Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Big Sick

I went into my Tuesday night showing of The Big Sick with high expectations. Good press. Good reviews. Premiered at Sundance.

It met all my expectations, and then exceeded them. I left the theater feeling like I had seen a perfect movie.

The film centers around Kumail, a Pakistani-American comedian and the woman, Emily, he falls in love with after meeting at one of his shows (when she's "heckling" him on stage). Emily is white, a tough thing to take home to his Muslim parents who are trying to arrange a marriage for him with a Pakistani woman. When Emily gets sick and has to be put into a coma, Kumail is forced into close quarters with Emily's parents.

That may not sound awesome, but I assure you, it is. I knew I'd like the film when, right off, there is a joke about becoming a celebrity and getting to hang with Elijah Wood. I literally laughed out loud. And it didn't stop, for me or other people in the audience who were also laughing out loud. I didn't just laugh, though; I also cried, and smiled, and completely related.

Everything in the film feels so real. It captures exactly that feeling of meeting someone new and what a new relationship is like. Kumail and Emily are real people (for real, though - the film is the story of how real Kumail and Emily, now married, met and is written by them) and they have real moments, fights, emotions and feelings.

The film is produced by Judd Appatow, who is credited with "discovering" Lena Dunham and giving Amy Schumer her movie breakthrough (I like Girls but think Trainwreck was just that). His films are generally known for being a tad too long, but at two hours, I thought The Big Sick was just right and didn't need any trimming or tightening.

I very highly recommend this movie to everyone.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Garth Brooks Concert

I was already rediscovering country music this week when I overheard a coworker talking about being offered tickets to the Friday concert of Garth Brooks. I immediately searched online to see when he was playing. Turns out he already came to Dallas and I missed it, but he was playing four shows over two days in Oklahoma City - Friday and Saturday.

So I bought a ticket Friday morning! I was sure I would have to pay a crap-ton of money for a seat at the very edge, but I didn't! Imagine my surprise when all tickets on Ticketmaster were marked at $65 - and I mean every ticket. I learned that Garth doesn't believe in ticket-gouging, so he sets all tickets in the venue at the same price and forbids tickets to be resold at exorbitant markups. This. Is. Fantastic. I wish all artists did this. 

I bought a ticket for the 3:00 p.m. showing on Saturday and made the relatively short drive to OKC. I found awesome, cheap parking a block or so away. Downtown OKC was packed! In addition to the two Garth Brooks shows, there was also an event at the Art Museum and a minor league baseball game. 

I loved my seat in the middle section of the arena. The show opened with Mitch Rossell, a new-on-the-scene Nashville artist, who sand three songs. That was just the right amount - people came to see Garth and Trisha! It was only about twenty minutes later when Garth came out (since there was a second show at 7:00 there could not be any dilly-dallying). 

He opened with "Rodeo", one of his most country-sounding songs. Garth made it a point to let us know that he would be playing the classics. And he did. He played all the classics (except for my favorite, "The Red Strokes"). When he started the notes for "In Another's Eyes" I knew Trisha would be making her appearance! They performed this song on The Tonight Show and they used it for the "official" video (I'd link to it, but Garth is notorious for not letting his official videos  have homes on YouTube, which sucks because Garth makes really great videos). 

After the duet Garth left the stage (likely needing, and deserving, a break) and Trisha took over. She is a fantastic singer and I love her personality. She sang her hits, too - "How Do I Live", "She's in Love With the Boy", and a ballad for cancer survivors. 

Garth came back out and continued with the hits. "Shameless" was great, but used a weird light combination. "Callin' Baton Rouge" was excitedly rousing. I wasn't sure which song would be his closing song, since he already played all of his biggest hits (and I'm not use which of them is considered to be the biggest). He ended up closing out the show with "Standing Outside the Fire", which was a great choice. 

Garth came back for the encore with just him and his guitar. Trisha came out and they sang a George Jones/Tammy Wynette duet before Garth requested his favorite Trisha Yearwood song, "Walkaway Joe." This song is a classic and she sang the crap out of it. 

