Good stuff on my days off:
I got gas for less than $3/gallon on Friday, yay!
Stopped at the Mall of America on my way back from Trader Joe's Friday afternoon, and though I had no luck finding what I was looking for, at least I was able to get myself an 'Eggnog Jubilee' from Jamba Juice with the money my wonderful mom so generously gave me for it. Yum! I love Jamba Juice.
Had to head out pretty early (6:50) and the drive was pretty stressful as it was pouring and I can't see well to drive in the dark when it's raining and everything's wet. But the new grey hairs were worth it, because I succeeded with my eighth apheresis donation of the year! They only managed to get a double out of me this time, which was probably a blessing, since giving a triple in the morning can wipe me out for the rest of the day.
Best of all, of course, was getting to see 'The Hobbit' (part 1) twice between Friday at my old favorite movie theater where I used to live near, and Saturday at the IMAX in 3d with the huge 6-story-tall screen. Both times were a treat. Sure, there's changes made to the story I'm not all that pleased with, and I still don't think it should be stretched into three films, but... Wonderful to return to 'Middle-Earth' and enjoy a childhood favorite brought to life. Bilbo is great, but it's Thorin Oakenshield I can't stop thinking about. I'm so grateful to Tolkien for giving us him, stiff-necked, proud, tragic figure that he is. He's got a special spot in my memory, because he was the first character in a story I remember ever crying over when he died. (First of many many, heh.) Thorin has blessed my life in a small, sweet way. Of course, eludicating how much Gandalf has blessed my life would make a huge essay in itself, with a staggering revelation or two to boot. So I'll just stick with Thorin for now...and no dwarf should be that good-looking... ;)