Weekend Things

How is it the end of June?? I cannot comprehend. I know this is supposed to be a post of weekend happenings, but since time is extra meaningless lately and I can’t seem to keep track of it, please excuse my random inclusion of things that happened before this weekend.

Our pup had an extra stressful week between a dental cleaning and back to back days of strangers making deliveries to our house. I feel for him, but I was also really excited to get a new fridge (no joke, the one that was here died two weeks after we moved in and we spent a week living from two mini fridges 😩), our first real dining room table (it’s a beaut, just wait till you see it!) and a new mattress, that will hopefully allow me to sleep hip-pain free (or with less hip pain, at least). Also, I picked myself up an Illegal Pete’s burrito before I went to fetch him from the vet. They’ve been closed till now, so my first IP’s burrito since February was extra good!

Also this week, our 23-week appointment, aka the glucose test. I thought 23 weeks was sort of early to do it but when I double checked with my OB’s office, a nurse told me yes, I’d be doing it and then when I actually saw my doctor at the appointment she seemed confused that we were doing it so early. Oy! Anyway, for me, it was not the big deal that some people make it out to be. I’ve heard that drink described so many different ways but let me tell you one I’d never heard and feels the most accurate now that I’ve tasted it. Simple syrup! Joey tasted and decided he was going to make a cocktail with the rest later on 😂 It was just two quick vials of blood (plus a fundal height measurement and a heartbeat check beforehand) and we were on our way. I also had my thyroid levels checked since I’m on medication for hypothyroidism. My doc called me Friday with both results and I passed, phew!

The rest of Friday was cloudy and rainy so ramen from Uncle it is! We’ve become so predictable. We also watched Malcolm X, which I’d been waiting to watch because it is THREE AND A HALF HOURS LONG. My energy basically expires at 9 PM (am I pregnant, old or just boring??) and most days, work and/or cooking dinner interferes with starting this movie at 5 PM 😋 I just want to say that it’s a very good movie. I knew next to nothing about Malcolm X and I am painfully behind on my Spike Lee films, so I speak with very little credibility but I so appreciate Spike not dumbing down the people, events or issues he takes on in his movies. Plus he is just so good at attacking these deadly serious things with occasional moments of lightheartedness.

I think we planned on accomplishing some physical tasks on Saturday but then we spent most of the day poring over house decor and infant car seats on the internet instead. I’m sort of out on physical tasks at all these days anyway, so it still felt productive to me, but sheesh did it feel like it took a long time to get to the conclusion. Steve gifted us a very nice convertible cart seat that goes from newborn all the way to a booster for toddlers but we didn’t quite realize it didn’t disconnect from the base, so you can’t just carry sleeping baby from car to restaurant or stroller. We debated whether that was a big deal (will we even leave the house when he’s born and the Corona Virus is till roaming about??) but then I imagined myself driving to my parents and having to stand outside in the parking lot while I took baby out of the car seat and put him in… something else (??) to carry him up to their condo IN THE WINTER and that seemed like hell. So a second car seat it is.

We also put together our stoller — Andi FREAKED out when we were pushing it around the living room but he seemed to enjoy riding it in — and ate a pretty strawberry-basil chicken salad at our table like real adults. Isn’t it pretty?? We are still trying to decide on a chair but we ordered a rug to go underneath so we will wait to see what looks best with that.

Sunday! I woke up to Joey telling me he was off for a run and when he got back, we made a plan for one of us to pick up coffee and one of us to pick up breakfast sandwiches ❤ It was already getting hot so I hid inside and ordered groceries and then my mom came over to see our table and our stroller and our ever changing nursery color options. Plus we talked baby shower details and even though COVID is messing with things, I’m actually pretty excited about it! Who knows what I was doing for the rest of the day but Joey whipped our guest bedroom into shape and hung all the things we’ve needed hung and I’m very grateful for him.

