Saturday, April 8, 2017

Mini Crab Cake Sandwiches/58 1/2 Recipes Down

This comes from Just a Bunch of Recipes. I love a good crab cake sandwich and some cole slaw. I thought this recipe would be right up my alley, because I needed to make something to take over to a friend's house for an MMA fight. Unfortunately, the get-together got cancelled a few hours before it was due to start because the host wasn't feeling good.

What did I learn from this recipe?
Something is wrong with my taste buds. I don't know if they are changing or what, but these cakes were bland, just like the last recipe I made. It couldn't have been the recipe. It called for 1-2 tablespoons of Asian chili sauce. I didn't have that, so I substituted red Thai curry paste.

And though the cakes came out nicely moist, it was almost like a mouthful of nothing. If it weren't for the cole slaw, I'm not sure I would have known what I was eating. :(

Friday, April 7, 2017

My Big Fat Greek Avgolemono Soup/57 1/2 Recipes Down

Thanks to Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Shortcuts as inspiration, this is what we had for supper tonight. I had been eyeballing this recipe for sometime, and I had everything to make it tonight.

What did I learn from this recipe?
I followed Sam's directions to the "T" and you know what...I didn't like it. It was extremely bland. I can't help but wonder if that's how it's supposed to taste, or was there a mistake somewhere after all? I mean, it has a good amount of lemon juice in it. How could it be bland?

Anyway, I was disappointed in this recipe.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How Close Are We to a Handmaid's Tale Reality?

I don’t remember when I read A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I was probably in 8th or 9th grade when I heard about it, and I know I read it only because it was on a banned books list. I didn’t care what it was about, but I had to know more. 

About the book: Set in a future America that has turned into an anti-feminist fascist state, the book tells the story of Kate, a handmaid who lives a life of sexual servitude but falls in love with a man who is not her assigned partner.
Excerpt: “‘I was coming to find you,’ he says, breathes, almost into my ear. I want to reach up, taste his skin, he makes me hungry. His fingers move, feeling my arm under the nightgown sleeve, as if his hand won’t listen to reason. It’s too good to be touched by someone, to be felt so greedily, to feel so greedy.”
The controversy: A Judson, Tex., school superintendent banned the novel from an advanced placement English curriculum after a parent complained that it was sexually explicit and offensive to Christians. In doing so, the superintendent overruled the recommendation by a committee of teachers, students, and parents. The committee appealed the decision to the school board, which overruled the superintendent in 2006.
I barely remember any details about the book. I do remember being surprised it was on a banned books list, but then again, I grew up feeding my morbid and gore curiosity on Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I guess the idea of a near-future dystopian New England wasn’t much to grab my imagination or to repel me on the idea of sex. 

Strange off-tangent  thought here: my mom was fairly strict about allowing us to watch movies that, in her opinion, was too sexual in nature. That seemed to include a lot of stuff, even as we got into high school. I always wondered if she gave any thought to the violent nature of Stephen King’s books. She knew I was a voracious reader of his novels. Is violence more socially or morally acceptable than sex for pleasure?

The book seems to be popular again, especially because of the hype-surrounding the Hulu series, which is set to start in late April. But I also think it’s growing in popularity because of how society treats women, especially with the publication of this article: "The handmaids in Atwood's book are subject to strictly enforced dress codes and are provided uniforms similar to a Catholic nun's habit, except bright red. Red is the symbol of their societal status as women who are kept solely to conceive children for the wealthy. You may think this is extreme, but in 2017 when you have a president who says '[he] likes the women who work for him 'to dress like women,' it may not be so far off.”

Just days ago, United forced two girls to change out of their leggings before allowing them to board a flight. "A United Airlines gate agent barred two girls from boarding a flight Sunday morning because the girls were wearing leggings. Another girl who was wearing gray leggings had to change before she was allowed to board the flight from Denver to Minneapolis, a witness saidThe airline’s passenger contract says for the safety of all passengers and crew members, the airline can refuse to let a passenger board if the passenger is 'barefoot or not properly clothed.' The airlines, however, does not define 'properly clothed.'

Hey, it’s totally okay to make girls feel bad about themselves! They don’t know well enough to care for themselves!

"In the book, women are fed a story about how their new restrictive lifestyle protects them from the dangerous world around them. "There is more than one kind of freedom," said Aunt Lydia. "Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it." Freedom from being catcalled, from being assaulted by men. At my high school, they didn't want boys to be distracted by the girls' shoulders, so they required us to cover up instead of telling the boys not to objectify us. Covering up was freedom from the comments of our male classmates. Freedom to would have been teaching boys that girls do not exist for their viewing.”

High schools around the country are telling female students they need to send photos of their prom dresses for school approval, before the prom, so they can be admitted. "Employees at Perfect Fit Formals, where Morris spent that $500, say they don't even stock the more risky styles. 'We have two pieces, but we are more like a family-oriented business. We only order dresses that show about 1-2 inches of skin in the belly area,’ Brown said.

If schools are going to insist these students submit their dresses in advance for permission, then does it need to be required of the students that have already turned 18? After all, those students are already legal adults.

Better yet, how about the prom chaperones who make girls leave the prom when such prior approval isn’t required? "A Virginia teenager says she was forced to leave her prom after fathers who were acting as chaperones at the event complained that she was dancing provocatively and her skirt was too short'[She] told me that some of the dads who were chaperoning had complained that my dancing was too provocative, and that I was going to cause the young men at the prom to think impure thoughts,' Clare claimed.” But then again, this was a prom held at the Shady Grove Methodist Church…for the Richmond Homeschool Prom…that girl wasn’t going to be able to do ANYTHING right that night!

I think one commenter to this article summed it up perfectly: "It's a sad day when normal intelligent Americans blame a young woman's choice of dress for their own "impure thoughts". Speaks volumes on the dad's integrity.

Let’s control the females’ appearances, but not teach the males how to behave?

