The Friday Five, 1/12/24: 5 things I've been up to this week

Today is my last day of being 36. 36 feels like mid-30's to me, and 37 feels like late 30's. For my birthday, Mother Nature has graciously decided to dump 3 to 6 inches of snow on the area, so that will be fun to drive in today and tomorrow ... 

"Deep dish" round pepperoni pizza, from Green Lantern
"Deep dish" round pepperoni pizza, from Green Lantern

What I've been up to this week:
  1. Watching movies. Last Friday, I saw Migration at the theater, which was cute—I'd give it 4/5 stars. I also watched Good Grief, on Netflix, which was more of a "grown up" role for Dan Levy; I didn't like it as much as I was expecting, but I'd still give it 3.5/5 stars. I also saw the new Mean Girls in the theater yesterday. I had high expectations for it—the OG version, which came out in 2004 (when I was 17, probably the ideal age for it, too), is one of my all-time favorite movies—and it actually did not disappoint. I saw the musical with my mom at the Fisher in June 2022, and this version was loosely based on that and also the original movie. I gave it 4/5 stars in my video review but today I'm still thinking about it, so I may have to bump that to 4.5. Some of the jokes definitely felt rehashed but they put a fresh spin on the musical numbers, and all of the singing was top notch.
  2. Watching TV shows. I've mostly been binging/trying to watch seasons 2 and 3 of The First Wives Club, on Netflix (the BET show, not the original movie) but I also DVR'd that Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard to watch; I was fascinated by both the HBO documentary and The Act, the dramatized version, on Hulu, so I was curious to see what she was up to nowadays. Per usual, I've also been watching Married at First Sight, too. 
  3. The Godfather live with Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. The Godfather is a movie that both my fiance and I really like, and I saw that the GRSO was doing a live version at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor (a UM facility; when I was a student there I saw a ton of shows there, most for cheap since it was student pricing), so I bought tickets. It ended up being very cool—the orchestra played when music normally would be playing, in the movie, and since the movie is pretty long (3+ hours), there was an intermission halfway through, too. A caveat for all the tall boys and girls out there though: the seats are not great. (my fiance is 6'4" and ended up standing up the whole time because it was more comfortable than cramming his knees into the seats)
    Weirdly, as a curvy (short) girl—I'm about 5'5"—I've never had a problem with the seats at Hill, though ... at most auditoriums, I feel like the seats are too small, width-wise. There's definitely not a ton of leg room though. 
  4. Getting takeout and eating out. Last Saturday my fiance and I went to Mission BBQ, as I had their free Christmas email coupon, and I had a pulled pork sandwich and he had brisket. We also went to Blimpy Burger in A2 before The Godfather, one of my favorite burger places, and I got Green Lantern takeout last night because I had a birthday freebie.
  5. Getting birthday freebies. When we were in A2, I stopped by Le Bon Macaron for my free macaron. Their flavors are so unique I ended up getting four macarons, though, at $2.50 per: Margarita flavor, PB&J, Nutella, and Pistachio, and all were delicious.  Last Saturday I got a freebie at Mission BBQ but it was actually from the Xmas coupon—I think I still have until tomorrow to get my birthday freebie, which unfortunately probably won't happen. I also stopped by Green Lantern in Royal Oak yesterday for my free small one-topping pizza; they do a fabulous DEEP DISH ROUND pizza, which I have never seen anywhere else, you just have to specify that you want it deep dish (which, my theory is, they stack two crusts on top of each other). Goodbye, diet? I'll resume it after Vegas next week. 
The Godfather Live with the GRSO, at Hill Auditorium in A2
The Godfather Live with the GRSO, at Hill Auditorium in A2

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