Monday, December 30

christmas 2013

This was a pretty laid back year for Christmas activities. To summarize:
  • We spent Christmas Eve with my family. Brian's mom and dad were also in attendance. After those festivities were done, we went to an overly long Christmas Eve service at our church, then came home and got things ready for Christmas morning.
  • Christmas Day was spent with Brian's family. It was a pretty quiet affair, with just Brian's parents and our niece. 
  • On the 28th, we went to a Christmas party at a friend's house. It was pretty raucous--lots of people, lots of kids. It's the same place we went for a Halloween party in October. Surprisingly, there was even more food at the Christmas party and all of it was great. Unfortunately, Jake was not in attendance as he was visiting his cousins in NY.
  • Last night, my parents came over for a Christmas visit. 
  • And, to conclude Christmas, we met Judy for drinks (and our annual exchange of gifts) at The Boulevard this evening.
And, that should wrap things up until next year. Brian and I have been taking every other day off over the holidays so that Jake didn't have to spend his time off at the office. Tomorrow is my day to work--those are my main New Year's Eve plans. I guess it's possible that we'll go downtown to the Celebration Johnstown event tomorrow night, assuming I can drag myself out of the house. New Year's Day will be spent in our usual manner--pork and sauerkraut for lunch (and champagne), a nap on the couch, and then the putting away of the Christmas decorations.

at the mountains of madness

This was my first foray (as far as I can recall) into H.P. Lovecraft and I'm pretty sure it will be my last. I read this on my Kindle (I downloaded the story for free). tells me that the story was only 84 pages, yet it took me about two weeks to read it--how's that for crappy?

My rating: 2/5

Saturday, December 28

the heat

Brian and I watched this movie last night. I found it to be humorous, but it seemed like they were trying too hard or something. I mean, with as much swearing as there was, it should have been hilarious. That said, there were a couple of funny bits, but it was a little too formulaic for my taste.

My rating: 3/5

Tuesday, December 24


I've been taking Zyrtec for allergies pretty much continuously for a year or so. I haven't been sneezing as much lately, so I thought I'd take a break from it until spring. I stopped taking it for a couple of days the other week and got all itchy. I didn't think much of it at the time, but I started taking it again due to the itchiness. I stopped taking it again the other day. Yesterday, I got all itchy. Noticing a trend, I did a Google search and, much to my surprise, this is a withdrawal symptom from going off the medication. Terrific.


I finally finished watching the Dexter series last night. Because it was unavoidable, I heard how the series ended before watching it (and frankly, I was disappointed). However, in watching it, I think they pulled it off pretty well. I would have liked a better explanation of the last few minutes of the show, though.

I was getting a bit bored with the series by the end. Season 4 with John Lithgow was outstanding, but things kind of went downhill from there. Well, maybe "downhill" isn't the correct word, but every season was the same (Dexter chasing some serial killer), so it was a little boring. My favorite thing about the show was Dexter's sister, Debra Morgan. She was the best thing on tv since Al Swearengen.

Wednesday, December 18

doctor sleep

This book, by Stephen King, was sort of a continuation of The Shining. It revolved around Danny Torrance as an adult. The antagonist in this book was a group of otherworldly type humans. Good vs. evil. Yada, yada, yada. This book was sort of in the same vein as Hearts in Atlantis, which is not one of my favorites. That said...

My rating: 3/5

Saturday, December 14

weekly blogger

Here is my obligatory weekly blog post. There's nothing blog-worthy going around here, hence the lack of posts. Which isn't to say that there's nothing going on, but do you really want to hear about how I spent an hour sanding wine bottle glasses the other night? I didn't think so.

Since I last wrote, we had some sad family news. Brian's grandmother passed away last weekend. The funeral was in Maryland, where she lived, so we were there on Monday for the viewing and Tuesday for the funeral.

Tuesday night, Jake had his Christmas choral concert at the middle school. The rest of the week was business as usual (that is, nothing worth noting). And that brings us to this weekend. We were supposed to go out for dinner with another couple this evening, but those plans have been postponed due to the weather. Grumble.

Sunday, December 8


I am almost ready for Christmas. Almost. I have most of my gifts bought, but not wrapped. Some of my dog cookies are made (none of the human ones though--maybe I'll skip it this year). The house is decorated--with the exception of putting the ornaments on the tree. So, really, nothing is done (except for my cards, which I did last month). I suppose I should pick a lane and finish one of these tasks. Maybe next weekend...