October 2010


On October 16, Lauren kindly invited Samantha, Michelle and myself to Disneyland. We had a great time. Grandma Gigi was also able to join us. Samantha had a blast. It was the busiest I have ever seen the park, even the places that are always empty had medium sized groups in them (the museum on main street for example).

On October 23, we switched cars with the Higson family. They took possession of Michelle’s Toyota Camry and we got their Toyota Sienna. It was a great deal for Michelle and I, seeing as we have so much stuff to haul around with us everywhere and Samantha likes the new car much better as well.

We spent October 31, Halloween at my family’s home in Carlsbad. Samantha had a great time. For the first time I think she was really excited about Halloween. I’m not sure if she really understood what was going on, but going with Ryan, her cousin, made it exciting because he was excited. He would run up the driveway of someone’s house, toward the front door and look behind him calling, “Come on Samantha, we gotta get some candy”. It was very fun and cute to watch. Ryan was dressed up as Woody from Toy Story and Samantha was the cutest Panda ever!


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain  – 3/5 stars. I largely compared this to and expected it to be like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. When it wasn’t up to par with that book I got discouraged. I still liked this book, but had a hard time judging it on its own merits. I kept comparing it to Tom Sawyer. Even still I liked the book very much.

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan  – 2/5 stars. This book was pretty dry. And there really didn’t seem like there was any attempt to not make it dry. It was interesting, but very dry. Still I enjoyed its many forays into the history of food.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson  – 4/5 stars. A gripping story. Very exciting. I had watched the movie before reading the book and I have to say I’m really glad I read the book. So much more detail. The movie is a bit gruesome at points; it was easier to read the book I think.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert  – 2/5 stars. I read this because it was so popular; I thought “this must be a good book”. I didn’t really like this book. I really could not relate to the main character. This lady is so depressed; it’s not really a fun book to read at points.

Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History by Margret MacMillan  – 3/5 stars. I think I was very giving with this book. Basically, MacMillan starts out with a thesis that history is abused and misrepresented and after 200 some pages I think she has proven this point. But I don’t know what I have really read or gained from reading this book.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger  – 5/5 stars. It is not often that I give a book 5 stars. This was an amazing story. It is a love story in a sci-fi wrapper. Something for everyone. I watched the movie with Michelle last month I think and I really liked the movie as well. Michelle also enjoyed the movie. This is a really great book. Don’t know anyone who would not like it.


Oct 1 – Grandma Gigi’s Birthday

Oct 3 – Tommy Reilly’s Birthday

Oct 3 – Grandpa Duane and Grandma Lyn’s Wedding Anniversary

Oct 4 – Melissa Sullivan’s Birthday

Oct 13 – Lee Muns’ Birthday


Babies – 1.5/5 stars. Terrible. Do not watch.

Miss Potter – 1/5 stars. As exciting as Victorian England can be.

Kick-Ass – 1 star. Didn’t even watch it all.

The Hangover – 3 stars. I thought this was pretty funny.

Von Ryan’s Express – 4 stars. Forgot I had already seen this and watch this classic again. No regrets!

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief – 4 stars. Very entertaining. Can’t wait to read the book.

On the Town – 2.5 stars. Good, but not as much dancing as I would expect from a movie with Gene Kelley, and the music I thought was sub-par.

The Girl Who Played with Fire – 3 stars. Pretty good. I’m reading the book now, so far book is much better as usual.