Date with myself – Review on a Movie Theater

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This weekend my husband was supposed to come home on Sunday. Since his drop off point was far south of our house, and church was in the middle – I thought ‘What can I do for 4 hours while waiting for him to show up?’ I could have gone back home and cleaned the kitchen or done laundry or any other number of things. But no, I decided to save on gas (that was my excuse anyway) and find something to occupy my time till he showed up. I went to the movies.

It has been a LONG time since I went to a full priced movie theater. You could tell because so many things were different than what I remember. The only time the TV is used at home is to play a video for the kids that we have picked up at the library or RedBox.

First, I had no idea what any movie was about. Usually, I walk up, look at the posters and based on time/poster – I decide what I am going to watch. This AMC Theater didn’t have ANY movie posters up in the ticket purchase area. What is THAT about? I lost precious minutes (15) googling movie titles that didn’t sound dumb.

When did ticket prices become $10 for a matinee??!! No wonder I really enjoy the $2 theater in Federal Way. I don’t need to see a movie during its first week out anyway. (Have I mentioned the last time I saw a movie in a full price theater was over 2 years ago?) Then, I had an assigned seat. I actually had to pick my seat out of a seating chart and the seat number was printed on my ticket.

Assigned seating at a movie theater?? Now, I was highly confused. Turns out, this is a post theater. The seats are like great big comfy squishy barcaloungers. I felt like a crazy person, in a dark theater trying to figure out how to extend the feet. I finally found the button on the arm rest that changed the posture and elevated the feet. Wow, what an experience! Just:

  1. Don’t put your hands on the seat cushion to adjust your seating because it is full of crumbs and a little sticky at the edges. (Blech)
  2. Don’t go when you are tired. I imagine many men might get in trouble falling asleep on a date when forced to watch a ‘chick flick’.

Other than that, this experience was pretty nice. A comfortable chair, like at home. My TV is obviously MUCH smaller (27inch) than the movie screen, but the popcorn I make at home is better than theater popcorn. So I’d say we are even. If you have an AMC theater near you, and you have the time and money you should try it. It wasn’t a bad way to spend waiting for my husband.


Individual Greenhouses for your Garden

***A repost for those of you who are planning a garden***

I love fresh vegetables, and I grew up with a vegetable garden and there is nothing better than a vine ripened tomatoes picked fresh and made into bruschetta or some other yummy food.  Our family started its first vegetable garden to introduce the older kids to healthy eating.  It was great when the realized how food was grown and they actually wanted to try the tomatoes and the zucchini. The chocolate zucchini cake was a hit, the tomatoes were not.   So we keep trying.

Since we live in the Pacific Northwest and our summers are finicky.  I have friends who have migrated from California or Texas and they bemoan the fact we can ski until March and wear hoodies until July. So, it helps to have a green house or a cold frame to give your plants a healthy head start.

I, however, have 3 small boys to raise. Which means they would break any cold-frame, accidentally of course, and I can’t afford a green house. (Their feet never seem to stop growing!).  So, I came up with another, much cheaper idea after visiting Williamsburg with family. According to the period actors, the settlers used glass bells over plants as miniature green houses. I don’t want breakable glass around the kids and the food, so we used Milk  Jugs. Yes, Milk jugs. We go through a gallon of milk a week and have plenty of them around.  Its easy. Cut the bottom of the milk jug off, leave the cap on the top.  The plants get their water from the surrounding ground.  And, the milk jugs let light through while heating the surrounding air, to encourage growth.

As the garden grows, watch for more posts.  The first round of spinach is about ready to be harvested!

Zip Line at NW Trek

The website says its fast, exhilirating, and challenging. I bet! Just the thought of careening down a line at 33feet per second, 55 feet in the air has my heart doing major palpitations! But, what an adventure, and local too!

This is definitely for the older kiddos, I would say ages 10 or 13 and above, but use your own judgement on how old your kids should be.  The website talks about a challenge course, a zip line and a high wire tight rope, none of which are for the faint of heart.

Zip Line and Challenge Course Regulations:

  • Reservations are required. If you require clarification on any details please call 360-832-7163 prior to making a reservation.
  • Reservations are limited to 15 participants in 60 minute blocks.
  • Minimum age is 10 years old. Proof of age, such as passport or birth certificate, may be requested for all children when checking in.
  • Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the length of the course.
  • Due to restriction on number of people per platform, we require 1 parent for a maximum of 2 children for each Zip Wild experience.
  • Minimum height for visitors is 4’7″
  • Max weight is 275 lbs
  • Fully enclosed and comfortable sporting or hiking shoes required

Pricing: $39.95 in addition to membership or admission to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. View more course details on our zip line reservation page.

Summer Bash and Movies in the Park – Tacoma

Summer Bash at Metro ParksI apologize for the lateness of the post, there are only 2 more weekends left!! Treat your kids to a unique experience, reminiscent of the Drive Thrus of our parents (Grandparents?) time.

Summer Bash is a great event that happens throughout Tacoma.  As we wrap up our summer vacations, get ready to go back to school, there is nothing better than popping some popcorn at home, driving to your nearest or dearest park, lounging on a blanket and enjoying a movie.

Just remember, the movie starts at DUSK, and that usually means around 8-9pm. So, be aware of bedtime routines and the fact you could be out until 10pm, or later on these nights! Sadly, because my guys are still so little, they would never last.  But it won’t be long till I need to chase them down and wrestle them to the bed. When that happens, we’ll be there!

Movies in the Park

August 24th at Norpoint: 4818 Nassau Ave NE
Movie: The Lorax

August 31st at Peoples Community Center: 1602 MLK Jr Way
Movie: Puss in Boots (One of my favs!)

Great Wolf Lodge Sale

This looks like a great opportunity to go and have some water fun!  So, go splash and have an experience with the kiddos before school starts!