Archive for February, 2011

February 24, 2011

What We Ate Wednesday 02/23/2011

by brandt

Jenn over at Peas and Crayons has the perfect cure for the timeless question, “What’s for dinner.”  I’ve mentioned it before, but don’t venture over to her blog on an empty stomach.  If you do, you’ll probably end up like I do.  It always starts the same: Look at delicious pictures of her (almost always) healthy food, feel the familiar rumble in the stomach, realize that it’s around lunchtime, and then hang your head in shame because you drowned your hunger in a greasy unhealthy burger and fries from the local fast food joint, justifying it because “I’m just so gosh-darned hungry!”

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February 22, 2011

Knowing What You Want

by brandt

Even though we don’t have our house (yet!), Ashley and I have been glued to the TV.  Obviously, HGTV is one of the stations of choice, with Ashley liking the design shows, and me opting for manly shows involving guys like Mike Holmes doing manly things like knocking out walls and what not.  We both can come to an agreement about one thing: We love being voyeuristic and watching shows like “House Hunters” for inspiration, self-awareness, and insight.

A couple of days ago, we were dog-sitting for some friends and while Ashley slept, I indulged myself in some very coveted hockey-on-TV time.  I fell asleep during the middle of one of the games, and when I woke up, Ashley had it on HGTV.  “House Hunters” was just about to start, and having already received my fix of hockey for the day, I turned my glazed-over half-asleep eyes over to the TV to watch the latest round of houses.

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February 16, 2011

A Tiny Update

by brandt

As many of you have probably gathered, we’re in a “dark” period right now of waiting and not hearing much new information.  It got to a point where my agent would call, we’d talk for a spell, but after I hung up the phone I realized she was calling out of convenience to me, not because she had any “real news.”

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February 7, 2011

Oscar Movie Review – The Social Network

by brandt

Yes, I know I’m late to the party.  It seems like everyone and their brother watched this movie over the summer, and everyone and their brother lauded it’s praises.  The problem with being so vocal about praises for a movie is that you set the bar extremely high.  Some movies can reach that bar easily (“The Dark Knight,” for example).  Some movies are a disaster (“Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” tops the list of countless films).  And then there’s “The Social Network,” gives me personally more questions than answers.

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February 7, 2011

Day 28: Progressing, But Not Fast Enough

by brandt

While I don’t have anything groundbreaking to report on, we did have some news this past week concerning House #8.

The hardest part about this house has been the waiting process. There’s only so much I personally can do, and being left up to the bank’s whim and every desire is not something I’m comfortable with. Call me a control freak, call me paranoid, but I’m the type of personality who doesn’t like to put my own fate in the hands of others. I’d rather take the bull by the horns and get things done myself.

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February 1, 2011

Oscar Movie Review – Black Swan

by brandt

Malcolm Gladwell, the awesome author of such books as Tipping Point, Blink, regular columnist for The New Yorker, and author of the bestseller “Outliers: The Story of Success,” theorized that many of the “elite” people have a combination of a few things: Work ethic, luck, a strong support base, heck, even being born in the right year. But he draws on the research of Anders Ericsson, and postulates that many of the elites have put in 10,000 hours into honing their craft. According to Gladwell:

What’s really interesting about this 10,000-hour rule is that it applies virtually everywhere… You can’t become a chess grand master unless you spend 10,000 hours on practice.

The tennis prodigy who starts playing at six is playing in Wimbledon at 16 or 17 [like] Boris Becker. The classical musician who starts playing the violin at four is debuting at Carnegie Hall at 15 or so.

The obsessive approach is particularly evident in sporting icons. Jonny Wilkinson, the rugby player, Tiger Woods, the golfer, and the Williams sisters in tennis have all trained relentlessly since they were children.

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