First weekend back

05Apr09

So Marc and I had the luxury of spending the weekend together, which hasn’t happened in two weeks, making this weekend (even though I had to work) completely blissful.  I have to remember that I am allowed to get USED to spending time with my husband alone–and that it’s ok!

We had a “big movie” weekend, watching both of our netflix picks, Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Milk.  Obviously, on the movie spectrum, these are complete opposites.  But, considering that Friday felt much more like a non-serious night, we watched Zack and Miri then, and Milk today.  I’m not going to talk about Zack and Miri, because though it was enjoyable, it was a lot of what you’d expect–dicks, boobs, vagina jokes.  Whatever, not worth writing about.  You can rent it (it IS amusing), but I’m not going to dissect it.  (If you want to read more about it, you can click here, and see my brother’s thoughts on it.)

I LOVED Milk. I read somewhere online that what made Sean Penn great is that you never think that he’s acting.  And that’s true.  It was all very real, and he even looked the part–everyone did.  The casting was phenomenal.  The writing was great and the mere fact that there is actual news footage makes it even better (it really makes any true story better).  I’d definitely watch it again.  I did think I was going to get more choked up (I surely cried when I watched the documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk), but I didn’t.  I had goosebumps and nearly every turn, though, which is maybe even better.  It’s sad that people are still fighting over crap like this, but it’s the sad state of our nation.  Hopefully our kids don’t have to grow up in a world that still embraces marriage as a privilege, and not a right.  But who knows.  I think it’s also important (this is something Marc and I discussed) that people our age stop bemoaning the fact that we have nothing to “define” our generation like our parents and grandparents did.  If people in our generation paid a little more attention, we might be able to find a way to bring marriage inequality to the forefront.

Anyway, off the soapbox.

Also, this weekend, we cleaned the house.  Marc wet-swiffed the floors, while I got rid of some of the clutter, folded laundry, put away groceries, etc., etc.  Also, have I made it this far without mentioning that we roughed it and went to the SOMERVILLE Market Basket?  For those of you not from this area, Market Basket is maybe the best grocery store invention in the world.  Everything’s super cheap, and all you have to do to obtain the cheapness is fight, life and limb, through narrow aisles of products that aren’t necessarily arranged in a logical order, scores of people, a parking lot that is full at every hour of the day and check out lines that are about a half-hour long.  There are other “more luxurious” (ha) Market Baskets in suburban locations like Woburn and Burlington, but I promised Marc that we could go to Somerville, which is crazy central.  But seriously, we bought a full week’s worth of groceries (every meal from today until Friday, plus a few extras, and paper towel) for $68.  Plus, ol’ Market Basket (specifically the one in Somerville) has pretty varied and exotic produce, because it serves a more diverse population, so Marc and I were able to get some fun ingredients that were outside the norm.

From these amazing Market Basket ingredients, I made a couple of lovely recipes from my low-fat Moosewood cookbook.  We had Baked Fish with Mustard Marinade (I’m linking the recipe, because I’m way too lazy to type it all out), fennel with ginger and garlic and then some lentil and rice pilaf (that was from a box…).

I also finished my April book club book (The Reader) and I’m now FLYING through the Alicia Erian novel, Towelhead.  I really like it, and I will likely write more of a review of it once I’m done.  But it’s great/disturbing.

Lastly….my best friend, Jasmine, is currently in labor with her third child.  She went into the hospital yesterday and has been texting me with regular updates.  My last update was around 2 or 3 p.m.  I haven’t heard anything about the baby being born just yet, but it’s gotta happen soon.  She’s been at the hospital for about 24 hours.  Unless it’s the longest labor in history, we should be getting good news soon.  Jasmine and her husband don’t know the sex of the baby just yet, because the ultrasounds were inconclusive.  However, they’re *pretty* sure it’s a girl.  I can’t wait to hear the news.  (And I hope it’s a girl!)

Busy weekend…good weekend…does tomorrow have to be Monday?

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One Response to “First weekend back”

  1. 1 emily

    milk was incredible! i was blown away by the whole thing, but the credits part where they showed the clips of the real people… i freaked out a little bit. i saw it twice…
    1) with my parents in molly’s apartment in dc while molly was in colorado (don’t ask)
    2) in the very cozy smaller library at school with my friends… tonight.
    so, funny coincidence!! : )


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