Sunday, May 27

angel time

This book was written by Anne Rice. It was about a contract killer that turned into a helper to guardian angels. Uh huh. I think she should stick to vampire stories.

My rating: 2/5

Wednesday, May 23


We sold our rental house as of Monday. Finally. I had a love/hate relationship with that place. It was nice to have the income (though once you figure in taxes, upkeep, insurance, etc., it didn't amount to that much), but I always hated dealing with potential renters. And, it seemed that things were getting worse in that regard--we'd get a lot of applications from Philly and NY from people who did not have jobs. Hmm. Anyway, it's nice to have one less thing to worry about and to also be one step closer to building our own house. Now, if only we could find a plot of land that we both agree on...

Sunday, May 20

only the brave

This movie was based on the true story of a group of wildfire firefighters. It had one bummer of an ending, so if you're not into that sort of thing, you'll want to skip this one. On the plus side, it had firefighters.

My rating: 3.5/5

Monday, May 14


It's hard to believe, but Jake turned 18 yesterday. He has turned out to be a fine young man.

Like usual, we went to Rey Azteca (on Friday) to celebrate and then we had the family over on Sunday for a Mother's Day/birthday party. It was a good time, but I swear we can never catch a break with the weather. Too early in the season, I guess. We even got the patio all ready to go as it was originally supposed to be nice.

Also, I was treated to breakfast and a newspaper as soon as I got up on Sunday. That was a nice suprprise!

Brian and I spent all day Saturday cooking. We didn't have a firm headcount, so we ended up with a little more leftovers than anticipated. But, that's fine with me as I won't have to cook supper for a day or two.

Tuesday, May 8

jingle bells

We learned this trick a few dogs ago, where you hang a bell on the doorknob and ring it when you let the dog out. Eventually they learn to ring the bell whenever they have to go out. It is a great house training tool.

Not so with Esme. We've had the bell on the door from day one and she still won't tell us that she has to go out. That said, she is doing ok with the house training, but it's only because we let her out at regular intervals--it's never because she asks to go out.

Interestingly, at the office, she rings the bell all of the time. But, it's not because she has to go out, it's because she wants to (either because Brian is outside talking to someone or because it's nice out). Dogs.

Monday, May 7

garden time

I'm fairly caught up in the garden--I have stuff planted inside and out. But, I'm not at all caught up on yard work. Jake's birthday is next weekend and the weather looks like it might be nice, so I guess it's time to at least get the patio in order so we can have things outside.