Thursday, September 16, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • It's the middle of September and it does not yet feel like fall. This makes me sad.
  • In spite of wanting it to be fall, I am annoyed with all things pumpkin spice because the PSL hype starts in mid August, way too early.
  • The MTV VMA Awards Show was last weekend. Every year I feel older and older and more and more out of touch. Who are these people? What the heck are they wearing? What the heck is that music - is that even music? 

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu). This was good but also sad and infuriating. Izzy was such a brat. Mia was awful and a **it stirrer. What she did to the Ryans - ugh!. Bebe was awful, too. She abandoned her baby and the baby got terrible frostbite and the county services couldn't find the baby's mother but she thinks she should get her back just because she happened to luck out and find out who was adopting the child? And then what she did at the end. Awful. Elena's kids? Spoiled, entitled brats without a clue. How did we not see a single Richardson in jail at the end?!
  • Wellington Paranormal (HBOMax). We just got caught up with the most recent 2 episodes and I think there is 1 left. The haunted car one was fun.
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu). I hope we find out who killed Tim. Three more episodes. I like that we learned about Tie-Dye Guy this week.
  • Halloween Baking Championship is back! 
  • John Oliver is back!

What I'm Reading:

Magazines. I might be ready for fall but I was still not thrilled that one food magazine that just arrived was all about Thanksgiving. Too soon!

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • I forgot about the blog. For 3 weeks. Oops. I've had other things on my mind, other things I've been doing. Plus, we haven't been as interested in trying new dishes for dinner. We've been making the same old summer meals. They're yummy, just not new & exciting. Nothing to blog about.
  • It's been, what, a year and a half of COVID now? Even though we are vaccinated, SP's surgeries & recoveries kept us at home until mid-August. Even then, we've not ventured out much. We have no desire to eat indoors. It's been quite hot this summer, so outdoor dining isn't too appealing. On Saturdays we get take out for dinner and I try to post on Instagram. This past weekend was Cafe io. I still love the Monster Grilled Cheese. 
  • This means I've forgotten how to dress, do make-up, and style my hair. After all the days of sweats and/or pajamas, even jeans feel too restrictive and dressy! 
  • As for my hair. I have been getting it colored and cut every 6-7 weeks, but since we rarely go anywhere, I don't have to do much. I wash it, blast it with the hair dryer, and then hide the flyaways and frizz under a bandanna. Actually having to do my hair is such an ordeal. That's probably why twice in the past month I've grabbed the wrong bottle and hair sprayed my hair as I flat ironed. Ugh. Such a disgusting mistake. My hair felt so gross. I can't believe I was so stupid. I even said to myself, hey, pay attention, don't use the hair spray with the flat iron this time. But no. I looked directly at the bottle and said, oh yes, this is right! And then as I finished the very last bit of flat ironing and reached for the hair spray, only then did I realize I was not using the heat protector stuff. My poor hair.
  • I went to Paige Dairy Mart for the first time in August! I had a Twist Cone. It was a wonderful treat. I haven't had a twist cone in ages. Maybe not since my teenage years.
  • We also got ice cream at Sarris. I hadn't had their ice cream in about 10 years! I got the rainbow sherbet in a waffle cone but plopped in a bowl because it was hot and I figured I wouldn't eat it all. I was right. It was delicious. SP had the same thing but with Peanut Butter Cookie Dough.

What We've Been Eating the Past 3 Weeks:

  • Grilled Chicken Teriyaki with rice & broccoli
  • Smoked Burgers with Burger Sauce, cheese, tomato, letttuce
  • Pasta Salad
  • Tomato Tart with garden salad
  • Lamb Burgers in pita with feta, tzatziki, tomato, lettuce
  • Grilled Apricot-Mustard Chicken with grilled potatoes & grilled green beans

What We've Been Watching:

