Wednesday, January 31
Sunday, January 28
So, Brian grabbed some coolers and I started loading them up. The refrigerator was still cold, so we didn't lose anything from there. I pitched a bunch of defrosted food from the freezer because, better safe than sorry, though I was able to save a few things. I don't keep a ton of stuff in our kitchen freezer, so that definitely helped the cause. Brian had to go to church because Jacob was at Sunday school, so I stayed home to finish transferring the goods to our downstairs freezer and refrigerator. Thank goodness we have an extra fridge and freezer otherwise I don't know what we would've done with everything. I've been thinking about getting rid of our extra fridge (converting it to a beer keg, actually), but now I'm reconsidering that idea.
I suppose this completes the cycle. We remodeled our kitchen in 2000 and bought all new appliances. All the good that did us. Of the three major appliances in the kitchen, this was the last one to break (first went the dishwasher, next the stove, and now the fridge). The fridge I have downstairs was our old one and it has been running without a hitch since 1995.
Now we have to find someone to come look at the thing to see if it can be fixed. I doubt anyone is open today, so I guess our saga will continue until at least tomorrow.
Saturday, January 27
Bob Loblaw's Law Blog (courtesy of Arrested Development). Say it out loud and if you don't think it's funny, too, then you probably don't know how to laugh.
Friday, January 26
The first rule of Fight Club is - you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is - you DO NOT talk about Fight Club. And so it goes.
This was one cool movie. It never piqued my interest, but Brian asked me to put it on the movie list, so I did. He used to listen to movies while working and caught this one once and liked it so much that he wanted to see it. I figured that I didn't have anything to lose because the movie featured a shirtless Brad Pitt. But, the real star of the movie was Edward Norton. What a great actor. He also starred in one of my all-time favorite films, American History X.
Anyway, this was a really good film and it totally was not what I thought it was going to be. And, that's a good thing.
Monday, January 22
Saturday, January 20
The evening wasn't a total wash--I continued to make headway on the annual update of my electronic recipe file while watching the movie. I only have a few more recipes to type. I was hoping to finish these up tonight, but I guess it'll have to wait until next time.
Friday, January 19
Thursday, January 18
Today, a whole bunch of people were laid off in my department. I was not one of them. I am still undecided as to whether this is a good thing or not. One thing is for sure--my role will be changing from development to support. Having done support in the past, I can tell you this is not my cup of tea. On the other hand, I can still pay the bills. I guess I'll have to wait it out for a bit to see how things go.
Wednesday, January 17
Sunday, January 14
I'm not holding out much hope for my Chianti, though. I tried it the last time we racked it and it tasted exactly like Riunite Lambrusco. And, I don't mean that as a compliment. And, yes, I am a wine snob. My mom occasionally asks for a bottle of my wine to give as a gift to someone. I don't mind giving some away, but I prefer to give the wine to people who actually like decent wine. The last time she asked me for a bottle, she mentioned that this person's favorite wine was Franzia (otherwise known as "wine in a box"). I declined to part with one of my beloved bottles, but boy, will I have a bottle of wine for this person next year.
So, if anyone out there likes Riunite Lambrusco, let me know. I may be looking to unload two cases of a Lambrusco clone this summer. I promise I won't judge you. At least not on a public forum. Well, I won't mention your name, anyway...
Saturday, January 13
An hour into the movie, I couldn't figure out why anyone liked it--I just didn't find the story believable. The relationship between the two seemingly came out of nowhere and I just found it hard to believe. But, by the end of the movie, I did believe it and that redeemed the movie for me.
Wednesday, January 10
But, enough about accents. Overall, the movie was good. We both enjoyed it, but I wouldn't call it one of my top 100 movies, either.
Tuesday, January 9
Anyway, how is it that are our parents 60 years old? Just how did that happen? Stuff like that keeps occurring and before you know it I'll be 40 or something. Ridiculous.
Monday, January 8
Saturday, January 6
My mom got me a cool book for Christmas, Gardener to Gardener: Seed-Starting Primer & Almanac (from Rodale Press--they always have the best books). I got a lot of good tips from it and can't wait to try them out this year. It was a pretty quick read, but I'm sure I'll be referring to it frequently over the next few months.
I've been flipping through seed catalogs for a few weeks now, but the Seeds of Change one I received recently finally inspired me to go through my inventory of seeds and figure out what I needed to order (my order was placed this evening). I'm trying two new vegetables this year, celery and broccoli rabe. I've only eaten broccoli rabe once and I thought it was pretty good (for a vegetable), but it's hard to find around here so I thought I'd try my hand at it this year. Celery seems like a good thing to grow because I usually only need a piece or two at a time and it always ends up going to waste in my fridge before I use all of it. But, if I am successful growing it in my garden, I can go cut off a stalk whenever I need it. The only other interesting thing I'm doing this year is that I'm going to plant a bunch of different types of tomatoes.
So, I'm ready for the garden even if it's not ready for me.
Friday, January 5
Tuesday, January 2
If you like good movies, you will enjoy this one.
Monday, January 1
After eating, exchanging presents, and bs'ing for a while, we went downstairs and played some air hockey. I'm sad to say Judy was undefeated this afternoon. My only consolation is that I'm still champion of the house. It might not be much, but it's all I have.
Later this evening, we plan to take down the tree and put away the rest of the decorations (Brian already took down the outside lights on Saturday). I can't believe I have to go to work tomorrow. Having all of last week off really spoiled me. At least it will be a short work week this week.
After we got home, Jake went to bed and Brian and I finished watching the Sunday night NFL game. Then we watched about two minutes of one of the New Year's Eve countdown shows before deciding that our time would be better spent going to bed and reading for a bit.