Monday, December 21, 2015

A Force-Filled Weekend

Happy Monday everyone!  Was the force with you this weekend?  It definitely was strong with me!  This was such a fun and busy weekend, so let's get into some highlights.

Our weekend started with seeing the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra play music from Star Wars- Episode I-VI.  Dan and I don't really get each other gifts anymore, but I wanted to surprise him before Christmas with these tickets.  He's always been a huge fan of Star Wars, and even got me into the movies when we started dating, so I knew he would love this.

The show was unbelievable!  The music was beautiful, the stage was transformed into a galaxy far, far away, and there were all sorts of fun touches that the orchestra did to make the show even more amazing.  Things like a Chewbacca Scream Contest (winner got a signed poster by John Williams) and a visit from Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper during the Imperial March.

I even got to meet Chewie himself!

On Friday, we went to Steffany's house for a Christmas party!  It was so fun to meet her friends from college and see some other local runners.  We watched the Pens game, played Cards Against Humanity, and had some delicious food.  I brought along my Hot Chocolate Cookies!

Saturday morning Dan and I had a coffee date at Commonplace Coffee.  It was actually my first time there, and I'm in love.  On the walls, you can see tons of Pittsburgh-themed paintings by local artists that you can buy, and I loved the industrial feel to the place.  I got an Autumn Spice latte and it was amazing!

Is there anything better than some latte art?

After coffee, it was time to see STAR WARS, which was the second part to Dan's gift! I really liked the movie - Rey is my idol, BB8 is the cutest, Han is a hunk - and I really liked the story line.  It definitely has a different feel from the other Star Wars movies though.  Dan and I both thought there were too many cheesy moments, which I guess is Disney's way to make this more family-friendly.  If anyone else saw the movie, I would love to hear your thoughts!
I didn't take any pictures at the actual theater, so this is what you get.

Sunday was a pretty chill day, with some relaxing, some cleaning, and some football watching (GO STEELERS!).  I ended this fun weekend watching Dan play some hockey!


BTW- I have a really exciting collaboration / announcement to talk about, so make sure you come back tomorrow!! I can't WAIT to share!  Ohhh, the suspense :)

Thoughts on Star Wars?
Anyone just not care about the Star Wars hype?
Does anyone play fantasy football?  How's your team doing!
Tell me about your weekend!

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35 comments:

  1. I get chills whenever I hear the overture. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, even if I think that the Dark Side really needs to up their security and mechanical weakness game. But I loved all the throwbacks :D

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    1. So many chills! And seriously..when did the dark side start slacking?!

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  2. You put together such a sweet "gift" for Dan and the best part is that you got to make some fun memories together. Mark went to see the movie with his dad last night. They didn't seem just crazy about it, but they did say that I looked like one of the characters, but I have no idea who!

    I'm so excited for tomorrow!!

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    1. Thanks Margaret! I hope he liked it :) I can see how you would look like Rey!

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  3. I think I'm in the minority for Star Wars- I was offered free tickets twice in 12 hours and declined both, haha. I unfortunately didn't make it into the fantasy football playoffs which sucks because I'm the commissioner :( But a big Steelers win was a great end to the weekend!

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    1. That's a bummer! At least you can relax now and not worry about setting your line up. Yay for the Steelers!

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  4. I LOVED the movie!!! It was amazing, I plan on seeing it at least one more time while it's still in theatres. I loved the cheesy parts! My whole family & I went & we had a blast seeing it.

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    1. That's great! So glad to hear you liked it. I liked the cheesy parts too, but definitely a lot different from the originals!

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  5. I have a soft spot for the Star Wars theme song because it was one of the first "real" songs I learned to play on the saxophone in middle school band (LOL at those times...). I love experience gifts! For the last 3 Mission Impossible's we've taken my dad to the movie as a family and paid for dinner before.

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    1. That's so cool! I have the same connection to the song Enter Sandman..the first song that I learned to play when I switched from violin to sax! I've honestly never seen a single Mission Impossible movie. Crazy!

