Monday, February 7, 2011

Weekend Wanderings: Valentine's Day

Okay, so it's not really Valentine's Day yet, but Roger surprised me a few weeks ago with tickets to see the Carolina Chocolate Drops on Friday night, and so we decided to celebrate early. We had a few drinks (cream ale!) and dinner (mac & cheese with rosemary and mushrooms for an appetizer, a Reuben and fried chicken with black eyed peas & collard greens!) at Birdsall House, which was lovely, and headed over to the Paramount, where they happened to be having a pre-concert chocolate tasting. The concert was incredible, though it felt a little short. If you haven't heard the Carolina Chocolate Drops, you definitely should check them out. They have a song for every mood, and the project as a whole is amazing. Seeing them live was especially impressive, because they gave a little history of each of the songs, and were completely charming, even as they picked up the wrong instruments or started on a wrong note. When the concert was over, we headed home, picking up a heart-shaped box of chocolates on the way.

I woke up early on Saturday, and felt listless the whole day. I hate that feeling, when you have a million things to do, but can't bring yourself to do even one of them. It wasn't pleasant, and I'm sorry to say it lasted nearly the whole day. I did, however, make it out to lunch with my parents and Liz at our favorite diner, and over to a very nice, very fancy grocery store in the same area. I love fancy grocery stores. The evening was mostly spent finishing up little things, including your postcards! Sorry they're so late; I ran out of glue-sticks. If you commented on either of my blogiversary posts, keep your eyes peeled - you should receive your card in the next few days. In case you didn't comment or I couldn't find your address, I just want to say "Thanks." I've loved getting know each of you through your own writing, and I'm so grateful for your support here.

Sunday morning was similarly quiet. Roger and I went out for breakfast (third meal at a restaurant in three days) before coming back home to get some work done. While working on an article, I got some lovely news about C&R that I'm dying to share with all of you, but won't until the real announcement is made. That afternoon, I went to test drive the Subaru Impreza. No, I'm not really planning to buy a car any time soon, but the need for one came up a little this weekend, so we'll see. It seemed very nice, but I did drive it in second gear the whole time. No one in the car, including the sales person, listened when I said, "Gosh, it sounds a little loud, huh?" No, Kristin, it doesn't sound loud, it sounds like a car revving because it's not in drive. Smooth. Also, I was a little upset at how quickly I was taken in by the Subaru advertising. It's like their marketing team has a direct line to my heart. It was so effective for me that I was actually nervous about how effective it was while I was thinking, "Ooooh, if I had a Subaru, I could drive in the snow... to a ski lodge!" I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that I haven't skied since I was about 14, and that I can count the number of times I've driven in the snow on one hand. Yeah. We'll see...
Then, of course, the SuperBowl. We had a little spread of appetizers and watched the whole game. It's the first one I've ever sat through, and let me tell you, that last half goes on for HOURS. The first half and halftime were amazing, mainly thanks to Lauren and other hilarious friends on Twitter, but the end was just sort of boring. And then a team won. And then I studied poetry and watched Grey's Anatomy on NetFlix until it was way, way too late at night.

And then it was Monday.


  1. glad you enjoyed the carolina chocolate drops!

  2. i bet it was a good concert. i really like their music. the mac and cheese sounds amazing, too!