Reading

I’ve lost track on what # book I am on for this year oops. I remember this story from back when it happened. I thought it was really heartbreaking then, and 20 plus years later I still think it is heartbreaking. I haven’t watched the movie, I’m not sure that I could.
Into the wild by Jon KrakauerimageIn April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

I have also read another Jon Krakauer book: Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith which was also excellent.

Russell Stover Peanut Butter Santa and Peppermint Bark Snowman

My husband and I stopped in the supermarket this evening. I was feeling festive and had a hankering for something with peanut butter. I saw this candy from Russell Stover and decided to give it a try.

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I thought the packaging was really cute and Christmassy.(and they were on sale)

I tried the peanut butter and milk chocolate Santa first. I don’t see anything even vaguely Santa shaped about this candy do you? I even spent a few minutes turning it this way and that way trying to find Santa.

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Sadly this tasted as much like peanut butter as it looks like Santa.

Oh well so it doesn’t look like Santa, as long as it tastes good right? I did not like this Peanut Butter Santa at all, and I love peanut butter and milk chocolate. I think it was sort of a whipped peanut butter that had a slightly marshmallow texture and it didn’t particularly taste like peanut butter which was really disappointing as I was looking forward to this.

I moved on to the peppermint bark snowman. It’s crushed peppermints, white chocolate and a layer of dark chocolate. I have seen other candy with this type of flavor combination but wasn’t sure I would like it so didn’t want to commit to a big bar or a bag of candy.

At least this guy looks like a snowman, so far so good. This one is actually pretty good. It tastes like one of those Andes Creme de Menthe thins. I like those, so this was good.

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This one looked and tasted good unlike peanut butter Santa.

 

Vintage Beistle skeleton

I found this vintage Beistle skeleton for 50 cents not long ago. The big price sticker was right in the middle of his face(ugh!). It makes me crazy when people put a price sticker on in a spot where it can do damage to an item. This one really made me crazy as the back side of the skeleton was plain unprinted cardboard.
I was really hoping I could get the tag off without the paper coming off. I thought I had it when the corners came off easily. The damn middle pulled off the paper right in the center of his face. arrghhhhh!

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Why do people put price tags on the front/face of paper things?!
I tried to be so careful but his face still peeled off.

 

Just your average Tuesday……except for the tornado!

A tornado hit where I live this morning. It apparently whipped through my street/neighborhood and then was done. It seems to have started one street in front of us and ended on the street behind us. I hope they can come up with a better idea of what path it took soon. It was totally crazy. We lost electricity for 7 hours, our street was blocked off all day. It’s a mess of downed trees and tree limbs. The really weird thing is that if you drive a block or two away from my house it’s like nothing happened. You would never know a tornado hit my street.
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We lost our trash bins and some deck furniture was tossed around but that’s about it. I have never seen rain and lightning like that and never felt a wall of wind come through the house like that and I have been here through hurricanes several times. I knew it was bad when one of the cats started howling, she’s never done that before.