Friday, I worked later than normal, after running some errands and grabbing dinner, we barely made it home in time to see the Sochi Opening Ceremony! (And then it took them 45 minutes to get to the actual ceremony, but whatever...) I thought it was really great. Russia has some fascinating history, and it was fun to see how they displayed it. Of course they minimized the dark parts of their story, but who doesn't. It was beautiful-- the dancing, the music, the fireworks. Just gorgeous.
Photos from nbcolympics.com and espn.com
Saturday, we got up and went to the NC mountains. We had lunch at Countryside Barbecue, and if you're ever near or east of Asheville, NC then you really must eat there! It's owned by my friend Katie's parents, and it was so good. I'm kind of particular about my barbecue, and this was SO delicious. I met Katie's dad and sister almost immediately upon walking in, and they sent us both a complimentary appetizer and dessert! They were incredibly nice to us, as was the rest of the wait staff, who didn't even know that we were VIPs. Haha.
The best home-fried potato chips I've ever had.
I love when I get my own pitcher of tea!
Chocolate peanut butter cake. Holy wow.
After we left the restaurant (completely stuffed, btw...), we went on to our next stop, which was the real purpose of the trip-- to visit with and adopt this sweet girl!
She's so tiny and sweet! She was a little nervous at being out where there were so many people (at the adoption fair), but that didn't stop her from giving me kisses! She was very comfortable being held by us both, and the lady at the animal rescue says she's very playful and sweet. I can't wait to bring her home!
On our way home from Marion, we stopped and saw Monuments Men. I really don't know how it happened that I hadn't been to a movie in all of 2014 until this weekend. But this was my first movie of 2014, and it was kind of a dud. I really shouldn't have expected much when I couldn't get through the book (and we all know that books are better than their movie 99% of the time...). But I thought the fantastic cast could salvage the story. And they did a little, but not enough. It felt so rushed, like you couldn't wrap your head around one thing before it was time to move on. And by doing that, it felt like nothing really happened. Very disappointing.
I'm hoping to go see Winter's Tale this weekend, maybe with Donny's mom and sister. I had totally planned on reading the book before seeing the movie until I saw that it was 768 pages. So that's probably not going to happen. I don't know why, but I'm having such a hard time reading any new books recently. I have probably a dozen library books at my house, but none of them are catching my attention. I started Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number in hopes that it would be a quick read and get me back into the reading groove. Unfortunately, I've only read about seven pages in the past week. But lucky for me, I've got some good reading time coming up this weekend with air travel. So I'm hoping that I'll get back in my swing again.