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  6. I'm all about experiences rather than gifts. So the BF & I don't exchange gifts either.

    Umm yeah, I've never seen a single Star Wars movie. A friend tried to force me to watch once, but I just fell asleep instead. So, I would be of the "just don't care" variety. Haha. But I am staying far far away from any movie theaters until this blows over.

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    1. Experiences are always way better than gifts in my opinion! I just buy anything I need during the year, so I really don't want more "things". Funny that you fell asleep!

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  7. I didn't see the movie yet, but I'm excited to see it (probably once it's out on demand because toddler life haha) since my dad was OBSESSED when we were little, and then so was my brother, so I'm obsessed by association, I suppose ahahha

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    1. It's definitely a lot different than I thought it would be growing up! I always thought it was super nerdy and would be over my head, but there's so much good action and romance and the plot is great. Highly recommend- whenever you get to watch / rent it!

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  8. The symphony sounds like it would be fun! That is a great gift idea!
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  9. I ked the movie, and seeing it with a theater full of Star Wars people added to it. I loved the humor, but I can see how some would see it as cheesy. Those moments aren't in the original movies, but it lightened the mood.

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    1. Definitely agree! It made it much more fun for a whole family to attend I'm sure. The audience in my theater was annoying..laughing at random parts which kind of ruined those moments!

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  10. I am one of those people who has never seen any Star Wars movies haha. I'm sure if I saw them I would like them though. I love giving "experience" gifts as well, they can be much more fun!

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    1. That was me before I met Dan! Experiences > gifts any day!

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  11. i firmly fall into the i dont care about the star wars hype camp. simply because the merchandising/promoting of the movie has been out of control. i will see the movie eventually but i will be so happy to not see another star wars commercial again anytime soon!

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    1. I agree with you there! I seriously can not watch anything without hearing the dang Imperial March! Car commercials, jewelry commercials, SNL..it's all Star Wars craze! Hopefully it'll die down soon.

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  12. I loved Star Wars also! Rey was such a strong female character and I loved BB-8. I heard a rumor that JJ Abrams is directing the next one, though, which made me super upset!

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    1. I agree! What don't you like about JJ? Just curious!

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  13. I don't really care about the Star Wars stuff these days but I LOVED the movies as a kid. Return of the jedi was my favorite!

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    1. That's so funny because I'm the opposite! Never cared and now I'm all about it!

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  14. oh my gosh KC would have loved the symphony, he loves the music. We saw the movie yesterday - it was good, though I was sad about a certain part, I didn't like a certain romance thing that I think they were trying to make happen (I wasn't feeling it) though I liked the characters separately. I enjoyed the funny parts though I definitely think some parts were awkward. Overall, lightyears (haha) better than the prequels!

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    1. Agree about the romance. Why couldn't they just leave that out?! Nice little joke there Kristen!

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  15. I am not a huge Star Wars fan but I do want to check out the movie, since I have seen them all. I am in 3 fantasy leagues. 2 leagues I missed playoffs by 1 spot and in my 3rd league I won the regular season and will be playing for championship next week.

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    1. Wow what a year! Good luck in the championship!

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  16. Okay, here's the truth. I have never seen one single second of any Star Wars episode. I don't like football, fantasy or real. But I love that selfie of you more than anything. You really are the greatest!

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    1. HAHAH I look so redic but I'm glad you like it ;)

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  17. OOh, good to know about the cheesy parts of Star Wars! That's the first negative thing I've heard about the show at all and I have a fairly low tolerance for cheese so I like being prepared! I am pretty sure we'll take the kids to go see it over the break!

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    1. I don't think it ruins the movie or anything..but it's definitely more "Disney-fied" than any of the other movies. SO if you like the humor and style of Disney/Pixar movies you'll love it!

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  18. Oh so fun!! Looks like a great weekend! ...also, your latte art is the best! I'm coffee obsessed!! :) YUM!

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