Monday, January 30

kitchen time

While I like to cook, it's nice to catch a break every once in a while. This past weekend was one of those times.

Saturday night, we met up with Carol and Bob at Pour on Center in Ebensburg. The food and drinks were excellent. I was impressed. We'll definitely be going there again.

Yesterday, we celebrated the January (my sister in-law) and February (Brian) birthdays with dinner at my parents' house. We had dinner and I also took home leftovers, so that solved my supper problem for last night, too.

But, I'm on cooking duty again today, so the streak has ended. At least Brian is on the schedule for this week (on Friday).

Saturday, January 28

stitch fix

I saw an ad on Facebook for a service called Stitch Fix. Stich Fix works as follows: a personal stylist chooses items for you based off of your personal style profile. These items are mailed on an interval of your choosing and you keep whatever you want and send back the rest. Link is in the sidebar (full disclosure: it's an affiliate link).

I got my first "Fix" today and was pleasantly surprised with the items. They are definitely outside what I normally wear, but I did like and am keeping everything (I guess it just goes to show that advertising works.) I'm not terribly stylish, so I hopes this helps me to up my style quotient for 2017.

Wednesday, January 25

knee update

And now it's time for the monthly knee update. Jake saw his surgeon yesterday. He is making good progress, but will need to continue with PT for another 6 weeks, He'll just be going once a week instead of twice, though. He can also lose the knee brace except when he's at school or with his friends because "things can happen". Unfortunately, he isn't able to return to Garden Haven yet, but they will revisit that topic at next month's appointment, where he'll also be fitted for a different kind of knee brace. On the plus side, he has gym (which he hates) this semester and cannot participate in that. But, his gym teacher said that he can do his PT exercises during class, so that is going to work out well.

Monday, January 23

the girl on the train

I'm starting off the year with some good reads! This was an interesting thriller. Each chapter was told from the perspective of one of the three female characters (which was a little confusing at first, but it was a pretty good way to weave the tale). While I did figure out "whodunit" before I got to the end, I thought it was nicely written.

What I didn't like was the Britishness of it all. Generally speaking, I do not enjoy British forms of entertainment. Not sure why, but it is what it is.

My rating: 4/5

Sunday, January 22

passing the torch

My grandmother has always made the cakes for our family celebrations, birthday and otherwise. Due to age and health issues she is no longer able to do this task, so the torch has been passed to me. Jake and I went to her apartment this afternoon to collect her recipes and pans, so I'm all set for the next family event. At least I don't have to decorate them--my mom has always handled that end of things.

Saturday, January 21

one step closer

Jake is taking his SAT test this morning. College is right around the corner. I'm not sure I'm ready for this. One thing is for sure--it will be a learning experience. I know absolutely nothing about grants, scholarships, student loans, etc. as my dad worked at UPJ when I went to school, so my tuition was covered. Lucky me, not so lucky Jake.

Sunday, January 15


I'm back in movie-watching mode. I took a little break because I ran out of things to watch, but, as luck would have it, they're always making new movies, so I'm back at it.

I was on the fence about this one. It told the story of the woman who invented the self-wringing mop. It was about as exciting as that sounds. I wouldn't have even watched it, but my favorite actress, Jennifer Lawrence, was in it, so despite tepid reviews, I gave it a shot. It was a long 2 hours.

My rating: 2.5/5

Thursday, January 12

end of watch

This was the final book in Stephen King's Bill Hodges trilogy. I tore through it at a pretty quick pace, so we'll call it a winner. Unlike the first two books in the series, this one had a supernatural element. It was a pretty interesting concept.

I've been waiting a while to read this. I've been in the Stephen King Library for 20+ years now and I think this is the first book they didn't send me. Perhaps I am no longer a member? So, I added it to my Amazon Wishlist and Brian was nice enough to buy it for me for Christmas.

My rating: 4/5

Tuesday, January 10

double trouble

When we got Sylvia, she had an ear infection. After two courses of the prescribed ear drops, she was still having ear troubles, so I took her to the vet this morning to have it checked out again. This time, she was prescribed a stronger ear medication and was put on antibiotics. We have to go back in 10 days as the vet could not see her eardrum due to the infection and she wants to see if there's anything that is causing this to happen (like a polyp). Lesson learned: whenever adopting pets from the shelter, look into their ears before you take them home.

After supper, Jake, Brian and I were standing around and heard a crash and a bunch of thuds. Evidently Buster went upstairs and then fell down the steps as he came back down. At first glance, he looked ok, but then we noticed drops of blood all over the floor. It turned out that he tore one of his dew claws. I tried calling the vet, but they didn't answer (nor did their answering service pick up). Since they were still open, Brian just ran him over there. They taped up his foot and put him on antibiotics and painkillers.

I do believe this was the first time we had to make two trips to the vet in a single day. Let's hope it's the last.

Sunday, January 8

captain fantastic

The always fantastic Viggo Mortensen starred in this dramedy (that turned out to be more drama than comedy). In the movie, Viggo's character's wife dies and leaves him with six kids. The family happened to be living off-grid at the time. The wife's family doesn't like how the kids were raised, so this causes the major conflict of the story.

In a rare moment, all three of us watched (and liked, but not loved) the movie.

My rating: 3.5/5

Sunday, January 1

4th of july

No, I do not have my holidays mixed up. Rather, this was a James Patterson book. Much like all Patterson books, it was an easy read. I specifically chose it because I figured that I would be getting some books for Christmas (and I wasn't wrong about that) so I wanted to make sure I could quickly finish whatever book I started so I could get on to my new books.

Patterson always has a twist, but he took this one to a whole new level. This time, everyone was the killer. Well, the ones you wouldn't suspect. Because I've read enough of these, I did guess the one killer, but I was not expecting there to be multiple. So, I guess you could call that a surprise. A ridiculous surprise.

Now, on to my new Stephen King novel.

My rating: 3/5