Monday, October 14, 2013

The Perfect Autumn Weekend.

Friday evening, Donny and I went to see Captain Phillips. Donny had been really excited for this movie ever since we saw the previews a few months ago. To me, it looked kind of terrifying. I don't generally like moves that make me feel anxious and stressed for two solid hours. But, the movie was not at all like what I thought it would be! And, I didn't know a whole lot about the story other than he survived, so I was able to watch it and know that it would have a happy ending yet still not know how it got there.  It was incredible.  Definitely one of the top five movies we've seen this year.  It wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be, but it was suspenseful and exciting.  The final scene was amazing.  I was crying (although not as much as the sobbing lady down the row from us...).  Tom Hanks could win the Oscar just for those few minutes alone.  I highly recommend it!!

Saturday, we got up and made our annual visit to the mountains!  We started with some lunch at Woodlands BBQ in Blowing Rock.  I was very disappointed-- the BBQ wasn't nearly as good as I remember from the last time I was there many moons ago.  But the hush puppies were delicious!
Then we headed to The Blowing Rock.  It's so pretty with some amazing views!  The weather was perfect-- in the low 60s and fairly overcast.  We couldn't have asked for a better day to go.
After we left The Blowing Rock, we went to the "downtown" area of the town of Blowing Rock.  They have all sorts of cute shops and a beautiful park.  Everything was decorated for fall!
We decided not to go to Grandfather Mountain this year.  We were already pushing being home before dinner, and Grandfather Mountain would've added at least two hours to the trip.  I was anxious to finish my book, and Donny had recorded the Texas-Oklahoma game, so we headed home.  But we took the long, scenic route on the Blue Ridge Parkway!
Donny had managed to avoid all mention of the Texas-OU score until we got home.  I had been following it on the drive home on, and it was SO hard not to cheer.  But I managed to keep myself together so it wouldn't ruin it for him.  Of course, when he finally got to watch it, there was plenty of noise and cheers.  What a great game for the Longhorns!  
And I did finish A Time to Kill Saturday night.  I didn't love it nearly as much as the other John Grisham books I've read.  But I'm glad that I read it.
Sunday, we went to church, had lunch at my grandma's house, and went home to watch football.  I also started my new book-- The Company You Keep.  I've been wanting to see the movie, and I randomly saw the book on a shelf in the library when I was there for something else.  So I picked it up!  It's a little strangely written, but I'm only 50 pages in, so I'll reserve judgment for now.  
The Patriots game on Sunday was awesome.  Technically, I guess it was only the last minute that was awesome.  But I'm a girl who is all about the endings of things (case in point-- my review of Captain Phillips above).  I knew that Tom Brady would march the team down the field.  I couldn't believe he threw the interception with 2:36 to go in the game, but I just knew that if he could get it back with a minute left, he could get them there.  (Now whether his guys could catch the ball remained a question since they had been having issues with catching all day...)  Oh the stress of that last minute.  And then the elation when Tom Brady hit Kembrell Thompson in the back corner of the end zone!  What a game.  I never doubted you, Tom.

Fortunately, the Cowboys beat the Redskins late last night too so both of us could go to sleep happy!  I'll never understand sports fans.  Yankees fans are known to be obnoxious to their players if they don't like the results, but the Cowboys fans' treatment of Tony Romo is just as bad.  Either you're with your guys or you're not.
I desperately wish my cough would go away.  I went a few days without coughing much at all, but last night I had some of the worst coughing spasms since I first got sick three weeks ago.  So frustrating.  Thankfully, I had some codeine to help me sleep.

All in all, a pretty perfect autumn weekend!  How was yours??

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  1. Gosh, you should have seen how people were treating Matt Schaub yesterday. Yes, he was playing horribly, but when he got injured, people CHEERED. It was so sad!!! And yes, the end to the Pats game was awesome! Looks like an amazing weekend!

  2. 'Twas a pretty awesome weekend!!

  3. Ok that pic of you two sitting on the big rock looks like you are sitting on the edge of a cliff!!! Scary!!! Glad you had a nice weekend. And glad you are a Tom Brady fan! Hehe!!

  4. I love how often you and Donny go out on dates and outings. :) Of course you didn't really get to do much of that when you were "dating," so I guess you're kind of making up for it now. I think it's sweet and fun.

  5. Sounds like a great weekend! Blowing Rock is absolutely gorgeous!!! And I want to see Captain Phillips - glad to hear that you enjoyed it! :)

  6. Im glad you liked the movie--I wanna see it. We saw Gravity and it was amazing! Highly recommend it.
    I'm not even going to comment on the Skins....dammit...haha

  7. That's one thing I love about the fall is visiting towns with really cute walkable downtown areas. Looks like you all had a great time!

  8. Jealous of your weekend adventuring. Those mountains are so beautiful. I've been trying to talk someone into going to TN with me the day bar results come out, but nobody seems to be taking the bait. I need some mountain beauty in my life!! Looks like a great weekend!

  9. The Blowing Rock looks so beautiful!! What a fun weekend :)