American Sniper, The Movie

Tonight we went to the Warren Theater in Moore, OK and saw the movie “American Sniper“. The movie was very good but did have a lot of f*** words. The story is about U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) who takes his sole mission to protect his comrades to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind. In the end he helps a fellow soldier at a firing range after moving back to Texas where he is killed by the fellow soldier. This is really sad how his life ended. I highly recommend the movie. Worthy of the Oscar nomination. You can view the trailer below.

Kitchen Island Transformation

I recently updated my kitchen center island from white to espresso using Rust-Oleum 263231 Cabinet Transformations, Small Kit, Espresso. Took me five evenings. The photos below are in order from removing the hardware, painting inside of cabinet and drawers, sanding, clean and degloss for a better bond of the paint, two coats of the espresso paint, decorative glaze (not recommended for this dark of a project as it doesn’t show), and final protective coat. I also added two Rev-A-Shelf – 5WB1-1218-CR – 12″ Single Wire Basket (18″ Depth) pull out drawers on the bottom shelf.  I am happy with the transformation.

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Doors, Drawers, and hardware removed. Painted inside of cabinet brown to go with the west brown wall in kitchen.

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Painted inside of drawers brown to go with the brown west wall of kitchen.

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First bond coat of the espresso color.

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Another shot of the first bond coat.

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Another shot of the first bond coating.

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Another shot of the first bond coating.

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Shot of the second bond coating.

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Another shot of the second bond coating.

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Another shot of the second bond coating.

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Another shot of the second bond coating.

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Another shot of the second bond coating.

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Shot after applying the decorative glaze.

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Another shot after applying the decorative glaze.

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Another shot after applying the decorative glaze.

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Finished Product Front Side

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Finished Product Back Side (Also replace electrical outlet and cover)

 

Unbroken – The Movie

We went this afternoon to see the movie “Unbroken” at the Warren Theater here in Moore, OK. The theater was a sell out and we arrived 1 hour and 20 minutes before the movie started and there was already a small line. The movie is directed by Angelina Jolie  and stars Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, and Jai Courtney. The movie is a true story and is a chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. This was an excellent movie and we highly recommend that you should see it. The movie deserves many Oscars from Best Movie, Best Director, and Best Actor. You can view the trailers and get more information about the movie by clicking on the link to the movie’s website here or on Facebook here. Go see the movie!

 

 

Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote

I purchased a refurbished Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote a few weeks ago and I really like this remote. I can even use my iPhone or my iPad to control my entertainment system. It will even control my Amazon Fire TV and my Roku 3. The only desire I have is wishing the remote itself  would be a bit bigger as it is a bit clumsy to operate the up and down channel and volume buttons. The system came in a brown box as it was refurbished but the remote and all components looked like new without any scratches or dents.  Buying refurbished saved me about 50% and so far buying refurbished I have not had any problems with this remote or any other item that was purchased as refurbished.

Logitech Harmony Remote

Amazon Echo

I got notified today that my invite for the Amazon Echo was selected and I am able to order the new Amazon Echo for half price since I am an Amazon Prime Member. So I placed my order today and it is supposed to arrive tomorrow. I will post my experience with the Amazon Echo soon.

Amazon Echo

I got in my Amazon Echo and I love it. The sound quality is great and the voice recognition is very good. I have been playing music from my Amazon Prime account and radio stations from TuneIn. iHeart radio also works with the Amazon Echo. I am sure I will fine more uses for the Amazon Echo as more features develop. It is always connected to the cloud so as new features are added them become immediately available.

I have used it to check the weather, time, news, and more. The unit itself is larger than what I first thought and heavier also. My Amazon Echo is pictured below.

My Amaxon EchoWe are playing more music than we have ever before while at home. The Echo makes a great blue-tooth speaker and I can also play any song, album, artist, or playlist that is on Amazon Prime. We have been asking for weather forecasts, setting alarms and timers, and getting news briefing.

Well, it has been several weeks now since I received my Amazon Echo and I am still loving it. Amazon now has an app for the iPad and iPhone which makes it easy to control the Amazon Echo. You can check your shopping list, select the music you want to play from Amazon Prime, iHeart Radio, and Tune-In. Showed the Amazon Echo to my wife’s boss and she loved it and was going to purchase one for her family and one for her Dad.

Harmony 900 Battery

I had another battery go bad on me. This time it was in my Logitech Harmony 900 Remote. The battery was swollen and I had to completely disassemble the remote to remove the battery. If you look close at the photo below you will see that the battery has swollen. I ordered a replacement battery from Amazon.

