Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tom's Top 5 Awesome Things This Week...8-23-10

For The Week Of 8-23-10

5. Punisher vs. Daken - Back when I was a kid, reading comics, I wasn't the biggest fan of The Punisher. Recently, I read a graphic novel that had Daken (Wolverine's son...same powers, no remorse for killing. Needless to say, though I feel I must, he's a cool character. ) cut the head of the Punisher off. And like most comic book characters, he didn't stay dead for long. This week I got read Punisher vs. Daken- round 2.
Full of blood, violence and two people looking to take each other out (later, in the story, someone else...guess who?...joins the fight, making it a three way dance). This was a fun read and I cant wait for the final part of the story to come out.

4. Having a great day off - In which I visited a comic book store in Castro Valley that I'd been to once before, years ago. It was awesome ($1 old school marvel comics and, picking up the issues I mentioned in this weeks number 5). Best of all, since I was so close, I was able to visit with my Uncle Bobby...whom I hadn't seen in a month.

3. The free book giveaway at the Library- about a month ago, while at the library, Mel and I saw a flyer for this event. And this week, I went to check it out. What I thought was a book sale was, in fact, a book lovers dream come true. Hundreds of boxes, thousands of books available FOR FREE !! I grabbed a few books, it was so hot that day (110 degrees !!) that I couldn't stay that long. I knew I'd be back...

2. Taking my Mom to the free book giveaway - While looking at all the books, I noticed tons of romance novel paperbacks...my Mom's favorite. I called and told her about this and the next day, after work, I picked her up from bart. I thought she would take a book or three...what ended up happening was I loaded boxes...BOXES ...of books in my car as she told me things like "I'll take all the books in that box...dump the books in the trunk but bring back the box, I'm going to fill it again....see those two boxes, I'll take those...leave the bag here so I can fill it up while you carry those boxes to your car..."
I dont know how many books we collected that day, the trunk was full...my best guess was over 200 books...best part, it was all FREE !!

1. Giants game with Lori, Ashley and Melanie - Got some Giants tickets from Mel's Dad and watched a great game in the BEST. SEATS. EVER !! Ten rows from 1st base...you could even order food and it would be delivered to your seat. Amazing. And and and...after back and forth action, the Giants won !!

So...thats it.
What's been cool about your week ?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tom's Top 5 Awesome Things This Week..8-16-10

For The Week Of 9-16-10

5. The surprisingly good fish tacos at Rubios

4. Baseball (9th inning) by Ken Burns - I'd known about this documentary for years now, but have never sat down and watched it. This week, thanks to the walnut creek library, I checked out the last part in this series...about the modern ( which covered the 70's and ended at 1992) era of the game, it was fun to see the stories and players I'd either never seen before or forgotten about...

3. "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" - Mel and I watched this movie some time ago, and this week Netflix brought it to us for a second viewing. A fun movie that we both enjoyed.

2. Watching old school wrestling( Ricky the dragon Steamboat vs. Ravishing Rick Rude in a 30 minute iron man match from 1992) and eating some tasty fish tacos = a fun afternoon.

1. Big mouth burger- I went to this San Bruno burger joint with my Mom and Melanie and had Mel's favorite burger, the hangover. A tasty combo of burger, bacon and an egg on top...this was great. The fries were good too and, a rarity for fries, were even tasty the next day for leftovers...

So...that's it.
What's been cool about your week ?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tom's Top 5 Awesome Things This Week...8-9-10

For The Week Of 8-9-10

5. Making some awesome tasting Turkey Burgers for Mel, Ashley and myself - I'd never made (or had, I think) Turkey burgers before. And it was damn tasty...easy to make as well. I made these with tater tots and I think it was liked by all.

4. Making picadillo at home for Melly and I - This was the second time I've ever made picadillo (ground beef, potatos, corn and I add mushrooms in a tasty tomato based stew) and the first time I've made it at my apartment. I lost the recipe my mom wrote down for me and had to go by memory. It came out great and was even a tasty lunch the next day at work !!

3. "Inception" - After weeks of wanting to see it, Mel and I finally checked out this movie. A good movie with the always awesome Leonardo Di Caprio and Joseph Gorden Livett. The special effects were cool and the story, or rather, what I understood of it, was good. I think, if watched a few more times, I will like it more...still it's a 7/10.

2. "Hellboy : The Right Hand Of Doom"- This graphic novel came to me thanks to the Walnut Creek library and was, in fact, the first Hellboy graphic novel I've ever read. As a fan of the movies, I decided to check it out. And I loved it. Full of cool battles, mythology and Hellboy sense of humor, I cant wait to read more.

1. Sitting in the cold, eating burgers, fries and later lukewarm hot chocolate at the ballpark and watching the Giants beat the Cubs 4-3 in 11 innings with Melanie, My Mom and Ashley - A fantastic game that took place on my Mom's Birthday....Happy birthday Mom, I hope you enjoyed the game...we all enjoyed watching it with you.

So...that's it.
What's been cool about your week ?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tom's Top 5 Awesome Things This Week...8-2-10

For The Week Of 8-2-10

5. Going to the A's game with Mel, Ashley and Zac- I'm a Giants fan, lets get that out of the way. But on a nice day, there was nothing better than enjoying some baseball, for cheap tickets ($9 !!) with some great people. A's won 3-2 by the way. Rangers lost.

4. Having some good food and great cake (made by Ashley) and going to a movie to celebrate Mel's Dad's Birthday.

3. "The Other Guys"- This was the movie we watched. A funny (forgetting there was not a strong plot) movie that kept us laughing. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell made for a good comedy team. 7/10.

2. Nutella - tried this for the first time this week...and where have you been all my life ??

1. After saying I've been wanting some for over a week, treating myself to a box of Snowcaps.

So...that's it.
What's been cool about your week?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tom's Top 5 Awesome Things This Week...7-26-10

For The Week Of 7-26-10

5. Philly cheese steak I had on Friday - After watching someone eat one on tv the other day, I'd been wanting a philly cheese steak. Friday I got one. And it was tasty as hell. I scarfed it down.

4. Getting a surprise visit at work from My Mom, Aunt Nana and Melanie.

3. The fantastic cupcakes Mel and Ashley made on Tuesday night - A tasty treat made by two of my favorite people.

2. Sunday dinner- In which Melanie made the tasty trio of pesto pasta, Mashed potatos and Lemon Chicken. A great job (tasted great too) from my little chef.

1. Spending Saturday morning with my Melly - I got to spend a few hours in the morning on Saturday with Mel before we both had to go work. It was great to have breakfast, talk and spend a great morning together before having to head into work.

So...thats it.
What's been cool about your week ?