Song: “The Happening” by The Supremes
Yesterday and today have been decent days. There’s been time to do stuff around the house, time for hobbies, time to talk to people, and time to relax. J had yesterday off so she had a four-day weekend, which was really great. Things are so much better when she’s around – it’s difficult to explain but the world is brighter and has more colour when we talk or clean the kitchen or just sit around and do our own things.
I’ve been slowly getting better with the 3D printer. J’s aunt came over the other day and liked the cat bowl thing I made (or at least she said she did), and I gave her a couple of hooks for her kitchen, too. It’s taken a while (and I’m probably going to regret thinking this) but after a great deal of research (most of which contradicted itself) and trial and error, I can now start a print and, if the first layer looks good, I can leave it alone and come back when it’s done. I’ve been playing with a few different CAD programs and have been having some luck with the simpler ones. Boy, has CAD software ever changed in 25 years…
Now that I’m a little more familiar with the printer and the two plastics I’m going to stick with (PLA and PETG), I am thinking of a ton of things I can try to do with the printer. This is both good and bad. Good because I find it very interesting and enjoy working with that stuff. Bad because 3D printing is not what you’d call “fast”. So instead of juggling ideas around on various pieces of paper, my Boogie Board, and in my head, I made a spreadsheet, which currently has… 59 items on it. Fortunately, working on this stuff isn’t high priority so I can just have fun with it.
It’s become a lot colder here over the last little while, and, in addition to worrying, there have been a lot of weird sounds that have woken me up or kept me awake during the night. Some of the sounds are easy to identify, while I can’t figure out what or where the sounds are from. I suspect some of them are the neighbour, but when it’s 4:17AM and something is making a thump or two or three at 4:17AM, I have no idea what it could be.
My sister gave us a Netflix gift card for Christmas (I don’t know if she reads this, but if she does, thank you!!!) and J set it up. I’m on the fence when it comes to Netflix. I like the idea in principle, but I’d much rather have the physical DVDs or Blu-ray discs. I don’t like how I can’t count on the shows I like being available when I want to watch them again in a year or two or five. If you’re shaking your head right now and are wondering how many times I could possibly want to watch a show, ask J how many times we (or I) have gone through House, Scrubs, Community, Castle, Elementary, The Incredibles,the firstPirates of the Caribbean, Firefly, Knight Rider, The Transformers (G1!!), Futurama, the Marvel movies, etc, etc, etc.
I’m also conflicted in that I don’t like the idea of a single company having a monopoly on streaming videos, but I also don’t like that if I want to watch Show A I need a Netflix account, but Show B is on Amazon, and Show C is on Disney. On the other hand, there’s an awful lot of stuff available on Netflix that I likely wouldn’t try if I had to buy the DVD box set.
[Just added two more ideas to the print list, it’s at 61 now]
There’s been a lot of mention lately about the movie Bird Box. J is not usually a horror/suspense movie kind of person but we decided to give it a try last night. I was a little wary of it – from what I thought, it was basically A Quiet Place (which I haven’t seen yet), but with eyes instead of ears. There were a few scenes that bothered me, and I didn’t like the implications about people with mental illness. I also think some of the visuals and themes could be triggering under certain circumstances, which is very important to consider if you’re thinking of watching the movie. There were also a few things that stuck out like a sore thumb to me and almost took me out of the movie. They’re kind of spoiler-y, though, so I’ll list them after the end of this post so you don’t have to read them if you don’t want to.
We also watched Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. It was… alright. Pretty formulaic and predictable, looked and sounded like it had a smaller budget, and – I can’t believe I’m saying this – there were too many fight scenes. Plus, they went out of their way to make Sam as unlikable as possible. Oh, and Ms Smulders, you definitely made the right choice because Tom Cruise is old enough to be YOUR DAD.
So that is the summary of our Netflix exploration so far. Not too bad, I suppose.
Otherwise, the rest of the week is pretty quiet. J heads back to work tomorrow and I have a Dr C appointment on Friday, but that’s pretty much it. Oh – speaking of Dr C, I have another phrenology bust printing now… hopefully this time the pieces won’t warp so it goes together perfectly!
Spoilers ahead – be warned!
Spoilers! Don’t look if you don’t want to know!
Last warning – spoilers!
So… it’s gonna be the mentally ill / crazy people, eh? Why not a different crowd for once? What about the MBAs, the people who like candy corn, people who keep snakes as pets, or the people with gonorrhea this time? Or maybe the MBAs with snakes and gonorrhea who like candy corn? I bet the people in the center of THAT Venn diagram would be pretty interesting…
The lady in the hospital and Lydia… holy #&%@ that was seriously %@$(&@^
How can they possibly still have power and water?
Five years on and they are still able to gas up their cars?
Five years on and they’re driving like crazy people (ehurgh) and the cars are ok? So they’re psychotic but when not doing horrible things to people, they dabble in routine engine and tire maintenance?
So, uh… how much food can a school hold? And what happens in winter?
JESUS OLYMPIA WTF SERIOUSLY???