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Movie, No Movie May 12, 2009

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I like going to the movie theater.  I enjoy it.  Usually.  There are times when it is not as fun as it could be.  For example, there may be uncomfortable seats or rude co-viewers.  Overall, though, it is something I like to do.

This weekend, I put going to the movies on my to-do list. There are a few films out that have caught my eye.  Not all of them are family friendly however. Therefore, picking and choosing I must take into consideration more than what my “want” is.  This is not uncommon since I often live the life of a married-single-parent.  I sit through movies that I would not if I were alone.  I sit through movies that I want to see, but think the child/ren would enjoy too.  Rare is the moment where I go to a movie because I alone want to see the movie.  And when that does happen, it is usually because somehow I got away, alone, without any specific reason or prior plans.

There is a movie out that I alone wanted to see.  I think it will be okay for my children to see, too.  There may be a may be a scene or two where we all close our eyes, but overall, I from what I hear, it will be an okay movie for us.

Saturday, Daughter spent the night at a friend’s house.  Son and I went to the movies.  We both wanted to see one that I did not think would be suitable for Daughter.  Add to that, she has little to no background in the X Men series, I thought there might also be a lot of questions.  Questions are good, but not during a movie without a pause button.

Anyhow, Son and I took this opportunity to watch the movie we both wanted to see.  I had enough money (especially since we didn’t spend much at the concession stand) to see another movie.  When Son finds out which movie, he is not pleased. He did not want to see it.  I could have pushed the issue.  I could have made him.  I did not think it was worth it and let him win that one. I mean, I wanted to have a nice time. I did not want to sit next to a sulky teenager.  He said the series, when he use to watch it, became boring. Boring?!? I told him that I have heard good feedback on the movie. He still had no interest in it.

It was kind of late. I was also a bit tired. So, as I said, I let him win.  We did not watch it.

Of course, when I got home I pulled up movie trailers to see if they would spark his interest.  I think we watched 3 of them.  Still no real interest, but a maybe.

Sunday after church, times did not work out well for our schedule.  So, Daughter, Son, and I did not make it then either.  I tried though. I worked around my “need to do” in my head with the length of the movie and the times it was showing.  Nope.  It was not going to happen that Sunday.   I was disappointed.  I mean, after all, aaaaallll the other mother’s got to do what they wanted!   Okay, probably not, but what kind of pity party doesn’t serve a dish of exaggeration?

Moving on.

Monday rolls around and I try to put the movie out of my mind.  There is no day time showing and the evening showings won’t work with our schedule.

So what happens next?  Well, yesterday Son came home from school and said “Mom, I want to go see Star Trek.  I hear it’s awesome!”
WHAT?!?!  I reminded him that he was told that my friends gave it good reviews.
“Yeah, but you didn’t say it was awesome.”

Gah!!  I told him that he just likes to be contrary as I was swatting at him.  He just laughed and asked “Can we go tonight?”

*sigh*  Teenagers!

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More Random Babblings March 15, 2009

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Hubby has been in town.  I like when he’s town.  His new job is good; he travels a lot with this job too.

Daughter loves the movie Eragon.  It arrived yesterday (Netflix) and she just found out today.  It’s playing right now and she’s very excited.

Son went to a bowling tournament.  Hubby went with him while I stayed home.  Son said he did pretty good.

I went to see two, yes two, movies yesterday.  I went by myself.  It would have been nice to go with a friend, but the one who wanted to go lives about 1200 miles away.

I have been rather net-absent.  I have spent a little time on-line. Mostly “watching t.v.” but a little play too.  I have actually spent time in FaceBook. That is amazing because really, I don’t understand it’s popularity.  I mean, I can see how it could be popular, but I just didn’t find it very addicting.  I guess I don’t feel the need to reconnect with the people that I knew at the 5 different high schools I went to. Plus, I am very much NOT the same person.  Okay, maybe very few of us are, but still…
However, now, I’m on there playing some silly game that has pretty much no point.  Why do I keep going back and playing?  I don’t know. But when I get home from HT tonight, I plan to start a load of laundry and sign on to FB and play.  That’s right. I said it. I plan to log in FB AGAIN tonight.

Well, I’d babble some more, but I have to go.  HT starts in 30 minutes and I have to stop at the store on the way.

