This week, my husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. (Where did the years go?!) And, although we didn’t take an exotic trip anywhere or buy each other expensive presents, we did have a really lovely, really romantic time. Even with a teenager in the house!
Since all three of us enjoy both tasty food — especially when we don’t have to cook it ourselves, LOL — and lighthearted movie comedies from across the decades, we devoted this Spring Break week to enjoying both. We selected delicious carryout meals from three regions of the Mediterranean — Middle Eastern, Italian and Greek, as well as American burgers/steaks and salads, Asian (both Thai and Chinese), and we’ve got German on the horizon for the weekend. We’re introducing our son to the delights of “sauerbraten”…
To accompany our collection of international dining favorites, we bought or rented videos of some of the funniest films from the past, so we could share these with our son, too.
We showed him the movie my husband and I went to see on our first date: “The Freshman” with Matthew Broderick and Marlon Brando. Always one of my faves!! We also watched “IQ” with Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins, “It Happened One Night” — the 1934 classic with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, “Grosse Point Blank” with John Cusack and Minnie Driver, and — although it took some persuading at first — I forced them both to sit through “Shakespeare in Love” with Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes, while my husband initially had to talk me into “Shanghai Noon” with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. Turned out, all three of us enjoyed them all!
I’m tempted to pull out our battered copy of the fun Elvis beach film, “Clambake,” just to inject a little Florida sunshine into this not-so-balmy end of March up here in northern Illinois. Maybe accompanied by a few skewers of grilled shimp and a slice of Key Lime pie… Mmm.
p.s. My weekend got a little brighter because the print copies for Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match just came out a few days ago!! Very exciting to finally hold the paperback in my hands. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, too!