Sunday, April 30

first ride

Brian and I just took our first motorcycle ride of the season. He's been out on his bike a few times, but this is the first chance we had to go out together. We took a ride to the Conemaugh Gap Scenic Overlook as I needed a photo for Do Johnstown. Since we redid the site last year, it uses larger photos. We're down to the last few that need to be replaced, and we'll probably get those via motorcycle trips. Anyway, we did the Haw's Pike/Cramer Pike loop. It was a nice day for a ride.

In other non-motorcycle news, I painted two of the walls in my "studio" yesterday. Why two? Well, this used to be Jake's room and he wanted two of the walls to be dark gray and the other two to be turquoise. I wasn't a fan of the turquoise, so I painted those walls off-white. It looks really nice with the dark gray and really brightened up the room. For someone who doesn't like to paint, I've sure been painting enough recently.

Monday, April 24

house & garden

I feel like we've been making good progress on both fronts. We're trying to tackle some of the easy tasks around the house (like painting) just to get those items knocked off the list. And, I'm trying to do this kind of stuff when it's not nice outside, so that I don't have to feel like I'm losing out on my gardening time. Yesterday, we painted the ceiling in our bedroom and the previous weekend, we painted some trim and a door.

I've been making great progress outside, too. We've had enough nice days this month and I've been going outside as much as possible in the evenings. I feel like I'm ahead of the game right now (talk to me in July and see if that's still the case). The yard work is under control and the garden is on schedule. We even bought new patio furniture today and Brian got that assembled. So, it's looking good in the back yard (except for the lack of hedges).

Sunday, April 23


This was a novel written by Patricia Cornwell, and was from her Scarpetta series, hence the title, I guess. While I read it quickly enough, I really wasn't that into it. The main story centered around the murder of a dwarf, which seemed kind of superfluous to me. Like, why a dwarf? It could have been anyone, really. Anyway, it had this twist at the end that you couldn't see coming--I hate those kind. Give me some clues, will you?

My rating: 2.5/5

Wednesday, April 19


Jake had his final appointment with the orthopedic surgeon yesterday evening. Everything looks good with his knee. He still has some restrictions, but those will be gradually lifted over time, so that is good news.

In other doctor news, Jake has been sick since late last week. We thought it was just a cold, but it turned out that he had strep throat. We went to iCare on Monday morning (after he was sent home from school) and got some antibiotics. Laurel Peds couldn't fit him in until later in the afternoon and I didn't want to wait that long for something as straightforward as this. Well, he had a number of adverse reactions to the antibiotic (which is odd because I'm quite sure he's taken it before), so we had to get something different prescribed. This time we went through Laurel Peds, so we made a trip there yesterday afternoon. That said, he was feeling a lot better by last night and went to school today, so things are looking up there, too.

Friday, April 14

the nice guys

I wasn't so sure about this one, but I ended up really liking it. I got a little distracted at the end because the movie was a little long for what it was. Basically, it was about a private eye and his sidekick who are investigating the death of a porn star. While this might sound serious, it actually had quite the number of laughs (more than some recent comedies I've seen).

My rating: 3.5/5

Sunday, April 9

the girl on the train (movie)

Brian and I watched this last night. It was much less confusing to watch than read. And, it followed the book pretty closesly, too. Bonus: despite the fact that the main character was British, the story took place in America. I might have enjoyed it more if I had not read the book first, since I knew what was coming, but I much prefer to read first, then watch.

My rating: 3/5

Saturday, April 8

lisa lampanelli

Last night, Brian and I went to see stand-up comedienne Lisa Lampanelli at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg. I wasn't familiar with her stand-up but Brian's been talking about her for years, so we decided to go. She is known as an "insult comic" and there was a lot of interaction with the audience (basically her making fun of people in the front rows). We also got to see her berate a heckler, so that was kind of interesting. There were some funny moments for sure, but I guess I'm just not that big on this style of comedy. Brian had similar feelings on the subject as he hadn't seen her perform in a while and his tastes have changed. Still, it was a good way to spend a Friday evening. We hope to check out some more comics in the near future. At this point in my life, I'd rather do that than go to a concert.

Tuesday, April 4

crunch time

It's hard to believe, but Jake is going to be a senior next year. That means, we can move any time after he graduates. Whether we'll be ready to move is another question. There are a lot of things we'd like to accomplish with the house before then, just to make it more appealing. I suppose we could always sell without doing all of the improvements, but some of them are non-negotiable.

Last weekend, we took a tiny step and painted our bedroom window trim and installed new blinds. You would not believe how much better the painted trim looks versus the stained trim.

One of the things that is going to set us back in our goals is that we have to have our sewer line replaced (it's tentatively happening at the end of this month) and it's going to be EXPENSIVE. Also, we've been trying to get our neighbor (who we share a driveway with) to get a new driveway for about 10 years. But, whether he's with us or not, that's going to happen for us this year (that is definitely one of the non-negotiable improvements that we need to do). Between the two of these things, I don't see how we're going to have money for anything else.

Saturday, April 1


This movie was about the "Miracle on the Hudson" airplane incident. Tom Hanks did a great job playing the title's character (though one thing is for sure, you don't ever want to get into an airplane with Tom Hanks).

My rating: 3.5/5