Sunday, November 29

zack and miri make a porno

This was a typical Kevin Smith film. Much like his other works, I liked this one. The dialog was witty and there were definitely some funny moments in the movie. I'm not a fan of Seth Rogen, and while his character was annoying as usual, it didn't detract from the film too much. The funniest parts, I thought, were the brief scenes with the Mac guy (Justin Long). Hilarious.

Saturday, November 28

thanksgiving, part 2

Brian's sister and her crew came in yesterday, so we headed to Brian's parent's house last night in order to visit. There was good food, good wine, and good conversation to be had. Plus, we got sent home with some leftovers, so I don't have to cook today!

Thursday, November 26

marley & me

This was a pretty good movie. I think I enjoyed the book more, though. I thought I was going to be watching it by myself because Jake saw it before and Brian didn't like the book, but Jake watched the entire movie with me and Brian caught most of it. Much like the book, the ending was very sad. Makes me thankful for my pooches, even if they are pains in the ass.

thanksgiving

It was a lazy day for me, but I guess I deserve at least one of those a year. I thought about doing some stuff today, but then opted out. I mostly sat around and read or watched tv in my spare time.

The morning was uneventful. My mom was cooking dinner today, so we headed over there at the lunchtime hour. We had a nice dinner and hung out there until about suppertime, when we came back home.

This evening, at Jake's suggestion, we started our first Family Game Night. As I am the oldest, I got to choose the game this time. My choice was Boggle. After kicking some Boggle ass, I settled in and watched a movie. Next up, I'll be reading the new Stephen King book I got the other week, Under the Dome.

Happy Thanksgiving!

speaks the nightbird

This was a book about a witch. A witch trial, actually.

To be honest, I wasn't that impressed when I first started reading the book (it had very flowery language). I had to put it down a couple of times before I really started reading it. However, being a fan of Robert McCammon's previous works, I plowed on with it and was glad I did--it ended up being an excellent read.

Luckily, the story doesn't end here--there are some other books in this series. I will definitely be checking them out.

Saturday, November 21

done shopping

I am officially done with my Christmas shopping! I always try to get done by Thanksgiving, but I usually have a few outstanding things to get once that day rolls around. But this year, I was on the ball. I don't have all of my gifts in hand yet, but everything is at least ordered at this point.

I'm still making Christmas cards, but that is moving along just fine. I expect to be done with them well before they need to be sent out.

We don't decorate until the middle of December, so I don't even need to think about that yet. I do need to get started on my baking, though. Maybe next weekend will be a good time to start on that.

Friday, November 20

martyrs

By my posts, you'd think the only thing that I do is watch movies. That is not so. I also have a job and do housework.

At any rate, this movie is the perfect example of the reason why I do not let Brian pick the movies. As his punishment, I made him watch the entire film. This movie was completely painful to watch. Seriously. If you're into watching people be tortured for great lengths of time, have I got a movie for you. I did, however, think the very ending was pretty cool. But, getting to that point, not so much.

Sunday, November 15

weather

The weather has been crazy warm this month. It would have been a good year to try the fall planting bit. The good news is that I was behind on a lot of things outside and now I'm almost caught up. If the weather can just hold out for one more weekend, that should do it. More next weekend (hopefully)...

the best november ever

How about this weather? I, for one, have really been enjoying it. I've been getting some last minute things done outside that were put off for too long. Today's job was to clean out the vehicles and put in the winter mats. I thought about washing and waxing my car as well, but decided to have some fun instead and practiced rollerblading for a little bit. I stayed on the patio again, but I'm going to need to broaden my horizons soon. Of course, by the time I get this figured out it will probably be too cold to use them any longer.

I also did some minor stuff outside this afternoon. I came inside just in time to catch the last quarter of the Steelers game and boy am I glad I didn't waste the whole afternoon watching that game! Next up: some housework.

The weather is supposed to be decent for the next week (not quite as warm as it has been, but still nice for November) and then it's going to be more seasonable after that. I'm hoping to get one more nice weekend because I have a few more things to cross off my list. I hope it isn't too much to ask for.

the host

This was one of those Korean monster movies. It was not really up my alley. We did get off to a bad start, though--we started the movie in the DVD's default format, which was badly overdubbed American voices. After 30 minutes of this ridiculousness, I found out that we could change the language to Korean and turn on American subtitles. This, for whatever reason, made the rest of the movie bearable. However, the movie wasn't the least bit scary and was full of anti-American sentiment, making this movie another one I cannot recommend.

Saturday, November 14

addams family values

Much like the first movie, I liked this one more the second time around (even if it was 16 years between viewings). Another good Family Movie Night.

Sunday, November 8

another beautiful day

My parents invited us out for dinner at this great restaurant in Altoona, The Phoenecian Mediterranean Restaurant. There, we had a Mediterranean feast, which consisted of multiple courses. The meal started out with some appetizers (the hummus was outstanding), followed by a salad, and then the main course (the grilled meats were quite tasty). Everything was delicious. And, it was a nice day for a drive.

Once we returned home, I went outside and cleaned up the brush in the yard. Well, the brush is still in the yard, but at least it's all in one pile now. So, I guess the outside is done for the year.

Saturday, November 7

beautiful weekend

Today started off like most Saturdays, with laundry. I had to get my Conzatti's fix this morning, too, as I was out of a few essentials. After lunch, we went to the office to do some work on the building--just a few small things. Once we got home from that, I finally got outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather. We still had not put away/covered up the patio furniture, so I took care of that. That done, I grabbed my new rollerblades and tried them out on the patio. I could use some more practice, but I'm getting the hang of it. My ultimate goal is to be able to walk one of the dogs while rollerblading. Probably Lizzy or Alice (and not Buster) as I'd like to live a little longer than I have.

Tomorrow's supposed to be nice, too, so I have some more outside stuff planned for the afternoon. As is Monday, but unfortunately it gets dark by the time I get home from work, so that's not going to do me any good.

Sunday, November 1

the orphanage

We've been on a horror movie kick lately. I guess it's the season for it. This was a pretty good film. Not totally awesome or anything, but worth a look if you're into ghost stories. It rated very low on the gore factor and that was fine with me. Be warned: the film is in Spanish so if you don't like subtitles, skip it.