More TeeFury Fun!

After having such good luck the first time around with TeeFury’s grab bag shirts for $5 each, I decided to jump in once again when I saw they were doing another similar sale a week or so back. And, just like last time, I ended up with two shirts I really like and one I like but wouldn’t have chosen for myself. The Star Wars one is fantastic, poor Han. The missus doesn’t like the iZombie, but I think it’s hilarious. Gotta make sure not to wear that one around the little ones though. The snake Mobius strip is the one that I wouldn’t have chosen, but it’s pretty cool. Does anyone know if it’s a specific logo or reference to anything?

Milo seems to think the name of the company is TeeFurry. They’ve been in the house for about 24 hours and already look like they’re shedding. We both highly recommend keeping up on TeeFury’s updates for the next change at three great shirts for $15!

Surviving The Snowpocalypse

Whew. After getting my all time best hit day on Thursday thanks to my post about the latest episode of Real World, I had plans for more posts over the weekend, but at about noon on Friday our power went out thanks to a crazy amount of storm. We started getting snow on Tuesday night but it had stopped by Wednesday morning. When I left to go babysit for the day it looked like this outside:Not too bad. It didn’t snow during the day Wednesday but that night it started up again and it snowed consistently all through Thursday. All freakin’ day. Non stop. Then Friday, it finally slowed down and we had a butt ton of snow. The missus didn’t have to go into work either day and the New York area was pretty much shut down (at least around us). Then, at noon, the power went out. And it staid out for 53 hours until last night at 5 pm. We danced around like maniacs when the power clicked back on. Took a while for the cable and internet to come back, but we just wanted the heat. There ended up being a lot more snow than in the following picture. There are actually big banks in the parking lot that are taller than me and our mailbox was blocked for a few days by a downed tree branch. I think it was all those falling branches that took everything out.

So, I figured it would be in the interest of humanity to let you know what we did to keep some of our food from spoiling and not going completely insane or frigid. First off, for heat, we took the advice from some friends and put a big pot of water on the stove (we’ve got a gas stove, so we just lit it with a match and were good to go) and let it boil. That worked really well and we were able to get the temp in the house up like six degrees. The only problem is that it might have lead to some water damage on our ceiling thanks to the huge amounts of steam we put into the condo. There’s only one spot, but at some point yesterday we realized the walls were sweating so we eased off.

Luckily, the entire town wasn’t out of power so we drove around and ate out almost every meal, except for breakfast on Saturday which Em made fried chicken, eggs and gravy for, using up most of our perishable food. We also put some food in coolers down near our door (we’re on the second story of our condo unit and it’s pretty cold down there) and filled them with snow. This saved a few things from our fridge and freezer, but we still had to toss a bunch of things.

We also dug out all of our candles, flashlights, head lights, reading lights, matches and push lights, which came in handy, especially when the missus and I tried to play some games:Milo wasn’t too thrilled about not being showered with attention. The power being out didn’t seem to bother him too much, except for when the lights didn’t come on at night. I think he was just as happy as I was when the cable kicked on today after my jaunt to Panera. Look for plenty of movie and book reviews coming as soon as I get caught up on my freelance. Oh, and if you’re looking for new content, do yourself a favor and check out what my comrades have been doing over on We Are The Law.

Milo Loves String Cheese

Our adorable cat Milo LOVES string cheese. He loves it so much that, when it’s 2:00 a.m. and I open a package of it in the living room, he will appear like a ghost out of nowhere (usually he’s sleeping with Em in the bedroom at this time) just to mooch a few strings off of me, which I gladly give up. I’m just amazed at his ability to either hear me open this highly specific package or smell the unveiling of cheese in the living room so intensely that he’ll rouse himself from slumberland for a few measly strings of cheese only to lie adorably next to me while I blog about such nonsense as him.A few moments after taking this picture I tried to take an even more adorable picture which led to a condescending look from the cat and then a round of bites on my wrist while I tried to tell the world how cure he is. Crazy, right? Must be some kind of LolCatz backlash as I’m positive my cat has fantastic grammatical SKILLZ.

Christmas Stories: Giant Popper

Last year, Em and I had Christmas at our house for the very first time. We had her parents and mine and everything went really well. In an attempt to start a new tradition, Em and I picked up a pack of Christmas poppers (or crackers if you’re from England and read the Harry Potter books) at Marshalls. For those of you who might not know, you grab both ends and pull. There’s usually about 10 inches long and have little toys and paper hats inside. This year, while looking for this year’s batch of poppers for this year, Em and I found the above (and below) gigantic popper. I tried taking the above picture with just the little Bumblebee Mighty Mugg for scale, but Milo decided he wanted in on the photoshoot, which works even better for scale (he’s a BIG cat). It’s just over 29-inches long and we’ll be saving this one for New Year’s Eve (don’t worry, we’ve still got the smaller ones for Christmas). I can’t freaking wait, it supposedly serves six people! I’ll try and take some video on either my phone or the Flip I asked for for Christmas and get it to you guys when I’m no longer hung over.

Mini Monsters: Cat’s Eye (1985)

There were two reasons I checked out Stephen King’s anthology horror flick Cat’s Eye. First off, this horror magazine I read called HorrorHound wrote about it in their latest issue which was anthology themed. A quick note on HH before moving on. I love this mag, but the lack of editing drives me CRAZY. As an editor myself and a big fan of upstart magazines (that’s definitely not an easy mountain to climb right now), I want the writing to be as crisp and consistent as possible to it won’t turn off people like me who are driven crazy by such things. As an example, depending on what kind of style guide you use, you either italicize a movie title or put it in quotes. Sometimes they italicize, sometimes they do quotes and sometimes they do both! I don’t know if this bothers you normal folks, but it bugs me. I guess it’s not all that bad because I’m still reading it, but I’d love to create a style guide for them.

The other reason I checked Cat’s Eye out is because Rickey thought that it might be the mini monster movie I remember from my childhood, but still haven’t been able to track down. And that lack of success has continued with Cat’s Eye even though it does have a gremlin monster of some kind and the bouncing ball. But, I had a blast watching it so who cares?

So did my cat Milo. Before getting into the movie review, here’s a few pics I took of him watching the cat (the connector of the three stories) run away from a dog. He loves watching animals on TV.

So, the three stories are like this. First, James Woods joins this crazy-strict mob-run program that helps you quit smoking on the threat of harm to your loved ones. It’s over the top and has great moments of dark humor and I didn’t see the end coming. The second story focuses on a rich guy torturing the guy who plans to run away with the rich guy’s wife by making him walk around the outside of a skyscraper. And the final, my personal favorite, brings the cat into the hero role as he defends a little girl (Drew Barrymore) from a mini monster, even though her mom swears the cat is causing all the problems.

What I like best about the final segment is the practical effects they used to convey the mini monster running around Barrymore’s bedroom. I didn’t see any behind-the-scenes stuff, but it looks like the dressed a regular dude up in the costume and then put him in a room where everything was built huge to make him look tiny. Just think about how much fun that would be? I would love to do something like that. The whole idea made me smile every time they showed those scenes. Here’s a video of the scene. If you’re worried about spoilers you might want to skip it, but if you think anyone, even Stephen King would kill Drew Barrymore, you’re nuts. Just saying.

Aside from the FX, though, all three stories are really solid and fun while still feeling scary. They play out like EC horror stories, which I love in all their non-comic forms (the few I’ve read, read really slow to me, but the art is awesome). So, I may not have found my mini monster, but I checked another movie off in my copy of Creature Features book