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Fun Girls and the Fighting Irish…


As the More is More Mom®, I am all about…….more fun at my first girl’s weekend ever! Sure, over the years Chuck and I have been away for a few days here and there (furniture shopping in North Carolina was my personal favorite, though I am not quite sure Chuck would agree). For years we’ve had to divide and conquer between hockey games, golf tournaments and gymnastics meets. But in 20 years of marriage and 18 years of motherhood, I have never before left my family (not that they wouldn’t have enjoyed a respite).

I guess it’s just that I’ve never viewed my family life as something to take a break from. While I may do an awful lot of hollering, I would have never wanted to miss a single, solitary moment. When my fabulous friend Elena invited me, and a bunch of my favorite girls, up to her lake house for two nights of girl fun, I admit I was hesitant. But I’ve got teenagers now. If Nick isn’t playing golf, skating, or hanging out with the fellas, he’s watching a movie with his girlfriend (lights on in the basement, PLEASE!). Amanda is a busy High School student. She goes to football games, the show or hangs with her girlfriends watching movies and making s’mores at a bonfire. Chuck and I merely provide refreshments or transportation. My people don’t actually need me for that, so I said; YES!!

 

Of course, more of everything is always better…especially luggage! Four girls on a road trip in our Yukon XL (I am even all about more automobile). Duffel bags, hanging bags, tote bags, make up bags, shopping bags and multiple coolers, stacked to the ceiling of the cargo area, spilling out over the third row. It is quite likely that we brought more wine than shoes. I could barely sneak a peak out the rear window. Good thing I practically have a trucking license.

On the agenda upon our arrival; Spa-ing, cocktail-ing, dining, cocktail-ing, girl-talking (even headstand-ing) until the way, wee hours.

 

Saturday it was time to get our game faces on. Even though I scarcely know the difference between a first down and a touch down, I was pretty psyched about the big game. Really, does it get much more exciting than Notre Dame vs. Michigan? There’s nothing like tailgating Fighting Irish style! We had sub after sub after sub from our favorite place, Augustino’s Rock n Roll Deli, and to wash it down…. A little bubbly!    

 

What a game, and the half time show wasn’t bad either. Who knew that the Michigan Marching Band was a Lady GaGa tribute band? Sadly it wasn’t ND’s day, but it certainly was ours, because we squeezed in a little more tailgating fun. After 8 hours on campus it was time to head back to the house and put on our jammies. What better way to end the day than with an appetizer buffet, a glass of wine and a little…Hot Tub Time Machine? (a MUST SEE for anyone that came of age in the 80’s, with the iconic John Cusack).

I must say my first ever girls weekend was a smash hit! What could be better than more time with girlfriends you love, more laughs, more fun and more memories?

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Killers…Kill Me (Kind of….)


Why am I always late for everything? As the More is More Mom®, I suppose it’s because I’m always trying to squeeze in just one more thing. However, when it comes to going to the movies, I do my level best to be on time. I hate to miss the Coming Attractions, because sometimes that’s the very best part of the movie going experience.

As with most families, evenings can be kind of tough. If we’re not racing off to a game, dropping off a gaggle of teenagers, picking up a gaggle of teenagers, we’re hosting a gaggle of teenagers that require some supervision in our home. Sunday afternoon Chuck and I were able to sneak in a quick movie run (allowing plenty of time to be home to see our Chicago Blackhawks play Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Why does the Flyer’s #19, Hartnell, look like a cross between the kindly Grizzly Adams and the Unabomber? He plays like the Unabomber). Killers looked entertaining, so why not?

It’s so exciting when there are a couple of movies that look fairly promising.

• Charlie St. Cloud didn’t look too bad if you’re a Zac Efron fan. Shocking I’m sure (because I have a teenager daughter and the Disney Chanel plays 24/7 here), but I have never seen High School Musical I, II or III (but I do think you should Get Your Head in the Game, Gotta, Getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha head in the game…). Despite the fact that there didn’t appear to be any singing or dancing involved, this picture looked sweet and touching.

