Five on Friday {Already August}

Happy Friday!  I cannot believe we are already in the second week of August.  We’ve been having fun traveling around New York and I’ve missed several weeks of Five on Friday posts.  But I’m here today and happy to be able to linkup again and share what’s been going with us.  Here are five from this week:


1.Reading – So, I finally jumped on the bandwagon and joined NetGalley.  I’m not a huge fan of reading on my kindle but the appeal of reading upcoming releases before they are published was just too strong.  Plus, with all of our traveling, carrying around a kindle is much easier than a bag full of books!  So, my first finished NetGalley read this week was Something Like Family.  This is a heartwarming family drama that will be published in September.  I’ll have a more detailed review in my monthly book review post September 12 (the next Show Us Your Books linkup). The next kindle read I started is Emma In the Night, a suspense/thriller, which is my favorite genre to read.

2. Bachelorette Finale– Of course Monday night I watched The Bachelorette finale.  I admit I was totally team Bryan in the beginning. He’s cute, has a good job and the chemistry between him and Rachel!  But after the hometown and seeing his mom I knew he was a total Mama’s boy and Rachel was always going to be second.  By the finale I was all about Peter and was hoping there’d be a surprise ending at the live finale.  Nope……and it’s obvious Peter isn’t the next Bachelor…..but I wonder who is!  Possibly Dean after Bachelor in Paradise?!

3. Eating – Traveling around the state we’ve been eating all kinds of deliciousness.  One of our recent favorite dishes was this Beef on Weck poutine that we had in Buffalo.  Beef on Weck is a regional dish of roast beef on a kummelweck roll.  Well, this dish combined the flavors of beef on weck with the french fries, gravy and cheese curds of poutine.  Yes, it was as good as it looks!

4. Movies – So this week we’ve been watching a lot of movies.  I watched The Space Between Us with the kids.  Then Wednesday I took my son to the Regal Summer Movie Express.  For $1 a ticket we saw The Spongebob Movie:  Sponge Out of Water.  I have never been a fan of Spongebob and my son chose to see this movie over The Adventures of Tintin.  After about 10 minutes of watching the movie, I just couldn’t anymore.  I have never been so happy to have had my kindle in my purse.  Luckily, the theater was pretty empty and I was able to read for the remaining hour and twenty minutes!  This week I also watched Table 19.  I’m a huge Anna Kendrick fan so I had to give it a try.  I’m not going to recommend the movie but I will say it’s not as bad as I expected.  My husband sat and watched it with me and agrees with my opinion.

5. #NYSummer2017 – Last weekend we traveled a long 6 1/2 hours to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.  Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t that great for most of the trip and we had a lot of rain.  However, we tried to make the most of it, since this was the kids’ first time seeing the Falls.  They really are a beautiful sight, especially lit up at night.  Besides taking a ride on the Maid of the Mist and getting up close to the Falls, we also enjoyed seeing the Friday night fireworks show.

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Monday I shared our experience cabin camping at Moreau Lake State Park.

Tuesday I shared my July reads and joined the Show Us Your Books linkup.

Wednesday I wrote about our recent trip to Six Flags Great Escape.

Linking up with Katie and Andrea!  Have a great weekend!



  1. My family was at Niagara Falls last week too (but left on Thursday night) great trip!! Did you stay on the US side or Canadian?

  2. How have I made it 47 years without any beef on weck?!!! That looks amazing. And I loved seeing the picture of the falls lit up. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture at night.

    • The Falls are so pretty at night. Although I’ve been a couple of other times, this was my first time seeing them lit up at night. Beef on Weck is a regional New York food. I still haven’t had the official sandwich!

  3. Again that poutine looks amazing and makes my mouth water! So yummy! Overall I like NetGalley. It can be easy to go overboard and request a ton of books. I do this all the time. But I used to be really bad at just requesting *any* book and not liking lots of them, which broke my reading mojo. So now I try to be a bit more particular. I also have the maturity of a toddler so I occasionally throw a tantrum when I get denied too. But everybody gets denied, so don’t take it personal like me! 😀 I hope you enjoy Emma in the Night. I really did but I like those kind of books where I’m trying to figure out what’s going on, who’s playing who and why. Have a great weekend!

    • I’ve been trying to not go crazy with the NetGalley requests. I don’t think I’ll mind too much if denied. I think I can wait for almost any book to be published and I can get it from the library! My summer has been filled with poutine, ice cream and pizza!

  4. You guys have been having a blast for sure!! And that beef dish looks so yummy! I like Anna Kendrick too. Hmm. Maybe I’ll add Table 19 to my list but not near the top. Ha!

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