The band came back out (all of them have been playing with Garth and Trisha since '91/'92!) and took their bows (I forget what song they ended up playing...). Garth still puts on a good show, even if, by his own admission, sometimes the guitar he's strumming isn't live (maybe his vocals aren't live either...). I like the band and what they can do, but a big part of me likes it when it's just Garth (or any musician) on the stage with just their guitar. Garth is a showman, and he still has it after all these years. Him and Trisha make a great pair and put on a great concert. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rediscovering Country Music

I use just two of the presets in my car radio - preset 1 is 90.1, KERA/NPR, and preset 3 is 91.7 KXT. One day earlier in the week my finger missed preset 3 and hit preset 4 instead. I have no idea what any other preset is set to, so I was surprised to all of a sudden be hearing country music.

It's been an awfully long time since I have listened to country music. I haven't ever really been the target demographic for country music - I didn't grow up on a farm, I wasn't a member of FFA, I never owned boots or a truck or a cowboy hat; lots of the songs I don't relate to (beer, fishing, living in the country). But some country I really liked, and my sister and I would spend a decent amount of time watching CMT while growing up (our favorite was the Labor Day Top 100 Countdown). When Em and I lived together in West Valley, country was a big part of our rotation. We attended multiple Tim McGraw concerts (Em's favorite), along with Rascal Flatts, Chris Cagle, and Lady Antebellum. Gary Allan is one of my favorites ("Songs About Rain" is one of my favorite songs ever).

But then I moved to New York City, which didn't have a country station. It's not like I had a car, anyway, to listen to the radio while commuting. I also didn't have cable, so country music sort of went by the wayside. Musical tastes change for lots of people, and an interest in country music was one that changed for me.

So when I accidentally switched the radio to the local country station I was a little curious. I randomly came across the latest single from Garth Brooks, "Ask Me How I Know", as it was the song playing when I landed on the station. I liked it. And I kept listening to the channel randomly during the week.

I like the memories that I'm reminded of when I hear certain songs.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The New Kitty

Two weeks ago I brought this cute little kitty home.

She was a stray found at City Hall, and after receiving much love and care from many of the people at City Hall I was the one that got to take her home. It wasn't always easy introducing a new, stray cat to Biscuit. I did all the things I was supposed to - keep them separate, let them eat next to each through a door, let them get slowly acquainted to each other's scents - and wasn't sure if things would ever feel normal (it's only been two weeks so clearly my patience time-frame is tiny).

Things aren't entirely normal, but Biscuit is adapting; sometimes she hisses at kitty (Biscuit is NOT a morning cat apparently), but other times she licks her head and it's just so adorable. Biscuit is still sometimes not sure of li'l kitty but I think she will eventually come around.

Li'l kitty is doing great! She runs around and plays all. the. time. I haven't had a kitten in a very long time and have forgotten just how playful they are (Biscuit just sleeps all the time). She is eating food and using the litter box. She's growing. She still is a little skittish sometimes, and doesn't quite like strangers just yet, but she IS a stray. I think she'll get adapted to other people just like Biscuit (if you came over to my home Biscuit would lay on your lap and love you). After keeping me up much of the night and early morning playing with items under my bed, she has been pretty chill most of today. Currently li'l kitty is sleeping sounding on the scratching pad at my feet, and Biscuit is snoring next to me on the arm of the couch.

Since li'l kitty was found at City Hall (and the vet was 99% sure she is a she) I am thinking of naming her Leslie. Perhaps Leslie O'Neil (the architect of City Hall is Texas-famous O'Neil Ford).

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fourth 2017

This year's Fourth of July was fairly low-key. Last year I caught the parade, and then went to Ikea since I had just closed on my home. This year I didn't even make it to the parade - I was hooked on finishing The Handmaid's Tale (and I had to make potato salad).

I went over to my friend Stephanie's home to have lunch. We grilled chicken and corn on the cob, and with my potato salad we had a pretty fabulous lunch. We chatted and played the game of "Life". The game has changed a bit since I played it as a kid! Less career options, more interested in having the players do things during actions cards (dance, tell an embarrassing story, etc.). I was a lawyer with a ranch (and a husband and no kids). Steph, however, lived a very exciting life, starting out first as a farmer, then going to night school to become a teacher, losing that job for bringing a cat to school, then becoming a brains surgeon only to be fired for sleeping on the job. She ended her career as a musician and climbed Mount Everest.

Then I joined up with my friend Suzi, her boyfriend and his friend to see the fireworks at Apogee Stadium here in Denton. Unfortunately, it wasn't the most spectacular firework show. The music choices were odd (anything with the word America, USA or freedom in it was chosen), and the how itself consisted of a lot of single fireworks. The finale came out of nowhere and wasn't impressive. Next year I'll have to make actual plans.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Baby Driver

Yesterday I saw Baby Driver.  When I first saw the trailer I thought the film looked ridiculously dumb. But then some new trailers were released, showcasing some other actors in the film. And then it had excellent reviews. And I was swayed into seeing it.

