Monday, February 10, 2014

The Olympics, Stuffed Faces, and a Puppy!

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 and

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. 
Pig Greetings.

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!  
We went to visit with her and another puppy, but ultimately decided that she was the one that we would adopt.  We wanted to bring her home immediately, but with our trip to Texas coming up this weekend, we didn't want to take her out of her foster home and then immediately leave her for five days.  So we will pick her up next Monday!
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.
Sunday was rather uneventful.  We went to church, came home and watched more of the Olympics while Donny did homework and I took a nice long nap.  This week, however, is going to be very busy.  Not only do I have to get ready to be gone for five days, but now I have to also get our house ready for a puppy to arrive before we leave.  (All with snowmageddon predicted for the day before we depart.)  Sounds fun, right??  :)


  1. Your puppy is ADORABLE!!! What's her name going to be?

  2. I would just like to state for the record that John Goodman, Bill Murray and especially Cate Blanchett were are great in Monuments Men. It was that Clooney fellow that ruined it, for me anyway.

  3. Congrats on the puppy! Can't wait to see more pictures of her when you bring her home.

    That choc/pb cake looks amazing.

    Have fun in Texas. Hope you get your reading groove back. :)

  4. I want to eat there. And I hope you love I've Got Your Number 1/2 as much as I did. I listened to it on CD (always do with a British book when the library has it available as the accent makes the story 1,000 times better) and this is by far my favorite of hers. Second Favorite - 20s Girl. Happy reading!

  5. She is so cute! I know I have told you this like 3 times on FB but she really is. Happy housebreaking!
    Honestly I am sorry to hear that Monuments Men is a dud. I really want to see it. It is hard for me to get the man to the movies because he is so stinking outdoorsy but I figured I could get him to go to anything military.
    I am so glad you got to come and visit Texas. I know you had a great time and I am betting you got some Whataburger ketchup somewhere along the lines! LOL

  6. I want all of that food!!!! And yayyyy for a new little puppy!!! Congrats!!! :)