• I’m afraid that the previews might very well have shown the best parts of this movie, but Going the Distance looked entertaining enough. I absolutely adore Drew Barrymore. She is the most charming gal in the motion picture business (with Sandra Bullock running a close second), so I would give it a shot for that reason alone. Throw in her on again, off again cutie pie Justin Long, and you might just have a winner (or at least not a complete stinker).

• Annette Bening and Julianne Moore make a beautiful lesbian couple in The Kids are Alright. Why not? Mark Ruffalo is the sperm donating wanna be dad, and you’ve got yourself a family comedy…..

• What do 80’s Mega-Action-Superstars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis (totally in my top ten favorite actors EVER!!) have in common? They all star in The Expendables….. Though it does beckon the question, were Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Jean Claude Van Dam busy? I’m not a super fan of the Action Blockbuster, but throw in the come back kid (or old man) Mickey Rourke, his fabulously creepy costar in The Pope of Greenwich Village, Eric Roberts, martial arts expert Jet Li, Rocky’s nemesis Dolph Lundgren, current action hottie Jason Stathom, and Terry Crews (the dad on Everybody Hates Chris….)…..and I’m there!

 

I had extremely high hopes for Killers. I mean we’re talking about the absolutely adorable Ashton Kutcher (tweet, tweet) and the beautiful but befuddled Katherine Heigl (in the part that she endearingly plays in all of her movies).

The ever handsome Tom Selleck and the lovely and hysterical Catherine O’Hara are perfectly cast as Ms. Heigl’s parents, so where did it all go awry? The action and the intrigue were perfect in the first part of the movie. I was all about Martin Mull as Ashton’s boss. The banter was witty, with a certain Hollywood classic’s feeling. Sadly though, it became a ridiculous farce as the bounty on Ashton’s head was unveiled and everyone and their brother wanted him dead. I mean seriously, how on Earth did their suburban neighbors get their hands on all of those firearms? I live in the suburbs and we are merely armed with SUV’s, wine and a competitive edge.

 

Over all Killers wasn’t too bad, but it left me wanting more. I can tell you however, with certainty…..Killers was no Hot Tub Time Machine! Where is John Cusack when you need him?

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John Cusack’s Hot Tub Time Machine…..Worth Every Penny!


The two glasses of wine that I consumed before we left for the theater, coupled with my absolute adoration for John Cusack, were certainly contributing factors as to why I couldn’t get enough of Hot Tub Time Machine! There were moments that made me cringe because I was sitting next to my Nick (though he is 17, there are still some things that are just so very wrong to witness with your mother! Take last night for instance, Nick and I started to watch Waiting starring the super cute, smarty pants Ryan Reynolds, who is totally in my top 7 favorite actors. I’m a huge fan of naughty and wrong, but we had to turn it off because it was just too vulgar for us to look one another in the eye.)

What I love about Hot Tub Time Machine is that it is a celebration of the best and worst of the 80’s (just like the Wedding Singer which I think is Adam Sandler’s best work, though I am crazy for Funny People too). Hot Tub Time Machine is really an anthem to the 80’s, and who could possibly do it better justice than the iconic 80’s teen John Cusack? Chuck and I were high fiving each other in the aisles because we were loving every minute of the wonderful references to our teenage years.

• Of course a character would have to be named Nick because, “He’s your buddy. He’s your pal. You can throw up in the back seat of his car and he doesn’t even care” ala The Sure Thing.

• When John Cusack hit’s the slopes, another skier calls out, “gimme my two dollars,” directly from the pages of Better Off Dead.

• There is another moment where John Cusack’s character, along with a gal he meets, breaks in to someone’s home. They are sitting on the kitchen counter, cross legged, facing one another, with candles flickering softly in the background, in honor of the famous final scene from Sixteen Candles (while he didn’t have a starring role, and wasn’t in the final scene, it was his breakout film).

• What time traveling romp would be complete without paying homage to Back to the Future? Great cameo by the very strange and often creepy Crispin Glover, best known as George Mc Fly.

Put on your suit, grab a towel and jump on in. Hot Tub Time Machine is a classic!

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