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    Tyler with his Aunt JiJi during "Girl's Week" at Aunt Karla's
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    Sarah and I went on a date yesterday! I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Batman: The Dark Knight. Unfortunately, I don't do very well around large crowds, so I rarely watch movies on opening weekend. I was also told by an online "friend" that if you ever see a movie in IMAX, this would be that movie. There is an IMAX theatre in Lansing, Michigan, which is about a 2 hour drive from our house. It also just-so-happens that we have to drive past Sarah's families' houses to get there. Jillian jumped at the chance to watch Tyler.

    Sarah was all for a special movie experience. Sarah's dad (Mike) also wanted to go, along with one of Sarah's other sisters (Allison), and her boyfriend (Darren). We had no problem with this. The more the merrier.

    At movie theatres, popular movies will show either 30 minutes or an hour apart, because they play the movie on 2 or more screens. With IMAX, there's only one screen, so the movie plays every 3 hours. This limited when we could go. 12:30p, 3:30p, 6:30p, 9:30p.  I couldn't arrange the 12:30 or 3:30 because I work during the week, and it was always the plan to go on a weekday (not as busy). The 9:30, was too late. The movie wouldn't get out until 12:15a, so we wouldn't get home until after 2am, and I would have to work the next day. This left 6:30p.

    Well, Mike doesn't get home from work until 6pm, and it's still about 90 minutes to the theatre, so he had to cancel. I debated with myself on maybe ditching the IMAX plan and going to the regular theatre there in town so there would be more time selections. When it came down to it, I was way too excited for IMAX to settle for anything less. Darren was still in, but Allison had to work. Darren had to end up bailing as well. This left just Sarah and myself.

    While I would have loved to have them all there, I had no problem at all with it just being the two of us. We left our house around 3:30pm and got to Jillian's (Aunt JiJi) house at 4:15p. We hung out there for about 15 minutes or so before hitting the road up to Lansing.

    I work 5 days a week. For me, walking out of the house and saying goodbye to Tyler has become something of a habit. I miss them both very much, but, in a sense, I'm used to it. I hope this makes sense. I'm sure it does to all my readers that are in a similar situation.

    Sarah, on the other hand, has not done this. She did go out recently to a Dave Matthews concert, and left Tyler in my care. Maybe it's a "mom thing", I dunno. As we were pulling out of Jillian's driveway Sarah immediately mentioned that it was strange leaving Tyler.

    Even stranger to us was the fact that, due to the circumstances, Sarah on I were on a date. This is the first time we've been alone since Tyler was born. Previous to Tyler, we had a "thing" where we had a date night every Friday. Failing that, Saturday. That came to a screeching halt with the arrival of Tyler. Being out alone together made things everything much, much nicer.

    We even had dinner before the movie. Dinner being a burger from Wendy's that we ate in the theatre parking lot.

    I'm not going to do a movie review here. Personally, I don't think I'm that great of a writer. In my mind, nothing that I say will do justice to the masterpiece that I was given the honor of viewing last evening. Really, the movie was great. IMAX... just... wow. There was a warning before the movie started that it could make you nauseous, and that if you felt nauseous, you should close your eyes for a couple moments until the feeling went away. I balked at the message. Good luck getting me to even BLINK for the next 2 hours. The only time I looked away from the screen was when I asked Sarah to grab me a box of Hot Tamales that she smuggled in the theatre in her purse. $0.97 at Walmart, or $3.75 at the theatre.... you'd do the same.

    We picked Tyler up at 10:30. He was an angel for his Aunt JiJi and Cousin Lexi. He even got a bath over there.

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    The Bat Pod... can it be done?
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    I've now got the task of quickly teaching Tyler how to use AutoCAD and how to turn a wrench. We are immediately going to work on converting my Ninja motorcycle into the Bat Pod. Sarah requested that I not load the guns with live ammo right away.

    6 comments:

    A Free Man said...

    Yeah, those dates get rarer. I can count on two hands the number of dates my partner and I have had in the last 11 months. Still haven't seen this film, but I keep hearing great things about it - maybe that will be our next date!

    Mike said...

    I saw it on Imax too and it felt like watching the future of cinema. I have to believe that in a few years all movies will be shot at Imax dimensions. It is that awe inspiring.

    Joanna said...

    We rarely go to the movies. I don't think I've seen a movie in a theater since... 2006? I am going to try to convince Tim to go to the drive-in this weekend I think.

    It is strange to be away from them. It took me 2 tries to be able to leave DJ at first - the first time I was sobbing to hard to leave the house. That was when he was a couple of weeks old and I was going to the store to pick up some groceries, I think. Since I have had to leave him, what with working and all, it hasn't exactly gotten easier, I've just gotten more accustomed to the weird feeling, as you mentioned.

    Date nights are cool and should be continued, despite the appearance of the little dude. We really haven't kept up with ours, but it's something we do try to do as often as possible. With me working second shift, I rarely see Tim anymore.

    Joanna said...

    I knew I would forget something...

    I'm finally caught up on your blog again! Still no lappy, but I'm resigned to using the spare. I saw your pics had some DDR Pad making pics... are you in need of some DDR pads? I have some cheapo ones that I haven't used in ages and I don't even have DDR anymore... if nothing else you could probably scavenge the sensors.

    Joe said...

    I've actually moved on to the Wii Fit now. We haven't played DDR in AGES!! Sarah misses it, but I don't... I'm pretty fickle with games sometimes.

    And it's about time you're back online!

    Joanna said...

    I don't miss DDR at all! I'm fickle when it comes to video games too, although I have managed to maintain an interest in Guitar Hero for a while now. I played it while very pregnant too, which was hilarious. Yeah, I've missed catching up with various blogs, but I didn't want to do too much on this loaner laptop because 1) it's tiny, 2) it sucks and 3) it's not configured the way I like and I'm not going to waste my time configuring something when my precious laptop will be here soon. But... I've finally accepted the fact that IBM won't be "finding" it anytime soon. So bummer.

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