Recently Consumed

A list of things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.

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It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

This was our August book club read and I honestly thought it was some beach read drivel and okay, parts of it definitely were, but in the end it was a really eye-opening and thought-provoking take on domestic abuse.  I am VERY interested to see what the other ladies in my group thought of it.

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Store Bought Booch

Between vacation and general summer busy-ness, I’ve had a few batches of kombucha that I’ve had to toss and re-brew.  This is totally fine and one of the best things about making your own booch is that your SCOBY is happy-as-a-clam just living in that fermented liquid for an extra week or two.  AKA zero guilt for neglecting your brew for a bit.  Also, not having a fresh batch in the fridge means getting a chance to see what’s on the shelf.  This seasonal flavor roped me right in AND inspired me to make a cherry-lime flavor of my own!

The Incredible Jessica James

Joey downloaded this for us to watch on the flight to Portland and even though we only made it through half and then it took something like three tries to finally finish watching it, I really enjoyed it.  I didn’t LOVE it and felt like it maybe hadn’t found that perfect balance between funny moments and moments with more emotional heft but the main character was a pure delight.  May we all have as much self-confidence as Jessica James!

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Spaghetti with Tomato & Walnut Pesto

Remember when Joey made this for me last summer?  He did it again!  I think it was even better this time around!  The pesto has tomatoes and walnuts obviously, but also lemon zest, anchovies and garlic and even though they’re blitzed together, you can taste every one of those ingredients shining through.  He dished me up a huge bowl and I scarfed the entire thing down in a very ladylike way.

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Young the Giant at Red Rocks

Joywave opened (pass), Cold War Kids followed (meh) and by the time YTG came on I was so over hearing other bands and the wind and rain coming down on us, but then Sameer was dancing and singing and the band was so into it and I was jumping all over and all was right in the world.  What a show and what a bright note to leave Red Rocks Concert Season 2017 on.

The Big Sick

I’d been wanting to see this film all summer, so when we found ourselves without any Friday night plans, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I laughed A LOT during this movie!  Kumail Nanjiani is a comedic gem and support from Aidy Bryant and Bo Burnham didn’t hurt.  Again though, I didn’t LOVE it and couldn’t really place my finger on why.  It had a ton of heart and beautifully depicted just how difficult it is for second generation Americans to figure out their own beliefs in contrast to their parents’ beliefs but I just kept thinking that if I hadn’t known it was a true story, I would have found the plot very strange.

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The Eclipse!

I think of myself as a pretty on-top-of-it type of person, but I guess I didn’t fully realize how big of a deal this eclipse was.  Cut to Joey and I not buying eclipse glasses when we were JUST IN OREGON.  What were we even doing??  Luckily, we work for a construction company so we had welding shields and smoke glasses and made due.  On the one hand, the eclipse was kind of anti-climactic but on the other hand, how cool is it that we got to see it?  And even cooler were all those crescent-shaped shadows on the ground!!  Mark my words, I’ll be ready for 2024!

This 9-Minute Workout

Or did this workout consume me?  Our 15K training plan said we should “stretch and strengthen” on Monday so I found this “easy little workout plan” for us and 2 minutes in, we realized it was NOT going to be easy.  Going to simultaneously feel dread and determination every Monday for the next five weeks.

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Affogato

A couple of months ago, Joey and I finally made it to Dio Mio and were blown away by that hand-made pasta and sun-drenched community table so when I realized they had affogato on their dessert menu and I could kill two birds with one stone by going back, we jumped at the chance.  Verdict: We still loved it!  It’s not what I’d call cheap, especially for an order at the counter place, but the drinks were still delicious, the pasta was still cheesy and plentiful and I think I could drink that bagna cauda sauce underneath the broccoli rabe.  As for the affogato… tasted like vanilla ice cream and espresso.  Can you imagine?  Also, caffeine at 7 PM was a terrible terrible decision.

The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown

I borrowed this from my mom, who borrowed it from client, who had it signed by the author!  It was a sweet little story that included scenes from the most beautiful city I’ve ever visited and, though I’m usually more into stories from the past than the present — nothing pulls you out of a book quicker than mention of Starbucks or Siri — this one included both and I actually liked both.  No Starbucks or iPhone talk, thankfully!  Definitely an enjoyable read.

In other news, it’s cabin weekend and there’s going to be tacos and peach galette, so I’ll be off in my happy place.  Wishing you the same (tacos and galette included)!

