Despite the depression I endured after finishing the last book of the Twilight series many moons ago, I've opted to begin The Hunger Games trilogy on the recommendation from a good friend. I have once again fallen into the rabbit hole. I watch the clock at night so I can sneak to my room and pull out my freshly charged Nook (yep, I went there)... and dive in. For anyone who misses the fantasy and escape they experienced during the Twilight books... go ahead and start the Hunger Games. I dare you. Even better is that the movie for Hunger Games is out soon... and it looks like something that I may not only be able to sit through, but actually enjoy. The brain cells I lost while watching Breaking Dawn Part One may actually regenerate.
Speaking of movies.... regardless of my long term girl crush on Kirsten Dunst, coupled with the earth shaking beauty of Alexander Skaarsgard- do not see Melancholia. That is, unless you are either very high on Lithium or have a warm bath and a razor blade waiting for you when you leave the theater. The acting is superb. The injection of depression, not so much.
Now for the best part. Totally suitable that a flock of wild La Mesa green parrots just squawked over my house. This is that good. Not only was I fortunate to spend most of this kid free weekend with my Mom and my closest friend (same person), but we began our day yesterday bellied up to the bar with another fantastic female at The Tractor Room. I like to consider myself a connoisseur of bloody mary's. They are like the cilantro of cocktails. There is no grey area or middle ground. You either love them or hate them and they're either mind-blowing fantastic or totally unpalatable. The Tractor Room has 17 bloodies to choose from. Out of these 17- two are not to be missed. The Bloody Caesar... which fancies a muddled anchovy and clamato (hail to the hungover bartender to has to muddle that fishy), and The Union Mary- which is the tall salty beauty that I usually default to. The Tractor Room vibe of leather and meat, along with the great crowd, dim lighting and amazing bartending skills... is quite possibly one of the best places to imbibe in San Diego. Go There.