I live for days like this.
A rare day off during the week with my husband and my daughter. It’s pure heaven.
How did we celebrate our independence from work and school today? By doing exactly what WE wanted to do! All. Day. Long.
We started by sleeping until about 8:30. I woke up and Tommy had already taken a shower and was on the computer with his coffee in hand. I caught up to him and we talked about what we were going to do for the rest of the day.
But first, breakfast:
I was insistent that today was the day we were going to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. He knew I had loved the books and the trailers looked pretty interesting so it wasn’t too difficult to get him to come with me.
We left Ali at home to play her guitar and catch up on reading (her goal for the day) and we hit the 12:00 showing.
I made the joke on Twitter that we’ve come a long way from making out all through the movie when we were 15. Although I’d still be up for it if he wanted to give it a whirl! 🙂
In short – the movie was fantastic!!!
I thought that the movie followed the book pretty closely from what I can remember. All of the elements in the book that I was curious to see on the big screen made it. The ending was a tad different and a relationship that the main character had during the book was left out but I can understand why each of them were handled the way that they were. The only thing that I didn’t care for was the sound levels in the movie. There were a few times when the dialogue was too low and the music (specifically the bass) was turned way up. Perhaps it was the movie theatre or perhaps the sound editors sucked – either way it was distracting and I missed some key dialogue I think.
Regardless of that tiny issue the movie was freaking fantastic. I can’t wait to see it again and I’m really looking forward to seeing Book 2 and 3 of the trilogy make it to the big screen with the same actors. I might get impatient though and watch the other version of the movies but I really hope I can hold out.
After the movie we ran back home and picked Alexis up to take her out to an early dinner.
One of my goals for 2012 is going to be to really try to limit my visits to chain restaurants. I would like to be more mindful of where ALL of my food is coming from – not just the food that I bring into our house. Austin has a wide variety of restaurants that use locally sourced food and I’m going to work on visiting those specific restaurants more often.
We hit up Jack Allen’s Kitchen for some sweet happy hour specials. All of their appetizers are 1/2 off during HH so we each picked out something that we wanted and we shared them among the three of us – and then I got a salad as well.
For desert we all wanted a taste of something yummy so we ordered the “Strawberry Shortcake” which was everything you would expect from a strawberry shortcake but mixed with some cheesecake and topped with homemade whipped cream. To say it was just “good” is to say that the Green Giant was a “little” green. Holy cow!
Dinner was amazing but to be honest I felt completely ill when we left. I think I’ve found another item to add to the “Items not to eat in 2012” list – french fries. They did not agree with my stomach. At all. At least I think it was the french fries. No telling, really…
We got home and I set about to take the issue of our photos on our desktop computer. They were horrendously out of order and needed to be organized. I got that done and feel amazing after. That was really bothering me but now I seem to have it pretty well in order. Next I need to back it all up!
It was a perfect vacation day! I enjoyed every second with my family. They are watching Lord of the Rings (puke) so I’m off to sit with them by the fire and read a little from my book – Reshaping It All.
But first I have to leave you with a little picture of Ranger looking adorable tonight. 🙂
What a cutie pie!