Monthly Archives: January 2012

Regarding: January Project

My sister gave me the great idea to tackle one big house project a month.  If you get it done early in the month, GREAT.  But you have all month to do it.

And then I saw THIS detailed cleaning list for the house.  So I decided to tackle closets for the month of January.

I started with the linen closet.  Then moved to the downstairs “cleaning”closet and then the coat closet.

I have to wait for recycling day (and Michael to leave the house) before I can tackle the pantry closet.  And the master was in pretty good shape already. Or at least my part of it is. I can tackle that when I do “donation” month.

Travel Tuesday: Frequent Traveler

A friend reminded me recently of all of the traveling we used to do for business.  I used to go cross-country quite a bit when I worked for a credit card company.  I worked in NYC every week when I was in insurance.  Also to Texas and DC.  And I have spent time in NYC and Chicago with my current employer.

I have raked up (and used) hundreds of thousands of frequent flyer miles.  United thought I was special for a while.  Delta thought I was SUPER special for a really long time.  The Sofitel Hotel in NYC was right across the street from the office.  And the Omni Hotel in Chicago is all suites and right in the heart of the shopping district.

When I stopped traveling for work, I stopped feeling the love from the airlines and hotels.  So what do I have to show for all of that time spent on the road and away from home?

We spent the bulk of my hotel love on this and did this:

We spent ALL of my Delta love on this:

And I am pretty sure that some United love was spent on going to Phoenix for the RnR Arizona race.

I would rather have those memories than the points and miles any day!

Daily Mood Alert and Food/Fitness: Mon, Jan 30


Please sir, could I  have some more ?

Our very own Dickens tragedy, right here.  There is something oddly cute about him when he begs.  But he was barking (get it hahahaha) up the wrong tree.  I am not the sucker in this house that feeds them when they beg.

Mood:  BORED.  Oh good god give me something to do already.

Food: Breakfast was coffee and cream of wheat.  Lunch was leftover Japanese food.  There was a trail mix bar and an apple.  And dinner is TACO NIGHT!  I am marinating steak and chicken, will saute it up and have all the fixings for soft tacos.

Fitness:  I ran 5 miles at the gym.  Well, really I ran 2.5 miles, had a coughing fit, ran 2 miles and then walked the last half mile.  Then I did my PT weights.

Movie Review Monday: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) - IMDbMy new feature each Monday will be movie reviews.  We see LOTS of movies, both in the theater and on DVD or DirectTV.  So it is time to start sharing what I think.

I will sit through just about anything, especially if there is popcorn.  Except Avatar.  I never made it through Avatar.  I even love Horror.  Favorite movies range from any of the Transformer movies, to Julie and Julia and Devil Wears Prada, to Cold Mountain and the Descent.  I have a fondness for movies in which the world ends, like 2012 and Armageddon.  What can I say?

So I had heard good things about Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.  And was surprised to find it playing even in our small market.  I dragged Michael with the promise of popcorn during and wings after.  Michael, being a librarian, had heard of the book and thought the subject matter would be interesting.   Gary Oldman scoring a Best Actor nod made it a must see.

Here is the synopsis from IMDB:  In the early 1970s during the Cold War, the head of British Intelligence, Control, resigns after an operation in Budapest, Hungary goes badly wrong. It transpires that Control believed one of four senior figures in the service was in fact a Russian agent – a mole – and the Hungary operation was an attempt to identify which of them it was. Smiley had been forced into retirement by the departure of Control, but is asked by a senior government figure to investigate a story told to him by a rogue agent, Ricky Tarr, that there was a mole. Smiley considers that the failure of the Hungary operation and the continuing success of Operation Witchcraft (an apparent source of significant Soviet intelligence) confirms this, and takes up the task of finding him. Through the efforts of Peter Guillam, Smiley obtains information that eventually leads him to Jim Prideaux, the agent at the heart of the Hungary fiasco. He is then able to put together the pieces of the puzzle, which lead him to the identity of the mole and the true intent of Operation Witchcraft. Written by David Brain

It was confusing, but part of the fun was talking about it over beer and wings later.  The acting was excellent, with a cast to rival any other.  It is a QUIET movie and there is a lot going on without a lot being said.  Michael and I bounced around different interpretations and theories about what was really going on, which to me shows that each viewer can take away something different.  I don’t think that reading the book would have been it more clear and enjoyed the movie for its own merits.  It is truly a drama and there are not a lot of (or any) action sequences in the film.

Watch the trailers on IMDB or Fandango for a good idea of the tone of the movie before you go.  The grab your Milk Duds, gummy bears and cough suppressant (me) and head to the theater.

My Rating (1-5 Gummy Bears) –

Weekend Recap

This was a VERY good weekend!  I won’t let Monday ruin it.

Friday, there was apple cake!  There is still a little left, although I don’t know how.  Friday afternoon, Solo got a bit barky.  But Michael and I had a good dinner of corned beef with a nice bottle of wine and then watched a movie.

Saturdays long run sucked.  But it got done.  And then we went to a movie, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and stopped on the way home for WINGS!

Sunday was truly a sloth day.  And when I joked about 5 hours of tennis here, I was actually underestimating the time.  It took SIX hours to watch the match!  Once that was done, we went out to dinner with great friends and their kids.  It was a wonderful time.  And there are Japanese leftovers for lunch!

Check back later for a new feature on the blog!