Monday, February 4, 2008

Weekend adventures

It was such an awesome weekend!!! It all started on Thursday when DH and I went to see the Nashville Predators take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Preds won 4-2!! GO PREDS!!

On Friday, I had the day off, so I spent a lot of time reading, relaxing, and doing laundry. After all that, my friend A and I decided to have FMRNS Bonus Night - Double Feature!!! Friday's selections were Somewhere in Time from 1980 with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, and our second feature was Meet Me in St. Louis from 1944 with Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien. Both were absolutely fabulous movies!! The List never disappoints!!!

Saturday, both DH and I had the day off, and we decided that Saturday would be our Valentine's Day. This is a tradition that started back when we were a long distance couple. We were not able to actually spend out first Valentine's Day together, but DH was visiting me in January, so we decided to celebrate during his visit. Since then, we've always celebrated our Valentine's Day early - which works out perfect for us! We spent most of Saturday lounging around and grocery shopping for Super Bowl Sunday. Then we had a delicious meal at Bonefish Grill.

Sunday, we slept in (which is rare for me!), and began our day at the Nashville Zoo, where they were celebrating Zoo-per Bowl Sunday with half price admission! After that, we came back home, turned on Ryan Seacrest and the Super Bowl Pre-game Show, and started cooking. We made Beer Cheese Soup (it wasn't very good...if anyone has a good tried and true recipe, I'd love it if you shared it with me!), homemade tortilla chips and a Tex-Mex salsa (courtesy of Good Eats 'n Sweet Treats), tons of veggies, and homemade pizza. It was a full day of deliciousness!! We actually watched the whole Super Bowl!! I'm not a fan of either the Giants or the Patriots, but I was rooting for the Giants - WHOOOOOT!!!

I also managed to get some reading done this weekend!! I finished Born Standing Up: a comic's life by Steve Martin and Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich. Both highly entertaining reads!! Here are the reviews for these books.

From Amazon for Born Standing Up:

At age 10, Steve Martin got a job selling guidebooks at the newly opened Disneyland. In the decade that followed, he worked in Disney's magic shop, print shop, and theater, and developed his own magic/comedy act. By age 20, studying poetry and philosophy on the side, he was performing a dozen times a week, most often at the Disney rival, Knott's Berry Farm. Obsession is a substitute for talent, he has said, and Steve Martin's focus and daring--his sheer tenacity--are truly stunning. He writes about making the very tough decision to sacrifice everything not original in his act, and about lucking into a job writing for The Smothers Brothers Show. He writes about mentors, girlfriends, his complex relationship with his parents and sister, and about some of his great peers in comedy--Dan Ackroyd, Lorne Michaels, Carl Reiner, Johnny Carson. He writes about fear, anxiety and loneliness. And he writes about how he figured out what worked on stage.
This book is a memoir, but it is also an illuminating guidebook to stand-up from one of our two or three greatest comedians. Though Martin is reticent about his personal life, he is also stunningly deft, and manages to give readers a feeling of intimacy and candor. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs collected by Martin, this book is instantly compelling visually and a spectacularly good read.

From Amazon for Plum Lucky:

Looking to get lucky?Stephanie Plum is back between-the-numbers and she's looking to get lucky in an Atlantic City hotel room, in a Winnebago, and with a brown-eyed stud who has stolen her heart.Stephanie Plum has a way of attracting danger, lunatics, oddballs, bad luck . . . and mystery men. And no one is more mysterious than the unmentionable Diesel. He's back and hot on the trail of a little man in green pants who's lost a giant bag of money. Problem is, the money isn't exactly lost. Stephanie's Grandma Mazur has found it, and like any good Jersey senior citizen, she's hightailed it in a Winnebago to Atlantic City and hit the slots. With Lula and Connie in tow, Stephanie attempts to bring Grandma home, but the luck of the Irish is rubbing off on everyone: Lula's found a job modeling plus-size lingerie. Connie's found a guy. Diesel's found Stephanie. And Stephanie has found herself in over her head with a caper involving thrice-stolen money, a racehorse, a car chase, and a bad case of hives. Plum Lucky is an all-you-can-eat buffet of thrills, chills, shrimp cocktail, plus-size underwear, and scorching hot men. It's a between-the-numbers treat no Evanovich fan will want to miss!

So, all in all - it was a FABULOUS weekend!!!

In other news, I sent out my second job application last week, and will be sending out my third sometime later this week. I have yet to hear anything back from the first application - that position closed on January 21st, so it's been two weeks. I am also getting excited to go to the Public Library Association Conference in Minneapolis in March, where they are offering placement services! I fully intend on looking into that!!!

Hope everyone had a spectacular weekend!!

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