Three things I’m loving this week

1. Concord grapes. They’re like candy to me. I just love these little eyeballs-in-skins (as my kids call them). During the Quad run in North East this weekend, the concords were all I could smell and I contemplated dashing off the course and into the vineyard to grab a bunch. Instead, I grabbed a quart at Finnell Farms on the way home.

2. I was laughing like a lunatic when I rediscovered this website tonight. I’m not sure which is funnier — the photos or the captions below. Click & enjoy!

I cannot wait to show my husband this one:

Just wait until he slips into something more comfortable.


3. My handy husband. We came home from a walk in the Wintergreen Gorge with the girls last night to discover that our water pump had died. For those of us country folk who rely on well water and the pump that gets it out of the ground, that’s a very big problem.

Fortunately, I have a husband who can fix anything. In fact, he could’ve replaced the pump that night had Home Depot still been open. It wasn’t, so I had to shower at my mom’s this morning, but Dan had the pump fixed by dinnertime tonight.

Total repair costs? Around $200 which is about $1,800 less than what a pro would’ve probably charged us.

Dan rocks.

Three things I’m not loving this week

1. Closing our pool. I’m not doing it, of course, I leave that up to the handy husband, but just the fact that he’s out there taking off the diving board and lowering the water line makes me want to fall on the floor, roll around, kick my feet and scream nnnnnnnnoooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

2. Dark morning runs. This is the time of year I run on faith and guts at 5:30 a.m. I resent it. Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again…

3. EPN becoming UPMC. I literally gasped out loud when I saw this news in the Erie Times-News this morning. EPN sold out. I can’t even tell you how much this sucks.

I’ve come to love EPN in the last few years — it had the same copay as a doctor visit, but the convenience of an ER visit. The people who work there are all friendly and they have Xray services right on site.

Now, most of us here in Erie, Pa., are screwed if this whole Highmark/UPMC thing doesn’t get worked out. Where are we supposed to go for care? I was planning on EPN because my family doctor is a UPMC doc and I have Highmark insurance.

Highmark and UPMC are acting like freaking Congress. Quit your bickering and figure out a plan to work together. You both look really, really bad.