We have a bit of a running joke in our house regarding popcorn. There was a period of time where Philippe and I would watch movies on one weekend night and pop popcorn for the occasion. Our dog Phineas would get a few kernels as well, and since we talk for him, we decided he thought of it as a lovely family popcorn night and it was quite a special event. Unfortunately, it’s been ages since we’ve actually popped popcorn and took the time required to watch an entire movie at home. Now, poor Phineas is left with only sweet memories of that wondrous family event. We assume he applies the idea to just about anything, thinking to himself that family bacon night would have been an even better sort of thing to experience together, and perhaps we’ll come to our senses and try that next. We’ve actually talked about having another popcorn night, but schedules haven’t quite worked out and by the time the weekend arrives, Philippe and I are too exhausted to make the effort. But movies are just way more fun with a bowl of popcorn and it brings back really wonderful memories.
Since it’s Halloween month, I wanted to watch something a little spooky. Philippe is not a fan of scary movies, but I can occasionally talk him into watching something with a bit of spooky mystery. On his birthday, over a week ago, Netflix launched The Haunting of Hill House TV series, and I managed to get him to watch an episode with me. After that, he was perfectly hooked and then he insisted we watch the rest each night. It’s a psychological thriller that was really quite good, and he actually complained that there weren’t enough scary bits. This gives me hope that we can watch something a little spookier before Halloween arrives next week. I loved this time of year as a kid and still as an adult. Nothing gory or horrible, but just the fun of dressing up in costume eating lots of candy and telling stories of things that go bump in the night. If you haven’t yet, please check out Episode 9 of the Sketching Stuff podcast, which launched today. It’s a fun nod to Halloween, but like everything I write and ramble about, it’s really just positive stories of life in general.
Life has been a bit busy lately in our house with lots of things happening at once. All good things, but sometimes it feels like too much for a single day. Those moments when life sort of blurs by and forgets to explain itself properly. October is nearly ending and I feel like I’ve barely had a chance to enjoy it as I normally would. Time seems to tick by lately at a blistering pace that I can’t always keep up with. I miss those moments when we’d gather around the television together, because that was the shiniest entertainment available. I could have never guessed when I was a kid that, one day, our phones would provide the primary entertainment. Since I never really enjoyed talking on the phone, this would have been a ludicrous idea to even consider. But today, you don’t even have to talk to anyone with the phone app and instead you have a little personal computer in your pocket. It’s amazing really, and quite wonderful. But I always have to remind myself that while personal things are fantastic, sharing time with others is even more incredible. There’s something to be said for those moments when we can unplug from the entire world and simply experience our own timed with loved ones during family popcorn night.
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