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iFLY : You Fly Indoor Skydiving

Have you ever wanted to go skydiving, but you’re terrified of jumping out of a plane? Well, that’s me in a nutshell. I’d love to fall through the air, but just don’t want to deal with the heart pounding and stroke inducing process of getting out of a plane thousands of feet in the air. So, when I was gifted with an experience at iFLY Sacramento, I figured this was my shot to get all the thrills of skydiving without the immanent peril!

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Mr. M and Miss L had previously gone to iFLY on their own, and they took advantage of a wonderful offer they have for return flyers. They bought me a “Spread Your Wings” Return package for Mother’s Day that was good for 4 flights for 2 people that’s about 1/2-price of the original visit cost. That way I could go… and Miss L could go again with me!iFLY Sacramento Roseville

The iFLY Experience

We called and made a reservation for the 2nd class on Saturday morning, which was perfect because breakfast had settled down (I mean… no one wants to get sick in an air tube!) and it was the perfect time for lunch right after!)

Well, I won’t get too far ahead of myself here… because I was definitely a little nervous about the whole encounter.

Mr. M had told me it was a lot of fun.

Miss L was ready and rearing to go again.

And I just had no idea what to expect from the entire encounter!?!

Getting Ready to Fly

Check in was easy: tell them who we were, pay extra to upgrade to “fancy goggles” or not, then head into the waiting area. When our time approached we got suited up and I headed in for “training” – aka. watching an instruction video about the best things to do when encountering a GIANT FAN BLADE IN THE GROUND. Then, we marched into the tube and took a seat in the “waiting area” with direct access to previously mentioned GIANT FAN BLADE.

There was a boy in our group that was celebrating his birthday that day, so he had the honor of going in first. Except… well… that was pretty much the most horrific experience that poor kid had ever had in his life. I’m not sure what scared him, but he started flailing and fretting about 5 seconds into his flight and they got him out of the tube quickly… and then he ran to his parents sobbing and never came back.

The instructor went over to him to try to coax him back, but it was fruitless.

Flying at iFly

Then it was my turn! (Yay?)

I was feeling really ZEN about the whole experience right up until that point. I started worrying about what could have traumatized that kid. Was it when he looked down at the fan? Or the force of the wind? Or… OR….?!??!? Seriously why were we paying money to be tortured!!!

There was no time to deal with my complete runaway insane thoughts because the instructor was ushering me into the plastic tube of indoor skydiving fun RIGHT THEN.

I decided to push it all out of my mind, took a deep break and opted for ZEN.

I approached the door, closed my eyes for a brief second, took a deep breath, and then just sort of belly-flopped out into the fan.

And it worked. Zen TOTALLY worked.

The next 60 seconds was just fun and relaxing and easy. Nothing scary. Nothing traumatizing. Just flying and floating on the clouds.

In all honesty, the hardest part was the entry and exit to the tube… which Miss L said I did wrong each and every time. I’m not graceful on a normal day, so I’m not sure how I’m supposed to perfect my skydiving takeoff and landing without A LOT of practice.

When it was Miss L’s turn… she hopped in there like a pro. And she spun around to the top of the tube like she’s been doing this stuff since she was 4 years old. And, of course, she nailed the takeoff and landing.

We cycled through everyone in the group, and then we got the chance to fly again!

This time, we were all asked if we wanted to go up higher in the tube during our ride. It’s an “upcharge” cost, but you get blasted by even more wind and it becomes more of an amusement ride than a free fall float. At this point, I was so zen I said, “Sure!” (Mr. M later told me he was crazy impressed because he never thought I’d ASK, let alone pay extra to get thrown around in there!) Miss L took an extra high dive as well, and then our journey came to an end.

Well… that is until we bought yet another “Spread Your Wings” return package for another afternoon in the future!

iFly Sacramento: 118 Harding Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678.

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crazy about the way, way back

Last week, Mr. M came home with a newly purchased copy of, "The Way, Way Back." I gave him that look of mine that is sort of sour and questioning all in one since I’d never heard of this movie that was now part of our movie library. I’m a bit of a sourpuss when it comes to DVD purchases in the current era of streaming media. However, I’d like to take back that look and replace it with a huge hug now. Because this movie is seriously one of the best things I’ve seen in a long, long time and I’m pretty certain I’m going to wear it out on sick days and lose it to friends when it’s lent out.

 

I thought my euphoria over the movie was just the result of a lot of recent independent movies that didn’t live up to their promise (hello misleading trailer for The Spectacular Now! I want our $18 back for that story of alcoholism masked as a coming-of-age film!), but when I started talking to other friends & family, they all smiled with rave reviews too.

So rent itstream itbuy it. There are no superheroes, the biggest star in the film is the biggest meanie, and you’ll just smile a lot.

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a little bit of silly on your Friday…

Things have been a bit crazy in a not so good way around these parts… so I thought I’d share something that absolutely has to bring a smile to your face and a laugh through your body. Well, unless you really hate rap music? Then maybe just stay away. Otherwise… just laugh along with me for a couple of minutes while watching Brian Williams rap.

