Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

We entered the PA Special Limited-Release Lottery to win the opportunity to purchase a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, which we've never tried, just heard about how good it is. I didn't expect to win, but we did, so we gave ourselves a holiday gift of Van Winkle bourbon. We cracked it open last weekend. It's good, just as good as the Blanton's SP got me for my birthday. For the price, I'd rather have the Weller 12 Year, but since that seems impossible to locate, I'll just enjoy this bottle and wait for (hopefully) another Van Winkle lottery next year. It'll be a bit of a sad day when the Van Winkle and Blanton's are gone and we return to the "cheap" bourbon.

Last weekend my brother called to tell me they got 9 inches of snow. That's a lot for GA. They usually shut everything down after only 1 inch! He used his tractor to clear their road up the mountain (Literally. He lives partway up a mountain. It's a dirt/gravel road.). Here in PA, we finally got our first significant snow: 3-4" of fluffy white stuff for SP to clear from the drive and walkway. He was pretty excited there was enough to use the snowblower instead of a shovel. 

The new Star Wars movie opens tonight. We're thinking of trying to see it this weekend but are not sure if we'll have time (holiday time traffic & all the shoppers means the usual weekend shopping/errands can take up to twice as long as usual). I'm not loving our theater's switch to reserved seating. It makes it hard if we maybe, might have a friend meet up with us but the friend can't make a decision until the last minute because of their work and also because of me needing the wheelchair accessible seating which usually has a rule about only 1 additional companion in that area. So with so many unknowns on opening weekend, maybe we'll wait until after the Christmas holiday.

Last weekend we both had hair appointments on Saturday and after, we met a friend and her family for lunch. That was nice. After, we went to do our shopping/errands. It was just as awful as I feared. The traffic in Robinson. The idiot drivers. The people shopping. Tripping over me. How do people so easily trip over someone in a wheelchair? It happens all the time.
After getting home and dropping off everything, we decided to go out again, for dinner at Burgatory. I was questioning our sanity a bit - go out again in the crowds, deal with idiot drivers, and do it in the cold weather? But it wasn't as bad as I feared. I ate my usual custom creation (chicken, fried egg, bacon, cheese, brioche, greens, tomato, cucumber) and we shared the special Chocolate Marshmallow shake, spiked with chocolate vodka. It was really tasty.

What We're Eating:

  • Chicken Noodle Soup. But with pastina instead of noodles. And some peas, parmesan, and lemon zest added to the chicken, pastina, carrots, and celery. So I guess really a mash up of our chicken noodle soup and Giada's pastina soup. Used up another half bag of peas! That's 3 down, 1 to go!
  • Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Ricci's breakfast sausage and blueberries.
  • Dessert: Raspberry Shortbread Bars.

What We're Watching:

  • We watched Atomic Blonde the other night. It was pretty good, a bit different from my expectations.
  • I watched Wind River, which I enjoyed a lot even though it's kind of a sad movie.
  • We're enjoying The Gifted quite a bit. 
  • Designated Survivor surprised me at the end of last night's episode, but I guess I shouldn't have been surprised given some earlier in the TV season announcements that I apparently missed.

What I'm Reading:

  • No books this week. Nothing from the library. I need a break from the constant book pile. Plus, it's cookie baking time.
  • One more magazine down, 3 to go.

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