Things I’m loving this week

MeTV. We cut the cable cord looooong before it was trendy, like two decades ago, so I was excited to learn there was a new channel on Erie area network television that shows classic TV shows like Gilligan’s Island, Hogan’s Heroes, and Happy Days. It’s channel 12.2. I don’t know what it is if you have cable or dish or whatever else. We’ve got a TV…and an antenna.

Station Eleven. This is that kind of book that you can’t put down and when you do, you just can’t stop thinking about. The fact that it’s totally plausible and could happen tomorrow makes it one of the most frightening apocalyptic books I’ve read.

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After our fourth—and final—trip on the Ride of Steel coaster at Darien Lake

Darien Lake. Erie residents can get weekday (Mon.-Fri.) tickets to Darien Lake for just $9.99 (must buy online)….and it’s worth the 2-hour drive. There are plenty of rides, 5 big coasters, and a water park, too. You can eat in the park or pack a lunch and eat outside the park at the picnic tables. Also, they sell beer, which made Dan happy, of course.

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Erie Art Museum’s Mid-Day Art Break Days. At noon on Wednesdays in August, the Erie Art Museum hosts an outdoor concert, throws open the gallery doors, and offers free tours for the public (12:30 and 1 p.m.). You still have two more chances to take a Mid-Day Art Break — Aug. 24 and 31. Info here.

Things I’m not loving this week

Summer homework. Every year, it’s the same thing. I tell them all summer to work on their summer work…and they wait until the last two weeks to start it…and we fight for two weeks. Fun stuff.

Humidity. For the love of all that’s holy, Mother Nature, give us a damn break already. Enough, bi^&%. Humidity makes me cranky and mean, obviously. I mean, here I am cussing out Ma Nature.

5 hours of sleep. Back to work means back to 5 hours of sleep a night. I always pledge to find time to get more sleep after seeing how 7-8 hours of shut-eye makes me feel while on vacation, which is to say awesome, refreshed, and happy.  And then I go back to work and working out and writing freelance stories and raising my kids and taking care of the housework and pets and I realize that it’s impossible. I guess I’ll sleep when I’m dead.