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Monday, August 31, 2015

That Annoying Rug

Well, I'm feeling generally stressed and I haven't done a good rant in a while. Let's vent a little frustration.

So we've been doing some redecorating in the living room, moving stuff around and buying new decor.

And then this rug came in yesterday.

Well, maybe not a rug per se. It's made out of a straw-like material, and would be perfectly fine for the patio (where most of us would be wearing shoes while walking on it). However, it is not out on the patio, it is in the middle of the living room floor. Being hard and rough, it's uncomfortable to walk on barefoot. And when the weather gets cold, I doubt it will be kind to my socks.

I'm sure they will be more discussion about this later on, but given what was said today, I fear I may have been outvoted.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Fall's On The Way

I'm glad this week has been calm for the most part.

  • After months of waiting and shots, the vet has finally cleared Rocket to go out. He's still adjusting to being out and about (as well as being around people and other dogs), but we'll get there in time.
  • Nice hot showers.
  • That the weekend is just around the corner.
  • Finally saw Man Of Steel and liked more than I expected to.

How are things on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Movie Review For Paul Blart:Mall Cop

Premise:A socially awkward security guard at a mall is the only one left inside to save hostages from a gang of crooks.

Cast:Kevin James as Paul Blart, Jayma Mays as Amy, Raini Rodriguez as Maya Blart, Keir O'Donnell as Veck Sims, Bobby Cannavale as Commander James Kent, Shirley Knight as Paul's mom, Stephen Rannazzisi as Stuart, full cast can be found here.

Director:Steve Carr

MPAA Rating:PG for some violence, mild crude and suggestive humor, and language


Notes:Poster taken from IMDB. Updated 12/29/2016 to add more notes about the content problems.

Pros:Decent protagonist. Some funny moments. The soundtrack.

Cons:Bad acting. Glorifies stalking. One obnoxious character. Clunky exposition. Small things that don't make sense.

Paul Blart is not doing so well. He failed to become a cop like he wanted, people love to mock him, and he has yet to find a girlfriend (though that new saleswoman is pretty cute).

Friday, August 21, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:All Things Considered...

I'm still feeling a little off-balance after our dog died earlier this week. But there have still been things about this week

  • got some pictures of her a few months prior.
  • Rocket, our surviving pet. He has made it a little easier to deal with, and helps the food and treats still left not to go to waste.
  • And I'm happy for the people who have taken the time to leave constructive comments here this week.
  • Mass Effect 2  for improving after the first part of the story. I wasn't exactly into it at first, but it had gotten much more interesting.
  • That the fall TV season is almost here.
  • Autumn itself not being too far away. But we still have a while before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Finally, we've been rearranging furniture in the living room. In the process, we've cleared out a lot of dust and some movies we no longer want.

How are things on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sad News

Earlier today, our dog Poochie died.

I don't think I'll have much to say for the rest of the week.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

On Target, Toys, & Gender

This post has more links than usual, so it might take a while to get through them all.

So in (the unlikely) case you haven't heard, there has been a storm of debate over gender and whether or not society is about to collapse because of godless heathens. This reached a new point sometime after a mom tweeted about her disappointment with Target's "building sets" versus "girls' building sets". And now, the powers that be at Target have decided that they will no longer label toys according to gender. Many Christians are outraged over this decision to the point that they have declared Target has lost a customer.

And if you ask me, how upset people are over this is just plain ridiculous. It's not like we've suddenly been commanded to ignore gender altogether. We've just seen strict, arbitrary definitions of what it means grow less powerful.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Things I've Learned Because Of Blogging

Today, this blog turns two years old. And ever since I started it, I've been learning.

Copyright law

The nuances of fair use took a while to figure out, but thanks to Creative Commons and websites of public domain pictures, things have gone well.

Being a writer
Not only have I done a lot more writing both on and offline in the past couple years, I've also connected with a lot of authors. Thank you for giving me a clue about what I can expect.

Social media
There are at least four different social platforms I've joined specifically to help with my posts. And most of them have become fun for me even outside of blogging.

So if you're a blogger, what have you learned because of it?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:So It's August Now

I finally remembered to post for this hop! That's a start.

  • Music. And one album turning out better than I thought it would.
  • Getting a good score in a video game that I've been trying to get for a while.
  • I uploaded a bunch of files to Google Drive because I got paranoid about not backing things up. And I'm still way under the free storage limit.
  • Blessed alone time.
  • We had peach pie for dessert last night. I should see if there's any left.

How are things on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

IWSG:Feeling Fine, Actually

Good news:I'm not feeling insecure about my writing at the moment. I've actually been more productive in the last month, with my main focus on developing a medieval world (and I found a cool site about castles in the process.) So I'm going to be working on that some more, and enjoying the weird things my brain comes up with.

So for the most part, I'm doing all right, and I'm happy about that.
Credit:Krabat der Zauberlehrling at Wikimedia Commons

© 2015 by M.R.R.