This Week {Movies, Books and Buffalo}

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Chuck and I sat down to watch Mom’s Night Out this weekend. I was a bit stressed and wanted to spend some time with my man. Chuck loves action movies and 90% of the movies we watch fall in that genre. This  time I picked a comedy (rare indeed for us).  It was awesome. For ten minutes. Then I was pretty sure we part of the movie.

The premise of the movie is all the things that go wrong when a few moms decided to have a mom’s night out. All I wanted was a peaceful evening with my husband after the kids were in bed. But Apollo was still awake. He sat with us until he fell asleep about 15 minutes into the movie. *pause* while we hook him up for his tube feeding. Ten minutes later the alarm was going off. *pause* while we investigate. We do round one of tube feeding triage and reload the feeding bag into the pump. Five minutes later the alarm goes off. *pause* while we check the pump again. Maybe the bag is faulty? It takes 10 minutes to get a new bag, transfer the formula, hook him up again and start the pump. Five minutes later the alarm goes off. *pause* while we check the extension tube. Aha, he has a clog in the tube! Get a  60 ml syringe and try to clear the clog. No luck. Remove extension, water flows through. Now we know the clog is in the g-tube itself. Get a 10 ml syringe and try to clear clog. No luck. Discuss our options: Coke in the tube to dissolve clog, changing the tube entirely. I google and come up a third solution: use a 60 ml syringe and alternate pushing and pulling. Chuck eventually clears the clog, we clean everything up and reattached Apollo. Needless to say, by the time the movie was over, he had barely had a quarter of his feeding.

*sigh*

Books I’ve Read (or am reading) This Week.

I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I rarely read fiction, usually just books written my short list of fiction writers I already enjoy (Michael Crichton, Stephen King and John Grisham to name a few). I was desperate for a  book and decided to check out The Fault in Our Stars. I can’t say I loved it or am ready to jump up and down shouting from the rooftops how great it is, but I did finish and enjoy it. I suppose I appreciated the main characters being  teens with cancer. A little peek into the life of the chronically ill from their perspective.

A Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub. I am actually reading this book for the second time. I was underwhelmed by it the first time around. Well, not by the book, but by the results (or lack thereof). The family eschews all sugar (including honey and fruit juice) for a year. I was quite surprised (and disappointed) that there were no huge FIREWORKS or drastic changes (from my perspective, anyway). But I am a sucker for these kinds of books and it was thought-provoking.

As Soon as I Fell by Kay Bruner. This is a brutally honest look at missionary life. When Chuck and I married we hoped to be Bible translators. God had other plans for us (every avenue we tried to become Bible translators ended with a door firmly closed). So I enjoyed reading this…twenty years ago I am sure I would have looked down on and judged Bruner…. for her mistakes, shortcomings and lack faith. Now, I get it and love her honesty even when it’s difficult to read about.10689846_848933871824417_6055097306052977331_n

Adventures We’ve Had.

We went on a walk the other day. The kids and I and, you know, our cats. The cats saw us leave and decided they were coming along. Several kids were jogging, and the cats trotted along and kept pace like it was the most natural thing in the world…until a truck slowed down and scared them off into the woods. Weird felines.

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Apollo was really excited when he saw a herd of buffalo. I tried to explain that they were actually cows. He patiently explained to me that they are buffalo because they have horns. “Cows don’t have horns, mom, I know because I’ve seen a cow before. You haven’t“. #neverarguewithafouryearold

Photos I Haven’t Edited

Our bounty from our trip to Old Navy. Pictures of Tilly ready for church and looking cute. Photos of Apollo dressed up and looking cute. And plenty of others I can’t even remember at the moment.

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  1. Thank you for this post, to almost all of which I can relate! The interrupted dinners: oh, it’s always JUST exactly when my husband and I, along with the very civilized fifteen-year-old are sitting down to dinner, which means uninterrupted discussion of the day’s news and then a feeding frenzy: dinner, sweet red wine, and one or even two episodes of West Wing, which my husband gave me on DVD as a birthday present. Just as we’re sitting down–food still steaming–in walks the ten-year-old (and this happens two or three times a week), “Mommy, I can’t sleep! Can you bring me to bed?” Which I do . . . sometimes with hot milk that has a dash of vanilla in it . . . and then back to dinner, which has to be heated up, and everything’s out of synch, but we watch, and then since we’ve started late, we’re very tired . . . .
    I love the bible, especially the King James Version, but I’m not religious. But I think it’s the most glorious poetry in the English language.

  2. I’m so glad we don’t have a feeding pump anymore. I remember one trip home from Bellingham (30min) when it was just me, Owen, and the feeding pump. I had to pull over 4 times due to pump alarms.

  3. Pump alarms just add to the romance don’t they? 😛 When I read A Fault In Our Stars I related much more to her parents than the kids in the book, which probably says a lot about where I am in life.

  4. Isn’t that how all date nights end up? 😉 Did you like the movie?

  5. I think the only reason I got to watch Mom’s Night Out from start to finish, all in one sitting, is because a friend took me to see it at the movie theater.

  6. Wow! What’s with everyone getting the blog face lifts lately?! Digging the new digs!

    I’m impressed with the amount of reading you do! Awesome.

    I really want to see Mom’s Night Out… without the interruptions though LOL

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

    PS – I’m really digging the turquoise; it’s my favourite colour.

    • Okay, that’s weird – I just clicked submit comment and your blog went back to its previous design. Am I in an internet vortex?! LOL – I swear; your blog just had no sidebars and now it does – and the submit comment button was turquoise!

      • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

        I have no idea…I think you must be in an internet vortex…Hope you find your way out.

  7. I love the picture at the top! It reminds me of the movie The Boxtrolls.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      I haven’t see the movie of trailer, but someone one Instagram mentioned that and I googled it. So funny.

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