I saw on Facebook yesterday that Westwood Garden Haven has a limited selection of Christmas trees this year due to the tree shortage. Exactly why there is a tree shortage, I don’t know (especially since we live so near the Christmas tree capital of the world–Indiana, PA). So, Jake borrowed his dad’s truck and we went to pick out our very expensive (because with the shortage comes higher prices) tree yesterday afternoon. Between having to borrow Brian’s truck, which won’t exactly be an option once Jake moves out, and the tree prices (I thought they were too expensive before), I think I’m back on the artificial tree bandwagon. I’ll have to check around to see if I can get a good deal on one after the holidays. I’m definitely going to get something on the smaller side. The tree we had before (which now lives with Brian) was kind of massive.
While not as good as the original, I did enjoy watching this movie. Benecio Del Toro is always amazing. The plot was so-so, but the ending kind of set itself up for a (probably unnecessary) sequel.
My rating: 3.5/5
You know how when you read books from a bunch of other authors and then read something from Stephen King you start to question why you read anything from anyone else? Well, that was how this book was. He is such a fabulous author. And it’s not just the story I’m talking about–it’s the writing. Though this story was good, too. It was published by Hard Case Crime. Crime novels are a genre he loves and he’s written a few for that publisher.
This book was published in 2013 and I’m not sure how it escaped my radar until recently. When organizing my library last year, I discovered that I was missing this book. The only thing I can figure is that maybe it came out when the Stephen King Library dissolved and that’s how I missed it (because I didn’t get the memo about that).
My rating: 4/5
Another one in the books. I hosted this year, so I took Wednesday off work in order to prep for the day. It was our first major holiday get-together since the pandemic. This year’s lineup was my family (parents, grandmother, brother’s family) and Jake’s girlfriend. It was a nice afternoon, but I was exhausted by the time everyone left. I’m not sure why–maybe I’m out of practice?
I don’t usually go for superhero movies (unless they are witty ones like Iron Man), but I decided to add this to my queue for reasons I can’t recall. Anyway, it definitely exceeded my expectations. I was expecting more of a “fighting crime” vibe like the old show, but it was a World War II story about defeating the Nazis (and who isn’t on board with that?).
My rating: 3.5/5