Sunday, October 30


I know I've been dogging on the movies from the past, but this one was actually pretty good. It was surprisingly uncheesy given he subject matter. It was a good way to cap off Halloween Movie Month.

Saturday, October 29

rabbit hole

I like a good, depressing movie just so long as there's a spark of hope at the end. This one fit the bill. Brian does not like depressing movies at all--at least not ones he can relate to.

This movie told the story of a couple's relationship in the aftermath of their young son's accidental death. It starred Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. Both were excellent in their roles. Nicole Kidman has been in some pretty bad movies recently, so it was nice to see her in a good one for a change. I'm only surprised that this movie did not make more waves at the box office.

While this film was an honest portrayal of the couple's grief, there were a couple of surprisingly funny scenes that did not take away from the message of the film at all. Recommended--except for Brian (who, incidentally, is still complaining about having to watch this movie).

Tuesday, October 25


I'm only a few weeks into the P90 exercise routine, but already, I'm seeing results. While I haven't lost any weight per se, I'm definitely more toned than I was when I started. And, I'm only 25 days in, so I have to think things will only improve from here.

I really like the weight training days--I will definitely base future workouts on it. I absolutely loathe the aerobic days--I will definitely trade those in for the treadmill after I complete the 90 days.

I'm happy to have found an exercise routine that works and that I don't mind doing (well, not too much, anyway).

Sunday, October 23

paranormal activity 2

Much like the first movie in this series, I didn't think I was going to like this one, but I did. Unlike Poltergeist, which we watched a few weeks ago, this one was actually kind of creepy. Poltergeist was just too over the top to be believable, but this movie, you could actually see happening--not really because I don't believe in this crap, but on the other hand...

I liked how they tied the two movies together--that was pretty clever. I'll definitely be seeing Paranormal Activity 3.

Friday, October 21

foo fighters

Somehow the Foo Fighters have become my favorite band. I mean, I've always liked them, but never enough to buy their albums. A couple of years ago I finally picked up their greatest hits album, which I liked well enough.

A little while back, David Grohl formed Them Crooked Vultures with another of my faves, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, (and don't forget John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin). I really liked this band. It was kind of like QOTSA, but a little different. The next thing you know, the Foo Fighters released another album. One of the songs I kept hearing on the radio was reminiscent of Them Crooked Vultures, so I was into it. Then I heard another, and another, and I liked them all. So, I picked up the album and have been listening to it nonstop ever since.

The funny thing is whenever I hear old Foo Fighters songs on the radio, I like them even more than I did before. So, I'll be purchasing all of those albums, too. I suppose this is a good thing because it's slim pickings these days for good rock music.

I only regret that we didn't go see them in Pittsburgh last month. But, surely that won't be our last opportunity to see the band.

Monday, October 17

the end

Of gardening season, that is. I removed the remaining plants from the garden this evening. I have to say, this is one of my least favorite days each year. But, it had to be done. I need to get the garlic planted within the next week (hopefully tomorrow), thus the urgency--the weather isn't exactly going to be improving from this point forward.

Overall this was a good gardening year. I was hoping for more tomatoes, but I think that's just because I started canning this year. Next year I will plant more so that I can preserve even more. I'm going to simplify things next year by eliminating some items and planting more of other items. My ultimate goal is to preserve enough food to get us through winter, so I need to concentrate on the things we eat the most and that are easiest to preserve.

Sunday, October 16

two nights in a row

Brian and I went out again last night--this must be some kind of record. We attended a wedding celebration for a couple we are friends with. They were married last month in the Caribbean. We hung out with another couple we know and had a great time. There were appetizers, desserts, drinks and an acoustic band to be had. The event took place at the Boulevard Warehouse, which was cool. Another great evening!

Saturday, October 15

ron white

Brian and I went to see comedian Ron White, who played at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena last night. His set was excellent and the opening comedian was pretty funny, too. This wasn't a rock show--as soon as the opening act was done, Ron started. His act was around an hour and 15 minutes--not very long--but every minute was packed with laughs.

