Tuesday, January 31

super "bowl"

In recent times, we've been having a mold issue on the wall in our basement bathroom. There was no plausible reason for the mold as the wall is completely above ground thanks to our sloped lot. The only thing I could figure was that the toilet was leaking. As it turns out, I was right.

We pulled the toilet on Saturday and found that the rubber seal that came with the toilet flange was warped and hardened. This was easy enough to remedy, but what about the wall? It was decided that we would paint the room since it would be easier to paint with the toilet out, rather than in.

So, paint we did. It didn't take too long as it is a small room, but we had to do a second coat on Sunday. I always hope one coat is going to do it, but it never seems to do the job.

We spent this evening cleaning the bathroom, so now it's all ready for our annual Super Bowl party on Sunday. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the bar.

Saturday, January 28

gran torino

Brian and I caught part of this movie on television a few months ago and wanted to see the rest, despite it being a Clint Eastwood film (I had just about all of the depression I could take from him after watching Mystic River and Changeling). While this movie also had a sad ending, it was the kind of movie I enjoyed watching.

Despite the overall tone of the movie, there was a surprising amount of funny dialog going on. I laughed more while watching this movie than I did for some recent comedies. In summary, this was what I would call a "good story". Well worth watching.

Friday, January 27

cleaning house

In an effort to keep up with the housecleaning, I started cleaning rooms on a schedule a few years ago.  I've been able to keep to it for the most part, but there was just something missing...

Brian came across this article recently. I was intrigued (because there's only one thing I like better than a schedule and that's a list). Normally, my cleaning tasks take longer than the 20 minutes of the article. Of course, I wasn't cleaning every day, either. But, I decided to give this a shot, so I broke down the tasks, made a list, and recruited Brian and Jake to help me with the work.

So far, so good. We're less than a week into it and the house looks better already. Plus, it's not a chore to devote 15-20 minutes a day to cleaning, though we'll see how I feel about that once the weather is nice again.

Sunday, January 22

primal fear

This was a pretty good drama from the 90s. Netflix thought I might like it and I did. As Brian mentioned while we were watching the movie, it's nice to watch something that's not purposely trying to confuse you (Inception--I'm talking about you). The movie had the requisite twist at the end--no surprise there. Overall, it was a good movie, though.

Sunday, January 15

horrible bosses

This was a pretty funny movie. Not hysterically so, but funny nonetheless. The plot was about three friends who have "horrible bosses" and decide to kill them. You wouldn't necessarily think that storyline would lend itself to a comedy, but it did a pretty good job with it. Jennifer Aniston played one of the bosses and she stole every scene she was in--too bad there weren't more of them. Recommended.

Thursday, January 12

dirty blonde

My mom bought me a few Lisa Scottoline books and I liked them, so she ended up buying me her whole catalog. While this particular book had a questionable storyline, it was a pretty quick read. To summarize the plot, the story is about a (female) federal judge who likes to sleep around (i.e. pick up guys in bars). These actions land her in trouble (otherwise there wouldn't be a story). As much as I thought the plot was corny, I did enjoy the book. I think I might try another one of hers next before I temporarily move onto something different.

Tuesday, January 10

family weekend

Saturday night, my brother hosted a "meet and greet" for his girlfriend at his house. He had some of his friends and some of our relatives over for drinks and snacks that evening. It was a fun time. Sunday evening found us at Brian's parent's house celebrating Brian's dad's birthday (Happy Birthday, Ed!). Also, fun.

Sunday, January 8

finding nemo

Jake and I watched this movie quite some time ago (I think he had it on a VCR tape back in the day). Despite multiple viewings by Jake, Brian never saw the movie in it's entirety, so we watched it on Friday night. The movie was quite good--an animated classic for sure. This is one of those movies that is for more than just kids.

Friday, January 6


So, there's the photo thing that's been going on the past few years, Project 365, where you take a photo each day and post it somewhere for people to see. The idea behind it is to make yourself a better photographer. Jake received a new camera for Christmas this year, so I suggested that maybe we should give it a try. So, we're all doing it and posting our photos to Facebook (and we've even recruited a few others to join us). It's kind of fun at this point, but I have a feeling that it's going to get tedious after a while, so I'm trying to get ahead (which is technically cheating because you're supposed to take a photo each day, but whatever).

Monday, January 2


I thought this was going to be another ass-kicking Liam Neeson movie, but alas, it was not. And the plot was so contrived that it was hard to enjoy. Three thumbs down.

Sunday, January 1

bad teacher

Overall, I thought this was a pretty funny movie. Not a classic, by any means, but worth watching if you're into the kind of comedy that presents itself in this movie. There were a number of funny scenes/quotes, some not mentionable here. I did a Google search and was disappointed to find out that the phrase "shut the front door" did not originate in this movie, but since I first heard it there, I'll give them credit for bringing it to my attention. (We've been using that phrase around the house ever since we heard it in the commercials.) The car wash scene was hilarious and was made even better by the soundtrack ("Still of the Night" by Whitesnake). Sure, Cameron Diaz's role was over the top and her change of heart at the end was not believable, but it's just entertainment--not rocket science.