Tuesday, September 18

one perfect lie

This was a nice departure from Lisa Scottoline's usual lawyer fare. While it did have some cheap tricks in it, overall it was an entertaining read. I can't really say what it's about because the actual plot is a spoiler. The author lures you in and makes you think the story's going to go one way, and then it goes in a completely different direction (that would be one of the cheap tricks).

My rating: 3.5/5

Friday, September 14

volunteer

For a few reasons, I decided to start volunteering at the Humane Society of Cambria County. I sent them my volunteer application in July and heard back from them at the end of last month. Since then I've gone to volunteer training and a dog handling class. I actually got to volunteer for the first time on Wednesday and it went well enough--I did laundry while I was there and played with a bunch of cats and kittens. Next time, I'm going to see if I can work with some dogs, as that is one of my major motivations for volunteering. I'm committing myself to 2 hours a week. Overall, I think I'm going to like it.

Sunday, September 9

good time

This movie starred Robert Pattinson, who robbed a bank with his mentally challenged brother. After his brother got caught, he spent the rest of the time trying to get him out of jail (using both legal and non-legal methods). It was an interesting enough story, though I found the soundtrack distracting (on the other hand, Brian liked it).

My rating: 3/5

Thursday, September 6

strawberries

I'm taking a cue from our CSA farmer and am planting strawberries in the fall. Actually, I planted them yesterday, but you get the idea. Strawberries have to be replanted every so often and my strawberry bed was definitely spent this summer. So, I thought I'd give this method a try. I found the plants on Jung Seed (they are hard to find at this time of the year). The farmer replants every year--not sure I will do that, but we'll see how things go. I planted the same variety I had before, so this will be a good performance test. Expect another update next June.

Wednesday, September 5

another one

Esme turned one yesterday! Brian took her out for ice cream--what a lucky dog. It's hard to believe she's been around for 8 months already. She has fit in quite well with our family with the exception of her hatred for cats (at the house) and clients (at the office).