Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
- Wow. They really work. I mean, the room is at least ten degrees cooler than it used to be. It's amazing.
- The installation was so, so, simple to complete. I think I did the second one in about ten minutes. (I was super "cautious" with the first one so it took a little longer. Not to mention I just don't have a ton of necessary tools at my disposal.)
- They're very lightweight.
- They're very good quality.
- You have a few choices for mounting: inside, outside and something else. We ordered the inside mount, obviously, but if you order inside mount the blackout isn't 100% blackout. And no one told me this up front. You see, my window measured 34 and 1/4" wide, well, because I got inside mount, they adjusted the measurement to 33 and 3/4" wide. No one really knows why, but there's a gap on each side of the window. The rep told me (after I called them post-installation) they take off standard measurements for inside mount. I wish they would have told me that when I ordered them.
- They look like mini-blinds. And that's never good.
- They're made of paper. Which makes me nervous.
- It's either up or down with these things. No light filtering. Either you have them down like mini-blinds or they're up letting all the heat pour in.
- They're pricey, about $100 per window, for a standard window, plus shipping. One of the windows in the other room is huge, so who knows how much that will be?
Friday, July 16, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
What’s goin’ on?
Wow, it’s been a long time. A very long time. I’m so sorry for not posting. Well, I’m not totally sorry. I mean, I needed a break. Life has been insane, and by life, I mean work. And by work, I mean both jobs. And by both jobs, I mean “real” work and church. And by “real,” I mean the one that pays the bills.
Here I am to tickle your ears with some hard-hitting journalism. And by journalism, I mean……………….oh never mind.
I’m not going to recap what’s happened to me since I took my break because I don’t have 65 hours to sit and type, but what I am going to provide is a list.
That’s right. A list. It’s a comprehensive list of thoughts, questions, comments, and ideas. They are in no order of importance (side note, I just totally mistyped that word as impotence – LOL.) Can you tell I’m delirious?
1) If I were Casey James today, I would be very, very sad. I would be so sad in fact, that I would consider cutting my wanna-be mullet (pronounced mu-lay because it’s fancy) off. Well, he doesn’t really have a mullet, but I feel like he wants one in real life, but there’s someone backstage (or a contract) that won’t let him do it. He did so poorly last night that I actually got embarrassed for him. I wanted to bless my own heart. I even got a little diarrhea cramp listening to him.
2)Harry Connick was AWESOME last night!
3) Once every two weeks there seems to be an invisible hair that grows at the bottom of my nose and feels like it’s touching my nostril. I’ve already been to the restroom four times to see if there’s anything there, and there’s not. It worries me a little.
4) Picture this – a queen sized bed. A four inch tempurpedic pad on top causing normal humans the need to catapult themselves off the bed because simply rolling isn’t an option. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with allergies (awesome, right?) A pregnant lady who NEEDS five pillows. FIVE PILLOWS.
Pillow 1 – standing vertical in front of the headboard.
Pillow 2 – on the bed (in normal position)
Pillow 3 – on top of Pillow 2
Pillow 4 – under belly (don’t ask)
Pillow 5 – in the small of the back
5) Has anyone seen the Youtube video of the news anchor smashing grapes and falling off of the platform? Her final 30 seconds remind a lot of Sarah. Very similar noises for her in the morning or when she’s trying to catapult herself off the mattress topper. Here it is in case you’ve missed it.
6) How can someone’s favorite song be “The Happy Birthday Song?” Literally, every morning this is what I hear. And it’s not being sung mezzo piano. No sir. I’m talkin’ about fortississimo and going down her list of people. Did you know it’s my birthday every day? And what’s funnier is that she’s just like me thinking that we want to hear another verse. Here’s what it sounds like:
“Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear Hallie. Happy birthday to you.” “Again???? Otay!!” “Happy birthday to you……….
The, “again, otay” slays me every time. Cutie pants.
7) I wish I could describe (in words and not sounds) my love for this salad here in town. Not sure what it is because the ingredients are so simple: romaine, prosciutto, croutons, parmesan cheese, red onions, balsamic dressing. I could eat it every day. Every. Day. They also include kalamata olives and artichokes but who wants to eat that???
