>This weekend was a great blend of getting things accomplished and finding time to relax–Alex and I both had the best at-home weekend we’ve enjoyed in ages. The only thing that was lacking to finish off the summery-goodness would have been dining on grilled steaks (but I’ve got two marinading in the fridge for tonight).
Saturday, our plans went awry in the morning. I had grand plans to make blueberry pancakes from scratch, having recently been inspired by a great episode of Good Eats, but trying to cook them on my skillet for the umpteenth time resulted in disaster. That took up so much time I didn’t have time for my scheduled run, and we had to hurry out the door to make an appointment. But after that, things started looking up.
We were all dressed in our “grubby” clothes to get some work done in the building, when rain and hail struck with immediacy and force. We were a bit frustrated that our good intentions were ruined, but it turned out to be a pleasant, relaxing afternoon of doing very little. Joel and Kali called to ask if we’d like to come over that evening, and when the rain stopped, we went out to run a few errands.
Having determined that my pancake efforts were unsuccessful due to not possessing the right tools, we trekked to Bed, Bath and Beyond. We bought a stovetop griddle, a mixing bowl that doesn’t hurt my hand, two new (and therefore un-melted) spatulas, a ladle with measurements marked on the inside, and a set of grilling implements for Alex.
Our purchases done, we headed over to Joel and Kali’s and met their six-week-old son, who is cute as a button and a very merry lad. Kali made some fantastic cake-cookies, we all had a good long chat, and then Joel helped us break in our Mario Party 8 on his Wii (short review–fantastic game with many different kinds of gameplay, which makes it a good buy compared to other games). Alex and I groggily drove home at 11:30, feeling like it was 3am for some reason.
Sunday, I got up and remedied the lack of running the previous day, and had a chat with Amy A. Having the proper tools for the pancakes was marvelous, and they were full of fluffy goodness. Then we quickly got to work on what we’d missed the day before, and got a lot of things taken from the building and returned to Home Depot. Alex mowed the lawn while I washed dishes, we watched the last episode of Dancing with the Stars (Hooray, Apolo!!), and we went to bed early.
Quick Media Diet Update:
- Catch and Release: the main story was fine, but the real reason to watch this movie is the hilarity of secondary-character Kevin Smith. Man, he is hilarious in anything.
And I know we watched some awesome movie in the past two weeks that we actually talked about buying… can’t for the life of me remember what it was. Hmph; will post later.Ah-ha! It was Bruce Almighty, which we hadn’t watched when it came out because we naturally assumed Hollywood would slant a story about God to be blasphemous, crass, or just plain stupid. Instead, we were not only entertained but impressed, and several times paused the movie, looked at each other, and asked if this really was a Hollywood production starring Jim Carey.
- Regarding the Stardust TV spot, which I saw last night, I totally had the same reaction that Neil Gaiman did—“I mean, I appreciate that Charlie Cox isn’t famous, but he is the hero and the person who the film is about and the person who’s on screen all the time.”