I've had a nice weekend enjoying checking some movies off my list. (Yes, of course I really have a list of movies.) Friday night, after doing some rushing around with kids and knitting a bit at my sister's house, my friend TL and I made a hasty run for a 10:00 showing of Juno. Now, I don't know what everyone's tolerance is for the slightly crass, but if you can handle a little, go see this movie. There's plenty of gross teenager talk, but I found the characters enchanting and the story heartfelt. And the soundtrack completely quirky. I'm sure part of the reason I really liked it was the experience itself. It's been a long time since I've been in a theater that was even half full, and this evening it was pretty packed. There's something about a group of strangers laughing, and laughing hard, all together. Also being there with TL was great. She's such a good and sensitive friend. I was surprised at how the scenes such as the ultrasound and the birth of the baby were hard for me. She picked right up on that and put her arm around me. I think we cried a little together both for Matthew as well as the fact that she probably won't be having another baby due to medical stuff. "Stuff" being surviving breast cancer. You go, TL.
Saturday evening Troy and I enjoyed a date night together, with many thanks going to my in laws who took the kids for a really long time. We went out to dinner with our Mayfields and our growing friends the Gonzales's. We went to a restaurant in the gateway called Biaggi's...oh yum. Seriously yum. Italian food, really nice atmosphere. Wanna hear about our appetizer? (now, Margaret, you either need to skip ahead or prepare yourself. :)) Shredded duck sauteed with dried cherries and mushrooms and served over warm polenta. Drooling yet? You should be, because it was awesome. I had a butternut squash ravioli with butter sauce (call me Tubs) and walnuts. Misty and Mike both had this incredible black linguine with lobster. Joy! Okay, let's move beyond my food fetish. We enjoyed watching National Treasure 2. Not quite the indie film-genera like Juno, but it was exactly what I thought it would be and it was a ton of fun. My favorite was the London car chase.
So cheers to good friends and good movies, and here's hoping for many more!