"It is hard not to wonder what truths might lie in plain sight within fiction. In the trailer for the upcoming Hulu series, the take home quote is, "We only wanted to make the world better . . . better never means better for everyone." It has eerie similarity to Donald Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again," which beckons my response: will America be great for everyone?”

Of course, America will be great for everyone…as long as you’re a natural born American citizen, not a Muslim, is a male Republican, and you don’t make any waves in society. 

"Vice President Mike Pence doesn’t go to dinner alone with women who aren’t his wife or drink alcohol around them…There are sensible reasons that somebody like Pence would avoid being alone with women. He was first elected to Congress in the shadow of the Clinton sex scandal years. During that time, a self-preserving politico would be wise to avoid any appearance of sexual impropriety. Plus, Pence’s choice to avoid being alone with women is a function of his religious faith. It’s hard to fathom similar left-wing backlash if Pence’s conduct were informed by a non-Christian faith.

As the Vice President, Mike Pence is a public figure. But it makes me wonder how the never being alone with a woman other than his wife or drinking around them even came to light. It might make more sense if he explained why he feels he has to live like that, but he should also be able to keep some parts of his life private. Personally, I think he’s probably got a drinking problem and he’s a womanizer. Maybe his wife put those restrictions on him because she knows what he’ll be like if he gets out of control. I also wonder what part of his faith brought him to those decisions.

Monday, March 20, 2017

12 Months of Thrifting--2017

I forgot how I stumbled across the 12 Months of Thifting graphic from Dina’s Days at Sharing the Spice of Life but it stuck with me for a few days. Dina is a thrifter who likes to share what she’s learned.

Me? I’m just a thrifter that looks for clothes she likes that fit, look good and are in good shape. There’s not a whole lot to my motives when thrifting. I don’t care much about brands anyway, except for my Converse and my Crocs.

Anyhoo, since I’ve been preoccupied with my little Chief and haven’t been doing much personal writing lately, I decided to write about Dina’s graphic, because like I said, it stuck with me.

I got my first full paycheck last Friday from my new real estate/social media job and I was hot to spend it! I ordered a new purse, which was just a want and not a need (I am getting rid of another purse though: something in, something out). And then I realized I needed some new undies (off to Target on my lunch break) and a quick stop at the Salvation Army store that’s on my way back to the office. This isn’t my usual Thrift Store USA, so I was shopping here on a whim, just to see. I ended up leaving with $17 worth of a sweater and shirts, so I was happy about that.

However, according to Dina’s graphic, I should be looking for a denim jacket this month. I’m going to call a pass on this one because I already have one. It’s one I had stolen from my husband (I don’t know why he bought it. I’ve never once seen him wear a denim jacket ONE the entire time we’ve been together. I even told TOLD him he wouldn’t wear it and I was going to steal it from him.) This is the same jacket I actually dyed purple last June. 

Because I missed January, I’ll take a pass on the cashmere sweater in a neutral color. However, one of my finds at the SA store might be a good substitute: I don’t remember the brand but I found a long, variegated grey, lightweight cotton sweater with elbow-length sleeves and just a few buttons. Even with the color changes, I think it still counts as a nuetral. 

For next month, the search will be on for colorful or printed flat shoes. This is a hard one for me, as I don’t have good luck finding used shoes that are in wearable shape, unless we’re talking about Converse again. This might have to be a new purchase.

And by the way, Feb. 7-13 was National Secondhand Wardrobe Week.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Rosemary Chicken Sandwich/56 1/2 Recipes Down

Tonight's supper was technically half of a recipe from Sam The Cooking Guy, from Just a Bunch of Recipes. 

I only made the chicken portion of the recipe and didn't turn it into sandwiches. However, this was such a good recipe, I will go back and revisit it for the rest of it.

What did I learn from this recipe? There is no smell greater in a kitchen than freshly cut rosemary. It actually drew my husband into the kitchen to see what I was making.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Finished Greedo's Pistol

A couple weeks ago, I got Greedo's pistol from a 3D printer in Kiev, The Ukraine. I went to look his store up tonight on Etsy, which is how I found him, so I could link to it from here, but his store doesn't seem to be listed anymore.

Anyway, I just got finished painting it.

The seller normally paints them as a part of the package, but he left my pistol unpainted, at my request, and dropped $10 off the price for me. I did paint the end of the barrel bright orange, to keep it con- and public-friendly.

I absolutely love this thing!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Moving On To (Hopefully) Better Things

I did it. I was able to give my two week notice today at work. It wasn't something I necessarily wanted to do, since job hunting is a tedious pain in the ass and typically, it's more work than it should be. But given the situations we're facing in my department, such as the possibility of me being laid off because of budget cutbacks come April, I had to move on.

I do have a penchant for non-profit jobs, but I was going to end up being 2 for 2 pretty soon. My career couldn't take another hit like it did when I was laid off in 2009. And Shane really wanted me out of there, despite it being fairly mind-numbingly comfortable. Hell, my former supervisor got the boot in December and things have really gone down hill since then. You know it's bad when your former supervisor and another former co-worker are coaching you with interview advice so you can leave too.

So I'm stepping out of my comfort zone here, and I'm going to work for a local real estate agency as their social media manager. This is going to be a huge step up for me, both personally and career-wise, as well as financially.

I told the new department head this morning, and she took it well. I really thought she'd lose her mind and tell me to just GTFO right then and there. But she didn't and she was supportive of me. At this point, what else can she be? What else could she do? Fire me? That would have been funny as hell!

So in two weeks, I'll no longer be a non-profit employee. I'll be writing again and I can't wait for it!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese Pizza/56 Recipes Down

Apparently, I might be on a smoked salmon binge here. This recipe came from Just a Bunch of Recipes, and it's what I made for lunch today. This was another recipe that Shane didn't even want to try, so more for moi. He decided he wanted one of his nasty frozen Totino's pizzas....bleech!

What did I learn from this recipe?
Oh my God, this is wonderful!!! Just as it is, it needed no tweaking.