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Mr. M’s movie trivia: Week #2

Want to see how you did in Week #1?  Scroll down to see the answers below!

And we’re on to Week #2. After Mr. M debuted this little quiz with his friends, I told him that he needed to make it a “little easier” … so he included some longer clips this time around. This week was pretty easy for me… which goes to show what movies I prefer to watch countless times I guess?

 

Good luck!!!

Answers to Week #1:

1. Top Gun – Anthony Edwards – right after Maverick leaves his wingman to go after Viper during training.

2. The Saint – Val Kilmer – this one was hard as not many people have seen The Saint, but it happens when Val Kilmer is dressed up as a “nutty professor” and meets Elizabeth Shue’s character for the first time. A lot of people guessed Chain Reaction, which was a good attempt based on the “cold fusion” part of the quote.

3. The American President – Michael Douglas/Annette Bening – their first conversation between President and political maverick that was not part of a scheduled meeting

4. Tombstone – Val Kilmer – Wyatt Earp doesn’t show up for a duel, but Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) does… and this is the line that he delivers to the other guy.

5. Rebel Without a Cause – James Dean – I think he says this to his parents before he runs off to Griffith Observatory for the big finale.

6. Weird Science – Kelly LeBrock – Talking to both Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith (who went on to teach high school science, I think)

7. Juno – Ellen Page – talking to Jennifer Garner about why she would want Juno’s baby.

8. Aliens – Bill Paxton – One of the most memorable “we’re screwed” quotes of any movie I can think of. Happens after the sergeant gets killed.

9. Good Will Hunting – Matt Damon – After Matt Damon meets Minnie Driver for the first time in a bar.

10. Princess Bride – Wallace Shawn/Mandy Patinkin – After Vizzini cuts the rope and Westley is able to avoid falling to the rocks below by grabbing onto the cliff.

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you really want KIDS to PLAY with these toys?

Yesterday I was randomly scrolling through twitter when I saw something that caught my eye… and truly made me say, “What the….” out loud.

 

Um… what?

Miss L has the Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace. It’s pretty gosh darn adorable, and she makes the Princesses all take turns singing their songs and dancing and makes them do chores around the castle (because I think she truly adores Rapunzel and Cinderella and Snow White for their work ethic). 

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But why would anyone want their kid to pretend to play with a puppy murderer?  Let alone… their 1.5-5 year olds.

Let’s see, how does that song go again. “Cruella de Vil. If she doesn’t scare you no evil thing will?”

Oh yeah, that’s right.

See, somehow Miss L got a copy of the “101 Dalmations” book. And when she finds it from the secret shelf I try and hide it on, we selectively skip words and phrases, and all she really knows is that Cruella is bad lady who wants to steal puppies. When she asks the logical question, “Why does she want the puppies?” I refuse to answer honestly with, “Because she wants to make a coat out of their cute spotted fur.” Because that honest answer just gives anyone nightmares, including myself. And this lovely book doesn’t shy away from the fact that all of the puppies gasp in horror when they know what is going to happen. I think the movie is much easier to watch than to read this synopsis of horror.

Here’s the product desciption straight from the Fisher Price page. You tell me if someone could have actually written this with a straight face: “With Cruella and Patch figures included, kids will enjoy recreating familiar scenes from the Disney classic “101 Dalmatians” movie—or creating new adventures of their own!”

Could you honestly imagine your little kiddo going, “CATCH THOSE PUPPIES!” in the middle of your living room and you being “OK” with that? I posted this on FB yesterday and Ashley said, “Like what are kids supposed to play "I’m going to get you puppy and skin you to make a coat…ha! Ha! Vroom! Vroom!"”  I just…. yeah. I don’t understand that one.

Another great quote, “Kids discover cause & effect when they place Cruella in the driver’s seat and press to hear fun sounds and a song!”  I think there are many different ways that I can teach a kid “cause and effect” instead of giving them this toy… wow!

I mean, I’m used to Playmobil being totally off their rockers for their playsets… like this gem from the 2013 CITY ACTION collection

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Yes. Please dear child aged 4-10. STOP THE BANK ROBBERY! 

Can you imagine the complaints if your kiddo doesn’t have the full SWAT team set ready to stop the heist? Or the helicopter? Seriously… that poor guy at the ATM never had a chance if you don’t shell out $200.

There’s also this wonderful POLICE ADVENT CALENDAR for the holidays:

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Normally the sets are cottage scenes of Christmas with Kris Kringle and such, but in case your kid needs more excitement in their December, here’s a museum thief trying to break into the (presumably) British Museum and the mummies and 1 policeman are fighting back?  [Chances are the good guy would win, since the cop has that fancy 4-wheeler and the camo-thief is stuck with a bike? Oh wait, he has a semi-automatic rifle that Santa gave him on one of the days of Advent. Nevermind.]

This is why I seriously give BLOCKS as presents. Because if a kid wants to conjure up something crazy creative with those blocks, then at least there was an exercise in imagination. Here, we’re just shoving a not-so-great depiction of humanity at a kid and telling them to have fun with it.

Are there any more crazy toy sets that we should all be on the lookout for?