Saturday, December 27, 2014


Sidebar: I normally would title this post as "Finally Friday," but since I don't want this week to end, I'm sticking with just "Friday."

I woke up at 4:00 a.m. on Friday and couldn’t fall back asleep. So, I finally gave up, went downstairs, got a cup of coffee and read on the couch.

When Jake and Carla woke up, Carla and I watched the news while Jake made us breakfast. He made biscuits and gravy and it was delicious.

We all rested up after breakfast until we eventually took our showers and got cleaned up for my birthday present.

They took me to an IMAX theater and we watched “The Hobbit Battle of Five Armies” (supposedly) the last movie made from the J. R. R. Tolkien's books.

Long time readers know I have been a fan since 1974 (when it was just books).
I loved it (of course)!!!

Afterwards, we went to a nearby seafood restaurant. Carla had a salad and the seafood pappardelle (shrimp, mussels, scallops, tomatoes, garlic herb wine sauce).

Jake had a cup of smoked Andouille and shrimp stew and the Seared Ahi Tuna Rare with leeks, shitakes, tomatoes, fresh corn and an orange chili soy vinaigrette.

Since it was my birthday, I went with a grilled ribeye steak with a brown butter and balsamic vinegar sauce and steak fries. It was fantastic!

Back home, we shed our go-to-town clothes and changed into something more comfortable.

We eventually watched a documentary called “Happy People – a year in the Tairga” about life in Siberia. Very interesting and I would recommend it.

Then we went to an old classic, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” starring John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. It also had a host of other famous actors and was directed by John Ford. Oddly enough, I had never seen it. It was excellent, as well.

I decided it was bedtime for me, so I went up and read for a while. Then I turned the light off and turned in.

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