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Lights, camera, JACKtion!

Posted on Feb 2, 2015

Yesterday I went to Jack’s Super Bowl party. We had to leave early but I already want to buy tickets for next year!!!

The doors opened at 1:30 so we had to leave home at 1pm. That morning as I was getting ready to go (cleaning the kitchen, getting food and snacks prepared for the babysitter, etc), I learned that the actual game doesn’t start until 3:30. No big deal, I figured we would use that 2 hours to eat and drink and be merry!

Nope. I was incredulous when I learned that the food would not be put out until 4pm. FOUR!! I had skipped lunch in anticipation of a plateful of chicken wings and jalapeno poppers! So when my husband found out about the food situation, he came back to the table and stayed out of arm’s reach when he said “I have some bad news, and some worse news.” Then he said “the food isn’t coming out yet. What’s worse, it won’t be out until 4pm!” I sat motionless and agape.

Well shit. If I’d known that, I’d have eaten lunch! Not only that, but I’d have asked the sitter to come at 2 or 2:30 instead and saved myself $15 or $20! I was only able to buy the tickets because I’d won a ticketmaster gift card last year, otherwise we couldn’t have afforded to go. We had budgeted for the beer and the sitter, but I’m paying for it today. There’s no food in my fridge and my gas tank is empty, but it was a sacrifice I was willing to make because we spend SO little on having fun, and I needed a break.

Sure, the LG104.3 party Thursday night was a “break”, but my friend did me a solid and babysat for FREE (for the first time in our 10 year friendship!), and we were home by 11:30 that night. It was super fun, but it didn’t cost more than $25 for the whole night, including the beer and parking. Yesterday cost us $75 just for the sitter! GAH!!

Anyway, once I’d filled up on NACHO CHIPS (thanks for THAT suggestion Kiah!), I had a SUPER time! I got to rub chests with both Kiah and TJ (aka hugs), and I finally got to meet Phil. There aren’t enough words in my vocabulary to describe how much I love and admire these folks. They are so kind and real and imperfect – I LOVE that!

Jack had some wicked prizes and they were all given out by drawing names from a box – totally random. They had Canucks tickets, a beer fridge, River Rock prizes, etc. They drew names for who gets to sit in the Chairs of Honour, where they got to drink as much Bud Light as they could guzzle until their turn was up. Then someone won the chairs at the end of the night – how frigging awesome!! I wish they would post pictures of the winners – seeing people winning may encourage others to take part in contests. Plus I just love seeing the unabashed genuine happiness in their faces!

We had to leave early because my babysitter had to leave at 6 for a prior commitment, but I’m kind of glad we left when we did – right after the half time show. It would’ve been sad to see all of those disappointed Seahawks fans, and then line up to get out of the parkade. I left on a high note – Katy Perry was spectacular!

Later in the evening, I watched 1.5 hours of Super Bowl commercials. There were only a few that stood out – Bryan Cranston at the pharmacy (hilarious!), the McDonalds one (heartwarming), the call for pizza (sobering), and the “like a girl” spot (!!!). This last one really hits home for me. When I was 35, I was telling a friend how this guy I was dating told me to “stop acting like a girl!” My friend said “but you ARE a girl.” and I remember that moment SO clearly. The lightbulb went off in my head and I thought “yeah! Why am I so ashamed to act like a girl?!” I was THIRTY FIVE by the time I had this realization! Imagine the freedom I would’ve had if I’d “known” this earlier…