Weekend Things: SPOILER ALERT

WHAT A WEEKEND!!!  In short, we rode the G Line, saw Avengers: Endgame, had an incredible dinner, attended a performance of Cats, ran outside and watched the much anticipated third episode of Game of Thrones.  But, not in short, I have SO MUCH more to say about all of those things.  Stick around for it or don’t, but you’ve been warned 🙂

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The light rail station a mere two blocks from our house has been built for something like two years and they’ve just been testing this whole time.  I get it because safety first, but dang!  That’s a long time.  The G Line FINALLY opened Friday, it ran free all weekend AND we were headed right where it runs, so obviously we had to ride it.  We grabbed a quick casual dinner at Illegal Pete’s first, then walked (WALKED!) to the train.  As luck would have it, the wind kicked up right before our walk, so what should have been a pleasant stroll turned into an assault by tiny bits of dirt and sand.

SPOILER WARNING!!!!!!!!

BUT SERIOUSLY, SPOILER WARNING!

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Guys, I love love LOVED Avengers: Endgame!  If you’re going, please do yourself a favor and see it in a theater packed with other MCU fans, who will cheer, laugh and cry along with you.  Okay, I did not actually cry (or go to the bathroom!!!) but I don’t know the last time I felt as electrified as I did during that battle scene.  Cap wields Thor’s hammer!!!! Oh my god, I died!  And then Captain Marvel had the infinity gauntlet and all the lady warriors assembled around her and I died again.  And then for real, Iron Man died.  I maybe would have felt more sad about if I hadn’t been distracted by someone in the theater moaning “Nooo!  Nooo!  Nooo!”

In all honesty, the thing I’m most sad about is that I just got into all these films and only just discovered how fun it is to anticipate and watch these movies with everyone else and now… it’s over.  It happened too fast!  Also, shout out to how funny this movie is.  I laughed A LOT.

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I got up Saturday morning and ran 5 miles!  I try to ramp up the mileage around this time every year so I can make it through the Bolder Boulder but also because running the Cherry Creek Trail while it’s still cool (a bit too cool, if I’m being honest) and quiet in Denver gives me such joy.  And when I got back, Joey had coffee and waffles and dishes washed and now “joy” doesn’t seem strong enough a word ♥

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The rest of the day was spent doing a little bit (for me, but a lot for Joey!) of yard work, a trip to the grocery, walking our pup and then cleaning ourselves up for date night.  First, we hit up Spuntino for dinner and oh my god, why had we not been there before?!  We grabbed two seats at the bar and two VERY GOOD happy hour drinks, then feasted on warm focaccia with ricotta, fettuccine and the most beautifully striped ravioli.  I felt like we’d discovered a Denver dining secret and I can’t wait to go back!

Cats was… um, well, it was cats.  Throwing a cat ball.  In which a gumbie cat, a railway cat, a broken woman cat (???) were in attendance.  Look, the dancing is fabulous and the performance of “Memory” in the second act was PHENOMENAL — we immediately went home and listened to other versions of it and thought the one we’d heard live was by far the best — but WHAT IS THIS SHOW??  There’s basically no action, the songs are just okay and it was incredibly difficult to understand any of the words in the songs.  Which means I still have NO CLUE what a “jellical cat” is.

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Joey got up Sunday morning and ran 9 miles, so I stayed in bed to cuddle our dog and read, then when he got back, we took ourselves to Port Side for breakfast and May planning.  How is it already so booked??  I’m sort of sad April is almost over already, but I’m thinking May will be a good month 🙂  After, I made lunch salads while Joey started building us some flower boxes and then we made a trip to Mike’s Camera to order a picture we’re going to hang over our bed.  It felt so good to finally get that done!  I bottled a new batch of kombucha (Mango Cayenne!) before heading out to yoga.

GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!

