Sunday, January 27

bad times at the el royale

This movie was ok, but a little too clever for my tastes. The beginning was a mass of confusion, but they thankfully (sort of) explained everything as the movie went on. But once they did that, nothing new really happened. And, it did drag on a bit longer than necessary.

My rating: 3/5 (mostly for Chris Hemsworth's abs)

Saturday, January 19

the chalk man

This was an enjoyable enough read, but I felt like it was trying to ride on the coattails of the It/Stranger Things success. The book wasn't really long enough (it was less than 300 pages) to fully develop the characters in the manner of  It. Ironically, I got the recommendation for this book from Stephen King's Twitter account. He really liked it, for what it's worth.

My rating: 3/5

Wednesday, January 16

remember when?

Last night, I found a flea on Esme. Remember when we didn't have to worry about fleas and ticks in the winter? Those were the days. Since Esme is outside so much, she pretty much uses flea and tick preventative all year round, but I try to give her a little break when the weather is super cold and the little pests are less active. Needless to say, she received a dose this morning.

Monday, January 14

the florida project

There certainly wasn't anything wrong with this movie, I just wasn't that into it. It was a story about the lives of people who live in motels outside of Disney World. The single mom, unemployable type. Mostly it followed the one woman's 6 year old daughter. It was definitely well-written and acted. But, like Brian said, every time he walked into the room there was some kind of annoying noise coming out of the speaker (mostly kids screeching). 

My rating: 3/5

Wednesday, January 9

back to abnormal

Buster seems to be doing better. His appetite is back and the medicine did its job. And, he stopped trying to crawl into bed with us (just like a little kid, he likes to sleep with us when he's sick).

Saturday, January 5

dean's list

Jake made the dean's list for his first sememster! Yay!

it's always something

Sometime last weekend, Buster unknowingly got into a bunch of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I didn't know that it happened until he threw up some wrappers. After that, came the diarrhea. And more wrappers. Sigh. Things kept getting worse, so Brian took him to see the vet on Wednesday night. They gave him some medicine, and he's doing a little better, but he still has diarrhea. I hope this clears up soon.

Thursday, January 3

tattoo you

Maybe 10 years ago, I got a Jake tattoo on my wrist. It was kind of a novelty thing, as it read the same upside down as right side up. I was never really happy with the implementation of it and it got a little blurry over time as tattoos are wont to do. So, I've been wanting to cover it up for some time now. It took me quite a while to figure out what to get (I ended up going with a Jake-created design of an American Traditional-style heart with a couple of small flowers). My next hurdle was finding a tattoo artist whose style I liked. And, I found someone this year--Devin at Lemon Bomb (here in Johnstown).

Yesterday was the day. My appointment was supposed to be after work, but she contacted me to see if I could go in earlier, so I took a break from work and went in the afternoon. It took less than an hour, which was good because that was a rather painful place to be tattooed. And, it turned out great--I'm really happy with it!

Originally, I was going to get an anchor tattoo on my wrist, but we just couldn't figure out the placement of it in order to do the cover up. But, I really, really like the anchor Brian drew for me so I'm going to get that on my upper arm in a couple of months. In addition, I have a couple more tattoo ideas so I think 2019 is going to be the Year of the Tattoo for me.

Tuesday, January 1


I received this new Stephen King book for Christmas and finished reading it last night. Clocking in at just under 150 pages, that wasn't much of a feat. And since I finished it yesterday it doesn't count towards my 2019 quota of a book a month. I guess I better get on to the next book.

Anyway, it was a pretty good story, but being a short story there wasn't a lot of meat to it. Still, better than anything I've read recently.

My rating: 3/5