Thursday, February 14, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

Happy Valentine's Day. I feel obligated to write that, like if I don't write it I'm the Valentine Grinch and maybe I am because the truth is I still don't like Valentine's Day. It's dumb, I hate red & pink hearts and crappy chocolate in heart shaped boxes and those disgusting heart candies with the dumb phrases on them and stuffed bears with hearts on them and everything else about this stupid holiday. We still do not plan a special dinner, not at home, not at a restaurant. No cards. No gifts. All that is allowed is for SP to return home from work with a dessert treat. Special dessert treat is allowed because it's our "thing." He often brings home dessert treats for me. So a dessert treat tonight is special but not special like "oh hey look at the calendar telling me I need to do something romantic tonight." Just the usual "I have the best hubby ever" special.

Last Saturday we went to South Hills Village Mall. When we left, traffic was a mess. We figured it was because there's so much in a tiny area: the mall, theater, Market District, Trader Joe's, Fresh Market, Whole Foods, restaurants, etc. We were at dinner at Cafe io when we saw a forward email from SP's mom about the horrible traffic at SHV due to water main breaks in the area. Huh. Traffic was bad, but for a Saturday night at dinner time in a normally congested area, it seemed like the normal disastrous traffic.

Wednesday I had a morning doctor appointment in Oakland. After the appointment, a bit after 10 am, there was a horrible snow squall. The roads were covered, you couldn't see that far in front of you, it was awful. By the time we got through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, the squall was over, the roads were clear, it was sunny & looked pretty. But guess who forgot, just this one time, to check the traffic map on their phones? Guess who ended up stuck in horrible traffic? Apparently, when the snow squall hit the Parkway West, people forgot how to drive and there were multiple accidents inbound & outbound. Fortunately we were able to crawl to the Green Tree exit and come home that way. Then guess who had to shovel the driveway and walkway while his wife waited in the car? Yup. Poor SP. The forecasted flurries dumped a half inch of snow on everything between when we left and got home. Too tough to get the wheelchair through that. Also, holy crap was it windy and cold Wednesday morning!

What We're Eating:

  • Lasagna
  • Braised chicken, roasted cauliflower, rice (or dinner roll)
  • M&M's, Pocky, whatever candy/treat we find

What We're Watching:

  • I'm not sure what's happening, but we are falling behind and shows are piling up on the DVR. We still have the latest episodes of I Am the Night, The Gifted, and The Rookie to watch.
  • I watched White Boy Rick and it was an OK movie. Then I looked up the real story behind the movie based on a true story. 
  • We finished The Punisher Season 2. It was fine. I'm sure it'll be cancelled like the other Marvel shows on Netflix.
  • On Victoria, Victoria and Albert are still squabbling and I am not a fan.
  • Watching the Worst Cooks eat pies & try to guess the flavor was funny. Seeing Anne and Tyler get dunked was funnier. Don't worry, Anne protected her hair with a swimming cap.
  • I hope Manifest has a decent season finale next Monday to keep me interested for a potential season 2. I hope it doesn't end like that stupid Revolution show that never offered up any answers for the world losing power, it just kept careening along with various factions fighting and people being secretive and people flip flopping factions and beliefs every other week and never wrapping up anything before moving on to the next "thing."

What I'm Reading:

  • The Blues Walked In by Kathleen George. I'm about halfway through. It's not my usual thriller/mystery/detective/spy novel but I'm enjoying it. 
  • I finally finished the November issue of Smithsonian Magazine. I especially enjoyed the articles about the newly translated diaries of young women from during World War II. The war ended 73 years ago and I fear important lessons are not being learned as it fades into "ancient history." SP & I both enjoy history, re-learning events we have forgotten from our high school history days, and some of our favorite days on vacations have been spent visiting Pearl Harbor and Utah/Normandy Beaches & the American Cemetery in Normandy. When I see our photos from those days, the remains of the USS Arizona, all those white crosses, and photos from my visits to Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and think about what happened in World War II, I get teary. Just like when I read all those articles in Smithsonian Magazine.

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