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Who’s excited that it’s FRIDAY?  Me, me, me!


Not only it is a wonderful spring day out there in Charlotte…

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But it’s also The Hunger Games movie release day.  I am not ashamed in the slightest to admit that I bought tickets nearly a week ago.  Oh, and I shook the Husband awake this morning and said in my very best Effie Trinket voice, “HAPPY HUNGER GAMES!”  He gave me the stink eye and rolled back over.


Not hungry after this brekkie:


Best bowl of raw oatmeal, Greek yogurt, pumpkin seeds, and banana.


Anyone else hitting up Hunger Games tonight (or did you go last night)?  Or who has no idea what all this hype is about?  Or did anyone – gasp! – read the books and hate ‘em?



  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat March 23, 2012, 8:45 am

    I haven’t read the books yet but the movie looks interesting. I do audio books most of the time, since I can listen to them at work and in my car and I’m # 70 on the waiting list at the library!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb March 23, 2012, 8:46 am

    my crazy husband went to the midnight showing!! i’m not on board with you HG crazies, but love seeing this insane excitement!! happy friday, caitlin 🙂

  • Sunny March 23, 2012, 8:48 am

    I have tickets at 7, I can’t wait!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 23, 2012, 8:50 am

    Part of me wants to go tonight, another part of me wants to go in the middle of the day when it’s less crowded. I can’t decide!

    • Jessica March 23, 2012, 9:44 am

      Claire, I was torn too – I finally decided, since I live in uber-Suburbia and I knew that (as much or more than anywhere else) the midnight showing would be PACKED with teenagers, and likely the evening showings tonight/this weekend, to go during the day. (I was right; a friend went last night and said she was almost mauled by a dead-on, head-to-toe Effie Trinket).

      I have tickets to see it at 11:00 this morning 🙂 Also just FYI for anyone on a budget, any movie before 11:55 on Friday/Saturday/Sunday at AMC theatres is only $5. Popcorn money! 😀

  • Kath March 23, 2012, 8:51 am

    Me me me!!

  • Emily March 23, 2012, 8:52 am

    I have a 7 year old and a 4 year old, so I decided to opt out of the midnight showing. 🙂 I am going on Monday night and I CANNOT wait!!!

  • Sara March 23, 2012, 8:53 am

    I am waiting for my copy of the book to come so I can ready quickly and go see it.

  • Laura March 23, 2012, 8:53 am

    I have tickets for tomorrow night and am so excited! May the odds be ever in your favour.

  • Sarah March 23, 2012, 8:54 am

    Seeing it tonight on the IMAX! May the odds be ever in your favor, HTP!

  • Errign March 23, 2012, 8:55 am

    I’m very excited to see the movie, but none of my friends read the books, so they’re not very excited to see the movie. My mom and I want to see it, but we’re on opposite coasts and I don’t feel like waiting until May to see it together!

  • Clare March 23, 2012, 9:06 am

    I am soo excited to see the movie tonight! I’ve been waiting months for this!

  • Hillary March 23, 2012, 9:07 am

    I’m seeing it on Sunday! One of my students went to the midnight showing last night, got home at 3 am, slept from 4-6 am, and is in school today with a big smile on her face. She’s a champ!

  • Shari March 23, 2012, 9:07 am

    I’m going tomorrow morning — can’t wait!!

  • Ashley @ Cooking for John March 23, 2012, 9:07 am

    I just read the book this week, halfway through “Catching Fire” now. We are going to see it tomorrow, can’t wait!!

  • Samantha March 23, 2012, 9:08 am

    I am 23 weeks pregnant, and I went to the midnight premiere last night with 4 friends! It was incredible. There were times I actually WEPT. It is such a powerful adaptation of the book, the acting and special effects are phenomenal! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 23, 2012, 9:15 am

    ahhh I’m so jealous! I don’t know when I’ll get to go but I can’t wait!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 23, 2012, 9:16 am

    Yay for Friday x100000! Unfortunately I’m totally out of the loop with the Hunger Games thing but I feel like I should be super excited too! Lol, needless to say I am not going to see it tonight (haven’t even read the books yet – yes, feel free to think I live under a rock!) but I hope it’s great!

  • Kris March 23, 2012, 9:16 am

    Haven’t read the books, only read an article in the Sunday paper about the movie. But last night I dreamed that DH and I were in a Hunger Games type exercise at the agency he used to work at. I told myself it was only a dream so I wouldn’t have to go through the game, and woke myself out of it. I guess it was on my mind.

