Vote vote vote

I rocked the vote before work this morning.  There wasn’t much of a line.  My polling place is right across the street, which is nice.  What isn’t nice is the lack of ‘I Voted’ stickers.  To let everyone know I did indeed vote, I wore my election shoes.

To continue the festivities tonite, I am making an all-American dinner of pizza.  I may even drink an all-American beer to celebrate (or drown my sorrows).

How was everyone’s voting experience?  My ballot was paper, with bubbles that get filled in using a felt tip pen.  Massachusetts had three ballot questions and I hope I answered them the way that I meant to answer.

Just in case anyone forgot or something and just in case this website has any influence at all, go vote!

book review

The Twilight Saga

I have finally finished this vampire series. As a whole, it was a great set of books.  Even though I rated most of the books as fours, with one even less than that, I give the series as a whole a 4.5.  The story gave me something to ponder for quite awhile and each book had me looking forward to picking it back up again when I wasn’t reading. Lately I have been finding fewer and fewer books so compelling, so I think these are quite an accomplishment.

Certainly there are flaws.  The writing can be just slightly cringeworthy at times and I felt that, even as the longest book of the series, Breaking Dawn was a bit rushed.  It seemed that the development of relationships between characters was sacrificed in order to move the story along.  I don’t want to give anything away here so I don’t think I want to explain any further.

The entertainment value of these books outweighs any negatives in my opinion.  I haven’t looked forward to reading so much in quite awhile.  And I love to read.


End of the road, trip

This side of the country makes it easy to roll through five states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts) in one day.  Yesterday was a lovely day for a football match.  The Penn game was a little less crazy than I remember the Huskies games being.

After the game, we headed into the city.

Yet another shot of me having a snack.  This time at Reading Terminal Market.


Ready, set

This first update is going to be short. I am on the road. So I will cheat. Here’s little Brown Olibear.


Daily updates, coming soon

Though it seems NaBloPoMo is no longer limited to just the month of November, I am going to participate next month, as I did last year.

This time around I have an Ace in the hole because I could just post a picture of adorable Oliver any time I can’t think of something to write about.

Don’t think I’ve forgotten about the meat poll.  Also don’t think that I base decisions about my health on a poll of my friends and loved ones, but most people felt a little meat might do me some good.  I agree.  I will give it another try.  Sometime.

image update

Corn maze

For the second weekend in a row, I headed out of the city for some harvest fun. Davis Farmland Mega Maze delivered. This tube slide alone was worth the trip.

From Corn Maze

Laura, Peter and Katie try to figure out what the heck we’re doing.

From Mega Maze

The goal was to make it through the maze, crossing 11 bridges in the process. I think we managed 6 or 7 bridges. I was happy just to make it back out.

From Mega Maze

Mom’s visit

Though Grammy Linda (as my Mom is now known) was only here for a long weekend, we got a lot of fun accomplished. Actually, we (meaning Mom) got a lot of chores accomplished too. She irons, she washes dishes, she mends and tailors clothes, she helps make Halloween cookies, and she helps fix vacuum cleaners!

From Taken on October 10th, 2008

We went for a hayride, picked some pumpkins and drank cider in Harvard, MA.

From boston

We took a stroll around Walden Pond.

From boston

Come back any time, Mom! And I’m not just saying that because of all the work you did while you were here.


Meat, no meat, meat, no meat

Time to admit the truth.  I ate a turkey sandwich on my trip to the Pacific coast.  Okay, okay, it was a club sandwich, bacon piled high atop the turkey.

In case anybody is unawares, I haven’t been eating meat for about four years now.  Being off the wagon (or back on, depending on your point of view) left me feeling ill.  Now that could also be attributed to the copious amounts of bacon I had at breakfast the following morning.  Or to my generally unbalanced stomach.  Add traveling into the mix and I can’t be certain how much the meat eating contributed to my getting a little sick.

I will say that the meat kept me feeling full for a really, really long time.  So, even though I will most likely be giving meat another try, what do you think?

movie update

Visit to the wild west

From Oliver – 9 months

Little Oliver was in high spirits all day. Lots of rolling, smiling and kicking. He also sprinkled in some airplane noises after dinner.

book review


The vampire book. The teen vampire book. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. I read it. I liked it. I will read the sequel.

Sure, the writing isn’t something to savor, but it’d just be a waste anyways, considering how fast I whizzed through the pages. This is most definitely a page-turner.

The final book in this series just came out last month and the hype surrounding its release is actually what tipped me off to this phenomenon.

If you like vampires or enjoy a little teen drama, definitely give this one a go.