Saturday was a busy day for us. The Wife and Kids went to an early birthday part at LTA Depot in Murfreesboro while I ran a few errands and drug out some equipment we would need for later in the afternoon. And by later in the afternoon, I mean about 1 PM. Around that time, our guests started showing up to help with some projects around the house. The Wife’s parents, grandparents and her uncle came over and we tackled a few things involving electrical and plumbing. Throw in waiting on parts from Lowes, we spent a good 5 hours on 6 different projects we had planned out. All-in-all, it went much better than I anticipated! Later that evening, after I cleaned up a little bit, we went out for dinner at O’Charley’s. A great Saturday that helped me appreciate what pretty good in-laws I have.
Today we all slept in ’til around 10 AM. Afterwards, we got up, got dressed and went to have lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse with The Wife’s parents and grandparents. I came back home and cleaned up what was left setting around from yesterday evening and then settled in to watch a couple of movies.
Mercy Rule is one of those Kirk Cameron films. One of those films, them there family oriented films. To appreciate Mercy Rule, you have to get passed a few things that hurt it in the 2 hour running time. These things include: (1) the jerky camera motion. I’m sure this was done for effect, but all it does is make the production seem poor, in my opinion. (2) the editing cuts between the two stories that are going on in the plot is horrible. It seriously gave me a headache the way the movie would switch between the two for – at times – a few seconds each. And (3) as with all films in this category, the acting at times leaves a bit to be desires.
If you can get passed these pretty serious issues, the underlying story in Mercy Rule is a really good one. I came away with the feeling it was about teamwork, coming together and what a real legacy is that families leave one another. It also tried to throw in the message that government is bad for business with all their regulations and taxations and laws governing this and that. It was a bit heavy on that in the plot as Cameron’s character tries to get out of some legal paperwork he signed.
If you’re a Kirk Cameron fan, or just want a movie you can watch with the family without being afraid of what’s going to pop up on screen or come out of a character’s mouth, this is a good film. The basic message is strong, if you can pay attention with all the edits going on up there on the screen.
Based on the novel by Joe Hill (yes, he’s the son of You Know Who), Horns was so much better than I expected it to be. Admittedly, I haven’t read the novel it’s based on, but the movie was darn good. Humor, crime drama, paranormal crap going on, language and nudity. The complete opposite of what I was just talking about above. The story was good, the acting great, the humor funny. Good movie, I look forward to more adaptions of Hill’s works.
And that’s my weekend. How was yours?
Congratulations to Confessions of A Readaholic for being awarded 2nd place in the Top 15 Books Blog in India.
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It does feel good when you are appreciated for the work you love to do. For me, it’s always about Confessions of a Readaholic. I appreciate all readers who from their precious time, do spend some moments here. Recently, I was awarded a second place in TOP 15 BOOK BLOGS in my native land, India, by a gorgeous website called Baggout.com.
I am not bragging ’bout myself or something. I just want to thank you all for making me earn it.
My greatest accomplishment so far in 2015 is finishing a game. I’m not talking about 100-percenting-it, but completing the main storyline and receiving the outcome of my hard work. Last night I went to the war room and embarked on the final assault against Corypheus and his mighty dragon. While the fighting in DA:I can get repetitive and boring quickly, I was still antsy about my ability to compete the fight. What I was pleasantly surprised with is that after each major round, as you’re chasing your enemy around the ruins, you encounter refills for your stash of healing potions. So between each fight, I was able to fully heal all my party, refill my potions and continue on. By the time Corypheus finally fell, I had one healing potion left, and I was so happy.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is one of those games where I invested a lot of time. A LOT. Upon defeating the main villain, I had a total of 80 hours in gameplay. That was mainly with side quests, mind you, but still, 80 hours of a single game save. And I’m still not done! There’s plenty more to do in the world of Thedas, plenty more side quests and minor rifts to close after saving the world. And so I venture forth and add to my already large chunk of time invested in this amazingly beautiful game. Who knows, I may even start a second character and up the difficulty. It was just entertaining enough that I wouldn’t be against the idea!
Thank you Bioware and EA for the fantastic, epic adventure you let me be a part of. Now if you’ll excuse me, I still have some exploring to do.
Broken fingers be darned! I’m back in action, until something else happens, anyways. My orthopedist took an X-ray on my second visit and said everything is cool and healing nicely. I admit, I have reservations about that diagnosis since I was looking right at the X-ray and could still see the jagged break on either side of the top and bottom of the bone in question.
But who am I to question!? He told me to give it 4 more weeks, exercise the joints individually and only come back if I still felt there was an issue. (Shrug) I guess.
Other than that it’s been a crappy February with pretty much everything that could go wrong actually going wrong. So I am really looking forward to a better March. Meanwhile, I have a few topics I’ll be posting about next week to get back on track. I’ll see you then.