Good morning my lovelies!
The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this weekend. What a swing from last weekend, when we were getting over our version of Snowmageddon.
No pics from yesterday, but plenty to talk about, I was out and about the whole day!
For book-club this month, we decided to read Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane, since the movie was coming out this month. I didn’t finish the book before we saw the movie, but it turned out that it was actually the best situation. I liked the book, once I got past the slow start — I like psychological thrillers and this didn’t disappoint. I did end up finishing the book after we saw the movie and the movie was pretty faithful to the book. I would recommend either if you’re into this type of genre. And this is where the first Leonardo of the day comes in — Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s not on my celebrity crush list, so don’t worry. 🙂
We saw the movie at 10 am to take advantage of the special pricing AMC does for early morning shows on the weekend — $6 before noon. Matinees are now $8.00 and evening prices are $10.50, which makes my stomach hurt. It used to be that the evening prices were $6 and even that was too much! And frankly, there are very few movies now that are worth paying full theater price for. Not just the movies, but the whole experience — I don’t want to sit with stupid kids being asses just to look cool, idiots who won’t shut up during the movie, jerks who text during the movie. Yes, I have very little patience for stupid people, and it seems like there are more of them every day.
Rant over, sorry!
Anyway, so after the movie we were starving for lunch. We had planned the timing and location of the movie so that we could hit up an Indian restaurant for lunch afterwards. I’m pretty picky about Indian restaurants, but luckily there are quite a few in the Atlanta area that meet my high standards! Luckily, Swathi Indian Cuisine in Roswell, GA will make my list. It serves the usual suspects — tandoori chicken, rice, butter chicken, naan, but there also other items such as the bonda, chili chicken, and lemon rice that were nice additions. My main complaint about Indian restaurants is that the food is so greasy, but not so here.
After lunch I headed home so that I could squeeze in a walk outside before Mr. Spice and I headed to the High Museum of Art. I got caught in some rare weekend traffic due to a funeral procession that pretty much shut down all the highways.
Once I got home, I headed over to the new soccer park that is next to our development. There’s a walking trail around it that I like to take advantage of when the weather’s nice. Now, one of my goals this year is to complete a 5K. I actually have one in mind in May and I need to start training for it. I downloaded a Couch to 5K app on my iPhone a while back and thought I should give it a try. The cool thing about this app was that I could play my own music in the background and still take advantage of the voice prompts to run or walk. Now I wouldn’t call what I did running. It was more shuffling along at a slightly faster pace than walking, which wasn’t that fast to begin with. Walking outside is so much harder than when I do it on a treadmill but I will take the outside over treadmill any day.
So if you happened to see a short, fat, brown girl huffing and shuffling around the park yesterday? That was me.
Afterwards, I started to wheeze (I have some weird exercise and allergy induced asthma thing) and couldn’t find my inhaler. And my prescription at CVS had expired. I was asking if they could just give me one anyway. No. Then I asked if there was something OTC I could take and they were going to check. So I waited, wheezing and coughing. And they hung up! I called back and yelled at them for hanging up on me — the guy was like, I’m sorry, I didn’t hang up, I went to check and someone else must have hung up. Yeah right, buddy. We had some cough congestion medicine at home so I took one of those and a hot shower and that seemed to help a little. But I really need to get a new prescription for my inhaler, which I will not be filling at that CVS location.
Mr. Spice and I had a date for later that afternoon to catch the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the High Museum of Art. This is actually the last weekend of the exhibit, so we were expecting a huge crowd, but it really wasn’t too bad. See, that’s Leonardo # 2 of the day! I am really glad we took advantage of the exhibit — it wasn’t a huge one, but it was highlighting da Vinci’s interest in and influence on Renaissance sculpture. Very cool.
After culturally enlightening ourselves, it was around 7 and we were in Midtown Atlanta. Lots of awesome restaurants, but we headed to one of our favorites — The Vortex. It was PACKED inside and the wait was 30-45 minutes, but we amused ourselves by watching Olympic curling. And as always, the food was worth it. We decided to get an appetizer since it was so crowded. We got their famous fried zucchini, then I got my usual Ragin’ Cajun burger and got a cup of their firehouse chili on the side instead of fries. Totally hit the spot and we were in the best location to people watch.
Once we got home, I was exhausted and my legs were killing me. We watched a little TV in bed and I dozed off before the end of the show we were watching.
Off to enjoy the rest of this lovely weekend. I hope my legs decide to forgive me soon, since I want to take another walk outside today.