Monday, April 29, 2013

Weekend Basics

Aside from our normal kitchen routine and knocking out wedding odds and ends, we had quite the busy little weekend!

My son, Brandon, not only went to his senior prom this weekend, but officially became a recognized Eagle Scout.

Mary and I (along with my parents) attended the Eagle Scout ceremony yesterday and I can't say enough about how proud I am of Brandon.

We keep promising a garden update and this weekend we're gonna get to it — or else!

Joking aside, the garden has really sprung — we also got a bunch more plants in the ground (or in containers if we're keeping it real) over the weekend, so things are really beginning to take shape out back again this year.

Since Basil was at a sleepover on Saturday night, Mary and I seized the opportunity to go see a movie we've both wanted to see — 42, the Jackie Robinson story.

It was kind of a monumental outing for us since it was the first time we've gone out to a movie in the theater since we first brought Basil home. We decided to walk from our house to the MovieLand Cinemas on Boulevard, which turned out to be a much shorter treck than we originally thought (just under 15 minutes).

As we walked up Boulevard I got to tell Mary about how the building that now houses the theater used to be a business that built train locomotives and was later called "Brooks Transfer and Storage" — a company that would help people move. Working at Brooks Transfer and Storage here in Richmond was the first job my grandfather got after immigrating here from Hungary.

We were also excited to see the Criterion Cinema at MovieLand is up and running. This building has been sitting empty for years since the larger of the two cinemas first opened — we'd love to go see an independent film in this smaller theater soon:

We also popped into an Estate sale down the street from our house to take a peek around — yes, we are suckers for these things:

We didn't leave with anything this go round, but that's the thrill of the hunt, yes?

And.... on the food front we actually ate out quite a bit this weekend. We got to try out Galley, a new restaurant by the owners of Bacchus and Kuba Kuba (two of our favorites so we knew it would be good) and a new neighborhood restaurant, The Savory Grain. We loved both and were kicking ourselves a little for taking so long to get out to these new places. Back in the 17 Apart kitchen, I got to work up a little lamb dish — look for it in a guest post for Lot18 early this week:

Also Mary's bridesmaid and flower girl dresses arrived from Etsy designer, Kay em Kay — only 5 more weeks now!

P.S. There's still time to enter for a chance to win your choice of custom map tie clip by Sherry Truitt Design Studios — get all the details and enter here.


  1. Congrats on the big achievement, Brandon!

    How was 42? I've been curious since the trailer came out, but have seen mixed reviews.

  2. That is quite an accomplishment - Eagle Scout! Not many make it. My son said 42 was fantastic, hope to see it soon. THE day will be here before you know it!

  3. Kasey is an awesome designer! The dresses are sure to be beautiful ;-)

  4. Congrats to Brandon!

    I cannot believe how quickly June is coming around. Are you two planning on taking a honeymoon?