We went to see the film Stronger, with little expectation. Only knew a little bit about the story of Jeff Baumen, who lost both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2015.
What we didn’t expect was a tremendous film with incredible performances by Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, and Miranda Richardson. Each of these actors could score an Oscar nomination.
It’s an incredibly moving, restrained tale that should resonate with everyone. An unexpected surprise of a film. Gripping, notable, and award worthy.
Simon’s Cat is an animated series created by Simon Tofield. It was first seen online in a film titled Cat Man Do, but can now be seen in books, games, and comic strips (according to the website).
The series first caught my attention on Facebook. Being a cat owner I immediately started following the series. Having 3 cats of our own, it’s really funny to see common wild behaviors played out.
It’s clever and kind of awesome how it’s simply drawn, and yet full of heart, and truth, and meows.
Hello Fresh is a home delivery service which provides you will all the ingredients and instructions on how to cook the meals.
A coworker shared an order he couldn’t use due to traveling. He gave us the Hello Fresh box, and our excitement began.
Admittedly, we were reluctant to try something like this assuming it was too expensive and complicated.
As it turns out, it’s kind of amazing.
The basics of the meals come sent in one box with instructions. You just need to provide the cookware, basci spices, and the actual cooking.
But we have loved each of the meals. It’s brought variety into our food for the wekk, and we are looking into the plans which start around $9.99 per meal.
We found the dinners for 2 are actually spreading to 3, and everything has been surprisingly good.
Technology continues its march forward with Google Home. Much like Alexa and Amazon Echo, this new personal assistant forges way to our collective future.
Having received this as a gift from my parents (Thanks Mom & Dad), it’s rather mesmerizing. You start with “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” and then ask it a question or give it a command.
Example: “Hey Google, will you play Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland” And then it plays it. Or “Ok Google, how far away is the moon?”
It also can connect you to you TV, Nest, and other technology.
The future is now. Isn’t it incredible. “Hey Google, how far will technology go?”
Dixie Chili has a long history in my family. The original location opened in Newport, KY and is still open. Most of my extended family still lives in the area. Every visit includes at least 2 trips to the iconic location.
From the website:
“Founded in 1929 by Nicholas D. Sarakatsannis, Dixie Chili set the standard for quality food at reasonable prices. “Papa Nick” developed his secret chili recipe using only the highest quality ingredients: 96% Fat Free Beef Chuck, Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, Bermuda Onions, and 100% Semolina Wheat Spaghetti. He passed the recipe down to his sons — George, Chris, Panny and Spiros — who continue to serve the delicious and nutritious chili Nick served back in 1929, fresh from the kettle, everyday.”
Basically three options exist for us; coneys or chili, or both. Coneys are hot dogs with chili, mustard & cheese. Chili can be plain or eaten as a 3-way (chili, spaghetti & cheese) all the way up to a 6-way (chili, spaghetti, cheese, onion, beans, and garlic)
It’s a place that not only has great food, but memories of family and good times together.
It’s more than a restaurant for my family. It connects us to memories of the past and new experiences in the present.
And we always leave with cases of canned chili to take home.
Manchester by the Sea is a gripping and intense film which is certain to be up for Best Picture for 2016. It has already won the National Board of Review Best Picture award.
It tells the story of two brothers where one dies suddenly and designates the surviving brother to take care of his 15 year old son.
Starring Casey Affleck & Kyle Chandler as the brothers, Michelle Williams as the ex wife, and breakout performance by Lucas Hedges as the son.
It has some of the most painful and bittersweet moments on film this year, with tremendous performances, skilled direction, it packs a wallop.
It almost serves as a guidebook on what it’s like to be human and how we deal with the tragedies that happen in our lives.
Go see it.