So let's recap my weekend because it was pretty productive. Trust me, it surprised me too.
- Chicago bloggers are awesome (actually, I already knew that - it's a fact)
- Sangria tastes yummy but can give you a serious headache
- Any bar with beer pong is okay by me! (although I'm better at flip cup)
- Baked mac and cheese tastes like heaven on a cold night
- Standing in flower beds on Michigan Avenue is acceptable, as long as you don't kill foliage
- Sometimes tourists need to learn the "Chicago way" the tough way
- It's always good to act like a kid again, within reason
- Everyone should dedicate at least two hours on a Sunday to lounging on the couch with mindless television
- Reading books takes a lot of time away reading other things....like magazines, which leads them to make a large stack on your coffee table
Twilight: The Movie (spoiler-free)
So this little movie called Twilight opened on Friday. I think it's based on a popular book, but I'm not sure. I'm not a big reader :)
Anyhow, the movie has gotten a lot of mixed reviews, but my curiosity was getting the best of me so I had to go check it out, and hopefully avoid screaming teens. In my late 20s, I'm not in the mood for it.
When the movie was finally done, I had one thought. It was only....okay.
I knew it wouldn't be a good as the books or as vivid as my imagination of the characters, but I honestly expected a little more. Despite the slight deviations from the book storyline, I was a little disappointed.
The angst was too much as was the hamminess of several scenes, but the one major, overarching issue I had with the movie was the casting of Rosalie and Carlisle. They just did not work for me. But Robert Pattinson is still good looking and Bella is how I envisioned her, so that was good.
My verdict: Read the books before seeing the movie
Lighting up Michigan Avenue
One of my first memories of Chicago was the lights on Michigan Avenue. Just before Thanksgiving, the city celebrates the lighting of one million lights on the Mag Mile to kick off the holiday season.
We never came down for the lighting, but every year after Christmas, dad and I would come down to shop the post-holiday sales and see the trees lit up. I vividly remember walking down Michigan Avenue looking at all the lights, which were mesmerizing for a kid from Wisconsin.
I look forward to this every year and now that I live in Chicago, I go every year to watch the city turn on the lights. This year wasn't as cold, which meant more people piled downtown. I'm a little sensitive to crowds after the Obama rally, but it was still fun, and after some prodding, Liz and I ended up standing in a flower bed on Michigan Avenue to enjoy the parade. No foliage was hurt and we got some awesome pictures. Here's one:
How was everyone else's weekend? Let me know what you thought of Twilight too, it sounds like I might have just been too picky :)
Reader note: Thanks everyone for your mascara tips. I need to write them all down and take the list with me to the store! I love hearing what other products people use. I'm also glad to see that I'm not the only Gap holiday ad fanatic or think it's too early for holiday decorations to be out. But after Friday, game on!