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

It was a weekend of finales — we watched the final season of Veep, I woke up from a nap to hear Joey watching the final scene of Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones, of course — and a weekend of me saying I was going to do stuff and then… not doing that stuff — going out to dinner, running 5 miles, buying a dress for a wedding — but I also got to watch Joey accept an award and finish a half marathon and we finally planted our garden!

Also, SPOILER WARNING because I’m definitely talking finales of all sorts in this post.

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Friday, after work, we headed to Mile High (or whatever it’s called now) to pick up Joey’s race packet and despite how OVERJOYED he was at getting bib number 303, no one else commented on it 😛  We went home afterward to walk and feed Andi then spent way too long trying to decide if/where to go out to dinner then ended up staying in.  We’re the most fun!  But actually, putting on my pajamas, eating leftover enchilada casserole and watching the final season of Veep felt 100% right.

I set my alarm to run Saturday morning and then asked myself if I really wanted to do that or make pancakes and guess what the answer was!  We used our leftover ricotta to make these and wow, I forgot how good they are!  Afterward, we headed to Paulino Gardens and it was A) packed and B) pretty picked over.  I don’t know if it was because it’s already mid-May or because they’re closing at the end of this season but it was sort of nuts in there.  We managed to leave with most of what we needed but we’re still at a loss for what to plant in the shady part of our yard.  Also, Joey stood in line for something like 40 minutes while I stayed warm in the car and ordered us lunch delivery 🙂

I fully planned on heading to the mall afterward but it was already past 1 PM, we had somewhere to be at 6 PM and I still needed to shower and go to the grocery so dress shopping got the ax.  We spent the evening at a work-related gala where we were fed a family style meal of not nearly enough food (my top concern, obviously), but our company won an award, so I guess that’s cool!  Back at home, we watched a few minutes of SNL (oooh, another finale!) then went to bed because Joey had a race in the morning and I was dropping him off.

First time at the Colfax Half Marathon and the parking/traffic situation actually wasn’t bad.  Joey’s race started at 6:45 AM which seemed really early to us (the marathon started at 6!!!) so I dropped him off around 6:15 then headed back home to make myself some coffee before Lori picked me back up.  I think we took a really long route to the finish line, but Max seemed content in his stroller ♥  Joey cruised in at 1:37:59 which is a new PR for him and I was so proud!!!  He and I had a celebratory breakfast at Onefold afterward and then I went home and took a nap.  Wait, did I actually run the half marathon??

Post nap, we regrouped outside and did some planting.  I thought of my mom the whole time I assembled my planter pots since she bought them for me and is such a gardener at heart ♥  We also got our garden seeds in, plus these shishito plants that I am legitimately SO EXCITED about.  Fingers crossed!  We lost our garden bed when we built our new garage but then they left us that little strip of dirt and it looked perfect for a row of flowers.  I took myself to yoga afterward and Joey kept on working like he hadn’t run 13.1 miles very early that morning!

Came home to make salads for the week, finish up Veep, eat dinner and watch Game of Thrones.  Before I get to GOT, can we give it up for Veep?!  What an incredible, hilarious, vulgar, expertly crafted show.  Everyone gives an amazing performance but Julia Louis-Dreyfus is just PHENOMENAL.  What an all-time character!  We are so lucky to have her comedy genius in this world.

Guys, I was so ready but also not at all ready for the finale of Game of Thrones.  This season has been so strange and rushed and up and down.  I don’t think it’s any great secret that the show runners couldn’t quite get it right without the books as source material, plus this is a show built on long term development being condensed into six episodes and that just doesn’t work.  I won’t say I hated all of this season because the visuals are still (mostly) amazing and I thought this season had some nice acting and moments that I really felt in my heart but it also had far too many unanswered questions, logistics that just didn’t make sense, important scenes left unshown and character arcs that felt unsatisfying or worse, unnatural.  I feel real sad about some of it (Dany), real annoyed by some of it (Bran??) and real thrilled about some of it (QUEEN IN THE NORTH, BABY!).  I’m sure I’ll spend the rest of the week processing it all, but what a ride it’s been!  What are we all watching together now??

How was your weekend?