Weekend Things

I started doing this thing at lunch on Fridays where I write down a “weekend wishlist.”  Aka things I want to do, or need to do, or actually have to do.  The want to dos are the best part, obviously 🙂  This weekend’s wishlist included booking a trip to Nashville for our (TEN YEAR!!!!) dating anniversary, kegging our beer and finishing my book.  I did NONE of those things, but then it also included making granola, taking my nephew to Monster Jam, seeing the Oscar-nominated shorts and getting a manicure.  All of which I DID do, so I’m calling the weekend a success.

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Friday night, we hit up the Mayan for both the live action AND the animated shorts!  Meaning we were there for something like four hours, with just enough in time between showings to grab a beer at the second floor bar.  There was a man sitting two rows in front of us during the animated shorts who thought EVERYTHING was hilarious?  I think some people get confused when something is animated and assume it’s a funny cartoon, when it’s actually about Alzheimer’s.  I nearly shed tears of joy when he left and wasn’t also staying through the live action shorts.

Favorites: Piper (ACTUALLY THE CUTEST), Blind VayshaPear Cider CigarettesSing and Silent Nights.  I may have liked the animated films better than the live actions this year!

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On Saturday, we took my brother and nephew to lunch on the 16th Street Mall (Illegal Pete’s, you my #1 for life) and Monster Jam.  If you’re thinking loud monster trucks flying up a dirt ramp and crushing cars doesn’t sound like my kind of thing, you’re right, but when your nephew likes cars and you wanna be his favorite aunt, you get him tickets for his birthday, put in earplugs and cheer like you’ve totally know who Grave Digger was all along.  One of the trucks flipped over during the freestyle competition and the crowd went wild!

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We had some friends in town from Florida so we met up at Westminster Brewing Co. for a beer (gimme that black IPA) then headed over to their gender reveal party.  They’re having a BABY BOY in July (she’s due on my birthday and Joey and I got married on hers!) and getting married in October.  So much excitement for all of those things!  Also, how adorable is it that this group of boys have been good friends since high school??

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Not gonna lie, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed on Sunday and basically spent the entire day in a deep funk.  I wanted to heed the advice on my kombucha cap, but I just couldn’t find my way out.  It happens, it’s okay, this too shall pass.  Thankfully, Joey offered to do the grocery shopping and lunch salad making so I could make a quick trip to Whole Foods then come home and make granola.  Tried this new recipe from Cooking Light and I like it but it’s a bit salty (even for me!).

Post manicure, we cooked dinner and watched the Grammys.  Look, that was a real touching moment between Adele and Beyoncé, but I feel like it’s a bit of a problematically female thing to belittle your own success.  Accept the award for YOURSELF and YOUR TEAM and tell Beyoncé  how much her album meant to you AFTER the show.  End rant 🙂

Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day!  Wishing you all blue skies and self-love in the form of dessert.

Oscar Weekend Things

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About time, right?!  I’m just gonna picture Leo doing that Wolf of Wall Street dance (you know the one) for the rest of the day.  It’s crazy, I wait for the Oscars all winter and still somehow managed to forget to print our at-home ballots this year.  THE HORROR.  Don’t worry, my sister bailed me out by letting me use her printer on Saturday.  Joey beat me by two points and I’m blaming Mad Max for destroying my entire ballot.  I’m obviously excited for a Leo win but how bout Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander and Spotlight?  Cheers all around!

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Rewinding back to Friday, we busted out of work early and headed to The Crafty Fox — which just opened down the street from us — before hockey festivities commenced.  Denver hosted the outdoor hockey game NHL Stadium Series game this year at Coors Field, so we had the alumni game on Friday and the regular game on Saturday.  I’m special and managed to get a cold just in time for back to back nights sitting outside…

I was really excited for 60 beers on tap and pizza, but service at The Crafty Fox was PAINFULLY slow.  I get that it just opened, but when you’re the only table there, shouldn’t your server have plenty of time to keep your glass filled?  Oy.

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Becca and I were mad that we came prepared for cold weather — sock layers, coats, gloves, hand warmers even! — and then it was pleasantly warm all night.  The Avs alumni team ended up winning so I guess that’s exciting?  The real highlight of the night was that the men’s bathroom line was insanely long, while the women’s bathroom didn’t even have a line.  IS THIS REAL?  In the words of Becca: “A win for women!”  I was feeling mixed emotions about being at a crowded Coors Field.  I was in my place, but those were not my people.  Opening Day, please come soon.

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I woke up Saturday with a headache and was like “is this a cold or a hangover?!”  I hate being sick.  We did that whole pancakes and coffee thing that I am LOVING lately and then I did that thing where I’ve had caffeine and it makes me want to clean.  You know when you’re just gonna wash the dishes, but then the sink looks dirty so you clean that, but then you notice the floors are gross so you figure you’ll just clean those too and then three hours have gone by and you’re on your hands and knees cleaning your baseboards?  Yeah, me neither…

The Avs ended up losing and the wind was not my (or the fake snow’s) friend but the game was still fun.  No joke, Adam & Co. won the 50/50 raffle!  They drew the winning number during the game and I was looking around the stadium to see if anyone was cheering and go figure that the winners were sitting right next to us.

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Joey and I were both in the Sunday zone yesterday!  We went to breakfast — and the Oscar for best breakfast burrito and orange juice definitely goes to Onefold — then hit the grocery store before splitting up to do our own things.  Mine involved salad-in-a-jar prep, vegan banana mini muffin-making and granola-baking.  Meanwhile, Joey was doing laundry, taking my tire to get patched and cleaning stuff up in our backyard.  We’re going to dive into some gardening back there this year and I’m nervous-excited!

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At 4:00, I took myself to yoga and was really kicking myself for not spending any time outside.  It was a GORGEOUS day!  My class was really good and I flipped my dog to my heart’s content.  Came home and kinda helped but mostly stood around while Joey finished dinner, then I assembled our plates so we could sit down just as the Oscars were starting.  We made Jeff Mauro’s Beet Burgers and were big fans, though I think I would rather have had something goat cheesy than the citrus-caper aioli.

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Now that the Oscars are over I probably have nothing to live for.  Except maybe Spring weather, Denver Restaurant Week, the anticipation of baseball season, cast iron pan pizza, vacation planning, and okay never mind, life is good 🙂

Happy Monday!