  • Becca March 23, 2012, 9:24 am

    I think I’m going to see the Hunger Games on Sunday morning, I am quite excited 🙂 I am also hoping the nice weather lasts through the weekend. Oh and a big congratulations on buying your house!!! So exciting!

  • Nicole March 23, 2012, 9:32 am

    Going tonight and I’m PUUUUMPED!!!

  • Ambre March 23, 2012, 9:38 am

    I went to a 7:30 early preview screening last night!! SOOOO good 🙂 you will LOVE it!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 23, 2012, 9:41 am

    We’re going tomorrow and I can’t wait!!! I haven’t been excited about a movie like this in pretty much forever. Like Titanic forever…

  • Nikki T March 23, 2012, 9:46 am

    Happy Hunger Games!!
    I’m going on Sunday! And don’t worry, I bought tickets more than a week ago 😉

  • Life's a Bowl March 23, 2012, 9:49 am

    I didn’t read the books but a couple of girlfriends and I bought our tickets this morning to see the movie on Sunday! I have no idea what to expect…

  • Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl March 23, 2012, 9:52 am

    I can’t wait to see it! I hope it will be as good as the book! Not planning to go tonight, going to go early Sunday morning in hopes of it not being to crowded. 🙂

  • Kristie March 23, 2012, 10:03 am

    I haven’t read the books so I don’t really want to go (definitely want to read books before seeing their movie adaptations), but my aunt went with her daughter to the midnight showing. She’s dragging this morning since she works at 8am, but my cousin is fine because she doesn’t work until the afternoon. Motherly love right there :).

  • Christine @ BookishlyB March 23, 2012, 10:06 am

    I read the books and thought that they were really good YA fiction- not good literature by any means, but something I’d definitely use to get some of my reluctant students to read. I actually really think this is an instance where the movie may be better than the book- I’ll see it when the hype has died down a tad.

  • Tiff March 23, 2012, 10:10 am

    I haven’t seen it yet, but I can’t wait to do so. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 Happy Friday!

  • Tanya March 23, 2012, 10:15 am

    My daughter was at the midnight showing (dressed as Cinna no less), but I don’t know that I’ll go at all. I only read the first of the series and I know I’m overly sensitive but I can’t take the theme-kids killing other kids just does me in.

    • Corrie Anne March 23, 2012, 10:22 am

      Exactly!! I read the first book, but honestly, from a teacher’s perspective, I don’t know how I feel about them being in the YA section? I don’t want to see the movie because I know how violent it’s going to be! That said, the book was definitely well-written and a nailbiter!

    • clare March 23, 2012, 11:20 am

      Im right there with you! And everybody thinks I am nuts. But to me, for a YA book (and also because there are alot of 9, 10, 11, 12 year olds reading it), the amount of violence does not justify the means. I mean the moral of the Hunger Games (not a spoiler) I think is very light, compared to the motherload of kids killing kids, kids dying, ingenious ways to kill people…I feel like it is another way to desensitize kids to violence. And our kids live in a pretty safe world, but there are children at this very moment who are dying just like the kids in the book, but to our kids, it is gleeful entertainment. Does not sit well with me. Off my soapbox now…(:

      • Nikki March 23, 2012, 4:12 pm

        Let me preface this by saying I love -LOVE- the Hunger Games.. but the books are basically (unknowingly?) plagiarized from a Japanese book, Battle Royale Themes of death are a lot more common in Japanese culture, and young adults are more comfortable and familiar with it.

    • Rebecca March 23, 2012, 12:01 pm

      To me, the book is satire. It reminds me of Brave New World in that way. I can see the world heading in the direction of Hunger Games someday if we continue the way we are, with everything being entertainment the way it is.

  • clare @ fittingitallin March 23, 2012, 10:28 am

    Taking myself on a single girl date tonight at 7 since I didn’t go with the other girls at midnight!

  • Leatitia @ The Sweetest Year March 23, 2012, 10:37 am

    I would love to go this weekend, but with a baby boy to care for, it’s hard to get alone time!

