We had a bajillion things to do the weekend The Hunger Games came out so we had to postpone our much-anticipated viewing of it until Dill's birthday. I know, four days isn't that long, but we are crazy about those books and were DYING to see it.
I had the brilliant idea to go to Joe's Farm Grill for breakfast (they give you $10 off your ticket on your birthday) and then to see the first showing of The Hunger Games that morning. My mom came over to babysit Bubby and Buckwheat (formerly known as Smush -- poor kid's following in the footsteps of Prince) and we headed out to Joe's bright and early.
It was a gorgeous day, even a little nippy. But in Arizona, we praise heaven for nippy days at the end of March. They're as rare as a jackalope. We tried to sit outside under the huge tree, but Dilly-Pie was too cold. True story. In his defense, he was drinking ice water. And I'm normally the one who's "cold."
The interior of Joe's is understated cool and eclectic. I want these ball lights in my house.
Oh yeah, and the 50's-inspired clock on the white brick wall with the grain cans above it. Hello, awesome.
After we ate, we literally had hours to kill so we walked around the gardens at Agritopia. Agritopia is this super-cool farming community that's adjacent to Joe's. Joe's actually uses the produce from the Agritopia gardens in their cuisine. It's pretty amazing.
Entrance to the garden. I browned it up for you and made it look vintage-y. It's what all the cool kids do with their Instagrams.
Even after our leisurely stroll through the gardens, we had about an hour before showtime. So we went to the only store open at the mall -- Dick's Sporting Goods -- and messed around with all the fun toys. I tried to use a treadmill but the display ones don't actually work. Probably safer that way.
Soon, we tired of Dick's and decided to go to the theater. Forty-five minutes early. But we were excited! We couldn't contain ourselves any longer.
In a moment of genius, I saved the last large popcorn bag we had purchased at the theater in the door pocket of my car. We hadn't used the refill on it so we took it to the concession counter in an attempt to get free popcorn. Totally worked, FYI. Considering the fact it costs $4 for three handfuls of popcorn, I recommend this strategy. I mean, who gets up in the middle of movies for refills, anyway?
Next post, let's discuss The Hunger Games. I wish I could adequately sum up my feelings here, but they really need their own entry. So much to talk about!