Monday, October 5, 2009

Good Food, Great Friends, Horrible Movie

I had a great birthday weekend, including a night out with my girlfriends and homemade cookin' at my parents' house. (not to mention a soccer game, more rehearsals for K Belle's "Godspell" production, and the longest wedding I've ever attended performed by the same priest from "The Princess Bride" or Barney Frank ... or a combination of the two)

The girls' night out started with dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Bonefish Grill.

Here are the girls:

Here's the Bang Bang shrimp:

Because I was in food heaven, I forgot to take a picture of my main dish, which was a seared Mahi Mahi, topped with some kind of delicious sauce over steamed spinach and lump crabmeat. And, the garlic mashed potatoes will make you slap yo' mama.

Here's the argument over which dessert was better: Creme Brulee (the winner) and a brownie ... no competition, Natalie. My creme brulee eats your brownie for breakfast.

Here's the gift:

We killed some time by hopping over to Target for candy for the movie and Starbuck's for coffee. I totally thought I could sneak a pumpkin spice latte into the movie without spilling a drop in my purse. Wrong about the not spilling.

The movie we chose, because of the hilarious previews, was "The Invention of Lying." Bad choice.

The best part of the movie was before it started, when Natalie and I each enjoyed a pouch of Pop Rocks that she bought for me (after she told me she just discovered them ... she's just a baby. I discovered them the year they were invented ... 1975. They pulled them from store shelves in 1983 ... probably still before she was born ... because people thought that if you mixed Pop Rocks with soda, your stomach would explode. Turns out, that's not true. I would have exploded a long time ago if that were the case. In fact, some of my best childhood memories include Pop Rocks.)

Anyway ...

At the point of the movie where the main character made up a "lie" about what happens after death just to make people feel happy, we walked out. The "lie" was the truth that all Christians believe. I felt like my faith was being mocked.

The movie was quite offensive and not funny. The only funny parts were the ones we had already seen on the preview. And, one of us fell asleep, while two others struggled to keep their eyes open, including me.


All in all, the ol' birthday week was good.

I've decided that if I'm going to lie about my age, I'm going to lie up. Think of how many, "you look so good for your age" comments I'll get. I think I'd rather that. So, I'm actually 52.


Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

I hope you had a great bday!!

mmmmm brownie

We went to see Zombieland this weekend(on my bday). Uh, I liked it a lot. FUNNY STUFF!

Angela said...

Girl, you loook great for 52 and 29! Happy birthday. Thanks for the movie warning

H-Mama said...

Sounds like fun. Thanks for the movie warning. You crack me up... putting a coffee in your purse! Ha... Hubs and I have walked right in with ours before {in hand}. ;)

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

I have never had garlic mashed potatoes that would make me 'slap ma momma' .....still laughing bout that :)

Lois Lane II said...

HAHA! Love that last sentence.

After reading your facebook status, I went looking for reviews of the movie. That is such a disappointment, because you're right -- it looked so cute! Oh, well. I'm glad I know now instead of wasting $7 on it!

Sara said...

DOH! I thought that movie looked good. I thought maybe his big lie was "No you don't look fat in that dress."
Not sure I'd like him to "lie" about what happens when we die. VERY dissappointing.
SO glad you had some good food and company for your birthday. I think you are right about lying about our age, lie UP! hee hee.

BaronessBlack said...

Yay! So glad you had a good birthday!

I'm intrigued about the film tho'
I've heard that it was a bit confused and people didn't really know what to make of it.
Personally, I couldn't believe that everyone would be so brutally honest - I think most people would learn to keep their mouths shut, even if they couldn't tell a white lie now and then!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

You crack me up :) Sounds like a fun weekend, even though the movie was a dud. Glad to know it's not worth seeing though!

Joan said...

I love the ideo of adding 10 years to our ages then we will get those great compliments. You look fabulous!


TCKK said...

Sounds like a fun weekend!

thedomesticfringe said...

I feel like I missed a big part of this story...What movie did you see and walk out on???

You do look amazing for 52! Glad you had a happy birthday.

Rachel @ Future Pastor's Wife said...

OK, my blood is BOILING after reading about that movie. What jerks.

Looks like you had a wonderful birthday!!! :)

12-arrows said...

hey girlie don't mock us "old" ladies who are actually 50! I choose to lie "down"! LOL sounds so much better and geez how many women do you know who are 50 with a 2 year old???? it can be a good thing or a bad thing............

Daiquiri said...

Aren't great friends such a blessing?

I don't know...that brownie called to me ;-)

Pop Rocks - my best pop rocks memory was giving them to my dog. Now THOSE were some good times!

Happy Birthday! Here's to growing older (but not OLD...not by a long shot) gracefully :-)