I thought the capers were a fantastic addition, but I was already a fan of capers anyway.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Had a Strange Dream the Other Night

I typically have fairly bizarre dreams, and even more so if I’ve taken a sleeping pill  before going to bed. Last night’s dream wasn’t Advil PM induced, but it was kind of odd, even for me.

The dream was the narration of an old, epic story, something along the lines of a Beowulf kind of saga. Hell, my dream started with the image of a pair of weathered male hands, flipping the pages of a large old book. It was the story about an unlikely pack of three wolves: a large grey-black female wolf, and a pair of male wolves, who were actually halves of the same being (remember back in the 90’s when DC Comics split Superman into two halves: Superman-Red and Superman-Blue? That’s kind of what the male wolves were like). They were smaller than the grey wolf, and one was pure white and the other was fire orange.

The idea was that in whatever world these wolves lived in (a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away), the nighttime lasted longer than the daytime. But strangely enough, their forest world had two small, non-identical suns. One of the suns was white hot, the other was fire orange. The grey wolf was the animalized version of the night: she was the large full moon. The male wolves were the suns.

In my dream, I couldn’t “hear” all of the narration being read, but I caught some of it. Because the wolves were somehow physically tied into the suns and moon, they needed to take care of each other.

When it was daytime, the sun moons protected the moon wolf. And because the grey wolf and moon were bigger and stronger than the sun wolves and suns, the grey wolf protected them at night. It was only during dusk and dawn that the wolves could all be together at the same time. Otherwise, they slept, being protected by the other. The sun wolves had to remain together at all times: if one was killed, the other one would immediately die. I didn’t find out if the suns would die if the wolves died, or vice versa. I would guess so, like I would assume the grey wolf would die if something happened to the moon, and vice versa for her. I was totally into this story, for what I knew of it (even though it was a creation of my own imagination). I wished this was already an existing story. I’m not sure I could fill in the empty spots of the story well enough to do it justice.

I think the ending of my dream might have been the ending of the story.

There had been a great battle, between the wolves and some magical beasts, during dusk. The grey wolf and the sun wolves were all injured, but they managed to all make it to safety in an unknown cave, as the suns set and the moon rose. The monsters couldn’t find them. The sun wolves collapsed for the night, badly wounded. The moon wolf stood watch over them, guarding them at the entrance of the cave. She was badly wounded too, barely able to stand, and by all rights, should have been killed. Because she was already bigger and stronger than the rest of her pack, she survived.

The wolf image here is what I thought of when I was remembering my dream.
The last line of the epic poem was the single thought of the moon wolf’s duty, as it has been the duty of all the previous generations of moon wolves before her: “I am the Night Wolf. I protect the Sun Wolves when it is black. When it is day, the Sun Wolves protect the Night Wolf.” It was repeated a couple times in my dream like the Night Wolf was thinking it as a mantra for herself.

And I realized, before the dream ended, that I was the Night Wolf. I don’t know who the Sun Wolves were. But that line about being the Night Wolf seemed so haunting to me. It was to have been a line I heard somewhere before.

I went online to see if I could find it anywhere, but I couldn’t find it anywhere.

Feedback On My X-Wing Pilot Costume

Well damn, I've got more work to do on my X-Wing Pilot costume than I expected.

Your costume overall is off to a good start. We've got a few changes that need to be made before it can be approved:
- We already talked about the boots. They can't be rubber.
--Once I get a regular paycheck, I'll go get some new boots.
- The code cylinders need to be painted silver. They look gray in the pictures.--I already got these painted silver.
 - The sleeve cuffs are pretty big, but when they're in the gloves you don't see them so it's probably okay.--Well, yeah, but I've already made them a little smaller once. I've taken the suit in as much as I can. If I play with the sizing much more, I'm going to screw up the finished seams you can see.
- The compad should be tucked farther down behind the gauntlet. If it can't be tucked in any more than that, it needs to be lowered down the arm.--I can try tucking it in more, but I'm not going to lower the comm pad pocket.
- Both upper arm pockets need to be raised. The right arm pocket might even need to be trimmed shorter, too. It looks long and needs to at least be above the elbow.--I am so not moving the pockets. This suit was professionally made and I'll just screw it up if I try to move them.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

We Have A New Family Member

Meet Chief! This little wiener came home with us last night.

As much as it shocked me, I've been finding myself longing for another dog, ever since we had to have Cujo put to sleep last year. Shit, I'm starting to get teary eyed again just thinking about my boy and how he's no longer here with us. 

As it turned out, Shane was wanting another dog too. But the reason it shocked me, is because I was so resistant to ever having another cat after Dixie was put to sleep. She was my heart and my security blanket in life. While I do love Orion, she'll never be a replacement for Dixie.

And little Chief here will never be a replacement for Cujo. But all of a sudden, the grief I feel for Dixie and Cujo feels a lot like shame for enjoying the new family members.

Whooo, I'm not sure where this is all coming from. I just had to get up and get a tissue because I was full on crying for a second there. I keep telling Shane I shouldn't have dogs and cats for pets, because I get waaaaaaaaaay too attached to them.

Anyway, onto the good things here. Shane and I have both been looking for pug. He was perfectly willing to spend a grand or more on a dog for us, thinking about a dog from a breeder so we'd know what the temperament would be like and hopefully not have to worry about behavioral issues. He's still not sold on the idea of dog breed specific rescue, even though neither one of us give a shit about lineage or paperwork.

I couldn't do that in good conscious. But the sad thing is that the rescues out here for pugs are just as expensive as a breeder dog. And between our collective back issues, I knew we needed a smaller dog this time. Wheelbarrowing poor Cujo at the end of his life was hard to physically do. Shane just wanted something different so we weren't dwelling on Cujo. Like that's going to happen!

Named by Shane, Chief is 7 weeks old and he comes from an oops litter where he had 8 brothers and sisters. (If this had been a fawn or sable colored pug, he would have been named Frank, from "Men in Black." But with this little black face and expressive eyes, I hadn't been struck with a name for him.) When we got to the family's home yesterday, there were four puppies left, and the husband thought they'd all be gone by tonight. They owned Mama Pug, and the wife's brother owned Papa Pug.

