Pandora One

We’ve been listening to a lot of Pandora at the house and I think we’re going to bite the bullet and buy the ad-free Pandora one. I’m AMAZED that I would consider doing this because the subscription cost is $5/month. PER MONTH. But oh man. Those ads are so annoying. That this subscription is almost as much as Netflix bewilders me.

Does anyone else pay for a music subscription service that’s comparable? and is yours cheaper?


Recently when I was sick I sat down and watched Rubber. It’s a terrible movie about a sentient homicidal car tire that goes around blowing up people’s heads. That’s really what it’s about.

I watched the whole movie and I really don’t know why. It was dreadful. The movie celebrates the idea of things happening for No reason. And while the introduction of the concept is fantastic, the movie loses it quickly and becomes boring fast. Watch the first 5 minutes of the movie then turn it off.

Still, rotten tomatoes rated this movie 67%?


A new painting idea.

I was chatting with Kurt about how I needed a piece of artwork in our music room above the piano. Kurt had an amazing suggestion: Prince.


But, I think I might prefer to try and paint a version of this to hang. I love this idea truly and completely.

A visiting family to the neighborhood

We had a pair of pileated woodpeckers visit us this past month! Pileated woodpeckers are pretty rare. They are the woody woodpecker type of woodpecker with its big red mohawk. The things are HUGE. Adults can be between 16 and 19″ tall. DANG. Think about that for a minute.

I’m grateful that we happened to be glancing out the window when they came through. Yet another bird to check off in our peterson’s guide! (thanks Mykal!!)

Museum Surprise

Did you know there was a contemporary art museum in Connecticut?! I DID NOT. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is in Ridgefield, CT. also known as the “practically New York” part of Connecticut. For such a small state, I’m surprised things hide so well here.

The one thing I don’t like about the titles “contemporary art” and “modern art” is that the titles seems so selfish. Modern and Contemporary are adjectives that describe the current time period. Yet, in the art world these terms lose their adjectival purposes and instead seem to encompass very specific types of art. As an uneducated buffoon of the art world, this is all very confusing to me.

Either way, I’m excited to visit Ridgefield for the first time this February. I thought I had mostly exhausted the major museums of my state.

The Board Room

In doing research for no-technology February I stumbled upon a Board Game cafe in Middletown called “the board room”. For a $5 cover, you go in and can play any of a TON of games that they have on the shelves. On top of that, they have a counter where you can buy tasty gaming treats like cookies, coffees, and mac’n’cheese. Check out the website for more info.

What a clever idea! I’ll let y’all know how it is.


February is here! February is reduced technology month at the DiDonato household. Last year this was a successful experiment, so we’re trying it again.

The rules last time were as follows:

Cell phones:
Cell phones can be used as communication tools: phone calls, FaceTimes, texts, or emails.
Apps can be used only if the supplement some other activity. For example: logging our exercise or looking up a recipe

Our TV will be unplugged for all of February

All the same rules as cell phones
Laptops can be used for work
Laptops can further be used for errands like paying bills or ordering a water filter off Amazon

This year we’re adding three modifiers:
1. Online stuff is okay if we’re researching stuff for Baby D.
2. Exceptions are allowed if we are alone
3. Using technology as part of a social event is okay


#1 Baby comes first.
#2 is in response to February being a month that has school vacation for Jen. The goal with no-technology February is to make sure that technology doesn’t get between us. No time where we are both sitting around together, but completely engrossed in our own tiny world of cell phone usage. That’s dumb. We don’t want that. But, if Jen’s flying solo at home while I’m fully preoccupied at work, that has nothing to do with our goal of spending time together instead of with our devices.
#3 We will absolutely be using our television for the super bowl. This is a social event meant to bring people together, not to pull them apart.

And that’s it!

I’ll try to prep a few website posts so that this doesn’t turn into more of a barren landscape of disinterest.

The Night and Day of Illness

It’s amazing to me how easy it is forget the miseries of physical sickness. I’m coming off a nasty seven day cold that brought a few flu and pneumonia symptoms to the party. It was MEGA gross. But now that I’m on the up and up I’ve pretty much forgotten all misfortune. Any sort of physical discomfort is forgotten SOOOO quickly. Yet, I am still haunted by that time in 9th grade when I mispronounced the word “Adidas” in front of the whole class. What’s the deal?