So, this week was the first week in awhile where I didn’t have a million things going on and JoJo (the missus) didn’t have a million things going on. I’ve always got a writing project going, interwebs and new technology to figure out, outlines to be done, covers to be designed, side hustles to be worked on, blah blah blah. JoJo always has work or training or seminars or blah blah blah.
Now don’t get me wrong–JoJo and I spend a lot of time together. Probably too much, in JoJo’s opinion. But it’s never quality time where we can just relax, take a breath, and spend time enjoying each other’s company.
So, since this was a week where we didn’t have a million things going on, we decided to spend time together as a couple. If you’re assuming this is as awful as it sounds…you’re right. Just kidding. Or am I….?
Well, not for me. And not really for JoJo. But for our health, yes.
Tuesday was our “Couples Day” and we decided to squeeze all the juice out of that orange. And by that I mean–we wanted to eat and be lazy. The day started with us having to go to the post office, pick up prescriptions, and pick up our groceries from Kroger Click List. Yeah. We’re those people. However, Coot-Coot was in attendance, so this happened first:
I ordered a Bulletproof coffee, and JoJo, having never tried one, ordered one, too. When we had driven away from the coffee cafe and I explained to JoJo that it had coffee, MCT powder and butter/ghee in it…I thought she was going to lose it. I think her exact comment was “even I’m not fat enough to think of putting butter in coffee!” However, after several sips, I think JoJo is a convert.
After our coffee run and errands, we got home and settled in for movie watching. JoJo selected Fences as her choice and I selected Love, Simon as my choice. Fences was free on Amazon Prime, and Love, Simon had been reduced for a one day sale, so we had some cheap entertainment right there!
Fences ended up annoying the shit out JoJo and I. It’s A LOT of talking. If it weren’t for our love of Viola Davis, JoJo and I wouldn’t have lasted the 30 minutes that we did. We both agreed after 30 minutes that we just couldn’t take anymore and bailed. I hate to say this about a movie that Viola Davis is in–but Denzel was getting on our last damn nerve. JoJo kept saying “Why doesn’t she just punch him in the face???” So…I can’t tell you much about this one other than I don’t recommend it. However, as I told JoJo–the only movies based on plays that are good are musicals. I mean…did anyone see August: Osage County? It had Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, for God’s sake, and it still smelled to high heaven.
However, watermelon and Tajin was available for those horrible 30 minutes, so I wasn’t too upset by the whole situation.
Next, we moved onto Love, Simon and nachos. I had read the book, but JoJo had not. And we both ended up really enjoying the movie. JoJo actually cheered at the end of it. But it’s always tough to watch a movie with JoJo when I know the ending but she does not. JoJo immediately said she wanted one particular character to be “Blue”, and I knew that she was going to get her wish, but I wasn’t allowed to spoil everything for her. Regardless, we really enjoyed the movie and would highly recommend it to anyone–even those who have read the book. It doesn’t deviate from the source material enough to upset anyone but the most stringent. And, if it happens to go on a one day sale again, snatch it up. Better yet, read the book, fall in love with the characters, and then watch the movie. You’ll appreciate both for what they are. The book is called Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and it was a lot of fun.
At this juncture, JoJo and I had planned to just chillax, but we were having so much fun, we moved on to another movie. We decided to watch another that we’d both been wanting to see for awhile. This is also where cupcakes began to be consumed. Sorry. I forgot to snap a picture of those. But there were birthday cake, Italian Creme Cake, and vanilla cupcakes aplenty from Mom’s Bakery in Sherman, Texas.
A Wrinkle in Time is a classic children’s sci-fi novel written by Madeleine L’Engle. It’s been a favorite of mine since fifth grade when I first read it (the rest of the Time Quintet can suck it, but this book is good). And I was interested to see Oprah, Resse Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis and others take on the iconic characters. From the very moment that I realized Sandy and Dennis weren’t even included in the movie, that Charles Wallace was adopted–I gave up. This was about 5 minutes into the movie. All I could do was tell JoJo how much Ava DuVernay had butchered the source material. By the time the movie was over–we were baffled and angry. Not necessarily in that order. So…I can’t recommend this one either. Even JoJo, who has never read the book, said the movie was a hot mess. So…skip this one, I guess.
At this juncture of our “couples day”, I looked at JoJo and said “Hear me out…”
Finally, when JoJo and I got home from another coffee run, we decided to watch Silver Linings Playbook–which I have seen multiple times, though JoJo has not. Neither one of us has ever read the book. That’s all I can say about this movie choice (other than I love the movie–I know this from having seen it before) because that’s when our internet went down. So…what else to do but play with Snapchat?
The first two are obviously me, acting like a complete asshole. The last one is the look I got from Jolene when she only got ONE CHIP from me. She wanted more.
So, what was the whole point of this post? Well, I just wanted to remind everyone that sometimes you just need a day with your Boo. It’s always important to check in with your spouse, to reconnect as people. To have fun. To eat gross food, watch good (and bad) movies, and just be together. And if you’re lucky, there’ll be coffee, watermelon, Tajin, cupcakes, nachos, and lots of Coot-Coot moments.
Until next time…