A Review of The Upside

Many people are avoiding this movie due to work issues with Kevin Hart. I am not here to say you are wrong for that, just not what I chose to do.

This movie was one of the best I’ve seen in awhile. It had notes of the cheesiness you might expect from a movie about a disability, but not overtop.

As far as the story the best part is that Hart’s character Dell has to respect to treat Cranston’s Lacasse like he would anyone else. He still checks him, is somewhat rude, and very real, which is exactly how Dell seemed to treat everyone.

To that end Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston we’re by far a high point. In particular their chemistry was great.

Nicole Kidman was solid, but the script doesn’t lend itself to her character getting very developed. She has a few nice moments, and Kidman handles them with finesse instead of milking it the way a lesser actor might.

A surprising performance was Jahi Di’Allo Winston. He played Anthony. The screen time was limited but the amount of expression he showed was excellent. This one we need to watch.


A Review of a Foot Bath

This is the time of year where many of the gifts go on shelves that normally aren’t out. Some are dumb, but I personally LOVE foot baths. They can make me feel super rejuvenated.

I bought the conair deluxe model currently at Walmart. It has foot rollers, several attachments, bubbles, jets, and a heater.

It’s features are nice, in particular the jets. The roller isn’t in my favorite spot and the vibration for massage is weak If present, but there is a bigger issue.

The heater is very wimpy. It keeps the water from going ice cold but that is about it.

Pro: the jets

Con: the heater

Overall: it’s a $30 foot bath, and the heater isn’t great. I’m not sure whether I’m taking mine back yet, from sheer hassle. I’m fairly certain I’m taking in back though. I generally like con air, but no one likes a cold foot bath


This blog has a hilarious name sake to me, because the whole point is that I don’t have time, and this is the most neglected of my blogs. I rarely have time. I have picked up a new hobby to neglect though.

As many of you know, I manage anxiety disorder among other things. I have had a sibling suggest for years to try doing puzzles. They explained how much it helped them. I finally tried my first puzzle a few weeks ago when Michael was out of town. I found I loved it.

I didn’t know where to start though, because I’ve never tried a puzzle that will take me weeks to finish. I decided to get a felt mat and a way to roll it up.

Going back, I would’ve also bought glue. Most frustrating thing I found was a new puzzle straight out of the box was missing a piece. I also found that I paid double what I should have by finding the same puzzle somewhere else for cheaper.

Doing the posit was great, because I kept my brain busy. I also liked that I could do it near the main part of the house, like the living room and my husband wanted to be. I liked that he could help but didn’t have to all the time. I don’t like how much space it took up. I was too nervous to try rolling it up to move it because the pieces seem like they were going to fall off so easily. I don’t like how I’m still kind of struggling to find a place to do it. In the past I can probably in the hobby room, but I like being able to be near Michael . I’m trying to decide now about whether to make the hobby room better for more than one person at a time, I think I’m definitely going to do that, or to keep doing it on my dining room table and get comfortable moving out. Or maybe both.

A Little Help

As many of you know, I am a teacher, and what you may not know is that I work in a low income area with special needs students. I spent $500 this year so far on supplies alone. There are some things I really need for my students. Right now Donors Choose will match donations if you use the code RIPPLE, so please if you can help, it would mean so much

Click here to Help

A Painting Flop

I love painting. I stink at it, but I like it. I became somewhat better when I was in college because I was taking a scenic painting class. I learned dry brushing, scumble, and several other techniques. I was able to do a few things at that point, and could generally be satisfied with what I could do.

Recently I have been trying to paint a box in galaxy pattern, but that is a pattern best done with watercolor. Then problem is that the box was not finished enough that is wouldn’t have absorbed the the paint. I decided to try to do a scumble, but I didn’t have latex paint with me. I had acrylic so I tried that instead.

Y’all, it flopped. I couldn’t scumble it because the paint dried so fast, and the little parts I could looked nothing like a galaxy pattern at all. The box is now done, and it looks vaguely of a galaxy print. It was meh. Anyway, I suppose I should have included a picture, but I wanted to post about a hobby I’d been actively doing because it probably seems like I don’t have any hobbies. To honest, I don’t much have time for hobbies.

My Hobbies

This is kind of an introduction for this blog. I have quite a few hobbies and I don’t really have time for any of them. I miss them all, and I hope I will have more time for them at some point, but at the very least, maybe a few small projects along the way. For the time being, I’d like to share some of my hobbies, so that when I do post about them it won’t see like it is coming out of no where.

I like to paint, acrylics and water colors. Mostly landscape and abstract.

I like to sew, though I learned some in college, and some was self taught. I can’t say I’m any good for anything complicated at all.

I like to bake and cook, though that would more likely be in the food blog.

I like model trains, though I just got started with that.

I like to make things, so I am always picking up new hobbies that would help me do that.

I love gardening, though that will likely keep that to the farm blog.

I am of course involved in many nerdy things, see the nerd blog. Some include video games, movies, books, etc.

I like music, though I have no musical talent. I’ve tried guitar and I will probably try it again, one day. My father plays, and I’ve always wanted to.

I’m sure I’m leaving some off, I do forget everything.