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A Day Trip to Rochester

Kelly and I took a short trip to Rochester today. I really wanted to see Matt before he moved to Seattle in January, so my main purpose for the trip was to attend Game Night at the comic store. Kelly and I ate a late lunch at Magnolia’s, and then we went to Wegman’s in Pittsford (or, Mega Weg’s, as some like to call it). I had a request from Adrienne for Cocopop, which I’ve only ever seen at Wegman’s, and Daniel wanted a particular cereal. I do miss Wegman’s.

We also went to Eastview Mall for some holiday shopping. I’m visiting my brother tomorrow, so I wanted to get everything for him, his kids, and my sister-in-law wrapped and ready to go.

Finally, it was time for Game Night. I got to see Matt’s wife and kids briefly, then Kelly dominated us in Settlers of Catan. And then I lost miserably in poker, too. But it was great to see them, and a trip to the store means that Matt gives me and Daniel all of the stuff that they haven’t been able to sell. This includes random, terrible comics and bizarre action figures that probably shouldn’t exist.

I had a good afternoon in Rochester. It was nice to visit, but I don’t think I could ever live there again.

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November Date Night!

Daniel and I enjoyed a little date night yesterday evening.  It was one of our best date nights ever, if I do say so myself.  We decided we were just going to do the simple dinner and a movie.  However, date night requires that you put in a little more effort than usual.  For me, that apparently amounts to an extra two hours that I spend primping.  I showered, curled my hair, did my makeup, and I picked out a cuter outfit than what I usually wear.  This also encouraged Daniel to wear a button down shirt and a jacket.  He looked excellent.

We dined at Pizzeria Toro, which was our first time eating there.  It was delicious.  For an appetizer, we tried the Burrata with charred tomatoes and crispy basil.  It was really good, but a little overpriced for the portion we received, and for what it was.  Now, the pizza was amazing and priced very reasonably.  We tried the spicy lamb meatball pizza.  Our bill came in at under $30 for the appetizer and the pizza, and that also included the tip.  It reminded me a little bit of a restaurant in Rochester called Veneto.  They both offer wood-fired pizza, but Veneto also offers a wide selection of pasta dishes.  Between the two establishments, the prices of the pizzas were very similar, but the portions of the pizzas at Pizzeria Toro are slightly bigger.  Despite the weird, uncomfortable chairs that they put you in, and sitting us at a long table with four strangers, it was a positive experience overall.  I complain about the strange seating arrangement because all they have for seating are long tables that are meant for multiple groups of people, which is bad if you’re looking for a more quiet restaurant where you can chat with the person you are dining with more privately.  But other than that, it has a very, very Durham vibe to it.

I admit that before we went to the theater, we stopped at Target to buy candy and Coca-cola Icees.  (They don’t sell Coke Icees at Wynnsong or Northgate.  This is a problem for us, because we love Coke Icees.)  We ended up at Wynnsong to see Skyfall.  It was certainly the best James Bond film I’ve ever seen, which probably doesn’t say much because I’ve only seen maybe 4 or 5.  But the consensus seems to be that it is the best one yet.  I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil it, but Javier Bardem’s character did remind me a little bit of The Joker from The Dark Knight.  Nothing specific about him screamed “Joker Ripoff”, but in general the character seemed reminiscent of that kind of villain.  This didn’t cheapen the film even a little bit.  I think the entire movie was a perfect combination of action, humor, and sexiness.  It’s definitely a movie that I want to own when it comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

On a side note, we saw a trailer for another Die Hard movie.  I am SO excited about that, words cannot express it.  This of course means that we will need to have a Die Hard movie marathon before we see it in theaters.

I will leave you with Adele’s “Skyfall”, the new Bond film theme song.  I don’t really care for Adele, but I do think this was perfect for the film.

Adventures

Every weekend, Daniel and I wake up in the morning and say “What fun things are we going to do today?”  Usually, we end up on some “adventure”.  These adventures usually aren’t anything too crazy.  Today we just went to the Southpoint Mall in search of a specific Hanukkah gift for his sister Nicole.  We were fortunate enough to have completed our mission (and saved 10% while doing it).  In the process, I also finished holiday shopping for my nieces and nephew.  I never get that sort of thing done this early.  I’m always that person out the weekend before Christmas looking for gifts.  I’ve made it a personal goal not to let that happen this year.

Other adventures have included driving to various GameStops in the area looking for a certain Wii game that Daniel really wanted.  The only reason we didn’t order it online was because we found out we could get it for $5 or less at a store in Morrisville.  Unfortunately, we bought the game used and then found out it didn’t work.  Returning the game was a less fun adventure.

But it’s not just consumer-driven adventures that we go on.  In Rochester, we often went on hikes in the summer.  We’ve been doing that less since we moved here, which is a bummer because the Eno River State Park is very beautiful.  (Daniel, this is a not-so-subtle hint that I think we should go on a hike soon, if the weather is nice and it’s not too cold.)

Sometimes we will hear about an interesting event that’s happening downtown or an art exhibit at the Nasher, and wander on over to check it out. Those can turn into really interesting adventures because you never know what insane things you might see, hear, or be a part of.

Pictured: Daniel (top) and Christine (bottom) adventuring on a gigantic turtle.

There are also lots of bigger adventures that we haven’t gone on yet.  For instance, we’re both anxious to take a trip to New York City, since I haven’t been there in years and I’ve never gone with Daniel.  I’ve never been to Chicago, so I’m dying to visit.  I’ve also never visited to Seatlle, and some of our good friends in Rochester are moving there in January; I hope that we can sync up our schedules to visit them sometime next year.

What adventures have you gone on recently?

