365 Days of Random

Random musings about nothing at all

Dinner and a Movie

That’s the plan for tonight. My BF and I are heading into Shirlington for dinner and then a little indi film action (not yet sure which of two movie options). On a hot and steamy night in DC it seems like just the perfect thing to do. Good food, a cold and refreshing beer and a (hopefully) good flick. I think we’re going to leave as soon as he’s ready so I need to make today’s post pretty quick.

Today was a good day, I got to sleep in this morning. After a late breakfast I went to pick up X and we met Squeaks at the climbing gym. We’d promised X that we’d take her and teach her how to climb. It was so much fun. She was a natural at it. After climbing we went for frozen custard as a treat to celebrate our successful climbs. It was just generally a peaceful and relaxing few hours with two of my favorite girls. We talked, laughed and challenged ourselves with stuff that’s physically difficult and new and interesting. I love doing that and I especially love sharing it with other people.

So, I can’t think of any better way to end the day than spending a super relaxing evening with my BF. It’ll be nice to get out and do something but neither of us were thinking we wanted anything super taxing and going someplace that would equal more than one or two drinks was at the bottom of the list of options forย  this evening. We have a rather early morning (9am start to our softball tourney) and most of our day tomorrow will be spent outside in the sun and heat. It’ll be fun, but not exactly what you want to be doing if you’ve been up late running around, partying, drinking, dancing or anything else that takes any significant amount of energy.

Dinner and a Movie is a perfect ‘date night’. We can talk about pretty much anything so dinner is full of good conversation, not to mention the good food and beer. It’s a chance to people watch a little bit and tell stories and laugh and enjoy each other’s company. Then the movie is just a great place to unwind and chill out for a little while after dinner. It also (at least for us) provides a great deal of conversation AFTER the movie is over because we like to talk about how good (or bad) the movie was and what we liked or didn’t like about it… like I said, we can talk about just about anything for a long time ๐Ÿ™‚ It helps that we both just generally love movies.

So, that’s about all the time I have for tonight. And honestly, what else is there to say really about dinner and a movie – unless you’re on that TBS Weekend TV Show where they turn a regular movie into a ‘cooking show’ and pair some ‘themed’ dinner recipe with whatever movie they’ve chosen to play… now that I think about it the show may not even be on anymore… I hope that everyone is enjoying their Saturday night. I am off to Dinner and a Movie with my favorite movie going partner in crime.

July 30, 2011 Posted by | Food, Movies, People Watching | , , , | Leave a comment

New Friends

Last night my BF and I attended the rehearsal and subsequent dinner for his best friends wedding. It was only the second time I’d met the bride and groom and the first time I’d met pretty much anyone else there. I had so much fun. They are such a fantastic group of people. I have a feeling today’s wedding and reception is going to be one of the best nights out we’ve had in a very long time. There will be food, drink, music, dancing and more laughs than you can imagine. These folks are completely totally crazy in the best way possible. They are just a great group of really happy people who’ve known each other a very long time. It’s a great great thing to be a part of.

One of my favorite things in life is meeting new people and making new friends. Even if they end up becoming people you only see once or twice a year there is something very fulfilling about meeting new people you really click with. I am not exactly what you’d call a ‘shy’ person. I am very social and am comfortable in situations where I am surrounded by people I don’t know. I can talk to just about anyone about just about anything. My parents would tell you that I started talking when I was a year old and have yet to shut up. I personally think that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Sure, I can talk a lot. But over the years I have gotten very good at keeping quiet and letting others get a word in and I like to think I am pretty good and two way conversation. I am definitely NOT one of those people that needs to be the center of attention or the one talking all the time. I quite enjoy sitting back and listening to what’s going on around me.

Last night I did a lot of that – listening to the stories people were sharing. Most of the people our age at the party have been friends since middle school. Even the bride and groom went to school together, although they didn’t really start to ‘date’ until about 5 years ago. It was hilarious to hear them talk about those long ago school days. Everyone was fun and friendly and open to getting to know those of us who were a bit new to the group.

I know a lot of people that think you only need 1 or 2 friends in your life…. to some degree I agree with that. I think that everyone needs at least 1 or 2 people they would consider within their closest circle of friends. But there is also nothing wrong with having 3 or 4 or 5 you consider part of that inner circle. I would say human beings are innately coded to be surrounded by lots of people. We are, by nature, social creatures. Those of us on the more extroverted side of the scale draw a lot of energy from meeting new people and expanding that social network. That’s what was so great about last night. There was a ton of wonderful new people that I now consider to be part of that extended social network in which I live.

Very much looking forward to the wedding later this afternoon. Hopefully tomorrow I will have a picture or two I can share too (at least the tame ones) ๐Ÿ™‚

April 30, 2011 Posted by | Fun & Entertainment, People Watching | , , , | Leave a comment