Sunday, July 31

shoot

Because Brian's "so caught up in [me]," he bought me a .38 special as my anniversary present this year, which marked 15 years. Coincidentally, we joined the Portage Revolver and Pistol Club at the beginning of the year. We have a few other guns that we haven't shot in a while and wanted to do some target practice. My Dad joined the club as well because he bought a replica muzzleloader this year and needed a place to shoot it.

In addition to the "club" location, they also have a location out in the middle of nowhere in Portage. That is where we went yesterday to shoot. This was our first time out and it was pretty fun. We even let Jake shoot some of the smaller guns. We're hoping to go back a few more times before the weather turns cold.

Friday, July 29

my melons

A few years ago, I tried growing water-melons from some plants that I bought at a local nursery. I believe I got one watermelon--approximately the size of a quarter--for my efforts. Not all that refreshing, really. But, a friend and fellow gardener introduced me to the "Sugar Baby" watermelon. Since I like to try something new every year, I decided to try it this year. I was pleasantly surprised to see some watermelons forming. They must really like heat and humidity because they really started to grow during the recent heat wave. I don't want to wish away the summer or anything, but I am looking forward to trying these watermelons next month.

Saturday, July 23

cocktail party

Last night, we hosted our first cocktail party. It was a lot of fun. We had a handful of friends over for drinks and appetizers. I made way too much food (note to self: make less next time), but I tend to do that (I've never been accused of sending anyone away hungry). It was nice getting to talk to some people I don't get to see all that often. Best of all, everyone seemed to have a good time, so I'll call this party a success.

Wednesday, July 20

nothing to report

But, I'm going to do a quick report anyway. Since we got back from vacation, I haven't had anything pressing to do, though there's always something to do. I did some weeding outside. I can't say I finished because that work is never done until winter, though things are looking pretty good. We did a bunch of canning/preserving over the weekend (blueberry jam, pickles, and pickled cherries) despite my proclamations that I don't want to can more that one thing a weekend. I also picked the rest of the garlic and made some onion braids. I had some smaller onions, too, and I put those on the storage rack Brian made me at the beginning of the season.

Work has been going ok, too. Though, since we hired the new sales guy, all I have been doing is writing proposals and this week was no different. But, this is a good thing, though I'm a little concerned that a bunch of projects are going to hit at once, but these are good problems to have.

All in all, things have been going great and the weekend is shaping up to be a good one, too.

Thursday, July 14

wildwood crest, nj

We went to the Jersey Shore for our 2011 vacation. We let Jake take a friend this year so the boys had a great time swimming and otherwise. For the most part, we stuck to the beach and the pool, but we did do a couple of extra things yesterday (our last full day of vacation). In the morning we went to the boardwalk wherein we did a little shopping; the kids played some video games; and we visited the Wildwood Insectarium, which was pretty cool. Later that afternoon, we went to the Cape May Winery. Their wines were pretty good--we brought home two bottles.

Brian and I got some well-deserved R&R. We got in a lot of reading and relaxation. I busted my ass at work and the house the weeks prior to our vacation so that I wouldn't have a bunch of stuff hanging over my head while we were away and that definitely paid off.

Wednesday, July 13

cross

It's getting hard to keep track of all of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels. One thing is for sure--I always enjoy reading them and this one was no different. At this point, I'm pretty sure that I've not read these books in any kind of order, but it doesn't seem to matter too much.

I do find that I enjoy Patterson much more if I don't read two of his novels in a row, so I'm going to keep to that schedule and read a few other things before tackling another one of his books.

Tuesday, July 12

everyone drinks

Well, my website, Everyone Drinks, finally launched at the end of June. I was holding off on the official announcement because there were still a few things that needed to be done to the website. All of the major stuff is done, but there are still a few things remaining--I'll get to them someday. At any rate, the site is up and running. Now, to start my marketing campaign...

Monday, July 11

law abiding citizen

We watched this movie over the weekend. If you are able to suspend disbelief at all the numerous improbable plot turns, it was kind of interesting. But, overall, not a great movie.

Saturday, July 9

dead reckoning

This was the latest book from Charlaine Harris, whose books inspired HBO's True Blood series. On one hand, I wasn't as into this book as some of her others. On the other hand, I tore through it pretty quickly. It did serve as a warm-up for season 3 of the series, which came out on DVD recently and will be topping my Netflix queue shortly.

Wednesday, July 6

canning










So, I got canning equipment for Mother's Day and my birthday (including a fancy-ass pressure canner). Now we are canning. It's something I've been wanting to do for a while (I mean, my freezer only holds so much stuff).

Despite the fact that I'm a hypochondriac and fear that I will contract botulism each time I eat one of our canned goods, we have been soldiering on with this project. We've been trying to can something every week (I say "we" because Brian is on board with this project--and we even got Jake into the mix last weekend). We are running out of ideas until tomatoes come into season (soon enough), so we might not be able to keep up with our previously torrid pace. So far we've done two types of strawberry jam and two types of mustard. I can't wait to start canning tomatoes, salsa, and tomato sauce! We'll probably be doing pickles next but that might have to wait another week or so as I don't have enough cucumbers yet. Anyway, I definitely like learning new things and this has been a lot of fun so far.

Monday, July 4

blue valentine

I heard a lot of good things about this movie, so I was surprised to find that I did not like it as much as I expected to. Sure, the movie was depressing, but that much I knew going in. The performances from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams were great. But, it was just missing something--and I don't know quite what. Brian did not like it at all. That, I would have guessed.