  • Beckett (movie, Netflix). This was pretty good. Beckett was like the Energizer Bunny and after all the injuries he sustained, well, he should've not been able to move half way through the movie! But he did! He got the bad guys!
  • Agatha Christie's Crooked House (movie, Netflix). I love mysteries. This was good. Glenn Close & Gillian Anderson are wonderful.
  • Spenser Confidential (movie, Netflix). We couldn't decide what to watch and this looked like a good choice for how we felt. A little mindless but not too mindless, action, laughs. Fun. Based on the Robert Parker novels about Spenser & Hawk, which I read up until he passed away.
  • Sweet Girl (movie, Netflix). Jason Momoa running around Pittsburgh kicking ass? Yes, please. Jumping off PNC into the river? Yes, please - though that seems like he would be dead not continuing on his revenge quest. But who cares, it looked cool!
  • Money Heist S5 Part 1 (Netflix). We love this show! We watched these 5 new episodes in 2 days and now we must wait until Dec. 3 for the final 5 episodes. Ahhh! And why did (person) have to die?!
  • Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes (Netflix). This was an SP pick to watch and I was skeptical but it ended up being great except for some gross gore in parts.
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu). Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez in a comedy about 3 building tenets who are crime podcast fans trying to investigate/podcast about the murder in their building. We watched the first 3 episodes last night. It's funny and new episodes are released on Tuesdays.
  • Wellington Paranormal (HBOMax). Still funny.
  • The Chair (Netflix). This Sandra Oh show is terrific! We laughed a lot. Her daughter is a hoot, too, though I also wanted to smack the brat at times! I know, no one spanks their kid these days. But good grief she was not well behaved at times.
  • Bobby & Giada in Italy (Food Network). We really enjoyed these 4 hour long episodes that premiered first on Discovery+. They spent a month back in Fall 2019 filming in Rome & Tuscany. So much delicious food like gelato, pizza, pasta, lamb, meats, cheeses. Makes me want to be on a food vacation!
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC). We have always enjoyed this show and will miss it when this 8th and final season wraps up. So far, they've been doing a great job of moving the characters to the ending and bringing back/ending the more prominent recurring characters throughout the past seasons.

What I've Been Reading:

  • Death in Brittany by Jean Luc Bannalec. This is the first in a series I decided to try. Another French detective one, like the Bruno books I read. These ones are good, too. 
  • The First Commandment by Brad Thor. The next in the series and still enjoyable though the more I read, the more I think I've actually read all the Brad Thor books...?!
  • The Coldest Case by Martin Walker A Bruno Mystery. The latest Bruno adventure. It was good, maybe a little formulaic. I hope they don't get too similar.
  • Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates. Cozy mystery, still holding my interest.
  • The Chocolate Raccoon Rigmarole by Joanna Carl. I've been reading this cozy mystery series for a while. This is the latest in the series. It was a nice, light, quick read.


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

I have lots of greats thoughts when I can't sleep at night or when I'm in the shower but never when I am able to write them down to remember. I never have thoughts when I'm trying to write Thursday Thoughts. 

What We're Eating: 

What We're Watching:

  • Gunpowder Milkshake (movie, Netflix). This was fun! Kind of like John Wick but with women. 
  • The Vault (movie, Netflix). Another fun movie. Like Money Heist, but not 5 seasons of heists, just a 2 hour movie.
  • Wellington Paranormal (HBOMax). It's a New Zealand mockumentary comedy/horror show. We watched season 1 and started season 2. We're caught up since HBO is airing a new episode each Monday. We like it - it's funny. I think it also is airing on CW on Sunday nights?
  • The White Lotus (HBOMax). The final episode aired and now we know who died. I liked this show. It was kind of sad. 
What I'm Reading:

  • Takedown (Brad Thor). I enjoyed it but I'm starting to realize that I've read more of the Thor books than I thought - ? The last quarter of the books I start to remember what comes next. Oh well, it's been such a long time and I don't think I ever read them in order.
  • The Bone Code (Kathy Reichs). I've read all of her Temperance Brennan books and enjoy them. This is another series that has maintained quality over the years.


Thursday, August 12, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • We bought a box of peaches from The Peach Truck this year. 25 pounds of peaches. That came to 60 peaches on the dining room table. We made a pie, dehydrated some, made some Bourbon-Peach Preserves, ate some for breakfast, some for dinner in Peach Caprese Salad. And there are still a lot left! I'm not sure we'll do this again unless we share it with 1-2 other people. It's a lot of peaches!
  • We have lots of cherry tomatoes from the garden.

What We're Eating:

  • Smoked Ribs and Peach Caprese Salad
  • Chicken Agrodolce and Baked Tomatoes
  • Dessert: Peach Pie

What We're Watching:

  • The Suicide Squad (HBOMax). It was a fun movie. Better than the first one. But still a little ridiculous.
  • Animal Kingdom on TNT. In the beginning I was hot/cold about this show but as the show progressed I liked it more and more. I'm enjoying watching the Cody boys in post-Smurf life and am looking forward to Pam becoming the new Smurf (maybe? hopefully? maybe not?).
  • We finished season 5 of The Wire. Season 5 is my least favorite season but I liked the series ending.
  • I can't figure out where The White Lotus is going. There is one episode left. 

