Weekend Things & Christmas 2019

Is it my completist nature that’s making me feel like the world will end if I don’t post Christmas week happenings before this last day of 2019 ends??  Whew, here we are!  Those four days off after Christmas were wonderful and relaxing but also left me feeling disoriented and constantly wondering what day it even was.  You too, right?

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What a weird one a Wednesday Christmas is!  Our company decided to work Christmas Eve, then take Christmas through the weekend off, but we still managed to get out of the office early.  I left around 1, went home and made stuffing and salad dressing, then a little bit later, Joey came home and made corn casserole and spatchcocked a turkey.  Christmas lunch prep: check!

We made a pit stop at my parents’, maybe did a family photo shoot, then left our pup and headed over to Joey’s aunt and uncles for a soup spread and gift exchange.  Also, the apple pie bars we made were a huge hit and I couldn’t have been happier about it!

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Christmas Day!  In lieu of cooking one giant turkey, we decided to cook two smaller ones this year and we even saw a recipe on The Kitchen that called for two, so we went with it.  We popped them in the oven, ate cinnamon rolls, whipped up a few other sides and it all went off without a hitch!  The turkeys were actually done way faster than we’d expected.  Joey’s grandpa told me we get better every year we cook Christmas lunch and that’s the only present I needed.  Still, we were spoiled by both families!  It was the happiest time opening presents at my parents’ and then I forced everyone to take a family photo, so I win the night ♥

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The day after Christmas felt like such a whirlwind so it’s fitting that this is the only photo I have.  We woke up later than usual and perhaps spent too long messing around with out new espresso machine, then bought tickets to an afternoon movie, THEN realized we both had errands to run before that movie, oops!  It was Wayne’s birthday, so he and my sister joined us for the movie.  Uncut Gems is also a whirlwind!  It’s intense and anxiety-inducing and I was floored by Adam Sandler!  The more I think about it, the more impressed I am.  Afterward, we headed to Teocalli in Lafayette for a happy hour birthday celebration and then I convinced everyone to come watch Joey bowl with me.  Can you believe none of them had ever seen him bowl before??

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Friday, Joey got up early and headed to the mountains to ski and I had INTROVERT TIME.  Much needed, to be honest!  I made espresso machine progress, read, took myself to the gym, made a new batch of granola and baked some slider buns (I like to have them ready to go in the freezer!) and when Joey was finally back home for the night, we had dinner and watched Two Popes… sort of.  I kept looking over to find Joey sleeping, so I eventually ordered us to bed.  Isn’t it nice when you have a bunch of days off to just us one to rest and get yourself back in order?  I think so!

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A Saturday snow day!  We made waffles, finished Two Popes (my take was that it was really interesting and I liked all those shots of the two popes in their stark-white or black outfits against whatever background they were in, but it wasn’t the most exciting thing I’ve ever watched), cleaned up our Christmas mess of a house, watched Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (hey, it was funny!) and fretted over whether we should still go to Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo that night.  We decided to bundle up and go for it!  My brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew all came to our house to exchange presents and eat pizza before heading out.  I missed them all so much!  Zoo Lights was cold but fun and I’m so glad we got to go ♥

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We started our last day off at Weathervane and I seriously left my purse there and didn’t realize it until we were nearly home.  Do you think I’ll stop doing that in 2020??  Joey headed out to watch football and I finished the salads he’d started for us, read and went to yoga.  Back at home, we made this salad, which is mostly a vehicle for smoky salmon, goat cheese and puff pastry croutons.  I love it!  We also watched American Factory but my favorite part was watching the Obamas talk to the creators of the documentary afterward.  I love them so much!

I hope this post sounded less rushed than it felt to write it!  Please have a safe and happy end to your 2019 and I’ll see you again in 2020!

Recently Consume

A list of things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

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Avocado Toast

Please do not ask me how many times I ate avocado toast while we were in San Diego.  When in Rome Cali, right??  But actually, the trend started before that, at home, and smashing avo on top a piece of toast with a dash of nutritional yeast, a sprinkle of salt and a swish of olive oil is a pretty amazing low-maintenance breakfast.

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Tin Man by Sarah Winman

I read this for book club last month and devoured it in a matter of days.  Which isn’t saying all that much because it’s fairly short, but what I’m really trying to say it that I adored it.  Prose that’s paired down, neat and concise and able to say so much by saying so little is my absolute favorite and Sarah Winman does it MASTERFULLY.  I was blown away by how quickly and effortlessly she endears you to the characters.  So much of this book is truly heartbreaking but there are so many tender moments of love, friendship and compassion too.  I hope, if you read it, you love it as much as I did.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This is my favorite book.  Ever!  Which leaves big shoes for the movie adaptation to fill, but I’m happy to report that I mostly really liked it.  Lily James was charming and though Michiel Huisman is handsomer than I had pictured Dawsey, I didn’t mind it.  I super didn’t care for the hostility they wrote into Mrs. Maugery’s character (one of the most touching parts of the book is how instantly accepting the Guernsey characters are of Juliet) but 10 minutes in, Joey announced that he’d be reading the book and it meant more to me than he’ll ever know ♥

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Cashew Yogurt

Gosh, this Cashew Yogurt (which it totally not yogurt and I feel weird about calling it that but hey, I didn’t name the recipe!) reminds me of something but I can’t place on my finger on what.  That frosting that comes with Toaster Strudel perhaps??  Anyway, I made some a couple of weeks ago and ate it every day straight for a week.  I am a major cashew lover so the flavor was so so good to me.  Need to make another batch!

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The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah

I enjoyed The Nightingale so I figured I’d give another Kristen Hannah novel a try aaaaand, I didn’t totally love it.  I’ve read a few novels that had sort of an arctic setting and look, I’m sure it’s truly beautiful but I haven’t seen it with my own eyes and I’m NOT into cold weather so I think half the appeal of these types of books is lost on me right there.  The plot of this one is also sort of dramatic in a very predictable way, though I will say her writing is lovely.  So I guess I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I really wanted to love this movie and parts of it were cute and fun but mostly I didn’t find it believable that this adorable and completely normal girl wouldn’t have friends and I was really put off by how the good-looking, athletic, popular guy got the girl.  Totally deserving because his life seemed so unfair up until then…  Also, I felt misled by the trailer because most of the guys she writes loves letters to are basically non-entities.  Anyway, the younger sister was amazing!  (P.S. I listened to a podcast this week and the two women in it had the exact opposite opinion of everything I just said.)

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Bubbly Rose Health-Ade Kombucha

Took a little booch brew break while we were on vacation so I had to hit the store and left with this pretty bottle that tasted just as lovely.

And that’s it for this time!  It’s Friday and we’re thinking of taking a stroll through RiNo to see the all the fresh street art plus a trip to the Farmers’ Market and another drive to the mountains.  How about you?!