Box of VHS Tapes

I was up a little early once again this morning.  I did have an epiphany though.  I mentioned that one of my clients was having some email trouble.  Well, it stemmed from a backlog of spam-related bounceback messages, but I couldn’t figure out why the account was sending them.  Anyway, I figured that out and that seems to have fixed it.

We went to church this morning as usual.  The David and Jamie were right in front of us in the Grow Zone line.  Milly played with Noah and Aaron.  David’s grown a beard, which I think looks good on him.

Anna sat with us this morning.  Barry was giving a talk at Treasure Island in Leland.  For a long time we hung out with Anna and Barry most Sunday evenings, but between this, that and the other, it hasn’t happened in a while, and Anna sounded like she wants to get back into that.

We went home after church and Milly went down for a rest after getting a bite to eat and watching some Jake and the Neverland Pirates, which is her favorite show right now.

I messed around with some work stuff while Amanda decided to continue her reorganizing campaign.  She pulled everything out of the hall closet and put all the toilet paper, paper towels and the like in the bathroom closet then reorganized everything else in there.  She also cleaned stuff out from under the guest room bed.  It made a huge difference.

VHS-tapesOne of the things that was in the closet was a box full of VHS tapes.  There were some really good movies in there: Bridge on the River Kwai, Forest Gump, Toy Story 1 and 2, Breakfast Club, Fight Club, American History X, The Blair Witch Project…  I hated to do it, but I put it in with a collection of things to give to the family ministry where Karen volunteers.  I don’t know if anyone will buy them, but I do know it’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever get a VHS and hook it up to a high-definition television to watch.  There were some home videos that I kept, because I do want to transfer them to digital.  My parents have a VHS with a computer hookup on it, so I’ll have to see if I can borrow that next time I’m there.

I’m also going to get rid of my old computer, possibly two of them though one is more than a decade old and I don’t remember if it even runs anymore anyway, my old printer/scanner and a monitor.  Just trying to free up some space and get rid of things we don’t need, want or use.

Amanda found some Easter eggs somewhere.  Milly was playing with them, so I took them, put a little candy in them and hid them around the living room.  She found them all on her own and had fun doing that.

The girls left around 2:00 to go to Callie’s birthday party.  I stuck around the house to watch Duke play Boston College.  Duke traveled there a few weeks ago during a snow storm and won by just a few points.  They did a little better this time at Cameron, winning 89-68, and it wasn’t really even that close.  Duke just killed them in the first half and seemed to coast a bit in the second.  Of course, the starters were taken out then too.

There was a lot of nice things about the game, particularly the play of freshmen Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson.  What I really liked though was that Mason Plumlee played aggressively like he used to.  He went up through contact instead of settling for fadeaway jumpers (except once) and had a really nice game.

Amanda and Milly got home right at the end of the game and Milly immediately went to the corner.  Amanda said Milly had thrown a fit about leaving and Amanda had threatened her with the corner, so she was just serving time for that.

Milly was exhaustive this afternoon.  Amanda and I were both feeling pretty wiped, but she was… I don’t even know.  Just constantly wanting things, asking for this or that, wanting to do things.  That sounds bad, I know, but even trying to come up with details drains me right now.

We went over to the Griffens’ house after a bit.  Christen made a cheesecake that we were invited to share.  They had a few other people over there.  I mainly watched the end of Michigan State at Ohio State.  I have no particular ill will towards either team, but I was pulling for Ohio State because it helped Duke more.  For one, they’re ranked #18 versus the Spartans being ranked #4.  Duke also beat Ohio State earlier in this season, so that helps too.

Milly and Maddox spent most of the time watching episodes of the Spider-Man cartoon from the 90’s, but they ended up playing with one of the guys who was there.  They were superheroes and he was the bad guy, so they beat up on him for a while.

Milly fussed about leaving there too, but we got her to go.  We saw Bonnie outside, so we talked to her.  Milly was sticking her tongue out, which I didn’t really have a problem with since she was just being silly, but I told her to stop and she immediately did it again, so I picked her up and took her right across the street and deposited her right in the corner.

Amanda found some concert on PBS with the Broadway cast of Les Mis, doing the songs from that show.  Milly seemed at least mildly interested in that, which was cool.  After she went to bed Amanda watched the Oscar red carpet stuff and the beginning of the event itself while I made some apple-orange-grapefruit juice, which was really good.  Then we watched The Walking Dead and she went to bed.  I watched the Oscars some after that, but I also did a little support work for work.  Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor for Lincoln, which I think everyone knew was going to happen as soon as that casting was announced, and Argo won best picture.

Zach Dotsey