Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

This week is annoying.

The birds are at it again, flying into the windows. There were two loud thunks late Monday afternoon on the big kitchen window. That evening as we ate dinner at the table in front of the window, there was the oh so appetizing sight of bird goop and feathers stuck on the window. SP confirmed that there was a dead bird in the driveway under the window when he got home from work. Gross. Happily, the cleaning lady was here Tuesday and she has a thing about dirty windows. She took one look at the bird goop and started pulling the table out so she could clean the window. All better now.

I received a jury summons. For 3 days before Thanksgiving. Terrific.

The kitchen faucet is dripping. I don't mean a slow, one drip every few minutes drip. I mean multiple drips per second drip. Basically, constant stream. So the hot water is shut off because that's the one dripping. It wasn't even a slow onset. It didn't want to shut off Sunday night. Fortunately, SP got it in the "right" position. But then Monday night he couldn't find any position that would not drip.

So we have 2 new faucets sitting on the kitchen counter. One cost twice as much as the other but is a "prettier" style and more of what I really want. But since we've been sort of considering (for the last 5 years) replacing the counters and sink/faucet and adding a backsplash and replacing the light fixtures, I'm wondering if now is the time to invest in a pricier faucet or if we should just go cheap. Or we could go pricier and just live with what is a perfectly acceptable kitchen even if our counters aren't granite/quartz and even if we don't have a pretty backsplash and even if I despise the island lighting. Or maybe we'd keep this faucet if we make any upgrades.

You might be wondering why we don't just repair the leak. Probably just need to replace a washer or something, right? Well, we do not have much plumbing knowledge. We have no idea how the current faucet comes apart to investigate/replace any part that needs replacing. We have no paperwork from that faucet. We could call a plumber but last time we called a plumber, it was $95 just to come look at our issue + repair/replace costs. The time we had a plumber fix my drippy tub, we paid a plumber $300+ to replace a "special" washer. If we go with a cheap faucet, which SP can install himself, it costs us less than $95. That's why we decided on replace not repair.

Meals This Week: We made chicken breasts with a pan sauce and we've been eating a salad with the chicken. We've been spiralizing an apple into the salads and I am loving the super thin apples swirls.

The other meal was supposed to be a goat-cheese-prosciutto-fresh tarragon frittata. Unfortunately, despite greasing the not non-stick pan, the eggs stuck and when SP tried to slide the frittata onto a plate, it plopped out in blobs and some had to be scraped out of the pan because it was stuck and pretty darn browned. So frittata night turned into scrambled eggs night with roasted tomatoes on the side.

Dessert is blondies we baked. They have white and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

TV Update: I think I'm going to give up on Westworld. I gave up on Divorce on HBO. I started watching Ina's new cooking show and we started watching Worst Bakers in America and Halloween Baking Championship on Food Network.

We did not watch watch the debate last night. I can't even watch for entertainment value. I'd rather read about what outrageous/despicable/ridiculous lies/half truths/accusations were uttered.

Movie Update: None. Haven't been to the theater. Haven't watched any on TV. Haven't watched any on Netflix. But I did get sucked into Jurassic World a few times this week (just for 15-10 minutes each time).

Book Update: I read Reckless Creed by Alex Kava. I think it's the third in the Ryder Creed series. Like the others, I enjoyed it and it was a quick read.

Magazines: Still buried. I read 2 new issues but there are still a lot more to read.

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