I got a long overdue haircut this afternoon (only my 2nd one since the pandemic started–the last one was in September). I really should have gone in November, but things went haywire pretty quickly and I didn’t feel comfortable going out under those conditions (for something non-essential like a haircut). But things have leveled off again, so I figured I better get it cut before the covid variant (potentially) arrives in March. I got a few inches chopped off so my hair is under control once again. I do kind of like waiting numerous months between haircuts (previously, I went about every other month), so maybe this will be my new thing. Or not.

before sunrise

This was a movie about a man and woman who met on a train in Europe and hit it off. The man convinced the woman to spend a day with him in Vienna before he had to catch a plane back to America. Pretentiousness ensued.

That’s the last time I take a movie recommendation from the youngest son from Little Fires Everywhere.

My rating: 3/5

the princess bride

I was surprised to hear that Jake never watched this film. And, you really need to see it in order to understand half of the memes that are out there, so we watched it on Hulu (which is quickly becoming my favorite streaming platform) last night. It did not disappoint–it was just as delightful as the first time I saw it. Jake liked it, too.

My rating: 4/5

paint by numbers

My library project is moving along. The window seat is built (except for attaching the piano hinges to the lids) and painted. I was running low on paint and had bought a replacement gallon in November. I opened it up and put a coat on only to realize that it didn’t match. What the hell, Home Depot? This is paint that I have been purchasing forever as it’s used throughout the house. I went to Home Depot with my original can of paint and bought another quart. I noticed the formula codes were different and inquired about that. I was told that the paint formulation changed so they had to change the formula codes. I was skeptical about this seeing that the previous gallon of paint I purchased did not match, but when I tried it, it did indeed match. However, the gallon did not use the same color codes, so I guess that explains why it does not match. Though why that would be is a mystery. All of the stuff is in the computer so you wouldn’t think there’d be user error. I guess I’ll find out the next time I have to buy a gallon. I didn’t bother trying to return the gallon because I want to paint the one wall in the garage this year and it doesn’t really matter what color it is.

My next step is to paint, then install the shoe molding. After that, I’ll paint the baseboard trim. Then that leaves the tops of the bookcases. My current plan is to put crown molding along the front edge and marble tile on the tops of the book cases. I will need to do a trim piece along the back edge, but that shouldn’t be a big deal. So, I’m getting there! I took a little break from working on the project and got all of my fiction books organized. I’m in the middle of doing the same with the non-fiction stuff. I’m definitely on track to finish this project by the end of winter, which was my goal.

the whisper man

This is one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time. I believe I got the recommendation from Stephen King’s Twitter account–every once in a while, he picks a winner.

It wasn’t the same story or anything, but it kind of reminded me of Silence of the Lambs. So, take that for what it’s worth.

My rating: 4/5