Sunday, November 28


It was a nice, long weekend. We went to my in-law's for Thanksgiving dinner. My sister-in-law and her husband and kids were in this year. We don't get to see them very often because they live in New York, so it made for a nice day. Jake ended up staying there Thursday and Friday night so he could spend some time with his cousins. He had a blast.

Brian and I worked on the house over the weekend. Brian installed one of our new doors in the bathroom. It looks great, but it is now obvious that I'm going to have to strip and refinish the door jambs. Just what I was looking for--more work to do. I started finishing another door, too--this one is for the foyer closet. This project is going to take a while. In other project news, Brian spent some time today finishing the design for the library we're putting in upstairs. That is going to be one cool room when it is finished, but it's going to be a while until it is done.

I intended on making my Christmas cards over the weekend, but that kind of got away from me. I came up with some ideas, though, and I did manage to start working on the first set of them today. I figure that I should be able to finish them up by next weekend--just in time to mail them.

I also did some shopping online, but still have more to do. So much for meeting my Thanksgiving deadline. I don't have too much left to buy, though. But, it is one more thing I need to wrap up soon. I also need to start baking/cooking for Christmas. We're doing both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day here this year, so that's going to take some planning, but I'm pretty excited to be hosting both dinners at our house. This will be a first!

young frankenstein

A friend of Brian gave us a bunch of DVDs, so we watched the first of them last night. Growing up, we seemed to watch all of the Mel Brooks movies (my Dad was a big fan), so I had seen this before, but it had been a while. It was pretty funny. I'm sure I got more of the jokes this time around. Jake liked it too. Surprisingly, Brian hadn't seen this one before. He liked it, too. So, I guess this one gets three thumbs up.

My favorite scene:

It's funny every time.

Thursday, November 25

post office rant

I've been ordering Christmas gifts through the internet. One such gift required a signature upon delivery so I opted to have it delivered to the office, since chances were good I wouldn't be at home when it would be delivered.

I looked at the package tracking yesterday morning to find that it was out for delivery. The mailman was running late, but did arrive before I left work. But, no package was delivered. I thought it was strange, but the tracking hadn't been updated so I didn't know what was going on.

This morning, I checked the tracking again to find that a delivery attempt was made. Interesting, seeing that we were at the office, but no one stopped in to deliver a package. Not only that, but now we have to go pick the package up at the post office. How annoying. We could reschedule the delivery, but I don't see how that would work seeing that we were there the first time delivery was "attempted".

This is hardly the first issue we've had with our office mailman, but it is the most annoying one. I think he might be the laziest mailman on earth. The only time we get good service is when he is off work and there's a substitute working.

Monday, November 22

the nose knows

Alice's nose is looking about 100 times better. Since she's been on the steroids most of the scabs have gone away. Her nose still has a lot of healing to do (it's all smooth and pinkish--not exactly dog-like), but at least things are looking up!

Tuesday, November 16


Alice's nose has not improved (in fact, it has gotten worse), so we made another trip to the vet's office today. Doing biopsy is still on the table, though after finding out how much that will cost, we're going to try the steroids first. Since her nose is so bad, she's on both oral and topical steroids. I have to call the vet in two weeks with an update, so hopefully things will be looking up by then.

Since we were there, I had the vet check out a couple more lumps she's developed since her last appointment. One turned out to be just a lipoma--nothing to worry about there. The other two are hopefully warts, though there's a possibility they could be melanoma, so we have to keep an eye on them as well.

Poor Alice. The fun never ends.

Saturday, November 13

no country for old men

This book took me a while to read. Not that it wasn't good, but I watched the movie first, so there wasn't a sense of urgency to read the book since I already knew the plot. I definitely prefer to read a book before watching the movie, but I did not discover this author until after watching the movie. I have to say, the movie really followed the book--I could totally picture the movie in my head while reading. Movie or book, you can't go wrong with this story.

Saturday, November 6

back to school

We did the Family Movie Night thing last night and watched this movie. I have to say, fashion in the 80s was really weird. It's funny to watch these old movies and see how things used to be. Of course, Brian and I had already seen this movie, but it was new to Jake. He enjoyed it. We seem to be having better luck watching these old movies than new ones. There just aren't that many good comedies out there these days that are age-appropriate. Admittedly, a lot of the cartoon ones are really good, but the live action comedies in the PG or PG13 range leave little to be desired.

Tuesday, November 2

paranormal activity

We watched this movie over the weekend, while drinking margaritas, of course. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good movie. I'm still undecided as to whether I liked the ending or not. I was hesitant to watch this because of the comparisons to The Blair Witch Project, which I did not like. However, the mockumentary effect was cleverly done, so it wasn't an issue for me. I'm even thinking about watching the sequel, but probably not until next year since horror movie month is now over.