I Love Family Time

As the munchkin becomes less and less of a munchkin, I am not taking for granted the time she wants to spend with me.  I know there will soon come a time when she will think mom is a total tool, and I am sort of prepared for that, heh.  Actually, I think you can know it is coming, but I am not sure if you can ever fully prepare yourself for the day when your kid thinks you are completely uncool.

Anyway, this weekend had a lot of family moments, which I rather enjoyed (and some I didn’t) starting with Friday’s surprise pick-up at school so we could all go see Guardians of the Galaxy in IMAX 3D.  What a well done movie, let me tell you.  I know people have been raving about the movie since it came out, but I try not to take that kind of stuff to the theatre with me because I hate being let down.  Not everyone always looks for the same things in a movie, so I try to just take it all with a grain of salt.  I will not give any spoilers away, but I can tell you that when a movie makes you feel emotion with a glance from a CG character, you know the artists and animators have done an awesome job.  I also have to give it up to the writers and the voice actors (and live action) as well.  If you haven’t seen it, I would recommend the price of admission to see it.

After that, we went for a quick bite over at The Outback, where I had an awesome grilled chicken breast and steamed broccoli.  Even better still, it was a pretty huge portion so I had lunch the next day.  I’m not gonna lie, it was nice to do some sitting after the killer leg work-out that morning too.  Finally, we raced home to get in front of quite a hail-filled power storm, and settled in.

Saturday morning was an early up for me so I could head to the gym and the grocery store before either of them got packed.  There was a killer arms, abs, restorative yoga, and quick cardio followed by a cool down before taking my sweaty nastiness to the store.  I loaded up on mostly essentials since I had already packed the freezer with meats, but I did splurge a little to get a half pound of sea scallops because the family really loves them.

Once home, we found a bit of an ant infestation in the munchkin’s room.  This required a massive clean on her part, but I did help for the first hour so we could spray near the window.  I gotta say how proud I was of her for really digging deep and getting rid of so much old stuff she didn’t play with anymore.  She now has art drawer bins and we moved her desk around the room to help with some of the free space.  It really does look a lot more like a big kid room now.  During her adventures in cleaning, the man and I played a bit of the FFXIV, which got us to 30 on our main class, and we are nearly at the point of unlocking the advanced job associated with it.

Surprisingly, this ‘Zo Elle’ is starting as a Thaumaturge, which will become a Blackmage.  What makes this so strange is that I was known in FFXI for being a Dragoon.  That will come soon enough, but for now, I like the spellcaster class and it is fun.  Definitely a huge departure from my typical type of DPS role.  In all seriousness, being ranged is odd, but I am getting used to it.  In addition to me changing up my typical role, the boyfriend (The Hazer) is rocking a Pugilist, which becomes a Monk.  If you know him, then you know he is always a sneaky Thief or Rogue.  We are having fun, and that is all that matters.

Back to the weekend, we played until she finished her room, and then we had our delicious seafood feast of scallops and tilapia I made right on the grill.  It was pretty awesome.  The thing I keep in mind with most seafood I prepare is, “Less is more.”  I lightly coat them in EVOO and use a very simple array of salt, pepper and other herbs depending on the fare.  I also foil pack most of them so they stay intact.  Back in the day, I used one of those fish grates, but I hated the clean up on it and sometimes the fish still got crapped up.  The foil is very ‘no muss, no fuss’ from start to finish.

After dinner, it was wind down time for all of us.  Bedtime prep and such since Sunday the boyfriend had to work and the mini-me and I had to run to the store for locker supplies.

Sunday was rest day so I actually slept in some and then got up and started the day.  Once the midget and I had some breakfast, we charged out to Target for our purchases.  We found a disco ball and some organizers for her locker, but we also found clearance price stability balls to add to my at-home gym collection.  I use those things in a lot of my work-outs so it was nice to find a 55- and 65-cm on sale for the price of one regularly.  Obviously, this was a ‘must buy’ moment.  We also picked her up the book ‘Ender’s Game’ since she never watched the movie and I am very sure, with her love of deep sci-fi stories, she will love it.  Once we finished, we made a quick stop at Starbucks so she could get her non-coffee treat and I could finally try their Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade and damn was it freakin’ excellent.  It wouldn’t be something I drank every day, but it was certainly a nice, refreshing drink for our 106 degree heat index Sunday.

Once home, we chilled for a bit and talked about and sang to the music.  It brought up chats about the movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and how she had not seen it yet.  So, we decided to go ahead and watch it while we had lunch and snacks.  Thanks to Ed Sheeran and the ‘I See Fire’ song for that transition into a lazy movie afternoon.

Once the movie was done, we took on the arduous task of puppy bathing.  Tenshi isn’t so bad, but Boomer is a beast of a furball to get clean when he has all his hair.  We had to literally clear the drain after washing him, but he finally smells like a clean boy.  During the summer, with his allergies, he can be quite tricky to keep from smelling like a sweaty, dirty dog.

Later, we had dinner during a most raucous storm that killed our power a few times and scared the crap (figuratively speaking) out of Tenshi; it was a lovely balsamic vinaigrette and basil pork chop kind of night.  While eating, we turned on Divergent since the boyfriend had not watched it, and I will say it again, I think it was better than The Hunger Games movie.  Book-wise, I can’t comment, but based on the movies, I was much more entertained with Divergent over the constant moaning, grunting, and crying in The Hunger Games.  The munchkin, who read the Divergent series, even liked the movie.

After all this, it was time for us all to retire to bed.  It was going to be a busy morning of preparations for school pictures and getting back into the ‘school morning’ routine.  I would like to say, for the record, that it went off without really a hitch.  Now, the afternoon pick-up is a whole different story, and that can be saved for another day!

Until next time….

Namaste! ♥


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