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04 December 2003 @ 02:07 pm
Thanksgiving Weekend  
I finally have a few moments, so I'm going to post about last weekend.

zorac arrived on Wednesday evening and by arriving in the international terminal cleverly avoided the huge traffic backup at the airport and was already waiting for me when I arrived. We had a nice evening at home.

Thursday we got up relatively early and I started the pumpkin pies while Mark watched the Thanksgiving Day parade, something he then made fun of for the next few days (parades are a bit over the top, it's true). After the pies were done, Mark kindly helped me with the stuffing and turkey and I will be the first to admit he did all the nasty jobs like removing the innards and stuffing the bird. We then began watching The 10th Kingdom which Mark had brought while the turkey roasted. Once it was done I made green bean casserole and sweet potatos and then we discovered my sad lack of a corkscrew, which meant we had cheap wine with dinner. All things considered the meal turned out well - the turkey was a tad dry but still good, and everything else was great. Mark found sweet potatos to be very strange, however.

After we ate we went to the theatre to see Love Actually and it was SO GOOD. I absolutely loved it. Funny, romantic, poignant, happy, sad and fairly realistic, and the whole English guy getting American girls because of the accent was just too funny. Also a bit of advice if you want the soundtrack - the US version is LAME. Get the UK version, it has way more songs on it. We had pumpkin pie when we got home and Mark liked that quite a lot.

Friday we got up and went out into the cold wind and snow to have burgers and shakes and then hunted for trousers for Mark. The first shop only had combined big and tall, and Mark is not that big, so nothing fit. We then went across the street to the shop they recommended and they had his size. He got a pair of jeans and a pair of docker-type pants. He tried the jeans just for me and I was surprised that he bought them, but I have to tell you that he looks SOOOO HOT in them. Next we headed to see The Haunted Mansion and while it certainly wasn't as good as Pirates, it was still cute and I enjoyed all the references to the ride. After that we stopped by the grocery store to get a corkscrew and a few other items, and while there a woman did indeed swoon at Mark's accent and we laughed more than usual having just seen Love Actually the day before. We went home and had leftovers for dinner and wine.

Saturday we had cheese and then headed out to our S00per Sekrit which was quite fun. Then we stopped at Starbucks and then headed back to the theatre to see Brother Bear. It was good but certainly not on the level of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin or The Lion King. Still, it succeeded in making me cry twice, once so badly that it was all I could do not to bury my face in Mark's shirt and bawl like a baby. After the movie we went out to dinner at my new fave local Italian restaurant, Luigi's House, where I was carded for wine and Mark was not! I asked the waitress did she mean both of us and she said no, just you, and I was very :O because after all, I am 4 years OLDER than Mark!! She also messed up our order and had we started to eat, Mark would've ended up with an allergic reaction but we caught it beforehand. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't offer the appetizer for free or something - it would have been awful if we hadn't realized.

Sunday we had a lazy day watching DVDs - X Men 2 and my favorite Xmas special ever, Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas. I think it's likely Mark thinks I'm loony now, but oh well. Before too long it was time to go to the airport again where many goodbye snogs were had. Luckily this time we only have to wait til the end of the month...
I feel: giddygiddy
the creases and flecks in the map: no really. eat ME.tropes on December 4th, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
Wah. :-[

*is insanely jealous*

*clomps off*
Alex: Aegy!!!!!!!!!!!!titanic_days on December 4th, 2003 12:52 pm (UTC)
Very likewise.
Vicki: Cleavage is good.hermorrine on December 6th, 2003 10:55 am (UTC)
I sowwy!!! Was not trying to make anyone jealous. :/
the creases and flecks in the maptropes on December 6th, 2003 11:07 am (UTC)
I know. I was just all a-wah. Only a month now till I'm in the UK. I'm getting restless. :>
Vicki: Cleavage is good.hermorrine on December 6th, 2003 11:28 am (UTC)
*hugs* I know - and we will get to have cocktails and dinner - bonus! :>
the creases and flecks in the maptropes on December 6th, 2003 11:32 am (UTC)
Alex: Rule Britanniatitanic_days on December 4th, 2003 12:57 pm (UTC)
Glad you had a good time. Wish desperately I could afford to see Lo more often. Have always liked sweet potatoes, although you really don't see them over here except occasionally, in the fancier kind of restaurant. On the other hand, I absolutely cannot stand pumpkin pie.

My question was do you think it's genuinely worth my seeing Love Actually? Everyone I know who's seen it really loved it, but I've read some very damning reviews as well.
I am the man that makes the bhaji go away: ontologicalmalachan on December 4th, 2003 01:35 pm (UTC)
See it!

OK, here's the thing. Suspend cynicism and you will probably love it. It's the kind of film where if you let yourself enjoy it, then you will; OTOH, if sweeter-than-sugar sweetness makes you roll your eyes, you should think twice.

It's not a great film, it's not a work of genius. It's not in the same league as The Hours. But I loved it anyway.
Alex: Dollytitanic_days on December 4th, 2003 01:41 pm (UTC)
Will Self described it (specifically the opening sequence) as; 'the most cynical exploitation of an audience's emotions since Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will."'
I am the man that makes the bhaji go awaymalachan on December 4th, 2003 01:57 pm (UTC)
And he's probably right, but hey, I loved it anyway.
Vicki: Juliet eyeshermorrine on December 6th, 2003 10:54 am (UTC)
I know - I wish you could too. Mark and I know we're very lucky - he makes a good living and while I struggle with money, I'm more able to pay for trips in the off-season at least.

I doubt I'll have a chance to make one for you, but many people who don't like pumpkin pie LOVE my grandmother's recipe for it. It's very different and MUCH better than what you might get anywhere else.

I really loved Love Actually, but I can't say if you will. It is all het of course, so I don't know how much that bothers you or if you just go "Oh stupid mainstream society" and move on. Sure, some of it is very sappy, but what I liked personally is that none of it was completely over the top - you could see these people as real, who would actually do the things they did in the film. I don't know if that makes any sense, but I'd certainly like to know what you thought if you do go to see it.
That's what she said.: ...altricial on December 4th, 2003 03:24 pm (UTC)
Still, it succeeded in making me cry twice, once so badly that it was all I could do not to bury my face in Mark's shirt and bawl like a baby.

Vicki: Natalie eyeshermorrine on December 6th, 2003 10:56 am (UTC)
Teesside Snog Monster: mobius-scarfjiggery_pokery on December 4th, 2003 05:55 pm (UTC)
Whee! Sounds wonderful. Glad the two of you enjoyed it so much. All that and the sort of s00per sekrit you head out to as well!

had we started to eat, Mark would've ended up with an allergic reaction

Crikey, I wasn't aware Mark was allergic to anything. (Mark, if ever you said, sorry, the fact didn't sink in...)
Vicki: Natural beautyhermorrine on December 6th, 2003 10:59 am (UTC)
*nods* He's allergic to shellfish, and they brought the appetizer we'd ordered made with shrimp instead of chicken. Luckily the server announced what it was before we ate any of it and we could go, "Uhhh, that was NOT what we ordered!" or it could've been nasty. It's a mild allergy, so not like go to the emergency room or life-threatening, but more like pain and being uncomfortable for a while. Definitely something to avoid regardless.