Time for my annual “what I watched last year post!” The past few years I’ve set a goal for myself to watch an average of a movie a week, in the hopes of ending up with at least 52 movies seen by the end of the year. I started out strong in 2014 with 12 movies in January, but I quickly got busy, and the viewings tapered off. I tried to catch up towards the end of the year, but the end total was just 30 movies. I also missed the goal in 2013, coming in at 29 movies. I’m going to give the 52 goal another try in 2015, and hopefully I won’t be reporting some woefully low number in December. Here’s what I ended up watching throughout the year that just ended:
We’ve lived in our house for three years now (as of June 28), and we still haven’t managed to unpack and organize everything. We finally got sick of looking at clutter and boxes all over the place, and we’ve started working on doing something about it. We recently made a plan to unclutter and / or organize a specific section of the house as a project for at least 15 minutes a day, and we’ve done a good job of sticking to it so far. We’re already seeing some good results, and I thought it might help with my motivation if I occasionally posted project updates here.
At the beginning of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 I posted lists of all the movies I’d watched during the year just ending. I also set a goal for myself to watch 52 movies during 2013, averaging one movie a week. That was a very reachable goal in 2012, but somehow I fell far short this past year. I ended up with only 29 movies to my credit, something I attribute to a combination of my watching a ton of TV when I normally would have seen movies, my resistance to actually going out to theaters during the year, and my general disinterest in newly releasing movies, as compared to in previous years. Even though I botched the goal for 2013 I’m setting it again for 2014. This year I’ll watch 52 movies, and I’ll check back in with another annual post once I’ve done it. Here’s the too short list of all my 2013 movies:
Celeste and I have lived in Clermont for the past few years, and it’s pretty awesome over here in the relatively rural part of central Florida. My parents liked the non-urbanness of it and have been wanting to move to this area for a while, too, and last month they finally found some property they like. They bought it, and in the middle of the land is a big warehouse that apparently used to belong to a cabinet company. The original plan was to build a house from the ground up, but now they’ve decided instead to remodel the warehouse and build the house inside it.
I expected to take a week-long break from my Project 365 while we were away at Dragon Con. What I didn’t expect was to catch a cold on the bus ride home that would linger with me for an additional week. Between being sick and trying to catch up on work I missed while I was away, I completely fell off the wagon and botched this whole thing where I was going to take photos of a different collectible every day for a year. I got pretty far into the project before the wheels fell off, so I hate just giving up on it, so how about if I set a new and slightly more manageable goal? I’m not going to be posting photos of a new collectible every day. Rather, I’ll take pictures of every new piece I get as I get it, and then I’ll put up photos of stuff I already have as I get time in between. Deal? Deal.
So that this post isn’t just me making excuses for wussing out on my Project 365, here are some pictures of a tiny lizard that picked the lock and broke into our house (or, you know, just jumped inside when I opened the front door this morning). The finger in the third photo is mine, and it’s there just for scale. The lizard didn’t bite it off and run away with it or anything.
NECA has put out some really nice action figures for the first four Assassin’s Creed video games, and now McFarlane Toys has picked up the license for Assassin’s Creed III and onward. This Altair figure was the very first release NECA did, and it’s still a great toy. He came with a whole bunch of accessories, including his various knives and swords, not to mention a retractable hidden blade.
With as many collectibles as I own, sometimes I can get a little jaded and not be super excited about new ones I get. This one is a very happy exception to that, and I’m hugely happy to have gotten this Heisenberg action figure from Mezco’s new Breaking Bad toy series. The figure isn’t poseable, so I think of it more as a mini statue than as a proper action figure. Still, this thing is amazing, mostly due to the fantastic sculpting talents of Trevor Grove. Walt comes with a removable hat and sunglasses, and he also includes a duffle bag full o’ money. And I have to say that I’m pretty sure this is the first toy I’ve gotten that comes with a bag of plastic meth as an accessory. I’m a huge Breaking Bad fan, and I absolutely love this figure. There are more being released in this series, and I can’t wait to add them into the collection.
I’m taking a quick detour today back into the DC Superhero Figurine collection from Eaglemoss to post a few pictures of the Sinestro miniature. I got a few new additions to the collection this week, and I hope to have time to take pictures of them this weekend, before time to get ready and pack for Dragon Con!
I’ve posted a lot of Harley Quinn statues and busts here, but this was my very first one. She’s part of the earliest series of Cover Girls of DC statues, based on the art of Adam Hughes, and while the busts have put Harley in her classic costume over and over, this is the only statue in this particular line that has her in the traditional red and black outfit.
I’ve posted several of the Bishoujo statues created by Kotobukiya, and I have quite a few more in that series that haven’t shown up on here quite yet. I’m going to be working my way through photographing all of them during this Project 365, and here is Mystique. She comes with a circular clear plastic display base, but I took these pictures without using it. It’s a little bit of an underwhelming base, as it doesn’t have any sort of theming or decoration and basically just takes up space under and around the figure. Mystique herself is really well done, though. The gun in her hand is removable, and the skull belt is attached separate from the rest of the figure, so you can move, rotate, and shift it around to display in the position you like.