I love Friday afternoons. I spent a very intense eight hours at work today finishing a document I’ve been working on for months so it was such a relief to leave today. Dan and I spent the evening eating frozen pizza for dinner (giving my culinary aspirations the night off) and watching our Blu-ray copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.” What a great movie. The beginning is so moving, especially when Hermione is wiping her parent’s memory. I can’t wait for Part 2 to come out this summer, although I really wish I’d read the book more recently so I could remember the story better. Last night wasn’t much different than tonight except I actually cooked and we watched Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals instead of a movie. The Dallas vs. Oklahoma City games are much more exciting than any of the Laker playoff games, and they’re easier much more relaxing to watch because I don’t really care who wins. My dad always said he wanted whoever beat him in a tennis tournament to win it all because that way he’d have lost to the best player in the draw. I don’t know if I feel that way about Dallas, but they sure are a fun team to watch. Last night’s dinner was a reprise of cider-glazed sausages, this time made with a less sweet Hilshire Farm chicken sausage and served over brown rice. It was really good, if I do say so myself. I cooked the rice in apple cider so it tied the two components of the dish together. I love cooking rice in juice because it gives it such an interesting flavor. If you haven’t tried it before, orange juice and pineapple juice work really well. As far as the weekend goes, tomorrow night Dan and I have dinner reservations at Border Grill in Santa Monica, which is partly owned by one of the contestants on this year’s “Top Chef Masters” (the other owner was actually on the previous season of the show). Dan and I love to watch new episodes of Top Chef every Wednesday so we’re excited to be eating at one of the restaurants we’ve heard about on it. Border Grill is a Mexican restaurant which means that a lot of the dishes are going to be too spicy for me, but the menu just looked too mouthwatering to pass up. I’ll let you know how our meal goes. But for now it’s late and I need to be getting to bed. Dan is going out of town on Sunday so I have to make the most of my Saturday with him! Good night!