Baby is a get-away driver for heists put together by a man whose car he tried stealing one time. Due to an accident when he was a kid, he listens to music all the time to drown out the ringing in his ears. This leads to some funny scenes between him and the other people involved in the heists. It also leads to some fun moments during the heists, when Baby wants the music to key up with the action.

The performances are all a lot of fun in this movie; Kevin Spacey is clearly having a blast. Ansel Elgort, as Baby, might have been the weakest link. He has the least to work with, though, as he has to convey his sentiments through song and scant dialogue. However, his scenes with Lily James capture perfectly the beginning stages of interest in someone, the banter and flirtation.

I did get slightly annoyed at the reappearance of characters who clearly should have died or been seriously injured to the point of not walking. This is something that happens in a lot of movies, not just this one, so it's not a gripe specific to this movie. It seems to be used when a write/director has written the story into a corner and needs an out.

I liked that the film was original - it's not a sequel, or a remake of a television show, or a cog in a superhero franchise. It takes place in Atlanta! It's kind of quirky. It features a lead who barely talks (but rocks at sign language!). Even with all that, it didn't completely come together for me. I didn't love it, but I far from disliked it either; it's a fun experience and I'd recommend it to most people.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

One Year Homeiversary

One year ago today I signed papers making me a homeowner! It was fun and exciting and scary, and I had a hard time concentrating on work for the rest of the day! Even though I am holding the key to my home in this photo, I had an agreement with the current owners that they would have the weekend to move (since the closing date was pushed back it messed up their timeline with the home they were purchasing).

This piece stuck out to me:

Sometimes I wish there was someone else helping me with things around the house (and paying half the mortgage wouldn't be bad either!). I am not naturally handy with fixing things. I don't have power tools. I don't know much about planting or landscaping.

But whatever. Things are still going great. There are lots of things I would like to do, but this first consisted of some painting, putting frames on the wall, getting a lawnmower, and just maintaining it. I am saving up for a new kitchen, so that will be my project next summer!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy 67th Dad!

Today is my dad's 67th birthday! Here's a photo of him on his 52nd birthday - we celebrated in our backyard with a barbecue and croquet. Ivy is just over a year old.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Work in May and June

The past two months have been crazy at work. May was Bike Month and I (along with volunteers and help from fantastic people) put on Denton's first open streets event, CycloDia. It was a hot, sweaty, stressful, fun, crazy event. I'm glad it happened, but also glad when it was over. As always, it was a busy, fun month. 

June brought less fun items, but still items integral to my job. As I work to implement the Bike Plan of Denton, it sometimes means that on-street parking needs to be removed to facilitate a bike lane. This is generally always a fight, and I haven't yet come across this scenario in my career. Until now. 

My item went to City Council this Tuesday to get the ordinance to make the street No Parking so a bike lane could be installed. I gave a presentation that, frankly, I felt really good about (if you feel like it, you can watch it here and click on Agenda Item 5D). The item died when it failed to get a second. Then it was voted on to be postponed. 

It was a tough night. I put a lot of work, effort, energy, time and passion into this item. It's hard. But, I'll keep working and fighting for bike lanes. Every bike coordinator, bike advocate, person who bikes has to go through the parking-removal fight. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day 2017

It has been at least four years since I have spent Father's Day with my dad. He's lived in Vegas, I've lived in Kansas and Texas. This, year, though, he is also in Texas for some work he is doing. He's in Bay City, which is south of Houston, so we aren't terribly close (one of Texas' claims to fame is that we state distance in hours since one could drive ten hours and still be in Texas). But we are close enough that if we each drive about three miles we can meet in the middle in Austin.

And that's just what we did today! I gave my dad a choice of three different places: tacos, tex-mex, or BBQ. He went with BBQ and we met at Black's BBQ near the UT campus on Guadalupe Street (GoogleMaps refers to it as Guada-loop Street). Our food was delicious and we had a good time talking to each other as he filled me in on his work and me on my work.

We then headed over to the LBG Presidential Library. LBG was president during my dad's early teen years (born in '50, President from '63 to '68). LBG was born in a small Texas town and his first job out of college was as a teacher in a small town. He came from a family of politicians and was a life-long one himself. He was known to get close to people when he talked, sometimes pointing his finger in their face.