What I'm Reading:

  • False Witness by Karin Slaughter. This was really good. I couldn't put it down.
  • Marry Christmas Murder and Veiled in Death by Stephanie Blackmoore. These are the two most recent books in the Wedding Planner Mystery Series. I enjoyed them, especially the characters actually progressing in life and not staying stuck/the same in every book.


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

We ate out last Saturday. A big deal for us, because even though we're vaccinated, due to existing health issues, we still fear the virus (being the ones who get it despite being vaccinated). Anyway, we ate outside, went early, etc. This place serves fresh iced tea, yay, but the fresh tea last Saturday was brewed too long or something because it tasted awful. Awful.

Since my tea was so disappointing and we were going to go for a drive after dinner, I asked if we could get a tea or coffee first. So SP went into Target to get me a drink. I asked for an iced coffee. He knows my drinking preferences (peculiarities) and while he did get the correct beverage, he got what looked like a Big Gulp size. Good grief! No way was I going to be able to drink that much! It was almost too large for my tiny hands! Also, even though I said a little sugar, and he told them a little sugar, ohhh boy was that iced coffee sweet. Too sweet. So my second drink also was disappointing.

The iced coffee went into the refrigerator not long after we got home. When I went to have some on Sunday, it was awfully empty and I was confused because I knew I hadn't been able to drink more than 1/4 of it. When I asked him, he looked sheepish and confessed that he knocked it over. So most of the too sweet, Big Gulp sized iced coffee would up on our kitchen floor. Not a good weekend for beverages.

What We're Eating:
What We're Watching:
  • The Wire (HBOMax). We finished season 4. Kind of depressing with the very young kids. We started season 5.
  • The White Lotus (HBOMax). Four episodes down and still no idea who dies at the resort. The characters continue to be unlikeable. 
What I'm Reading:
  • The Cellist from Daniel Silva. I look forward to the latest Gabriel Allon adventure every July and they never disappoint.  
  • State of the Union #3 and Blowback #4  by Brad Thor. Both sucked me in although I found the premise in Blowback a bit hard to accept. 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

I haven't been feeling well this week. I can't pinpoint the main reason. My itchy, swollen eyes are back, so I guess I'll need to see the doctor again. I've been having a lot of headaches. Not super bad, not migraines, just often enough and throbbing enough to be annoying. My stomach has been not good, but I can't figure out what food triggered it or what is really wrong because I don't have any real symptoms like puking or diarrhea or pain. It's just off. The other night, I couldn't eat the freshly cooked shrimp with leftover zoodles because the smell of the shrimp was making me queasy. I ate toast that night.  

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • We finished season 3 of The Wire and started season 4.
  • Some of the Olympics.
  • The White Lotus (HBOMax). Geez those kids are spoiled, snotty brats. 

What I'm Reading:

  • Reading Up a Storm  (#3) and The Spook in the Stacks (#4) from the Lighthouse Library Mystery Series by Eva Gates. So far these seem better than the average cozy mystery.
  • Path of the Assassin (#2) by Brad Thor. I started the Thor books a while ago, then quit, and recently decided to read them all, start to finish, even though it means re-reading some, although having said that I did skip re-reading #1 because I know I've already read it twice. So I've enjoyed the first two. 
  • Gown With the Wind #4  (A Wedding Planner Mystery) by Stephanie Blackmoore. I was entertained but at #4 in the series, I can see some constants that might start to annoy me. 


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

I agreed to two fish dinners this week. For some reason, Sunday afternoon when I saw the cod in the refrigerator I started singing "fish sticks, fish sticks, roly poly fish sticks" and SP corrected me that it wasn't fish sticks, it was fish heads. That lead to us going down a rabbit hole and finding the song/video on YouTube. Eat them up yum!

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • The Wire (HBOMax).We finished season 2 and started season 3. 
  • The White Lotus (HBOMax). Oh my gosh. Shane constantly harping on the Pineapple Suite? Annoying. Who wants a husband like that? Nicole eviscerating Rachel with put-downs while smiling and being pleasant? Brilliant. Rachel trying to not react and stay gracious and polite? Amazing. I would've probably dissolved in tears and fled, knocking into a server and causing a tray to crash to the ground. Armond keeping the teen girls' drug backpack? Loved it. Really didn't want him to since he's kicked his habit, but those girls are terrible people. So snotty.
  • Nomadland (movie). Really good, but also sad. And kind of uplifting.
What I'm Reading:
Nothing. Taking a break. But there are books I requested "in transit" so lots of upcoming reading.