Sunday, June 30

one third

I just realized today that summer is a third of the way done already. Where does the time go? I'm keeping up with the outside stuff well enough, I guess. But, this just made me realize that I need to wrap up a couple of things. So, I started patching the lower driveway tonight. It really needs replaced, but I'll do what I can with it until that can happen. This year, the house money is being spent on a new roof for the side porch (which is costing way more than I would have expected, despite getting multiple bids) and getting a couple of our larger trees trimmed as they are starting to touch the house and grow into the neighbors' properties. This is costing what I expected, but still not what I'd call cheap.

Friday, June 28

social media blitz

I was named "volunteer of the month" at the Humane Society. A photo of me and my favorite shelter dog, Cinnamon, was posted to their website and Facebook page today, along with a really nice write-up! That was a nice honor and frankly, I wasn't expecting to get it this early in the game.

In other social media news, I won a "guess how many coins are in the jar" Facebook contest held by 1st Summit Bank this week. I won a $25 gift card and the value of the coins in the jar. I'm picking up my winnings after work and they want to take a photo of me, so I guess I'll be on Facebook for that, too.

For someone who doesn't like social media, I'm kind of all over it this week.

Thursday, June 20

tattoo time

I got another tattoo yesterday. It's a knitted skull with knitting needles for crossbones and has a banner that says "knit yarn". It turned out even better than expected! I guess I won't be able to give up that hobby any time soon.

Jake went to the appointment with me because he wanted to talk to Devin and make an appointment for his "mom" tattoo, which he designed. It is based off a tattoo I got two sessions ago, which is a heart with some flowers, which he also designed.  Normally she is booked out for two months, but she happened to have a cancellation today! So, Jake got a new tattoo this week, too. And it turned out awesome!

good omens

I'm sure this was a good book, but I was rather distracted while reading it, so I can't say for sure. But Neil Gaiman is an excellent author, so I'm probably right. I guess I'll have to watch the series to find out.

My rating: 3/5

Sunday, June 16

pack walk

The humane society started a weekly "pack walk" this month. They are on Saturday mornings at 9. The pack walk is an hour long walk with a group of people/dogs. I did my first one yesterday and it was pretty fun. It was kind of nice interacting with some people for a change (instead of just dogs). I've decided to commit to this twice a month (in addition to walking dogs weekly and fostering for a day monthly) so I'm one day short of volunteering twice a week! I guess I'll have to figure out another activity to round things out.

it's complicated

This was a comedy about a divorced couple who hooked up at their son's graduation 10 years after their divorce. It was pretty predictable, but good for what it was. It had quite an all-star cast, which didn't hurt--Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski, and more.

My rating: 3/5

Sunday, June 9

the national reserve

There was a free concert at PNG Park in Johnstown last night, so Jake and I went there to catch a bit of the headliner, The National Reserve. Musically, they were pretty good, but they were kind of boring to watch. The place was pretty packed, though, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. We definitely want to encourage more events like this in town, so I'm glad we were able to support it.

Jake is all about music lately. He's even formed a band with one of his friends and they've been writing music, so he's really into checking out live bands right now. He has a bunch of concerts lined up for the summer, too.

Friday, June 7

he's come to fix the sink

We had a couple of small plumbing projects that needed done (namely a new bathroom faucet and a hot water expansion tank that needed replaced). Since Brian does not enjoy or excel at plumbing, we decided to pay someone to do the tasks. We called our usual guy for smaller jobs (Christian's Plumbing). He was in and out in about an hour so it was totally worth the money. And, now there are two less leaks in the house!

Thursday, June 6


Yesterday was my birthday so the three of us went to Balance Restaurant to celebrate. The food was quite good--I'd definitely go there again. I also got the best present--a wooden puzzle from Liberty Puzzles. Specifically, this one. Jake and I started it last night and I'm going to frame it once it's done. It's turning out to be more difficult to put together than I would have anticipated. I was afraid the funky shapes would make it easy, but they do not!

I also received some books and a yarn swift, which ironically would have been useful just hours before when I totally tangled a hank of yarn while trying to wind it into a ball. But, that's ok, I had another hank to do, so I got to try it out on that and it works great!

We also had another birthday celebration at my parents' house on Memorial Day. It turns out if you add prosecco to your Margarita, it is delicious. You're welcome.

Monday, June 3

happy 50th

Yesterday afternoon, my parents had a party to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary (their actual anniversary is June 7). The event was well-attended and it was great catching up with some of the relatives I never get to see anymore. My mom was pretty excited about this party for a while, so I'm glad everything turned out as nice as it did. Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!