Saturday, February 27

the border

I started this book last week and just finished it moments ago. Now, that's a mark of a good book! It was written by Robert McCammon, who is one of my favorite authors. It told the story of a handful of American survivors during a war between two alien nations that were using earth as their battleground. I am a sucker for a good post-apocalyptic story and this one fit the bill.

My rating: 4/5

Wednesday, February 24

decluttering

In preparation for a possible future move and because our house is overflowing with stuff, we have been decluttering for the past six months. We've been taking stuff to the Salvation Army and selling stuff on eBay and Decluttr. Today, my last item will expire (or be sold) on eBay and I will be done for a bit. I'm sure we will find more things to get rid of, but it's not going to be a large amount by any means. Was it worth my time and effort? I'd say yes. I bet we made close to $1000, so that's not bad. We had a couple of winners in the sales category (such as Brian's old thrash cd collection and my rubber stamp collection), but there were also things that I expected to go for more money, that went for 99 cents. I guess you have to take the good with the bad. Overall, it was a positive, but time-consuming experience.

Sunday, February 21

grandma

This was an entertaining character study starring Lily Tomlin. I initially added it to my queue because I heard it was a comedy, but it was actually a dramedy. But, sometimes dramedies are funnier than comedies and that was certainly the case with this movie. Case in point: even Jake was laughing out loud at some of the dialog (I wasn't so sure he was going to like this).

Conservative alert: this movie deals with abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism and a host of other such topics that may offend your conservative ideals. If you had a negative reaction to any of the aforementioned topics, you're not going to like this movie.

My rating: 3.5/5

Saturday, February 20

lost souls

This was the 4th book in Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series. It felt like they never got to the actual story. I guess it'll be in the next one, but I'm going to have to take a break from these for a bit. While I read the book pretty quickly, this was my least favorite from the series thus far.

My rating: 3/5

Thursday, February 18

citrus fail

I got a lime tree last spring. As it turns out, citrus trees are very temperamental. When I first got it, it shed a bunch of leaves, but this apparently is to be expected as the plants do not like change. Once the weather warmed up, I put it outside so it would have full access to sunlight. By the end of the summer, it was full of leaves and blossoms and looking pretty good. I even got a tiny lime from it. But, when the weather turned cold again, I had to bring it inside and over time, it shed all of its leaves. And, then the branches started dying off. And now, all I'm left with is a stick in the dirt. So much for that experiment.

On the other hand, I cut the top off of a pineapple that I bought at the grocery store and put it in a pot of dirt and it sprouted roots, started growing, and looks fantastic. You would think that a tropical plant, such as pineapple, would be harder to grow than a citrus tree. You would be incorrect.

Wednesday, February 17

the wrapup

We wrapped up Brian's annual trifecta of birthday celebrations last night. It was the cap to a busy day. Brian and I started off the morning at the eye doctor's, where we both had our annual appointment. I also had a late day dentist appointment scheduled for Jake, but they called and asked if we could come in early due to the fact that they had a bunch of weather-related cancellations. So, I had to leave work earlier than expected to take him to his appointment. The only good thing was that we were going to have to take two vehicles to Brian's parents' house due to the timing of the appointment, but we were all able to go together since it ended up being earlier. The bad thing was that I had to leave work early and I've been quite busy at the office. Oh well, I guess the work will get done eventually.

Saturday, February 13

the shawshank redemption

This was another movie from our top 13. Jake liked it so much that he actually looked away from his phone and watched most of the movie. That is a rare occurrence.

My rating: 4/5

Saturday, February 6

paint

For someone who doesn't like to paint, I sure find myself painting often enough. Today, I painted our upstairs bathroom (which is part of the overhaul of the upper floor of our house). I did a two-tone thing--a tan color and an off-white. It turned out nice--it looks so much better than before. It took longer than I was expecting, but isn't that always how that goes?

Now, Brian will be able to put down the floor in that room and we can finish things up in there.