Peaches Prattlings

These have been an amazing two weeks. 

It’s not over, I still have a day and a half, but… it’s been great! This is the first time PSM and i have really “lived” together since we’ve been together. Even the two weeks I was here at the end of the year we were both off, so it was more of a vacation. 

This time, he went to work every day and I worked from home, usually between 4am and 6am, which worked out perfectly because that meant I was done between 12  and 2pm. Somewhere in there, dog duties, domestic stuff, like meeting with the pest control or yard guys, then it was either hang out in the hammock for a bit or take Mollie to the beach. 

By 3 or 5pm, whichever PSM was able to make work, we would meet at the gym or somewhere to go stand up paddle boarding. Then it was dinner at home, we cooked a few times, even used basil from our garden! 

Or eat where we were.  Tonight it was burritos from Killer Taco, made me think of Moe’s, and anyone who knows me, knows I love some Moe’s! Home to chill with Mollie and then crash or tonight, go to see Baby Groot again. 

I get why people love it. Mornings at the beach for a surf or paddle, great exercise, work or school then to the beach. It starts filling up about 3 or 4pm, surfing, paddle boarding, swimming, playing, some people bring grills for dinner. Play until the sun starts going down, then go home. 

Today, I worked until 1245pm, hung out in the hammock, ok, fell asleep in the hammock, met PSM in Haleiwa for some stand up paddle boarding, then dinner, then movies. 

Tomorrow beach and paddle boarding with friends, then Sunday afternoon back to Chicago. I know I’ll have fun with my friends from work and I’m ready for summer in Chicago, beaches and sun,  maybe even some paddle boarding! But… it’s not home…sigh…

Good thing I’m coming back in two weekends!

{May 7, 2017}   I am Groot!


We went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 tonight, it was fabulous! It was me, PSM, A&B R, M&D R and L ,who also happens to be Mollie’s vet, we love her, her husband works with PSM, it’s a win-win.

The cast and cameos were awesome and surprising, sprinkled in here and there. Kurt Russel was fabulous, still smokin’ hot! Perfect to play the role he was cast in and if I told you more, it would give away the secret. And the CG for his younger self, wow!

Do I mention the cameos? Oh, why not, I’m not telling where, who or why…David Hasselhoff, Ving Rhames, Sylvester Stallone, Rob Zombie and don’t forget Stan Lee, of course! Interestingly, he was in more than one place in the movie, a rare double Stan Lee sighting.

There was action, romance, well, sort of, adventure, space travel, snow, wait what? Yup, snow, I said to PSM, look, it’s Boston! A dorky, self-centered race of people dipped in gold, video games and another great soundtrack, of course!

It was a story about friendship, a story of families, which come in all shapes and sizes, not just the ones you’re born in to, the ones you make, self worth, self discovery, redemption, maybe a even a little pure revenge, and the love a boy has for his mother. It reminded me a little of the new Star Trek when a Vulcan boy teased Spock about his mother…you don’t talk about Star Lord’s momma, gonna get your arse whopped!

And…Baby Groot. Just watch the opening scene and you are hooked. Who knew there could be so much said in three little words “I am Groot”.

Worth it? YES YES and I AM GROOT [translation “Heck YES!]

Another fun evening with DLP.

A movie at our favorite AMC, with the good recliners and decent menu, they have a quinoa burger for me, and it’s not too bad. 

We saw Boss Baby, which was good a second time for me and DLP enjoyed it for the first time. It’s always interesting to see a ‘kids’ movie with another adult, you get a different perspective.  And seeing a movie for the second time is fun when the other person hasn’t seen it yet, you get to see their reaction, to the things you thought were funny.

First, the food took forever to get to us, so AMC did right by us and gave us two free passes to make up for it. Good customer service. 

Next, when the check arrived, they had applied my AMC rewards to the check, something I did not ask them to do. The v frustrating thing is that this is the fourth time this has happened. 

I have the rewards card to build up rewards like free movies and food. During the week, if I’m on a project, I can expense my food at the movies, I don’t need or want to use my rewards, that’s for when I’m home and can get free stuff. 

In the past, I would be asked if I want to apply my rewards. Apparently, it can happen automatically, what? I was told that it can happen, no thank you.  

They did give me the rewards back told me to tell the server not to engage the rewards, we’ll see if that works next time.

Overall, a fun evening, as always. What’s our next adventure?

{April 20, 2017}   A new movie…a new theater

The movie was good… theater, not as much. 

DLP and I decided to go to a movie tonight and it was a choice of Boss Baby or The Smurfs. Since the only showing of Boss Baby, that wasn’t 3D left was 9pm, The Smurfs was it!

