We, and according to my social media the rest of the country, saw Beauty and the Beast this weekend. It was good. I enjoyed it. The songs were fun, the cast was good, although I call him Cousin Matthew in my head. The CGI was really bad in places though. Did anyone else notice that? It was also really long, but I didn’t notice that until it was over. I didn’t like how they made Plummet and Mrs. Potts was kinda creepy looking. That went over a lot better in animation. All in all, good though.
Speaking of Cousin Matthew, I’ve become slightly obsessed with yet another BBC turns PBS show. Poldark. I’m on season two. It took me a few episodes to get into it, but now I’m sold. He just needs to start taking his shirt off again. Seriously. Since we got rid of Directv, we bought one of the As Seen On TV things that gets local channels for you. We get a couple PBS stations and I’ve started watching it a lot more.
Last month, my baby turned 8. These dang kids need to stop growing so fast. It gets expensive. She’s in second grade and had a project to do on a president. She wanted Kennedy or Johnson (she knows lots about Johnson since we visited his ranch), but they were taken, so she got Martin Van Buren. Right? I bet you don’t know what president he was either. He was the eighth. She can’t write more than a sentence or two, so writing a report to present was a bit much. We researched together and she helped decide what to put in the report. I wrote it all out, she copied, and then guess who did the poster board part. The big one had to make a model of the Earth for school, showing it’s layers. It couldn’t be made of styrofoam though. He ended up making it out of clay and painting it. He got 100 on it though. The little one also made Student of the Month for her class. That’s a huge deal for her. She has listening/focus problems. She’s done a lot better lately though and I’m glad her teacher made a point to recognize her for it.
Military One Click brought MilSpouse Fest to San Antonio earlier this month, so a friend and I went. I’m pretty sure we were the only Marine Corps wives there. It was all Air Force and Army. There was a handful of guys there though. Kudos to them. They talked about money, about finding careers and thinking outside the box for your career, fed us lunch, and gave away a lot of prizes. It was a fun day. They’ll be at Camp Lejeune the end of the month, but I think tickets are gone already.
February in San Antonio means rodeo time. We didn’t go to the rodeo, but did spend the day at the stock show. That’s always a good time and I still want a baby goat. The big one and I had a date night out too. We saw the Peking Acrobats one night, then walked down to the Riverwalk for dinner. He’s going to be in Junior High next year. I’ve got limited amounts of time left to do things like this, so I’m taking advantage while we can. He doesn’t mind so much, as long as his sister isn’t along.
The husband had surgery last month. He had a huge cyst in his chest that was pushing on his lungs and everything else. They removed it and he said he could almost instantly breath better. It looks like I get to have my gallbladder removed. I’ve been having issues for the last three years though. We thought it was my pancreas at first, but after all the poking and prodding, it’s my gallbladder.
The husband also took a little vacation. His aunt died last fall and they decided instead of having a funeral right away, to wait and have a service this spring. We looked into all of us going, but I couldn’t take off from work, the kids had school, my parents were coming to town, and it would have been crazy expensive for us all to fly. He ended up driving, so he could then leave the service in Arizona and go see a few friends in Southern California. The truck died on him on I-10 in West Texas. If you’ve driven that, you know that it’s the most boring, desolate road. There wasn’t even a rental car place in the town he was. He left the truck there to be fixed, rented a U-haul to get him to El Paso, and then picked up a rental car. This super inexpensive trip ended up costing thousands. He had people to stay with, I had packed him food for the road, and all he basically had to do was get gas and then food later on. I’m sick of fixing it (we put $3K in it last November), so we are going to sell it and get him a new(er) truck. He wants to keep his truck, but I just can’t stomach all the repairs.
Spring has come to South Texas though. All I want to do is get in the car and drive back roads with the windows down! Oh, and when my parents were here this past week, they brought me presents. A complete set of Pyrex and beef!