Sunday, January 28

sleeping beauties

This book was written by Stephen King and his son, Owen. How two authors can write a book is beyond my comprehension, but that is not the point of this post.

I really enjoyed the book. It has a kind of complicated premise (rife with feministic overtones) and a ton of characters (they were nice enough to provide a character guide at the beginning of the book).

I don't think I've read any of Owen's stuff, but I'm sure his style came through in this book as it wasn't completely like reading a Stephen King novel. Nevertheless, good stuff.

My rating: 4/5

Monday, January 22

pupdate 2

Esme continues to do well. She went on her first hike on Saturday and loved it! She also (mostly) stays in the yard, so we were able to get her outside a few times so she could burn off some of her puppy energy (because walking is not cutting it). She's still having accidents here and there (but not too many)--she even had a accident-free day, which I was pretty happy about. But, seeing that we've only had her for 18 days now, it's hard to complain about her progress. Her only negative is that she is a total bane to productivity. But, it's January so it's not like there's that much going on.

Monday, January 15

the babadook

Eh, this movie was ok. It had some good moments, but I found the plot to be kind of thin. It was basically one of those "monsters under the bed" stories where the monster was real.

My rating: 2.5/5

Friday, January 12


Things are going really well with Esme. Buster seems to like her now (except when she's trying to play and jumping on his head). Sylvia is still not having any of this (it probably doesn't help that Esme chases her every time she sees her). Lizzy is too old to care at this point.

The puppy is doing really well with both house and obedience training. She's having a couple of accidents here and there, but it's only been a week! She's already learned sit, down, and stay. Brian is proclaiming her to be the best dog ever. He might be right, but I'm holding off on my judgment until she stops using my floors as a toilet.

Sunday, January 7

sweet 16

It's hard to believe, but Lizzy turned 16 today! She's been with us since Jake was two (he picked her out, in fact). She has a few health issues, but overall she's doing well for her age. Happy Birthday, Lizzy!

Friday, January 5


We got a puppy! On New Year's Day, Jake started a discussion about getting a puppy and Brian was strangely responsive. So, I went over to and we all fell in love with a puppy named Esmeralda, who was at the Pet Adoption League in Yukon, PA.

Brian and I went there yesterday and ended up bringing her home. She's such a sweetie and so well behaved for a puppy.

As for the rest of the pack...Buster was terrified of her at first, but he warmed up a bit after a while. I think those two will get along just fine in a few days. Sylvia was strangely pissed about the whole scenario (I say strangely because she loves everyone and everything), but I'm sure she'll get things figured out eventually, too. And, Lizzy has no time for this kind of nonsense.

Tuesday, January 2


Jake attained his Eagle Scout rank on Saturday. Brian and I got to sit in on the board of review, which was interesting. They asked some tricky questions, but he handled himself very well--we were quite proud of him. It'll be a couple of weeks until he gets his official paperwork. At that point we'll schedule his Court of Honor.