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??

Weekend Things

The first weekend of summer and Colorado was cool and rainy!  No fear because this week is set to be in the upper 80s, but what a way to start the season.  We took advantage by hitting up the movie theater on Friday, ordering ramen on Saturday and going to an indoor show on Sunday (well I did anyway, Joey was out in our backyard!) but I’m ready for real summer to start now, please!

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We already had plans to see Rocketman on Friday night, but in between that and eating leftovers at home for dinner, I suggested we grab a drink at the bar at Steuben’s.  Joey was all too happy to comply.  As for the movie, it was much more of a musical than we’d expected!  It was about half an hour in, when a child version of Elton John, who was killing it on “Saturday’s Alright for Fighting,” turned into the Taron Egerton verion of Elton John and continued killing it (singing AND dancing) on “Saturday’s Alright for Fighting” that I was like “okay, I’m SO here for this movie!”  There’s a small amount of cheesiness involved but for the most part, we liked it and definitely danced around in our seats the whole time.

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Baby garden is getting PLENTY of rain but not enough sunshine!  It’s still growing though, and maybe also getting eaten by bugs?  We had our company picnic on Saturday but I HAD to make a quick stop at the Union Station Farmer’s Market.  It was chilly and they didn’t even have the pita bread I specifically went for, but we got rainier cherries (!!!), heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers and a single sprig of mint for 25 cents, so not a total loss.

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We changed it up this year and had the company picnic at Boondocks instead of Elitch’s and thank god because we would have gotten rained on if we’d been outside.  Post lunch/co-worker mingling, we played a round of putt putt and guys, I lost to both Joey and Adam by just two points!!!  Can’t decide if I’m proud at how well I did or mad that I was that close.  Oh and I got to see Ellie, looking ridiculously cute in that little headband ♥

We hit up the grocery store on our way home (such adults :P) and thought about seeing another movie but it was suddenly 6 PM and staying in to order Uncle and watch a movie sounded pretty good.  Dang, that ramen delivery took SO long but it tasted amazing so I’ve basically forgotten about the long wait.  We started watching Suspiria and… it’s not very good… sorry, Tilda!

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A Sunday Dorsey Day!  We had tickets to Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles so we had lunch downtown (Stout Street Social did NOT impress…) before heading to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for the show.  I maybe listened to Abbey Road ON REPEAT ALL WEEK and then they didn’t play anything from that album until the very end of the show, but that’s okay because they did so many earlier hits that I know and love.  Mostly it made me wish I had been alive during Beatlemania.  Thanks, Dad, for raising two Beatle-loving daughters ♥  Now cut to me listening to a lot more Beatles this week!

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I came home to two new planter boxes!!!  The look so pretty and I can’t wait to fill them with flowers.  God bless my handy husband who was also starting work on a deck we’re building over the dirt pit left by our old garage.  I sort of helped by holding a tape measure at the post holes 30 times but mostly I was inside making salads for lunch, then we made this BBQ Salmon Cobb Salad for dinner and man, was it good!  Oh and we finished The 10th Kingdom and it was as good as I remembered.  Joey gave it a 7 out of 10, which I’m maybe slightly insulted by, but there’s also a troll king and a talking dog so I guess a 7 is fair.  Watched more of Suspiria afterward and will it ever end??

How was your first summer weekend?