Sunday, September 23

won't you be my neighbor?

The three of us are obsessed with Mr. Rogers for some reason, so we watched this documentary last night. It was pretty interesting and we all enjoyed it. Unlike Brian and me, Jake did not grow up watching Mr. Rogers. But he has somehow been exposed to him recently and now wants me to knit him all of the cardigans.

My rating: 4/5

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).