Thursday, July 25, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

Last night while SP dined at Soba, I enjoyed another one of the panini we're making this week. I never would have thought to put cantaloupe on a panini, but I saw it in one of the Giada cookbooks and thought it sounded interesting plus panini are quick & easy for dinner. We're using Tuscany bread from Market District, not focaccia. We layered bread-brie-prosciutto-arugula-cantaloupe-brie-bread and cooked the panini in our press for about 3 minutes. It's really good. SP is a better panini maker than I am. When I made one by myself, unsupervised, my brie cheese oozed out all over. Oops. It was still good, the crispy brie, but it made a mess of the panini press.

What We're Eating:

  • Leftover delivered pizza
  • Rigatoni with Lamb Ragu & Mint
  • Prosciutto-Brie-Melon-Arugula Panini
  • Dessert: Ice Cream (Guinness-Milk Chocolate or Lemon-Ginger)

What We're Watching:

  • We watched Homecoming (Amazon Prime). It was really good. I wasn't sure what to expect when we started it. Each of the episodes is 25-30 minutes long but each one flew by and before we knew it, we were on to the next. Looking forward to Season 2.
  • Big Little Lies (HBO) ended. I like that it ended in a way true to the book even if the courtroom Celeste-Mary Louise drama and Bonnie-her mom hospital drama weren't in the book (as I recall). Renata in her husband's game room/man cave? Oh heck yes, I totally would have done what she did and that jerk deserved even single swing of that bat even as I cringed at the destruction.
  • I watched Always Be My Maybe (Netflix) and enjoyed it, mostly because of Keanu Reeves and because of the mocking of food. The food as described in the restaurant double date scene, it was hilarious, those headphones to hear the animal you are about to eat!

What I'm Reading:

  • I finished The RĂșin (Cormac Reilly, #1) and then read The Scholar (Cormac Reilly, #2) by Dervla McTiernan. I like the books, the characters, and am looking forward to Book #3.
  • I also read Throw Me to the Wolves by Patrick McGuinness. It was very good but something about it also frustrated me. I think the pacing of the crime investigation (or maybe just the entire book) was a bit too slow because of the long and sometimes rambling ruminations and descriptions. Just when I would get annoyed enough to think about quitting, I'd encounter beautifully written, thought provoking, elegant prose. It also didn't focus as much on the actual crime investigation, which is what I'm used to, so maybe that is what frustrated me. It's a murder investigation, but the focus is more on the one policeman's memories from his time at the school where the suspect taught and on his present day observations about media.
  • Yes, the magazine pile is still there.

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