Sunday, March 31

role models

Brian swears we saw this movie before, but I have no record or remembrance of it, so we watched it last night. It was ok--it had some funny parts--but was not hysterically funny. I suppose it was worth watching if you like crude humor, which my unrefined tastes do.

Thursday, March 28

sidecar delivery

My sidecar was delivered to a freight terminal in Bedford today. Brian was kind enough to drive out there this afternoon, pick it up, and drop it off at Triumph of Windber, where it will be installed. We have to drop my bike off this weekend and the sidecar needs to be painted, so they'll be installing it around the 2nd week of April. I'm pretty excited about the whole thing. Stay tuned...

Sunday, March 24

taken 2

This was your run of the mill action flick and there's nothing wrong with that. I do agree with Brian on one point--the fight scenes were kind of lame. They did that thing with the multiple cameras where they keep switching angles. I'm sure it's easier for them to film, but it's hard to watch and makes the scenes look less realistic. But, it was still entertaining. I don't see how they can pull off a third one of these, though.

Saturday, March 23

the providence rider

This was the 4th installment in Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbett series and it did not disappoint. Leave it to McCammon to make historical fiction interesting. I hope there is more to come.

Monday, March 18


I finally finished watching this series. I thought it was interesting how it started off as more of a comedy and then the middle seasons were pretty dark. The final season was definitely on the lighter side (in both levity and plot). I like how they fast-forwarded in time in the last episode to show how everyone ended up. I found the very ending to be a little weak (I like powerful endings--think "Newhart", "Six Feet Under" or "Breaking Bad"*), but all in all an entertaining series to watch.

*"Breaking Bad" has not ended yet, of course, but I'm predicting that Walter White wakes up in bed with Lois (from "Malcolm in the Middle") and says, "I just had the strangest dream..." One can hope, anyway.

Sunday, March 17


I made another batch of cheese today. This one was a stirred curd cheddar. This method was a slightly less labor-intensive version of cheddar, which I made previously. I'm interested to see if there's any difference in the final product. I'm only going to be making one more batch of cheese before summer (romano or parmesan--might as well go for broke!).

Sunday, March 10

sunday, fun day

This afternoon we went to a gun raffle at the Portage Revolver & Pistol Club with my parents. We are members of the club and Jake is in their junior rifle league, so it was nice to be able to throw some support their way. They were giving away a ton of guns (and cash prizes, too), but, unfortunately we did not win anything. We still had fun, though.

After the raffle, we came home and tried out our new pizza-making gizmo. Prior to using it, I was lucky enough to find this article on how to make it work even better. We tried the foil trick mentioned in the article and got great results. A couple of pizza-making sessions ago, I started making this dough and I love it. While it does take a couple of days to make, it is totally worth the extra time--the dough is so nice and airy. So, the new dough in combination with the pizza "oven" made the best pizza that has ever come out of this house. I guess I don't need that pizza oven after all.

Friday, March 8


After a few trips to the orthodontist, Jake had his top braces installed this week. I can't remember why, but they are not doing the bottom braces for a quite a bit. He doesn't go back until May and, at that point, they're going to tell us when he should have his one baby tooth extracted. The poor kid has only been able to eat soft foods because his teeth and inner lips are sore. Once this subsides, I think he's going to eat all of the food in the house.

Sunday, March 3

snow snow go away

As Chandler Bing might say, could the groundhog have been any more wrong? I don't think it has stopped snowing since he declared that winter is over. I have wonderful memories of last March where it was 70 degrees for a couple of weeks and I started gardening a month early. I guess that isn't going to happen this year.

I haven't been blogging much lately. Half of my posts are about movies or books and I have been watching a bunch of tv series on dvd so I haven't had any movies to blog about. Also, due to all of the tv watching, I haven't been reading as much.

And, on top of that, things are crazy busy at work, so we (Brian in particular) haven't had any time for recreational activities. We are short staffed and have been trying to hire a graphic designer. We have enough work that we could actually hire two designers, but we'll have to see if that continues before we commit to anything. So, if anyone out there is qualified*, please apply. We have a marketing opening as well, but we're not filling that position until the graphic designer role is filled. This is our second round of advertising for the position. I hope we can find someone soon.

*And when I say qualified, I mean the following:

  • meet most, if not all, of the job requirements
  • don't have a bunch of typos on your resume (there's this thing called spellcheck--run it)
  • don't apply through every means available--one is sufficient (rest assured, we will receive your application)
  • don't call us, we'll call you