So having four days off for the Memorial Day holiday was great. Getting up at 4:45 this morning for work - not so great. :-) But I can't complain too much since it was a nice mini-vacation.
Let's see….main thing John and I did on Saturday was get all of our planting done outside. The flower beds were a mess and it took quite some time to get all the weeds and grass out of there, then put new topsoil down. Thankfully it was cool and overcast out that morning otherwise we'd have been hot and miserable with how long we were out there. But in the end it turned out really nice. We've got a few different varieties for some different colors. The tulips are finished blooming and are dying off, so they'll be gone shortly so that you can see the other flowers better:
Ended up having breakfast with my co-worker friend on Sunday morning instead and we had a great time. Always nice to get together outside of work so that you can talk about….work. :-) She even went with me grocery shopping afterwards because she didn't feel like going home yet. And she ended up buying groceries herself!
Was kind of a slug for the rest of the day on Sunday. Got caught up on a few TV shows on the DVR and sat down and read the rest of The Bestseller Job, the latest Leverage paperback book. I really liked it. But poor Eliot. Can't he ever get some happiness in his life? Since Hardison and Parker and Nate and Sophie all hooked up, Eliot's always the fifth wheel. :-(
Monday was house cleaning/laundry/movie day. The first two, not so exciting! But both movies were good. First was Behind the Candelabra, the story about Liberace that Scott Bakula was in. Scott was in it more than I thought, which made me happy. Now I don't know much about Liberace's life, but man, this movie didn't paint him in the best light. But since it was based on his ex-lover's book, it's not surprising. Then we watched The Eagle which my friend Tina recommended to me, with Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell. It was much better than I was expecting and yeah, Tina, you were right - the slash potential between Marcus and Esca was SO there. :-) And last but not least was Connor Trinneer's movie Star Runners. Totally cheesy but he looked great. The giant bugs, however, I could have done without!
Tuesday was the best day of them all. John and I headed to Elmhust, about a half hour from where we live, to go to the Lazzadro Museum of Lapidary Art. In other words, a rock museum. :-) I'd been there countless times as a kid, since I had a huge rock collection. Hadn't thought about the museum in years until John and I were in Elmhurst for a craft show a few weeks ago which was in the park right across from the museum. We had the whole place to ourselves for over an hour and it was lovely. I was once again astounded at the beauty that Mother Nature creates. I took a ton of pics and I'll post more in the next couple of days, but here are a few. I love geodes the most. The second one, on the plastic stand is one I bought there in the gift shop:
Then there were countless jade carvings:
We went to the Elmhurst Art Museum next, which we'd never been to. There were some…interesting works there. *g* I'm not much into modern art but I did enjoy the photography and the works from some of the local artists.
For lunch we went to Nu Crepes which was so, SO good. We'd never been there before, either, and it was such a cute place inside and it was packed! And people just kept pouring in. I had the Nutella and raspberry jam crepe and John had a savory one filled with veggies. They were so big we had to talk half of them home! Then as if we hadn't eaten enough, our last stop was the Cupcakes for Courage bakery, where the proceeds go to cancer research. We scored ourselves a lemon/raspberry and a fun-fetti one. Had them for dessert last night and they were delicious. I actually did some food photography with the fun-fetti one that I'll post later this week.
Then we just chilled at home for the rest of the afternoon/evening. John watched some TV and I read the latest PsyCop book. The only thing I didn't accomplish was getting some writing done on my Enterprise fic. Well that's not entirely accurate. I did jot down some dialogue for two upcoming scenes, so I guess that counts.
And now here I am, back at work and already wishing it was Friday. :-)
So what have all of YOU been up to?