Sunday, February 27

winter's bone

I read about this movie somewhere and it looked intriguing so I checked into it further and then added it to our queue. The movie was about a girl who had to search for her father, who skipped bail, so that she and her family would not lose their home (which was put up for said bail). It doesn't sound very interesting when you put it that way, but it was. It was set in the Ozarks, where poverty abounds, which was interesting in itself. Brian wasn't too thrilled with my selection--until he watched the movie. He said it was one of the best he's seen in recent years and I have to agree.

And, they didn't do my pet peeve thing of saying the movie title in the movie dialog (at least not that I heard). It made me like it even more.

Friday, February 25


I've been trying to make an effort to blog more frequently--at least a couple of times a week. However, I see I've fallen behind. But, that's because nothing has been going on that I haven't discussed already. I've been working on stuff for my upcoming store, reading Charlaine Harris novels, and finishing the interior doors (2 to go!). That's it, really. Oh, and I've been doing the yearly update to my recipe book, but who wants to hear about that?

Luckily, we're watching a movie tomorrow night, so I'll have something to say about that.

Sunday, February 20

definitely dead

This was the 6th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I don't know what to say--it's much like the previous books and I liked it. And, I didn't find any typos in this one. Onto the next book...

Thursday, February 17

winter thaw

I hate to call spring already, but things are definitely thawing out (and I saw a bunch of motorcycles out today--a surer sign of spring than robins).

I was outside doing my post-winter dog area cleanup (ugh). While outside, I took a look around the yard. The blueberries were eaten by something again this year. Damnit! I tried covering them up the past couple of years. While that mitigated the eating of the branches somewhat, the bushes all got crushed under the snow last year. So, I left them uncovered this year but now they are chewed down to nibs. I'm never going to get any blueberries. And, that reminds me--I forgot to look at the raspberries. I wonder if they're still there.

On a positive note, I saw at least three fish swimming around in the pond. It always surprises me to see that they survived the winter. I guess I shouldn't be surprised since it's happened more than once, but I still am.

And the garlic is starting to show itself in the garden. Nothing like kicking off the gardening season with something growing in the garden in February.

It's almost time to start digging in the dirt again, which will mean more posts for this blog.

Tuesday, February 15

birthday boy

Yesterday was Brian's 40th birthday. In honor of the day, we both took off work. He puttered around in the shop most of the day and I spent the afternoon cooking. Since it was a special birthday, I made a special meal, Lasagne Verdi al Forno, Caesar salad, and garlic bread. We had a nice cabernet to go along with the meal. I made this lasagna once before (for an previous birthday of his), but it tasted even better than I remembered (and it didn't take me quite as long to make--probably because I've made homemade pasta a few times since then). It was just the three of us so it was a pretty laid back evening.

Birthday week kicked off with dinner at Brian's parent's last weekend and will conclude with dinner at my parent's this weekend. How does he rate?

Saturday, February 12

dead by day

This book was made up of books four and five in the Sookie Stackhouse series, Dead to the World and Dead as a Doornail. I enjoyed these two stories just as much as the first three, if not more, due to the fact that they were all new to me. One negative I will say about these books is that there are an inordinate amount of typos in them. I mean, I've seen typos in books before, of course, but not that often. I've seen more than one typo in each of these books so far (methinks Charlaine Harris needs to get a new editor). My favorite typo of this book was "Eric pushed himself to his feat..." Feat? Really? Despite this, I will be starting the next book later today. And, I will enjoy it.

Thursday, February 10

the house

We've been doing some work on the house this winter. The main thing is that we're replacing all of the interior doors on the main floor. We bought oak doors even though our trim is made of cherry, so I've been jumping through some hoops in order to get the two woods to match. So far, four of the doors are finished and two are installed. There are three to go. Of course, there's the trim work that will need to be done once all of the doors are in.

We took a break from the doors to work on some bookcases for the library. Brian helped me finish them because it was quite a job. They are now ready to install. I can hardly wait to fill them with books. There are still a lot more bookcases to make, but the major construction is complete.

And the third major project is to stain/paint the stairs that go to the second floor. Brian started sanding them, but that kind of got pushed aside with everything else that is going on. But that project will resume shortly.

Monday, February 7

not-so-super bowl

Despite Pittsburgh's loss, we still had fun watching the Super Bowl. Actually, we probably had more fun eating, drinking, and socializing, rather than actually watching the game, but you know what I mean.

The usual suspects came over to watch the game--namely, our parents. Brian also invited a couple of his friends, but only one (and his girlfriend) was able to make it.

I usually do a food theme either based on the city the Super Bowl is taking place in or one of the teams. But, this year, I just did regular football food--chili, wings, and a giant sandwich. It worked out great. I'll probably revert to doing a theme again next year, but I wanted to do something different this time.

Anyway, it was a good evening and just another foray back into entertaining on a regular basis for us.

Tuesday, February 1

social eyes

Last year was "Brian and Angela's Year of Fun" and this year is the year we get back into entertaining. We used to do quite a bit of this, but business ownership got in the way for a few years. So, we're trying to ease back into things this year. While our January plans fell through, we did manage to go to a party last weekend so I guess that counts.

We have a couple of events planned for the year and I guess we'll just wing the rest. But I am looking forward to getting back into the role of hostess.