Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

1. Brrr the past few mornings have been chilly. Normally I resist turning on the heat until mid to late October, but this week, we made an exception because when we woke up, the thermostat said it was 65 in the house.

2. Of course chilly weather means my little stink bug friends are trying to wiggle their way inside. I've been repeatedly nagging SP to repeatedly spray all windows with the bug spray. Now our windows have lovely streaks of dried bug spray all over them. But the screens have dead stink bugs clinging to them. I think this a big win since I'd rather see stink bug corpses on the screens than have live ones crawling inside.

3. I caught another cricket. I almost let the hoppy little bug go free, but then my bug rage took over and I trapped it under a glass for SP to dispose of when he got home. I never thought it was a cricket because it was so tiny and I thought they were bigger, but SP says it was a cricket. I wish I knew how those annoying, noisy pests are getting inside. We've never had them inside until this past month.

4. This week I've been enjoying Portman's ham salad for lunch. I love this stuff. Good thing we don't live too close to Portman's or else I'd want it all the time. It also helps that their ham salad is only an every other weekend offering. Not the healthiest, but it sure is tasty.

5. Last week I read Cinnamon & Gunpowder by Eli Brown. It took me a while to really get into this book but by halfway through, I couldn't put it down. It is set in 1819 and is about a red-headed female pirate who, after murdering his employer, kidnaps a chef and commands him to cook her  amazing suppers every Sunday aboard her pirate ship or swim home. The other characters aboard the ship are wonderfully drawn, the chef's resourcefulness is amazing and the descriptions of the meals makes your mouth water and you start to wish you could be aboard the pirate ship eating the food. There is a lot more to the novel, a very interesting mix of rival pirates, the English & Chinese opium & tea/spice trade, culinary delights, family secrets and relationships, and human motivations.

6. I also read the latest Jack Reacher novel, Never Go Back. I must have accidentally requested the large print version because that's what SP brought home from the library for me once I got the call that my request was ready for pick up. Reading large print was interesting - I didn't have to wear my glasses! I alternated between feeling like I was a 3 year old reading a book (little kid books always have big print, right?) and feeling like a blind old fart.

7. The duck is coming! I cannot wait to see it, but I think I'll have to wait a week since we already have plans this weekend and they don't involve going near The Point.

8. Our plans do involve a hair coloring/cutting appointment for me. Yay! Not only will the vile gray be disguised for another 7-8 weeks but we get to go to lunch somewhere in Peters or between there and Robinson. I'm trying to decide where. Plus I discovered a new bakery that we must investigate. Mmmmm bakery treats.

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