Thursday, October 26


Last Saturday, Jake received a piece of mail from UPJ. There was a sticker on it that said "Scholarship Award information". Since he has not yet applied for any scholarships, I thought it must have been information on getting a scholarship, despite the sticker. The reason this was even up for debate was that Jake wasn't home when the mail came, so it left us wondering.

When he got home, he immediately opened the letter only to find out that he had been awarded the Real World Achievement scholarship at a rate of $2000 per year! Among other things, this scholarship was based on his grades and SAT score. It's a scholarship that the school gives out so he was automatically under consideration for it.

This weekend, we plan on tacking the Federal Student Aid form because I keep hearing we need to do it. I really don't think we'll qualify for anything major, but I guess it is a necessary step. I don't really know anything about this stuff because my Dad taught at UPJ when I went there so my tuition was covered and I did not have to do all of this stuff. I know, lucky me.

Tuesday, October 24

miracle cure

This was a book by author and former M.D., Michael Palmer. As you might have guessed it was a medical thriller. Spoiler alert: Specifically it was about a new drug that was being released which had some bad side effects and didn't actually work to begin with. This story was written a little while ago, so I doubt anyone these days would even bat an eye at the side effects. Overall the story was ok, but I wouldn't necessarily seek out this author again.

My rating: 3/5

Monday, October 23

planting delay

I usually plant garlic around the middle of October, but since it's been so warm, I opted to wait a bit. I probably should have waited even longer, but I hated the idea of having to plant it in inclement weather (since the weather has been so very nice), so I did it yesterday. Hopefully it won't grow too much until the cold weather arrives, assuming it ever does (one weather model I saw said that it was going to be another mild winter). With the exception of a few minor wrap-up tasks, my gardening activities have come to a close for the year.

Sunday, October 22

king arthur: legend of the sword

To be honest, I never would have watched this movie if Charlie Hunnam wasn't the star. Overall, I found it to be pretty entertaining. The special effects were pretty cool, with the exception of the video game-looking fight scene at the end. I still don't get why it was critically panned.

My rating: 3/5

Wednesday, October 18

8 lives

Last week, I had to go to the bank in downtown Johnstown after work. I was behind a bus, which ended up being a good thing. The bus stopped at the railroad tracks, as buses are wont to do, so I had to come to a complete stop as well. After the bus pulled out, I followed and heard a thump as the vehicle bounced over the tracks. I looked out the side view mirror only to see Lizzy standing in the middle of the street. Apparently she opened the window the whole way by putting her front paws on the armrest of the back seat and then fell out when I went over the tracks. She has opened the window in the past, so I always keep them locked, but they were (obviously) unlocked in this instance. A good Samaritan stopped and got her off the road before I had a chance to get to her. Luckily she was unharmed with the exception of a few small scratches. Dog mom fail.

Thursday, October 12


I received an AARP membership form in the mail last week. I can tell you that I'm not quite that old yet, but it didn't make me feel any better about my age. I guess it will be nice to get the discounts even if most of them don't start until age 55, but that's going to have to wait a few more years.

Saturday, October 7

gang of two

About a month ago, it felt like the motorcycle riding season was over, so I mentally put my bike away for the year. Jake got his motorcycle permit over the summer, so I turned the bike over to him (sans sidecar) and he and Brian have been going out ever since (who knew the weather was going to be this nice for this long?). He wasn't able to get into the PA motorcycle safety program this year because the classes were all full by the time he got his permit, but he will be taking it next spring. He's doing a really good job with riding, but I have to admit, I don't like the idea of him out on the road.

Strangely, allowing him to ride our bikes did not raise our motorcycle insurance premium. Of course, if he gets his own bike some day, I'm sure that charge will be ridiculous, but at least there's no additional cost right now.

Sunday, October 1


Brian and I went to the gun raffle at the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona today. We've been going to this for a number of years now (but still haven't won anything). We didn't stick around too long--Brian had to help out with a scout's eagle project this afternoon. It was just as well as I had some things I wanted to do before it got dark. When we got home, I made some bread and cleaned out the vehicle interiors for what will likely be the last time until spring. Also had to top up the pond for the third time in the past two weeks since we haven't had any rain in a month.


Holy crap--it's still nice out and the nice weather is supposed to continue for at least another week. This is unprecedented. Due to this, I'm ahead of the game in regard to fall clean-up activities. Despite the fact that it gets dark so early, I've been able to get outside for at least 30 minutes a day.