This is what the Monkey and I have purchased for presents this year (with the exception of a mirror - it's wrapped with a couple of stars and leaning away from the door so it doesn't break before we deliver it). Not a bad little pile of presents to deliver.
There are some glitches from editing in this, but the video matched up with the music pretty well. I was happy to finally see the train engine that would connect to the two train cars. And with this, the calendar is done.
You don't understand - or maybe you do - just how great it feels to not have to go to work (both jobs) tomorrow. It's not that I don't enjoy my (day) job, it's just that it is very time intensive and demanding work. Every little break is greatly appreciated. If for nothing else, to recharge.
The vacation - 11 days - will be spent working out, reading books, watching movies, reading comics, cleaning house, making lists, and sleeping. I actually can't think of a better way to spend my time. (Well, okay, I can. This will be cheaper.)
This is me. This has been me for the past few years at Christmas time. It's not that I don't like Christmas, but I've lost the Christmas spirit. It's just another day, more or less. (I miss it, but I can't bring myself to care.)
Different camera angle...not any better. In fact, with a large project, it'd be tough to really show as I build. Also, I shot a little too high - you can't see the pile of pieces. Again, not that it mattered with this build.
Still, another soldier to add to the LEGO army. This one with bread!
In my frustration/anger last night about my end of the day troubles I neglected to mention the following devastating news:
My watch broke.
I know. I'm at a loss. I have to have a watch. I'm at wit's end if I can't look to my wrist and see that three minutes have passed.
A small piece on the face came loose and now catches my minute hand around the 40-minute mark every rotation. I've tried all I can to save the watch, but I'm no miracle worker.
The down side is that I really liked this watch; it had an impressive face and heft.
The up side is that I can purchase a new, better watch. I would have picked one out tonight, but I didn't make it to the mall (there were no great movies out to see this weekend - at least, not around here).
As soon as I get the new watch I'll show-and-tell it for you.
I came home last night to a frozen home. The furnace was no longer running, and it had dropped to 56 degrees inside. I'm just happy it wasn't any colder outside than it was, or who knows how cold it might have become inside.
I called to have the furnace looked at today, and they were able to fix it while I was at work. Turns out I had an "extremely dirty flame sensor" and a plugged vent tube on the inducer (whatever that is).
$37 for labor. $80 for a trip charge. And it cost me $124.02 after tax to have the heat restored to my home.
Still keeping the thermostat set at 63 degrees, but with the unseasonably warm day we had, I returned home to a house resting at a comfortable 66.
Doesn't have the same...high quality...feel as say, IRON MAN, or either of the new Batman movies, but it does look entertaining. There's just something about it and GREEN LANTERN - and maybe it's just the trailer itself and some unpolished CGI - that doesn't have me quaking in anticipation.
Had some difficulty getting this video to post. I normally share it to YouTube through iMovie, but for some reason it wasn't working tonight. I was able to just upload it through YouTube after exporting the file to my desktop. Hmm. Hope the sharing works again tomorrow; that's so much easier.
Now that THE WALKING DEAD is on break (for nearly a year!), I need something else to watch. HBO has an adaptation of the novel, A GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin - book 1 in the series, A Song of Ice and Fire. It's epic fantasy. And I don't normally dig that kind of stuff, but this looks promising. It doesn't begin until April, but that's not as far away as October (damn you slow-moving zombies).
I want the pepperoni pizza - any pizza - so bad that I picked up some ingredients to make my own for this week's meals. It won't be as greasy good as the photo above, but it will hopefully satisfy the craving.
THE WALKING DEAD vol. 10 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard THE WALKING DEAD vol. 12 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard DC COMICS: YEAR BY YEAR SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis SPY VS SPY: THE COMPLETE CASEBOOK vol. 1 FIND THE GIRL: POEMS by Lightsey Darst JACK: SECRET HISTORIES by F. Paul Wilson BATMAN & ROBIN: BATMAN VS ROBIN by Grant Morrison and Various MODERN MASTERS vol. 21: CHRIS SPROUSE
AMERICAN VAMPIRE vol. 1 by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, and Stephen King. THE COMPLETE ESSEX COUNTY by Jeff Lemire. THE WALKING DEAD vol. 11 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. TELLING LIES FOR FUN & PROFIT by Lawrence Block.
ART & SKULDUGGERY: The Art of Tony Harris. (This is amazing!)
Take a guess what I'm thinking about this Thanksgiving...
Bad food! And I'll have none of it. I'm even going to bring my own meal so that I can make sure to eat healthy. (And yes, I know that nothing I showed was a traditional Thanksgiving food, but damn did they look tasty.)
My hands hurt. They dry out around the knuckles every winter, crack and bleed and burn. It probably didn't help that tonight I was out pushing carts at work without gloves when temps were in the teens. They are especially sore now.
THE WALKING DEAD is amazing. It has everything you want in a horror series. Tension. Scares. Heart. Guts. In a word: story.
I had hoped it would be as good as the series of graphic novels it was based upon, and I was pleasantly surprised. It's my must watch show of the week. Too bad the first season is only 6 episodes long (we're halfway done). The wait between weeks is tough, but the wait between seasons will be unbearable. The only good news is that the second season is scheduled to be 13 episodes long. I cannot wait.