Sunday, March 29

house project

Now that we have things relatively under control at the office, it's time to start working on the house again. First up is addressing the peeling paint on our side porch. We are in the midst of covering most of it up with vinyl fascia. The rest we will paint once the weather gets warmer. I also want to replace the plywood on the ceiling with vented soffit, but that might have to wait a while. We're only about half way done with this project, but it looks 100% better than it did before we started. We're hoping to wrap it up this week, but it will depend on the weather and Brian's work schedule.

wanted

This movie had some spectacular special effects, but not much substance. The plot was acceptable enough, but the way it was executed just left me feeling indifferent about the whole thing. If you're in the mood for some mindless entertainment, this might fit the bill, but I don't recommend it.

Friday, March 27

dinner with the laws

We went to dinner at Brian's parent's place tonight and had a delicious meal of manicotti, salad, bread, and a chocolatey dessert. We took some homemade wine for the meal and Brian's dad provided some port to go along with the dessert. He generously sent the remainder of the bottle home with us, and I just finished my glass of it right now. We'll call that a good evening.

Sunday, March 22

gone baby gone

I thought this movie was pretty good. It started off straightforward enough, but in the last hour, there were more twists and turns than a James Patterson novel. But, in the end, it was a movie about the moral choices we make and the effect of these choices on others.

free press

Brian was consulted for input in an article that ran in today's business section.

Saturday, March 21

pinewood derby

The Pinewood Derby for Jake's cub scout pack was today. He fared pretty well this year--1st place in his den, which got him into the finals. Unfortunately, competition was stiff and he did not advance to the next Pinewood Derby race. Even so, I think he was happy to have gotten a trophy out of the deal.

the addams family

We watched this for our monthly family movie night last night. Apparently I was the only person in the house to have seen the movie before. While not a masterpiece of cinema, it was better than I remembered. Everyone enjoyed the film, so we'll be putting the sequel on our list for future viewing.

Wednesday, March 18

days like these

Work's been kind of slow lately. Add to that a 68 degree day in March and that equals one afternoon off.

I decided to take today off in order to work outside. The long range forecast isn't showing a better day than this in the near term (it's going to be downright chilly the next few days), so I figured what the heck, might as well take the afternoon off.

But now, that my fun is over, I guess it's time to start tackling my indoor chores.

pond work

Since it was such an unseasonably beautiful day out there, I took this afternoon off in order to do some work on the pond. A couple of days ago I decided to redo the front portion of the pond. I ran out of rocks last year and had to compromise a little. I thought it turned out fine, but the smaller rocks I used kept falling into the pond when certain people weren't careful around it (ahem: neighborhood kids--including Jake--that would be you). Another thing we decided to do was to "bury" the pump hose in the rock wall. This took surprisingly less time than I thought it would. I probably game-planned longer than the task actually took. Lastly, we had a leak on the one side of the stream. Presumably, the ground sunk over the winter and caused the issue. I thought I had it fixed the other day, but it was still leaking so I took another stab at it today. Hopefully this will be it.

All told, I was outside for about 2 hours and the only reason I came in was that I ran out of stuff to do. That's what I call a good afternoon.

Sunday, March 15

it's official

I guess as far as I'm concerned spring is finally here. This afternoon, Brian and I got the pump running in the pond. Jake helped a little too. We had to clear out the leaves from in and around the pond before doing so.

And, I checked my planting schedule only to find out that I'm due to start planting peppers next weekend! I have a lot of work to do before then--inventorying seeds, straightening up the planting room, etc.

And, in kind of related news, Brian got the motorcycles running this weekend. He got to go for two rides, one on each bike. I haven't been out yet. It's still too cold for me.

we own the night

This was a pretty good crime-drama. Not great, but good. It started off a little slow, but then picked up the pace. The plot was fairly predictable so that's why I can't review this with greater enthusiasm, but if you like this genre of films, you will probably like this one.

Thursday, March 12

guitar hero

Jake has been wanting to play guitar for a while now, but his interest increased last weekend, when he scarfed my acoustic guitar from downstairs and strummed on it all evening.

Our plan was to have him take piano lessons first so he could learn all of the basics about music, but the place down the road where we wanted to take him isn't taking any new piano students at this time. They are taking guitar students, though, so he'll be starting lessons in a week or two. His ultimate goal is to play electric guitar, but we're having him start with acoustic so he can learn some of the theory behind playing. And, if the piano teacher ever gets another slot, he'll be taking some piano lessons as well.

This is so much nicer than playing sports.

Sunday, March 8

first!

I worked in the yard for the first time this year. I wasn't out there very long, but I did enjoy my time outside. I did some cleanup around the pond area and removed a bunch of leaves from the pond. I also uncovered the blueberry bushes, which still got eaten by the rabbits somehow. I guess I'll have to do something heavy-duty next year. I even fed the fish. I don't think they ate anything, though. Before you know it, it will be time to plant!

no country for old men

This was the first Coen brothers' movie that I've liked. In actuality, I've only seen a few of their movies, but I could never understand what the critics were gushing about until watching this film. It told a story of a man who stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and then walks off with $2 million that he found at the scene. The story is about the consequences of his actions. Pretty good stuff.

Saturday, March 7

baby shower

My friend Carol, whom I've known since she was younger than I currently am (going on 17 years now--do the math) is about to become a grandmother. Her daughter's baby shower was this afternoon. I knew it was going to be a good one when Carol announced, "We're not playing any games. We're going to eat. Open presents. And then leave." I actually had a nice time despite not knowing anyone there and I arrived home in a timely manner.

Friday, March 6

cut my hair

I got my hair cut short today. Well, I guess it's more of a medium length. Kind of like when I went all wacko when I was pregnant and got it cut short. But, this time I think it will be a permanent change (and this time I'm not pregnant). I'm not sure if I like it or not, but I do think I will keep my hair around this length no matter what style I may go with in the future. I'm getting too old for the long hair bit, especially with all of my gray hair. Since I'm not going to dye it, might as well just make it short.

Oh, if you haven't noticed, I've been off work today. I figure get all of my appointments out of the way at once, you know? Of course, today turned out to be such a nice day outside it's a shame I didn't have a chance to spend some time in the yard and enjoy it. On the other hand, at least I wasn't at work.

accountants 'r awesome

I don't know why, but going to our accountant always puts me in a good mood. I had an appointment with her this morning to have our taxes done. We started going to an accountant last year because of all of the business stuff. Having our personal taxes done is a bonus. I didn't mind doing them before, but it sure took me a lot longer than it takes her. Plus, I know if anything goes wrong it's not all on my shoulders. Anyway, unlike last year where we owed a bucket of money, this year we're getting a bucket back. I kind of figured we would, so this didn't come as a surprise, but I'm hoping to find a happier medium next year.

Sunday, March 1

baby mama

Getting back to what I said last week, the reason I don't watch many comedies is that there aren't many good ones out there. I think if this movie had been written by Fey, it would have been a lot better. But, it wasn't. And, while there were certainly some funny moments, the movie was ultimately forgettable.

This concludes our streak of comedies. Back to rape and murder themed movies next week!