Sunday, April 3, 2011

Matt's Visit to Sunnyvale: Part 1

In typical Matt and Margaret fashion, I always forget to update the blog when Matt is around. Blame it on him. Anyways, as you guys know, Matt arrived in Sunnyvale last Friday (well I guess that would be 2 fridays ago), exhausted, sleep-deprived but ready to party. It had been about 3 weeks since we had seen each other, so of course, I was ecstatic!!!! The poor kid finally arrived around 5....and we were thinking of having a low-key movie night. Instead, my friend Eric texted me about going to the Warriors game, so we decided...hey why not?? So we got together with our homies (Matt, me, Eric, Vinitha, David, and Lunani) and drove down to Oakland (don't worry, we had our bullet proof vests on ;) Of course, we picked the one night that all other major sporting events were going on....a couple of big NCAA march madness games (Ohio state went down that did the rest of my bracket) and the night the Lakers played the Clippers. This game was special because Pau Gasol pledged to doonate $1000 for every point he scored to benefit Japan. Of course, I took multiple extended bathroom breaks...because the bathrooms were right next to the bar....which had six TVs on various basketball games. Anyways, the Lakers ended up winning and so did the warriors. Actually the warriors killed the raptors (did I mention the score was in the 50s after the first quarter?....I thought I had read the scoreboard wrong?) It was fun and a great way to catch up with old friends (Eric was home from San Diego, and Lunani was home for 3 days before moving permanently to Japan). And it was a great way to start Matt's trip :)

The next day, we decided to make the best lunch ever...after we went to the farmers market in Sunnyvale. We picked up a loaf of rosemary bread and some apples and then stopped by the grocery store for the make grilled cheese sandwiches. But wait til you hear what we put in them....apples, bacon, cheese, ham. We went super gourmet. And they were delicious!! Then we watched movies at the house all day. I'm going to compile a list of movies we watched while he was here. You would be impressed....I was impressed (especially since I rarely ever rent movies). My mom wanted to take us to dinner, and Matt really loves hot pot-ting. For those of you who don't know, it's pretty much a process where you cook your own food in boiling soup. We went to this restaurant Hot Pot City, in Milpitas, a buffet-style hot-pot place where you pick your raw meats and veggies and then dunk em in the hot soup. If you've never done it before, you need to! I love restaurants where everything is a little more hands-on, like this one (and I've always wanted to try the La Jolla Strip House where you grill your own meat!). We had a blast! Afterwards, we met up with Eric and David and my so-RAWR-ity sistaaas Nicole and Alysa to grab some drinks at my favorite place, the bar at Bowlmor Lanes. This is really nerdy and strange, but my favorite place to grab a drink this area is actually the bar at this bowling alley. They have a full bar and maybe like 15 tvs. Great place to catch a sports game, especially if there's a Sharks game on because then it's happy hour! Alysa was actually home for spring break too, so it was great to catch up with her and see what was going on with Sigma Kappa (I miss you guys!!!!). Anyways, of course we had to play air hockey after grabbing some beers....because air hockey is maybe my new favorite thing ever. We also played some arcade basketball. You will all be so glad to hear that I beat Matt (7th grade basketball star), Eric (High school balla), and David (NCAA bball pointguard for Occidental). Yes you read that right. I beat them ALL!! Overall, I would say it was a completely WINNING night (for me especially!)

On Sunday, we started the day watching another movie. And then I decided we really needed to get out of the house. And randomly enough, we decided to go the Flea Market. I know, it's so random right? But we decided it would be fun. The San Jose Flea Market spans over 8 miles, so it gave us some exercise and some culture. We actually didn't end up buying anything (except for a fruit cup with a dash of spices....authentic Mexican style) but we walked around for over an hour. You can buy just about anything stereos, kids toys, belt buckles, power tools, couches, etc. It's really an interesting place. Also a place where speaking Spanish would benefit someone a'd be good for bargaining. I think we decided to go to Chili's that night for dinner because I had a coupon where if you buy one meal, you get your second entree for like 3 bucks (aren't you proud moms?) Anyways, Chilis and the Flea Market....what's not to love? Plus, later that night (because we are total fatasses), we went to Coldstones AND pinkberry. Matt won't settle for yogurt, and I could die eating pinkberry, so of course we had to go to both right? Afterwards, we stopped by my BFF amber's house to pick up my phone charger (cus I pretty much spent most of last week hanging out there) and chatted with her parents a little bit. Then we caught a showing of No Strings Attached, that Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher movie. We loved it. Our favorite lines from the movie are "You fight like a hamster" and "You eat like a baby dinosaur"...both of which Matt frequently now tells me at least once a day. Thank you Ashton. If you can't tell, we had a great weekend :)

More updates and pictures laterrrr....

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