Goodness, is it a new week already? How time does seem to fly, especially when I've been busy busy busy. Well, kind of busy at least. Last week mostly seemed to be full of working and working and more working. I managed to get out to dinner once on Tuesday with my FatherFigure though. We went fast-food style for Asian cuisine and ate at Panda Express up on the South Hill. I had the always yummy orange chicken as well as the Surf n Turf option, which wasn't bad at all. I would never say Panda Express is my favorite Chinese restaurant EVER but I don't mind eating there once in a while. It's fast and tasty enough.
It wasn't until Saturday that I really dragged myself out of the house and went for some adventuring. Though they had technically moved from Northtown Mall into their new digs up north a few weeks ago, last weekend was the Grand Opening party for Rasmussen Reptiles at their swanky new storefront. They had some sweet discounts on animals as well as BBQ going in their backyard (not made of reptiles, before you start making those kind of jokes). One of the Spokast Podcast boys and I stopped in to look at snakes, poke at giant tortoises, play with lizards, and generally oooohhh and aaahhh over everything else (I like my creatures scaly and slither-y, what can I say). It is entirely possible that I left the store that day with a beautiful four foot female Leopard Burmese python (that may now be going by the name of Thulsa Doom because I got to pick and that name is awesome). I can't help it, I'm just a sucker for their wonderful little faces.
After taking my new lady home and getting her set up with the Burmese already residing in my apartment (a 10-foot, 21-year-old male named Monty, in case you care and why wouldn't you?), I realized I was starving practically to death (I'm sure) and so headed back out to find some grub. A new Vietnamese place opened up in the courtyard area across from Rite Aid downtown and I'm always in the mood for some good spring rolls so that's where I ended up. Pho City is small and new and they don't have an extensive menu yet, BUT the items they do have are wonderfully flavorful and the staff is incredibly friendly. I had vermicelli with grilled prawns along with my spring rolls, and while it was all great, I did find myself in a quandry over the dang shrimp. I have never been able to figure out how to eat around the tails of shrimp in sushi or get the shells off shrimp in noodle or rice dishes without making a mess and looking like a big moron. Oh well.
My dining companion and I decided during dinner that we'd like to go see a movie afterwards, but it didn't start for an hour or so once we were finished eating, so we decided to stop in at O'Doherty's for a drink before hitting up the theater. They were moderately busy, which wasn't surprising considering it was a Saturday night. We grabbed a booth and enjoyed some people-watching and some fine beverages. I started off with a 'Treat Yo Self' (cause I'm a huge Parks and Recreation fan) and finished out with an 'Emerald something something Rita' (I can't remember the full name, so sue me). Both were delightful. Eventually movie-time rolled around so we took off for the AMC theater in Riverpark Square. And that, ladies and gentleman, is about the time I saw my newest favorite Summer movie EVER (at least until something better comes along). Pacific Rim has everything a geeky girl like myself could love: giant robots, giant monsters, hot robot pilots, Ron Perlman, and nods to a hundred different scifi/fantasy/monster movies. It was a like a giant live-action mash-up of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Godzilla and more. If you are a fan of awesome things, I highly recommend this film (even if the end makes slightly less than a whole lot of sense - just suspend your disbelief for a spell, won't you?).
After so much activity on Saturday you'd think I'd have to spend Sunday in a healing coma, but nope. I managed to complete a few errands in the early afternoon (off to Petco to buy lightbulbs and crickets and frozen mice as I've been known to do) and then later on my tiny/tall roommate and I got fancied up and went up to Ginger Asian Bistro to have ourselves some delicious sushi. Ginger has Happy Hour deals EVERY DAY from 3-5pm and they include sushi, appetizers, entrees, and even drinks. My roommate had spicy tuna because she loves it and I tried shrimp tempura and spicy dumplings because they sounded good on the menu. Neither of us was disappointed (though once again I did have some moments where I had to fight with shrimp that I couldn't figure out how to eat without making a mess). After dinner we took ourselves out to Northern Quest Casino for Vintage Spokane, a 'wine and food' event with all the swankiest people in attendance. We drank some excellent beer, sampled some also excellent wines, nibbled on tasty finger foods (the huckleberry cheesecakes were awesome), chatted with exhibitors and volunteers, and chased down some co-workers in attendance to force them into spending 'social time' with us. It was a delightful, adult-type, evening.
After all that I bet you can't imagine I'd have time for anything else - and you'd be right! I got home Sunday night, fell into bed, and would've stayed there for at least three days if work hadn't demanded my presence on Monday morning. But don't worry, I've got some more adventuring up my sleeve this week and I'll be back next Monday or Tuesday to tell you all about it. I'm pretty awesome like that. In the meantime why don't you head out for some adventures of your own while I'm gone? If you're lucky you just might see me bouncing around town while you're out there!
This week's Adventures in Spokane brought to you by:
AMC Riverpark Square
Ginger Asian Bistro
Northern Quest Casino
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