We went to a new theater and, well, you know how you get spoiled by some things and then compare everything to it, yes, I know you know I know all about being spoiled, haha. Well…AMC theatres have been renovating, to have the recliner seats, full menus instead of just snacks. One of the first was the one I used to go to in Colorado near my apartment. 

There is one theatre in Chicago like that. The one we went to last night is converting. They’ve installed the recliners, good, not the wide, red ones, these were brown, slimmer and older, comfy when they reclined, but you got close to your neighbor. 

You can’t order food from the theater, you go to the counter. They had just gotten the new menu and we were  informed that a few things weren’t available, we asked what was, that was a shorter list! Then…guess how many vegan options… big fat zip, nice. Even the other one we go to has salads and a veggie burger. Ok, enough about the theater…

Then the movie started, we could have had any seats, only two other people in the theater! That picture isn’t us, but it could have been!

It was cute! This was different from the last two, it was completely animated. They had some star power behind the voices, Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf and Julia Roberts as Smurf Willow, the leader of the lost village of Smurfs. 

It was about family, love, understanding, teamwork, being true to yourself, knowing who you are, and that it’s not always where you start out, it’s who to choose to be, trust, the magic within and that love truly is the greatest magic there is. 

I would also like to introduce you to Smurf Blossom and DLP may possibly referred to going forward as SB…

{April 14, 2017}   Movie, dinner, dancing, oh my!

Today was quite the day!

Good Friday so the girls had a school-free day, beginning of Spring break. What did that mean? A date with auntie!

I got up, we got dressed and went out for breakfast, then back to the house and I got some work done and then it was on! We headed to the movie theater to see Boss Baby, we really liked it. 

Then a little shopping, we got sunglasses and matching necklaces and then lunch at PF Chang’s, we don’t mess around. It was such a great afternoon!

Then it was off to ACS’ office to drop the girls off then I headed to K&DN’s house for dinner. And after dinner, DTN and I went contra dancing. I know, what?

Contra dancing was interesting, it’s like square dancing, folk, lots of spinning, swinging, do-si- dos, switching partners. 

I loved the outfits and the different footwear. And there were no age limits or one group, there were high school, college kids all the way to much older! On the dance floor, no ages pairing off, you dance with everyone!

Everyone was very nice and patient, guiding me, apparently this is one of the better groups to be a newbie with. DTN made sure I had good partners to dance with and I was asked to dance each dance, very inviting. I would definitely do it again!

A pretty good Friday, wouldn’t you say?

What does tomorrow hold?

{April 6, 2017}   North by Northwest 

I love this movie! Especially on the big screen! That’s just what I did tonight! 

I saw it posted somewhere as part of Fathom Events that it was gong to be on the big screen and I knew I was going! 
I was at dinner with WIS, asked if she was interested, she was as excited as me and away we went!

So much fun! I love old or classic movies, I watch them all the time on tv or my laptop or iPad, but the opportunity to see it on the big screen, love!

This happens to be one of my favorites and it’s been a while since I’ve seen it, I had forgotten just how fabulous it was. Funny, clever, suspenseful, silly. The costumes, the dialogue, the star power. 

If you don’t know the story, let’s just say mistaken identity, espionage, love, sex, action, adventure, murder.  I think that about covers it! 

I love looking for Alfred Hitchcock in the movie, he was one of the first directors to put themselves in their movies and sometimes you really have to look for him. 

I love marveling at the costumes and the fashion and there was a scene in New York City with people pushing and shoving trying to get to work or home, nothing’s changed, huh! Then we were in Chicago, how fun was it to be in Chicago watching it, ‘ Where is this?’ ‘Is that still there?’

To settle into the seat and see it come to life on the big screen… fabulous! What’s next?

{February 7, 2017}   Life on the road can be fun! 

Tonight was a fun evening. 

Traveling for work is what you make of it.  There are times there is nothing to make of it. Travel-meeting-travel or travel-meeting-dinner-hotel- travel. I’ve done those,  fun, not so much all the time…or as it is now, when I’m in a place for a few months or more, you get to know the place and some people. 

On this project, when I’m in Chicago, I go out to dinners, shows, movies.  I’ve made friends on the project. Tonight was one of those nights.  It was like any other job anywhere, you have friends and decide to go out. DLP and I wanted to do something, so, away we went. We went to the movies, settled in and saw Sing. Loved it a second time! She loved it a first time! 

There is fun to be had on the road, it’s all what you make of it and sometimes what you have time for. I’m having fun! 

{January 21, 2017}   Good morning auntie….Sing! 

