Weekend Things & Gingerbread Reindeer

Ugh, Monday already?  More perfectly snowy and cozy weekend time, please!  We seriously had zero plans this weekend and instead of being all “must schedule in every second of Friday-Sunday!” we decided to just play it all by ear.  Also, there was a 45% chance of snow on Saturday and I was holding out for a good cookie baking and Christmas movie watching day.


This came in the mail late Thursday and was waiting in my office Friday morning.  It smells magical and I was feeling glad to be running late to work because it meant I had packed oatmeal for desk breakfast and could pour some of the vanilla right in.  In other words, Friday was off to a good start!


I had some library books to pick up after work and dragged Joey with me.  All the employees seemed extra friendly and gosh, the library just makes me happy.  Checked out The Paying Guests and The Truth According to Us, in case you were curious.  Then… brewery dinner!  This place was good enough.  We liked the space, the atmosphere and the beer but the pizza was just okay.


I assumed it wasn’t actually going to snow when I woke up to a dry sky (is that a thing?…) but we decided to cozy up with pancakes and The Santa Clause anyway.  Please note that the scene pictured above is when Tim Allen says “You want me to take the toys down the chimney into a strange house, IN MY UNDERWEAR?”  I’ve maybe seen that movie too many times.  Read More »


Come winter, Joey and I become movie theater dwellers.  And you have no idea how happy it makes my little heart to live in a city with funky old theaters that show lesser known films.  Not that I have anything against the more popular blockbusters (because we totally see those too), but the smaller pictures are just so much more creative and interesting and I haven’t already seen 90% of the important parts in the overplayed trailer.

We kicked off our 2015 movie season with Room on Saturday night at the Mayan Theater.  I invited my sister and Wayne, partly because I wanted to soak up as much family time as possible during Thanksgiving weekend and party because I wanted to show off our Denver movie theater and the cool movies they show.  (For the record, she was less impressed with the theater than with the movie…).


WHOA.  The movie was so astounding and thought-provoking.  SPOILER ALERT (though if you watch the trailer you already get the gist of the plot): It’s about a mother (Joy) and her 5-year-old son (Jack) who live in Room, aka a shed equipped with a bed, toilet, bathtub and kitchen, where they live in captivity.  It slowly unfolds that the mother was abducted at 17 and Jack is the son of she and her captor.  She’s able to shield that truth from Jack, making him believe Room is the whole world and only outer space exists outside the walls.  Eventually, Jack escapes, Joy is rescued and the two of them are returned to her parents, leaving them to deal with life in the real world.

I hate to say I enjoyed the movie because there is so much about it that’s dark and depressing and all too realistic but I thought it was so well done.  The acting, the plot, the undeniable love that Joy shows her son despite having every reason to be miserable and defeated.  Jacob Tremblay, who plays Jack, is so adorable and in case you’re thinking Brie Larson looks really familiar, she’s from 21 Jump Street, you guys!  As in, total opposite of the serious dramatic performance she puts on in Room.  The range of emotions I went through while watching this movie was just insane.  Fear, anger, sympathy, hope, and even happiness.  In other words, highly recommended and a great way to start our movie season!

Wishing you all a Happy Friday!