Tuesday, April 28

slash

Slash's autobiography was replete with sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll. So much so that after the first few hundred pages, I was getting more than a little bored with it. But, once we progressed past the GNR days, things got a little more interesting.

My biggest gripe with the book was that I just didn't feel that it was written in his voice. I just could not equate what I was reading to be the voice of Slash. Maybe it was just me. Still, it was interesting to hear his take on the whole Guns 'N Roses thing. Unlike other rock (auto)biographies I have read, I don't think you would find this interesting unless you were a huge fan of the band.

the last temptation of christ

Quite frankly, I don't understand the brouhaha this film generated when it was released. Sure, the film had its moments, but the ending wrapped things up in a christian-like way, I thought. What bothered me more about the film was the fact that they gave Judas, played by Harvey Keitel, red hair. Maybe they thought his name was Judas Isacarrot. But, I digress.

To sum things up, Brian thought this was a brilliant piece of cinema. I thought watching it was like going to church.

Sunday, April 26

spring planting

I spent the past few days prepping the garden and planting my spring crop. I planted cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions, spinach, radishes, and peas. The stuff that you can actually see growing is the garlic I planted last fall. That's the nice thing about garlic--you always have some growing early in the season. The garden doesn't look like much at this point, but here's a pic:

afternoon tea

The Portage Area Historical Society, of which my mother is a member, had an afternoon tea today. I guess it was a fundraiser, but I'm not positive. Anyway, my mom was nice enough to buy me a ticket to the event so I went and sat at a table with a bunch of her friends (my mom was busy serving tea and food).

We started with tea and scones and then proceeded to finger sandwiches. Next up was a gigantic platter of cookies. They even passed out baggies so you could take home some cookies. Now that's the way to do it! All in all it was a nice way to spend the afternoon.

amici's

It looks like I'm turning into a weekend blogger. I should remedy this. There's plenty of stuff going on during my weeks, just nothing interesting. But, since it's the weekend...

Brian's parents invited us out to dinner last night to celebrate Brian's dad's retirement. We went to Amici's in Ebensburg. We had never been there before. I thought it was a pretty nice restaurant and the food was great! I had their home made ravioli and they were outstanding. I brought some leftovers home so I can hardly wait for supper tonight.

Saturday, April 18

rizzo's

We were supposed to meet our friends Carol and Bob at Big Dogz for supper this evening, but I received a call from Carol yesterday saying they had to cancel. It seems their first grandchild (a boy!) arrived a little early so they were going to be out of town. Congrats to them!

I haven't been grocery shopping yet this weekend and wasn't really in the mood to cook since I was looking forward to going out to eat, so I suggested that the three of us go out. We went to Rizzo's and used a gift certificate that my parents got us this past Christmas. Dinner was quite good. Brian got their lasagna and Jake and I had their home-made ravioli. Yum.

changeling

Angelina Jolie did a great job with her role in this movie, but that's about the best thing I can say about it. It had a decent enough storyline, but there was just something missing for me. Perhaps it was the ending--the viewer doesn't get much closure. Some, but not enough. Quite frankly, I thought this movie was going to be a lot better than it was. This movie had the same tone of the only other Clint Eastwood-directed move that we've seen, Mystic River (another well-acted movie, but just completely depressing). This makes me think that we should steer clear of Eastwood directed movies in the future.

Friday, April 17

buster: the good dog

I'm not sure what is going on with Buster, but he's been sleeping in the living room for the past few weeks (previously he slept in our bedroom) and he hasn't been hanging out with me in the home office on the days I telecommute. Perhaps we can chalk this up to his "teenage" dog years--time to rebel against the parents. Prior to this, he was at our side 24x7. This was due in part to the fact that he's still considered a puppy (and we didn't want him destroying everything in the house) and in part to his separation anxiety issues. But, now, he's practically independent!

Not only that, but he is down to about 10 minutes of "idiot" time per night (down from about 2 hours). Of course, we make sure he gets plenty of exercise. In fact, I recently bought this nifty contraption just for him:


We've only used it a few times, but it tires him out nicely. Far better than the two mile runs Brian normally takes him on, and in less time as well.

Monday, April 13

flowers

I picked up some flowers at Cambria County's annual plant sale last week and wanted to wait until the really cold weather passed before planting them, which translated into today. I split the flowers between the herb garden, butterfly garden, and pond area. Hopefully the coming weather won't be too cold for them. I'm pretty sure they are hardy stock and will be fine. My mom divided her russian sage plant and gave me some of that, so that went in the pond area, too.

It was almost too cold to go outside this evening, but I toughed it out and was glad I did. I really enjoy working outside and this year I plan to make the most of it.

Sunday, April 12

more planting

This morning, I went downstairs to check on the pepper plants and was pleasantly surprised to see that about half of them have sprouted (I fully expect the rest of them to sprout soon). I turned on the grow lights for them so now they're all set.

This evening, after today's Easter festivities, I planted a bunch of different kinds of tomatoes and some giant pumpkin seeds (provided by Brian's dad).

I also took a look at my planting schedule and found that I'm supposed to plant some stuff outside already. I'm not sure when that is going to happen, but it's good to know that the planting season is now under way.

jaws

Apparently Jake has heard some tall tales about this movie from his friends, so we had to put it on the list for family movie night. He liked it. I thought it held up ok for as old as it was, but what can you expect from a PG rated "horror" flick?

easter

We spent today with Brian's dad, mom, and grandmother. We went to their place for dinner and spent the rest of the afternoon chatting and drinking wine. It was a nice day, but couple the wine drinking with getting up at 5:30 am this morning in order to go to the sunrise service at our church and I'm about ready to zonk out.

Saturday, April 11

you're welcome, moxham

We started our latest project today--removing the god-awful siding from the front and sides of our office building. Why anyone would do that to a brick building is beyond my comprehension and apparently all of our Moxham neighbors' comprehension as well--we've had a number of people ask us when we're going to remove the siding.

We got the one side done today and it looks great. Luckily the people who installed it went into the mortar rather than the bricks so all of the screw holes will be easy to fix. I can hardly take credit for working on this project because I mostly just hauled the stuff away, but I digress. The plan is to finish the remaining two sides the next two weekends, but the weather will have to cooperate in order for us to accomplish that.

Monday, April 6

it's snowing

Can you believe that?

Sunday, April 5

maria full of grace

This movie tells the tale of a young, female Columbian who takes a job as a drug mule in order to raise money for her family. It was quite a good story. So good, in fact, that I hardly noticed the fact that the movie was subtitled. The plot was quite straightforward, so much so that it could have been someone's biography that we were watching.

The overall theme of the movie was a little depressing, but with the open ending you could take the character wherever you like. And, for me, that made the movie end on a positive note.

Thursday, April 2

the science guy

Jake

Jake's science fair was today. His subject was who has more bacteria in their mouths: dogs, cats, or humans. Alice (one of our dogs) won that contest hands down, so keep that in mind the next time you visit. Jake got a really good rating from the judge of the show. I'm not sure if they give out prizes as I did not see any ribbons anywhere, but he definitely deserved the kudos he received.

Wednesday, April 1

peppers

Just a quick post...I planted my pepper seeds on Sunday. This year, I did them two weeks later than I usually do. Typically, the tomatoes and peppers get too large for the grow lights, so that's why I waited this year. I planted green bell, jalapeno, hot wax, and aconcagua.