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a weekend of entertainment

I love going to the theater. Especially the Guthrie. The building is beautiful, the location perfect, the atmosphere is brimming with anticipation for the next show. Its one of my favorite things to do in Minneapolis.

This weekend we went to see a Streetcar Named Desire with some friends.

Let me just start off by saying it was extremely well acted with an all star cast -including the part of Stanley played by Ricardo Chavira who stars in Desperate Housewives. Tennessee Williams who wrote the play is known to be kind of a downer and this certainly was no exception. It was heavy and depressing down to the very last scene. Thankfully some humor and lighthearted banter was interspersed throughout. We were not familiar with the story at all having never seen the movie or any other production of it and were commenting at intermission how we'd like to see the Marlon Brando version. By the end we both agreed we've had enough Tennessee Williams for a while. Is it worth seeing? Yes, very much so. But don't expect to leave feeling uplifted and happy. That's all I'm saying.

I also saw Eat. Pray. Love. over the weekend.

I read the book previous to seeing the movie and when I found out Julia Roberts was to play Liz I thought she would be perfect. She did not disappoint. The movie as a whole was good, but did not quite live up to her performance. It's hard not to compare movies to their literary counterparts. I thought it was a surfacy version of her experiences and ended up being a bit fragmented and disjointed. Character development was also lacking, but how do you squeeze so much time and so many amazing experiences into a two hour movie? Contrary to Streetcar, this will leave you feeling uplifted, if not a bit sentimental and wanting to take a year long trip of self discovery. When I got home from the movie, Dave and I went to go eat somewhere with outdoor seating so I could pretend we were eating at a street cafe in Rome. It wasn't quite the same, but it was lovely.

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the big 1

Children grow so fast. Seriously. Our godson's first birthday has already come and gone (he's now 13 months and walking everywhere!) but his little party was so fun and festive, I wanted to share some pictures.

The happy little family.

Becky made macarons! Aren't they pretty?

Elijah loves "the hungry caterpillar" so Becky created a special cake for him

We can't believe you are 1 little buddy! Uncle Dave and Auntie Jessica love you very much!

friday fun

Here's another fun color game for you! But I have to warn you, it's not just a feel good color assessment, you will get an actual score this time! I did it twice to improve my score. Kind of like the ACT's.

Check it out!

and that's the way it has to be, honestly

I am very prone to paper cuts. Why is that? I feel like I come home with one (or three which was yesterdays total) at least twice a week. Odd. And painful.

I just finished reading "the hunger games" and I literally could not put it down. Its been a long time since a book has sucked me in to the point where I think about it during the day, wondering what's going to happen to the characters, counting down the minutes until I can peruse the pages once more. perfect summer read.

This weekend includes a little road trip up to Brainerd to visit my friend Rachel. I'm looking forward to some girl time. She wanted to go tubing down the river, but since I hate tubing (is that lame??) she graciously agreed to do something else. I think we are hitting up some flea markets and watching bull riding. Or something.

Is it really August already? Is anyone else super bummed about that?? I'm not ready for summer to come to a close. Although I am looking forward to something that comes along with the close of summer: THE FAIR!! So I guess its bitter sweet.

I have an Avril song floating through my head this morning. Strange since I wasn't listening to any of her music. her first album though is really good. I still like it. Its one of those albums that reminds me of a certain time in my life. I love that. It's because I'm sentimental.