Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thrashers on a POWER PLAY!

The last night my folks were here we went to a Thrashers game.
It was the first NHL game my dad has seen. He's been to a ton of Hersey Bears games before. Despite the Thrashers being in last place there were able to secure a win over the Colorado Avalanche 3 to 4.

Don't worry my dad was having fun, he never smiles.

Movie Mania

Watched a new movie last night called Before the Devil Knows Your Dead.

The perfect crime goes horribly wrong when Andy and Hank (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke) botch a robbery of their parents' jewelry store in this wrenching drama from legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet, who was 82 when he directed the film. Albert Finney and Rosemary Harris co-star as the unsuspecting parents, while Marisa Tomei plays Gina, who cheats on her husband, Andy, with Hank.

This movie snowballed into a mess that had me on the edge of my seat. This type of film is not for everyone. I really liked it and thought to acting was excellent.
Here is the trailer.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2 week count down

2 weeks from today Adam and I will be in Cancun for 4 nights. In total we will both be off 6 days. CAN'T WAIT. We are hooked up at the Westin Resort & Spa Cancun.
Here are a few pictures of the hotel.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Parents week

So my folks come down every year for a week to visit. Last year we were hold up in the house the entire time re-tiling the entire master bathroom. I almost killed my dad with all the work. They actually stayed a day longer to finish. We worked till 11pm several nights.

Anyway my dad said at least 15 times that this trip would not be as hard as last year, I was totally on board with that. They arrived Wed night. I made dinner, stuffed red peppers, while they chilled and got settled.

The next day was full of projects around the house, planted some flowers and a tree in the back yard, went to our first of many trips to Lowes and cleaned all the windows and drapes. All in all a good semi-busy day. Made dinner and they met Adam for the first time. The meeting went well. good conversation was had and we ended up playing UNO after dinner and laughed at my dad's stories.

Friday morning we did a few more small projects before Mom and I hit the Lenox mall.
She really spoiled me with a big purchase at Anthropologie. They were having a big sale. I LOVE THIS STORE. I could have bought almost everything.

after Lenox my mom got her hair cut and colored by my folks at James Madison. Sarah and Brett did a great job, the color looked really good.

Saturday we had a huge day. We planned to golf in the morning at 9:30am.
Due to the cold weather and frost our tee time was moved back to 11am shot gun start. We hit brunch at thumbs up before heading to Stone Mountain to golf. The weather was still a little cold but the views were really pretty.

we played till about 4pm. we rushed home to shower up, meet Adam and head to Atlantic Station for dinner and Cirque du Soleil. Dinner was a mess. Every place was an hour plus wait. we ended up eating at Doc Green's, the only place without a line. The highlight of the night was the show. it was great. My favorite were the contortionists. They were super flexible and really strong.

Thanks Mom and Dad.

Sunday was kind of a later start day. My mom was looking for a gift for my Aunt Carol so we went to Phipps. Later that day we got facials at Spa Sydell. They were nice and relaxing. Laura came over for dinner, wine and more UNO. I made stuffed shells and steamed veggies.

Came back to work today and my folks went golfing again.

Monday, February 16, 2009

super busy weekend

Adam and I had a ton going on for our first Valentine's Day weekend. You'll have to check out Adam's blog to see what we did during the day on Saturday. He wants to tell you about that. It was super fun and worth checking out.

After our day time activities we went to dinner and the High for their special V-day party. We stayed close for dinner so we could park once and walk to the High after dinner. Since Adam has been brave enough to explore the world of Thia food we decided to dine at Tamarind Seed on Peachtree Street next to Shout. It was excelent. Adam ordered a really nice bottle of wine and we split the Kung-Thod (stuffed srimp with Thai herbs wrapped in rice paper skin and served with three flavored chili sauce). We also shared our favorite soup, Tom-Kha-Gai. We had two really nice entrees which both included curry and rice. A little dessert and we were on our way to The High Museum.

The High had a special evening planned for V-day couples. I have to give Adam huge props for thinking of it. He knows I love outside of the box experiences. Great pick Adam. As part of the night you could learn salsa or tango, have a few drinks and check out the First Emperor exhibit with the Terracotta Army. We have wanted to see this for a while. We did it all. tried to dance, which was hilarious. Had some drinks and walked thru the exhibit. It was a great time. A quick drink at shout and stop at Wendy's for a late night snack ended our night.

Curators estimate that approximately 7,000 terracotta warriors stood guard over the tomb of "King of Qin", the First Emperor of China. The Emperor standardized Chinese writing, bureaucracy, scholarship, law, currency, weights and measures. He expanded the Chinese empire, built a capital in Xian, a system of roads, and massive fortifications and palaces.

Shi Huangdi (259-210 B.C.) was a cruel ruler who readily killed or banished those who opposed him or his ideas. He is notorious for burning virtually all the books that remained from previous regimes. He even banned scholarly discussions of the past.

The Qin dynasty ended soon after his death, but a unified China remained for over 2,000 years. China's name is derived from his short but seminal dynasty, Qin (pronounced Chin).

In 1974, thousands of life-sized terra cotta warriors and horses from the Emperor's extravagant tomb were unearthed in Xian.

I had gotten a few tickets to the Dracula Ballet for the afternoon show. I've never been to a ballet and really didn't know what to expect. I have to admit the idea of Dracula vs The Nutcracker was a plus. A long show with two intermissions made me nervious. We stuck it out and the ending make it totally worth it. lots of blood and biting, intense music and good dancing. All in all a great performance. I do think I've gotten my fill of ballet for a while.