Monday, May 13, 2013

This Weekend I...

... went to see The Great Gatsby!!  I loved it.  I was terrified that Baz Luhrmann would ruin my favorite classic book.  But he absolutely did not.  The Atlantic Monthly's review stated that "Luhrmann seems to want us to feel more or less what Fitzgerald wanted us to feel, only more loudly... To this end, Luhrmann turns every dial at his disposal up to 11."  And boy is that true.  The colors are bright, the music is brash, the cinematography is constantly moving.  It's very Baz Luhrmann and very, very good.  It has nothing at all in common with the original Robert Redford/Mia Farrow version, which I also loved, other than the story.  Two very different takes on the book but both fantastic.  
The movie really sold itself to me when they started playing my favorite piece of music ever during the fireworks show at Gatsby's party-- George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.  That scene was perfection.  Absolute perfection.

... had my first Sam Adams Summer Ale of the season.  This is by far my favorite beer, and I love when spring/summer rolls around so that restaurants start carrying it!

... worked on some blog design. I made a new header for Donny's blog and changed some of the settings so he's got a bit of a fresher look.
And I'm also working on my own!  The beauty of doing your own blog design is that you can change it whenever you want without having to spend any money.  :)

... played tennis!  Saturday afternoon, Donny finally agreed to go with me to hit some tennis balls.  He had never played before but we had a blast.  He's even looking forward to going back out there again.  Win!
Ignore the baseball stance... ;)

... started Night Circus.  I'm only about 40 pages in, but it's already very intriguing.  I wish I had had more time to read it this weekend!

... spent Mother's Day with my family.  We had a great afternoon with some delicious food and a lot of fun.
Tulips we got my mom...
Some flowers she had on the dining table...
Chocolate covered strawberries!!
The spread...
We also celebrated my brother's birthday from a few weeks ago with some pineapple cake
Happy birthday, Drew!
And we all went shopping among some DVDs Drew brought for my parents' yard sale
Drew, mom, me
Donny, me, mom
mom, aunt Karen, both grandmas, and me

It was a wonderful weekend!  How was everyone else's weekend??

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  1. Oh my goodness...I so badly want to see the Great Gatsby--glad to hear that it was good! And that mother's day spread is fantastic! Found your blog via the TWI following!

  2. Glad to hear great gatsby is good...I loved the book when I read it for my gr.12 english class.

  3. I loved Gatsby too! So good! Looks like you had a wonderful time celebrating with your family! And yum, those strawberries look so good!

  4. I'm dying to see Gatsby!! I hear such wonderful things about it!

    AND your mother's day pictures are all gorgeous! It looks like y'all had a wonderful time celebrating together!

  5. Ahhh, I want to see Gatsby so bad. I almost drug Nate to the theatre this weekend, but I really want to re-read the book first.

    LOVE Donny's header you did. Jealous you know blog design ;)

    All that Mother's Day food looks yummy!

  6. I was/am SO afraid Gatsby was going to be way too dark..sort of like the Leo version of Romeo & Juliet!

  7. Wow, so much stuff to comment on here! I wanna see Gatsby too but I was nervous as well--Im glad that you liked it!
    Looks like the rest of your weekend was really nice!

  8. "Some" DVDs?! That is A LOT!!! Haha!!

    You are the movie queen. You see all the good movies in the theatre and I'm so jealous. I still need to see 42 and I really want to see The Great Gatsby! I just need to find someone to go w/ me.

    And I knew we were friends for a reason - I love Sam Summer too. My fave beer by far!!!!!

  9. The reviews of "Gatsby" had me nervous, but your approval makes me feel better. I may take myself to a matinee some day this week. Yay funemployment!

  10. I haven't read The Great Gatsby since high school but I'm glad to hear you liked it!! I want to see it, eventually!!

    Happy birthday to Drew!

    BTW, those strawberries look amazing!!

  11. Hi from Mingle Monday!!!!

    OMG I saw Gatsby this weekend too and FELL IN LOVE.

    Also- The Night Circus is one of my all time favorite books. Like... EVER. I want to crawl into the book and live there. Everything that is beautiful about the world is in this story and I love it so so so so much. I can't wait to hear your thoughts when you're done!

    And - since you have such wonderful taste in books and movies I'm your newest follower. :)

  12. I'm just now reading The Great Gatsby since I was never forced to read it in High School. I'm hoping I like it!!

    Don't you love knowing how to design your own blog?! It's so fun and most of all, free!!!

  13. What a great weekend! I want to see Gatsby so badly.
    Full of so much fun ad family :) Great pics of you all!

    Thanks for linking up for MMG!!