Who needs politics? Movie night!

Chris and I didn’t feel like watching the political coverage last night so we decided to have a movie night instead 🙂

Now before anyone starts freaking out, we understand the importance of being informed, voting, etc. but by the time the votes are cast we’ve had enough. We’re living in a region where the news covers three, yes THREE, states worth of political results. It’s just a lot to sit through in one night, especially after we have been POUNDED with political ads for over a year.

Anyway… we’ve wanted to watch The Fault in Our Stars since it came out and we finally got around to it last night. The Fault in Our Stars was adapted from John Green’s novel, which I read last year. Both the book and the movie have been out long enough now that I hope I’m not ruining anything but it is just such an emotional story. I said it before and I’ll say it again, this story takes the characters and makes them relatable and really makes the reader/viewer feel what they are feeling. It’s a love story and a tragedy at the same time that will make you laugh and cry throughout the entire thing.

Spoiler alert below for anyone that doesn’t know the story! 

I cried through the entire last 45 minutes of the movie but I absolutely love the eulogy scene in the “literal heart of Jesus”. What Hazel says about Gus giving them their own infinity is so moving and so true. You don’t have to impact the world to make a difference or be special. You can have a lasting effect on just one person and you’re life can be worth something more than you could ever imagine.

The Fault in Our Stars Movie Poster

I would definitely recommend this book and movie to someone looking for an emotional, thought-provoking story.

Have you seen any good movies lately? Read any good books? 


Relaxing Weekend

After a VERY stressful couple of weeks at work, I was so excited for the weekend. Even though I went to the office for a couple of hours yesterday I still feel like I got a lot out of the weekend…and I didn’t even do anything super exciting!

Friday, Chris and I went to a beer tasting at WineStyles and then grabbed a late dinner at Wok In Motion. If you know me very well, you know that Chris did most of the beer tasting and sushi eating but I had a great time just enjoying the evening together.

beer tasting at WineStyles
Chris at WineStyles
sushi at wok in motion
Our sushi at Wok In Motion

On Saturday, Stacy and I went to the mall and then headed back to her apartment so Chris could hang a few things up for her. While he did that, I played with Stacy’s kitten. Her apartment is so cute and it’s really coming together nicely.


After we finished things up there, the three of us headed back to the house where Chris and Stacy proceeded to get me hooked on The Walking Dead. I never had a desire to watch this show – seriously, a show about zombies?! no thanks! – but now I can’t stop watching. We started with a few of the latest episode in season 3 because I didn’t want to start from the beginning but by the end of the night we were starting at episode 1 (and now I’m into season 2!). As you can imagine, that took up part of Sunday. With a couple of hours at the office and watching the Grammy Awards, I’d say it was a full weekend. Like I said, nothing super special but it was nice to relax a bit.

Here’s to a less stressful week this week – wish me luck! Happy Monday!

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Rascal Flatts!

Chris and I spent this weekend at my parents house. It was a trip that we planned pretty quickly because my sister won tickets to the Rascal Flatts concerts and asked me to go. I saw them when they were in Des Moines while I was in college but they always put on a great show and did not disappoint this time. I had so much fun at the show and enjoyed a low-key weekend with my family.

Rascal Flatts Concert Stacy and I at the concert

On Friday, my sister also found out that she got an internship with the City of Des Moines so she’s going to be moving to town in a couple of weeks! I’m so happy for her and it will be nice to spend more time with her.

Wonderful Weekend

This weekend has been great! Here’s a quick overview:

  • Saw the HUNGER GAMES on Friday! (We’ll come back to this one)
  • Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast at Grandma and Grandpa’s church
  • Friends of ours hosted a first birthday party for their little guy: babies eating cupcakes = so cute!!
  • Beautiful weather all weekend long
  • Indy Car racing starts today!

It may not seem like much but it was great to hang out with friends, enjoy the weather and relax.

Hunger Games
Chris and I went to see the Hunger Games on Friday after work with Gabby and Kevin. It was amazing!! I’m usually very disappointed when books are made into movies but this was great. Chris even said that he’s going to read the books now. Of course they had a leave out little pieces here and there to keep the plot moving along, but missing those scenes didn’t hurt at all. The actors we wonderful at portraying the characters and the creators did a fantastic job making the scenes look how I (and many others I’m sure) imagined them.

After we left the theater I was almost sad that I’ve already read all three books. Since I have, now I just want to watch the next movie. It’s going to be awful having to wait! I guess I’ll just have to re-read the books before then.


Time to get back to watching the Indy Car race. I’m so excited that the season is finally starting!

Movie Night

This weekend has been nice and relaxing. On Friday night we threw on some sweatpants and had a movie night in. We stopped by Family Video and picked up one of the many movies we haven’t seen yet this year, Moneyball, and it was great! Chris and I both really enjoyed it. We made some popcorn, had some wine and just enjoyed the night in.

wine and popcorn

moneyball movie case image

Chris and I ran a bunch of errands yesterday so we wouldn’t have to run all over today. I love being able to enjoy the last part of the weekend before Monday morning and work come around. Now it’s time to get back to watching this race (Go Carl!)

The Paris Wife

I had a meeting last night so I missed the beginning of the Oscars (I know, I know, it’s awful!!) Other than that, I had a great weekend! We didn’t do anything special, just a lot of down time with Chris. It was really nice to not have anything that we had to do.

I did have a chance to finish The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. It was an interesting story because it was based on real events that happened to real people but it was a fiction novel. It is the story of Hadley, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, and the time they were together in the 1920s.  It was the beginning of Ernest’s career and Hadley believed in the traditional meaning of marriage and love  in a time and place where both were being challenged. It is told from her point of view as we walk though the challenges she faces in her relationship and becoming the woman that she wants to be. McLain did a nice job with this book because although I could guess what was going to happen in the end, she kept my interest throughout the story until the last page.

The Paris Wife

It was definitely different from the other books that I have read recently (The Hunger Games series) but it was nice to switch gears for a while.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games book cover

I was up way past my bedtime last night finishing the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy. After talking (aka tweeting) about the books with Emily and Gabby it was clear that it was a series I needed to pick up. It was a really quick read and just a few days after cracking it open I’m eager to get the next one.

I’m never very good about explaining books without giving away the exciting parts so I won’t try. What I can do it recommend checking out the Barnes & Noble page for The Hunger Games. There is a synopsis of the book as well as reviews from readers.

So if you’re looking for a good book to read I would recommend this one. Trust me, once you get started you’ll be completely hooked!

PS The movie comes out March 23. You’ll probably want to read the book before you see it, since everyone knows books are better than the movies based on them. (I’ll definitely be seeing it though!)