Recent Happenings

In my last post, I mentioned that January is usually the slowest month of our year, although this first week hasn’t really been an indication of that.  I suppose most of the weekdays are pretty quiet in this house, but this past weekend was filled with activity.  I took Tuesday to just rest and recalibrate.

So here are some of the things we did.

Friday night, we were invited to a pizza and game night party, where we made our own pizzas.  This was so much fun!  I really enjoyed helping to make the pizzas and getting to know some of the people at the party I had never met!




Then, Saturday morning, I was invited to go see the movie, I, Tonya at the Alamo Drafthouse with a group of girls.


I had a few takeaways from the movie.  The domestic abuse made me really uncomfortable, and I wouldn’t recommend people who have first-hand experience of domestic abuse to watch the movie.  Also, the role that the media played in this girl’s life was cringe-worthy.  I could just make media the bad guy, but even now, how many people would be ready to whip out their phones in hopes of views on their accounts?  In one of the statements made in the movie, Tonya had accused everyone in her life of abusing her, then turned the tables on everyone viewing the movie, and accused them of adding to the abuse.

Sunday, we had our last “in home” meeting for our missional community.  We are doing a trial run of combining both house churches in Dallas into one big gathering, which starts next week.  Michael and I have been a part of this house church for about two and a half years.  I’m looking forward to seeing what this new year will bring.

But my weekend didn’t stop there.  Michael and I got invited to a coloring and figure painting party at a friend’s house on Monday night.  I felt like such a cool kid to be out on a weeknight, even though I started to fade about 8:15pm.  Still, I had so much fun and laughed so hard.  I love being with people that make me smile.


Needless to say, I took some much-needed downtime yesterday, and hope I have a little more downtime today as well.  This pregnancy energy level is no joke.  Most of my energy comes in the morning and I sputter out about 8 every night.  I’m so grateful to have friends who have been understanding and patient with me.  I’m sure it will only get more complicated with the baby is born.  So we will try to take advantage of friend time as much as we can!

How was your weekend?


Dr. Strange and the Moviehouse & Eatery

Michael and I went to the Moviehouse and Eatery on Saturday night to see the new Marvel movie, Dr. Strange.

M&E has been open now for about a month, and they still have a few kinks to work out.  But the food was absolutely delicious.  I had one of their seasonal dishes – shredded beef and rice bowl.  It was advertised as spicy, but it wasn’t very spicy.  It was good, though.  Michael had the carnitas street tacos, which he enjoyed.  I am allergic to pork, so I couldn’t try them.  We also ordered an apple cake which was pretty good.  It was a smaller portion than we thought it would be, not really for sharing, so we each only got a couple of bites.  Still, we ate pretty well.

The movie was excellent.  A lot of people have said that it is visually stunning, and it is.  The CGI quality is above and beyond.  It wasn’t my favorite Marvel movie, but the plot was entertaining.  I like Benedict Cumberbatch.  I see him as more of a drama actor, but he was pretty funny in this movie.  There were some violent scenes (like the car accident) but a lot of it was slowed down (since the movie was about time and time manipulation), so somehow it seemed a lot less graphic to me.  There wasn’t a whole lot of romance in the movie.  It seemed forced or underdeveloped to me, although I do think McAdams and Cumberbatch had some chemistry on screen.

There were a lot of connections to other Marvel universes.  We’ve been watching Agents of Shield this season, and I love how seamlessly the TV show works with the bigger movies.  In the TV show, the main plot is about retrieving this book that reveals knowledge on how to create matter from nothing.  In the movie, a major plot point surrounded a collection of books that revealed advanced practices in mysticism.  There were also some hints to Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers throughout the movie.

I would recommend the movie.  It’s fun, entertaining, and part of the Marvel universe.  And I think we will go back to the Moviehouse at some point, too.  The food and atmosphere is great, and I’m sure they will work the kinks out soon, and then it will be phenomenal.

Do you have a favorite place to see movies?

Have you seen Dr. Strange?  Are you a Marvel fan?


What I Watched Wednesday: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

First of all, Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a great start to the year!

This past weekend, Michael and I celebrated our anniversary.  One of the things we did was see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

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The movie follows a man named Walter Mitty (played by Ben Stiller).  He lives a pretty normal, almost dull, life working for Life Magazine in the negative assets department.  It’s so dull that Walter frequently zones out from the real world to his imagination, one where he goes on adventures, gets the girl or creates great art; however, this is no time to live in a fantasy world.  The magazine is transitioning to an online magazine, and everyone’s job is in jeopardy.  As the last print issue is being pulled together, the powers that be want the final cover to be a picture taken by photographer named Sean O’Connell who promises that this picture is the best he has ever taken, a true transcendence.  Alas, the picture is missing, and it’s up to Walter Mitty to recover the picture.

The movie is absolutely gorgeous.  They shot it on location in Iceland, the most beautiful sceneries I have seen in a while.  There is this one scene where Walter is long boarding on this winding road surrounded by mountains.  It was simply beautiful.  I could just get lost in some of those sweeping shots.

You do have to suspend belief most of the time.  It’s pretty hard to believe a guy who has been working behind a desk can easily navigate the Himalayan mountains.  I don’t think they were going for accuracy, though.  I think the moral of the story is to live and experience the present instead of hoping for a different reality, or you will miss out on some pretty amazing things.  Stiller’s acting was great.  Wiig was kind of flat, although I think the love story aspect was merely a support for the larger journey for Walter.  This isn’t a romance story.  It’s meant, I think, to be a personal growth journey.  I hesitate to use the word epic because I don’t think it quite reaches that height, but it’s similar.

The soundtrack is also pretty awesome, very chill songs, some remixes from the late 60s to early 80s.  Good driving music.

I’m torn between whether I would recommend this for the theater or Netflix.  As far as cinematography, it’s a definite theater must see.  However, the plot could easily be a Netflix night at home.  So, what movies have you seen lately?  Would you recommend them?


The Dark Night Rises Review

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I have to be honest, the Aurora shooting definitely affected me.  I couldn’t help but think about how similar our crowd was to the crowd at that midnight showing.  There was even a policeman outside the theater, walking the halls, which made me feel a little safer, but still was a grave reminder of what happened just a week before.We went to see this movie for my husband’s birthday, though I am a bit of a comic geek myself, so I was completely looking forward to how they would end this fantastic trilogy. Continue reading