8) There is a game I play with my grandmother. It’s slightly mean, yet it’s slightly awesome. All I have to do is mention that I had something SO WONDERFUL to eat, I just don’t think there’s anything better. And she will try to one-up it. Literally. Simply mention, “I had the most amazing piece of pound cake today (be it a truth or a lie) and no joke, she will make one the next day, “force” you to take it and eat it, and call you back within an hour asking if it was better. And the thing is, no, I’m not kidding, and yes, it’s usually better. She has literally made a different pound cake everyday for at least two weeks. Her excuse is “she’s looking for the perfect recipe.” And FYI – I think she’s found it.
9) During the sermon at church this past Sunday, our pastor was preaching on possessions and people’s need to acquire more and more. He said, “How many of you are right now thinking about what you’re going to buy next or what you’re going to get next???” He was standing right beside me as I was drawing a floor plan to a house that I would build if I won the lottery. Sad.
10) Sarah has cried more this pregnancy than in her whole life. I’m convinced of this. I mean, how many people can cry at the graduation scene from the movie “Fame?” Or at Glee? Or at commercial about a local pool company? Or even at the mention of not having accessories to decorate the top of her dresser? True story.
Hope you enjoyed my list. I will try to get back on the blogging train.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I don’t really know what’s happened in the movie world recently, but I do know I don’t like it. Maybe it’s my decision-making abilities. Maybe it’s the Movie Gallery in my town. Maybe you can never take someone else’s recommendations on movies.
Whatever it is, it needs to stop.
We don’t get to see a lot of movies in the theater because the only theater we’ll go to is about one and a half hours away. Those are special nights. Therefore, we rent a lot. (which technically isn’t that big of a deal because the turnaround time from theater to shelf is so short now.) The last movie we saw in the theater was The Blind Side, which I loved. I thought it was a great, great, movie. Loved it. And we’ll definitely own it.
I haven’t had the same luck with the rentals, but I have to say, I’m glad I didn’t see the movies I rented in the theater or I would have been one angry individual. You see, here’s the thing. We subscribe to the “power play” at Movie Gallery. It’s $15 a month and I think you can rent three or four movies during the month. It’s super quick and easy too. Just walk in, they scan the movie you selected, you walk out. No receipt, nothing to sign, easy.
We’d been given some recommendations on some “cute” movies recently and so we’ve rented most of them. Herein lies the problem. I’d now like to share with you these movies which accounted for six hours I’ll never get back.
Did You Hear About the Morgan’s – starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant. You probably had no idea this was a romantic comedy with these two actors. It’s becoming more and more clear to me that when actors need a little cash, they’ll just hop on any project, because there’s no way either of them can look back and say, “wow, that was awesome” because it had to be the WORST. MOVIE. EVER. So predictable and stupid and so not real. You know, successful attorney, successful Real Estate broker both working and making tons of cash in NYC. Currently separated because of infidelity. They witness a murder and are carted off to Wyoming to be in witness protection where they fall back in love. In a word, gag.
New in Town – starring Rene Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. This could be the saddest, slowest, stupidest movie around. Rene is a high-powered executive in Miami. Harry is a Union Rep for a plant in Minnesota. Renee temporarily relocates to modify the plant where she completely insults Harry at their first meeting, only not knowing he was the union rep she was about to negotiate the union contract with. Big city girl meets country boy. They fall in love. In a word, gag.
The Invention of Lying – starring Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner. In a world where no one ever lies, ever, Ricky figures out how to and changes his life by way of lying. STUPID, STUPID, STUPID. In a word, gag.
It’s clearly our inability to select decent movies. Sarah doesn’t do “action”, I DO NOT EVER DO “horror.” So we have to stick with drama, comedy and romantic comedy. I noticed Precious, Up in the Air and The Hurt Locker were all available for rent. Granted movies I like and movies that win Oscars never match.
Has anyone seen a great movie we need to see? (as a note, I don't do vampires.)
