first reformed

I was good with this movie until the very end, then I didn’t understand what was going on. Or maybe the whole thing was just over my head.

My rating: 2.5/5

the holidays

It was a different kind of holiday experience this year. On Christmas Eve, my family came over to have dinner with me and Jake. Jake and I did the usual gift-opening thing Christmas morning, and then he went to Brian’s later that morning, where they opened gifts. In the afternoon, they went to Brian’s parents’ and I went to my parents’ for dinner. That was really it for Christmas.

On New Year’s Eve, my parents invited me to Asiago’s for dinner, then they stopped at the house for a bit afterward. I watched a movie after they left. Jake’s plans fell through so he watched the ball drop on tv with me and I went to bed shortly after. New Year’s Day was quite typical–we put the Christmas decorations away and had our traditional pork & sauerkraut dinner, which Brian joined us for. It’s nice that we can still do some things as a family.

I’m going to forgo a year in review post this year. Will 2020 be better? Let’s hope so.

marriage story

This was a pretty good movie about a couple going through a divorce. I don’t know why, but I thought it was going to be more about the marriage end of things rather than the divorce end of things, but that was not the case. I am glad that Brian and I were able end things amicably. I don’t know how anyone can afford a protracted divorce dispute.

My rating: 3.5/5

gerald’s game

I watched this adaptation of the Stephen King novel last night and found it to be quite good. Granted, it’s not the best Stephen King story of a person tethered to a bed (that would be Misery), but I was pleasantly surprised nonetheless (so many of his great stories have been made into horrible movies). It has been quite some time since I have read the novel, but I think it followed it pretty closely.

My rating: 3.5/5

the more you know

When I had those issues with my old washing machine recently, I did a Google search to see if I had any recourse. I didn’t, really. I could have written to Whirlpool and they might have opted to fix it, but that wasn’t too likely. But, I did see something about certain credit cards offering an extended warranty on items that were purchased for the card. I totally forgot about that! I looked into it and, lo and behold, my credit card did indeed offer an extended warranty on purchases. It was just an extra year, but that covered the price of the service call and parts and I was happy to get the reimbursement. And, I got in just under the buzzer, as I bought the washer two years ago this December.

And, it makes me feel better about my dishwasher purchase from earlier this year and my refrigerator purchase from this month, knowing that they’ll also have their warranties extended by a year.