Breeder or no, this was a litter and an adoption/purchase I could get behind. We met Mama and her remaining four pups. They all looked healthy and seemed happy. For some reason, I was drawn to Chief here. We wanted a male anyway, but this little guy seemed the most curious. The wife said he was the most independent of the remaining three males.

He has no papers, other than the trail of vet work that we'll create for him. All we have is a verbal promise that he's a pure bred pug, and that Mama was able to deliver all of the pups on her own. A lot of English Bulldogs and some pugs have to be delivered by C-sectio because their heads are so big that the mothers can't do it on their own. That, along with the oops factor, is the reason they weren't charging an arm and a leg for the pups.

Chief slept through his first night here pretty well. He did cry in the living room when we went to bed, so we turned on a light in the other bedroom that shone in, and I actually slept on the couch out there, so he could see he wasn't alone. Other than that, he slept through the night like a champ. But as he's a little guy that's teething, we'll see how it goes in the future for him.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Star Wars Big Figs Episode VII Massive 31" C-3PO Action Figure

I've been farting around with my Jakks Pacific Episode VII C-3PO for a couple of weeks. I picked up him up at Aldi's, unexpectedly, in the early part of December. He's pretty solidly made, with seven points of articulation.

The downside to this is that he has no electronics in him, whatsoever. His eyes don't light up and he doesn't speak.

If you're wondering why he has a red arm, check out the digital version of his comic, which takes place between Episodes VI and VII. Hint, C-3PO doesn't talk about how he came to have the red arm in Episode VII, if you haven't seen it yet. As you can see from the pictures below, C-3PO was actually a cheap mustard-y kind of yellow to start.

The joints on his arm were solid.
I drilled a couple holes in each joint area and then Dremelled the plastic out. When I was done, I used a file to clean up the rest of his elbow.
What killed me about this is that from watching all those Cosplay Chris Custom Collectibles videos on YouTube, I really thought this would be easy to take apart so I could paint it better. Most of the screw holes are on his back. I tried to manually unscrew them. That didn't work, so I switched to a drill to remove the screws. For Christ's sake, all I did was strip the screws! And yes, I had the drill bit turning in the right direction: righty tighty, lefty loosey. This metallic bastard just didn't want to budge! I decided to just fill in those screw holes with some filler instead. It was kind of a bummer, because I wanted to take his head apart and put in some sort of battery-powered light pack in there, for his eyes.

I covered his midsection with painter's tape, and used all Rustoleum spray paints on him. I used those Dremelled out elbows to hang him in our garage for painting, since it was too cold outside to paint out there. There were a few times when he was hanging up all awkward, where I could hear him saying, "Oh dear, Sir Luke!" First I put a couple coats of primer on him. There were a few places that I went back over and hand sanded in between coats.

Then I covered him almost entirely with plastic and painted his right calf silver. After that dried, I reversed the coverage and sprayed his left arm red, recovered him one more time and sprayed the rest of him gold. I purposely didn't weather 3PO for this project, because I preferred him shiny and polished in the movies.

I did find out that metallic gold spray paint is not very forgiving. There are a few drip marks on him, and I couldn't really buff those out.

I did the smallest amount of detail work on his eyes and mouth, with some black craft paint, just to highlight them. I also repainted the wires on his midsection, because they were pretty sloppy looking. I also painted both of his palms black, and I plan on getting some small disks in red and gold for each palm. I guess in the movies, those colored sections of his palms are supposed to be some kind of sensors.

I also gave him about three coats of clear spray paint.

Dremelled out elbow joint

And yes, I know C-3PO's leg wasn't silver in "The Force Awakens." Both of his legs were actually gold. I did this on purpose because I liked the randomness of the silver leg, because all the other protocol droids we saw were just one colored.

I think he'll make a fine addition to my table when I'm representing the Rebel Legion.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

My Pilot Costume is Finished

I finally got around to submitting my pictures tonight.Even though I'm already a member of the Rebel Legion, I still have submit any new costumes for approval.

Good Lord, I really look like a damn swayback in these side pictures! I actually have something called spinal lordosis of the lower back, so it means my spine curves in more than it should, towards the bottom.

Monday, January 30, 2017

My Mom's Lox Dip/55 Recipes Down

So just to clarify this recipe's name. It's not MY mom's lox dip, but rather it's "My Mom's Lox Dip" by Sam the Cooking Guy. This recipe came from Just a Bunch of Recipes.

Every year in January, for probably close to 13 years now, Michelle the Cook, Nicole the Knitter and I get together for our little Christmas. It's a way to avoid the craziness of the holidays, the rush of the crowds while shopping and it's just more relaxed. We just celebrated Christmas 2016 yesterday here at our house.

What did I learn from this recipe?
I made Sam's lox dip in the morning. I did add three tablespoons of mayo and a sprinkling of Old Bay to it.I figured that would be enough time for the flavors to really meld, because we didn't eat until 2:30.

It wasn't really enough time. In fact, it didn't start tasting right until this morning. Before this, it just tasted flat.

But now, ooooh, it's pretty damn god. I wish I had added more lox to it though. I also learned that lox is somewhat a tender, flaky pain in the ass to cut up for this recipe. But it was definitely worth it.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Potato Soup/54 Recipes Down

Oh man, supper tonight was this happy coincidence when you have nothing thawed out to make and nothing sounds good. It might want to be retitled: Potato Soup, or Sam to the Rescue. I just happened to have all the ingredients to make this. It comes from Just a Bunch of Recipes.

What did I learn from this recipe?

The soup recipe calls for diced onion. Amazingly enough, I didn't have any onions at all, which surprised me, because anymore with cooking from Sam's book, I keep at least one at all times now. I decided to substitute some diced celery instead.

