Lunchtime Walk Photos 8/16/2018

So, I made a small mistake today. I wasn't planning on going for a walk at lunch because it looked like it would rain. However, the sun came out and I decided to go after all.

Since the walk wasn't in my original plan, I didn't bother charging my camera battery. But, I thought there would be enough juice left in it so I didn't worry too much about it. As it turns out, the battery was lower than I thought it was and, as a result of that, I ended up missing a couple photos because I had to turn it off to preserve what battery life it had left.

Despite that, I did manage to get a few photos today. Here are some of them:

We Finished Watching the First Season of Netflix's Insatiable

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this series when I came across it last week. The description sounded interesting and my wife and I are familiar with Debby Ryan from the show Jessie and Dallas Roberts from his guest stint onLaw & Order: SVU. So, since none of our favorite series have any new episodes, we decided to give it a try.

Overall, I have to say my opinion of it is a bit mixed.

I'm choosing to skip over the more controversial aspects of this show, including the criticism it has received for fat shaming. But, even with doing that, I do see quite a few problems with this series.

First, I'll start with the good. Ryan is actually pretty fun to watch in her role as Patty, an overweight teenager who got into a fight with a homeless man, got her jaw broken, lost weight and decided to get revenge on those who bullied her by becoming a beauty pageant contestant. She manages to be quirky but, when the scene calls for it, can come off as psychotic as well.

I also t…

Lunchtime Walk Photos 8/13/2018

It is a bit muggy out again today so I didn't take too long of a walk at lunch (mostly because I didn't want to go back to the office all sweaty). I did, however, get out for a little while and managed to get a few photos. Here's some of them:

Woodpecker Photo

I believe this is called a downy woodpecker. I saw it hopping around in one of the trees in front of my house yesterday evening.

Book Review: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe By Agatha Christie (1940)

Synopsis: Hercule Poirot dreads going to the dentist but bravely sits through his appointment with Dr. Henry Morley before vowing not to return for another 6 months. When Morley is found dead of a gunshot wound a couple hours later, Chief Inspector Japp is quick to rule it a suicide. And, when one of Morley's other patients dies of an apparent anesthetic overdose, it only strengthens that theory.
Poirot, however, isn't convinced. And, when a second dentist patient, Mabelle Sainsbury Seale, disappears, he is convinced the death is a homicide and is possibly part of a larger conspiracy against prominent banker Alistair Blunt.

Review: Our local library didn't carry this Agatha Christie book and I wound up getting it on Kindle instead. Since I had to pay for it, I was somewhat concerned I wouldn't like it. But, as it turns out, it was a pretty decent mystery.

One of my biggest concerns about this book, when I started reading it, was it was going to go down a path similar to…

Thoughts From The Sinner, Season 2, Part 1 (8/1/2018)

Synopsis: A few months after helping Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel), Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) is called back to his former hometown to investigate the murder of a man and woman that was apparently carried out by a 13-year-old boy named Julian (Elisha Henig)

My Thoughts:

1. When I first heard there was going to be another season of this show, I was curious how they planned to carry it out. My first thought was they were going to essentially reboot it, with the same actors playing different roles (similar to American Horror Story). I was pleased to discover it is, in fact, a sequel to the first season with the same detective but, at the same time, is still its own story all together.

2. I must admit, while I figured Julian would kill the people he was traveling with (which may or may not be his parents), I really wasn't expecting his method. I figured he would wind up stabbing them or something. The poison angle took me by surprise.

3. I kind of wish the show would have let us meet…

I Got My Fundraising Hat On Again

The Beaver Dam Family Center (the ice rink my daughters skate out of) is having its annual Skaters Unlimited Banquet fundraiser in November and, after a little arm twisting, I agreed to help organize it.

Right now, that job mostly consists of reaching out to area businesses in an effort to get cash donations and in-kind donations for the silent auction and raffles we plan on having. But, I'm also throwing in my personal touch as well.

One of the things we are going to have this year (courtesy of me) is a "prize pong" table. Similar to beer pong only, if you get the ball in the cup, you win a small prize. I think that will be very popular and will give us a way to give away the smaller gift items (small gift cards, etc) and make more money than we would if they were part of the traditional raffle.

I am also pushing for dessert to either be served with dinner this year (something that used to be the case but disappeared a few years ago because of budget issues) or be avail…