Things never work out like you expect

Stupid JCPenney. So we got the curtain. And it’s freakin’ YELLOW. Those who know me know how that’s going over right now. I freakin’ HATE HATE HATE yellow.

Ugly Yellow Curtain I ordered this from a picture online and in their catalog. It’s off-white on my screen. Not LEMON yellow. The description said “creamy vanilla”. And while some vanilla is yellow, I think of off-white, not yellow when I think of vanilla. They also had a ‘gold’ version and when comparing the swatches (online and in the catalog) the creamy vanilla one definitely did NOT look yellow.

We aren’t even going to try to make it work. We held it up to the window and as the sun shown through it and it turned a ghastly lemon yellow I might have thrown up a bit in my mouth. (Not really, and I actually hate that phrase, lol). But now I get it. The yellow just doesn’t come through in pictures. This is a picture I took of it and it doesn’t look anywhere near as yellow as it really is.

We did get a PlayStation3 and Rock Band. I was overruled. All these boys… they won the battle. We also finally got the Bose home theater sound system I’ve been wanting for 900 years. (Well, the one I really want is true surround sound… and only costs $1999.99…) The one we got is pretty kick-ass though.

New TV Stand and PS3 We got a new TV stand that allows us to mount the TV up a bit. We then moved furniture around yesterday, putting our entertainment center back together in the living room. We then decided to watch a movie with our new sound system (Casino Royal in Blu-ray that our Friend Derrick brought over… it was just OK) and finally hit the hay at 4:30 AM this morning. I don’t DO 4:30 AM anymore. I’m feeling it now: hung over. Which is odd since I didn’t drink anything but water last night. I know I slept good and didn’t move a muscle as if I was sleeping on a memory foam mattress… but the kids woke us up at 9AM.

Overall I’m pleased with our new stuff and it’s just the curtain I hate. Not enough sleep = cranky parents, though. Jack and I are trying to not be bitchy at each other as we put our house back together and deal with missing pieces of our entertainment center and curtains that are puke-yellow. Hopefully we’ll make it through the day without kicking each other.

Lastest Movies – Thursday Thirteen #20

Thursday Thirteen

This week’s ‘Thursday Thirteen’ is inspired by the few rare movie posters we have. That and the fact we watched the first four movies on this list just this week (we watch a lot of movies). Here are the last 13 movies I’ve watched:

  1. An American Haunting – Jack and I watched this last night and neither of us can tell you much about this movie. We both kept falling asleep.
  2. Disturbia – Watched two nights ago. I really wanted to like this movie. And it wasn’t horrible… just.. ‘eh’. I love Shia LaBeouf but fear he’s been typecast too much. This could have been a lot better.
  3. 3:10 to Yuma – This looked really promising … but I found myself bored several times. Good story concept and good acting… but boring.
  4. Rush Hour 3 – I was told this was better than Rush Hour 2. I disagree. I liked Rush Hour 3 but it didn’t quite hold up to the first two. Jackie Chan is looking tired.
  5. Monster’s Inc. – I love this movie. We own it on DVD. Cody loves it too… now. He used to hate it and couldn’t get past the beginning with the scary monsters.
  6. I Am Legend – While I really enjoyed this movie (and I adore Will Smith), I thought the ending stunk. It seemed there was a lot of the story that didn’t get told. Maybe I’ll check out the book.
  7. Identity – I liked this movie. I thought it was fun and well done. It was certainly suspenseful.
  8. The Manchurian Candidate – One word for this one: Disappointing. I lied, four more words: Neat concept, poor implementation.
  9. Shrek the Third – They should have stopped at just Shrek. Shrek 2 was so-so and I fell asleep for Shrek 3. I loved the first one though!
  10. Something’s Gotta Give – I kept waiting for this one to get good. It was constantly on the brink… but it was way way too long.
  11. Ray – I was really interested in this story and would have loved to learn more about Ray Charles. And while I think I did learn more about him after watching this movie, I felt it could have been done better.
  12. The Polar Express – A lot of people don’t like this movie. But I love it. So do my kids. It’s become a Christmas Tradition for us to watch this every year at Christmas time.
  13. The Woodsman – This movie was awful. Simply awful. It’s not because of the subject matter, I could handle that. It was stupid and cheesy and given the subject matter, cheesy just doesn’t work.