I cooked it up the same way the onion would have been softened, and I learned that celery doesn't soften like that. Sure, it does soften some, but it doesn't cook down. However, I realized it was still a very good substitute, and I still liked the slight change in texture from the rest of the ingredients. THIS SOUP. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Fix for My X-Wing Chest Box

Last weekend, I wore my X-Wing Pilot costume for the first time in public. Our local Rebel Legion base was at Marscon in Williamsburg. I haven't submitted it yet as an official costume, and I don't even have photos of it yet, but I wanted to see what still needed to be altered. As it turns out, EVERYTHING was too big on me! I guess I'm not as big as I think I am! :)

The one problem I've fixed just now is keeping the chest box hose attached to the flight suit. I tried using a magnet on the inside of my flight suit, but my magnet wasn't as strong as the magnet built into the end of the hose adapter, so it kept falling off. During the day, I just tucked the end of the hose into my belt.

I thought about drilling some small holes into the adapter and just sewing it right to the flight suit. But inspiration struck me last night while I was falling asleep.

I dug out some snaps this afternoon and the Five Second Fix pen I bought to fix one of Mom's Christmas decorations. I glued (or plastic welded) four snap backs to the end of the hose adapter, and I've sewn the other snap sides to the flight suit where the hose will attach.

There are plenty of pictures of Mark Hamill in his X-Wing costume online for reference, but the hose attaches to the flight suit on the left side chest pocket. It can be a little fiddly, and you'll need to make sure you're not sewing through the back side of the pocket.

To get the other side of the snaps lined up right, sew on one back to the suit. Snap it to the hose. With a red Sharpie marker, mark the other three snap backs on the hose, then rub the hose onto the pocket. The red ink will rub onto the suit and you'll have marks where the other snap backs need to be attached.

I know some people on Amazon (okay, a lot of people) have left bad reviews of the Five Second Fix. Personally, I've used it a few times and think it's pretty good. It doesn't dry up after you've opened the pen, the way Super or Krazy Glue seems to do. This is holding pretty tightly right now, just plastic and thin metal.

I think the trick is this: obviously use it to attach the backs of the snaps. Once you've got the plastic weld cured, go around the edge of each snap with it again, and then hit each snap again with the blue light. Supposedly, five seconds will cure it, but I've found it takes double that time.

I've also used it on a frosted glass-type plastic snow man that had a broken arm. The Super Glue I tried first just didn't hold, but as soon as I hit it with the Five Second Fix and the blue light, his little arm wasn't budging.

But back to the chest box hose, I need another day of wearing it to really know how well this will hold, but I've got a good feeling about this.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Felt Like Making A Weird List

I like to lurk on IMDB whenever I see a new (or old) movie. I think their trivia, goofs and discussion boards are very interesting. And I see a lot of people have lists of different types of movies. For some reason, I decided I needed a movie list of my own.

Call me crazy but I decided to make a list of all the movies (both theater released and made for TV) I can remember seeing over the last 42 years. I don't know why I did this, and they are in no particular order, but I think I got pretty damn close to all of them.

The ones I've crossed through are time wasters. The ones I've made bold are ones I recommend.

30 Days of Night
The Explorers
Son In Law
Encino Man
Edge of Tomorrow
Summer School
Gone in Sixty Seconds
Get Carter (2000)
Blast from the Past
The Ladies Man
Undercover Brother
Twilight of the Golds
Baby Boom
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Major Payne
German or Russian movie about were-animals, called something like "Daywalkers," "Nightwalkers" or something along those lines 
The Happening
Twelve Monkeys
Labor Day
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
I, Frankenstein
One Good Cop
Guardians of the Galaxy
Howard & Kumar Go To White Castle
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
The Avengers (2012)
Hatfields & McCoys
Psycho (1960)
Psycho (1998)
Psycho III
Of Mice and Men (1992)
Holiday Heart
Queen of the Damned
Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels
Escape from Alcatraz
Stir Crazy
The Avengers (1998)
Bambi (animated)
Batman: The Movie
Batman Returns
Batman Forever
Batman & Robin
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (animated)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (animated)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (animated)
The Justice League: The Movie
Justice League: The New Frontier (animated)
The Blues Brothers
Captain America: The First Avenger

The Coneheads
Drop Dead Fred
The Eraser
Gallagher: Mad as Hell
Gallagher: The Maddest
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th: Part III (1982)
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Friday the 13th: The New Blood (1988)
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th (1986)
Friday the 13th: Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Ghostbusters 2
Green Lantern
The Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
Planet Hulk (animated)
Iron Giant (animated)
Iron Man
Iron Man 2
Iron Man 3
Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws 4

The Little Mermaid (animated)
My Stepmother’s an Alien
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Freddy vs. Jason
Freddy’s Dead; The Final Nightmare
Pete’s Dragon (original)
Predator 2
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Saving Mr. Banks
Sin City
Superman II
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
Superman III
Superman IV: Quest For Peace
Superman Returns
Robocop (original)
Robocop (2014)
Robocop II
Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 3

The Amazing Spider-Man
Spider-Man Strikes Back
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek: The Final Frontier
Star Trek: Generations
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Trek
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Star Wars Ep I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Ep II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Ep III: The Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Ep IV: A New Hope
(both versions: when Han shot first and when Greedo shot first, and all the re-edited one with the new scenes)
Star Wars Ep V: The Empire Strikes Back (both versions: original and the re-edited one with the new scenes)
Star Wars Ep VI: Return of the Jedi (both versions: original and the re-edited one with the new scenes)
Star Wars Revelations
Top Gun
The Saint
Real Genius
The Ghost and the Darkness
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
King Kong (1976)
King Kong (2005)

King Kong vs. Godzilla
King Kong Lives
Kate & Leopold
The Fountain
The Wrestler
Grudge Match

Independence Day
Jurassic Park
Midnight Run
Godzilla (1954) 
Godzilla: King of Monsters (1956) 
Godzilla (1998)
Godzilla (2014)
Son of Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Mothra
Dracula (original)
Dracula (1992)
Ice Spiders
Sharknado 2: The Second One
Mega Shark vs. Mechashark
2 Headed Shark Attack
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Waxwork (1988)
Halloween (2007)
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (2009)
Halloween: Resurrection
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Meyers
Halloween 5
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Friday After Next
Next Friday
The Terminator
Terminator II: Judgment Day
Terminator III: Rise of the Machines
Terminator Salvation
Universal Solider

