Staycation & Thanksgiving

So, I spent Monday through Wednesday at home. My bosslady gave me some time off, because I’m awesome and a hard worker. I’m back at work today, though. I work today, tomorrow… maybe Sunday… No bueno.

Still, I had a good enough staycation. I have to call it that, because whenever I say vacation, people ask where I’m going… If I go somewhere for vacation, chances are high that I won’t tell anyone anymore. I didn’t even tell anyone that I was off this week, except my friend that lives in Cali. The vacation worked out well, because he came for the holiday. I managed to work an evening with him in between cleaning house and painting the basement (still not done with either, but it’s a step).

We had a very nice evening. We started with dinner at Russell’s Smokehouse. It was delicious. I never thought I would pay $24 for shrimp and grits, but it was really worth it. That was amazing and I have no regrets. Afterwards, we had cocktails at the Green Russell. I love the Green Russell… and there’s a reason.


My friend and I were having a weird drunk day, that neither of us quite remember, and after traipsing up and down 16th St Mall, and then wandering around aimlessly when we ended up in Larimer Square. We’d never done much on Larimer Square, so we asked a penny cab driver what there is to do.

So go down here and go down this alley. Then, you’re going to go down this unmarked staircase and walk into a brightly lit pie shop. Tell them you’re there for drinks.

I’m not even kidding. That’s what the guy said. I remember it so clearly, because my friend and I looked at each other and briefly discussed if we were going to die. Against any better judgement that we might have had floating around in our heads, we did go down that alley. Actually, alley is really the wrong word for the area. It’s just a kind of breezeway between buildings, that is nicely lit and very unlikely to harbor rapists and drug dealers. Larimer Square is quite pretty, as far as urban areas go. Anyways, we found the staircase and, just like he said we would, we walked into a stark white, brightly lit pie shop. The floor is black and white checkered, and there’s just a nicely dressed friend of ours staring at us.

It really was quite odd to run into a friend from high school working in an underground pie shop / speak-easy. That’s really what this place is alluding to, is a speak-easy. It’s pretty cool. You tell them you’re here for drinks and they lead your through a door that looks like it leads to the kitchen. You’re immediately submersed in an entirely different atmosphere. The area is dimly lit and they play low music. It’s relatively quite, and if you get a phone call they ask you take it in the phone booth at the back of the room. There’s a very large, very nice bar with mixologists (which are not the same as bartenders) behind it. Also, behind the bar is a hydroponics room where they’re growing orange trees and things they use in the drinks. The drinks are very unique, in that you can’t get a rum and coke. They use all natural everything and it’s very high class. It’s probably my favorite drink spot in Colorado.

Russell’s Smokehouse is in the same little basement as the Green Russell. So now, you walk down a staircase, into a brightly lit pie shop, and there’s a large ornate wooden door leading into a nice underground smokehouse restaurant. The Green Russell is still through the door that just looks like it goes to a kitchen, though. I love it.

We had a few drinks at the Green Russell. I had a Black Friday and a Dutch Apple Pie… Tasty. My friend had something really strong, and then something called a Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Man… which was also very strong. Lol. It was fun. We sat and chatted, and made fun of people sitting nearby when they did something odd. We talked about a lot of things, like the attractive mixologists, and how while he’d like to do something naughty to them, I’d like to read a book with them, or watch a movie, etc. It was fun. I always have fun with him.

We got tired of paying high dollar for drinks and were going to go catch a movie. We didn’t get there in time, so we went to the little beer place next to the theater before going home. I like that place. It’s usually fun for no reason. Casual-like.

Thanksgiving was pretty uneventful for me. I don’t have a large family, or the family of a significant other to deal with. I just hang out with my mom. We got up and went to a movie at 10. We saw Penguins of Madagascar… because I am secretly 6. It was really cute, and written to cater to the adults that would be in the audience. Nothing dirty, mind you, but it was just fun and cute. I loved it. John Malchovich makes a good villainous octopus. Afterward, we came home and she cooked cornish hens, and I cooked skettie squash to go with.

In the midst of this, two of her dogs got out. Moe is a Jack Russel terrier mix and an escape artist. He always escapes. It’s just what he does. Ava is a very small chihuahua/terrier mix, and this time she followed Moe. So Mom always panics when Ava is missing. She’s just too little… but she found Ava pretty quick. I, on the other hand, had to go find Moe. He’s a jerk and doesn’t come when you call him, and he escaped into the storage place behind the house. I grabbed him, though… pulled him through a fence and everything… little jerk.

So I go home, call mom to tell her that I have him, and walk into her house to find HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY on her TV. I like HB. It’s a cute movie from my childhood… except the end, where Chance and Sassy come out of the woods, but the old Golden, Shadow, isn’t with them… and you’re panicking, because Shadow is important, and his human is upset and sad. My period came early, I just caught a dog, and… I started bawling. THAT MOVIE IS SO MFING SAD. It was devasting… but then we watched the second one before flipping around to some other PPV stuff. Lol.

It wasn’t an epic staycation, and it wasn’t an epic Thanksgiving, but it wasn’t bad. I got to see my best friend from Cali, and I got to NOT be at work… So that’s a win in my book.


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