If every weekend were like the one that just passed, I’d be one happy camper:

Friday: we saw what I consider to be this year’s best movie so far. About A Boy was funny, sad, quirky and uplifting all at once. The dialogue, too, was simply superb – Nick Hornby (who wrote the book) is quickly becoming my favorite cult hero. Even Hugh Grant was terrific in this movie, but the star was the young boy, Marcus (not sure what the actor’s name was), who was so convincing and played the ultimate funny/sad character I’ve seen in quite a while. And his haircut – hilarious. Highly recommended. As an added bonus, the soundtrack is almost exclusively performed by Badly Drawn Boy, and it’s a keeper.

Saturday was Stephanie’s birthday, so after she went to bed Friday night I replaced our current, kinda boring, off-white rug with a new, green-and-purple rug that exactly matched the new couch and curtains in the living room. So when she woke up the next morning, there it was in all it’s glory. Yee-haw. That was cool. After that, it was off to Crane’s Beach (I’m blogging vicariously through my friend Dan, there) for an afternoon of sand, sun, and getting my ankles wet with that 58 degree water. You can forget about me going into that water beyond that. So we had a very relaxing afternoon and topped it off with a night at Dali, otherwise known as one of the best restaurants in the world! And the food was just frickin’ amazing, even though they forgot to bring us 4 out of our 6 tapas. Whoops. Eventually we got them. Either way, it’s not a bad thing to have to sit in Dali a little longer than usual. Happy birthday, Steph!

Yesterday was spent at a bar-b-que at a friends house, with what seemed like tons of children and pregnant women walking around. Fun was had. I capped off the weekend by going out to The Middle East (Cambridge nightclub) at 11:30pm – that’s right, 11:30pm – to see Jay Bennett & Edward Burch perform songs from their damn brilliant new CD The Palace at 4am, and they were just huge. What a way to end the weekend. It was super-tough having to leave the house at 11:15 last night to go see this, but I am so glad I did it, because they put on one hell of a show. The album is pretty rich with instruments, and they pulled it off so well on stage that I considered buying a second copy of the CD just to support them. I didn’t, but I thought about it. Anyway, this is the third time I’ve made reference to this album here, I know, but it’s just so damn worthy, and now that I’ve seen them live, I like the album even more.