What happens when I go to Boston? Pure joy! 

I got in very late last night, my apologies for not writing, I hope I make up for it now.  

I got my few hours of sleep and I hear “good morning auntie! We’re going to the movies and we’re leaving now!” Huh?

I got some very quick snuggles, giggles and hugs, run up to take a shower while EJS and MGS got dressed and brushed their teeth. As I was waiting for them to get ready, apparently I can shower faster than they can brush their teeth and get dressed, go figure, my sister, GES, told me that they refused to go without me, since we had promised to see it together, how awesome did that feel! 

We got to the movie theatre, popcorn and drinks set and away we went. On the way they were very curious about my driving record, huh? Well, there were parts in the movie someone was speeding and I pointed out that I did not drive like that! 

Then there were previews and previews and more previews and “does that mean that’s the same dog over and over?” Among other questions. We also saw previews and made future movie dates, like Despicable Me 3! And finally… movie. 

The movie was great! It opened with a Beatles song, so immediately I approved! It was about ‘real people’ but all portrayed by animals. What I mean by real people…gangsters, moms, dads, shy kids, proud parents, overworked whatevers, bankers, folks flush and down on their luck. 

Buster Moon is a koala who owns an iconoc theatre that was something special in its heyday. Now, the theater needs love, he’s behind on his loans and bills, you get the idea. 

He is on his last dime and comes up with an idea…a singing contest. From there it was funny, silly, touching, beautiful, inspiring…so much talent to behold and what a soundtrack! 

And of course, there was a message…what good kids movie doesn’t have a message? You have to have faith and believe in yourself. Take a chance, you never know what you can do until you try. Let me think, I can probably come up with a few more.  

Oh my, but the music was fantastic! I think I knew all but one song. We danced in our seats, ok, I danced in my seat and shook the girls shoulders until they danced with me. It was cute when a scene came on that they knew from the previews and commercials and they said “oh,I know this!”

It was a great movie, the girls and I had a blast and on the way home I played some of the music. The best was when I played them Big Butts by Sir Humpty! In the movie, you’ve probably seen this in the previews, three bunnies say the opening line “Oh my gawd, did you see her butt!” They thought it was a very goofy song, good thing they didn’t really listen to the lyrics! 

A perfect way to start the weekend! Can’t wait for the next one! 

What a day. 

Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. His Birthday is January 15th and we celebrate on the third Monday of January. 

Martin Luther King Jr was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

There are many ways that we honor Dr. King in the United States. Different groups honor him in different ways, lectures, celebrities, it’s a federal holiday, schools are closed, some companies give their employees the day off, as mine did. 

Since I knew I would have been in Chicago today, DLP and I decided to go to the movies and it seems fitting that we saw Hidden Figures. 

Hidden Figures is a movie based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.

It was an amazing and powerful story. The three main characters are smart, clever, personable women you can’t help but cheer for, want to succeed and wish you had even a fraction of their brains.

The movie took place during a difficult time in history for people of color. It was interesting and difficult to watch at times, empowering, happy, sad, frustrating, exciting, so many emotions. There were tears, anger, joy and those were the feelings of the audience.

It was an amazing and inspiring movie, I walked out wanting to be a human computer! Go see it! 

So many emotions. 

I can’t believe it’s been a year, but January 15, 2016 is when PSM got on a plane very early in the morning in Boston to move to Hawaii. This morning, 7am, he kissed me goodbye and headed to the airport to go home to Hawaii. 

The nice thing this time, well for me, is that PSM took a taxi and I stayed in bed and went back to sleep,  ahhh…he’s home, safe and sound as we speak and I’ll see him in two weeks for our 2 year anniversary! I don’t know if you remember that I surprised him last year, it was perfect! This time, he knows I’m coming, but he’s got a surprise planned for me! 

After I got up leisurely, had breakfast, hung out and then headed to the movie theater nearby to see the 65th anniversary of Singin’ in the Rain on the big screen. The theater was full, very few empty seats, even quite a few kids. 

The opening  credits started to roll and it was on! I will easy, a little bittersweetto see Debbie Reynolds on the big screen after just losing her so soon from our lives. I just sat back, literally…in the recliner, and reveled in Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Conner, singing and dancing on the big screen. 

I’ve watched this movie at least 50 times or more, but on a TV, there is nothing like seeing it in the theatre on a big screen.  That’s why I go as often as possible when they re-release a movie or a one time showing on the big screen, something that brings back my childhood or gives me a new experience. 

It’s on the big screen today and Wednesday, January 18th across the country, go find a theater, at, and  fun! Here’s the full list of what’s going to be on the big screen, presented by TCM,

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