Day 31 – Dinner vibes

When Mom has to work late and we need an easy dinner. Runza for the win!

Oh, and Henry apparently knows a few lines from the movie Superbad.

Who you gonna call?

Today I felt old because:

Ghostbusters came out 30 years ago.

Thirty freakin’ years, folks. Holy hell, how did that even happen!?

I wasn’t even Cadence’s age when it premiered in the theater, and I vividly remember watching it for the first time shortly after. I’ve probably seen it 100 times since. It will always be one of my favorite movies.

And now, three decades later, there’s a whole new cast hoping to bring the Ghostbusting craze to the next generation.

And of course Cadence is on board. She’s already watched the trailer a dozen times and even decorated the fridge with a new Ghostbusters/inspired piece of art, complete with two Slimers because, well, he’s just that cool.

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And now I guess it’s time to officially introduce Miss C to the original Ghostbusters movies. This is going to be fun.

365 Project – Day 361 – 1 Year and 333 Days

After 1 year and 333 days, Steven and I got a chance to go out and see a movie together tonight.


Our last movie date was Friday, January 29, 2010, when we headed to Casa Grande to see The Blind Side. Cadence was officially overdue, and my induction was scheduled on the 30th. We figured there was really no better way to spend our last night alone together. At that point, we had been going to movies together for nearly 12 years–sometimes alone, sometimes with a crowd of our friends.

I’d almost forgotten what it felt like to sit in a theater seat, eating popcorn and sipping a frozen Pepsi slush, completely immersed in the story playing out on the screen in front of me. We are both self-proclaimed movie addicts, and we have no problem admitting it.

For the last year and 333 days, Steven and I have been on-duty for every minute of every day with our daughter. Don’t get me wrong, we certainly don’t mind. That’s just part of the deal when you become parents. Even so, I think it is important for parents to find ways to connect with each other without their children, whether it be sharing a cup of coffee and some conversation before the kiddos get up in the morning, or snuggling on the couch to watch movies after the munchkins have already gone to bed. Too many couples lose sight of each other amidst the chaos of raising children, and that is something that I never want to do. As important as Cadence is to me, Steven is just as important in a thousand different ways, and it’s my job as a mother and a wife to let them both know that as often as I can.

So, tonight was a bit of an early birthday gift for Steven. We put Cadence to bed and then left my folks to babysit while we headed out to the late showing of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Great movie. Great company. Great night with my favorite guy in the world. A big thanks to Grandma and Papa for staying in with Miss Cadence. All in all, I would say it was a perfect night.

And just for your enjoyment, here’s one of my favorite photos of my hubby and I back in the dating years…


365 Project – Day 293 – Why You Need to See Kevin Smith’s “Red State”

A few years ago, my husband Steven started a little something called the People I’d Like to Have a Beer With List. Essentially it is a list of his idols, people that he thinks are deliriously funny, and people he would just like to sit around and talk to for an afternoon. You can think of it as sort of a Christmas wish list for adults. Instead of toys, Steven would like to ask Santa for a personal meeting with some of his favorite celebrities. Nothing stalkerish about it. He’d just like a couple hours to sit around and shoot the shit with some of the people he admires most. People like Matt Sorum, Seth MacFarland, Lewis Black, and his favorite director of all time, the one and only, Kevin Smith.

Now, most people know Smith from his films like Clerks and Mallrats, which he wrote, directed, and even acted in as the quietly lovable character named Silent Bob.

His most recent film, however, is a sharp detour from the comedies Smith is known for. The independently-financed horror film, Red State, is something else entirely. The reviews thus far have been a very mixed bag, but I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Now, perhaps I should explain, because when I say “enjoyed” I don’t necessarily mean that I am dying to watch it again tomorrow. In fact, as I sit here writing this, I am pretty disturbed by what I’ve just seen. I felt the same way when I left the theater after watching the movie Seven, yet it would probably be in my top 50 favorites if I was making a list. The reason? Because sometimes there are movies that just seem to resonate, that hit a chord, that hold up a mirror (however warped it may seem) and allow us to see, with razor sharpness, some of the most glaring issues in our society.

Red State is one of those movies.

If you are somehow still unaware of the beliefs or activities of the Westboro Baptist Church, it is definitely time to climb out from the rock you’ve been living under and start watching the news. While few of these protests have actually turned violent, I believe it is only a matter of time before we have another David Koresh, Waco-style massacre on our hands. And essentially, that is one of Smith’s points in the film.

See, we live in a world where we often prefer to deal with unpleasantries by burying our heads in the sand and pretending that nothing is wrong. We don’t want the burden of having to deal with things or having to put forth the effort to change them, so we just look the other way and ignore the warning signs. I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet by talking about it too much in detail here, but I think the thing that rattled me most while watching the film is that I don’t think the WBC is very far removed from the Five Points Church depicted in the film. When you’re dealing with this level of hatred and religious fanaticism, it’s only a matter of time before things get ugly. Real ugly. And I commend Smith for taking a stand against a group of people that even our federal courts can’t seem to bother with.

I’m proud to be a Nebraskan. I was born here, raised here, and even though I moved away to attend college, I found my way back here twelve years later to settle and start my own family. I was even prouder to be a Nebraskan when our state passed a law prohibiting the funeral protests that the Westboro Baptist Church has grown so famous for staging. Too bad the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in to reverse the ruling. But, we Nebraskans will fight it, all the way to the Supreme Court if we have to, because, like Kevin Smith, we believe in taking a stand against the things we know are wrong. We just wish more people would listen.

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to Kevin Smith for writing, directing, assembling a phenomenal cast, promoting, distributing, and standing behind Red State, in spite of whatever criticism might come your way. Bravo, sir! I hope someday my husband gets a chance to check your name off his People I’d Like to Have a Beer With List, because you are definitely one guy we would be proud to say we know.

And if you’d like to do a little more reading about the recent repeal of the Nebraska protest law or what the members of the Westboro Baptist Church thought about Red State, click the links below.

8th US Circuit of Appeals opinion strikes down Nebraska’s restrictions on funeral pickets

Phelpses give mixed reviews to ‘Red State’

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