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January 19th, 2017 at 01:42 pm

**MH got called into work next week, but then gets two weeks off.

This works out for the best. I don't think he could have worked much this week. This week DL(11) has finals. CRAZY schedule.

We are going to have to take DL out to celebrate. He easily gets all As, without much effort. But... this semester I think he was lucky to pass all of his classes. PHEW! I know he's never had to work so hard. I am just feeling so much *relief* that we made it. The year started out very rocky. He's really done exceptional, given all he has had to deal with.

**MH's birthday is this week. I almost forgot in the work chaos.

We don't exchange gifts. I discussed with the kids, and they just wanted to give their daddy HUGS and home-made fudge. I said I thought that sounded perfect.

He already bought himself a sous vide (precision cooker). It's a long story, but he bought one for his parents for Christmas, and ended up with two. Was supposed to return the other one to Amazon but he seems to have a hang up about paying $10 postage to get a $40 refund. Don't ask me! He is way smarter than that.

I think *I* realized he wasn't going to return it before he did. He was struggling subconsciously with it. & he kept trying to make justifications to keep it. I finally said, "Happy Birthday". Moving on...

That was weeks ago, and he has yet to use it. (Still having some internal struggle about it). Thankfully some meat went on sale and he gave it a try this week. We've been eating like KINGS. I'd say we are accomplished cooks and eat very well, but probably limit ourselves on the meat side to the cheap cuts we grew up with and are familiar with. So this is expanding our horizons considerably. (MH has been salivating over this contraption since his friend cooked him dinner with one several years ago).

He made some seared tuna earlier this week. It turned out more cooked than he preferred. & he generally doesn't eat fish, but I guess is just more picky about it. He told us he over-cooked it. I said if it was any less cooked I'd be putting mine in the microwave. But maybe he will refine us a bit. Wink I thought it was *perfect*

Last night we had pork chops. I don't even know if I have ever had pork chops before. But it was *perfection*

I could get used to this. & it's nice to mix it up a bit and to try new things.

**In other fanciness, we went to the movies on Tuesday night. We got a new theater with the fancy reclining seats. The tickets are $6.50 on Tuesdays. I think our theater bumped up their tickets to $6.25 on Tuesday nights (cheap night) so there isn't any big difference.

MH had been a few times, and I just told him I wanted to check it out.

We agreed that Tuesday night is our movie night. At this theater. From now on! Used to be weekend matinees. Or you can stand in line and get there early on Tuesday nights (by our house). Or... you can just reserve your seats online and show up after the commercials/previews ,and sit in luxury. For an extra quarter per ticket. SOLD!

(MH had seen Star Wars at this theater on opening night. It's the first time he didn't have to wait in line for a Star Wars movie. Worked out because the weather was bad that night. He just reasoned he'd rather just reserve seats ahead of time. Few seemed to think of the option, but the new theater had just opened. Next time might not be quite so easy).

8 Responses to “Doings”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    We can't get our daughter to go to movies during the week...too much homework! If we go to the theatre we pay the matinee prices and go in the afternoon on Saturday or Sunday.

  2. pjmama Says:

    Gah. I wish our theater had prices that low. It's over $10 each even for a matinee where we live. I would also be there every week if it was that expensive! How fun Smile

  3. livingalmostlarge Says:

    happy birthday. we go saturday or sunday mornings amc by our house is $5 before noon. Happy birthday. We have a sous vide

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    @ccfree - I guess I should have said we made a date of it and ditched the kids. Big Grin

    @PJM - Honestly, I hadn't been to the movies since May, and that was a free advanced screening. Not planning to go every week. But just if we want to see something, might as well do it Tuesday when it's cheap AND cushy.

    But I had some other movie theater gift card that just wasn't working out for us and I told MH this weekend, "Screw it, I want to go to the movies. I want to see the fancy theaters". He replied, "You want to pay $13/each to see a movie!?" Well, if you put it that way... I am completely out of touch with movie prices since we usually pay more in the $5 range. He's the movie buff, so he scouts out all the discount times/days. I was willing to pay twice as much since I hadn't been to the movies forever and the weekend was better overall, but we couldn't get decent seats at a decent time, so I agreed that we should just go Tuesday.

  5. My English Castle Says:

    I hear you about the movies. Since we've discovered $5 Tuesdays and $5 Thursday for students AND FACULTY we're going tonight as a celebration for the end of her exams.

  6. Kiki Says:

    I did the matinee on Monday at that new theater. I did not know about Tuesdays. I must remember that! It was a nice theater and I enjoyed the seats. The picking them out online thing was a little weird but once I saw the theater I understood better.

    We saw Patriots Day which was very good in my opinion. I especially liked the interviews at the end of the movie.

    Must calendar Tuesdays!

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Tuesdays and first AM showings are the only matinee prices here. I keep thinking of going, bu end up deciding not to.

    What did you see?

  8. MonkeyMama Says:

    @FT - We say "Why Him?" It was stupid, but better than expected. My husband's mostly seen everything already and I didn't have the mental energy to see anything too serious.

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