Monday, August 5, 2013

They say the first 23 years are the hardest. So, I guess it's smooth sailing from now on?

Yesterday was my twenty-third wedding anniversary.  Don't do the math.

We celebrated by going to see a movie.  At the theater.  It was kind of hard to remember what to do at a theater since we haven't been to one in about as long as we've been married. 

I got two free movie passes from a parent of a child who was in my class back in January and we decided to use them yesterday. 

Here's how it went pretty much from start to finish.

1.  We had to decide on what movie to see (after a seven day decision making session on what to do had been made).  Here were our choices (as I remember them).
  • Some movie about a Japanese-type monster who tries to take over the world that my 11 year old son saw a few weeks ago at a birthday party.  A birthday party for 11 year old boys.  So, that one was nixed pretty much right away.
  • A Smurf movie.  Um, nixed.
  • A movie with two guys facing in opposite directions each holding guns(?).  Yes, I think they were large guns.  So, an action film to celebrate 23 years of marriage (at least a few of them happy)?  No.  We have four kids, so that means we've seen just about all the action we can handle.
  • A movie about a boy living with his divorced mom who has an asshat boyfriend played by Steve Carrell.  Hmm.  Could be good.  So, naturally hubby nixed it.  (Just kidding, hubby.  Kind of.)
  • A vast array of foreign films.  See the thing about foreign films on your 23rd wedding anniversary (I'm guessing) is that you could wind up with subtitles (hubby hates them and I admit, it is kind of like work on your anniversary), or a lesbian love scene which (although, I'm sure hubby *might* not mind) could be a little awkward.
  • The Conjuring.
So, yes.  We went to see The Conjuring which we both wanted to see.  Because what more appropriate way to celebrate 23 years of marriage than seeing a demonic horror movie that is *based on fact*?

2.  The last movie hubby and I saw together at the theatre was What Lies Beneath.  That was roughly 13 years ago and it might have also been to celebrate our anniversary.  There are a few things that have changed in movie theaters since then.
  • I didn't step in gum.
  • It apparently isn't awkward anymore to sit right next to someone you don't know
  • I guess that's because there are large armrests now on every seat?  I kept waiting for someone to say, "Please put your trays in the upright position and prepare for take-off."
  • The smallest bucket of popcorn you can buy costs more than the actual movie ticket and it could feed about eight people.
  • There is a Starbucks in the movie theater.
  • There is beer sold in the movie theater which in my opinion is depriving a lot of people of some good old fashioned ingenuity.  Kidding!  Kind of.
3.  Hubby and I acted like old people a lot. 
  • We chose a matinee so that there would be no danger of falling asleep during the movie.
  • We agreed to have 'a movie and dinner' rather than 'dinner and a movie.'
  • We both brought sweaters and spread them on our legs.
  • We whispered in hushed voices during several parts of the movie.  But, since we are both deaf we just ended up shouting to each other during the movie.
  • We both commented when we saw small children at this movie, "My God.  Who would bring their kid to this movie???  What the hell is wrong with them???"
  • We both wanted them to, "Turn it down for Pete's sakeWe're deaf, but not that deaf."
  • We shook our heads at the party-ers in front of us who left about 12 empty beer bottles in their chairs after the movie.
  • We both got up to pee.  One of us more than once.
  • We both commented upon leaving that, "It feels like we've been in here forever."
4.  The movie was pretty good and I'm glad we saw it.  If you are an old timer here you know that we love horror movies and the more *based on fact* they are, the better. 

I wish I could give you a movie review and in fact I promised my sister a movie review on this blog.  But, I just can't. 

Because here's the thing about a movie like The Conjuring:  You don't talk about it afterward.  You try to pretend you never saw it.  Because if you think about it too much (or God forbid talk about it), it could happen to you.   

The movie was good, we ate fattening bad-for-you food afterward, and we talked mostly about our kids.  Was it a great day?  Yes, it was.  After you've been married 23 years it's not so much what you do, but just the company of each other.

I love you, hubby.  And I hope we make it to 24! 


jamiew said...

Me & my hubs took our kid to see that japanese robot movie (which was awesome cause I like the same stuff 11 year-old geek boys do) & I had practically the same reaction/experience you did. Except we ate at Wendy's afterwards & it wasn't our anniversary. You guys need to get out more.
Happy anniversary!

WeezaFish said...

Oh bless you both, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! Sounds like a perfect day to me, Hubs and I also love a good horror, and I love the intrigue of anything that might possibly, perchance be based on scary FACT! Oooo. So glad the two of you got the day together. And so glad to hear they clear up the gum these days xx

Monica said...

@jamiew - a "yes" on we need to get out more. the problem: four kids and a scant budget. ;o) oh, and why does it not surprise me that you liked the Japanese robot movie?? you and m. will have plenty to talk about next time you see him. ;o) @weeza - oh, thanks, friend. it was quite perfect. the movies are safe from gum (just not beer!) - venture out!

Shannon said...

LOL! I haven't seen a movie in a theater in 3 years. No theater in Lilongwe, although is a slowly rotting falling down drive in screen so there must have been a drive in once upon a time.

When David proposed we tried to go see a romantic movie, but the only movie we could agree upon was Rush Hour so we watched an action flick and he proposed. Love me some Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Love Dave too. Glad you had a good anniversary.

Monica said...

@Shannon - ha! miss you already, friend. yesterday someone rang the doorbell around 6:00 p.m. and without thinking ed said, "that's colin." :o(

Anonymous said...

Well, how about that? The Cap'n and I just had our 13th. We still haven't had a chance to celebrate. So, you would recommend The Conjuring? Personally, I would have gone with the Steve Carrell movie, but I guess the Cap'n would've nixed that, too.

Monica said...

@whatimeant2say - a late congratulations. yes, I recommend the movie. I can't really say much more because then I might have to kill you or I might be possessed by a demon or both but not in that order. 'the way, way back' got really good reviews, so eventually we'll see it. just thought the conjuring would be good on the big screen. and it was.

TNMom said...

Wait, your movie has beer?? Not fair at all. I want beer, though I guess I'd have to get up and go pee even more. We just went to see Despicable ME 2 this weekend (with kids), it was so funny! My hubby and I both love stupid humor but I can not get on board with Steve Carrell. Anyways, happy anniversary! <3 Devan

Monica said...

thanks TNMom! we all want to see despicable me 2, too. the movie with steve carrel is not a comedy really. it's more of a drama. it's called "the way, way back," and it's gotten really good reviews. yes, we have beer...AND starbucks. we are living the high life....I guess? ;o)