There is a 7/8 replica of the Oval Office during his time as President. Unlike at the George W. Bush Library, it was sectioned off so all one can do is look. There was also a replica of Lady Bird Johnson's office when she was First Lady.

We had a nice time and it was great to see my dad. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Those Front Flowers

A few months ago I got semi-ambitious and planted some flowers in my front hanging-beds. I had grand visions of them looking perfect and fantastic. Here's what they started out as:

Left side

Right side

Left side

Right side

Here they are a couple months ago, starting to wilt:
Left side

Right side

And here is how they look now: 
Left side

Right side

The cyclamen did not last long. I'm not sure if they needed more water, less sunlight, or a mixture of those. Or maybe they just don't last long, aren't Texas natives. I won't be planting them again. 

The oxalis is very robust! The one on the left side of the house wilted away at one point. I have some of these on the side of my home that doesn't get any sun and they grow with no problem. I think these ones, being more exposed to direct sunlight than the ones on the right side, couldn't handle it. However, they are resilient because just last week I noticed them starting to come back! They aren't as big and bushy as the other side, but I'm very impressed that they came back from near extinction.

The begonia, sturdy Texas natives, must have a short blooming period. They aren't wilted or anything, but they are no longer blooming. I'll see what happens with them next year.

Meanwhile, I'd love to plant oxalis everywhere! I'll have to start planning out my front yard at some point.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Taking the Cannoli Again

Seeing The Godfather at Film Forum in NYC is probably one of my most favorite memories of living in the city. It's one of my favorite movies. It is, quite simply, a masterpiece. When TCM announced their showings way back in December, and The Godfather was on it to mark it's 45th Anniversary, I put it on my calendar even though it was months away.

Today was that day and it was just as awesome as I remembered it to be! Check out my post from way back in 2008 when I saw it at Film Forum.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wonder Woman

Friends and I went to the opening showing of Wonder Woman tonight. It was awesome to see all of the girls there in their wonder woman shirts. One of my friends brought her daughter, who not only had a Wonder Woman shirt but also the crown (is that what it's called?? I'm not sure.) and an action figure with her.

I am not an aficionado on Wonder Woman and I haven't read the comics, but I heard that the backstory for Diana was changed. In the DC Movie Universe, Diana lives with her mother, Queen Hippolyta, and other Amazon warriors on a paradise island (I can't remember the name of it). They are strong awesome women in charge of protecting against Ares, the son of Zeus and God of War.

When a man in a plan penetrates the mystical barrier and lands in the waters of their island, Diana rescues him from drowning. After some talk, Diana decides she needs to leave with said man, Captain Steven Trevor, as he fights "the war to end all wars." This is exactly what Diana has been waiting and training for. So they sail off, and have a very funny exchange on the sail about sleeping together.

There's a good bit of fish-out-of-water story going on when Diana first arrives in London. And she gets a pretty cool moment to show all the boys around her how she can save people and do good. She believes that killing Ares will stop people from being evil and doing bad things, and thus ending the war. Her naivete in this is charming and warming. When Diana is finally confronted with Ares it felt slightly ridiculous, and I wasn't entirely sure what was going on with everything else in the background (what was Steve doing??).

However, it still felt an awful lot like a DC movie. Which doesn't have the best track record in my book. The CGI in the film was lacking, as if their budget was half that of Marvel movies. Sadly, it has too much Zach Snyder in it. So while there is nothing bad or wrong with the film, it still felt an awful lot like just another run-of-the-mill superhero origin story. It reminded me a lot of Captain America: The First Avenger which, as the first Captain America movie, I thought was awful. But the next installment really kicked it up several gears and is still the best Marvel Avengers movie.

And that gives me hope for the next Wonder Woman movie. Sometimes origin stories can get boring, but once they are given room to flesh out they can become much more interesting.

The review from Vanity Fair pretty much sums up my take on the film, and quite possibly read my mind with these two sentences:
"Well, Wonder Woman is “more” in that it’s easily the strongest film DC and Warner Bros. have made since they left Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight world behind and reimagined Batman and Superman’s exploits as turgid, fascistic operas of destruction."
"[T]he Marvel movies really are just so much better... They’re cleverer, nimbler, more cohesively realized. They balance humor with pathos in buoyant, rarely strained fashion. They’re well-oiled machines, slick and confident. Mind you, I would be perfectly happy if Marvel never made another superhero movie as long as we live."

