Sunday, March 26, 2017

What-What?! Week of March 26th

Yesterday, we had the tiniest bit of sunshine, so we took the kids to Lake Goodwin to play at the playground there.


I've never seen these spinner toys in California, but they have them all over here.  You climb on and can spin really fast if you have multiple people going around.

Pushing Daddy around.

Visiting with the ducks.

The views there are quite pretty.  It's impressive to see how much higher the waterline is than the last time we came in the summer.  There was one place driving to the lake where it was obvious that part of the road had been under a lot of water at some point.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

What-What?! Week of March 19th

Not too terribly much going on.  I've had a kid puke on me twice this weekend, so that's kind of put a damper on things.

Since it was obvious we weren't doing anything yesterday, I crocheted Ozzy a little ninja guy:

As you can see, he's pretty pleased.

Pattern from the book Creepy Cute Crochet.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

What-What?! Week of March 12th

I forgot it's Daylight Savings, that archaic event that we, for some reason, still enact each spring.

Masochism, I suspect.

Anyway.

The Lego Batman Movie


Yesterday, we took the family to go see Lego Batman.

The children generally liked it -- the two boys especially.  Saffron thought that it wasn't as good as the original Lego Movie, but overall was still pretty good.

The husband and I enjoyed probably the first two-thirds of the film of the best.  I thought a lot of the lead-up and explanation were hilarious -- there were tons of great scenes with nods to other Batman films and comics.  The ending of the film was a let down -- in my opinion, some of it is exactly like watching the Lego Movie again.  There's also a plot hole, which I will not reveal.  But it's there, and it's highlighted by the ending, too.  That in particular is disappointing -- I've watched enough Lego-related made for TV films and TV shows that I know they can be excellent at continuity... they just forgot that when they made this film. xP

By far, though, the most irritating thing to me about the entire film was not the plot hole, not the Lego Movie ending, it was everyone's smartphones -- they are all very largely branded with the Apple logo.  I don't have an example of this, since none of the promo images I can find show it, but it is so obvious.  It honestly makes me think a lot less of Lego.  My kids don't need to see that branding, I don't need to see that branding -- it's obvious what those items are even without branding.  I know Lego has been making tons of money recently.  How much did Apple pay them?  Do they really need the money from Apple?

Overall, not a bad movie.  I did enjoy the most of it, and the children liked it.  Not sure this will be one that we buy, though.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

What-What?! Week of March 5th

And we are sick... again.  Another fricken' cold, the third one since the beginning of the year.

I am, quite literally, sick of it.

Was suppose to take the family to see the Lego Batman movie, and take Corwin shopping for pants.  Guess that will happen when it happens.

Not too much else going on.  The husband asked me to start teaching him some HTML and CSS, so we've been working on that together -- that's been pretty fun to watch the obsession kick in.  That "well, I just need to do this part, so..." and then finding yourself tinkering with it for hours. xP

The husband also made shakshuka, a North African tomato and egg dish, for the first time this last week:

This turned out quite delicious.  I don't have a link to the recipe he used, but it was very simple; saut├ęd peppers and onions, canned crushed tomatoes, spices, and eggs.  Served it with some crusty bread, the husband and I thought it came out well.  None of the children liked it, though that's not too surprising, given the tomatoes and spices (paprika and cumin... not really their favorites).

Looking like this next week will be spent catching up from things we didn't do this past weekend...