After reading over this list, I sound picky, don’t I? I guess when you watch as many movies as we do that can happen. You want the WOW effect. I’m sure I missed a few but my brain is mush after a busy week. (Tomorrow’s Friday.. yay!)

What movies have you watched lately?

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

…and boy am I tired. Thanks to the help of our kids, Ralph, and Denise, we got our tree up, our lights up, and the inside of the house mostly decorated. It was fun figuring out how to do the lights in our new house… but we got it done and dare I say it, our house is the prettiest on the block. Maybe I’m a bit biased. Just a wee bit. 🙂

After our hard days work we had pizza, lit a fire, and watched Evan Almighty. What a cute movie. We definitely enjoyed it. Now to go sit by the fire and relax a bit more before we pour our aching muscles into bed.

[tags]Christmas, Christmas lights, Christmas tree, Evan Almighty[/tags]

Bullet Sunday #11

Columbia River Gorge

  • The other day I mentioned we go over the river and through the woods to our Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. You know the song, right? It’s a fun little joke in our family because in order to get to Jack’s grandmother’s house, we have to cross the Columbia River, then drive through the Columbia Gorge which of course is filled with trees and beautiful scenery. This weekend as we dig out our luggage sets and get ready for our trip this Thanksgiving, that song gets stuck in my head.
Fun in the Fall

  • Remember how much fun we had raking leaves? Well, Jack isn’t having so much fun today. Over the course of the last two weeks since that post, three times as many leaves have fallen in our backyard. The weather hasn’t been very kind to us with all this rain, so Jack gave up waiting for a dry day and has been out there in the pouring rain raking them all up. He’s a drowned rat.
  • Friday we saw Beowulf. I give this movie a 3.5 out of 5 stars. First, it’s all CGI which I wasn’t expecting. I hadn’t done much research or watched the trailers closely. That’s my own fault. The CGI was awesome in this movie, though. Much better than I’ve seen in other movies. They (whoever they may be) still need to work on getting the eyes right on CGI humans, but overall I was impressed with the animation and graphics. I was a bit disappointed with some of the gore. I know it’s a graphic tale, but I was hoping they could tell the story without actually showing some of the disgusting parts. Maybe I’m just getting old but I felt an ‘R’ rating would have been more fitting. It has a PG-13 rating… my 13+ year olds aren’t sheltered but they found the gore in some parts disturbing as I did. The story was only somewhat true to the original poem, and it had a very slow start. But once it got going I enjoyed myself.
  • That’s all for this Bullet Sunday. Staying home and not doing much other than clean house, play games, and watch movies all day makes for boring blogging I guess. 🙂

[tags]Bullet Sunday, Thanksgiving, fall, leaves, Beowulf, Beowulf movie[/tags]

Next

Next Last night Jack and I watched the movie, Next with Nicolas Cage. Basically it’s about a Las Vegas magician who can see into the future. But only two minutes into the future. Nicolas Cage is one of my favorite actors and I’ve enjoyed most of his movies. This one I have mixed feelings about. It’s good in the sense that it’s thought provoking. We discussed what we would do if we had that ability. But the story had too many holes in it especially at the end.

What would you do if you could see two minutes into the future?

[tags]Next the movie, next, Nicolas Cage, see into the future[/tags]

Stephen King rocks my socks

Last night Jack and I were bored after the kids went to bed and there was nothing on TV or recorded on our DVR. We checked out what was available on pay-per-view and discovered the Director’s Cut of 1408 was on the list. We didn’t even hesitate as we ordered it then got all snuggly under a blanket while we watched in anticipation. I liked the movie even though it didn’t stay true to the written short story.

As you may know from reading this blog, viewing my MySpace, or if you participated in the recent contest held here, my favorite author is Stephen King. I’ve been reading his books for over 20 years now. My very first Stephen King book was Salem’s Lot and it scared me silly. I was a young teenager when I read it and I thought I could never read another King book again. That was short lived. As soon as I saw the movie Carrie I had to read the book. Then I read Firestarter and realized Stephen King books offered so much more than terror or horror. Not all of Stephen King’s books are scary. Some are disturbing, some are thought provoking, some make you sleep with the light on. I became hooked and started reading everything he wrote.

