A Weekend Reset

I can’t start this post until I backtrack and talk about how our trip to New Orleans — I WILL tell you about that trip very very soon — ended with everyone getting sick.  Like really sick.  It’s a week later and I’m just finally feeling normal again, but only after a weekend where Joey and I were both DESPERATE to “revamp?” “recharge?” “recommit?”  Reset!  I think Joey’s exact words were “I’d really like to eat a salad!”

This probably also has something to do with the “Spring Cleaning” mentality, but we needed a clean the house, restock the fridge, actually go to the gym, pick up a damn book weekend to rid us of all feelings of winter blah and sickness.  I feel so much better now!

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And now I would like to offer you three sets of “Dinner + TV” photos, thankyouverymuch!  Friday was Sweet Corn + Zucchini Pie (please note that I was couch-ridden and Joey took a “Lauren food pic” for me ♥♥♥) + Leaving Neverland Part 2.  Have you guys watched?  I’ve seen some buzz about it, including news about Michael Jackson music being pulled from some radio stations or The Simpsons taking their MJ episode out of circulation and it confuses me because, though the documentary goes into more detail than I’d known, none of this information was new or shocking to me.  It is as disturbing and creepy and believable to me now as it has been for years and years.  We had a long talk about it all afterward and… man, this stuff is sad.

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Saturday morning started with pancakes, a much much much needed trip to the gym — aside from that vacation-induced exercise break and then that sickness-induced exercise break, my workout motivation has just been lacking in general, but breaking a sweat finally felt good! — then a trip to the grocery.  Afterward, kombucha, Quickles for bánh mì sliders later this week and sitting down to read.  I think Joey did something like 10 loads of laundry for us ♥

Ended the night with steak + Creamy Chive Potatoes (our fav!) + A Serious Man.  Let’s not talk about how we smoked up the entire house and set off the fire alarm while cooking that steak and instead talk about how funny the movie was.  We were left sort of confused at the end, but maybe it’s best to not try to understand all that a Coen Brothers movie has to say and just “accept the mystery.”  Anyway, we laughed a lot.

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Well, here’s what NOT to do the day Daylight Saving Time starts… wake up tired, drink an extra cup of coffee to cope then not be able to go to bed that night because you’re WIDE awake.  Anyway, sleep problems aside, Sunday was a wonderful day that started with breakfast and reading at Black Eye Coffee and afterward, involved making salads for the week and giving our pup a bath.  Between Joey giving him a haircut on Saturday and me scrubbing him on Sunday, he’s a whole new doggy!

I headed to yoga later on and then we cooked Dijon-Herb Crusted Salmon with Warm Buttered Radish and Edamame Salad for dinner and watched the last two episodes of Shameless.  We’ve been watching this show for eight years (!!) and it was Emmy Rossum’s last show and I maybe cried.  I really wish they had just decided to end it all here because, as much as I love it and as good as the other characters are, I just don’t know what Shameless will be without its Fiona 😦

In other news, it’s supposed to snow again this week but my heart and mind have officially moved on to spring, so you can find me dreaming of iced coffee and baseball.

Oscar Weekend Things

They came, they saw, they awarded Green Book Best Picture?  My first reaction was “WHYYYY?”  But my second was “at least it wasn’t Bohemian Rhapsody!”  There were so many good moments during this show — Brian Tyree Henry in that outrageous costume, Keegan-Michael Key descending from the ceiling holding an umbrella, Spike Lee jumping on Samuel L. Jackson, a surprise Olivia Colman win — but to end it with a speech from a guy who backed up Trump’s claim that Muslims in New Jersey were cheering when the towers went down on 9/11 is a bad look.  Roma was robbed!

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In other news, we had a for real blizzard on Friday night and I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know it was supposed to snow.  One minute you’re driving to dinner and the next, you’re walking back to your car through 3″ of snow!  Vine Street Pub was still packed though and even though I ordered and drank a stout, I still don’t like a stout.  We rented A Star is Born afterward because: “I just wanted to take another look at you.”  Upon re-watching, I still think it’s very very good.  I’ll watch the Streisand version soon though, for all you Generation X-ers who still think it’s the best one (is it though??).

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Saturday started with 6″ of glittery snow + Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Pancakes, then ended with a family birthday celebration and baby time.  (Actually, it technically ended with Carrot Cake ice cream and You Were Never Really Here but I’m still totally confused about that movie, so let’s not get into it.)  In between was grocery shopping, kombucha brewing, catching up on TV from the week and an exciting time of me cleaning the bathroom.  Elliott is still the cutest and the smallest ♥

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Please be proud of me for actually taking pictures on Sunday!  We woke up and headed to Onefold for giant breakfast burritos and March plans (we’re going to make green pasta!) but mostly because my sister had gone the morning before and I was jealous.  Afterward, I walked to Base Coat to have my nails done for our vacation on Wednesday and a Mardi Gras trip to New Orleans seemed like a good time to pick a purple sparkle polish.  Also, on my walk back, I helped an older man with a cane and a boot get over the snow-packed curb and who needs drugs, alcohol or exercise endorphins, when acts of kindness work just fine?

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Before I headed to yoga, I filled out my ballot and made some Buffalo Wing Popcorn — it turned out amazing, but man, making caramel is incredibly stressful! — so I’d be all ready for the Oscars once I got home.  Joey surprised me with an Oscar Gimlet and I was so happy and excited, plus it tasted amazing.  Say what you want about that performance of “Shallow” but I thought it was perfect and I don’t know, maybe we don’t need a host ever again?  I went 15 for 24 on my ballot, which isn’t great, but Glenn Close not winning really threw me for a loop and even though I said I didn’t want her to win, I felt instantly bad when she didn’t.

In all sincerity, I actually quite liked Green Book after we saw it, but then so much was said about it afterward and it really made me re-evaluate and ultimately, change my mind about it.  Plus I saw a lot of movies afterward that I found more interesting, more honest and more willing to engage with the messier parts of this world, so I can’t agree with this outcome.  Just going to focus on Greta Gerwig ‘s Little Women reboot, starring Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet that’s coming out later this year instead 🙂

What did you think of the Oscars?