My Funny Valentine

My dear husband made dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day. We’ve never been super enthusiastic about the holiday. I could say it’s because it’s a consumeristic holiday, however, it seems that all holidays have been turned a bit consumeristic. Just go to Target, it’s the day after Valentine’s Day but I guarantee that all the Easter cards and decorations are already out. So, instead of ignoring it, we decided we’d have a date night and go out to dinner.

At least that was the plan.

I coach a girls basketball team for the Nashville church ball league. If you know anything about me you know this is humorous because I’m not in the least bit athletic. I’ve actually never played basketball before, not even for fun. Anywho, our regular season ended last Saturday and we knew the playoffs would be this week but didn’t find out when the games were until Sunday night. And wouldn’t you know, our game was set for the exact same time our dinner reservations. Luckily, when Brandon called to cancel our reservations, he found out they had a later opening so we were still able to go to dinner!

I know you’re all wanting to know two things: 1) Did my church ball team win? 2) Where did you go for dinner?

Ok, ok, I’ll tell you.

YES! WE WON! Our opponents were ahead for most of the game and in the last 2 minutes we came back and won. I couldn’t be more proud of my girls! It was the best game they have ever played and now we’re going to the quarter finals! These girls bring so much joy into my life.


And for our dinner date we went to Urban Flats. We had heard great things about it and had been wanting to try it for a long time. We got the Loaded Potato Dip as a starter and it was pretty darn good! For his entree, Brandon got the Moroccan Flat, which had curried chicken, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, red onion, Kalamata olives and diced red peppers. It smelled really good and he enjoyed it.


I got the “White Out,” it had mozzarella, feta, parmesan, and oregano with crushed red pepper. Not the healthiest choice but it was yummy!


And for dessert, we split a HUGE piece of cheesecake. It was delicious but way more than we could finish.


So, while not exactly how we had planned our date, it turned out to be a GREAT night! I hope you all enjoyed your evening doing something that you love to do.




Watching a Classic, Part I: Citizen Kane

One day into our 101 thing quest, we decided to do thing one – or, rather, part one of thing one. We watched Orson Welles’s classic film Citizen Kane and have now completed 10% of #41 on the List: Watch 10 classic movies we haven’t seen. This wasn’t planned; it was just next in the Netflix queue. We didn’t know much about it other than that it was a highly regarded classic film, so we were unsure what to expect.

Courtney was not terribly impressed, but I rather enjoyed it. After reading Roger Ebert’s commentary, it seems to me that this is a film that rewards multiple viewings. Citizen Kane is an entertaining flick on its surface, and it appears to have significant depths that we were unable to penetrate since we were quite exhausted and not expecting a heavy movie. Or perhaps we are just shallow when it comes to movie watching.

What might have been most fascinating for me is its connection to William Randolph Hearst. Hearst’s life provided an abundance of the material that made up Charles Foster Kane’s story, so much so that Hearst attempted to have the film destroyed before it hit the box office. After this unsuccessful attempt, he barred his news outlets even from mentioning it. I would not have expected a mainstream press in the 20th century to act so shamelessly. Of course, now that I type that, I hope I am not actually that naive!

C. S. Lewis wrote that a classic is a book that people want to have read, but not actually to read. Citizen Kane is a film that I am glad to have watched and enjoyed watching, and I hope I will return to it soon.

One final non-Kane related note: today, we bought tickets to Mumford and Sons at the Ryman Auditorium! So, on March 6, we will be able to cross off #79: See a concert at the Ryman. It will be a great band at a great venue, and we cannot wait.

Only 100.9 things to go,