Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hey Luanne - You Finished A Task! Now What?!

Yep, going there. Next week. Because the Fourth of July fireworks are amazing. And because there will be sixty-bagillion people there. And it will be fiery hot and humid and possibly rain every afternoon. And then when my plane gets to Nashville, I'm going to Dollywood. Because I have a season pass for there too. And they have fireworks. Hey - it's summer. It's vacay time!!
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Today is a gift because: Everley time

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Big Project - Complete!!

I have lots of big projects I need to do around the house.  Besides the usual cleaning and such, there are closets to clear out, junk to clear out, freebies to get rid of, many other assorted tasks to complete. Today I managed to actually complete one!

This one involved photos. We have a lot, because we have three children and all that is related to them in terms of events and people. We have a lot of photos because back in the day, one could not store them on a computer. One had to print them out. Of course some people kept the negatives (look it up if you don't know what those are), but I managed to get rid of those a long time ago. And yes, I can no longer print those out, so I have obviously recklessly discarded memories. Whatevs.

Anyhow, I have tried over the past 38 years to store these photos in a variety of ways. First there was the old school albums that had a sticky page and a clear sheet that you put over them once you had put them on the sticky page. Which was fine until our photo collection started gaining speed as we moved from place to place and had kids. I got different photo albums that had individual slots for photos and started using them. At least until the photos kept falling out. I tried photo boxes, but the more experiences and kids we had, they kept getting jumbled up.

Finally, a few years ago, I got some albums with the individual slots, labeled each album with a person's name, and sorted the photos into albums. Well, most of the photos. And I taped each individual slot shut so the photos would stay in their places. That worked, until I would want to use a particular photo (you know, like for a blog) and have to untape the slot, get the photo out, and then put it back and probably not retape the slot, which meant the photo was going to fall out. I grew weary of this system, so I took all the pages out of the albums and put the pages in a big box and sold the albums at one of our "last one ever" garage sales. Okay, so I gave them away. Okay, so I foisted them on some unsuspecting person.

Anyhow, my plan was to go back to the photo boxes. I was just waiting for a good time to start using them again. Apparently 2013 and 2014 were not the good times I was waiting for. However, this week Michaels had the photo boxes on sale, plus I had a coupon, so off I went for boxes. Once procured, I labeled the boxes (sorry if your name isn't on one) and spent the better part of a day sorting photos. And I finished!! Now I can possibly locate that picture for that blogpost that I am behind on.

My only question is this - since I actually did complete this task, does that mean I'm good for completing tasks in 2015??
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Today is a gift because: Lindley and Everley time; going through old photos

Monday, June 22, 2015

My Movie Reviews

With my movie pass, I've seen a total of four movies - probably the sum total of all the movies I've seen in the past several years. So since I'm becoming quite the movie buff, I decided to give you my reviews of the movies I've seen so far. You're welcome. Oh, and since I've already told you about "Inside Out," then you get only three reviews. I obviously need to see more movies ...

Movie #1 - "San Adreas." And to answer the movie poster, I was with Molly. Sometime last week. Here's the basic story - some dudes at Cal Tech (or some California college) have figured out a way to predict earthquakes. They go to the Hoover Dam and a big earthquake happens, destroying the dam and one of the scientist dudes. Meanwhile, The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) is an emergency helicopter pilot who has been rescuing some chick because her car is hanging off a mountain. He's also about to get divorced and his almost ex-wife has moved in with their college-aged daughter to the ex-wife's rich boyfriend's place. Back to the earthquake predictors - they are now saying that "the biggest one ever" is about to happen in San Francisco, which just happens to be where Rock's daughter is with the mom's new boyfriend, enroute to college. The earthquake happens, and the rest of the movie is about how Rock drives a helicopter, a plane, and a boat to rescue the daughter (he had already rescued the almost ex-wife). Disaster movie? Yup. Action movie? Yup. Gory? Not really. Not even after the earthquake and resulting tsunami when Rock and company have to boat around a flooded San Fran looking for the daughter - no bodies floating anywhere. If you like action movies, go see it. If you are wary of earthquakes, don't go see it. If you want to suspend belief and watch the Rock do a lot of many things, then this is your movie!