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sealing Up the Home

Back in January something really strange happened in Texas - temperatures dropped to below freezing one night. That was the time my pipes froze. It was cold and it sucked. To combat the cold, I, obviously, turned up my heat.

My electric bill that came for that time period nearly gave me a heart attack; it was double what it normally was. I immediately signed up for an Energy Audit through the City. They came out and did their stuff. I live in an old house with very poor insulation - it's basically inside, wall, outside. It's nowhere near current standards. Besides getting new windows and doing a huge undertaking to insulate, it was recommended to do some simple caulking of the baseboards for a quick ROI.

I of course didn't do it right away. It warmed up to normal Texas-winter-standards. And it wasn't hot enough for the AC...until Friday. I was dying and finally turned the AC on for the first time.

That spurred me to finally get down to caulking. It was a learning process, with the first room turning out somewhat-acceptable. But then I really hit my stride and caulked my bedroom, the second room, the dining room, and the side door in the kitchen. I've sealed my house to escaping cold/hot air the best I can.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tacos and a President

Memorial Day weekend came without any real plans. I chatted with my friend Suzi on her plans for the weekend, and we decided to join forces to do something in the metroplex that we both had wanted to see - the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

We drove to the train station and hopped on the DART train to take us to the center. There was some track working being done, so we had to get off the train and take a shuttle bus between two stations. This can be annoying sometimes, but when you're not in a hurry it's not generally a big deal. We all like to take transit so we weren't complaining.

We stopped at Torchy's Tacos first to fill our bellies with food. The queso was delicious.

We then made the short walk to the SMU campus and the Presidential Center. It's not a library per se, as the brochure notes. It's more of a center for artifacts and other items from the President's life. The National Archives does have an office there.

What I most wanted to see was the Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors exhibit, a showcase of President Bush's painted portraits of military men and women. The portraits are bright and a bit odd, but I found them lovely and fascinating.

The center showcases the life and presidency of George W. Bush. I loved the old photos of George and Laura (her wedding dress is fantastic). There is a photo of W. being sworn in as Governor of Texas with his dad looking on with tears in his eyes; it's quite striking.

With W. being President during the 9/11 attacks, a large part of the center is dedicated to the attacks, the reaction, and the policies and actions that followed. President Bush was set to focus on other issues such as health care, immigration, but understandably was changed to terrorism, national security, and defense.

The Center has an official, life-size exact replica of the Oval Office when Bush was president. Each president gets to decorate the office as they want. Bush, obviously, had a lot of Texas touches to his Oval Office. The rug was commissioned by FLOTUS from a Fort Worth artist and features a "shining sun" motif. The art on the wall was from Texas artists, featuring blue bonnets and cowboys.

The replica Oval Office leads out to the Texas Rose Garden, just as in real life it leads to the Rose Garden. The Center has a lovely open space and trail system behind it. It's a nice block to the freeway and rushing cars.

Even though I am not a supporter of W.'s policies, I respect him as a person, a husband, and a citizen. He has done many things for veterans since leaving office. The Center did a good job of not being overly partisan or political (for a place that exists solely because a person was POTUS). I enjoyed seeing him as a human other than a politician to be parodied or idolized. Texas has two other Presidential Libraries (LBG and Bush Sr.)...I might have to plan some trips!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Remembering the Helmet Rules for Correct Size

Today I was out at an elementary school giving a biking and walking safety presentation. I was asked to cover the entire school, which meant giving a presentation to each grade level. This can be a bit tricky for me, as speaking to fifth graders is not quite the same as speaking to kindergartners or first graders. I have to mix it up on the fly sometimes, especially when I start losing the kids' attention spans (this generally happens for the classes I see after lunch).

Today one little boy came up to me after my presentation and told me he was afraid he would forget what I taught him about making sure a helmet fits correctly. So I showed him. But he was still concerned he'd forget. His teacher said he could probably ask his friends and they'd help him. But he was still concerned he'd forget. At this point he was crying. His art teacher made a drawing of the two rules of helmet sizing. But he was still concerned he'd forget. He was still crying. I typed out the rules, just like I had told them during the presentation. That seemed to quell his concerns and stopped his tears.

No one has ever been that concerned about remembering something I told them.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol: Backstory

When Guardians of the Galaxy came out two years ago I saw it on a whim, and was pleasantly surprised at how fun it was. Plus the music was fantastic. It was a comic book movie that knew it was a comic book movie and was willing to poke fun at that.

