Wednesday, 17 February 2016

A Week in Review (February 7-13)

A Week in Review (February 7-13)

Watched: Super Bowl 50.  We invited over our friends and enjoyed ourselves immensely.  That had far more to do with the game than with the commercials or food.  We were so glad to see our (well 2/3 of family) team come out on top.  It was really done on the backs of the defense.  Vaughn Miller played like a man possessed and totally deserved the MVP.  We also got very lucky and one of our squares won the final quarter of super bowl pool we were in.

Read: I finished up The Tao of Pooh.  This is a nice short book on how you can apply the simpleness of Pooh to enjoy your life further.  It would probably be a great introduction for anyone interested in Taoism as well.  Having not read any of A.A. Milne book and having only watch Winnie the Pooh with my younger brother in the early 90s, it was a nice little reintroduction to those characters.  I would say this is a must read for any A.A Milne fan.  I am happier for having read it.  I also made pretty good progress on Winter.

Listened:  I did a lot of listening to the book Winter. It is such a long book (823 pages) that I decided to use one of Nick's audible credits so that I could listen while I was home alone.  It really allowed me to get a lot farther in the book than I would.  It also makes the longer drives on errands a little more bearable.  I need to get Nick to hook my new phone up the to the Bluetooth in my stereo for even easier listening.  

Made: The trip to downtown Denver on Tuesday to attend the Super Bowl parade.  It was so insane.  We left our house at 6:30 and didn't make it to Nick's office until a little after 9:00am.  That was still plenty of time for us to get a vendor hot dog that Jack wanted and get back to a good spot in front of Nick's office.  Because we had won the pool, I said yes to everything that Jack asked for.  We ended up with a new tshirt (adult small was the smallest they had), a pennant and a super annoying (to everyone but Jack) blow horn.  We had to wait until 12:25 before the parade actually made it to us.  We made friends with the guy we were standing beside.  Jack had fun high-giving everyone who happened to go down the parade route.  Jack was very excited because he was hollering at Norwood, and Norwood pointed right at him.  Getting home was worse than getting there.  They closed all the downtown light rail and forced everyone to go into one large station.  I really thought Jack was going to be trampled in the stampede to get to a train to Lincoln station.  It was like people were rushing to the lifeboats in the Titanic.  We did manage to make it on a train about an hour after arriving at the station.  The car ride home from the station was pretty uneventful.  We will definitely attend the next Super Bowl parade if we are still around.  Next time, we will take a  football to pass around and some blue and orange crepe to throw in the crowd. I didn't put in near the pictures that I took so if you are looking for some more, just let me know.

Felt: Proud of Jack.  This week he had an all B bracket for his wrestling tournament.  He had a great match against his opening opponent who had beaten one of his teammates twice.  You can watch it HERE.  His next match was by a kid who saw was throwing a lot of headlocks.  It was very hard to watch, but you can do it HERE.  Jack continued to fight threw them and got the win.  Even the ref congratulated him at the end for fighting threw the numerous headlocks and body throws he took.  His last match wasn't all the exciting, but you can still watch it HERE.  It resulted in a W and he got the gold.  I was so amazed at how hard he fought and came away with the gold.

Planned: Jack making a valentine box at school as I had asked his teacher repeatedly if we needed to do something at home and she always avoided the question or said that they would make something in school.  However a note came home on Wednesday that if had a special box or bag that they could bring it for tomorrow's valentine exchange.  Monday's and Wednesday's aren't great days for us to get late notice on things since he is gone from the house for almost three hours at wrestling practice and traveling to and from there.  I had just been to the store, so I had a cereal box that I could wrap.  I threw a picture of BB-8 on it and called it good.  He seemed to like which is what really mattered.

Loved: The program that the second grade put on under the direction of their music teacher.  I went to the rehearsal so I knew the better side of the stage to sit on and what made the good parts of the song.  That was nice because I knew the parts that I wanted to record rather than being behind my phone for the whole performance.  I think the video turned out okay.  I tried a new video editing app and I think it did a great job.  I would like to figure out how to make the transitions longer.  You can watch it HERE.  I think all the kids costumes turned out great and I am now really looking forward to next year as well.

Here are the pics for the week:

We went to the store to get cake to celebrate the performance and just had to take a picture with the real cabbages.  It makes me laugh every time I see it.

Can you see how exhausted he was in this pic?

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