Weekend Recap – MLK Day, American Sniper, Flowers & the Pup

Wow! What a weekend! Hubs technically had a 4-day weekend (Friday – Monday), however, with his current position he is on-call 24-7. I was working Friday, and he had gotten up to go to the gym, well, while at the gym he received a phone call about one of his folks and had to go in. There went Friday. However, Friday night we were able to sneak in a movie, and I have to say it wasn’t hubs holding my hand the entire movie, nope it was Mr. Beau, my 19 (almost 20) years old cat. He is old, crotchety and sometimes senile, but he is definitely my buddy. In fact he is sitting in my lap as I type this post.

Beau - Hand Hold

Sweet Beau.. He loves to hold hands!

Saturday, we were thankful to have a day where we could just relax and do some things around the house. Saturday evening we had a “date night” ( I will do another post on the importance of date nights later) and went to get dinner at a local restaurant and see a movie. Here is where I am going to depart from the weekend recap for a moment. We went to see American Sniper.

If you have been hiding out or under a rock the past few days, you will understand the controversy that has come out about this movie. For those unfamiliar with the movie, it is based on the auto-biography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle who served as a sniper (one of the most lethal) for four tours. For me, this movie provoked many emotions. I have not said it on this blog before because it was honestly not anyone’s business, but to give an honest review of this movie, it is necessary – hubs is military. He has had more tours and deployments than you can count. In fact, he bought a house in 2009, and until we were married, he had only spent a couple of months there. His job within the military is not always safe, is very unpredictable at times, and one that he would not trade for anything. I say all that, to emphasize the following points about the movie. First, I think everyone should try to see the movie if possible. It is not always an easy movie to watch, but I think it is important to see what war is like. According to hubs, the movie is spot on in capturing both the craziness of war and the sense of foreboding and waiting that happens. Second, I think this movie does a good job of showing how people are affected by their experiences. Again, this movie, for me, was very difficult to watch as it hit way too close to home (the same thing happened with the movie Lone Survivor).  Anyway, the movie was well-made and I’m pretty sure that nobody in the theater left with a dry eye (o.k. confession, hubs was fine as were a couple of guys who looked like they were in similar lines of work with hubs).

On Sunday, we were blessed to join our new church here. We had been trying different churches to find our church home and we were finally able to find a congregation that was not only welcoming but sincerely so, which is a blessing. However, after Church, hubs had to go back to work since another person had an issue that he had to resolve. I on the other hand, had the opportunity to take our pup, Sadie (a.k.a Snaggles or Wiggle Butt) for a walk and to give her one of her all-time favorite treats, a Busy Bone… seriously she LOVES them! She isn’t spoiled at all!

Sadie enjoying her busy bone in the yard!

Sadie enjoying her busy bone in the yard!

And, I was spoiled when hubs came home with Anniversary flowers! I am a lucky lady, he does this each month on the anniversary of our wedding. He says he does it now because when he has to travel again (his terminology) he won’t always be able to do sweet things!

Beautiful roses from hubs! Love him!

Beautiful roses from hubs! Love him!

Yesterday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was a day that honors a great man. I think if more of us worked together the way Dr. King encouraged, I do believe our nation would be in a better spot currently. There is so much divisiveness that is hard to watch. You have politicians and the media just egging it on. You are either far right or far left, there is no place for those of us in the middle any more. I think it is important for us to remember Dr. King’s legacy of tolerance and understanding when we approach issues. Nothing is ever 100% one way or another, there is always a mixture and the world today has truly embraced extremism.

I will close with my favorite quote from Dr. King, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sadie has been loving that the kids in our neighborhood are back in school now as it gives her free entertainment!

Sadie watching the neighborhood kids go to and from school! Sweet pup loves to "people watch"!

Sadie watching the neighborhood kids go to and from school! Sweet pup loves to “people watch”!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

JPF

2 thoughts on “Weekend Recap – MLK Day, American Sniper, Flowers & the Pup

  1. Carolyn Pierson Cook says:

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