My grandmother watched Jake while we were on our "date". Since we got out of the show earlier than anticipated (around 9:10pm), we decided to stop at the Alibi for a drink before picking up Jake.

I like the fact that the War Memorial has been bringing in some quality acts. That place sat stagnant for so long. The new management is really doing a great job. Jake and Brian are going to see Judas Priest next month. I opted out of that one because I'm not that much of a fan and it's not like the tickets were cheap. But two cool events in town in two months is pretty good.

But, I digress. Two thumbs up for a great evening!

Tuesday, October 11


It was a beautiful weekend so we took a spin on the bikes on Sunday afternoon. What a great day for a ride. Unfortunately, that may very well have been our last ride of the year and we didn't do much riding to begin with this year.

Besides the either too hot or too wet weather, we lost a month to buying our rental property (I'm not complaining, I'm just saying).

At any rate, winter is officially on its way.

Sunday, October 9

the rite

This movie was more suspenseful than horror, which is fine with me (because today's horror movies are usually a gorefest, of which I'm not a particular fan). This movie was ok--a decent movie for the month of Halloween. It was PG-13 so we let Jake watch it. I think he had his blanket over his head for half of it, but it really wasn't that scary. While the movie was about exorcisms, it was nothing like "The Exorcist" so you'll want to make sure you don't have that mindset going into this movie or you're not going to enjoy it at all.

Friday, October 7


I'm trying a new exercise routine called the P90. It's a routine developed by the same guy who did P90X, which is popular right now. I have no desire to be in P90X shape, so I'm doing the P90, which is easier (for the record, Brian's been doing P90X off and on).

Anyway, I've completed my first week and don't mind the routine. It's just difficult trying to fit it in as it's 6 days a week for 90 days. My ultimate goal is to get into some sort of shape doing this and then go back to my usual routine of weights and treadmill. I always lapse in exercising over the summer (why exercise when you can be outside gardening?) so I'm using this to kick-start my way back into shape.

Sunday, October 2


I thought this would be a fun movie to kick off the month of Halloween with. Jake liked it, but I just don't think some old movies hold up over time, this being one of them. It was definitely dated. Still, it was pretty mild for a "horror" flick, so it was good for Jake. He's going to totally freak out when we watch "The Rite" next weekend.

Saturday, October 1

kick buttowski

Today was quite productive. Not only was it laundry day, wherein I did six loads of laundry (and put away the two loads I did last night), I also took some time to clean out my email inbox and get caught up on some accounting-type things for Everyone Drinks.

I also vacuumed the house and did some shopping online (both general and Christmas). I managed to put a good dent in my Christmas shopping list, but I still have many more things to buy. Everyone is so hard to buy for anymore--it's tough coming up with something interesting year after year.

I also cooked three meals today (while I cook every day, I rarely make more than two meals in one day). Jake had a friend over last night, so I made waffles for breakfast (from scratch, of course, otherwise it wouldn't count as cooking). Next up was lunch. I have a bunch of winter squash from the CSA. I'm not a big fan of winter squash so I've been looking for interesting ways to prepare them. I found this squash soup recipe and it looked pretty good, so I made it for lunch (minus the cheese croutons. I wish I would've made those, but, alas, I had no bread on hand). Anyway, for soup made out of squash, it was pretty good. I'll definitely be making that again some day. For supper, Jake and I whipped up some Rigatoni with Spicy Italian Salami, Oven-Roasted Tomatoes, Olives and Capers. Delicious! I think we made a new record today for how many times a dishwasher can be run in a single day.

Today, I was motivated by the fact that I need to do some Prime Design Solutions work tomorrow. I wanted to clear my schedule so that I didn't have a bunch of things hanging over my head. Mission accomplished. I even managed to sneak in a nap, so not all was lost.

Oh, and I started this morning with a new exercise program. More on that in a later post.