Weekends of bowling, jazz, and good food

It was a good weekend, and I am still sore.

Stephen’s birthday was yesterday, so we sort of celebrated all weekend.  On Friday evening, we watched Tree of Life – which I hadn’t seen, but thought was gorgeous.  I think I need to see it a few more times to really be able to understand everything that’s going on in the movie, but even still it was beautiful and tragic.

Saturday was a lazy morning, and in the afternoon we went to Old Navy for a few things….then Books A Million (because I wanted to get the latest National Geographic, and also why not?)….then to my house to pick up a package.  I had ordered some new boots (old ones are having fairly serious issues), and when I opened the box and tried them on I discovered that I could only get the left boot onto my foot.  Right boot was having nothing to do with it.  *sigh*  Soooo am going to have to return those and see if I can swap them out for a larger size.  Hoping that I can do that here in town without having to mail them back.

For dinner, we met Stephen’s friend Roger for sushi.  Roger’s the one who plays in the symphony and gets us free tickets (er, well, I suppose he gets STEPHEN free tickets, to be more precise) — and actually volunteered to get us tickets for this Friday as well.  I really like this guy – he is so likable and genuine.  Had a good time with him at dinner.  After, we went to the bowling alley where we waited about an hour for a lane (Saturday night and all, and they don’t take reservations).  I will definitely admit that I was dreading this part of the evening, as it’d been forever since I bowled last, and never once have I enjoyed bowling.  But I was going to try to be a trooper and bowl at least one game.  Well, ended up bowling five (which is why I am still sore), and I ACTUALLY WON TWO GAMES.  I know, right??  What?!  How??  I don’t know.  I can’t explain it.  But here’s proof of at least one of the games.


(The “M” is for “MILHO” which is a Simpsons reference……..which I doubt anyone reading this will get, come to think of it.)

No idea I was even capable of bowling over 100.  Huh.  So weird.  Stephen’s friend Andy showed up during our 3rd game, which was about when they turned on the black lights and disco balls, and I think Stephen won both of those games.  But still.  Nevertheless.

So then yesterday, we went to Fido in the morning, where I read the cover story of that National Geographic (recommend btw).  Then we moseyed over to Village Pub for happy hour on the patio, which was lovely.  They have the best herbed-chicken-with-goat-cheese stuffed pretzels.  OMG.  So good.  Since the weather was so nice (grey, but comparatively warm, and after all the ice and snow we’ve had, 50’s feels like magic) – so we went to Shelby Bottoms and walked around a bit before going back to Stephen’s for about an hour, then heading over for a jazz show in the Gulch.


It was a good weekend, like I said, but I am still sore.  I can blame several factors for being so tired this morning, but mostly I just want to go to bed early tonight.  Like, 9pm.  That sounds lovely.

I’m feeling better about this Monday than most, though, because I only have a two-day work week; I’m taking off Wednesday through Friday and we’ve rented a cabin in Standing Stone park…somewhere north of Cookeville.  Oh, I think I may have mentioned this already.  But it’s two days away and I’m excited about being in the middle of nowhere for a few days.  It’s going to be lovely, regardless of the weather.  🙂

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I'm a young, childless widow who is trying to figure out the best way to deal with the world in light of my late husband's suicide. It's harder than I ever imagined it would be, but somehow at the same time I am still alive and even happy sometimes.

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