Hope ya’ll are having a great weekend.

Wintery Mix January 26, 2009

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I hear the sleet as it collides with the frozen ground.  I hear the ice as it falls against my house.  I think of the cold, the slippery roads, those who must be out on such nights.  Police men.  Emergency workers. The homeless.

My mind is taken off my thought as my son laughs.  He is happy tonight.  He is spending time with my husband.  The man he calls “Dad”.  This is his second full night home this year.  He arrived back home around 2:30 am, Sunday morning.  My son laughs some more.

The tink-tink of ice falling from the sky plays on like a symphony.   Frozen rain against an assortment of surfaces, near and distant.  Heavy then light.  Music that chills one to the bone should they dare to dawn near to the sound.

I think of my daughter, who is asleep in the other room.  She is warm under her electric blanket.  She is warm with thoughts of my husband being home, keeping her safe. She goes to sleep with a smile on her face.

There is no school tomorrow.  The roads are not safe; the children should be kept safe.  The teacher will sleep in tomorrow.  They will sleep in as the world freezes around them.  Should the sun appear through the rain, the frozen rain, the world will shine around the teacher’s home.  Around my home.

Crystals.  Frozen crystals will hang from roof tops, from car doors, from window units and bird houses.  Branches and windshields, slick with shine.  Tink. Tink. Tink.  Distant and near.

Some where, far far away, ice on the ground is but a dream.  As the heat of summer beats down on them, their world heats up.  While my world is shutting down.  Shutting down only for a moment.

The moment seems long to me.  Days.
In reality, days is but a small moment in time.

My eyes grow heavy as I type.  The laughter winds down.  Soon my son will be in bed, safe and snug.  He too will fall asleep with a smile on his face. Content with the knowledge of his dad being home.  In the morning, he will sleep in. He will sleep while the world turns white out side his window.

Soon I too will fall asleep. I will sleep to the sound of ice falling all around this house.  I will thank my sweet Jesus for the roof over my head that I so complain about.  I thank my sweet Lord for seeing to my needs as I crawl into bed and under my blankets.

And my heart goes out to those who long for such comforts.

I will sleep.
Tink. Tink. Tink.

Sleet Wintery Mix
photo taken from my front door

Observations January 22, 2009

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Some observations I made today:

*Running water to wash the dishes is like a switch on your bladder.  Almost every time a bathroom trip is needed before the sink is full.

*The area around the trash can is the dirtiest spot in the whole house.  Why? The trash can is right there! The floor should not have paper, unpopped kernels, and various bits of garbage!

*Cleaning one room makes the room next to it messy. “This doesn’t go in here. Oh, I’ll just set it on the table/couch/bed for now…”

*If I vacuum a big spider before I identify it (thus making me unsure if it’s poisonous or not) OR if I vacuum a brown recluse off of the ceiling, I will let the vacuum run for a long time afterwards to make sure that thing is not clinging to the side of the hose.

*If I vacuum enough spider webs, everything feels like a spider for several minutes afterwards.  My hair, the wind, a string… every-thing!

*Just as soon as you say “I’m almost done”, you remember some place you missed cleaning.  For example, if you say the kitchen is almost done, you’ll remember the top of the fridge…

*Noticeably cleaning causes my daughter to smile.  She likes to rearrange, and apparently likes when others do too…

*Teen age boys don’t notice changes until after they’ve eaten.

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What observation did you make today?

Late Night Rambling January 10, 2009

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Ok, so here I am. I’m up way too late again.
Wait. I just called 10:45 PM late.  WHAT?!

The children talked me into a “junk night” tonight.  Alright, so they timed it well. I was hungry.  I gave in.  Then I burned my eye – jalapeño oil on skin + something in eye.  Then I ate too much.  All in all, a typical junk night here.

I still have not even started my new menu.  I mean, I have the some basics ideas, but not really ALL the details.  And nothing written out.  And I told myself I’d put it into effect next week.  Yikes!

I am looking forward to going to service tomorrow.  Week 2 of the new series.  I love that I look forward to going, even if I do long for just one day to sleep in.

I saw my mother tonight.  She told me a bit about the drama that the some of the relatives are involved in. She showed a photo to me that is quite odd.  We visited for a brief moment with an Auntie.  It was all-in-all not a bad visit.

