Monday, June 27

thunder 2016

We kicked off Thunder by going to Richland Bike Bash on Wednesday night. We were supposed to take Thursday afternoon off work, but it was cold and rainy, so that got nixed. We did make it downtown later that day (after the rain finally stopped), but it was a ghost town so we didn't stay long. We went downtown Friday and Saturday night, too. We ran into a lot of people that we knew and it was nice to catch up with everyone.

We took Friday afternoon off and rode to Duman Lake County Park. Saturday afternoon, we rode out to Pool N Pork in Nanty Glo. We were surprised to be charged an admission fee. I can only hope that party picked up in the evening as there really weren't any people there. We did not stay long.

Sunday, we put Lizzy in the sidecar and went for a quick ride through downtown and Richland. She enjoyed it, as always, but it was pretty hot out.

While Thursday was a washout, at least the weather was nice for the rest of the rally.

Sunday, June 26

the witch

This is a movie...about a witch. More specifically, the movie, which takes place in Colonial America, is about a family who thinks a witch lives in the woods near their farm. Spoiler alert: they were right. Despite only clocking in around 90 minutes, the movie was a little slow at the beginning. The ending was pretty good, though. But, I wouldn't call this a typical horror film--it was definitely more subtle than that.

My rating: 3/5

the dead town

This was the final book in Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series. I was getting a little tired of the series, but figured this would be a good book to read at the beach (which is where I started it). It actually ended up being pretty good and had a satisfying ending.

My rating: 3.5/5

Monday, June 20


The critters are doing me in this summer. Something (chipmunks, I'm guessing) keeps digging up the larger seeds (beans, peas and the like) that I've planted. If they miss one and the seed actually grows into a plant, something else eats the plant. I guess I need to pull out the row covers and see if covering them up keeps them away.

Something else keeps knocking down our bird feeder (and even smashed one of them). We borrowed my dad's wildlife camera, which takes photos whenever motion is detected, so we will be getting to the bottom of this mystery.

Sunday, June 19

straight outta compton

I was neither in the mood to watch this movie Friday night nor did I want to see it in the first place, but I took one for the team and was pleasantly surprised. The movie was about the rise and fall of N.W.A, the controversial rap group from Compton. While I'm not a fan of rap, their music is pretty good (and sounded great through my tv's new sound system, which I got for my birthday).

My rating: 4/5

Tuesday, June 14


I've been fretting about my sidecar's lighting for weeks. Never mind the fact that it took me forever to find lighting that I liked, I had no idea how it was going to get wired up. I read numerous articles on the subject, but still did not feel great going into the project.

However, once I took a look at how the previous lights were connected, it all became clear (I guess I should have done that earlier in the process). I got everything hooked up and working last night. So long as I don't blow any fuses, I'm good to go. Just in time for Thunder.

There are some other customizations I'd like to make, namely adding a sidecar headlamp and doing some upholstery work (including a removable seat for the dog), but that's probably enough work for the moment.

Sunday, June 12

working man

When we bought Jake a car, part of the deal was that he'd have to get a job in order to pay for his vehicle expenses. He applied at a bunch of places and received an offer from Westwood Garden Haven (so be sure to stop in and say "hi" and buy a bunch of stuff). I'm sure the fact that we've been customers of theirs for 20 years didn't hurt his chances. His first day was yesterday and they put him through the grinder (a little hard work never killed anyone), but he came out unscathed and is scheduled for another three days this week. I expect he'll be working at least 20 hours a week, which is ideal. The only issue is that this is a seasonal position, so he'll have to look for something else at the end of the summer. But, we'll worry about that when it happens.

Saturday, June 11

dog tags

This book was ok. It was a suspense novel about a former police dog who witnessed a murder and whose owner is suspected of the crime. It was kind of a goofy premise, but it worked out ok. I wasn't all that fond of the main character, the lawyer representing both the dog and the accused, though. Apparently this book is one of a series. I don't know that I'd be interested in reading anything else from the series, but you never know.

My rating: 3/5

Friday, June 10

wildwood, nj

We took a break from the forest this year and hit the beach at Jake's request. Much like the last time we were at Wildwood, Jake's friend Dom joined us.

We had an uneventful trip down on Monday (though we hit a little traffic around Philly), got settled in and ordered some pizza from Sam's. Serious Eats hails it as the best pizza place in Wildwood. I thought it was pretty good, though the crust was a bit dry. I'll still take Pizza Man's pizza over anyone's. The boys were off on their own after supper. It's kind of nice that they are old enough to do so, but sad at the same time. Brian and I went for a walk and then just hung out the rest of the evening, which was the recurring theme of the week for us.

I did a lot of reading, knitting, and coloring. And we went on a lot of walks--I logged well over 10,000 steps a day, including the day we got there (after being in the car for 6 hours). The weather was nice, though it was really windy one of the days (and I mean really). It only rained for a couple of minutes, too. The hotel we stayed at was great--it was the cleanest place I have ever seen. All in all, it was a pretty good trip, but it's back to work on Monday. At least we still have the weekend.

Tuesday, June 7

birthday weekend

My birthday weekend started off at Polkafest, which it always does. We were there Friday night for supper, but didn't have time to get there again so we missed Alex Meixner this year. Hopefully he'll be back again next year. On Sunday, Brian made a delicious birthday brunch and the rest of the day was pretty low-key, just the way I like it.

Saturday, June 4

a case of need

This was Michael Crichton's first book, which was originally published under a pseudonym. I got through it quick enough, but I really wasn't that into it. The writing style did not appeal to me and there were a couple of typos (you think they could have fixed these when they republished it).

My rating: 2.5/5