Saturday, June 27

wall street

This was an oldie. In it was one of Michael Douglas's more memorable characters, Gordon Gekko. I have always been a Michael Douglas fan (though it seems he hasn't been in much lately) and I always hear about this movie when I read about him, so I thought we'd watch it. I think the whole Wall Street thing is pretty interesting. Brian, on the other hand, doesn't care about it at all. Guess which one of us liked the movie and which didnt?

Wednesday, June 24

something new

Last year, I heard about garlic scapes. What are garlic scapes? Why, they are the flowers that would form on the garlic plants, but they are removed (before they flower) so that the bulbs get larger. In previous years, I just pitched them, but I heard they are edible so I tried them in a few recipes this year. For Sunday brunch, I made a garlic scape frittata and it was delicious. Today, I made garlic scape pesto. It was so garlicky, and so good. We'll call this one a winner.

sick kitty

At the end of last week, we noticed that Ariel's eye looked funny. I called the vet and they said to watch it and see if the problem resolved on its own. It did not, so Brian took the cat to see the vet yesterday. We are waiting for the test results, but there's a good chance that it's cancer. They took a sample from her swollen lymph nodes, but were unable to identify what they saw, so they had to send it out. The poor cat has lost a pound since she was there in November. Weighing in at around 10 pounds, that's a pretty significant loss. If you didn't know any better, she seems ok, but we're not holding out too much hope at this point, given the facts.

Friday, June 19

happy hour

On Wednesday, I met up with a couple of friends from work for a happy hour (Working Woman's Wednesday) at The Backdoor Cafe. It was only my second time at that restaurant, but it continues to impress (and I'm not impressed easily). We probably sampled half the items from their appetizers menu--all were great. And the stuff on the happy hour menu was pretty inexpensive. I had such a good time that I'm trying to figure out when I can do this again.

Sunday, June 14

demolition man

Yesterday, with the help of a backhoe, Brian removed the garage from our office property. Here's a before and after photo. Today, he removed the footer from the concrete pad with a borrowed jackhammer. In a couple of weeks, we're going to get a big load of gravel and presto!--we'll have a parking lot for 4 cars.

Saturday, June 13

a night out

Last night we met up with Judy and John at Tulune's Southside Saloon. Coincidentally, the Pens game was on, so we'll call it a bonus (we had this scheduled before we knew there was going to be a game seven). We had a good time drinking, bs'ing, and watching the game.

I have to say I like SSS a whole lot better now that it is non-smoking. Previously, when I'd go there, I'd leave smelling like an ashtray even if no one was smoking.

And, of course, the Pens won, so that made a good night even better.

Thursday, June 11

nin|ja

Last night, Brian and I went to see Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown. While seeing NIN for the second time wasn't quite as magical as the first, it was every bit as good. What I had not realized until last night when Trent Reznor mentioned it, this was his final tour. I hope that doesn't turn out to be true. At any rate, they played one of my all-time favorite NIN songs, "The Downward Spiral." (Note: the light show was cooler last night, but this is still a good clip.) It was worth going just to hear/see that.

As for Jane's Addiction, I've never been a big fan of theirs, but they sounded pretty good. Brian has always wanted to see them so now he's fulfilled that wish.

Sunday, June 7

caught up

Everything has been planted. The garden has been weeded and mulched. I returned to cocoa mulch this year, so I'm expecting big things from the garden. I haven't posted a garden picture in quite a while so here goes:

a laid back birthday

My birthday was on Friday. I didn't really want to do anything in particular to celebrate. So, we watched The Wrestler and drank margaritas that night. How is that different from any other Friday or Saturday in our house? Well, it isn't, but still not a bad way to celebrate a birthday. Brian insisted on doing something, though, so I picked out something for him to make me for supper on Saturday, which ended up being one delicious Italian sub.

The weekend, as a whole, was pretty good. I got some yard time. The house is relatively in order. We didn't have much running around to do. I made wine this evening. The worst thing about the weekend is the fact that I have to return to work tomorrow. Other than that, I give it a thumbs up.

Saturday, June 6

the wrestler

This was a great movie. We both really enjoyed it. It was a story about an old professional wrestler, played by Mickey Rourke, who must retire due to health issues. He really should have won an Oscar for his performance, it was that good. I also must mention the 80's metal soundtrack that permeated the film--also great. There's nothing bad I can say about this. Of course, I really like character studies, but I think just about anyone could enjoy this film.