Hung out with the children during “junk night” and watched a movie.  Then Son wanted to go to bed. I hope he does not get ill tonight.  Daughter wanted to watch another a movie.

I’m rambling.  Again.
And yawning.
But I didn’t want to go several days without blogging again and I don’t know if I’ll get around to it tomorrow.

I’m distracted by daughter’s last movie of the night.  It is almost over. So, I’ll end my rambling and say good night.
Good night.

Bread is Good December 10, 2008

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Hubby has been working for a couple of weeks now, but there is still no paycheck. This means not only are we still completely broke, but food is a bit scarce at the moment too.

A blog I read occasionally posts delicious looking recipes.  One of them is bread recipe I have been wanting to make with my daughter.  I have not done this yet because I don’t have bread/loaf pans.
(By the way, I think pampered chef has some stoneware bread pans in case you were wanting to buy some for me. Just sayin’)

A few years back MIL gave a bread machine to me for Christmas. It makes small loaves and always made the crust too dark.  I put the machine on the shelf and let it sit.  For years.

This week I drug out the bread machine, opened a cook book and Daughter and I picked out a recipe to try.  We altered the ingredients some – using what we had rather than trying to come up with money to buy special stuff. We used All Purpose Flour instead of Bread Flour, Splenda instead of Granulated Sugar, and plain old Rapid-Rise yeast.

So, out of necessity, I made bread in the too-small-wrong-shape-bread-making machine.  And it actually turned out better than it did when I first got the machine.  The bread has a nice golden brown crust.  Even though it’s white bread, there is flavor in every bite.  (Who knew time-outs worked on appliances?!?)

Looking through the recipe book, I’m tempted to skip the cookies and make breads for family for Christmas.  That is, if I can stop eating it.

Mmm Bread

Ouch! December 2, 2008

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Daughter has a broken toe, as I have mentioned.  She is on crutches.

Today, Daughter fell OUT of the school bus.  She landed on her side.  She hit her toe, scraped her hands and knee, and is bruised on her outter left thigh up and around to her back side.

I was on the opposite side of the road. I saw her falling and splatting on the ground.  I did the mother gasp.  You know the one where in .001 of a second you see all the possible injures and your heart skips a few beats before it races.  Yeah, that one.

She tried not to cry, yet she was visibly upset.  Can you blame her?
The tears fell once she reached me.  The driver asked if she was okay.

Did I mention as she splat the school bus rolled forward a inch or two?
Maybe he (the driver) gasped too or got ready to jump up.  I don’t know. I just know that added more to the flash of possible things to happen.

She’s taking a warm bath right now.  Me?  I’m thankful that she’s okay.  A bit bruised, sore, and maybe embarrassed and frustrated with crutches, but over all, she’s okay.

Seriously Random November 24, 2008

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I ended up driving Hubby to a place about 5 hours away, then driving home another 5 hours.  My bottom became numb.  That 5 hours is not including stops or the driving around once we reached the town we were heading to; it is actual highway drive time.

I missed my friend’s vow renewal Sunday night, too.

I had all kinds of random stuff for this post, but now I am sitting here going “duuhhhh. what was I gonna write?”

Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving time already?
I have more to say about that, but that’s for another less random post.

I am rereading a series that I have had for years. I mean, seriously, years.  The first book was probably written in 1980 and the 4th in 1990.  Although I have read the series a few times, I did not read the first couple when they first came out.  I use to over-identify with the main character (no big surprise there).  My favorite book out of the series wasn’t really so great this time around. I also skip over a lot because I can only read the details of the land so many times before I get bored. Also, I didn’t remember there being so much s e x in these books. I skip over that too. But, if I were stranded on some island I might want the books.  They are quite descriptive in how to make tools from rocks and bone, what plants are good for what sicknesses and how to cook wild birds.

I missed church Sunday due to being on the road.  I’ll catch the Wednesday service though.

I like garlic.
Just thought I’d throw that out there.

Have I mentioned that Daughter broke her toe?  There are a bunch of big medical words that I don’t know, but basically it’s an unusual break. I’m not certain if the growth plate was actually injured or not.  If it was, then it’s not ‘worse case scenario’.  She went to the doctor’s last Monday, then to get x-rays, followed by going back to the doctor’s office, and actually got in the same day with an orthopedic doctor.  She is in a … um… cam walker (?) and has crutches.  Yes, for a broken toe.

