Sunday, November 24, 2013

Adventures in Green Smoothies

About a month ago, Caleb asked me if he should try making green smoothies.

Why not?

Knowing that we didn't have the right vegetables for green smoothies (romaine lettuce, pea pods, broccoli...), I volunteered to buy some kale and spinach at Costco at the end of the week.

The next day when I came home from work, the kitchen had little green specks evvvvvverywhere.  Caleb announced, "Green smoothies are disguuuuusting!"

So I asked, "Um, when did you go out and buy vegetables?  What fruit did you put in this?"

A romaine lettuce/broccoli smoothie is apparently not very good.

Despite my advice, the next day he found out that broccoli and apples don't make a great smoothie either.

After a couple more tries, and a few trips to Costco, Caleb is getting really awesome at making us a green smoothie almost every day, either as a snack between getting home from work and dinner, or as dessert after dinner.

Also, kale smells nasty.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Horror of the Hunger Games

Last night I saw "Catching Fire" with Caleb and a friend from work.  It was a pretty good movie.  Well done, and an intriguing story line.

The audience freaked me out.

You guys understand that the subject material is not exactly great, right?

People killing people....children killing other children....but for absolutely no purpose other than the entertainment and enslavement of the districts making up their world at that time.

People in the theater were laughing.

I may not have seen the same movie as them, but even the small jokes that were told did not indicate a comedy to me.  It didn't even seem like an action-thriller-with-great-jokes-to-lighten-the-plot.  This is no "Thor", no ""National Treasure"  (Ok, that is a really bad example).  This is more like the latest Batman series, where horrific things happen, but you get a really powerful feeling of right vs. wrong throughout the movie, and there are occasional jokes throughout the movie, which are more witty than laugh-out-loud funny.

But this theater, filled with mostly high school aged kids, couldn't contain their laughter at times.  It was then that I got kind of nervous.

I thought, "This could really happen.  These people would probably watch a real-life version of the Hunger Games on their TV at home and laugh."

So maybe I overreacted, but it was really spooky.

Has anyone else seen the movies/read the books?  I think the author is brilliant. I do think that people are obsessing a little much though.

And I'd really appreciate it if J.K. Rowling would write another Harry Potter installment, so that another movie can be made. I feel like the holiday season is missing something now when I don't have a new HP movie to go see.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Friday Night Fun

Last night we went to Scary Town, Baltimore.  We were attending a birthday party for a ward member.

When we pulled up on the block and parked on the street, we called the house and his brother came out of the alley to show us in.  While waiting, a nice lost person wandering sideways back and forth through the street asked us for a smoke; when we said we didn't have any, he asked for the money to go buy one.  HA!  It's so much nicer being asked for cigarettes than for money - you can much more honestly say no when you don't smoke.

Paul came out and showed us into the old church-turned-into-school-turned-into-apartments through the alley, then the courtyard, then in a back alley and up three huge staircases.  We got into the small apartment and found all 7 of our ward's missionaries and then more and more people kept piling in.  I think we ended up having 30 people at least in that tiny living room, but a lot of fun was had.

On the way out, a black cat crossed in front of us as we watched a huge rat making its way across the court to go eat a young child I think.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cleaning Party

There's nothing like a good old church service project moving someone in the heart of Baltimore to make you really want to clean your own house.

And take a shower.

Really clean.