Harmony 900 with Swollen Battery

Harmony 900 with Swollen Battery

Here is the replacement battery from Amazon:

Harmony 900 New Battery

Harmony 900 New Battery

Edited: Well, I finally got the new battery for my Harmony 900. It actually came in one week ago but because of late delivers to my job, after we had gone home, and the Thanksgiving holiday, I changed the delivery to my home address on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Now the battery is already in town at UPS. After changing the delivery address to my home, it took another 5 days before I received the battery, 7 days after it arrived in town. Go figure!

It was real easy to install the new battery and now my Harmony 900 remote works just fine. Then I decided to move the Harmony 900 remote to my bedroom system with a Insignia HDTV, Samsung Blu-Ray, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and Visio Soundbar and purchase a refurbished Harmony Ultimate remote to work my living room system with a Samsung 60in HDTV 3D, Samsung Blu-Ray 3D, Yamaha Receiver, AT&T cable box, Xbox 360, Sony VHS, Pioneer Cassette changer, Pioneer CD changer, Roku 3, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Chromecast. The new Logitech Harmony Ultimate remote is supposed to arrive tomorrow.

My First Snow Blower

With winter coming earlier this year and myself getting older, I decided to finally get me a snow blower, a GreenWorks 26032 12 Amp 20 in. Corded Snow Thrower. Thought I might get a chance this weekend to use it as we did get some snow. Problem was that most of it melted when it hit the driveway and sidewalks. I am sure I will get a chance before too long to put it to use. I know that it will save me a lot of time when I normally have to shovel the driveway. Guess I got it just in time as I see now that the price has increased by almost $40.

 

GreenWorks 26032 12 Amp 20" Corded Snow Thrower

GreenWorks 26032 12 Amp 20″ Corded Snow Thrower

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Used my new snow blower for the first time this weekend and it saved me hours of work. Normally I have to shovel part of the driveway, go inside to warn up and rest, go out shovel some more, go back inside to warm up and rest, etc. Usually don’t shovel the sidewalks as I am too tried by the time I get the driveway shoveled.

This weekend I used the new snow thrower and cleaned the driveway and sidewalks in 10-15 minutes and I wasn’t even tried at the end.

Veteran’s Day at Applebee’s for Dinner

My wife and I went to Applebee’s for dinner tonight for Veteran’s Day. Applebee’s had a Veteran’s Menu when I chose the 7 oz Sirloin Steak and my wife chose the Oriental Chicken Salad. Both of our meals were great and the service was great. It was very busy and we arrived at 5 pm. Took us about 20 minutes before we got seated. Thank-you Applebee’s for your support of Veterans.

7 oz SirloinSteak

7 oz SirloinSteak

Oriental Chicken Salad

Oriental Chicken Salad

Veteran’s Day at Chili’s for Lunch

Another Veteran’s Day meal for lunch this time at Chili’s in Moore, Oklahoma. Thought I would wait until after 1 pm to avoid the crowd but Chili’s was still crowed. But only took about a 10 minute wait. I had their Old Timer Hamburger with Cheese from their Veteran’s Day menu. The food was great as was the service. I ordered ice tea to go with the meal and gave a good tip. The service was great. Thank-you Chili’s for your support of Veterans.

Old Timer with Cheese

Old Timer with Cheese

New Comforter Deal at JC Penney

Last Sunday I think we got a pretty good deal at JC Penney. We first saw a comforter, Home Expressions™ Castlebury 7-pc. Comforter Set, at the JC Penney store in Moore, Oklahoma on sale and the both of us have been thinking about a new comforter set. But they didn’t have any in stock for the King Size. So the saleslady checked the Norman store inventory and it said they had three in stock. She then called the Norman store to reserve one for us but they said they didn’t have any in stock. So she started to order one for us but it was coming up higher than the sale price plus and extra charge for oversize shipping. So we said no and I thought that if the inventory said the Norman store had three in stock then just maybe we could find at least one in the store. So we drove to JC Penny store in Norman and right off the bat we found three sets of king size. So we purchase the set. The sale price first came up higher than the sale price shown on the sales tag so they discounted the price and then we had a 20% discount coupon. So the original price was $240. Online it shows sale price of $119.99 which we got discounted to the sale price shown on the tag to $99.99 and then the 20% discount to $79.99 . So I think we got a good deal. How do you like it?

Home Expressions™ Castlebury 7-pc. Comforter Set

Home Expressions™ Castlebury 7-pc. Comforter Set