There is a blog I visit, that I found through another blog that I lurk on, that has an odd recent change.  I have left comments on Mandy’s blog.  I put my name and the required stuff.  It never used my wordpress name or icon picture thingy. Now, all of the sudden, it uses my wordpress name, icon/avatar/picture thingy, and I can see it the “my comments”.  What is up with that?  How did that start? What changed? I’m so confused.

I have the habit now of checking Twitter, though I don’t know why. I mean, I have very few people that I follow or that follow me.  Although, I do have 3 or 4 questionable stalkers followers.  Bots, maybe?  I didn’t “follow” them back.

I don’t like cold.
You’ll probably hear read that a lot here.

I am glad Hub has a job now, but this really has not been a great week.  I mean, it is great he has a job, but *shrugs*  I don’t know.

On the bright side, the tub will stay cleaner longer. Yes!

Also, now I can go work out without pressure.  Maybe lose the 20 (guessing) pounds I gained with him off of work and re-lose the 10 (guessing) pounds I had lost before he quit his job.  Maybe it’s just bloating. I have had a lot of salty foods lately.

I have been keeping track of my workouts, but haven’t looked back over them.

School lets out early tomorrow.  Then begins the 5 day weekend.  I wonder if they’ll sleep in.

Another Update November 8, 2008

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If I am consistently inconsistent does that make me technically consistent?

I had thought of many things to blog about over the last week or two, but somehow the posts never actually made it to the final “publish” stage.

Son had a youth event last Friday night.
Daughter went to Grandma’s House.
Hubby and I did nothing.  We were going to go to the movies, but the mood just wasn’t right.
Ah well, maybe next time?

So, let’s see… What else?

Man has been looking for a job. He is finding that his past poor choices are making it difficult.  My sympathy is not real high because it is an issue I nag him on anyhow.  No, that does not mean I am gloating or even proud of the “nag-factor”.  I just means that he should listened to me!!!

One place that he had a lead on is holding his stroke against him.  They are saying he should be denied for 5 years.  5 years?!?!   Well, I have news for them.  I made many a phone call and they are wrong.  Seriously, wrong.  See, before we shelled out the money we didn’t have to get his physical so he could go back to work, I checked to make sure his stroke would not be the denying factor.  It wouldn’t.  He did not, I repeat, not lose consciousness or seize.  It was 5 days after his accident – where there was a head a injury but no loss of consciousness.  He is also not on any prescription medication.  In another words, he passed his physical and he is able to do his job.  So, bbbpbpbpptptppbpbpttttt at that company!

Me?  Well, I’m still jobless, my house still stinks (it’s old), and I still spend to much time sitting on my chair staring at the inanimate object known as “a screen”.

That’s what been going on here.
Now it’s your turn.
What have you been up to lately?

Sunday Songs 13 and Movies September 22, 2008

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Yeah, I know it’s Monday.  Shhh!

I heard about a movie on the radio this morning.  The movie is called Fireproof.  Maybe I’m just hormonal, but the clip on the radio and the trailer on-line got me all teary eyed.  I do not think it’s a big Hollywood production. However, it is not suppose to be super cheesy either.  Unfortunately, it is not coming to my area… yet.

Daughter and I went to the movies Saturday.  We saw Igor.  It wasn’t too bad, actually.  Probably not my favorite children’s movie, but not too bad. Though the promo says something about h a l l o w e e n, I do not remember that holiday being mentioned. It’s just a bunch of monster and e v i l scientist. … Yeah, I know how that sounds. But really I think it’s more about good vs. bad, right choices vs. wrong.  But then again, maybe I was just too into my popcorn to know what really going on around me.

Sunday we went to church.  New series time again.  Then Sunday night I tried a new HT.
Have I mentioned that Wednesday at noon-central time there is an on-line service?  I am pretty sure I mentioned the two on-line Sunday services before now.
Anyhow, the new series is about God’s will. No, the pastor is not trying to tell us what God’s will is for us individually exactly, but more how to find God’s will.  (Hint: Opening His Word and getting to know HIM)  So, if you want to join me, come on.

I Know Who I Am
By: Israel & New Breed