A week or so ago, I finally watched Drive. I've been wanting to watch it for months, but haven't gotten around to renting it. The film was fantastic. I don't want to give away any of the plot/storyline, because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen the film. This film reaffirmed my longtime crush on Ryan Gosling. I've had a crush on the Gos since his MMC days, and he is like a fine wine - he only gets better with age. The soundtrack to the film is spectacular, so we snagged a copy from Amazon, for under $10. I feel like such a badass when I drive around, blaring the soundtrack. My favorite track is "Under Your Spell," by Desire.
A handful of friends have raved about these relaxation beverages, but I hadn't seen it in stores until last week. When I spotted the bottles, I snagged the green tea with honey. Besides those two ingredients (the tea is decaf), the tea has a relaxation blend, comprised of Valerian Root, Lemon Balm, Passion Flower, Rose Hips, Chamomile, and Melatonin. I drank 3/4 of the bottle in one sitting, and I definitely noticed a difference in my demeanor. I was pretty stressed earlier in the day, and this definitely helped me wind down. It also tastes delicious, which was a plus.
I still can't believe i'm doing this. I haven't ran since high school, so this was a pretty big feat for me. The 5K is only four days away. I'm a bit nervous, but i'm sure I will do well. If you would like to donate to my fundraising, you can do so here. This weekend, my shirt and bib arrived.
As of 2007, the third Saturday of April has been dubbed Record Store Day. Independent record stores come together with musicians to celebrate music. Special releases are created for this special day, and many indie stores host in-store performances. When I heard about this a few years ago, I was stoked. The only independent record store is Looney Tunes, which is about twenty minutes away from me. I didn't go there on Record Store Day, because Erich and I relaxed at home. I did dig out my copy of High Fidelity, and am rereading it for the umpteenth time.
On Saturday night, Erich and I decided to lay low. We've been meaning to try KB's Burger Shack, a local burger joint a couple towns over. We didn't feel like being social butterflies, so we ordered our food to go. We got there early, so I went in to check out the scenery. A live jazz quartet was playing in the front of the restaurant, and the place was packed. I chatted the hostess, Kathy, and she was super nice. I was informed that the night before, one of their bartenders daughters was killed in a car crash with her father. They are holding a benefit on Thursday, May 3, at 6pm. If you are on Long Island and are free that night, please make an appearance and help the family out. There is at suggested donation of $25, which includes food and entertainment. For more information, check out the Facebook event. Below is a picture of my dinner - the Santa Fe burger. It was topped with avocado slices and caramelized onions in a balsamic garlic chipotle reduction, and served on an english muffin. The burger was cooked just how I like it (my medium rare burgers are almost always overcooked - especially on takeout orders), and the fries are some of the best i've ever had before! I can't wait to try their milkshakes - my friend, Sam, said they're delicious. We have already decided that this is our dinner the night after the 5K!
I am really excited for this week. I finally have a bit of free time, so I can finally get a few blog posts in, Erich and I have a few afternoon dates planned, and the 5K is finally here! I should be working on a few papers, but I'll save them for Sunday. I just need some time to relax and enjoy my surroundings.