Some Exciting News

Last night I heard from the landlord Adam about moving into our apartment (townhouse?).  Originally, he had given us the date of June 1, but changed it and said that the space should be ready around May 15.  This is perfect because Daniel will actually be in Durham during that time and we can start moving some of our things into our new home.

Naturally, because I’m a woman, I love to decorate or design the spaces in which I will be living.  My first obstacle is the bedroom.  Daniel and I are getting a really basic bed frame from his parents’ house.  It does not have a headboard, so I’m trying to think of cool things to do in lieu of a headboard.  I’ve seen some interesting ideas on both Pinterest and Apartment Therapy, like painting words or a picture where the headboard would be, but realistically I can’t paint something on the wall, since we are renting.  I do love the idea of this:

A wood pallet headboard from Apartment Therapy.

But I think we would need something a little more…lightweight?  I also would love some creative ideas for night stands.  Suggestions are encouraged.

The other two “bedrooms” upstairs will serve as a study/work area and a music/comic room, respectively.  We just need to acquire more bookshelves for these rooms.  The music/comic room will also have a guest bed or a futon in it.  Basically, a place where guests will be able to live comfortably, provided Daniel doesn’t fill it to the ceiling with his collection of instruments and comics.

Since we are upgrading from 1 tiny closet of a bathroom to 2 and 1/2 bathrooms, bathroom space will not be a problem.  I’ve already decided I’m just going to use one full bath as my own and put all of my junk in it, and he can use the other for whatever bathroom things men have.  I really don’t know what you guys use, because when I moved all of my stuff out of the bathroom in Rochester, it was pretty much bare.

If there’s enough room in the kitchen, we would love to get a small island, or at least something that can be used as additional counter space.  If there is one thing I’ve learned, it doesn’t matter if you live in a tiny apartment or a three story house with two kitchens, there is never enough counter space.

Finally, the living room.  It is definitely bigger than what we had in Rochester, but I have no idea how to set it up.  For that, I’m going to have to wait until I can actually see the space and figure out how much room we have.

Obviously once we move in there will be lots of pictures.  We are just a short stroll from downtown and the farmer’s market in Central Park.  I’m sure we will be taking advantage of that very often.  Plus, there is a new coffee shop opening up just a block or two from where we will be living.  Not to mention Fullsteam and Geer Street Garden, both right in the neighborhood.

My First Vlog (Because I’ve Been Really Lazy About Blogging!)

So below is my first vlog (awkward word!) video.  The quality is not good because I just used my computer’s camera.  I probably should have saved myself some trouble and just uploaded a voice post, but I did want people to be able to see me since I have family and friends in faraway lands like Unadilla and Rochester that don’t see me very often.  Also, you should know that I’m a couple of glasses of wine into this post, so there may be a few typos that I didn’t catch.  (The video was pre-wine Stine.)  I’m really going to make an effort to post more often about what’s going on in my life here in Durham.

I was serious about the cat anxiety thing.  I know nothing about it, so inform me!  Also, I may end up doing the haul video regardless.  It looks like so much fun.  Cue Daniel making fun of me relentlessly.  I know they’re silly but they look fun to film.  I might wait to do it until I do a serious shopping trip at Old Navy and Forever 21 on Monday or Tuesday.  We will see if that actually materializes.

I just want to point out that I really did enjoy going to see Titanic in theaters.  It’s a stupid movie.  The script is ridiculous.  I hate what James Cameron does to movies (and by that, I mean ruin them).  But, it’s a pretty good story and I happen to really like Kate Winslet.  To me, it was worth it for free dollars.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink…Actually, Everything About The Kitchen Sink!

Today was the Rochester Comic Convention, or Roc-Con.  Daniel thinks that he doesn’t have enough time to do a proper post about it today, but I am going to make him write about it tomorrow.

I am especially excited because our landlord stopped by this afternoon and installed a new faucet for our kitchen sink.  Our old faucet had a leaky hose that could not be replaced on its own.  That’s fine with me, because we got a very fancy replacement faucet.  In addition, I was pretty tired of dealing with water spraying everywhere while I tried to do the dishes.

Yes, today was a quiet Saturday and getting a new faucet was the most exciting thing that happened to me.

From the front.

Shiny!

From the side.

Sleek!

Ta-da!

I can’t wait to use it!!

Park Ave Fest is Upon Us!

Kelly and Dillon are on their way to Rochester as I type this very sentence.  Today was spent getting ready for this weekend.  For me, that included cleaning the house, a lot.  I tidied, I scrubbed, I swept, I washed.  When Daniel got home, we walked to Dogtown for their special of the day, a lobster roll.  Kelly and Dillon aren’t going to arrive until almost 10pm, so we will be having a very late dinner; Daniel felt we needed a snack to satisfy our hunger until then.  And what a delicious lobster roll it was.

For dinner, we prepared some stuffed shells.  We are waiting to pop them in the oven until Dillon and Kelly are closer so that dinner will be hot when they arrive.  I’ve already downed one appletini.  Maybe I will keep a tally this weekend.

After prepping the shells, we walked to the comic store.  Tomorrow is going to be huge and I know they are discounting everything.  So if you have been eyeing anything, this weekend is the time to buy it.  Daniel helped Matt set up the tent while I tended to the store.  I am now competent at working the register.  Hurray!  After the tent was set up, I made some charts for Matt for the Magic draft he is holding tonight.  It was a Wacky Draft.  I have no idea what this means, but everybody that came seemed excited about it.

Finally, we walked to Wegmans to pick up a few other things for dinner.  On the way back, I stopped into CVS to pick up a gift for tomorrow’s poker game at Matt’s house.  The only guideline that it must be a gift of $5 or less.  Mine is awesome, and Daniel agrees.

Brand new pictures will be happening tomorrow. Until then: more views of Bald Head. I'm the one under the towel-tent.