Five of 2013

Written by Justin posted on Jan 11, 2014 in Friday Five, Opinion, Rant

Back in the early-mid 00’s I used to run a little blog called flyingarrows.com. I used to put out a list of five of my favorite things at the moment on Fridays. It’s been a long while since I’ve compiled one. In honor of the New Year, I’m going to do a Top 5 of 2013.

  1. The finale of Breaking Bad
    I used to tell people, if I died before seeing the end of Breaking Bad it would be a BIG disappointment. Well, now I can die a happy man. I could gush over this show to you for countless hours. No, honestly, try me. I digress, what a perfectly crafted build-up and finale to my newly crowned favorite television series of all time. The loose ends were all tied, no ambiguity, no last second character flaw that made the 5+ years of watching feel wasted. The folks that made BB happen had so much riding on this finale and they delivered the knockout punch.
  2. The Twins at this age
    When they are not whining or throwing a tantrum these two are an absolute riot to be around. They are at the perfect age sandwiched between 2 and 3 where the intelligence and sense of self is really starting to ooze. Yet, they can’t fully express themselves. The results are usually very comical.
  3. My New found love for building

    If you follow me on any of the social media sites then you know I’m in the middle of building out the fireplace mantel and frame. It goes without saying this would not be possible with out the tutelage of my neighbor and woodworker extraordinaire, Bob. He’s showing me the way and I’m really taking a shine to it.I plan to design and rebuild our nasty old shed this summer with the help of my 4 little worker bees.
  4. Vacation Booking

    Funny story, I wanted to do one last road trip before we started having kids. I started loosely planning one for the Summer of 2006. Then Dawn got pregnant and hours upon hours traveling in the car did not sound like the most enjoyable trip for a 5 month pregnant woman. Fast forward, 8 years since our last trip together (our honeymoon). We were finally able to book a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico for this February. I’m a firm believer in getting out and seeing the sights and sounds across this great Earth. I want our boys to grow with an affinity for discovery and seeking out the unfamiliar.
  5. Getting On

    Blink and you might have missed this exceptional new dark comedy from HBO. It ran for 6 episodes towards the end of 2013 and by the end of it’s run it became must see TV for Dawn and I.  Which is not an easy task to accomplish. We tend to be a bit critical of what little TV we watch. So when something strikes us both instantly as this did, it’s quite the feat. Taking a page out of The Office, this show is based on a comedy of the same name put on by our British pals. What I found most interesting and quite the accomplishment, is not one scene in the first 6 episodes was shot outside of the hospital ward.

2 Comments to “Five of 2013”

  1. Graham

    When you get ready to tear down that shed you might think about donating anything salvageable to Rebuilding Exchange so it can be resold and repurposed. Also, I know a guy with a pickup truck and a lot of tools who works cheap. He traffics mainly in spirits and scrap wood.

    • Justin

      Awesome idea, Graham! I will certainly do so. I donated about 300 used pavers to Habitat for Humanity (ReStore) last summer, so I’m all about re-purposing. Thanks for the tip!


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