The Stand is probably my favorite but it’s hard to choose just one. I also really loved The Green Mile. Heck I’ve loved almost all I’ve read from Stephen King so it’s hard to narrow it down to a favorite. I recently finished reading Stephen King’s latest collection of short stories, Everything’s Eventual which includes 1408. I enjoy these short story collections. I read every night before falling asleep and when reading a collection of short stories I look forward to the new adventures every night.

Today I found out the next thriller, The Mist by Stephen King is coming to theaters November 21st. You know an author is doing something right when novel after novel and book after book, and even short story after short story gets made into a movie. But The Mist? SPOOKY! I can’t wait. I remember reading this short story way back and being spooked whenever we had fog for a long long time. Sometimes I still get spooked when it’s foggy outside as memories of that story come drifting back. If you’re a Stephen King fan, or if you’re curious, you might want to check out the site and trailers found within. It looks like The Mist is going to be another good one!

Stupid People Bullet Style

I’m shamelessly stealing Bullet Sunday from Dave over at — EDIT — WARNING!! — DO NOT click this link if cartoon pictures of nasty bodily functions gross you out or offend you — www.blogography.com. So here’s Bullet Sunday #1 for SpacyTracie.com

Have you seen the movie Idiocracy? That movie really bothered me… I mean, sure it was funny and… well… stupid. It bothered me because I could totally see it happen. Lately I’ve seen some really crazy-stupid stuff and I wonder just WHAT, if anything, these people are thinking™? And when I see these things, I think of that movie.

  • On the way home from the kids back to school BBQ, we saw a father riding his bike. The father was wearing a helmet, but the approximately three year old child he had balancing on the seat, holding on to his waist for dear life with feet dangling on either side of the seat did not have a helmet. That was bad enough but his daughter was riding a bike next to him wearing a helmet and she too had a toddler balancing on her seat wearing no helmet. So the bike riders are wearing helmets but the little babies they are putting in danger by having them double-ride in a very awkward and wrong way aren’t wearing helmets? !!! Just…WTF?
  • Today we dealt with another case of stupid people walking in front of cars. We went to the Sausage Fest (where Kevin’s girlfriend was performing) and as were were looking for a place to park nearby this couple pushing a baby stroller were walking down the middle of the road. They were dead center with a string of cars behind them. It wasn’t like they didn’t see us. The woman even glanced back at us, but they just kept walking. There was plenty of room to move to the side and let cars by. This wasn’t a parking lot.. this was a street. I guess they felt they had the right of way? I guess they didn’t care that they were causing a backup in traffic? Just… walking along in the middle of the street, just… because? Stupid.
  • I see stupid drivers all the time. I’m somewhat of a defensive driver. I don’t drive too fast, but I’m not pokey. I don’t ride people’s bumpers and always keep a safe distance from the cars in front of me when I’m on the freeway. As such I get cut off a lot. People see that space and cut in… Stupid! Today we were on the freeway and this HUGE motor home pulling a big trailer sped by us doing about 80 MPH in the fast lane in a 55 MPH zone. This in itself is pretty stupid but it was very windy today and their trailer was all over the place. I was almost in a panic over it because the trailer kept fish-tailing behind them and crossing over the lanes. It came close to hitting the guardrail several times and everyone driving around them slowed down a bit to give them LOTS of room. No one wanted to pass or be anywhere near them. I mentioned to Jack that I was tempted to call the police and report their reckless and out-of-control driving. Maybe we should look into some radar detector reviews. If we had one we’d at least know if there are police nearby to report idiots like this.
  • The people who live on the street one block over from us let their kids play in the middle of the road unsupervised. These kids do whatever they like including playing chicken on their bikes with oncoming cars, they like to throw stuff at oncoming cars, or they just stay where they are and act totally put out that they might have to move so a car can pass. These are YOUNG kids, one of them is no more than four or five. I’m always terrified for these kids when I drive by their house and I’ve told them they need to move and not play in the street before. They just make faces at me. I don’t blame the kids.. I want to know where the stupid parents are?

In the news we keep hearing of these accidents involving really bad choices on what might be fun. That fun often comes at a high price when kids are killed. (Such as pulling your kid behind your car on a rope in the snow… which happened in our city last winter.) I just feel like people are getting dumber and dumber and if it continues, the human race may just become dumb enough to replace the water supply with Gatorade.

[tags]stupid people, dumb people, idiocracy, movie, stupid drivers, stupid parents[/tags]