    I might ask grand-mommy to babysit Saturday afternoon and sneak to the theater! 🙂

  • Elisabeth March 23, 2012, 10:39 am

    I LOVED the books & can’t wait to see the movie, but as I’ve told some other people, I HATE packed movie theathers! So…I’ll be waiting until next weekend 😉

  • Danielle March 23, 2012, 10:45 am

    i’m really excited for the Hunger Games movie! I read the first book and loved it… thought the second book was okay and read the first three pages of the third book before tossing it to the side haha. I have heard the third book is the hardest one to get into??

  • lo March 23, 2012, 10:47 am

    I’m actually probably the only one that avoids all the commercial or entertainment talk about this movie.

    I read the books far before they became “popular” and I fell in love with the story and Katniss. I kind of felt like it was “my secret favorite book” (you know how in grade-school you have a special book that you feel is your own and you kind of want to be kept secret from the world?)

    So every time I see teens screaming and jumping up and down and all the glitz and glamour Hollywood buzz, I have to turn the channel or look the other way. To me it just goes back to the book and the story.

    I think eventually down the road I will like to see the movie. But right now I’d rather stay clear out of the drama, hype, and screeching fans.

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life March 23, 2012, 10:48 am

    I bought the book a week ago and have yet to start it! I am going to try and read it all this weekend so I can go see the movie next week! From what I hear, I am going to love love love it!

  • deva at deva by definition March 23, 2012, 11:10 am

    I am going Sunday. Tonight I am watching my Ohio University Bobcats play in the Sweet Sixteen and tomorrow my Maid of Honor and I are going to start hashing out some wedding planning details.

  • Carolina John March 23, 2012, 11:11 am

    Did you know they filmed a lot of Hunger Games in western NC? We accidentally drove through one of the abandoned towns that they used once, it’s been freaking me out seeing that town on the local news last night.

  • Lindsey March 23, 2012, 11:22 am

    I’ve been waiting since 2011! I’ve also been working “May the odds be ever in your favor” into my conversations as much as possible. It’s only slightly irritating 😀

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 23, 2012, 11:34 am

    LOVED the books. Seeing the movie TONIGHT. Can NOT wait. It feels like Christmas!!!! 🙂

  • Sonia the Mexigarian March 23, 2012, 11:47 am

    soooo want to go see the movie, but it might sold out all over the theatres around here. I will wait until the hype dies down a little where I can watch the movie without all the screaming fans, lol. (this coming from a Trekker who squealed throughout the last Star Trek movie).

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 23, 2012, 11:57 am

    I WISH I was going tonight!!! I can’t wait to hear about it!

  • Dari Marie March 23, 2012, 12:00 pm

    I haven’t read the books yet, but I meant to!! And I gotta say… Greek yogurt and pumpkin seeds is the best combination ever.

  • Rebecca March 23, 2012, 12:04 pm

    I’m going tonight with my dad, but I already know I’m going to hate parts of it because of the changes. -_-
    I read the books last summer, and then my dad told me they were filming the first one in NC and I was like, “OMG I WANT TO SEE IT.” But after reading about a lot of the changes that have been made to the story (things that I think are important and should be left the way they were in the book), I’m more reluctant to go. I might give up on movies based on books because I’m becoming more and disappointed with changes. First VDT and now HG… Oy.

    • Army Amy* March 23, 2012, 3:31 pm

      I’m a book purist, so I run into this problem with lots of books turned movies. HP7 part 2, for instance, was hugely disappointing to me, in part, because of the deviation from the book. I know that books and movies are different, and they have to cut things for time and continuity, but my heart still wants the movie to be exactly in line with the book.*

  • Jen March 23, 2012, 12:08 pm

    We bought our ticketsover a week ago too! Our plans are for Sunday though, and we’re getting there early to claim good seats! So excited! I had my husband read the book (he doesn’t normally read books) and he’s officially addicted too!

  • Laura @ Backstage Balance March 23, 2012, 12:08 pm

    The movie is AWESOME! I went to a midnight showing (at a 21+ theater where they serve booze) and enjoyed every moment of the 2 hour, 23 minute film. I won’t spoil anything for you, but there are parts that are very different from the book. I will look forward to a critical discussion once you’ve had time to reflect!

  • Sarah March 23, 2012, 12:15 pm

    So excited to see the movie!!!! I’m expecting variations from the books but I’m hoping it’s not too distracting. I gotta say, regarding the books, I think the first one was best by FAR.