X-Men II
X-Men III: The Last Stand
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: First Class
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Wolverine

What About Bob?
Groundhog Day
Blazing Saddles

Wayne’s World
Wayne’s World 2
The Outsiders
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Lincoln vs. Zombies

The World is Not Enough
Casino Royale
Quantum of Solace
From Russia With Love
Dr. No
License to Kill
The Living Daylights
A View to a Kill
Die Another Day
The Man With the Golden Gun
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
You Only Live Twice
Joe Versus the Volcano
The Money Pit
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
When Harry Met Sally
Broken Arrow
The Green Mile
Evan Almighty
Bruce Almighty
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Toy Story
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Good Morning, Vietnam
Catch Me If You Can
Apollo 13
Forrest Gump
A League of Their Own
City Slickers
Turner & Hooch
The 'Burbs
Back to the Future
Back to the Future II
Back to the Future III
Teen Wolf
Stuart Little
Milo & Otis
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Father of the Bride (1991)
Father of the Bride 2
All of Me
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Red Dawn (1984)
The Breakfast Club
Pretty In Pink
The Pick Up Artist
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
The Soloist
Tropic Thunder
The Fugitive

U.S. Marshals
Natural Born Killers
Chances Are
Johnny Be Good
Weird Science
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Singing In The Rain
Gone With the Wind
Driving Miss Daisy
Due Date
Dead Snow
Dead Snow 2
The A-Team
For Your Eyes Only
Never Say Never Again
The Spy Who Loved Me
Diamonds Are Forever
Tomorrow Never Dies
War of the Worlds
Minority Report

Mission: Impossible (1996)
Interview With the Vampire

Far and Away
Days of Thunder
Rain Man

Hairspray (2007)
Wild Hogs
Ladder 49
Stand By Me

The Punisher (2004)
The Punisher (1989)
Ghost Rider
The Crow
Rapid Fire
Get Shorty
Pulp Fiction
Look Who’s Talking
Look Who’s Talking Too
G.I. Joe
The Expendables
16 Blocks
Tears of the Sun
The Village
The Story of Us
The Sixth Sense

The Fifth Element
The Jackal
Die Hard
Live Free or Die Hard
Loaded Weapon 1
Death Becomes Her
The Last Boy Scout
The Lone Ranger
Dark Shadows

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Public Enemies
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Corpse Bride (animated)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Astronaut’s Wife
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Benny & Joon
Edward Scissorhands
Real Steel
The Prestige
Van Helsing
Street Smart
Noises Off

In The Gloaming
Pretty Woman
Sleeping With the Enemy

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
The Watchmen
White Noise
Penthouse North

Desperate Measures
Jackie Brown
The Paper
Much Ado About Nothing
Pacific Heights

The Dream Team
Gung Ho
Johnny Dangerously
Mr. Mom
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
The Addams Family
Road Trip
Addams Family Values
Up A Creek
Men in Black
Men In Black 2
I Am Legend
I, Robot
Wild Wild West
Enemy of the State
Independence Day
Six Degrees of Separation
The Devil’s Advocate
Carlito’s Way

The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
Analyze This
Cop Land

Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenstein (remake)
The Bride of Frankenstein
The Untouchables

The Devil’s Rejects
House of 1000 Corpses
The Hangover
Cowboys and Aliens
Shaun of the Dead
Chasing Amy
Mall Rats
The Naked Gun
The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear
The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
Dracula: Dead and Loving It!
Hot Shots
Hot Shots Part Duex
Superhero Movie
Scary Movie
Scary Movie 2
Scary Movie 3
Scary Movie 4
Wrongfully Accused
The Aviator
The Perfect Storm
Delores Claiborne
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Air Force One
Mars Attacks!
Hamlet (1990)
The Wolfman (remake)
Indian Summer
Big Top Pee Wee
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Blades of Glory
Napoleon Dynamite
Old School

Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers in The Spy Who Shagged Me
Shrek (animated)
Shrek 2 (animated)
Billy Madison
Happy Gilmore
Animal House
So I Married An Axe Murderer
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Regarding Henry
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Working Girl
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Fantastic Four (1994)
Fantastic Four (2005)
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Not Another Teen Movie
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Blind Dating
The Book of Eli
American Gangster
Man on Fire
Training Day
Heart Condition
The Hunt for Red October
Malcolm X
Rocky Balboa
A Bug’s Life (animated)
Antz (animated)
Judge Dredd
Demolition Man
Rocky V
Rambo III
Rocky IV
Rambo: First Blood Part II
First Blood
Rocky III
Rocky II
The Dictator
Leon: The Professional
Time Cop
Dangerous Minds
Married to the Mob
The Nightmare Before Christmas (animated)
The Bucket List
The Shining
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Pet Sematary
Maximum Overdrive
Young Guns
Young Guns II
Shawshank Redemption
The Stand (miniseries)
Creepshow 2

