Monday, May 26

memorial day

Today was spent at home with an exception of a late-morning motorcycle ride. We took Somerset Pike to 30 and then caught 711 in Ligonier and followed it home. There were a ton of bikes out today.

After lunch, I did a bit of gardening, then I lounged in the hammock and knitted (and also shut my eyes for a few minutes). After supper, there was more gardening--I got everything planted and Brian and Jake did some weeding/yard work.

Now, it's time to relax with a gin and tonic while watching The Returned.

Sunday, May 25

party on garth

We went to our first cookout/party of the season last night. It was at my brother's house. We're going to our second one this afternoon at my in-law's. In between all of the partying, I'm trying to get my garden planted. I got some stuff in yesterday (Brian even helped--he was on weed and watering duty); I expect to get some more stuff in today; surely, by tomorrow, everything will be in. The weather has been great this Memorial Day weekend and that is not usually the case. But, I guess we deserved some nice weather after the crappy winter and spring.

Monday, May 19

early birthday

Yesterday, we went to my parents' house for an early birthday celebration for me (and a timely one for my brother, whose birthday was yesterday). I got a bunch of nice presents--the newest NIN cd, some kitchen stuff and a bunch of books. Unfortunately, I just started reading a book over the weekend, so I'll need to finish it quickly so I can get to the new ones (never mind the other stack of unread books in my library!)

Sunday, May 18

summer blues

I am so far behind this year with gardening, yard work and the like. This spring's weather has been horrible. When it's not raining, it's cold outside. I guess I could work in the cold, but it's hard to find the motivation to do so. It's going to be warming up a little bit this week, so I'll definitely need to make some progress. The yard is a mess!

Tuesday, May 13

trece de mayo

Today was Jacob's fourteenth birthday. The three of us celebrated by going to Rey Azteca for supper. It was good, as always. For as long as I can remember, we've been going out to eat on Jacob's birthday to whatever restaurant he picks. Rey Azteca has had quite a run. I guess that's really the only time we go there, so it's not like he's had a chance to tire of it. I wonder if we'll be back next year?

Saturday, May 10

frankenstein: city of night

This book was a continuation of the first story. Much like the first one, this one did not come to any sort of conclusion, though the ending was more abrupt in this case. I liked it well enough, but I would have liked some sort of ending. I realize there are a few more books in the series, but I can only read so much Koontz in a year.

My rating: 3/5

Thursday, May 8


Jake made not one, but two, debuts this week. The first one was his public drumming debut with the Westmont Middle School Chorus, of which he is a member. Their spring concert was on Tuesday and he played the drum set during one of the songs. The second was this evening at the Community Arts Center's Greater Johnstown Young Artists Exhibit where one of his art projects from school was on display. And, not only was it on display, but it also won a merit award, which came with a small monetary prize. Our niece Erika also had a piece of art on display there and also won a merit award. Kudos to Jake and Erika!

Monday, May 5

social activities

On Saturday, I went to a baby shower for a friend's daughter-in-law. It was at Off the Rak in Ebensburg, which is an establishment that I rather like. The lunch was great and there were no shower games (I approve). And, I even passed out one business card.

Yesterday, we had Jake's family birthday party. I guess it was family+ this year because a few of his friends were invited, too. It was a bit of a rush to get everything ready for the party since I wasn't home Saturday afternoon, but I managed. We had to have the party in the house because of the weather (we usually have it outside), so Brian took Lizzy and Buster to doggy day care. It was well worth the money.

Sunday, May 4

don jon

This movie was about a guy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who was addicted to porn and how he overcame it. This was a comedy, by the way. The storyline was pretty good at the beginning, but it got kind of sappy at the end. I won't go into the details. But the real star of this movie was Tony Danza, who played the father of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He stole every scene he was in with his excess of f-bombs. Who's the boss now? I'd say it's Tony Danza.

My rating: 3.5/5

Thursday, May 1

law day

My father-in-law informed me that today is Law Day. I must have known this on some level, because I took the day off.

I'd been wanting to take a day off for a while now, but things have been busy at the office and I don't like taking time off when I have too much to do. I managed to whittle down my to do list to a manageable level recently, so I decided to take a day off.

I didn't have anything special planned for the day. I was hoping to do some gardening, but the weather isn't great. I've already shot the morning by going to the recycling place in Ebensburg to drop off some electronics for recycling. The afternoon doesn't look much better. But at least I do a better job of taking time off than Brian does--he typically works a half day when he does so (plus he usually doesn't even have to use time off because he works too many hours in a week). Whereas, I've worked less than an hour so far today. We'll call it a winner.