Monday, September 15, 2008

A really good date/an abundant life

Gillen and Jesse were invited to spend the night at a friend's house in Atlanta on Saturday. We were asked to drop them off early on Sat. and pick them up late on Sunday. They don't get to see Max very often. They were thrilled.

So, Nicolas and I were on our own. We started our date by going to a bookstore and buying books, some of which were from the 30% off back room stash, so we felt free to overindulge. We got a Butterfly reference book, a series of books by Emily Rodda that Jesse can never find at the library, a book about how to publish a book (thinking way ahead here), Annie Lamott's Bird by Bird(thinking about eventually writing again), and a John Grisham book for Nicolas.

What a great way to start a date! I used to spend so much time in bookstores when I was a struggling actor, browsing and not buying, that it still feels indulgent to actually buy a book, especially more than one!

Then, we ate at Watershed - a wonderful restaurant that carries Nicolas' vegetables and has gourmet southern food, as well as fantastic blue glass containers on shelves all over the restaurant. I love blue glass. I bought some at that world's longest yard sale last month.

After eating, we walked around Decatur. I discovered a yarn store. I have been wanting to go back to knitting (not that I had a productive history with it or anything) and have been thinking about knitting socks. So I bought a pattern and needles and yarn.

We escaped the 97 degree heat by going to the new Coen Brothers' movie - Burn After Reading, which is hilarious.

We went home and watched more movies and the next day, we went to a play produced by an excellent Atlanta Theater group - Theatre du Reve. It was written by a Belgian playwright and included my favorite Atlanta actress (also a founder of the theater group) - Carolyn Cook (who is also a homeschooling mama). The play was housed at the 14th street Playhouse space where my brother and I (and many talented friends) had Barking Dog Theater, for years, back in the day. It was the first time I'd been in that space since then.

We picked up happy boys who had spent half the day throwing eggs out the window with parachutes and different padding to see if they would break.

And the fun continued...we hung out with Kelli and her kids all day and night yesterday and Deanne is coming with her kids tomorrow night. Farm pictures will happen soon. It is cooler, so we may all want to be there more often.


mindy said...

Wow! Busy days...! We really want to see that movie. I'm so glad to hear it's good. Your date sounds fabulous.

kelli said...

Oh my gosh, sounds like my dream date! :) We always end up at book stores when we're out together, and a movie.. and then throw in wonderful food.. yay!

We really enjoyed seeing you guys!

Angie said...

What a great night! That sounds like my perfect date night - especially the book store beginning!

Can't wait to see some farm photos.

Rachel said...

Oh my gosh, that sounds like a wonderful couple of days (relaxed visit to a bookstore, fine dining, lots of movies, theatre!). I think I would like to go on a date with you! :) I LOVE Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, and I think you will too. Yay for reading and writing and watching and eating! :)

Madeline said...

Rachel, I'd happily go on a date with you too, especially to see theater in Chicago. We're very behind in getting the Treno decks copied and mailed to you. It's been a busy week. It will happen tomorrow!

piscesgrrl said...

If you go to theatre in Chicago, I'm coming along!!!