Thursday, September 29, 2005

I Had a Time Out

I decided it was time to start going back to a chiropractor. I had my first appointment with Dr. Z. She asked for a brief history, did an exam and then began a series of chiropractic sessions.

I was then led to a massage chair. They placed an ice pack behind my back. This massage chair was amazing. While sitting in the chair, listening to the water fountain, and having my massage, I began to relax. I really started enjoying my massage. I even treated myself to a bouquet of daisies, from the local flower stand.

It's so important to be nice to ourselves. It makes me a happier person to be around. Ask the hubby. He'll tell you that it's money well spent.

Travelling with Our Teen to Yuma, Arizona

Since my husband was going to Yuma, Arizona and our son is homeschooled, we decided to take the trip as a family. Our 13 year old son wasn't that receptive to the idea. Somehow, he got the idea that we would leave him at home. After we got up from the floor from laughing we informed he was going.

We rented a large sedan for the ride, from Budget Rental. I'm glad that we did. On the ride there, Marcus fell asleep and had plenty of room to stretch out. He also had plenty of room for his schoolbooks, CD's and stuff. My husband and I were able to listen to our CD's without any complaints.

To make it a more bearable trip we booked a suite, at the Clarion Suites, through AAA Travel. We saved about $75 a day.

The room had two TV's, 2 queen beds and a sleeper sofa, Nintendo, MusicChoice and Pay-per-view. (which Marcus loved) There was a swimming pool and whirlpool spa, which we took advantage after our long, hot drive.

The Clarion also offers a free breakfast buffet, which will save you some money. Most Clairon Suites offer a gym. This one provided membership use of the local World Gym.

Marcus and I had a great time hitting the open stores at the Yuma Palms Mall. The mall has water sprayers, on the outside walkways. It felt so good, especially with the Arizona hot sun.

On our way back home, we stopped off at the Golden Acorn Casino. Marcus played video games, in the Arcade, while my husband and I tried our hand at the slots. If your kids are 13 years or older they can play in the arcade. They have to be 18 years old and older to play the slots. I lost, my husband won $48.00. We then had lunch in the restaurant. Our food was very good.

When we got home, Marcus took off to tell his friends that he was back. He had a great time. We didn't hear any complaints out of him doing the whole trip. It was a fun trip for all of us.

Monday, September 26, 2005

National Equal Parents Week - September 26 to October 2

Equal Parents' Week is an event which sends the message that parental rights and responsibilities must be shared equally by both parents. The purple ribbon is the symbol which sends this message. People are urged to send this message by wearing purple ribbons and tying them everywhere they can be seen.

International public and home candlelight vigils will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2005, at 7:30pm. You can download an online form if you would like to have organize a vigil.

Visit the Children's Rights Council website for possible ways you can bring attention to this important issue. There's also links to organizations, planned events, and chapters.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Marcus' Movie Rental Review - "The Incredibles"

'The Incredibles' follows the adventures of a family of former superheroes rediscovering the true source of their powers - in one another. Once one of the world's top masked crimefighters, Bob Parr (AKA Mr. Incredible) fought evil and saved lives on a daily basis. But fifteen years later, he and his wife Helen (a famous former superhero in her own right) have been forced to take on civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs. Today they live as mere mortals and lead all-too-ordinary lives with their children... who go out of their way to appear "normal." As a clock-punching insurance man, the only thing Bob fights these days is boredom and a bulging waistline. Itching for action, the sidelined superhero gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a topsecret assignment. Now, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the family must come together and once again find the fantastic in their family life.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Animation
Release Date: November 5th, 2004
Rating: PG for action violence.
Distributor: Disney/Pixar
I think the movie was okay. I knew what was going to happen. After all, it's a Disney movie. I liked the character Dash. Running really fast, super speed is the best super power.

Rona' Movie Rental Review - "Sideways"

Miles Raymond, a divorced middle school teacher and failed novelist, and his altar-bound friend Jack take a wine-tasting trip in California, pondering questions about their directions in life.

Comedy and Drama
Release Date:October 22th, 2004
R for language, some strong sexual content and nudity.
We finally broke down and purchased a DVD player, last week. On Friday, we picked up a couple of movies. We weren't disappointed. My husband and I decided to watch this movie on a Saturday morning. Neither of us really knew what the movie was about. It was a pleasant surprise. The story just rolled out at a steady pace. I have always enjoyed Paul Giamati's work. He usually plays characters that you wouldn't want to hang with. Miles was definitely on that list. Thomas Haden Church showed he can be in a movie. Do you remember him from the show "Wings"? Wow, has he come full circle. Anyways, we really enjoyed the movie. I also have to say that I'm glad our 13 year old was still sleeping. Some of the nudity and sex scenes would have been a bit uncomfortable. Definitely add this one to your movie rental list.

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