Saturday, I made raspberry pancakes and hash browns for breakfast--yummy! (My recipe will likely be coming tomorrow.)
I made some more laundry detergent because we were out, and then I helped our friend Amy move and unpack some stuff. (She just rented an apartment two duplexes down from us!) After she and I got back from TJMaxx and Target, I got ready, so we could head to the lighting of the Fayetteville Square. We left at 5 to run by Toys 'R Us and Starbucks beforehand, and we made good time, but there was absolutely NO PARKING. The town was overrun with folks! And we only has THREE DOLLARS in cash, so we couldn't park in any of the paid spots. We thought we could park in the metered spots that let you pay with a card, but those had been turned off because they were charging extra, cash only. ARGH! WE tried to park in the Municipal Parking Lot, but it was full. Then we tried the Chancellor Hotel's, and it was only for hotel guests that night. As we backed out and headed past, one of the Hotel employees waved us down and said there was one spot left in the employee parking lot for THREE DOLLARS. A pre-Thanksgiving miracle! We zoomed up, and I got centered because this whole thing stressed me out to no end.
We made it to the Square in front of Tiny Tim's Pizza where we were meeting our friends. The lights had already been turned on and the parade had started, but we still got to see quite a bit, and I even caught a CFA elf-cow (that I gave to a passing kid later). It was packed, yet that was a good thing because it was sooooo cold. However, I can't say that body heat made much of a difference. I had my scarf wrapped around my face, so when I breathed, it flew upward, fogging my glasses. I was a quite a frigid and funny sight! After the festivities, we planned to eat at Tim's, but it was still a two hour wait. So we grabbed gyros from Nomad's and went to Maxine's for drinks. Both were AMAZING. My beef-lamb gyro was so yummy, and we all enjoyed our grub as we crowded around the last available table and couch in Maxine's. Then we ordered some hot drinks, and they were delicious. Zach had a hot toddy, and he got me a spiked chai tea, which was so delightful. The atmosphere of the bar was very neat, too, and you have to love any place that serves seasoned popcorn and nuts. Apparently, it used to a sleazy dive bar, but they redid it earlier this year, and now it is way classy, and every drink exceeded our expectations at the right price. We will definitely be back!
Today, we cleaned around the house and then went to see Catching Fire!!! It was so touching--I laughed and cried throughout it--and while it was a long movie (previews started at 12:45 and we got out at 3:30), the hours seemed to fly by. Also, I must say that I wish Caesar Flickerman was a real talk show host. This movie was better than the first, and I liked that one a lot; it was also very faithful to the book. I want to go see it again!
I love when the marketing mimics what could happen if the events of the book/movie were real.
Tonight, we cleaned some more, and I went grocery shopping. "Pancake," our homeless kitten visitor, has been staying in our bathroom all weekend, and tonight I let her out. (We have determined that she is a she, and not a he.) Hobie caught me holding her, and he looked like I had stabbed him in the heart. And Dinah has been hissing in such a ladylike fashion each time she sees "Pancake." Poor kitty--she just wants to be part of our family, and our two spoiled cats don't want to share!