Weekend Things

It’s the end of August and fall is coming, but joke’s on us because it was so hot this weekend!  I tried to sit outside and read in the shade on Sunday and I only made it five minutes before giving up and heading back into the air conditioning.  But aside from being really hot, this weekend was wonderful and I am doing my best to live it up while we still have summer weather.  Which means brewery patio hanging, backyard movie night and grilling.  I love it all so much!

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Joey has wanted to go to Briar Common for so long and I’ve been… resisting.  Their menu is never calling my name, but on Friday, it was!  We headed over and grabbed a spot on the rooftop patio then had beers and dinner and I really liked both, but the best part is just being able to hang out together outside on a Friday night ♥  Afterward, we went home and watched this movie Adam loaned us and it was quite the stacked cast!  I was not prepared for the ending, but up until then I had found a lot of it really funny?  Where has Christina Ricci disappeared to anyway??

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Joey has been doing this thing where he wakes up too early on the weekend, so I woke up to him asking “wanna go to Snooze??” on Saturday morning, but I had a headache from my one beer the night before (WHY THOUGH?) and politely declined.  I did eventually get up and make us both yogurt bowls though.  We had an engagement party to attend at noon and don’t worry, we were first in line when the taco bar opened up 😛

Afterward, we hit up Best Buy so we could improve our outdoor movie sound system (success!) and then spent some time trying to get our projector hooked up to a streaming system, which involved Joey projecting the picture onto our ceiling.  When we finally got it all working, we maybe watching an episode of Friends up there.  Post-dinner (Loaded Summer Chili Fries is the new Spicy Black Bean Burrito Bowl, meaning it’s the summer dinner I can’t stop repeating), my sister and Wayne came over for movie night.  At the beginning of the summer, Joey said he wanted to watch The Mighty Ducks in our backyard and we finally made it happen.  I thought I’d seen it in bits and pieces, but after watching it all the way through, I realized I definitely hadn’t.  I kept waiting for Kenan to show up and that apparently doesn’t happen until the second movie.  Also, I thought all the regret over his failed career as a hockey player meant Gordon Bombay had been in the NHL and quit, but then it turns he had only played till he was 10 years old??  Wow, and I thought I held onto things too long!

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Standard Sunday Content: two food pictures and nothing in between.  We really did go to Snooze this time!  I got my hair cut a few hours later and she was like “how do you go to Snooze and not wait for hours??” but the answer is that we never go unless we’re up early!  We were sat right away and despite my attempts to order a regular sized pancake for us to share, we always end up with the giant one.  After my hair cut, I hit up the mall and it was actually extremely successful but even so, I don’t understand how anyone enjoys shopping.  I feel like it sucks the life out of me!

Back at home, my outdoor reading attempt followed by Joey finally making it home for a loooooong fantasy football draft and then we made a fun summer dinner of a Grilled Onion Blossom (we made this last year too and it’s really good and easy!) + Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Tomato Panzanella that I thought was really good but Joey seemed stressed out by because the chicken took longer to cook than the recipe said it would.  Wait, am I the laid-back cook in the house now??  Please tell me what you’re doing to live out these last few moments of summer!

Weekend Things

If I had to name a theme of the weekend I guess it would be: good food, depressing movies.  And lots of down town in between.  We were at the movie theater every day this weekend!  And between the utter horror of the Live Action Shorts, finishing up The Assassination of Gianni Versace last night and just being in the cold throes of winter, I could really really just use some warmth and humor right now.  Thank god a new season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt just came out!

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As Joey was bowling last Thursday, we relocated our Valentine’s Day celebration to Friday and hit up The Way Back for the first time in TWO YEARS (oops!).  They’ve also relocated and the new(ish) spot is much bigger and beautifully arranged.  We had a seriously hard time narrowing down our order, but ended up splitting the white bean fritters, pappardelle and sirloin.  Man, it was all SO good!  And to top it all off, a warm apple cake that we nearly licked the plate clean of.

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It wasn’t until we were en route to the Mayan that I realized I hadn’t even read up on the Oscar-Nominated Shorts, which is VERY unlike me!  The result being I had NO IDEA what we were getting ourselves into, which was legitimately nightmarish.  First up, a child calling his mother because his father has left him on a beach and his phone dies just as he tells her a strange man is approaching him.  Next, two boys messing around when one drowns in a pit of wet concrete.  Followed by the true story of two 10-year old boys who brutally murdered a two-year old.  Lastly, blatant racism and violence that ends with a child shooting his father.  Okay, I left out the happiest one which was still about an old woman dying alone.  WHY???

Sitting through this barrage of sadistic hell was truly traumatic.  You guys know I live for all things Oscar related, but like, maybe just don’t see these.  No one needs to feel this sad.

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Saturday started with begrudgingly-made waffles.  Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE waffles, but we don’t love the time it takes to make them.  I whipped these out pretty fast though!  Later on, I made some granola bars for the week and then we ran some errands, mostly motivated by the promise of lunch at Chook.  It’s a bright and beautiful order-at-the-counter type of place, that offers rotisserie chicken with choice of sauce and a bunch of delicious sides to choose from.  I went piri-piri and grilled carrot salad alongside my quarter dark meat and was blown away by how good it all tasted.  Why are all my new favorite places in Wash Park??

I got a facial later that afternoon and then we headed back to the Mayan for the Animated Shorts, which though they had some sadder moments, were overall MUCH LESS DEPRESSING than the Live Action Shorts.  At one point, I was actually laughing out loud and thought “well this feels good!”  We actually thought one of the “highly recommended” (but not nominated) shorts (Tweet, Tweet) was one of our favorites.  Joey liked One Small Step best (it is beautifully animated and touching) and I just loved Weekends.  

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I managed to take ZERO pictures on Sunday so please enjoy this picture of the manicure I got on Valentine’s Day and a recycled photo of the dinner we had, thank you!  This is actually a good way to mention I’ve been feeling unusually low picture-taking motivation.  It’s probably a good thing to NOT feel the pressure to photo-document every moment of your life but it also makes for less interesting blog posts.  I’m very at odds with it all so any advice you have would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Anyway, we started Sunday at Snooze with Joey’s grandparents, then went to see They Shall Not Grow Old, which is a World War I documentary, directed by Peter Jackson.  I legitimately haven’t seen any of the Lord of the Rings films, but I felt like that name-drop would be impressive to someone who has.  It was really interesting!  They restored, colorized and added audio to all of the old video footage and it was truly impressive.  I took myself to yoga later and we ended the night with that super satisfying dinner.

How was your weekend??