Weekend Things

The first weekend of 2019!  Did you dig it?  Honestly, I sort of forgot it was the first weekend of the new year until my yoga teacher pointed it out, but it was a good one anyway.  It started with a spontaneous dinner out and ended with a wild Golden Globes show, that still has me feeling confused.  Let’s dive in!

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We were totally going to eat free leftovers for dinner but my sister texted me as we were driving home asking if we wanted to go out for burgers and the answer took very little thought.  YES!  In exchange, we invited them to join us in seeing a movie, so Park & Co first, then off to the Mayan for If Beale Street Could Talk second.  Guys, this film is SO beautiful.  I felt so moved just watching Tish and Fonny, the two main characters, look into each others eyes.  It was truly astounding how love was evoked through this whole film.  The ending is sort of heartbreaking and not what you hope for, though maybe what you should expect.  I need to read the James Baldwin novel it’s based on now!

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Saturday morning, we took ourselves to a new coffee shop, called Doppio for breakfast and to wrap our heads around the month of January.  After holiday chaos, this month looks blissfully empty.  Doppio was a-okay.  Into all the space they had, giant coffee mugs and decked out toast, but service was sort of weird and do I really need an extra piece of toasts that isn’t decked out?  Probably not.

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The rest of the day was wide open.  We went on a noontime run and it felt wonderful and like it was maybe the first time I’d run outside since before the time change??  Whoa.  I also hit the grocery store and I cannot wait for everyone to give up on their New Year’s Resolutions so I can find a parking spot at Whole Foods again 😛  The Cowboys played that night, so I offered to make us dinner — Black-Eyed Peas with Cornmeal Dumplings, per tradition — then read while Joey watched the game.  They won, so I guess I’ll be doing this same thing next Saturday?

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First things first, I woke up on Sunday and Joey told me he’d finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the night before, thus bringing his reading of the HP series to an end.  I cannot even tell you how much this means to me ♥♥♥  Mostly because I’ll cry!  This moment is 11 years in the making and I love him on a whole new level.

Post-HP recap discussion, there were pancakes and afterward, I ran to a different grocery store to get a few things we can’t get at WF — it was busy there too and people were straight up creating their own parking spaces! — before returning home to make granola, eat lunch and read some more before yoga.  The class was really full — is this a theme?? — but it was also really good and I made it home in time for Joey and I to type each other a letter?  Don’t ask.  Then it was Globes time!

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Oh the Golden Globes, what can I say?  I thought the whole thing was somewhere between okay and totally weird.  I’m probably just idealizing but I kept thinking “hasn’t this award show been much better in past years??”  There were so many good films this year, but winners were so spread out among those films that it almost felt like no one film got quite the recognition it deserved.

I still haven’t seen Bohemian Rhapsody so it’s hard for me to really have an opinion on it winning Best Picture Drama but the reason I haven’t seen it, is because it looks really bad!  Also, I really loved Green Book, but I feel so conflicted between my original opinion, the opinion of everyone I know who’s seen it and (apparently) the HFPA’s opinion versus everything I’ve heard about it from critics, which is basically that it’s an inaccurate depiction or it’s an oversimplification of race relations in America or it’s yet another white savior narrative.  I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to think anymore.  I do wish there’d been more space to reward Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born though!

Did you watch?  What did you think?

If not, tell me how your first weekend of 2019 was! 🙂

Weekend Things

I have an excess of photos and an excess of words from this weekend, so apologies in advance but it’s just that this weekend involved all the things that make me happiest in life: Rockies games, nay — Rockies WINS, beers and dinner at the Milk Market, Saturday morning running, a massage, a few errands/chores (Joey cleaned our entire house and I’ve never been happier!), backyard movie night ♥, breakfast at the Farmers’ Market, fresh flowers, lunch prep, biking to the game and last but certainly not least, RIBS!!!!!

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Private Autograph Session with… Kyle Freeland!  I was like “can this guy look up already?!” but then he made such deep eye contact with me when he handed back the signed ball and he was very cute.  Joey immediately reminded me that I’m 4 years OLDER than him.

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The Denver Milk Market was BUS-Y and loud and had limited seating and I’m not quite sold on it, BUT on a visual level, it is just SO COOL.  Back at Coors Field, the Rockies gave us a win!

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  Sunday is usually my day to slack on pictures but, SURPRISE, it was Saturday this week 😛  Pre-toast, I went for a lovely early(ish) morning run, post-toast I went into Louisville to see my mom for a massage then went home and made lunch using the cucumber one of her clients grew.  Also grocery shopped, baked some ribs and made Kale Caesars for dinner.  Then we got our TV/hammock set up and watched The Truman Show outside.  Felt so wonderful to soak up more of those summer moments in this last full month of the season ♥

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Hadn’t been to the Farmers’ Market at Highlands Square in a few YEARS so we headed over as soon as it started to grab coffees and breakfast then nabbed some beautiful flowers from a cute lil truck and headed out.  Biked to the game and traded our usual seats for shade and how bout a walkoff walk?!

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And now, for a serious note on Summer 2018.  At the very beginning of it, I told Joey, “I just want to make ribs!” and it took us till August, but we finally did it and without sounding too dramatic, THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS WE’VE EVER COOKED!  And they were actually so easy.  We used this Bon Appetit recipe for Best Ever Barbecued Ribs and they weren’t kidding with that title!  We baked them Saturday for three hours on 350° then let them cool and popped them in the fridge to firm up and all we had to do come dinner time on Sunday was mix together a BBQ sauce marinade and blast them on the grill for 10ish minutes.  WE WERE BLOWN AWAY BY HOW GOOD THEY WERE!

Also, mixed up a half-batch of the very best cornbread and baked them in a muffin tin for 20 minutes, plus grilled some green beans to go along with the ribs (and our beer!) and I don’t know if I’ve ever been happier than I was while eating that meal.  Joey and I were like “who else can we make these for?!”  So if we’ve got any takers… 🙂

What did you do this weekend?