Planet of the Apes (1968)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Renaissance Man
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Escape From The Planet of the Apes
Frankenweenie (2012) (animated)
Cabin Boy
Hotel Transylvania (animated)
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
50 First Dates
Encino Man
White Chicks
The Waterboy
The Hot Chick
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Ooze
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
The Goonies
The Golden Compass
The Invasion
Moulin Rouge!
The Princess Bride
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music (remake)
Needful Things
LA Stories
The Jerk
Mrs. Doubtfire
The Toy
Brewster’s Millions
National Lampoon's Las Vegas Vacation
National Lampoon's Winter Holiday/Christmas Vacation
Funny Farm
Three Amigos
Spies Like Us
National Lampoon's European Vacation
National Lampoon’s Vacation
Modern Problems
Little Miss Sunshine
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Monsters Inc. (animated)
Oh Brother Where Art Thou
King Ralph
Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Get Smart
Who’s Harry Crumb?
Dirty Dancing
Cool Runnings
Home Alone
Uncle Buck
The Great Outdoors
My Girl
Armed & Dangerous
American Pie
Best in Show
Dumb & Dumber
Kick Ass
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (live action)
Liar Liar
The Dead Pool
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Venture: When Nature Calls
Peggy Sue Got Married
Fatal Instinct
8 MM
Snake Eyes
City of Angels
Con Air
The Rock
Leaving Las Vegas
Honeymoon in Vegas
Raising Arizona
Romeo & Juliet (1968)
Jeremiah Johnson
The Karate Kid (original)
Fright Night (2011)
Fright Night (1985)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Monkey Shines
The Thomas Crown Affair (remake)
The Lawnmower Man
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
Epic Movie
Super Troopers
Balls of Fury
Joe Dirt
Tommy Boy
Black Sheep
The Adventures of Tintin (animated)
Kindergarten Cop
Total Recall
Red Heat
World War Z
Burn After Reading
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Meet Joe Black
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Hell Boy
Law Abiding Citizen
Meet the Spartans
Mad Max
House on Haunted Hill

Kill Bill, Vol 1
Kill Bill, Vol. 2
Reservoir Dogs
What's Love Got to Do With It?
From Dusk Till Dawn
The Wedding Singer
Steel Magnolias (original)
Vampire in Brooklyn
Dr. Dolittle (2001)
The Nutty Professor (1996)
Mulan (animated)
Beverly Hills Cop
Coming to America
Pink Floyd The Wall
Carrie (1976)
Carrie (2002)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Monty Python's The Life of Brian
History of the World: Part 1
Show Girls
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Young Frankenstein
The Patriot
Lethal Weapon 3
Conspiracy Theory
Mary Reilly
The Pelican Brief
Miss Congeniality
28 Days Later
Red Eye
The Pirate Movie
Juwanna Man
What A Girl Wants
Walk The Line
Some Like It Hot
Beowulf (animated)
A Mighty Heart
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Girl, Interrupted
Great Balls of Fire
There's Something About Mary
The Mask
The Heartbreak Kid
The Day After Tomorrow
Enemy Mine
Bubble Boy
Bad Santa
My Blue Heaven
Down Periscope
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
As Good As It Gets
Sling Blade
Mr. Woodcock
Time Bandits
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar

Point Break (original)
Road House
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Blade II
Silver Bullet
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Animatrix
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
The Prince of Pennsylvania
Gran Torino
Dirty Harry
J. Edgar
Hollow Man
Untamed Heart
Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing 2
The Dark Crystal
The Wizard Of Oz
Return to Oz
The Wiz
The League of Extraordinary Gentleman
A Walk to Remember
The Omen
Damien: Omen II
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Jungle Book (animated)
Up In Smoke
The Doors
Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers
Cannonball Run
Smokey and the Bandit

Big Fish
The Silence of the Lambs
Sin City
Underworld (2003)
The People Under The Stairs
The Ring (US version)
Bebe's Kids (animated)
King Pin
Rush Hour
Rush Hour 2
16 Candles
A Christmas Story
An American Werewolf in London
An American Werewolf in Paris
Evil Dead
Army of Darkness
Can’t Buy Me Love
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Don’t Tell Her It’s Me
Flash Gordon
Flight of the Navigator
Flowers in the Attic (1987)
Flowers in the Attic (2013)
The Fly (1986)
Poltergiest (original)
Short Circuit
Throw Momma From The Train
Top Secret!
Troop Beverly Hills
M*A*S*H (movie)
M*A*S*H--"Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" (series finale)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Wiz
Dances With Wolves
Fried Green Tomatoes

Single White Female
Office Space
The Birdcage
The Flintstones
Biloxi Blues
The Kennedys (mini series)
Killing Kennedy
Killing Lincoln
Of Mice and Men (1992)
The Sandlot
Hot Fuzz
Captain America (1979)
Captain America: Death Too Soon
The Death of the Incredible Hulk
The Mummy (1999)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Me, Myself & Irene
Shallow Hal
In the Custody of Strangers
Men at Work
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
The Poseidon Adventure (2005)
Poseidon (2006)
The Phantom
American Sniper
Paul Blart, Mall Cop
Captain Ron
The Time Traveler's Wife
Heartbreak Hotel
Three Men and a Baby
Red Heat
The Transporter
The Heartbreak Kid

