Recently Consumed

Wow, has it really been since LAST APRIL that I wrote one of these posts??  How dare I?!  But it’s a new year and it’s time to check in all the things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

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Chocolate-Covered Dates Stuffed with Peppermint Cream

I know I already mentioned this in my weekend post, but we’ve nearly finished off this batch of dates and I have leftover peppermint cream, so I already have plans to make more!  Joey told me these were “professional,” so I’ll take that a sign they were good, plus I really did love them myself!

Chernobyl

Why didn’t anyone tell me how deeply fucked up this show was?!  Okay, except everything I heard about this show made it clear that it was deeply fucked up.  We knocked the whole series out in a few days and besides being just really well made and well shot and well acted, it is HARROWING and unbelievably gruesome.  I cannot believe this incident actually happened (and not even that long ago!).  What a monumental disaster!

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Cosmic Crisp Apple

My mom gifted me this apple before they left for vacation and wow, so juicy and sweet and beautiful!  Plus I thought of her as I ate it… which was probably her ploy all along!!!

Paul Walter Hauser Fever

I’ve listened to not one, but two, Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya, BlacKkKlansman, Richard Jewell) interviews this week and he is a delight!!!  Not only is he incredibly funny but also hard-working, talented and down-to-earth.  More please!

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Black Bean + Tempeh Tacos with Cashew Cheese Sauce

Is this the thousandth time I’ve talked about how much I love these veggie tacos?  Probably, but here we are again!  We chowed down on these as we finished Chernobyl in the dark and I managed not to make a huge mess even.  They are truly so good, please make them.

Film Scores

You guys thought I’d already gone off the deep end with how many movies I saw this year, but the nerdom continues because I’m now listening to the scores of those films.  But for real, beautiful wordless music is the best thing to listen to at work! Last week I was on the Little Women score, which is twinkly and elegant and beyond beautiful and this week has been dedicated to the Marriage Story score, by Randy Newman.  I think I’ll hit up the Joker score (it did win the Golden Globe after all!) next week.

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Double Puppy Party

I have consumed a lot of puppy time this week!  One dog is DEFINITELY easier than two — I wish I had video evidence of me being pulled in half as I walked them both solo on Wednesday — but they are really entertaining together.  Plus it’s nice when Joey and I each have a dog to cuddle on the couch at night ♥

I realize I have not listed any books or restaurant food here, which must mean I’m slacking all of 10 days into the new year 😛  I just got that 2020 Yelp Elite badge so I need to step up my game this weekend maybe??  Also, I’m halfway through my first read of the year, The Scholar, and it’s alright, not amazing and not bad but interesting enough.  I’ll report back on both of these things, soon hopefully!  Happy Weekend to you all!

Weekend Things

I think January is an underrated month.  Sure, it’s winter and there are no nationally-celebrated holidays, but that’s maybe also what’s nice about it.  Nights feel cozy, you can get back into your normal routine and just relax.  I love it!

Over the holidays, I got to see my family SO MUCH and it has been truly wonderful and fun, but I wonder if Joey has enjoyed being married to me AND four other people??  He must not mind, because he agreed to go see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker all together on Friday night!  I’m not gonna lie, guys, I really enjoyed it.  And I really enjoyed The Last Jedi too and maybe not being super invested in the Star Wars franchise is the best place to be.  Joey clutched my hand when Babu Frik showed up on screen and I was delighted by literally every (possibly cheesy) thing that happened.  This movie has gotten so much bad press but I’m just over here having a great time.  Oh and they played this video before the movie started and I laughed SO hard!

Thursday night, when Joey was off at bowling, I made a batch of vanilla-maple almond milk and couldn’t wait to use it for our Saturday morning lattes.  It frothed so perfectly and tasted amazing, so I couldn’t have been happier.  (Please note my “latte art” in Joey’s mug, ha!)  And Joey made us pancakes after he woke up earlier than me ♥

We needed to pick up a new series to watch and went with Silicon Valley, which has been so funny so far.  After a couple of episodes, we turned the TV off and took down all the Christmas decorations.  I love the feeling of filling the house with festive sparkly things and subsequently, the feeling of extra room after you take all those things down 🙂  I headed out to get a facial later on and it was lovely!

I had been majorly craving the soup dumplings from ChoLon so we took ourselves to happy hour — I had a spicy tequila-based cocktail that had a strawberry-beet ice cube and it was so unique and delicious! — and feasted.  THOSE DUMPLINGS ♥  But also pork belly buns, kaya toast, calamari and a bite of Joey’s fried chicken slider.  Craving satisfied!  We walked over to a new indoor mini golf facility afterward but the wait was an hour to an hour and a half, so we just headed back home to watch a movie instead.

I thought Wild Rose was pretty good.  It’s the story of a Scottish woman trying to make it as a country singer and she really did have a great voice!  We maybe had to put the subtitles on because dang, Scottish accents are tough, but I’d heard the song she sings at the end was amazing and it was!

Sunday was a day of productivity!  I made us breakfast and threw a pot of black-eyed peas in the pressure cooker so we could use them later for dinner.  How cute are BEP??  My parents, my sister and Wayne are all headed to Glenwood Springs today, so we’re watching Huni for them and since I was already going to give Andi a bath, Huni got one too!  Those puppies are so silly together.  Here they are lying in each other’s beds.  We also made salads for the week and I made us some treats for later on 🙂

I went to afternoon yoga and I know it’s the beginning of a new year because the class was PACKED.  It’ll be like that through January at least!  It was still a good class and then I booked it home so we could get dinner ready before the Golden Globes.  Turned out Joey had basically done it all already!  Did you guys watch?  Ricky Gervais is truly insane and I can’t decide if I liked or hated it.  But three wins for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, plus wins for Bong Joon Ho, Awkwafina, Fleabag and that wonderful speech by Tom Hanks were a delight.  I fist-pumped through all of Michelle Williams’s speech too!  I have no idea how Taron Egerton or the makers of Missing Link ended up accepting awards but it is the Golden Globes after all.  I’m anxious to see 1917 now!  Those treats I mentioned earlier were chocolate-covered peppermint cream-stuffed dates and they turned out really good!

What a wonderful weekend!  I hope yours was as well 🙂