Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

It's been a week since Thanksgiving. It feels like it was just yesterday! SP took some time off form work, so we had an extra long holiday. It was quite a busy holiday, with more dining out than usual.

  • We saw The Color Purple at the Benedum and enjoyed it much more than we expected. After, we had dinner at Meat & Potatoes. I'm so boring & predictable: fried pickles, fried Brussels, and the Three Little Pigs sandwich plus 2 Sgt. Pepper's Old Fashioneds.
  • SP mowed one last time. Yes. Mowed the grass. In November, And cut down the decorative grasses that were over 4 feet tall. He also moved some outdoor furniture inside, got the snowblower ready for snow season, and got the mower ready for a winter nap.
  • We attended a family dinner at Central Diner where I enjoyed cheese sticks and a chicken salad club sandwich.
  • We went to see Justice League, which wasn't the best superhero movie but was not as bad as reviews had led us to expect. Not sure I like the character Aquaman but Jason Momoa sure is a good-looking guy.
  • We spent a lot of time in the kitchen for the holiday, including baking two pies, as usual, pumpkin and apple.
  • We went out to dinner with SIL to Industry Public House. We finally had another person with us so we could order the giant soft pretzel. It was huge! The beer cheese was yummy but we needed a larger bowl of it. More beer cheese!
  • We had Thanksgiving here, a small group this time, just 7 people, so that was nice but just as much work/clean up as when there are 14+ people.
  • We had our annual visit with friends from VA who were in town for the holiday. There were 8 of us and some people ordered pizza while others ordered Indian food and used Uber Eats. Uber Eats was less than impressive, taking nearly 30 minutes longer than they said they'd take to deliver the Indian food. The pizza was gone before the Indian food arrived.
  • We hauled out the holiday decorations and now the house is Christmas-ed up. 
  • We ate out, again, Burgatory, where I created my usual custom sandwich (chicken breast on brioche with BBQ sauce, cheese, fried egg, bacon, tomato, cucumber, greens).

What We're Eating:

  • Leftovers. We sent people home with turkey, but we still had enough for 4 dinners for us, with stuffing, green beans, and sweet potato. We had to buy some broccoli for additional vegetable with the turkey.
  • Leftover marinara sauce from the freezer with pasta and sausage. We had forgotten about the marinara sauces in the freezer until we had to clean out the freezer to make room for the turkey before Thanksgiving. We also found 4 bags of half used peas.
  • Leftovers for lunch: Central Diner, Burgatory, pizza, Industry mac & cheese, veggies and dip from Thanksgiving.
  • Dessert: Leftover pie for a few days and then nothing. Too much food and too much eating lately.

I'm tired of leftovers, do not want to see any turkey or stuffing or green beans, and have no interest in cheese or pizza or bacon.

On the plus side, I got my annual bloodwork done after Thanksgiving and everything was normal. My glucose was even back down where it should be. But I still feel like we need a week of detoxing with salad.

What We're Watching:

  • We watched the first episode of The Punisher on Netflix. We'll finish the series but we got sucked into some other shows.
  • Specifically, Mindhunter, which I didn't like at first but it grew on me and then we couldn't stop watching.
  • The usual TV shows, nothing really stands out.
  • I watched the movie The Beguiled, which was good but also slow.

What I'm Reading:

  • I'm trying to get a handle on the magazine pile. It threatens to topple over. In the pile, the latest Food & Wine (and my last issue since I didn't renew it), Bon Appetit, Food Network Magazine, Saveur, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2 Smithsonian issues, an old issue of Scientific American that SP thinks I should read, and a local magazine for the west area.
  • I read Widowmaker and Knife Creek, books 7 & 8 in the Mike Bowditch series. I really like these books and am hoping the series continues. Hopefully a 9th book this summer - ? 
  • I'm about one third of the way through the latest John Sandford, Deep Freeze, a Virgil Flowers novel.

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