Tuesday, October 31
Note to self: make up less bags of candy next year and buy some bags of chips or pretzels to hand out for the second half of the evening. At least if we're stuck with a bunch of stuff, it won't be candy.
Sunday, October 29
It was a good weekend, too. We didn't go anywhere or do anything, so I had plenty of time to do whatever I wanted to do around the house. I guess that's not uncommon for us at this time of the year, but I still have the busy summer weekends on my mind, so I'm still enjoying our new winter lifestyle (if not the weather).
Saturday, October 28
One thing I noticed was that Rob Zombie borrowed heavily from the plot of this movie. Had I seen this first, I wouldn't have been quite as impressed with his two films. I mean, there were some things he outright stole. But, I guess there isn't much originality in the slasher genre, so that's probably the reason. All slasher films seem to be a derivative of this one.
Trivia for the day: the movie was inspired by the story of Ed Gein, one of the more famous serial killers.
Thursday, October 26
I've been trying to do some things to make our lives "greener". I think it all started a few years ago when our friend Steve told us about this thing called a CSA (community supported agriculture). You can read all about them at Local Harvest. One year, we split a share (at a vegetable farm) with him. Once a week, he'd pick up our share of veggies, divvy them up and send them our way. We got to try a lot of things we don't normally eat, plus we were supporting a local farmer. And, I froze a bunch of stuff, so we had some nice vegetables into the winter months. I, of course, have a vegetable garden, but it's pretty small, so I don't get to freeze a lot of stuff from it. We only did the CSA thing the one year because it wasn't terribly convenient (due to the farm being located in the State College area), but I would really like to do it again if only we could find a farm closer by. In lieu of that, I really need to start visiting the local farmer's markets more. I guess I'll have to make that my goal for next year.
The second thing I've been doing right is that I've been buying most of our meat locally. I heard about this local meat packing company, Froehlich's, sometime after we moved into our house. We tried one of their hams for some holiday and I've been going back ever since. The meat there is so good and the cost is usually lower than the supermarket, so how can you go wrong? And, while this is an assumption on my part, I'm pretty sure all of the meat they butcher is locally raised. I know for a fact, some of the hogs I've ordered have been Cambria County Fair winners. (They were delicious, by the way.) Mostly, I just like going there because it's like Cheers--everyone knows my name. In addition to supporting Froehlich's, we've been getting beef from Errer Hill Farms in Somerset County for a few years. I suppose becoming a vegetarian would be a greener thing to do, but I don't think that is on my horizon.
Another thing we are doing is trying to conserve energy. We started replacing our light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. They are supposed to last a lot longer than regular light bulbs and use less energy. It's too early to tell how they're going to work out but we are forever replacing bulbs around here so I have to think they will be an improvement. And, we've also been adhering to that "turn the light off when you leave the room" concept. Well, Brian and I have. Jake, on the other hand, turns on all three bathroom lights (including the one above the tub) when he goes to the bathroom and then leaves them all on when he leaves the room. We'll have to work on that.
I suppose another area we could work on is our vehicle situation. Brian's truck gets crappy gas mileage as does my Highlander. We took a peek at the hybrid Highlanders when we were looking for a new vehicle, but I'd like to see how the new technology works out before I commit myself to it. That, and they were way more expensive than the non-hybrid models. On the other hand, now that Brian's working in Johnstown, we really don't rack on the miles anymore. My office is in Richland, but I work at home three days a week. When the weather is decent, Brian takes his motorcycle whenever he has to go anywhere (and it gets excellent gas mileage), so I guess that's how I can justify my vehicle purchases. Plus, you can't fit two dogs and three people in a car. Don't ask me how I know.
I found this great website recently, Ideal Bite. I was so impressed with their website that I signed up for their daily tip. It's a good starting place if you're looking for ideas. I know I've gotten quite a few from them.
The only thing I don't like about going green is that it takes a lot of green to do it. Living in what is essentially a farming area, we lucked out on the meat and veggies end of things, but almost everything else requires a commitment from your wallet. Small price to pay, I guess.
Tuesday, October 24
Saturday, October 21
We watched this movie last night, which is a fictionalized version of the NPR show of the same name. The movie was ok, if a little goofy. I've never listened to the actual show (I'm not an NPR devotee), but Brian, who is an NPR devotee, has and said that's pretty much how it goes. Brian thinks I've been watching too many wholesome movies lately and he blames that on my indifference towards this film. That said, if you enjoy the radio show, you'll probably like this movie.
Tuesday, October 17
Monday, October 16
I actually feel caught up on things at the moment. I'm sure it will be a fleeting moment, but it feels good, nonetheless.
Sunday, October 15
While I don't really have a favorite genre of films (I probably like thrillers the most, but I'll watch anything if it's supposed to be good), biopics are pretty low on my list (maybe it's because there are less of them than other types of films). But, it just goes to show--if you make a good movie, you make a good movie--it doesn't matter what it's about.
Definitely worth watching.
Friday, October 13
OK. Now for the old part. The ironic thing is that the Bottle Work's parking lot is adjacent to The Ace's Lounge, which we used to frequent in our younger days. So, this is how you can tell you are getting old...you go to a show at 7:30pm on a Friday night, with your 6-year-old kid, the show's an hour and 15 minutes long, and they're serving cookies and coffee as the food and drink. And you're home by 9:30 so you can play a game of Yahtzee and a few games of Boggle before you retire for the evening. I'm not complaining, I'm just saying...
Tuesday, October 10
We first went to City View right after it opened. The decor of the place is fantastic, but their menu didn't impress me. The food is good, but I wouldn't call it great (of course, rarely do I call a restaurant's food 'great' so no offense to them). Anyway, I saw an ad in the paper saying that their menu had been changed so I thought now would be a good time to check them out again (we don't eat out much in case you haven't noticed). This time around, I thought the menu looked pretty appetizing.
I have a new menu challenge these days--I always order whatever kind of wine I'm thirsty for and then have to plan my dinner around it. Tonight I had a red zinfandel, which I really enjoyed. It has been years since I've had a glass of that. I ordered chicken for my dinner, which technically does not go with red zinfandel, but it actually all tasted pretty good together.
Monday, October 9
In other news, Jake made his public Cub Scout debut this evening in the Johnstown Columbus Day parade. Didn't know that there was a Columbus Day parade? Join the club. It was over in about 10 minutes, but he had a great time and so did Brian (who marched with the kids in his Republican regalia. no, he's not a Republican, but he hopes some day to make enough money to be one).
Sunday, October 8
This just about concludes the landscaping in the front yard. The only thing that is left is a small enclosure in front of our picture window. I used to have herbs in there but I expanded my herb garden last year so I removed everything and have unsuccessfully tried to plant some shade flowers from seed in there the past two seasons. So, I'm either going to find some kind of shade-loving bulb plant or remove the mint from my herb garden and put it there (at least it will be contained if I do that).
Saturday, October 7
I liked this movie about as much as I liked Chicken Run. Coincidentally, both Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit were created by the same person, so that probably explains my equal enjoyment of them. I'm finding that British humor just isn't my cup of tea. No pun intended.