground?  Only Timotheé Chalamet could pull of that bowl cut.  He was really good but Robert Pattinson?  Not so much.

What did you do this weekend??

Weekend Things: Mom’s Birthday!

Hi!  This weekend was really really good and I guess the best way to explain it is by saying I have THREE canker sores in my mouth and still managed to be in a good mood.  It’s probably because I got to see the new Quentin Tarantino on Friday, celebrate Mom’s birthday on Saturday and somehow manage to fit in family time, chore time and yoga time on Sunday.  The best!

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Guys, I’ve had Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood written down as a movie to anticipate for like two years and it’s finally here!  We bought tickets to see it in 35mm (as Quentin intended) at the Sie on Friday, but first, spicy chicken at Q House!  Ugh, so good.

As for the movie, I LOVED it and the more I think about it, the more in I am.  Our theater was packed and we were all laughing together through the whole thing.  I’m not here to debate Brad vs. Leo because they are both EXCELLENT but I would like to watch the scene of Leo yelling at himself in his trailer on loop, please.  Also, Margot Robbie gives such a non-showy but intimately beautiful performance that I found so compelling.

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Saturday started with breakfast at Hoja!  Turns out they have a little patio out back that is shady and quiet and just a lovely place to spend some time.  Um I did not make it through that gargantuan (see what I did there?) burrito but I tried my best.  Afterward, I briefly contemplated going to the grocery but decided to do some backyard clean up by way of making a bigger mess instead.  Our tomato bush is trimmed, our strawberries have been thinned out, the weeds in our flower bed are pulled and I finally spread out the bag of red bark we bought like a month ago.  Plus I had granola baking inside!

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At 2, I walked over to Base Coat for a pedicure, but the real event of the day was my mom’s birthday dinner!  We got her an Apple Watch and my favorite moment of the entire day was when we told her she could talk to it and she whispered “I love you!” to it, HA HA!!  We had a tapas spread at The Med before walking the Pearl Street Mall and whoa, I think it’d been years since I’d done either of those things.  We had perfect weather for a stroll.  We all headed back to my parents’ afterward for cake/sorbet and to play with the Apple Watch.

P.S. Please know my dad had also seen Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood earlier that day and I don’t think the three that hadn’t seen it appreciated constant references by the three of us who had 🙂

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We had Sunday morning family breakfast plans but when I woke up Joey was already awake and making coffee plans for us.  (Side Note: I could get used to this thing where Joey wakes up before me and has already thought up a fun thing for us to do!) We hit up Downpours and though it was a million degrees inside the coffee shop, they also had a shady backyard patio area, where we drank our iced coffee and ordered our groceries online.

We celebrated July birthdays at Cathy & Todd’s with a breakfast burrito bar and what a genius idea that was!  I maybe had a headache over my left eye (from my ONE glass of sangria, seriously??) but we got to sit out on the deck and visit with everyone for a couple of hours and it felt so nice.

Back at home we tag-teamed salads (this one but with this dressing) for lunches this week and I finally got around to cleaning our bathroom and still had time to make it to Sunday yoga for the first time in three weeks!!!  Came home and took some glamour shots of our garden and deck.  Our backyard, just like our kitchen/fridge, is always in flux and I’m learning to back okay with it being messy at times because I know it’ll be back in order eventually.  By Sunday is was all spic-and-span!

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Dinner was Loaded Summer Chili Fries and I was blown away by how good and simple and fresh they tasted.  Truly a wonderful recipe ♥  Eaten in the backyard and I just want to remember how happy I felt in that summer moment.  We headed inside to watch Big Brother afterward and I pretty much hate everyone except Tommy.  Please tell me how your weekend was.  It was the last one of July, you know!