Weekend Things

Apologies if this post is all over the place but my brain is mush because I have a newborn and WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT!!!!!! I don’t think I can properly relay the explosion of emotions I have felt since Saturday morning when we saw CNN had projected Joe Biden as the President-Elect. I think part of me had already mentally prepared to be disappointed in the outcome of the election — I was SO blindsided in 2016 and I did not want to feel that way again — so when things started going our way, I was shocked in the happiest of ways and seeing that announcement was the biggest feeling of relief and happiness and still a little bit of disbelief. I fully realized how stressful and heavy the past four years have felt and knowing it was over was EUPHORIC. This little baby won’t have to watch our president bully or name-call or lie or tweet insanity. We’ll have decency back in the White House. And dogs! We’ll have dogs in the White House again. I’m just so happy!

I have no idea what my posting schedule will be like in this unpredictable but wonderful newborn/maternity leave stage, but since it happened to be Sunday when I wrote this — I definitely thought Saturday was Friday and was bewildered when I realized I was wrong — I’ll go with a Weekend Things post for now. We loaded up Dempsey and walked to the coffee shop late Friday morning and… I hated it. There were so many people out and about and I felt very weird about it. Don’t worry, the baby didn’t go inside and we kept him away from everyone but still. Later that night, we supported the Denver Film Fest, by ordering up a movie called The Killing of Two Lovers. I really liked it! Joey was unsure about the ending but enjoyed the rest.

Saturday morning, Dempsey wasn’t interested in going back to bed after his 5 AM feeding, so Joey graciously got up with him and let me sleep in a bit longer. When I got up, I made us some blueberry pancakes, so I think we’re even :). They were really good and it’d been a few weeks since we’d made pancakes, so it felt like a luxury to eat them. And Andi was excited for the return of his Puppy Pancake.

Well I wish I could say we did anything productive on Saturday but mainly, we watched the news, scrolled celebration videos on Twitter and held the baby. We whipped out the Solly wrap and I’m not sure about it. I’m sure I’ll get better at it, but I can’t get it tight enough to feel like it’s actually supporting him and not just hanging off my body in a way that makes me feel like I have to lean backward to counterbalance him. Joey fared better and also sent me pictures of Dempsey’s sweet face from the other end of the couch.

My parents came over for dinner and we picked up food from Ginger Pig, a new restaurant just a few blocks from us. I thought it was all really good, but everyone else seemed to be more critical, which is the opposite of how it usually is! We all watched Kamala and Joe speak and can you believe we have a female Vice President??? I cannot tell you how much this means to me. My mom and I definitely teared up afterward :).

Sunday was semi-lazy too. For me, at least :). We ate breakfast and watched SNL because there was no way we were making it till 11:30 when it aired on Saturday and I thought the cold open was lame but Chapelle’s monologue was great and I loved that performance of “Times Like These” the Foo Fighters did. We have not done a lot of cooking in the past three weeks (thanks to everyone who has brought food!), but before Dempsey was born, Joey cleared out our garden and picked a TON of green cherry tomatoes. Did you know tomatoes will ripen on the counter?? They were finally all ready, so Joey made up some cream of tomato soup and I made two grilled cheeses and it felt like such a indulgence to have a fresh cooked lunch, especially one that tasted so good! The rest of the day included a Cowboys lose game, me writing this post, a fussy baby and a few episodes of Breaking Bad which we’d been talking about re-watching and finally pulled the trigger on. How was your weekend??

Out with 2018 and in with 2019!

In the last weekend of 2018, I saw friends, watched my favorite baby eat a waffle, played a game that involved “bunnies in high heels” (???), cleaned up Christmas, watched four movies (Love, Simon, First Reformed, Inside Llewyn Davis, Vice), made gingerbread waffles, grocery shopped, ate Matzo Ball soup, went to yoga, puzzled, read, slept, laughed.  We ate one last 2018 meal at Cart-Driver and declared it our favorite place, then rang in the new year by popping confetti in movie theater parking lot with my sister and Wayne and it felt small and low-key and perfect.

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On the first day of 2019, we slept in, then settled onto the couch with coffee and West Side Story (and maybe a small headache from movie theater Prosecco the night before).  I’m less into WSS than say The King and I, but how amazing is Rita Moreno in BOTH?  Stopped halfway through to order lunch burritos from Illegal Pete’s, which we decided is the best New Year’s Day tradition.  We had my family over for dinner and even though our pork loin took WAY longer than it was supposed to and the juice from the resting meat made a waterfall down our dishwasher (and onto our dog’s head…)  it all turned out fine in the end.

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I really love having my family over on January 1st, filling up on homemade foods, eating a really good dessert (or two :P) and getting into bed feeling full both literally and figuratively.  It always feels like the best way to start a new year ♥

So here’s to 2019!