Oscar Weekend Things

I have the post-Oscar blues.

The countless days and nights I spent at the movie theater this winter finally all culminated with the big show last night (the Oscars are my Super Bowl) and now that it’s all over, I’m like “what do I do with myself now?!”  What did you guys think of the show??  As far as winners go, I felt it was pretty predictable, but I love love loved Pink’s performance, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts eating pizza in the audience and every second of Ellen’s hosting job.  Can she just do it every year forever?  Oh and I beat Joey in the annual at-home ballot competition.  When in doubt, pick Gravity.

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Anyways, rewinding back to Friday, I made a giant pot of pasta (homemade Penne Rosa, for the win!) and we discovered we could rent “Nebraska” through Apple TV.  Honestly, I did not want to see this movie.  It looked boring, was in black and white and starred Will Forte.  The same person who starred in MacGruber?  No thanks.  But as we were two nominees away from seeing all the movies up for Best Picture I figured “why not?”  Or more like “ugh, if I must.”  But!  I loved it!  Thought it was so funny and June Squibb killed it.  Favorite scene: Bruce Dern’s character’s reaction to Mt. Rushmore.  A+++!

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Post-Saturday workout & Home Depot run lunch.

I’m trying to do this thing where I work out on the weekends.  On the one hand, it sucks because it’s the weekend and I want to be doing other fun stuff like watching TV in bed, drinking amounts of caffeine that make me feel severely off kilter and working on house projects, but on the other hand, the weekends are so much easier to coordinate a workout with.  I can go at almost any time, stay as long as I want and not feel rushed.  So if it means being able to sleep in a little later during the week (week day morning workouts suck) and not have to go straight from work to the gym (the only thing worse than week day morning workouts), then I’m all for it.  And thus ends the longest most boring paragraph ever about my workout schedule…

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We spent most of the day Saturday putting our living room back together, which involved texturing new drywall, painting some holes Joey patched up and cleaning the floor.  Like on my hands and knees with a rag for hours because there was drywall dust stuck in every.single.crack.  And that’s all I’d really like to say about that.  But the good news is our TV is back in the living room, our couch is no longer in the kitchen and I can actually see the floor!  Which is worthy of a celebration, if you ask me! 

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We had a reservation at Restaurant Kevin Taylor for Denver Restaurant Week and even though I felt the service and atmosphere left a lot to be desired, the actual food was pretty good.  I’m actually going to dedicate an entire post (or 2…) to our Denver Restaurant Experiences this week, so I’ll just leave it at that for now.  Oh and I’ll leave you with this picture of something that was hanging up near the restroom.  I think we found the groomsmen outfits for the wedding!

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Afterwards, we headed to a bar where our wedding band was playing.  You know, just to make sure they were still good (they were).  And because some of Joey’s family was there checking them out for the first time.  They all approved and good thing, because we already put that deposit down… Then, we headed to a friend’s birthday party.  Can I just say that beer pong is so much better now than when I used to play it?  That whole thing where you just fill the cups with water and keep your actual drink on the side and sip as desired is so preferable to the chugging of crappy dirty beer.  Also, I am the epitome of terrible at beer pong.

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Sunday involved more working out (today’s rest day never felt so good) and Joey and I rushing to an afternoon movie (because we rush everywhere…).  “Philomena,” which we keep calling “Philomania” because of that SNL skit a few weeks ago, was the only best picture nominee we hadn’t seen, so we had to.  Sadly, it was just as cheesy and boring as I thought it was going to be.  Definitely my least favorite of all the films, but I can’t believe we actually saw them all!  Between seeing all the best pictures, all the short films and one of the documentaries, we killed it on the Oscar thing this year.

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Spent the rest of the afternoon with this little project.  I’ve got one out of three coats up and I’m so so excited for our chalk wall.  It will most likely feature the name of whichever beer we’re currently brewing/drinking and notes from me to Joey saying stuff like “you forgot to hang up the towel in the bathroom AGAIN!”  I think he’s really gonna love it.  Also, I swear I’m going to start showing some pictures of the house now that it’s closer to being done.  One day…

Happy Monday!

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What was your favorite moment of the Oscars?

What did you do this weekend?

Are you celebrating Mardi Gras or National Pancake Day tomorrow?  That’s a yes to both for me!