Shaun Baer

actor - singer - writer

Opa! My Big Fat Birthday Month Begins!

Captain's Blog - Stardate 60403.2

Yesterday was fantastic. After a lovely and slow start to a stress-free Saturday morning, we gazed out our window to see a blizzard. For five seconds. And then sunshine. For five seconds. Suffice it to say the weather was having an identity crisis. 

We, however, were on our way to an amazing day. Despite the wind almost knocking us over we made it to the theatre to see "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2." The trailer is pleasantly and intentionally misleading, so I will not reveal any spoilers here. However, I was really glad we hadn't watched the original before we saw this sequel and here's why.

MBFGW2 was a really lovely film, filled with great and familiar characters and situations. While it harkens back to the original, it also completely stands alone. It also acknowledges in a very clever way that we can't go back and recapture moments that have passed. Instead, we have to make choices that propel us forward. At least that's what I got out of it overall.

Andrea Martin, Lainie Kazan, John Corbett and Nia Vardalos were all spectacular and the family dynamic was brilliant as always. This film is a worthy successor to the original and definitely worth watching.

BUT WAIT...the pre-birthday celebration continued. We stopped at the barrel bar for a few drinks with our friend and best bartender, dashed home to change, and were back out to a beautiful French pre-birthday dinner. Goat cheese salad, escargot, a bottle of Cotes-du-Rhone, and two delicious entrees: He had the rack of lamb and I had the duck confit.

As we were finishing, I thought to myself I wonder what we should do for dessert. Maybe we should go to Paciugo. Within minutes, my apparently psychic boyfriend said, "So, after dinner do you want to go to Paciugo?" We went to Paciugo.

This fantastic start to Birthday Season closed with a few select episodes from the Star Trek lexicon before bed. This morning? A sweet treat brunch at one of my favorite brunch places. This year's birthday celebration is happening in pieces over the month, with meals and game nights spread all over April. Looking forward to it!

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