Sunday, May 12

goings on

A lot has been happening, not the least of which are my suspect Ancestry.com results. They're trying to tell me I'm 38% French. Can you believe it?!? I also got 36% Italian, 9% Eastern European/Russian, 5% German, and a bunch of other minor random stuff. Jake took his test before I did and got 17% French and we were blaming it on Brian's family until I got my results. The weird thing is that my Mom came back as 98% Italian and 2% French and my Dad doesn't have any French, so something is not right. They will occasionally go back and update the results, so I'll be interested to hear the final verdict on this situation.

Yesterday, my niece graduated from college. To celebrate, my in-laws took everyone to Asiago's for dinner. I don't like eating out all that much, but I do like that restaurant.

We had everyone over today for a Mother's Day/Jake's birthday celebration. So, I've been cooking all weekend. Things turned out nice, but I didn't have a firm headcount so there was a lot of extra food (because one thing I will never be accused of is not having enough food). But that's ok because I could use a break from cooking for a few days.

Tuesday, May 7

fall leaves

We have a couple of oak trees in our front yard that always drop their leaves super late so there's never an opportunity to rake them in the fall. I've been chipping away at them ever since the weather improved, and I'm happy to say that I was able to finish that task this evening. So, now I can move on to more pressing tasks such as the perpetual weeding that needs done all summer. Sigh.

On a positive note, I got a new weed whacker this week and boy is it making that task easier. The old one was electric and the guard was always falling off, so it was a bit of a pain to use. The new one runs on a rechargeable battery and made quick work of whacking weeds this evening.

Sunday, May 5

boy erased

This was a pretty good movie about parents (played by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) who send their teenage son (played by up-and-comer Lucas Hedges) to a conversion therapy program (guess what? it didn't work). That's really all there was to it.

My rating: 3/5

Monday, April 29

brit floyd

Brit Floyd is on tour again and did their usual stop in Johnstown last night, so we went. Same as last time, the show was fantastic. They got a bit theatrical this time around by acting out certain songs, and that was a little weird, but overall it was a great experience.

Sunday, April 28

short lived victory

Not long after fixing the dishwasher last month, it started acting up again. This time, the problem was more difficult to diagnose. And, not wanting to spend even more money on it, we decided to get a new dishwasher, which was delivered last week. The good news is that we don't have to hand wash dishes anymore. The bad news is that our pocketbook is a bit lighter this week.