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??

Weekend Things

It’s December!  Can you even believe it?!  The beginning of December means many things, like the KBCO Studio C CD release, getting a Christmas tree, celebrating Mason’s birthday, feeling like I can finally buy eggnog and being distracted by thoughts that are half panic, half excitement about all the things that need/want to be accomplished this month.  Tis the season!  That said, this weekend was really wonderful and I think it means there are good things to come for the rest of this month.

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Friday involved pasta leftovers and us cutting it real close on making it to the Alamo on time to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  My thoughts on this movie could probably span an entire post, but I’ll just keep it semi-short and say:

  • TOO MANY CHARACTERS/PLOT LINES
  • Nothing Queenie did made ANY sense
  • The magic looked GREAT, but at the detriment of making the magic in the original films look weak
  • Loved Jude Law but would have loved MORE Jude Law
  • Twists are dumb and (what better have been) a fake twist is even dumber
  • MORE NIFFLERS PLEASE!!!!

I have faith that once the rest of the Fantastic Beasts films come out, this one will make more sense but two years is a LONG time to sit with all of this.  Mostly, I am a person deeply invested in this world and anything that changes what I thought I knew about it is hard for me to accept.  In other words, I FEEL you, Star Wars fans!

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Saturday started bright and early — true story: when my alarm went off my brain said “Tuesday?” — with a pre-Studio C breakfast at Snooze.  I was excited to see my sister, despite her claim that she wouldn’t be joining us.  Oh the power of peer pressure and FOMO 😛  We had our CD in hand shortly after 8:30 and it’s a goody because it’s the 30th Anniversary CD and that means extra tracks from the “Studio C Vault.”  It actually sold out by mid-day, which hasn’t happened in many many years!

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We grabbed our Christmas tree — Noble Fir or bust! — and a fresh wreath afterward and had plenty of time to take it back home and sit on the couch for a bit before heading out to a VERY SPECIAL celebration… Mason’s 1st Birthday Party!!!!  Can you believe that little guy has lived a whole year of life?  It was a confusing moment of contradictions when I looked at a picture of him the day he was born and he looked so teeny tiny compared to how he looks now, but then a gentle reminder that he’s still actually teeny tiny when we bought him a “Dumbledore’s Army” t-shirt and it looked very small.

Hannah truly outdid herself with the party!  Everything looked so cute and perfect, plus there was Chipotle and crowns and Where the Wild Things Are decor everywhere you looked.  Mason had a cold (poor thing!) but he was still a trooper and I give his cake eating my seal of approval.  That last picture SLAYS me.  What a sweet mama Hannah is to that sweet little boy ♥

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We hit up the grocery store on our way home and it was about this time that our early morning wake up call started to catch up with me.  Back at home, we watched a few episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — why did I think the second season had already come out?? — then made quesadillas (with pea hummus?!) for dinner, made it through the beginning of SNL and crashed into bed.  I think I remember asking Joey to read to me (ha!) but I was so tired!

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I didn’t wake up till 8 AM the next morning and only because Joey was up!  Felt good to sleep in though.  We hooked ourselves up with our favorite pancakes and I even made coconut whipped cream to go along with, then we lounged about for a bit — this was also when Hannah sent me a picture of Mason riding the Sweet Cow we gave him and my heart could barely handle the cuteness! — before Joey left for football and I ran over to Whole Foods for a few things we missed the day before and left having spent way too much money.  HOW?  Spent the afternoon eating lunch, taking the pup on a brisk but refreshing walk and reading before heading to yoga.

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When I got back home, we got to work decorating the Christmas tree.  We were being super dorky by showing each ornament to Andi, then holding him up next to the star because… I don’t know why.  The tree looks great though and I can’t wait to do that thing where I wake up every morning and see it all lit up out in the living room and get super excited 😛

I know it’s Monday, but I feel so happy it’s December.  Joey looked over at me on Saturday night and said “I just really love Christmas!” and it’s crazy to think you can be with someone for 10 years and think you know everything about them, but in that moment I was like “wow, he does love Christmas!” like I had just realized it for the first time.  I think his enthusiasm and happiness is rubbing off on me ♥  Please tell me how your first weekend of December was!