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Back at home, we made Buffalo Chicken Tenders for dinner — they were good and spicy but not quite crunchy enough for me — then watched Game of Thrones and I’m sorry to be a total bummer, but I did not like that episode.  For starters, I had a REALLY hard time seeing any of the action.  I think those dragons fighting in the air was cool, but I don’t know because I could barely see!  Narratively, it was a miss for me as well.  I was excited to see a Dothraki Horde fight and then I didn’t get to.  I have no idea where Bran warged to.  I just did not care about Beric dying and felt literally zero emotion about his connection to Arya.  I did not understand how Jorah was just right there to save Dany.  I wanted so much more from Jon, who I usually love to watch fight and I felt the Night King’s demise was so anticlimactic.  I’m still working out my thoughts on Arya being the one to kill him, because yes, Arya is badass, but for some reason, this just didn’t really feel like her fight to win.  I don’t know.  I really didn’t care for the scene ending on old Melisandre.  Please tell me your thoughts and arguments, because I’d honestly love to be talked into liking this episode.  I’d prefer it to the disappointment I currently feel.

All I’m saying is, I saw two epic battles this weekend.  One was utterly thrilling and one was not.  All GOT letdown aside, this weekend was amazing!  More please!

Weekend Things

“Life is fun, when you’re a member of the Academy!”  That’s what Joey said to me when I told him it’d been a good weekend AND because my new favorite joke is telling people I’m a member 😛  I wish!  But I did see two movies this weekend, so I’m pretty much there, right?  Beside sitting in movie theaters, I also ate a food truck lunch, visited a hip delicatessen, went to a Nuggets game, had breakfast with my family, VOTED and took a yoga class.  Told you it was a good one!

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We did a little thing for our employees on Friday and I arranged for the Butcher and the Blonde food truck to feed us all.  I’ve only dealt with a few food trucks, but this was by far, the easiest and most flexible one I’ve encountered!  Also, my carnitas tacos were delicious!

We took ourselves to the Esquire later on to see Beautiful Boy and even though I’d heard some mixed things and was prepared for it to not really be that great, I really liked it!  I will say it leans more toward Steve Carell’s character than Timothée Chalamet’s — I don’t think he showed up till at least 10 minutes into the movie — but it is harrowing and touching and heartbreaking all at once.

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Up bright and early for movie #2.  Well, not that early.  We still had time to eat pancakes for breakfast before making our way to the Sie Filmcenter, a place I truly love, by the way.  We snagged primo seats and were treated to a pure cinematic delight in Green Book.  Seriously, I was prepared to find it incredibly cheesy and while much of it is pretty feel good, there were also pieces that left me heartbroken.  Mostly, Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali are SO FUN together.  We seriously LOVED this movie.  It comes out in a few weeks and I suggest you go see it!

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I was starving afterward, so I threw out Leven Deli Co. as an option and 10 minutes later, we were walking in the front door.  The vibe was everything I imagine a real deal deli to be and though we felt under-prepared — why didn’t we get a chocolate tahini cookie?? — our sandwich selections did NOT disappoint.  Pastrami Reuben for Joey and a Marinated Chickpea flatbread for me.  I’m salivating just thinking about it now!

Dragged Joey to the grocery store with me afterward, then we chilled for a bit at home before heading out AGAIN for the Nuggets game.  We both agreed that the best part about a professional basketball game is that it’s over in a couple of hours.  Amen!

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Props to you if you were able to sleep that extra hour yesterday, but my body clock is strong and we woke up two and a half hours before we were supposed to be at my parents’ for breakfast.  Maybe spent it giving our dog a comforter cloak but don’t judge.  Breakfast was phenomenal and we got to see my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew finally!

My parents’ are in the process of cleaning out their garage, so we took a few boxes of my stuff — you thought that comforter cloak was bad, but wait till you see my dog in an American Girl Doll hat 😛 — but really, it just motivated me to go home and start cleaning out/re-organizing our own kitchen.  We maybe just moved stuff around instead of making anything easier, but we’ll see.  I hit a 4 PM yoga class and it felt WONDERFUL.

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Dinner was this Autumn Vegetable Grain Salad that really hit the spot.  Woke up today to go to the gym before work and THERE WAS LIGHT!  Complain all you want about Daylight Saving Time ending, but I’ll take bright mornings any day!  Plus, what do you have to do after work, except get immediately into your pajamas and hide in your house anyway?  I don’t need light for that 😛

P.S. We got our vote on this weekend and I hope you did — or are planning to by tomorrow — too!