Thursday, February 9, 2017

My Sock Drawer

Challenge day 9 - a pile of 9 pairs socks that 1) have holes or 2) I don't like, Plus a whole bunch of socks without mates.  I guess I need to get some new socks.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Challenge Day 8

Well, this day has been a long time coming. More than four years after I used them, I am finally throwing away eight HPTs. Getting to this series of ever increasing dark lines was a very long time coming. I was so fearful of another loss, and on what was our last chance shot, that I tested obsessively until we were released from the RE.  This one was hard, but it was time.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Catching Up

Day 3 - three empty cardboard boxes.

Day 4 - four empty plastic water bottles

Day 5 - five pieces of kid art that were taped to the patio door

Day 6 & 7 - 13 (plus a few extra) hair ties going back to my office where I can never find one when I need one.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Challenge Day 2

Today I tossed two piles of newspaper inserts that were sitting on the dining room table.

And I just realized that I will be out of town for days 18 - 21, so that is 78 things I'm going to have to catch up on late in the month. Yikes! The good news is that the reason I'll be out of town is because we are surprising the minion with a trip to Disney World.  It's pretty much all I can think about. I really cannot wait to get away for a few days.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Long Time No See

Well, hello strangers.  I know, I know. So bad. However, I need an outlet and I have this already set up, so here we go again.

In order to make sure I get off to a good (re)start, I've decided to participate in a challenge for February - a decluttering challenge.  Between work, my kiddo, and life in general, the house and keeping up with things there gets the short end of the stick and the lest of my attention.  The amount of clutter and "stuff" that we have is out of control and, frankly, it has gotten to the point where I don't even want to deal with it anymore. I'm sure this is adding to my overall stress level, so I'm taking this opportunity to make some headway.

Here is how the challenge works. Every day in February you get rid of the number of things equal to the date. So, today is February 1st and I am going to get rid of one thing. Today, I tossed an old zip lock bag of pistachios that has been sitting on the kitchen counter for I don't even know how long.

I have a few ideas of things to toss on some days, but I have a feeling this is going to get tough later on.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Million Dollar Quartet

The husband and I went out on a date Friday night - I think our third since Nugget was born.  We were given tickets to see Million Dollar Quartet at the Kennedy Center.

In December 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins met at Sun Records in Memphis for what has to be the greatest jam session of all time.  Million Dollar Quartet tells the story of that night and features so many great songs - Blue Suede Shoes, Folsom Prison Blues, Great Balls of Fire and Sixteen Tons just for starters.  

If you get a chance to see this show, don't miss it.  It's on a national tour now and has a permanent home in Chicago and Las Vegas.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Movie Review

Actually, I'm going to review the theater, the special program and the movie.

On Monday, Rachel and I went to the movies.  That's right, I took a seven week old baby to the movies.  The Angelika Film Center is a boutique theater and cafe that shows a combination of smaller independent movies and the bigger studio releases.  The theater is located in Merrifield at the new Mosaic District complex.  There is a lot of free parking at Mosaic and many stores and restaurants for a meal before or after the show.  There are eight auditoriums with stadium seating.  You pick your seat when you buy your ticket, which is kind of neat and this is the only theater where I have seen this.

One of the special events they hold at the Angelika is the the Crybaby matinee.  Every Monday at 11:00, they have a screening of a movie for parents and kids.  They keep the volume down and the lights up a bit and no one gives you the stink eye if your kid cries or you whip out a boob to nurse.  Tickets are a special matinee price of $6 for adults and kids under 5 don't pay.  Just so you know, the movies are for the adults.  These are not kid movies.

Monday's movie was The Way, Way Back.  This is a wonderful coming of age story.  14 year old Duncan is forced to spend the summer with his mother, her boyfriend (Steve Carell) and his daughter in a small beach town.  Duncan is an awkward teen and has a hard time fitting in until he meets Owen, the manage of Water Wizz water park.  Liam James, the actor who plays Duncan, gives a fantastic performance, as did Allison Janney, who plays the quirky neighbor and provides a comic foil to Duncan's mom, Pam (played by Toni Collette)  I found the characters played by Carell and Collette both to be flat and I could not connect with them.  This was vastly different from every character that worked at Water Wizz.  These characters, even the ones with minimal screen time, were vibrant and interesting people.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and think that it and Liam James will probably earn lots of award nominations.