Thursday, February 7, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

After the freezing cold polar vortex last week, this week's spring-like weather is very welcome. Plus, the groundhog says we're going to have an early spring. I don't believe him, but I hope he's right.

The warm weather meant that Sunday we stepped out onto the deck to check out the repairs and peer down the hill. The repairs look good. The new wood matches the existing style and he even added an extra support to keep the one section of railing from wobbling like it did before. Now we just have to wait several months and then get the new parts stained and sealed. We had a great view of the 3 fallen trees. The one that was good and fell down the hill. The remains of the one that fell into the driveway and crunched the junipers. And the remains of the really bad one that crunched the deck.

Last weekend we saw Charlie & the Chocolate Factory at the Benedum. I didn't especially like the movies so I was apprehensive about this show. It was OK. The first act was a little slow. The second act really picked up and was more enjoyable. Our dinner out after the show was at Butcher & the Rye. They've pared down/changed the menu a lot in the past year or so. We loved the cauliflower & farro dish, but that's gone. The pig wing is gone. Happily the Brussels and mac & cheese & Sunday gravy are still on the menu. Plus, they had a Lamb Sugo special that was really, really good. I kept stealing bites from SP's plate. He kept stealing bites of my Sunday gravy. Yum!

Yesterday we saw on Instagram that Pork & Beans has several new sandwiches on their menu and one is called Three Little Pigs. I got sooo excited but it's not quite the same as the Meat & Potatoes sandwich. No fried egg. And this one has Brussels slaw. Not sure how I feel about that. Sadly, I didn't see the brisket grilled cheese on the menu so I'm pretty bummed about that because I love that sandwich. Stop taking away my favorite dishes! I guess we'll have to go to Pork & Beans to try this version of Three Little Pigs.

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • Last night we watched The Girl in the Spider's Web. We enjoyed it, probably because we're fans of the Lisbeth Salander books. I didn't really remember the book, and it seemed like a lot was changed/ignored, but I suppose that's because these books are difficult to turn into a 2 hour movie.  
  • True Detective, the last 15 minutes or so where old man Hays meets old man West. So good! And the hints as to what happened with the previous investigation(s)! Only 3 more episodes.
  • There are only 2 episodes of Manifest left and I hope that means that they can get the show back on track. It seemed to have lost its focus a bit. I'm surprised it's not going until May, but sometimes I think shows get dragged on with bloated, pointless episodes/stories just for the sake of having a certain number of episodes.
  • We still need to finish The Punisher.

What I'm Reading:

  • Holy Ghost from John Sandford. It's a Virgil Flowers novel (not Lucas Davenport). So far I'm really enjoying it. 
  • I've been enjoying the latest issue of Pittsburgh Magazine. I've always loved Turkey Devonshire and remember ordering it at restaurants when I was a kid and my parents would take us out. So it's nice to read about the history of the dish. 

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