  • Laura O. March 23, 2012, 12:24 pm

    LOVED the books!!! Tickets purchased last Saturday for tomorrow, psyched!!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 23, 2012, 12:29 pm

    I’m waiting on my sister’s boyfriend to finish reading, so I can borrow her copy. I don’t know why I waited till now, but I need to read it!!!!

  • Baroque Diva March 23, 2012, 12:44 pm

    I tried reading the first book ages ago, and couldn’t get past the ‘children killing other children’ thing, so stopped after 50 pages or so. Maybe I’m a wimp when it comes to violence, but it just wasn’t for me… Not seeing the movies either. Everyone else, have fun at the theater!

  • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife March 23, 2012, 1:24 pm

    I think we might go on Sunday to avoid some of the crowds.

    When are we going to see pics of the new house? I’m so excited and jealous!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well March 23, 2012, 1:36 pm

    SO EXCITED for The Hunger Games. Going to see it tomorrow with a gf because I couldn’t get tickets tonight. I cannot wait to see every second. Team Peeta, for real.

  • Amber K March 23, 2012, 1:53 pm

    I don’t go see movies in the theater often (I very much prefer watching them at home), but I am probably going to see this one. I just have to wait for the crowds to, hopefully, thin out!

  • Jessica March 23, 2012, 2:04 pm

    I’m going right after work…sooooo excited!!!

  • Sydney March 23, 2012, 2:38 pm

    I went last night and it was absolutely fabulous! There was not a single part that I wasn’t happy with or mad that they took out. Have so much fun tonight! I will probably be going to see it again sometime very soon haha

  • Nicole March 23, 2012, 3:47 pm

    I read all three, but I didn’t really care for them (I’m one of those weirdos who absolutely has to finish a book, even if I hate it)! The first one was pretty good, but honestly I hated the whole Katniss/Peeta thing and so obviously that made me think the book was just okay. Second was still alright, but worse than the first to me, and the third just felt really boring actually.

    • Nicole March 23, 2012, 3:48 pm

      That being said, I still plan to see the movie because I’ve heard it’s quite good.

  • Nikki March 23, 2012, 4:09 pm

    no such thing as disliking the hunger games. NOSUCHTHING.

  • erica March 23, 2012, 4:40 pm

    congratulations on the new home!!! 🙂 so happy for you! can’t wait to see the finished product of all the rooms!

  • Kristin March 23, 2012, 4:57 pm

    i am SOOOO excited about ur new house!!! YAY for you 3 🙂 I am going to see it tonight and i reallly want to read the books!

  • Ariel March 23, 2012, 5:50 pm

    I went to the midnight showing and it was amazing! But getting back at three in the morning and having to go to school at 7:20 was not… Anyway, hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  • Laura March 23, 2012, 6:13 pm

    Eh. I didn’t HATE them, and as Y/A fiction goes, I do think the standard of writing is higher than with series like Twilight (and the main character is at least more of a role model for young women than in that series); I just thought they were pretty mediocre, to be honest!

    Although having said that, to be fair I’m NOT the target audience and at almost thirty I really shouldn’t read Y/A fiction; I just don’t have the teenage girl mentality anymore and can’t relate! (I will always make an exception for Harry Potter though, which I think does transcend the barrier between child and adult reading, and for the nostalgia books of my childhood like Enid Blyton).

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 23, 2012, 6:41 pm

    I haven’t read the books yet, but I plan to once my classes are done and I actually have time to read for fun again! 😛

  • Alina March 23, 2012, 7:09 pm

    Oh man- you’re in for a treat in regards to The Hunger Games! I went in with low expectations (I got advanced-screening tickets- eeeek!) but it was REALLY good. The gamemaker and Caeser (the host) were PERFECT for their role. Enjoy the movie!

  • Luv What You Do March 23, 2012, 8:29 pm

    I have a reservation for tomorrow night to see the movie. I can’t wait!!!

  • Angie @ Pint of Goals March 23, 2012, 9:49 pm

    I have tickets to an 11:30am showing tomorrow! I can’t wait to sit back and enjoy the film version of a fantastic book.

  • TiffanyS March 23, 2012, 10:41 pm

    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the books. Hoping to hit up the theater Sunday night after the crowds have settled down.

  • Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions March 24, 2012, 3:22 pm

    I LOVE that you woke up your husband that way!!! If I did that to mine, he wouldn’t even know what I meant… Sad! So, how did you love the movie?? I thought it was completely fabulous!!

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