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Mixed Nuts

This weekend was as jam packed as an unopened jam jar.

It was a really great mix of time spent with friends and family, excellent food, and of course beauty, brilliance and hilarity.

Here are a few highlights from the past two days:

Brilliant brunches.

Bean Sprouts.

Smoking smokers.

Post-Prometheus chai.

Dream House.

Dream lunch.

Super dog.

Secret messages.

Yesterday was Italian Days along the length of Commercial drive. Luckily the rain stayed away and we, along with M’s sister V, her partner J, and his parents E (alias Darth Gruyere) and C, walked the length of the street, taking in all the different sights, sounds, and smells the festival had to offer.

It was a really lovely way of spending an afternoon.

(Though next time we are really going to need to get our mitts on some cannolis. And by some, I mean all of them. And by mitts, I mean mouths.)

On Saturday night M and I went to the pictures and took in Ridley Scott’s latest oeuvre – Prometheus.

Going to the movies is always a bit of a trip for us because we pretty much never go anymore.

Like, ever.

This is a bit strange because at the beginning of our relationship you would be hard pressed not to find us in a movie theatre at least once a week. (M was even a projectionist at two of the local independent theatres in the city during his undergrad.)

Now, we maybe take in a film twice a year at most.

I suppose we’ve just lost that interest. That spark.

(Perhaps we’re just waiting for the mother load of a movie to blast us back to our former selves? We’re not sure.)

Either way, this trip we did not hit pay dirt.

My tweet that night summed up how I felt (in under 140 characters) about the film: I LOVE Alien/Aliens, but – there’s a reason why they’re separate movies. Trying to make both at the same time just doesn’t work. #prometheus

If you want a much longer take on how I felt about the movie, please read this absolutely brilliant and gut-busting hilarious review by  Henry Rothwell.

It’s magic.

And (in my opinion) bang on.

In terms of tough mudder: t-minus less than two weeks to lift off!

Yesterday I had one cracking run. I completed 15.4 km in 1:08 – one of my fastest runs to day. And that was after running 12 km on Saturday, combined with my circuit strength training.

I’m feeling really strong, and goodness knows the callouses on my hands are forming personalities of their own.

I can’t really tell you guys how stoked I am to drive up to Whistler and see what the course has in store for us.

I mean, don’t get me wrong – I, under no circumstances, believe that this is going to be a walk in the park. I know full well how greweling the entire experience is sure to be.

But heck if that doesn’t make me any less excited!

I am ready to get my mudder on, and get it on hard.

 Tonight Mr. M and I ate farfelle with vine ripened tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh basil, and paremesan cheese. We watched Sunshine.

It’s still cold, but things are slowly changing.

When you’re moving this fast, they’re bound too.

9 thoughts on “Mixed Nuts

  1. 15+ km in 68? yer a mawnstrrr!
    well, guess i’ll nefflix/rent prometheus, then.
    ‘betty’ likes to go to the mooveez, and we see the requisite stuff, e.g., harry potter, lowered uv the wringz, avatar, i think i humoured her by also seeing twilight. yeah, we were (like you’all) like that — movie/theatres much more often. now, we’re thinking about re-taking up golf.

    1. I am a monster for sure. I have to make a concerted effort not to scare young children and trample small dogs!

      Definitely netflix the film!

      Golf eh? May your swings be true!

  2. I’ve been absent for a bit, so maybe I missed it, but that is so awesome that you are doing a tough mudder soon! I have quite a few friends who have done those but I have been avoiding it thus far because of both the intensity and the messiness. :-) I am sure it and you will be awesome! And is that your dog??? Super cute!!! Looks so much like the dog my hubs had growing up. Great weekend (minus the mediocre movie)!

    1. The messiness will be epic messiness! My first priority upon finishing will be to find shower facilities, stat. Thank you for your kind wishes :)

      I wish that doggy was mine! Alas, he was just out with his owner, also enjoying the sights and sounds. What a cutie pie!

  3. I’m glad to know there is someone else who isn’t that thrilled with movies anymore. Like you, I went to a fair few years ago but don’t go often now. (At Christmas, I was given a gift certificate to the theatre and didn’t even redeem it before mid-march when we left! I even tried to. I do think I got more fun out of rewarding it to friends after a short quiz about NZ. haha.)

    Good on you for your running achievements! That’s amazing!! Can’t wait to hear how Tough Mudder goes!!

    1. Thanks lady! Man, I am so excited for this weekend it’s silly. Should be a great time :)

      Yeah, it’s totally disappointing how crap most movies are these days. Every so often someone will hit a home run, but everything else seems to be mired in MEH.

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