Angela Law

animal lover, gardener, knitter, and gourmet cook


This book is considered a crime novel, of which Stephen King has published a few, but it’s really more like classic King. The main character is a kid who can talk to people right after they die. As you can imagine, this made for a good story.

My rating: 4/5

cardinal black

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book from Robert McCammon’s Matthew Corbett series, but here we are. Like the others, this one was a good read. I have to say, though, the first few books in the series seemed to be fleshed out a bit more. They were more like historical fiction, whereas the later books are more like action. Nevertheless, definitely worth a read.

My rating: 3.5/5


Remember guy #4 that I decided to not date anymore? Well, that line of thought didn’t pan out (it’s a woman’s prerogative, you know?). I went to his house two weeks ago to watch this movie. And, he was over last night for a chiminea fire. So, that’s four dates now, assuming you call hanging out a date.

Anyway, about the movie…it was pretty good. I was expecting it to be a kids movie, given the subject matter, but given its PG-13 rating, it wasn’t. So, I’m not sure who the intended audience is supposed to be. But, I will say this–it had a pretty cool soundtrack.

My rating: 3.5/5

so much for that

I received and installed my dishwasher part yesterday, but it did not fix the problem. The dishwasher now fills with water, but the arms never activate to actually wash the dishes. So, either the water wasn’t a problem in the first place or I have two issues. This one sounds like a larger issue (potentially a motor), so I’m going to have to call in the experts.

When I shut off the water supply to the dishwasher, I noticed the shutoff valve was leaking. FFS. Judging from the appearance in the cabinet below it, this has been going on for a while. But the slow leak turned into a bigger one and I had to do something. I thought for sure the valve would need to be replaced but YouTube told me otherwise and I bough some of this magical stuff. Anway, I think it’s fixed now. I mean, it’s not leaking and water is still flowing. Does the shutoff valve still work? I have no idea and I’m not going to check it either.

My tub faucet was also leaking a bit so I replaced the cartridge in it a while ago. I’ve had to do this a few other times in the past and it was never a problem, but they changed the cartridge design and it was still leaking for a while after it was turned off (though it would stop eventually). I saw there were some other manufacturers making the same part (in the old style), so I bought one of those off Amazon. In the reviews, a number of people said the new OEM cartridge leaked but this one did not. I figured I was on a roll yesterday, so I installed the new cartridge. It worked the same as the one I took out, of course. Maybe even worse? I don’t know, but I saved the OEM cartridge and I may switch back to that. Sigh. I guess if it bothers me that much, I’ll have to call a plumber, but I’m not there yet.

enough, already!

My dishwasher is not working now. It’s only two years old! It looks like it’s not filling with water. I researched the issue and the most likely cause is a broken water inlet valve, which is supposedly easy to replace so I ordered one. It set me back $66, but will be worth it if it fixes the problem because a service call is around $100. I felt it was worth the gamble. It’s supposed to be here tomorrow, so I think I’ll let the dishes pile up and see what happens.