While scrolling through my Facebook feed I saw a post about getting a group together for a ladies night dinner at The Melting Pot. I’ve wanted to dine there for awhile but the menu prices have kept me from stepping through the doors. My husband, Terry, tends to be the kind of person who doesn’t consider it a meal unless there’s meat on his plate. So once we start looking at their entrée selections it could be a pricey dinner for the two of us. My friend Rachel informed us the special that night was three courses for $16. That’s a lot better than possiblyRead More →

What is real and what is not real? Spike Jonze, writer and director, attempts to give an answer with his newest film, Her. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Theodore Twombly, a lonely man addicted to technology. When seeking comfort in sex chat rooms, phones, and video games fail to keep him satisfied he finds a seemingly ingenious solution to his problem. Meet Samantha, an OS custom programmed to “evolve” to meet Theodore’s desires for companionship. (Picture a hyper advanced “Siri”.) At first she was a voice of reason in the midst of divorcing his wife, Catherine, like a friendly shoulder to cry on. Watching flashbacks  toRead More →

It was a freezing 16 degrees outside. The harsh biting air hit like a brick to my face. Lily was so bundled up she looked like the Michelin Man. “Is this really worth it?”, was the question that formed in my head as I buckled Lily in her stroller. I asked myself that question a dozen more times as I walked to the front ticket counter. The cashier handed me an entry pass and a map then informed me that most of the animals wouldn’t be seen due to the cold temperature. “Hmm, maybe I should turn around and go back home”, I thought, “No,Read More →

Walt Disney promised his daughters that he would make a movie about the beloved heroine from the popular children’s book series, Mary Poppins. Little did he know that keeping such a promise would turn out to be a test of perseverance through a battle of wills. Over 20 years passed before production even began. Los Angeles circa 1961 is where we meet the characters as story lines are written, revised, then revised again, and music is composed. The film also goes back in time to Australia in 1906 where the author, P.L. Travers grew up. We see her as a child and learn what droveRead More →

Watching a good movie is my favorite pastime. There’s just something about seeing how scripts, a director’s vision, actors, and locations can all come together. Any theater where you can catch the latest flick for under $5 any day of the week is an added bonus. Cinemark Palace at the Plaza is such a theater. Located between Noodles & Company and Urban Outfitters it’s usually a go to on date nights for Terry and me. Another location is in Merriam, KS. The Palace has a VIP Room great for upgrading your viewing experience. It costs a little bit more than a regular evening priced ticketRead More →

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