Snow Days & Tiny Houses

The tiny house movement is among us!  I heard about it maybe a week or two ago and then watched a documentary about it on Netflix.  I do think that people own too much stuff and I could probably throw out 1/4 of my possessions and be totally fine, but I don’t think I could live in a house that is only 120 square feet.

- Jacob

A Society Without Cars

My car broke down yesterday.  For like the 3rd time in a year.

I have a Honda which I was told is super reliable, but so far that has proven to be not true.  It is getting looked at and hopefully will be a quick and easy fix.  I can’t help but hope that I live to be a part of a society where cars are no longer the main form of transportation.  I need something more reliable.  Or I need more money to buy something actually reliable.

Pretty much every car I’ve ever had has been one that had consistent problems.

How is your luck with cars?

- Jacob

I Started A YouTube Channel!

Drumroll please…….


It’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while and over the past month I’ve been thinking of different ideas and working with a friend to create some graphics for the channel and videos.

The channel is called “Let’s Shake On It” and I’ll make two videos a week.  On Mondays I will be posting vlogs about life.  On Thursdays it will be a cooking show of sorts where I will create different themed milkshakes to celebrate an event in history that happened on that day.  I’m very excited about it!

If you are interested in it and getting updates I would encourage you to like and subscribe to the channel on YouTube as well as checking out the twitter account @shakeoftheweek for video updates.

- Jacob

Mermaid Man!

Last night was Halloween and I dressed up as Mermaid Man from Spongebob.


I went to a trunk-or-treat and parked my car and handed out candy to the kids.  A lot of kids (and adults) recognized me and kept asking where Barnacle Boy was.  It was tons of fun!

What did you dress up as?

- Jacob

A Great Book Became A Horrible Book

When I was in 7th grade I read a book called “The Other Side of Dark” by Joan Lowry Nixon.  It was a mystery/thriller book and the main character was close in age to me at the time so maybe that helped in my liking it, but I absolutely loved it!  So much so that I went to the library for the remained of the year and only checked out books by her.  They were all so amazing, but “The Other Side of Dark” was by far my favorite.

About a month ago I remembered that book and how much I loved it so I bought it on Amazon for a few books and read through it on a road trip to Oregon.  It was horrible.  The writing was bad, it seemed to jump around and the plot seemed so forced and quick.  I was so let down to re-read it and couldn’t understand why I loved it so much.

This is one of the few books I’ve re-read, but I’m pretty sure other things I’ve read would hold up and were actually good books.  Maybe I romanticized this book so much in my mind because it is the book that really got me “excited” about reading and I didn’t really care at that time in my life about good plot or writing.

Is there a book you’ve re-read in your life and it turned out to be worse than you remembered?

- Jacob