It was business as usual but boy was it cold and windy. I've noticed if I don't take the kids to the park after we leave Maria's there tends to be an upswing in crazy behavior. Because of the cold wind, we went straight home to work on the 100 days of Kindergarten project. Apparently once that project was over it was a cue for the boy to become a shrieking, jumping banshee. The girl decided she wanted to have a good cry over just about everything and since she has a wee cold she turned into a snot fountain. I hadn't taken anything out for dinner so I served some frozen pizza of sadness and we basically called it a night after watching New Girl, The Muppets and an episode of The West Wing. Thank God for beer on nights like these.
Getting out of a warm bed to face another cold day didn't seem like anything I wanted to be a part of. My lady time is making my stomach a wreck so I am not having a super fun morning. Hopefully we get to go to the park after work to avoid another train-wreck like last night. At least I had the sense to thaw some chicken so we don't have to have another depressing meal. Also? Looking forward to that beer already.
Casey's got half days tomorrow and Friday. How could there have been 100 days of kindergarten if those children never seem to be in class? Three weeks for Christmas? One for Thanksgiving? Two for spring break? Man, give me that life! Husband will be on call tomorrow night so that's never a good time. What a downer this post turned out to be! LOL Happy hump day indeed.
For Christmas, my brother got me a gift certificate to see a movie at Cinéopolis in Westlake Village. For those of you like me who are not in the know, this is a very fancy movie theater that offers an "21 and over" option. They have reclining leather lounge chairs and waiters who will serve you dinner or drinks or snacks, whatever your wee heart desires. Husband and I made reservations (yes, reservations!) to see a Saturday night showing of The Revenant. Let me just say before I go any further, this was the most expensive movie I have ever seen. The tickets alone were $45; we had to pay the sitter about $60 to drive out of town to see the longest movie ever; and if you have table service, you know you better #treatyoself! I ordered delicious New England lobster rolls, gourmet zebra popcorn, Husband had a fancy ass cheeseburger and we both had a couple of beers between us. It was an awesome experience that has likely ruined regular movie going for me forever but CA-CHING $$$!!!
Now let's take a minute and talk about the movie. I've heard many people rave about this one and Lord knows Leo's due for an Oscar considering his impeccable body of work to date so it was worth watching before the awards were given out. Plus, it's not often I let Husband pick a film and this was one he wanted to see so I sucked it up despite it's two and a half hour running time. It's no secret around these parts that I really get into a movie and boy was I jumping in Husband's lap for most of this. There are trappers fighting with Native Americans over pelts, French settlers raping, animals attacking and rivers roaring... just mayhem! I was ducking arrows and dodging bullets! Aside from the violence factor, there is plenty of blood, guts and gore galore to be had here. My goodness. I don't know how much I can give away here without spoiling the movie but we all know a bear mauls Leo to near death and we all know that the aftermath of that sort of activity cannot be pretty.
I left this movie UPSET, you guys. Upset. As far as Leo goes, if he doesn't get an Oscar for this, he just needs to hang up his acting career out of spite. Filming in an arctic tundra and icy waters for who knows how long while crawling on your belly and hardly speaking could not have been easy. Tom Hardy is a fantastic bad guy... he made me so mad. It also made me so mad to see what the white folks have done to the Native Americans. It's one thing to read about it but to see that shit made me sick to my stomach. I did not like it. I also did not like how this movie invoked what seemed to me as some gratuitous Native spirituality. Easy does it on the folklore chants and rain sticks, guys. We got it.
That being said, what a beautiful movie. What incredible acting. WHAT A STORY! I mean, this really happened! An actual man was mauled by a bear, left for dead and crossed icy terrain for SO long just to get vengeance! When you think of how this was done, in that time period? I mean WOW. Hugh Glass was one tough son of a bitch. I recommend this movie but just go in knowing you're going to see some shit. As my friend Maine said, "It's not the kind of movie you want to eat a lasagna while watching." Indeed. I left with a stomach ache.
I feel like I hardly blog these days. Things are pretty chill for the most part. My days go by in a flash! It's wake up, get the kids and myself off, work, go home, dinner, homework, bath and bed. I can't even say I have watched any good shows other than we just got into the West Wing and I really like that. So yesterday was a change in scenery and I took Casey for a haircut.
Sissy was in EVERYTHING and made all the barbers laugh.
Casey looked super handsome and got his 14th blue card! Two in a row!
Then he voluntarily ate Mac n Cheese for the first time in years! When all but a bite or two was left he told me he was full and he didn't want to eat that again because it was "weird and slimy." Sure was good while it lasted.
Then I ended the night with this cuddle puddle until I was rudely awaken at about 3 this morning by a crying Christa who promptly took over my bed and robbed me of sleep for no apparent reason. She was a chipper bird this morning.
We did very little this weekend because Husband was on call and the kids were both poop fountains. We did have Casey's friend from school over with his mom and sister. That was interesting and new as far as play dates go. Yeah... but that is it other than errands.
I've had gray hairs before, small ones I've plucked, but never like this.
Attempted the Astronomy night at Casey's school, me alone with the two kids. It was a poorly organized event but we did our best to have a fun time. We got pizza out of it so win!
Mutant orange from Rancho Viernes
Out of the Shadows
Drive thru at McDonald's with his new best friend.