Sunday, January 18, 2009

Chilly Weekend Wanderings.

Bless you, Bloggy Friends!

I hope you're having a great afternoon. We are at home chillin'. I feel like I say that so much lately, but it's true. We tend to be most happy when we are just hangin' at home. Is it because we are settling into nesting mode? Is it because it's cold? I think it's probably a little of both? Don't get me wrong, I love getting out and having a good time. But being home just means more and more to me these days than it ever did before. Do you agree? Yes? No? Maybe so?

Today the weather in Philly is pretty mild. It's actually quite lovely out. This is a treat considering we just came from two days of the most brutal cold imaginable. It's been frigid! There was a moment when I seriously thought I was feeling colder than I ever had in my whole life - including when I was in Chicago. All afternoon we have been knocking out our typical Sunday chores. We did our grocery shopping, and knocked around the house all day. It was nice. The picture to the left is what my typical winter wardrobe has consisted of this year. I like to cover every inch possible, and then some!

Friday night, which has been recently been designated as our movie night, we went to the Ritz 5 to see "Revolutionary Road." It is based on the book by Richard Yates. I really liked it. It was a very realistic drama about a typical 1950's couple who have recently decided to rethink their life together. When they started out as a young couple they were full of hopes and dreams, but as time went by they slowly found themselves living a meaningless life in suburban America. The way the story unfolds is quite interesting. The performances from both of these actors is nothing short of extraordinary. I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it for a rental, though, unless you really love movies like this. Alan, who typically likes a little more hoopla in his movies, didn't care much for it.

Saturday we spent some time shopping in the Rittenhouse area of Center City. We picked up a few essentials before stopping by Remedy Tea Lounge for a pot of Green Tea infused with Walnuts. It was delicious. In the evening we had plans to try a new restaurant in town, but after lounging around the house for a few hours we decided to pick up some stuff from the grocery to make dinner at home. We tried out a new recipe I found ONLINE for a Golden Squash Soup. It was a light dinner, but FANTASTIC nonetheless. You should give it a try. I can't think of a better winter soup - unless of course it was the pumpkin soup Gary made on Thanksgiving. It was so warm and delicious. Mmm!

So, that's our weekend in a squash shell! Tonight we're trying another new recipe, Roasted Salmon with Lemon Relish. We found this one in a pamphlet at Whole Foods. I'll let you know how it turns out. Until then, I'm going to kick back with a glass of wine, read and maybe do a facial later. Have a beautiful night!

Love, Josh

P.S. Below is a picture of my outside our apartment building. This is how it has looked since we moved in, and it will remain this way until the owner decides to start working on it more. It's not an ideal surrounding, but it hasn't bothered us much. The plus side is the free parking in the empty lot behind us. We'll have that until the place is fully renovated!


Rick Watson said...

A couple of nights ago it was 1 below here in Louisville. It's warmer now though! It snowed lightly today, but no accumulation.

Your cozy days and evenings in your new apartment sound wonderful! Wish I could be there! I will soon!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I've been off-line the whole weekend workin' on my movie. Key term: obsessive/compulsive.

This blog hit me more than others. It's another one of those times when I want to say more than I think I ought to say. I think that is because you are almost 20 years younger than me, and I see your life taking the same turns mine took. Yet, I have to be honest, in an infinitely more brilliant and a much happier way. But similar just the same. And here I am at 11 a.m., sober as a judge! There are so many things I'd like to say to you. I'll wager your parents (I am seeing that photo of your dad as I type here) feel the same way, at times.

Menu sounds perfect and thanks for the shout-out to Gary's soup. How the hell do you infuse tea with walnuts, Winona?

Agreed! I said the same thing to my old man: I cannot remember being quite this cold in my adult life, except for maybe walking home on Spruce Street from the bars in January, with my coat wide open (key sentimental music now). Do you know how many times I went to the Ritz in Society Hill to see movies? I saw one of my favorite movies there, "Liana." A story about an intergenerational lesbian relationship. Check it out (very dated, tho ... seventies ... gag!).

There isn't a damn thing wrong with that urban building of yours, and I'll bet you two got a lot of Center City square footage for a good price.

God, I wished you lived next door. Occasionally I really need to talk to you!

Casey said...

I'm a big fan of nesting at home quite often also.

The squash soup sounds awesome. It's one of my favorite types of soup.

The parking at your building is definitely a bonus. Yippee!!!

Edro Edro said...

Thanks for the movie tip! I liked the book and look forward to the movie.