Dick Tracy
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Harry and the Hendersons
Saving Silverman
American Pie
American Pie 2
Ice Age (animated)
The Day After
Monkey Shines
The Jungle Book (1967)
Eddie Murphy: Delirious
Eddie Murphy: Raw
Funny About Love
He-Man & The Masters of the Universe
The Adventures of the Wilderness Family
Malcolm X
GI Jane
City of Angels
The Rock
The Scarlet Letter (1979)
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Major League
Hot Shots
Hot Shots Part Deux
The Game
Falling Down
Super Shark
Jason’s Lyric
Needful Things
Meteor Man
Not Without My Daughter
Safe House
The Cutting Edge
If You Could See What I Hear
Ghost Ship
Bastard Out of Carolina
Gangster Squad
True Grit (2010)
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Joe's Apartment
Master and Commander
Ernest Goes to Camp
Beverly Hillbillies
Ice Age: Continental Drift (animated)
My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Why Me?
They Live
Ed and His Dead Mother
On Deadly Ground
Under Siege
The People Under the Stairs
Hard to Kill
Gracie's Choice
The Simpsons: The Movie
Sister Act
One Fine Day
Rise of the Guardians
The Deliberate Stranger
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
This Means War
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Being Elmo
At First Sight
Water World
Return to Mayberry
Rescue From Gilligan's Island
A Very Brady Christmas
For the Love of Benji
Eddie & The Cruisers II: Eddie Lives
Private Benjamin
The Justice League of America (1997)
Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Son of Batman
Batman: City of Scars
Superman & Batman: Apocalypse
Creature From the Black Lagoon
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!
Orca (Oh God, this was a super sad movie....You just need to see it for yourself. If you've got kids, don't let them watch this. This is not the documentary about orcas that aired on CNN. It's an animal attack movie from 1977. I did know that when I started watching it.)
Employee of the Month
San Andreas
Mercury Rising
The Hitcher
Care Bears: The Movie
Flubber (original)
Blue Lagoon
Marilyn: The Secret Life of Marilyn (first episode of the mini series)
The Aviator
Craig Ferguson: I'm Here To Help
Kevin Hart: I'm a Grown Little Man
Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain
Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny
Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Not Fat... I'm Fluffy
Gabriel Iglesias: Hot and Fluffy
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint
The Wolf of Wall Street
Ghost Adventures: The Beginning
Orange County
Taken 2
Taken 3
Revenge of the Nerds
Return of the Six-Million Dollar Man
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (animated)
Wonder Woman (tv movie from 1977)
Wonder Woman (animated)
A Million Ways To Die In The West
Sorority Boys
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (remake)
Joker Rising
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
The Three Stooges (2000)
Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing
The Unknown Marx Brothers
I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later
Yes Man
Shaft (remake)
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
The Queen 
I Am Chris Farley
Craig Ferguson: Just Being Honest
Hercules (2014)
The Birds II: Land's End
Impractical Jokers Practically Live Tour Special
Straight Outta Compton
Jurassic World
Back Into Time
Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood
Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map
Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters
Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos
Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special
Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity
Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself 
Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie 
Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again 
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Shanghai Noon
The Exorcist
Godzilla: Final War 
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Craig Ferguson: Does This Need To Be Said?
Craig Ferguson: A Wee Bit o Revolution
The Equalizer
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Star Trek: Of Gods and Men
Star Trek: Renegades 
Proof of Life 
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original) 
Peter Pan (2014 remake for TV)
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Rise of the Zombies
Three Men and a Baby
Love Story
The Dead 2: India
Mad Love
Home Fries 
Wilder Napalm 
Paranormal Activity 3 
Man of Steel
Piranha DD
Doctor Who (tv movie with #8)
Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 
Airplane II: The Sequel
Terminator: Genesys
Z For Zachariah: Damn it, I really wanted to like this one. Chris Pine is in it.
Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever
The Joy Luck Club 
The Revanant
Super Duper Alice Cooper
3: The Dale Earnhardt Story
A Haunted House
Zombie Apocalypse 
Purple Rain 
Zombie Resurrection
Captain America: Civil War
The Lego Movie
Child's Play
The Bourne Identity 
Friday the 13th: Part VI: Jason Lives 
X-Men: Apocalypse
Wes Craven's New Nightmare
Jason Goes to Hell 
Hardcore Henry
Central Intelligence 
Munster, Go Home! 
Police Academy
Aspen Extreme 
Car 54, Where Are You?

Sharknado: The Fourth Awakens
The Long Kiss Goodnight
In the Custody of Strangers
Godzilla vs. Mothra
Son of Godzilla
Highway to Hell
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
The Fly (1958)
Scream Blacula Scream
Batman: The Killing Joke
The Finest Hours
Child's Play 2 
Killing Reagan 
Child's Play 3 
Bride of Chucky 
The Mad Monster (on Mystery Science Theater 3000) 
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
One of the Resident Evil movies, but I don't know which one. 
Thunderbird 6 
Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn 
Dark Superman
Barefoot in the Park
Seed of Chucky
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Godzilla Resurgence
Beneath the Planet of The Apes
Kong: Skull Island
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders 
Batman: Year One 
Batman vs. Robin 
Batman: Gotham Knight 
Batman: Bad Blood
The Batman vs. Dracula
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Batman: Assault on Arkham
The Founder
Blade Runner
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Superman: Unbound
Star Trek Beyond

I figure that's about 1,126 movies, give or take, which means I see about 26 movies a year.

I figure I'll come back to this list and continue to update it whenever I see something new.

Shrimp Tacos/53 Recipes Down

This is another one in the series of recipes that I knew Shane wouldn't want to try. Like the others, it comes from Just a Bunch of Recipes.

Shrimp, Old Bay Seasoning, red cabbage...what's not to like, right?

What did I learn from this recipe?
I didn't like it. At all.

There's nothing wrong with the recipe. I think I just didn't like the combination of ingredients. I don't know, it just didn't taste good.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Five Minute Stir Fry Noodles/54 Recipes Down

I figured this would be a sure-fire lunch for us, because Shane ate a lot of Ramen as a college student. In fact, he couldn't wait for me to make this for us today, so much so that he was cooking with me today. Like the other recent recipes, this one also comes from Just a Bunch of Recipes.
What did I learn from this recipe?
I'm not a Ramen fan at all, but because it's a food (not an alcohol) recipe, I had to make it. I don't like the broth Ramen makes, and if I make it, I typically drain it and eat just the noodles. This recipe actually calls for that.

I had hoped the noodles would have been a little on the crispy side, because of frying them, if even only for 30 seconds. However, I think they turned out a little mushy.

Shane, however, thought they were great and he loved this recipe. I think I'll be making this again for him.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Grilled Lox and Fontina Sandwich/52 Recipes Down

I knew right away that Shane wasn’t going to be interested in lox, so this was my breakfast this morning. It comes from Just a Bunch of Recipes.

For some damn reason, no matter what I did to my frying pan, the bread kept sticking to it and the outer layer would tear off. I don’t know why, because I’ve used that pan for grilled sandwiches before. Sam did recommend a heavy white bread, and I was using regular grocery store brand white bread. However, it had been previously frozen bread, but I pulled that loaf out of the freezer days ago and it’s been fine for everything else.

I also swapped out Gouda for Fontina, as all the Fontina cheese was gone.

What did I learn from this recipe?…gawd…I loved it. 

My husband will never want to try this sandwich, and he’s not a picky eater, but I know he’ll never try it. I’m fine with that, because it means I won’t have to worry about anyone using up the lox I can buy at the store, before I have a chance to eat any of it. J

Make this. It’s fantastic. That’s all I need to say.