Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I have been letting Colin use my old camera, which is a bit of a challenge for him since the screen is broken. He still keeps at it though, and yesterday I taught him how to use the timer. Colin has been amusing himself with it ever since, and today I downloaded his pictures for him. I found a few that are hilarious. These are from this morning and the thing that cracks me up is that he got Gabe to fully cooperate. They are even doing the same thing in each picture.
Smiling for the camera....
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
We just refied, and went from a 30 year fixed to a 15 year fixed, and we were able to secure a 4.5% fixed interest rate - down from a 6.25%. It may not sound huge, but we should save about $190,000 in interest over the course of the loan. Good rates are out there - I thought I would bring it up in case anyone was on the fence. Obviously when purchasing you need to take into account local markets and not let the rate dictate that decision.
Assuming you're not a dork like me and have your own amortization calculator, here is a great website to calculate if it makes financial sense - http://ray.met.fsu.edu/~bret/amortize.html.
Again, I am by no means an expert, so if anyone has any other comments, please include them. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions as well. Rates can be found at any financial lending website.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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Saturday, January 5, 2008
5. Transformers - This was the first movie we saw on the new TV and Sound system, so maybe this is a classic case of being caught up in the moment, but I really enjoyed this movie. I thought for an action movie, it was peppered with some witty writing and you can't knock the amazing special effects. I would have loved to have seen this in the theaters.
4. Breach - What a fantastic movie. For some reason "Breach" only grossed $33 Mil in the US, while somehow "Norbit" can rake in $90 Mil (Including $15 from Levi and Audra..:). This was the best movie that nobody watched. Essentially this is the true story of Robert Hanssen (played by Chris Cooper), who is considered the biggest US spy since World War II. Great way to spend $2.50 and a couple of hours of time.
3 - Simpsons Movie - Does it make any sense that this falls #3 on this list, but could be a Top 5 All-time movie? I know that is completely counter-intuitive, but I envision myself watching this movie 10-15 times during the course of my life. It was everything I was hoping it would be, and then some. They push the envelope a little further than what FOX will allow, but never cross the line (except once). Absolutely hilarious. If you don't find yourself laughing uncontrollably during this movie, you are either a Communist or you simply don't understand English and should probably enroll in a Community College.
2 - The Bourne Ultimatum - Let me just state, that I loved the first two, and this was my favorite. Unlike Shrek, Pirates, and Spiderman, they tried. They took a hugely successful series and improved upon it, instead of killing it and making a few bucks along the way. There were a few phenomenal scenes that simply made this movie better than all but 1 in '07...
1 - I am Legend - I love watching movies with Katie because she has great composure during movies and can be counted on as a pillar of strength when things get intense, and its good to know its there. About 45 minutes into the movie I used the restroom, when I came back she had her coat partially covering her face because the movie was just too much. This movie is a fantastic mix of intensity, emotion, and shear horror. What I like most about this movie is that they didn't cheat. Most movies that fall into the horror genre cheat. They get their intensity from grizly images and sudden loud noises - "I am Legend" didn't do that. The biggest mistake I made was using the bathroom, I almost feel cheated. I am not a huge Will Smith fan, but he did a great job. The special effects were on par with what you would expect as well. Please drop the $7.50 on this movie, as waiting until it becomes a New Release would be cheating yourself. Let me know your Top 5 - I'm always looking for a great movie - Here is my honorable mention list: Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix, Blades of Glory, Oceans Thirteen, Dan in Real Life
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Chad and I spent New Year's Eve watching the Lost Season 3 finale. We have sure enjoyed catching up, and the last episode left us in typical Lost fashion - answering a few questions and raising a dozen more. I am so glad it starts again this month!
Spoiler for any of you who aren't caught up, beware:
I vaguely remembered hearing that the flash back scenes in the last episode were actually flash fowards scenes, and I spilled the beans to Chad right when it started but said I wasn't sure if I was right. Well, we quickly decided I was wrong because they were showing his ex-wife and stuff, and then WOW there was Kate. I had really been hoping I was wrong because Jack was so sad and pititful that I didn't want it to be his future.
Whose funeral do you think that was?
Chad's parents got a yearly pass to Discovery Place for Christmas, so we decided to head over there last Friday. We made a little adventure out of it and took the new light rail service, which was actually cheaper than paying for parking uptown. The boys went wild for the "train" and despite a major meltdown from Gabe at Discovery Place (the kind where you go "wow, I have that kid"), it was a great day. The boys both got a kick out of the exhibits and afterwards we ate lunch in the building where Chad works. Colin is already asking when we can go again. Thanks Bill and Judy!