Sunday, February 23, 2014

Coming Soon to Own on Videocassette

Some of you heard about our recent purchase of a VCR and several VHS tapes. Here are my thoughts on the subject:

1. I love movies.  Love them.  And so does my husband! When we have the time, we love ending our day with unwinding and watching a movie together.  So of course we aspire to someday owning a massive beautiful collection of great movies.  The classics, ya know?

2. Which leads me to my next point.  First of all, I am all for new technology and moving forward and all that.  But am I the only one who thinks maybe we're racing to develop all this new tech a little too fast?  So fast, that it's almost impossible to gather said movie collection before the format changes? 

3.  DVDs and Blu-ray....expensive.  Ridiculously so.  You can go to the store and buy a newly released movie for around $20 right?  We bought 22 movies on VHS for less than that. 22. You know why? Nobody wants their tapes anymore! "Blu-ray has crystal clear sound! Look at that picture! It's so real!"  You know what guys? Two minutes into our VHS version of the Lion King, I didn't notice.  Honestly.  And don't get me started on how nostalgic I felt pressing "stop" and "rewind" at the end of the film.

So what am I getting at? Am I insisting you all visit your local thrift store and empty their shelves of great movies on tape like we did? Not exactly. I mean, then there wouldn't be any left... :)  But we did double our movie collection for very little cost.  And we do feel very smart about it.  So smart, I just needed to share.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

RIP Sunglasses

Awhile back, Matt's sunglasses broke.  They were cheap and had a long run. It wouldn't have been a big deal, but summer was just beginning.  Lucky for him, his birthday was right around the corner.  I bought him a sturdier pair, a little more on the spendy side.  Happy birthday!

A mere couple months later they disappeared. Gone. Nowhere to be found.

I hate losing things. Absolutely hate it. And I was so upset that he had lost this new pair of sunglasses that I had picked out for him.  I nagged and nagged about how he needed to find those sunglasses pronto.  The poor guy couldn't even mention the sun being in his eyes without me jumping down his throat for losing those glasses.  I wouldn't let him get a new pair because "You'll just lose those too!"

Yesterday.  We were giving our apartment an overdo cleaning, de-junking, and reorganizing.  I picked up a purse that I hadn't used in several months and emptied out the contents.  Unfortunately Matt was in the room and I couldn't hide my loud gasp.  He fell into a fit of laughter as he saw me pull HIS sunglasses from MY purse.  I don't know how or when they got there.  I just stood there with a look of bewilderment on my face as I remembered how awful I had been to him.  I had them the whole time!

I walked over to him and hugged him and apologized over and over again.  Lucky for me, he was still laughing.

The very next day.  Today.  I was chopping an onion for dinner.  I must be hypersensitive to onions or something because I am always instantly blinded.  Matt walked past the kitchen and saw my squinting mascara-covered sniffling face.  He came back with a tissue and what else?  His sunglasses (I love this man). They helped a little and I finished chopping the onion. 

As I went to take them off, they got tangled and stuck in my hair.  I must have been a bit too aggressive with them.  Another gasp.

Matt was still in the room with me.  I am so glad this guy has a sense of humor.  This time he hugged me and threw the broken sunglasses in the garbage.  Still laughing.

Sorry Matt.  Guess what you're getting for Valentine's Day?