Wednesday, August 28

sharp objects

This book was ok. For as short as it was (about 250 pages), it took me a while to read. The story was about a female reporter who returned to her hometown to cover a story about the murder of two girls, but really it was about the main character's messed-up family.

My rating: 3/5

Tuesday, August 27

lizzy's back

Lizzy's back problem has returned. It's not as bad as the last time (nearly three years ago), but she's definitely having problems getting around. I took her to the vet today and they confirmed my suspicions. The problem is in the same place as last time (lower back), so the vet said she might have done something to aggravate it or it could simply be a matter of things getting worse with age. 

So, she's on steroids again. It will be a few days until we can expect to see an improvement. Let's hope this doesn't become a frequently recurring problem for her.

Saturday, August 24

giving thanks

The other month at the liquor store, a new brand of gin (from Philadelphia Distilling) caught my eye. Since it was from the great state of Pennsylvania and had a mail-in rebate associated with it, I gave it a go. I dutifully sent in my mail-in rebate. Yesterday, I not only received my rebate (in the form of a $1 and a $2 bill--how unusual), but I also received a hand-written thank you note signed by the owner of the company. That's one way to make your company stand out. I thought that was pretty great. The gin was good, too.

Wednesday, August 21

tea for two

My Mom invited me to a tea to benefit the Friends of the Johnstown Flood National Memorial. It was her birthday today, so how could I say no?

Interestingly enough, we were seated at a table with two of my former high school teachers. The one said that I was "all grown up". I found that to be pretty amusing since I'm 43 and she probably was around that age when I had her as a teacher. The lady whose family owns Coney Island was at our table, too. She was very nice. And, as it turns out, she is also in my parent's yoga class. Small world.

I'm not much for "doing things" but it was kind of nice to get out of the house and do something for a change. Not that I'll be making a habit of it, but it doesn't hurt to get out every once in a while, I guess.

Saturday, August 17

little drummer boy

Jake's always going around the house tapping everything with his hands, so I signed him up for a drumming class at the Bottle Works. He wasn't too happy about it, but he ended up loving the class. So much so that he's going to start taking drum lessons. So, the $75 class is going to cost me $50 a month. I hadn't anticipated that outcome.

Tuesday, August 13

back in business

Brian and I drove out to Middleburg today to pick up my motorcycle at Freedom Sidecars. I'm so glad to have it back. With less than two months left in the riding season, I have a lot of riding to make up for.

The owner of the place was kind enough to give me some riding tips and also took me to a parking lot for some practice driving. It was very helpful.

The bike looks and runs great now. It was definitely worth the time and expense to get it done right. I only wish I would have done that the first time.

Sunday, August 11

fowl play

In June, something ate all of the goldfish in my pond. I put off purchasing new goldfish until yesterday. At the store, I mentioned that something ate all of my goldfish and the clerk responded that a blue heron was spotted in the area and has eaten goldfish from a number of area ponds. So, I guess that mystery is solved. Though I'm not sure what to do to prevent this in the future. I've been doing some research on the subject and there doesn't seem to be a good solution out there.

Saturday, August 10

jeff, who lives at home

Boy, it's been a while since we've watched a movie. My Netflix queue was getting a little low, so I backed it down to two movies a month (plus streaming, but there are hardly any movies on streaming that I want to watch). In the interim, I've been watching some television series (Dexter, True Blood), so hence the lack of movie posts. Which is just as well because the summer has been keeping me pretty busy.

While billed as a comedy, this was more of a dramedy (think Scrubs). It told the story of a stoner son looking to discover his destiny, which he does in the end (not really a spoiler). The movie was pleasant enough, but nothing special.

My rating: 3/5

Saturday, August 3

the kill clause

This is the first novel in Gregg Hurwitz's "Tim Rackley" series. I read it (and a host of non-fiction) while we were on vacation last week. Unfortunately, I happened to read the 2nd book in the series first, but this did not put a damper on things. The plot was a tad questionable, but overall, it was quite a good read. The 3rd book in the series is currently burning a  hole through my bookcase, so I think I will be reading it soon.

Friday, August 2

forest county 2013

This afternoon, we returned from our (now) annual trip to Forest County. And, what a relaxing trip it was! This year, we stayed at River Forest Lodge, along the Allegheny River in East Hickory, PA. There were some things I liked better about our location last year, and some things I liked better about our location this year. But, overall, it was a positive change.

Alice has been slowing down quite a bit this year, but she looked every bit the energetic dog last week. I have a feeling that she's going to be sleeping a lot in the coming days, though.

The lodge had canoes available, and we used them every day. Fishing was pretty good on the Allegheny (we even brought one home to eat). Jake and I both got our "one that got away" stories while fishing on the river. Brian and Jake did a ton of fishing. I did my fair share as well (while once a day was more than enough for me, it wasn't for the guys).

We spent most of our time at the lodge (where I spent some quality time reading in my hammock), but we did manage to get out a few times. Forest County is one of our clients, so we stopped in the Visitors Bureau to say "hi" to our contact there. I also picked up a nice piece of pottery from the artists exhibit they have there. While in Tionesta, we also checked out the new Market Village. Unfortunately, it was not open during the week, but it looks like a neat idea.

We also went to the State Fish Hatchery in Tionesta. There was a talkative employee there who gave us the scoop on the place. And we hiked a couple trails at Cornplanter State Forest. And we took a trip to Tall Oaks Store for some window shopping.

We also had a horseshoes tournament, in which I scored exactly 0 points. And, of course, we fired up the campfire nightly and had cherry pie and pizza mountain pies and s'mores.

Much like last year, we did not have cell service at the cabin, so we were only able to check our phones once a day when we were out and about. We did have satellite television this year, though. Jake enjoyed that, but I tried to stay away from it. And, I was happy to leave my computer at home again this year.

All in all, another great trip to Forest County. I plan on returning again next year!