Monday, August 13

the mechanic

Jake and a lot of his friends are really into cars, so he has been working on them for a few years now. He's made a ton of modifications to his own and does all of the maintenance on it. He does occasional work on our vehicles, but we still take them to the garage for most things. I was recently lamenting the fact that we have to get new brakes/rotors on our car before it gets inspected again and he cheerfully offered to take on the task. He said the quality would be better and it cost about half as much (because there were no labor charges). While Brian has a lot of skills, working on cars is not one of them, so it's nice to have a mechanic in the house!

Sunday, August 12

the americans

For those not in the know, this show was about a pair of "married" Russian spies living and working in America in the 1980s. I wouldn't have guessed I would like the show so much, but I was hooked from episode 1.

I finished watching this series last night and I have to say, it was on par with "Breaking Bad". Every episode was excellent. Much like "Breaking Bad", they had their story to tell and told it. While I'm sure they could have dragged things out for a bunch more seasons, they chose not to (take note, "The Walking Dead"). The whole show was like watching a chess match, but with way more bloodshed.

The finale was pretty good, too. It wrapped up most of the storylines, but left some stuff to ponder.

My rating: 5/5

Saturday, August 11

another thing

I decided to not make any wine this year. I'm not quitting the hobby--it's just that we don't drink or entertain like we used to so what's the point in having 200 bottles of wine in the house? For that matter, even when we do entertain, it seems like everyone else is drinking less, too (I guess because none of us are getting any younger). Once my stock gets low, I'll make some more for sure, but until then...

Friday, August 10


This is only the second book I've read from Michael Crichton and I liked it much better than the first. It was sci-fi so I was surprised I liked it at all. Though, I have been getting into some sci-fi stuff lately, so maybe it'll be my new thing.

The book's plot was kind of complicated--the story took place in a pod at the bottom of the ocean. Not sure how much of it was scientifically accurate, but it was interesting enough.

My rating: 3/5

Monday, August 6

fcmf 2018

We had free tickets for the festival (for doing some free design work for them) so we caught a couple acts over the course of Friday and Saturday. There weren't a whole lot of bands that interested us, but the ones we saw were pretty good. There were a couple of other bands I would have checked out, it didn't work out with our schedules.