Eric Matthews

Eric Matthews

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 23:34

Jubilee Donut Tuesdays are back!

Tuesday was another Jubilee Donut Tuesday with WQMX. Every Tuesday in November, stop by for some of their DELICIOUS donuts and support NEOPAT at the same time! A portion of every sale goes to support military families in Northeast Ohio. 

They brought some into the station today, and I'm about to go have one right now :).

Thank you Jubilee Donuts!!!

Monday, 07 November 2022 22:50

The chore of raking leaves

Growing up, I was a kid who enjoyed jumping in the pile of raked leaves instead of helping to get them to the curb. I guess as an adult not much has changed. Thankfully at my house, I really only have one tree in my front yard - that's it. There are some leaves in my backyard, but not many. 

I still have to get them all together. However, since my yard is tiny, I plan to just use my lawnmower to bag them and put them in my backyard to use for mulch later on. Nice and easy. No hours of raking to the curb and watching them blow EVERYWHERE!!

Sunday, 06 November 2022 23:05

The changing of the clocks

Did you remember to change your clocks on Saturday night or Sunday morning? I changed mine after I got home from dinner on Saturday so I wouldn't forget. 

I'm someone that can't stand the time change. I see it as an annoyance. I enjoy the extra daylight in the evening...especially this time of year, that can really help. I would like to get the clocks on Daylight Savings Time and leave them there - no more changing. With my schedule, I didn't benefit from the extra hour of sleep. All I got was an extra hour overnight to watch TV or surf the internet! LOL 

Luckily, no matter how you look at it the days will start to get longer again in just over one month!!!! Come on December 21st!!!

Thursday, 03 November 2022 23:19

Lions, Tigers, & Bears (and Gorillas)!

This weekend, I am planning to go to one of my favorite places when the weather is nice - The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. I want to go see the baby gorilla (who just turned a year old btw). The zoo has always been a favorite of mine since I was little. My family has been members of the Akron Zoo for years, and we put those memberships to good use! When I was young we even did at least two regional vacations where we just went city to city going to the various zoos.

The weather is supposed to be very nice this weekend...warm and at least some sun. We have VERY few of these left. Enjoy the weekend, and I'll try to get a few pictures to share next week :).

Generally, I can only listen to a certain amount of Christmas music at one time before I start going crazy. Don't get me wrong, there are some songs that are just CLASSICS! Both traditional and pop music. As I'm sure it may be foir you, it's just not Christmas until you hear those songs.

NOW. The question of WHEN to start. I am a VERY FIRM believer that ANYTIME before Black Friday is too early. I like each holiday to have it's own time. October is for Halloween, November is for Thanksgiving, and December is for Christmas (among others). I believe these shall never cross - lol. 

When we hit Black Friday, Thanksgiving is over and it's officially Christmas shopping season. That is the next major holiday, which is why I think this is the best time to start playing Christmas music.

No matter what your thoughts are on this, we are officially into the holiday season. Have a happy one :)

Tuesday, 01 November 2022 23:01

Yay! I did it! An update

An update from Monday - I DID make it to the grocery store Tuesday afternoon!!! I'm so happy that I did not procrastinate another day :).

If you are a procrastinator like me, you know the daily struggle of telling yourself you'll stop it but that never seems to happen.I guess all we can do is continue pushing how I need to get in a continuous habit of going to the gym on my way home from work.

First world problems, huh? haha.

Monday, 31 October 2022 22:57

I am a master procrastinator

I had planned (and hoped) to go grocery shopping Monday afternoon...but I never did. All my life, I have been a procrastinator. All through college when I had a paper due on Monday, my thoughts were why should I work on it Friday or Saturday, when I have Sunday evening and Monday morning???

Same with shopping. I had to pick up my meal prep for the week and planned to go to the grocery store afterward. Well....after I picked up my meal prep, as I have said to myself all my life...I'LL JUST GO TOMORROW. Expect to see me at a grocery store near you on Tuesday afternoon...unless I say to myself "eh, I can go Wednesday". HAHAHAHA

Sunday, 30 October 2022 22:52

Happy Halloween!

I hope you had a happy, festive, and safe Halloween weekend. I hope your kids got as much candy their little systems (and frankly yours) can handle! Trick or Treat at my house was Saturday night - luckily, I ran out of candy before it was over so I had no more to snack on the rest of the weekend.

There were several adults in costumes with their kids, which was great to see :). There was the Stay Puft Marshmellow man and Fred Flintstone. One family was dressed as characters from Toy Story - Mom was Jessie, dad was Bullseye, and the child was Woody. I also saw two mothers dressed as Velma and Daphne from Scooby Doo!

What a great time Saturday! My next door neighbor really gets into Halloween with lights, a front-yard grave yard, and a big remote control spider on wheels that he'll scare kids with. So nice to see everyone on my block out passing out candy to the kids!

Thursday, 27 October 2022 23:15

I LOVE green Chile!

Thursday evening, I had dinner at my absolute FAVORITE restaurant in the area...Pancho's Southwest Grille on Massillon Rd in Green. Tex mex is my favorite style of cuisine, but these guys take it to the next level. I have yet to find another restaurant in our area where you can get New Mexico red or green hatch chile on your food - and I love green chile!!!

I have extended family that lives in Albuquerque, NM. If you've never been, it's a MUST SEE on your vacation destination list. One of my favorite things about visting, is the food! New Mexican cuisine is a mix of Spanish, Mexican, and Native American rolled into one. Even better, if you like can get red or green (or both, called Christmas style) chile on ANYTHING! Including breakfast!!!! 

That said, Pancho's in Green is the only place outside New Mexico that I have found that serves hatch chile - they ship it in directly from the Southwest :). If you have never tried it before: Red is hotter, Green is a little less hot. I'm making myself hungry once again just writing this! 

Wednesday, 26 October 2022 23:21

A fun night at the movies

My mom volunteers as an usher at The Akron Civic Theatre (among other venues). As a thank-you to their volunteers, the staff at The Civic show a movie and provide snacks for them and their families. Being this time of year, it's usually a scary or suspenseful movie - last year was "The Birds", this year was "Rear Window".

It makes for a fun evening. We get dinner beforehand, then go down to the theatre where it's just staff and families and watch the movie with snacks. The best part...NO TRAILERS!!!!

I look forward to what they will show next year!

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