Movie #2 - "Spy." I will pretty much see anything with Melissa McCarthy in it. I just love her! And this is certainly one to see (can you tell I liked it?). Melissa rocks her part - she's funny, she's smart, she's cute, she's everything. And her wardrobe is quite fetching, especially the cat t-shirt! It's funny and it also has a pretty good storyline about spies and stuff.  Jude Law is in it as well as the meanish girl from "Bridesmaids" who is also kinda funny. And the other secret agent dude is funny, in an arrogant kind of way. The story is basically that Melissa is a spy who works behind her computer helping out Spy Jude, and then has to go after the nuclear weapon that Meanish Girl's daddy devised, because Spy Jude killed daddy, and the Meanish Girl killed Spy Jude (yes, they have names, but why bother?). Other Secret Agent Dude wants to save the day, but his ego keeps getting in the way, which leads to funny stuff - especially if you stay through the closing credits. Anyhow, if you like Melissa, go see it. If you like funny, go see it. If you like spy-type movies, go see it. And be sure to wear your cat shirt!

Movie #3 - "I'll See You In My Dreams."  After seeing two action movies, I was not prepared for the glacial pace of this movie. Sure, it was good. Sure, it was worth watching. But it was like watching paint dry - that slow and I was glad it finally ended. Here's the story - Blythe Danner is a widow of 20 years. She lives in her house, although her best girlfriends life at the retirement development (I guess in houses or condos). Her dog dies. Blythe makes friends with her young pool dude, and goes to sing karaoke at a bar one night. She plays bridge at the retirement place with her buds and meets Sam Elliott in the parking lot. She goes to 5 minute dating at the retirement home. She goes out (and eventually sleeps) with Sam Elliot who is soon out of the picture. She goes with her buds to the grocery store (the best scene in the movie). She meets up with her friends for some more bridge and they decide to take a cruise. Her pool dude comes by and sings her a song he wrote. The movie ends. I'm sure it's meaningful (at least it was to the ladies behind us) and poignant and heartrending, but I kept waiting for Melissa to come in with her gun or The Rock to swoop in with his helicopter. Anyhow, if you want to rest your brain and think meaningful thoughts, go see it. I did.

Well, that's all for now. I will go see something else soon - just taking a break after "Inside Out." Not sure what will be next - stay tuned!!
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Today is a gift because: quiet Monday at home thinking of stuff I should be doing

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Today

According to the almanac, today is the first day of summer. Duh. Here in Nashville, it's hot. And humid. Which are two things of which I am not very fond. Sure, last winter when I was very cold, I might of spoken about summer and warm days, but I was delusional. Now that it is very hot and humid, I yearn for those frozen days. As will I yearn for warmer days this winter (notice I said warmer, not hot and humid). Maybe today should be "Thank Goodness For AC" day.

In another note, today is also Father's Day. I know that sometimes I poke fun at dads and their dad duties, but today I say "Happy Father's Day." And for the three dads shown below, thank you for making my life so blessed!!


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Today is a gift because: Steve cooking burgers on the grill; Lindley and Everley time

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Just Checking In On Me

When my blog is a bit delayed (like weeks), sometimes my friends check in on me. I understand this, because I have a friend whose blog I read who hasn't blogged in nearly a year. I'm a bit worried about her, but unsure as to how to proceed. Should I check on her? She lives far away and isn't on facebook, so I'm not sure what to do. But today, as if to say, "What are you doing," a little butterfly perched outside my window. The very window that is by my desk, where I sit sometimes, wondering what to write about (or perusing the 'net searching for inspiration). This little butterfly seemed to say, "Stop your lollygagging and get to writing!" And so I shall. Because if a butterfly in on your case, you really need to get busy!
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Today is a gift because: quiet Saturday at home