We ate leftover turkey burgers for dinner (so good!!), took our pup on a walk and watched a few episodes of The Sopranos. We are somehow halfway through the last season! Gotta say, Vito cutting an onion was surprisingly impressive.

I hope your week is as good as it can be in these strange times!

Weekend Things: Thanksgiving 2019

What a strange week we had here in Colorado.  A giant snowstorm blew in on Tuesday, so we worked from home and then I left work early on Wednesday to do some Thanksgiving cooking and then there we were with four more days off, that I very weirdly did not feel like I needed off?  And somehow it’s taken me three days to get this post out into the world.  Probably because I’m melting my brain by seeing and thinking about too many movies!

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I maybe made pie crust three times before finally nailing it, but would you look at that apple pie!  In addition to pie, we offered to bring rolls and a sweet potato casserole, so I left work around 2 PM to make a very time consuming crescent roll recipe and then when Joey got home, he knocked out the casserole for us.  Then we took ourselves to Uncle for our traditional Thanksgiving Eve ramen dinner.  They took my leftovers to the kitchen to box up and accidentally spilled it, so we got a new full portion and I think I heard Joey tell every person we saw over the weekend, so I guess he was happy about it 🙂  Back at home, we watched The Laundromat and sorry but no.

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Happy Thanksgiving!  We poured ourselves coffee (+ eggnog for me!) and sat down to watch the parade.  Why did I almost cry when Savannah and Hoda announced that the balloons would be flying??  Anyway, my (and everyone else’s) favorite part was obviously Al Roker pushing that man in a butter costume.  Amazing!!

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If you fuse these pictures together, we might have everyone in frame and looking at the camera 🙂  Lori and Chad cracked open the bottles of wine we had sent back from Italy, Ellie got to eat her first Thanksgiving meal and I was very jealous of Lorenzo’s table cloth!

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Over to my parents’ for Round 2 and everything was so good!  My mom tried out a new sweet potato souffle recipe and I loved it!  Plus, the stuffing tasted extra good for some reason 😛  We made it through half of E.T. (plus pie!) after dinner and I blame those commercials that were playing during the parade, but I also don’t know if I’ve ever truly sat down and watched that movie start to finish, so I was kind of glad.

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I feel like I had the post-Thanksgiving blues on Friday, so I spent most of the day trying to work out of that funk by finishing E.T. (I was unexpectedly moved by the ending!), a trip to the gym, watching The Social Network (what a movie!) and seeing a movie?  Okay, I might have a problem…. Anyway, we saw Knives Out with my sister and Wayne and what a good time it was!  I dare you to pick your favorite performance because everyone is just amazing.  Joey and I both vote for Trooper Wagner though!

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Who knows what we did all morning on Saturday, but at 3 we had a very important birthday party to attend.  Mason is two!  How??  He did a really great job unwrapping his presents and after we sang “Happy Birthday” to him, he said “again!” and sang again we did!  It was truly the cutest.  We had dinner back at home but Joey convinced me to go see another movie (he’s fueling my addiction!), so we found ourselves at the Mayan (I miss the Mayan!) to choose between Waves and Honey Boy and ended up going with the latter.  Guys, I LOVED it!  The story is heartbreaking and all the performances are so so good.  Noah Jupe is the cutest and what a year for him!  I do wonder if you need to have any connection or awareness of Shia LaBeouf to fully appreciate it though.

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We made it to Sunday!  We took ourselves to Stowaway for breakfast ♥ then went to get a Christmas tree.  We usually do this after picking up our KBCO Studio C CD but since the span of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is shorter this year, we felt like it was time.  I went to yoga later on, but when I got home, we threw on Home Alone and put the lights and ornaments on the tree.  Would you look at that beautiful Murano glass ornament Lori got us?!  I love it!  We also made one of our favorite pasta dinners and watched Kramer vs. Kramer and though I was surprised at how much more of a Dustin Hoffman movie it is than a Meryl Streep movie, I thought it was really good.  Joey loved it!

What did you do this Thanksgiving weekend??