Monday, March 26, 2012

The Hunger Games

Busy and lazy weekend with Puck, full of good stuff. I'm really going to miss these kinds of weekends when they are back in school in the fall.

Friday night was the premiere of The Hunger Games. I got out a bit late from work (it's been happening a lot lately) so we walked over to the Chipotle to eat some burritos before heading down to the theater to sit in line for a couple hours before the 10:15 show. And it was definitely a good thing we did because the line was about 40 people deep when we got there, and eventually snaked through the entire lobby by showtime.


The movie was okay, but maybe expectations were too high with such good source materials (Puck and I both love the books). And funnily enough, the audience booing during the Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 trailer was the topic of our post-movie discussion as much as THG itself. I don't know why we never learn, but every time we talk about Twilight it gets testy. We should just put that on the permanent "do-not-discuss" list.

Saturday we took a two-hour bartending class at the American Bartending School, learning how the basics of working behind a bar, mixing drinks, including the perfect martini.



Here's a short video Puck took of me, but you have to tilt your head to the left to watch it. Is your head tilted? Blink and you'll miss it.

After the class, we stopped by to pick up some concert tickets for Sunday afternoon from a friend who wasn't going to use them. Then I went to get my hair colored (purple again) while Puck stayed home to work. We met up at Molyvos, my favorite Greek restaurant in NYC, where we had a fine meal of grilled octopus, grilled lamb chops and braised lamb shank with orzo. In the evening we watched The Painted Veil and some of our Buffy episodes before bed.

Sunday we watched yet another Buffy, plus the commentary track from The Great Game episode of Sherlock before heading down to Town Hall for the People's Symphony Concert featuring the St. Lawrence String Quartet. The program included Haydn, Schubert and Dvorak, and I'd lay good money that Puck was the youngest person in attendance, and I was probably one of the 10 youngest persons. It was a really nice venue and a treat to hear classical music live for the first time in almost a year. Plus, we had really terrific seats at the front row of the mezzanine level.


After the concert we went for food at Yum Yum Thai Kitchen before heading to Fifth Avenue for Puck to catch a bus home to Staten Island. I took the opportunity to visit Best Buy and Barnes & Noble and buy some new movies: Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, Anastasia, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I also got Blu Ray versions of the concert film The Cure: Trilogy and Hugo (so I can make up for the awful presentation at the Best Picture Showcase this year).