Here are the highlights:
1. Friday night: Columbus Blue Jackets game with our BFFs. Our boys lost but in a shootout so we'll kindly take the one point, thankyouverymuch.
2. Saturday afternoon: Craftin' Outlaws at Vet's Memorial and post-shopping nosh at Dirty Frank's.
3. Saturday night: Dinner at Martini's Modern Italian and Justin Timberlake concert at Nationwide Arena.
4. Sunday morning: Brunch at Starliner Diner.
5. Sunday late afternoon: 40th birthday party for Bratty Sister at Casa Nueva, in Athens, OH.
Add in house-guests! And baking! And driving through the horrendous storms Sunday night that swept through the Middle West! (Man, did we luck out around here, comparatively speaking!)
SO.MUCH.FUN. Yet. OY.
Got about half of my holiday shopping done at Craftin' Outlaws, which was wicked awesome. This show is one of the only times where Spouse and I both have a great time shopping. Lil' wife, here, doesn't really enjoy the shopping part of life. Yes, I know it's weird.
Vendors from whom we purchased items (in no particular order): The Social Department, Barmaid Soap, Super Black Lacquers, Beanie Stalk, Lab Partners, Jen Townsend, Maria Snell, Tweedle Swamp Pottery, Made by Amy D, No Place Like Nerd, Cellar Door Soap & Skin.
|Stuff I bought for myself :)|
Justin Timberlake was part of Bratty Sister's 40th Birthday present. Here's my dealio on Mr. Timberlake: I missed the boy band era of the 90s (BackStreets, N'Sync, 98 Degrees, etc.) but he's proven to be quite a funny, self-deprecating, fairly talented, and not unattractive young man.
The first half of the show was swell but much more engaging (for me) after the 10-minute intermission. First of all, the front part of the stage rose about 20+ feet in the air. And then rolled to almost all the way the to back of the arena. On pneumatics. Over the peeps who were in seats on the floor of the arena. Which meant Mr. Timberlake was - at most - 40-50 feet away from us, as we were sitting on the side in the permanent seats. HELLO. Pretty damn cool, sir. Pretty.Damn.Cool.
Bratty Sister's soul sisters from Brooklyn and Philly came in for the weekend so they stayed at the Chez and had brunch with us. Then the group of us met up with family members and a bunch of Bratty Sister's cool buds from Athens, and generally had an awesome time, eating scrumptious treats from Casa Nueva and toasting my super fabulous sister.
|The beautiful Birfday Princess!!|
Fascinator and birthday button courtesy
of friends of the Birthday Girl
As for the other three dining locations, all are independently owned, operated and sourced, and located in Columbus. There are too many awesome, local places to bother with the likes of Crapplebee's or other joints.
Friends from Brooklyn and Philly left on Monday morning :( and now it's just back to every day life. Ho hum.
Anybody begin holiday shopping
or do something fun this weekend?