Sunday, October 31, 2021
Wednesday, September 01, 2021
Chunky Milk Productions presents our 2021 48 Hour Film project: REVENSILS!
We weren't nominated for any awards with this movie, but I couldn't be more proud of it or more happy remembering the weekend we dedicated to its creation.
Copious amounts of laughter and joy were poured into its making, and we've gotten to hear additional laughs and joy as we've begun to share it with friends and family. Enjoy, share, and as usual you can pick up some related files and read some of my long-winded production notes by visiting:
Friday, October 30, 2020
MMXX, a quaint old-fashioned way to write 2020. We had a fourth pumpkin ready to participate, but it was literally too rotten from within. So, basically perfect.
Here at home, Kim's decorations are cute and fun, but in the big picture it's been an ugly, rotten four years. The silver lining is we all finally have a chance to throw ourselves a competent lifeline. Please do your part to make the future less awful.
And, truly, have a happy Halloween.
Friday, September 04, 2020
Book has his own pet now. He hasn't told us the frog's name yet, but we see them play together most nights.
Granted Book is an indoor cat and this is an outdoor frog, so their interactions are about like everyone else's in this socially-distant world.
Sunday, April 19, 2020
You can see everybody's entries here:
...and Chunky Milk's entries (as well as our other movies) here:
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Anyway, so we came back and felt lousy. Such is life. I took a couple more days off work, Kim somehow kept working but from home.
Then, Saturday morning, a valve near our water mains failed.
Our basement was still in a sorry state from having drainage put in, from months ago when it was being flooded from the outside. The maybe-salvageable carpet was rolled back and bins of packed-up stuff were shoved over to the walls where that flooding had not hit. Such placement put it all right in the path of being flooded from the inside.
That's all the sides, right? Outside and inside? Is there anywhere else from which water is going to invade our basement?
Oh, I complain. I sure did (mainly in cough/wheeze form) as I cut, rolled up, and carried out soaked carpet and foam, while barely feeling well enough to do so. But, I'm glad I had help (who was also barely well enough for such labor) and we're glad it all happened after we got back instead of while we were away. We're glad a plumber and someone from the city were able to come that same day to get the valves fixed and the house's water running again. We're glad we hadn't yet redone the basement, only to have it trashed when this happened.
And we're extra glad that Autumn ran downstairs and started meowing in a strange, attention-drawing manner.
One just has to laugh at life sometimes.
Life has been busy throwing curve balls lately, not just at us (though I have omitted a couple of doozies) but in general. Luck be with you, everyone. And since that clearly can't be counted on, let's try and be good to each other, all right?
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Mike and Allison are always fun to hang out with; behind us is the Erasmus bridge, which is striking (and a bit of a schlep!) day and night.
Allison found a brewery tour (and her instincts led us to get there on time, while the rest of us were content aboard a bus that would have taken us completely the wrong way). La Trappe Trappist is a monastery and a brewery with a great history and (and a very engaging tour guide). Their beer is just as good as their social and environmental conscience. An example of religion being used correctly!
Looking down at the main floor at Filmapalooza. The theater used for the event seemed to have been (and in fact was) tailor-made for film festivals. Extensive talent gathered there that week. ...Also us!
Now permanently moored as a museum and hotel, the SS Rotterdam is where the awards ceremony took place. (In case you're wondering, we got our city trophy, but no additional honors. :^)
Kim and I spent a couple of days back in Amsterdam after the festival. We saw, among other things, a house-turned-museum with some very interesting art and history (and the perfect small trickle of guests; we effectively had the run of the place and could explore and learn at our leisure, unlike some other tours we'd taken).
We also got to stop in at the Brouwerij 'Tij, a brewery and taproom built onto/into a (no longer working) windmill - the tallest in the Netherlands. It used to be a public bathhouse, and the steam machines, tile, pipes and drains all came in handy when it became a brewery.
There's plenty more to share and lots more photos to sort out, but these last few posts have been our Dutch adventures in a nutshell! We were glad for the chance to travel (and got back just before the covid-19 travel bans started happening...) and had a great time in the Netherlands. We will be snacking on souvenir cheese and chocolate for a while. :^)