Our house has windows facing the east and windows facing the west. It is laid at just the right angle that the sun can be quite intense. So, after some tint pricing and other ideas, we decided to get window “film” and apply it to our windows. Thinking this may help keep the heat out in the summer and in during the winter. 

We went with Gila Heat Control film. It was around $40 at Menards, plus the cost of an install kit. We have 7 large windows, a set of French doors and a small kitchen window. We ended up with 3 rolls of the film. (There is a guide on the boxes to indicate how much you need.)

After finding it was a thinner film than Jeremy was used to, and ruining one piece, we finally started to get the hang of application. During this adventure we even figured out how to pull the entire window piece out. However, it was hard to install the film on a window as it laid on the table, because the installation spray didn’t run off the window, thus making it hard to get all the bubbles out. Live and learn. We only tried that with one window. 

Just a couple days later and I can tell a significant difference. We can open the blinds and get light, and even walking up to the window there is less heat radiating. Pretty excited about this, and hopefully our Nest can report that we’re using less air in the next couple months! 


From August 2016:

Jeremy and I found last minute reservations to the Magic Kingdom restaurant Be Our Guest. These reservations were for 9:50pm. Yes, that is late for supper…but is it too late for a cool experience?? The sun had set, and we were waiting inside the “castle gates”. A servant girl came out, holding Lumiere and escorted us into the ballroom, “where Beast and Belle fell in love”. As we walked through the ballroom to our table she commented that “the master is home tonight and will be receiving guests in the study”. Apparently, Jeremy and I were a little disconnected, taking it all in, because she followed up with, “you know who the master is, yes?” OF COURSE! THE BEAST! (Now, technically, it should just be a guy, because the curse is lifted at the end of the film. But I won’t be picky.)

Our server, Tam, was from Vientnam. He gave us time to look over the menu and was excellent the whole night. His shining moment was when he brought over a sweet tea refill for me and laid out 4 sweeteners, having observed that I used 4. How amazing is that attention to detail. Tam also noticed our indecision when deciding which desert to pick. He ended up brining us a little sample of “The Grey Stuff”, so that I could order the much desired Triple Chocolate Cupcake. This was outstanding service for someone, whom had probably had a long day at work and really just wanted us to leave (all though he denied it 😀 )

We got to take pictures with Beast, and explore the areas of the castle. Because it was so late we were able to take all these pictures without a bunch of unnamed people in them. We walked out of park after close and it was beautiful, quiet even and rather enchanting.


Until we started dating, Jessica had never heard of a “golden birthday.”

For those of you who don’t know, A person’s golden or grand birthday, also referred to as their “lucky birthday”, “champagne birthday”, or “star birthday”, occurs when they turn the age of their birth day.

Today is Jessica’s golden birthday. We went to eat at Tucano’s in Fort Wayne, IN. It’s a Brazilian steakhouse where they keep bringing you meat until you tell them to stop. We’re still full and it’s been 8 hours since we stopped eating.

We went to a couple stores afterwards, including Costco. We love that place.

To recap 2016, it sucked. Bigly. But I spent it with my best friend. I’m afraid to step into 2017 with the incoming regime taking office, but I’m sure we’ll make it through. (I mean, we made it through 8 years of Bush 43. Although Drumpf does make Bush 43 look like a Saint.)

Love to everyone. See you on the other side.



I’m a people watcher (and listener). I can’t help it. It just happens.

Last night we were waiting for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to start. A group of high schoolers were sitting in my row &  I heard one of their girlfriends say:

So what is this movie even about?

Today at Walmart I was picking up wiper blades for Jessica’s Equinox and the guy next to me called his girlfriend to ask

Hey babe. Is your car a Pontiac Grand…Am or Pri?

He didn’t pronounce it Prix. He said “Prih”


A husband & wife were walking around Walmart wearing matching “His Doe” & “Her Buck” sweatshirts.



After a couple days of aggressively searching for a lid to my awesome 20oz YETI Rambler, and after trying a myriad of keywords in the Google search bar, I stumbled onto this video. I watched all the videos by the user and found the website: stopittop.com. I preordered my STOP IT for my 20oz and one for the 30oz for Jeremy’s YETI. This was 02 Aug. So it has been 27 days (this is not normal shipping times). And every day I have honestly been a little excited about it. WELL today, I got my STOP IT! See the video below for my unboxing!