After becoming superhero'd out, I wasn't sure I would see Vol. 2. I was pretty sure it would do what all sequels do that make them so awful - over do everything that made the original good. But tonight I went with a group of friends, because that always makes anything better.

Where the first one was fun and exciting, this sequel insisted on giving backstories to ALL the characters. Even Yondu, sitting in a cage after his ship and underlings have been taken from him, has a backstory moment. I did end up liking where his story went, but in the moment it felt like too much.

I was afraid Baby Groot would be over used, because he's just so dang cute. He was used perfectly, though. He even gets to dance during the opening credits to "Mr. Blue Sky", a truly awesome song. I was sitting next to my friend Jessica who has not seen the first one, and she adored Baby Groot.

Rocket was likely my favorite character that isn't Baby Groot. He has the best lines. None were better than his succinct take on stupid names, which made me laugh terribly loud. I was a little annoyed at his ability to take out every single person coming against him in one scene, but I can overlook that because he's just such a great character.

The movie doesn't feel like the typical Marvel Cinematic Universe, even though it is (part of Phase III, to be exact). And that's a good thing. There's no race to close a hole in the sky. The story doesn't seem terribly pressing or world-saving until the end, when it's revealed that Peter's dad is a bad guy. And honestly, I fell asleep for a quick second because it was just explosions on screen that didn't mean anything. I mean, we spend an inordinate amount of time with Peter and his dad, for no real reason. I didn't get the point of the movie, other than to continue the MCU, make money, and allow the world to see Baby Groot.

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Today I went to the theater to see Gifted. My motivations were three-fold: 1) I wanted movie-theater popcorn; 2) for a hot-second last summer Chris Evans and Jenny Slate dated and I was interested in seeing them on-screen together; and 3) Chris Evans, who is my favorite of the Hollywood Chris's.

The movie was great! Evans plays Frank, a boat mechanic looking after his dead sister's daughter. Frank and Mary have a loving relationship, where he tries to teach her about life, being nice, making time to play; she is a math prodigy who struggles relating to kids her own age. Her best friend is Roberta, their neighbor  who is "forty, or fifty, or thirty."

That may sound like a made-for-tv movie full of sappiness and melodrama, but in the hands of director Marc Webb and the cast it is anything but. There is no over-the-top villain, just people who care about Mary and want the best for her. What is "the best" is what has Frank and his mom, Evelyn (a fantastic Lindsay Duncan), at odds against each other. Should her skills be nurtured at a special school so she can solve math problems her whole life, or should she be allowed to be a kid and do fun things?

My favorite scene is when Frank takes Mary, along with Roberta, to the hospital. They sit there for a long time, wondering why they are there. Finally a man comes out to announce to his waiting family that it's a boy. And everyone is so happy and they start hugging and crying. Mary is enjoying watching the scene, and Frank tells her that that's how it was when she was born. They stay to watch another one because Mary loves it so much.

It's a lovely film about love and family and I highly recommend it. Evans and Slate have great chemistry, and the fangirl in me wishes they were still dating :)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thirty-Four is More

Monday was my 34th birthday, and I celebrated all weekend long. Because that's what one does when they are 34.

On Saturday I hit up all the things I love the most - tacos, ice cream and a movie. And then I treated myself to a pedicure.



Sunday I gathered a group of friends to go to the Royals/Rangers game with me. We got there early to "tailgate" before the game.

Even though it was only 70 degrees it felt really hot. We were on the third base side, which meant the sun was always shining on us.

The Royals hit two homeruns early in the game, but they didn't play so well overall. We left early to make our reservations at Zizikis, a Greek restaurant home to baklava cake ice cream. It was delicious. If any one comes to visit me in Denton we can go there - it will change your life (maybe not, but seriously it is so good).

I love my friends here and that they all spent a hot day in the sun with me to celebrate my birthday!
Allison, Robby, Tim, Jessica, Me, Garret, and Suzi

I arrived at work on Monday to a decorated office from my dear friend Kevin Ann. My friend Stephanie made me a cake and sang "Happy Birthday" to me in my office. She then took me to lunch to celebrate my birthday.

I closed out the day at my friend Suzi's house, where we ate popcorn while commenting on the ridiculousness of National Treasure. It was a fantastic birthday and I felt very loved.

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