Monday, March 15, 2010
- consuming endless amounts of peanut M&M's if they're in my house
- watching, reading or listening to anything that really irritates me, because it irritates me
- constantly monitoring the growth or shrinkage of my belly
- popping whiteheads - I know, I'm sorry
- continuously wondering what I would do if I won $100,000,000.00 - seriously, like thinking about the lot I would buy and the house I would build on it
Friday, March 12, 2010
Listen to me: You have not been disqualified, overlooked or undergifted. You may be in a season of life where things seem questionable; maybe they even seem desolate..hopeless...over. Your circumstances may be trying to dictate to you that God has not come through, nor will He. But guess what? That is not true. It just isn't. Not only is it not true, but what actually is true is the very opposite. And if you will free Him up to be God in your life by giving Him your surrender, He will give you beauty for your ashes. Strength for your weakness. And He will turn things around more quickly than you can say MAYDAY.
Your gifts (or lack of) are a non-factor. Your geography? Not a factor. Your past? Only gonna feed into God's redemption, if you will let it.
Monday, March 8, 2010
- Women in big dresses
- Big dresses they do not own
- Some women have really good taste
- Others do not
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
- Lilly has severe food allergies (what else would you expect from the world's most high-maintenance dog?)
- We discovered this a few years ago
- She would itch non-stop (and make me crazy. Literally crazy.)
- We paid a small fortune on "tests" (that really didn't tell us too much.)
- She's allergic to protein (wha????)
- Put her on Hill's Prescription Diet Salmon and Potato (yum)
- Fast forward about three years
- Learned that she's not supposed to be on this food for an "extended period" from a trusty website (eek!!)
- Switched to this new food (after dropping a cool $65 on the old stuff just days before.)
- Not only has she COMPLETELY stopped itching, but she is excited, silky smooth and madly in love with this new food.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Matthew: what are you doing?
Rhobie: an honest answer?
Rhobie: I am looking at winter coats
Matthew: you know, I was just having a conversation with someone here about that
Rhobie: about me looking at winter coats?
Matthew: well, not you specifically
Matthew: although that could be a separate topic of conversation
Matthew: but how coats are "necessary accessories" for you people
Matthew: and how you have like 12 of them
Matthew: where we have like 1
Matthew: and hate wearing them
Rhobie: I love them
Rhobie: around here it’s part of your everyday winter outfit
Rhobie: for like 6 months of the year
Rhobie: and it's what people see
Matthew: so they have to be cute
Rhobie: more so than the clothes underneath
Rhobie: and I personally want to have more than 1 because I get bored
Rhobie: wearing the same one every day
Matthew: I mean, we don't wear the same shirt everyday
Matthew: at least I don't
Rhobie: I know!
Rhobie: so why should we wear the same coat every day
Matthew: so, what coat are you "needing" these days?
Rhobie: well I need a new ski jacket and I would also like a new casual wool jacket
Rhobie: I mean
Rhobie: I always have a need for more coats
Matthew: this is good
Matthew: it could be an article for a magazine
Matthew: do you have a trench?
Rhobie: yes - 2
Rhobie: tan and navy
Matthew: no winter white?
Rhobie: no I have a winter white wool coat now though
Matthew: well that's a relief
Rhobie: when you say trench I assume you mean like a fall coat for wearing when it is not freezing and might be raining
Matthew: I don't mean like Sherlock Holmes
Matthew: I think I mean a modified trench, that's short and ties
Rhobie: but canvas material (or whatever that stuff is)
Rhobie: not wool
Matthew: well, no
Matthew: I think I mean wool
Matthew: because traditional trench coat material makes me sad
Rhobie: this is confusing
Rhobie: well I have 2 knee length wool coats
Matthew: of course
Rhobie: 1 black, 1 winter white, 1 red
Matthew: those all sound nice
Rhobie: and 2 trenches (not wool and better for fall) tan, navy
Matthew: anything else?
Rhobie: 2 spring jackets - khaki and other is grey
Matthew: spring jacket = does not compute
Rhobie: 1 wool "short" jacket for casual winter wear
Rhobie: (which is why I need another)
Rhobie: 1 Gortex rain coat
Matthew: that doesn't sound attractive at all
Matthew: but who's looking at you in the rain
Rhobie: then I have a Gortex ski jacket
Rhobie: needs to be replaced
Rhobie: it's old
Rhobie: and several fleeces that I wear underneath
Matthew: so you're really in the market for several coats/jackets