Thursday, January 27

new venture

Last year, I got this idea in my head that I wanted to start my own business. Obviously, there were some parameters to this since I already have a job. So, that led me to the idea of an online store. I kicked around the dog treat idea, but realized that I didn't want to have to make dog treats every time someone placed an order, so that was out. Plus, there are a lot of places already making dog treats.

I was perusing a catalog I received in the mail and saw some wine bottle glasses. I had seen them before, but that got me to thinking that they would be fun to make. Then I started thinking about all of the other cool drinking-related items that could be made and thus started my new company.

Over Christmas break, I wrote up my business plan and now I'm in production mode. The first couple of months of this year, I'm going to be making stuff for the store (Brian's going to help with the wood projects I have planned). My first project was some whiskey scented candles (in mason jelly jars, of course). I made those last weekend. I have a couple of projects scheduled each month and then my store will launch in June. I'm pretty excited about this. Brian has already designed my logo and the website, so things are moving along on all fronts.

Given my penchant for making things, this store will be a perfect fit. And, the idea behind it is that the merchandise will be made in limited quantities, so I won't be stuck making the same things time after time.

Stay tuned for updates...

Sunday, January 23

iron man 2

This was pretty good for a sequel. I really like Robert Downey Jr. in this role. I don't have much to say about this--the movie had great special effects, good acting, and a decent enough storyline. If you liked Iron Man, you will surely like this one.

Saturday, January 22

dead in dixie

Dead in Dixie was the name of the book I just finished reading, but this book actually contained the first three books in the Sookie Stackhouse series (the series upon which True Blood is based): Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, and Club Dead.

While it has been documented that I do not enjoy reading a book after seeing a movie (or tv show in this case) upon which it was based, I did rather enjoy these stories. I've only seen the first two seasons of True Blood, which corresponded to the first two "books", but there was enough of a difference between the two storylines to make it interesting to read after the fact--some things were followed exactly, other things were not even in the books.

In the long run, I think I'm going to enjoy the books more than the show, but I guess that should not be surprising.

Saturday, January 15

inception

This was a very complicated movie to watch. On one hand, I like a movie that makes me think. On the other hand, it takes away from my entertainment if I have to think too much about it. This one was definitely a thinker. It would be impossible to describe the plot because there are so many theories out there about the storyline. I thought the movie was good overall, but I prefer things more cut and dried. I don't like having to wonder about what the director was trying to convey.

Brian fell asleep during the last 30 minutes of the film. I'm not sure if he was inspired by the plot or just bored.

Friday, January 14

router flu

Brian's mom was having some issues with her pc the other week, so I took a look at it. There were some problems with the configuration of her virus scanner, which I fixed. The computer was working fine on our network, but when she tried to use it at home, the internet connection kept dropping. She ended up having to get a new router, which I installed on Sunday when we were there for my father-in-law's birthday.

The previous week, our internet connection kept dropping at the office. I contacted the cable company and they said that our modem had been connected to them all week so the problem must be elsewhere. So, I also ordered a new router, which I installed this week. There must be something going around besides this cold Jake gave to me and Brian.

Everything at the office was working ok at first, then our connection started dropping again. This time, the internet light on the cable modem was out. A reboot fixed the problem, but I had to do that a number of times. I'm hoping the issue was somehow related to the weather because it didn't happen again today. Otherwise, I'll be buying a new modem next week. I hate hardware problems, because you just never know if the issue is with the hardware or something else.

Monday, January 10

dolores claiborne

I'll give it this much, I enjoyed the movie more than the book. That's probably being a bit critical, though. Actually, the movie was pretty good even though it wasn't based on one of my favorite Stephen King books. I read it so long ago that I didn't remember much about the storyline, though things came back to me as the movie progressed. But, whenever Kathy Bates talks in a Stephen King movie, you better listen.

Monday, January 3

date night

Brian and I watched this movie over the weekend. We both thought it was pretty funny. It got some tepid reviews so I wasn't sure about watching it, but it was definitely worth the time. The only negative I'll say is that there were some scenes that dragged on for longer than they needed to, but I think we watched the extended edition so this may have not been an issue in the theatrical release.

Sunday, January 2

christmas: day 3

We had another Christmas celebration today. This one was at Judy's house. She was away over the holidays so hence the late get-together.

We went over there around suppertime so she ordered some pizza. Yum! She sent us home with a few pieces and I just ate another one moments ago. Anyway, after the pizza eating, we got down to business--opening gifts. Jake has this thing where he wants everyone else to open their gifts first and then he opens all of his so we did just that. We all got some nice stuff, of course, but the thing I'm most interested in is the book she bought us--Country Wisdom & Know-How. It looks quite informative. I can't wait to read it. It was also nice to sit around and talk for a bit--we haven't done that in a little while.

But, the fun had to end sooner or later as Jake has school tomorrow. Brian and I are off, though. Our office is observing New Year's Day tomorrow, while all of the other suckers are at work. So, we get one more day before everything's back to normal, but boy is it going to be a busy week.