It's been a busy weekend in the middle of 2 busy weeks at the beginning of a busy month. On Friday I went to see Top Hat at the Malmö Opera House with my friend Debbie. She and the Wonders had given me a gift certificate when I had that big birthday a year ago, and that was the musical I chose (I've never seen it before or the movie). Now I feel as if that birthday is OFFICIALLY over. I haven't been to see live theater in quite awhile and it was really fun. I left work at 4 and met her in town at 4:30. We parked behind the Opera House and went to find someplace to eat and chat. She actually had birthday presents for me from THIS summer because she hasn't had a chance to get them to me since August, so it was kind of a double-birthday present night :)
We looked at a couple of places but they were too expensive and we finally ended up at a tiny tapas place around the corner from Davidshallstorg. I don't even know the name of the restaurant but the food was fantastic and the perfect portion size! We each ordered 3 tapas and had a lovely couple of hours talking and getting caught up before we had to leave for theater. I had artichoke hearts with aioli, mushroom and parmesan risotto and 4 tiny slices of tuna carpacchio with avocado creme. YUM.
The musical was great fun, very well-done and the two leads were fantastic. We really enjoyed it and came out wanting to get involved again in choir. Haa!
Yesterday I finished the book I had been reading, The Martian, and put it down with a sigh of satisfaction. Good stuff! Then I promptly asked Martin if the movie had come out yet and when it turned out that the premier had been the day before we decided to go that evening. Anders bailed out but the kids and I went. My friend Camilla was going to go with us, but got sick, so she bailed, too. We went to the mall for an hour beforehand to find a couple of sweaters/sweatshirts that Karin needed and saw the movie at 5:30. It's nearly 2.5 hours long and it was in 3D which I usually hate but it was worth it this time. Excellent film and I really like Matt Damon, so was very happy with the evening.
Today has been finishing up everything on the to-do list: cleaning, laundry, walking, watering plants, AWC stuff, grocery-shopping, practice driving with Karin and batch-cooking some couscous and lentils in portion packs for eating with salads. Anders left this morning for another 2-week business trip, this time to Thailand. SUCK. He has another one to China in November, to boot.
Also, I got the results of all my blood tests last week and everything came back normal: cholesterol, kidney function, pancreas function, etc. Woot!
We are working on plans to visit my brother for Christmas, or rather for the mellandagarna, the week between Christmas and New Year's. John confirmed that the apartment has been booked for us, so now we need to check airline flights/prices. I am starting to get a little panicky about how quickly Christmas is coming. Is it too early to request wish lists from my family??