The hubby and I had a Christmas date night this weekend. We had tickets to see The Blenders "Holiday Soul" concert at the Pantages theater in downtown Minneapolis, so we decided to try out the fairly new Seven, which is actually in the same building block as Pantages. Seven has a swanky steakhouse on the main floor and a sushi bar/lounge on the upper floor. We had reservations for the sushi lounge, but were happily surprised that you could still order from the steakhouse menu from upstairs (we stuck with sushi, however we may be back to try out the steak!). The atmosphere was great- swanky, but still fun and almost intimate, plus we appreciated the flat screen TVs mounted on the walls in the lounge (we were able to catch the end of the Florida-Alabama game). The food was awesome, and they had a full (top-shelf) bar, a sizable wine list, and a large sake list. All in all, a great start to the evening.
At the concert we ran into our good friends Ryan & Emily, and the rest of Em's sister-in-law's family. It was a complete surprise, made even funnier by the fact that they were sitting just a row behind us and about 20 seats down from us! The concert was AMAZING! We had seen The Blenders' holiday concert a couple of years ago, but this year was just as good!! In a moment of weakness I purchases 4 of their CDs, including their new Songs from the Soul CDs (which they had performed a lot of songs from that night), and two of their older Christmas CDs (which I just had copies of from my mom). So now I'm all set to groove to the Blenders for the rest of the holiday season (and then some!).
We also picked up our fresh Christmas tree Saturday morning (we did the usual - walked a half a block over to the tree lot located in the parking lot of our A&W, picked out the tree, and David hauled it back to our house on his back! and as usual, I offered to help, but he refused!) The tree was pretty cold, so we got it set up in the tree stand, filled it with warm water, and left it for 24 hours to thaw out and open up. We got it decorated during the Vikings game the next day, which involved 3 broken strands of lights, one trip to Walgreens to buy replacements, and multiple containers of ornaments (almost all of which did make it onto the tree!). I'm especially excited about the tree this year because we have ornaments from my grandma's tree (gingerbread houses and people - made out of Styrofoam, not actual gingerbread) and from my great great aunt Lucille's tree (crazy beaded Styrofoam balls and such). It makes for an eclectic mix of ornaments, which I love.
Syd likes to hide under the tree- I think he actually believes that one little branch is enough cover to completely conceal him!
We also managed to finish the Christmas cards, and I made up my Christmas cookie list, however I haven't started baking yet (and considering the length of the list, I had better get at it!).
This weekend we're heading back home for part of the weekend to go see my pseduo-little-sister's musical, The Winter Wonderettes. Liz and three of her friends are putting on the musical at the old Sherburn theater, as a fundraiser to keep the theater running - tix are only $10, so those of you from the area should try to attend!! Tickets are available at: Farmers State Bank of Trimont, Farmers State Bank of Sherburn, Triumph State Bank, Peterson Anthony Insurance in Farimont. The shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm!