Monday, April 30

rough justice

Another book from Lisa Scottoline. It was fine, just like the rest of hers, but nothing to write home about. It was a legal thriller, like all of her other books that I've read (which I think is the only type of book she writes).

But, I could sure go for a Stephen King or Joe Hill novel. Unfortunately, I'm all caught up on those authors. Perhaps it is time to re-read some of their works?

My rating: 3/5 

Sunday, April 29

three billboards outside ebbing, missouri

This was a really good movie. Surely you have heard of it so I won't bore you with the details. It starred Frances McDormand (who is great in every role I've ever seen her in and who also won Best Actress for this film). There was one thing that bothered me about it, though--everyone's grammar was atrocious. I mean, it's not like I don't know people who have bad grammar, but this was a little over the top. It made the writing seem a little out of touch to me. Other than that, it was quite compelling.

My rating: 4/5

Monday, April 23

get out

Interestingly, comedian Jordan Peele wrote and directed this horror movie. It had some elements of comedy for sure, but it was mostly a social commentary about racism. It was done quite well. I don't want to spoil the movie by talking about the plot, but what was going on was totally crazy. Both Brian and I enjoyed the movie, and I'm still thinking about it a few days after watching, so I guess it had its intended effect.

My rating: 3.5/5

Thursday, April 19

drier dryer

My dryer hasn't been working properly since I got a new washing machine. At first, I blamed it on the new washer (perhaps it didn't get as much water out of the laundry as the old one?). But after reading a couple of articles, I decided to check the dryer vent hose. Apparently this is something I should have done about five years ago as it was about 90% clogged with lint. Brian helped me get everything cleaned up and now the dryer is working as good as new!

Note to self: check this again in 2023.

Sunday, April 15

everyday ordinary no one

Brian wrote a book! It's a collection of personal essays called "Everyday Ordinary No One". Stories will be released to the site every week between now and Thanksgiving. You can read them or listen to a audio version for free. The book is also available for purchase in print and digital formats. What a huge accomplishment!

Friday, April 13

finally

Despite being off yesterday, I took today off to enjoy the nice weather. Yesterday was full of painting the bathroom, shopping at Conzatti's, a trip to the vet, and making cookies, so I was not able to get outside, as much as I would have liked to.

Let's start with Lizzy...she has had diarrhea for over a week and putting her on a bland diet did not fix the problem, so we made a trip to the vet. She is on some sort of antibiotic for 10 days and the vet all but guarantees it will fix the problem, if only temporarily. But if it doesn't, more tests will be needed in order to see what's up.

As for the cookies, Jake and I made a double batch of chocolate chip cookies last night. He was playing at his school's "Coffeehouse" this evening and was required to take in some baked goods.

But, today was so nice that Brian and I both played hooky. We started by taking a hike with Esme in the morning. Esme loves the woods! So does Brian. I'm kind of so-so on it, but I don't mind going for a hike on a nice trail. Plus, it's fun to watch Esme in the woods--she's so good.

After lunch, I started cleaning up the garden a bit so I could plant onions. I'm glad to say that all of the onions are now in the ground. The onion plants I ordered shipped at the end of March and they've just been sitting ever since because the weather has been so bad. Luckily, they were still in good shape.

Tuesday, April 10

gwendy's button box

This novella, written by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, was a good palate cleanser after reading that last book of short stories.

It had a weird plot that I'm not even going to try to explain, but I will tell you that it was a quick and compelling read.

My rating: 3.5/5

Monday, April 9

lewis black

Brian, Jake, and I went to see Lewis Black at The Palace Theater last night. It was a lot of fun. It was Jake's first stand-up experience and I think he liked it. For that matter, it was only the 3rd one for me and Brian, so Jake's ahead of the game. I don't know who opened for Lewis, but he was pretty funny--definitely the best of the openers we've seen.

Saturday, April 7

poe's children

This was a compilation of short stories put together by Peter Straub. There were really only a few that I liked (and two of those were written by Stephen King and Joe Hill, and I had already read them before).

Thanks to this book, I'm now behind on my reading for the year. Guess I better pick a short one for my next read.

My rating: 2.5/5

Wednesday, April 4

strike 2

My washing machine errored again today. That fix didn't last very long--eight days to be exact. Brian's going to call them again in the morning, but I think it's time to start researching lemon laws.

Monday, April 2

easter weekend

Brian's sister and crew were in for the Easter weekend. We got to catch up with them on Saturday night while celebrating Brian's mom's birthday.

We had Easter at our place this year, with my family. My mom usually hosts Easter, but my grandmother can no longer get up and down stairs, so I offered to host it since we don't have any steps to speak of. My mom brought half of the food, which made my job pretty easy.

We had our annual Easter egg hunt for Jake Sunday morning. I guess you're never too old for that. Despite holding it in the same area (the living room and dining room) for the past 17 or so years, we still had him stumped on a few.

We also had a post-Easter snowstorm and received a couple inches of snow overnight. I'm about done with this weather!