Weekend Things

Thanksgiving Week!  It’s my favorite, in case you didn’t know.  And even though my brain is mostly focused on pie crust and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and getting to eat the stuffing my mom and I made together last weekend, I would be remiss not to mention that we (and basically the rest of the county) are supposed to get pummeled by snow, starting tonight!  I’ll believe it when I see it 🙂

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Friday night, Joey, Adam, Lori and I had dinner at FNG — I managed to order something other than sliders and was WOWED by my meatloaf — then headed to our second home, the Alamo Drafthouse, to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.  What a touching tribute to Mr. Rogers that film is!  I do not mean this as a brag, but I’m just a bit too young to have been a real Mr. Rogers watcher as a child.  However, I’ve seen enough clips (plus that moving documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? from last year) to have a sense of who he was and how he conducted himself in the world and Tom Hanks and Marielle Heller got it so right in this film.  I also found the way they told this story and formatted the movie to be pretty inventive.  It’s lovely!

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Saturday morning, I made us some gingerbread waffles while Joey got us coffee.  It took me like 10 minutes to locate the molasses I bought what feels like 9 years ago, but I finally did it and these waffles were delicious!  We also watched Thanksgiving Live on Food Network and now I’m wondering if I should be cooking two smaller turkeys rather than one giant one for Christmas??

Afterward, I made some salted caramel sauce for the apple pie I’m making on Wednesday (it only took me one try, which is quite the improvement from the THREE tries it took me last time I made it!) and made, not one, but two pie crusts after the first one was not to my liking.

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Have I mentioned we live at the Alamo?  We were back there at 3:45 to see Ford v Ferrari and it was mostly a good time!  It’s definitely got a slick, big budget, Hollywood movie feel, but whatever because Damon and Bale are both great and the story (which I had literally zero knowledge of before seeing the movie) was really interesting.  Mostly, I hope that’s Christian Bale’s real accent because I love to imagine him saying “bloody hell!” all the time.

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Back at home, we made some one of our favorite salmon dinners and watched The Last Black Man in San Francisco.  I genuinely loved it.  I thought the style was unique, the story worked on both a micro and macro level and I really truly felt for the two main characters.  Meanwhile, Joey fell asleep.  We managed to stay up for SNL afterward and… it was somehow a dud.  Come on now, Will Ferrell.

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We had a vet appointment for our little pup bright and early Sunday morning and though we planned to drop him off, then go to breakfast, they managed to get him all checked out within 20 minutes.  This is much preferable!  We dropped him off at home and headed to Sassafras, which we hadn’t been to in a really long time.  They’ve even moved locations since!  It’s still an old house in Denver, just a bigger one 🙂  I went with their chicken fried eggs and bison hash, which they are known for, but WHY CAN’T THEY SEASON THE HASH??  I don’t understand.  Anyway, it was still pretty good and Joey seemed happy with his chicken pimento biscuits.

That afternoon, we headed to Jory and Betsy’s new house and it’s so nice!!  The Cowboys game was on, but there were buffalo chicken nachos and Elliott was on the move, so I was pleasantly distracted ♥  Back at home, I made granola while Joey watched the end of the game and then we made salads for the short week before plopping down on the couch with leftovers and The Peanut Butter Falcon.  My heart!  I managed to not cry, but if this movie doesn’t pull at your heartstrings, you’re probably dead inside.  I was really moved by it!

Happy Monday!

A Spring Snow Day

Wait, I guess it’s not technically spring yet, but shhh, it’s spring in my heart.  We had a nasty storm on Wednesday.  A “Bomb Cyclone” to be exact and though I’m not sure what that actually means, I know our office lights all started flickering on and off and our internet went down at 11 AM, so were out of there!  What do adults do on snow days?

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Watch Game of Thrones and make brownies, of course!  Winter is coming, but actually spring is coming and so is the final season of GOT, so we’re re-watching Season 7 as a refresher.  I don’t remember it as being the best season but man, did watching four episodes get us excited!  A couple episodes in, I decided we needed brownies, that may or may not have been made with black beans, which is a thing I swore I’d never do.  But then they were really good!  So fudgy and decked out in a chocolate peanut butter frosting.

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We were on Episode 2 or 3, when they closed in on Arya and Hot Pie, but just before, they showed a random man digging into a pot pie and no joke, it looked incredible.  We needed a pot pie!  We found a single chicken thigh, a bag of peas and carrots (that we used to feed our dog), half an onion, some thyme, and a Dufour puff pastry, so we were in business!  I was kind of impressed with us for pulling it all together, and successfully!  We cooked it in our cast iron skillet and maybe ate the entire thing.

This is how you do a snow day.

(Update: We still didn’t have power at the office on Thursday and boredom officially set it.  Today (Friday), I went into the office and we had a generator powering our server and they were running an extension cord through the window in my office.  So instead of wearing my jacket and gloves all day, I packed up my computer and headed back home.  I guess I’ll be work from here (with a little dog on my lap!) today.  TGIF!)