Thursday, May 27, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • I am having trouble remembering what day it is. I forgot it is Thursday. So I almost forgot Thursday Thoughts.
  • Of course since I almost forgot Thursday Thoughts and now I'm trying to write a quick post, I don't seem to have any thoughts worth writing about.
  • It's a 3 day holiday weekend this weekend but I'm barely aware of that since SP is still off work because of surgery. The days blur together,

What We're Eating:

  • Tacos (beef with tomato, cucumber, avocado, cheddar)
  • Salad with shrimp
  • Dessert: Milanos

What We're Watching:

  • Mare of Easttown. So good. The finale is this Sunday. 
  • We've been watching Hacks (HBOMax). Love Jean Smart. A new episode comes out every Thursday. Tonight will be episode #4 (6 episodes total).
  • We quit The Underground Railroad. It was just too slow.
  • We started Shadow & Bone on Netflix. It's pretty good but as always with this kind of show, it took me a while to get into it. So many people and factions to remember. I guess I could read the books.
  • Season 3 of The Kominsky Method comes out tomorrow and in June we have Loki on Disney+ and Lupin on Netflix to watch. Excited about all three of those.
  • SEAL Team. The season finale was pretty good. Sadly, though it has been renewed, it will air on Peacock. So for us, the show ended on a pretty good note.

What I'm Reading:

  • For Batter or Worse (#13 in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries) by Jenn McKinley. The usual. At least the characters develop and move forward. One couple finally got married, another had their baby.
  • Indelible (Grant County #4) by Karin Slaughter. I like the Will Trent series better, but I'm still enjoying this series and reading about Sara (and Jeffrey) before Will.


Monday, May 24, 2021

Pasta Primavera

Ever since SP's surgery, we've been trying to eat a bit healthier. More veggies. A little fish. And thus far, no red meat (though summer is coming and I love smoked burgers). This is another recipe of pasta for me, veggies for him: Pasta Primavera from Giada's Everyday Italian cookbook. The nice thing about this is that the vegetables are cut about the same size and roasted at the same time in the oven. 
We're still doing curbside pickups from Market District. This past Sunday morning, they didn't have zucchini. We were surprised. A couple months ago we were told they no longer sold pancetta. There have been a few other surprises in the past year. They have left us wondering what is going on because isn't Market District supposed to be Giant Eagle's "answer" to Whole Foods and how the heck can they be out of zucchini or not sell pancetta?

So, no pretty and tasty green zucchini. Just extra yellow squash, which is OK and tastes almost the same. Red & yellow pepper, carrots, onions, roasted in olive oil & Herbes de Provence. SP loved this dish. I did not especially like it. I really missed the zucchini. I'm not a huge fan of peppers and it turned out there was too much pepper for me, or at least with the absence of the zucchini, which would be my favorite of these veggies, there was too much pepper. Substituting more yellow squash for the zucchini made for too much squash.

I'm willing to try it again, but only if there is zucchini! Plus a little more herb flavor. But it was easy and I liked roasting all the veggies together and that there wasn't any cream or butter.

Recipe here: Pasta Primavera

Friday, May 21, 2021

Spaghetti with Spring Vegetables

A few weeks ago, we made a delicious pasta dish from Cook's Country: Spaghetti with Spring Vegetables. I saw it posted in their Instagram feed and it looked good. Pasta (for me) with a lot of veggies (for SP).
Zucchini, asparagus, peas, and cherry tomatoes plus mint, chives, lemon, and cheese. Also garlic & red pepper flakes, which we omitted. You cannot see the zucchini because it's deliberately overcooked to create a sauce with a silky texture that nicely coats the other vegetables.
Easy, pretty quick, delicious. Definitely a Make Again meal. I really like the mint and lemon flavors. And the peas. I don't know why, but I love peas in pasta!

Recipe here: Spaghetti with Spring Vegetables
 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • As usual in May, we are jumping right from running the heat to running the a/c - sometimes in the same day. 
  • Warm weather means we're hanging out in the sunroom more. 
  • Not only can I see everything blooming outside, my eyes can feel it. They're itchy, sore, watery, and swollen. This morning it looked like I had fat folds in my eyelids. I'm trying to not take medicine because it knocks me out but the alternative is to scratch my eyes out.

What We're Eating:

  • Pasta Primavera
  • Honey Sweet Marinated Chicken with rice & steamed broccoli
  • Dessert: cookies from Bethel Bakery, Milano cookies

What We're Watching:

  • We finished The Investigation (HBO). It was an interesting show. Definitely worth watching how the Danish investigators found the evidence to successfully prosecute the man who murdered a Swedish journalist.
  • We started The Underground Railroad (Amazon). Ten hour long episodes for a book I read in probably about 5 hours. It's good but it's so slow moving that we both are ready to give up on it. It's one thing to watch a slow, beautiful movie for 2-3 hours but 10 hours? 
  • We kept wondering when The Unicorn would return, especially because that United States of Al show does not look especially new/fresh/funny. Turns out CBS cancelled it, which makes us sad because we thought it was one of the better sitcoms.
  • SEAL Team. We like the show, even if at times it doesn't seem to make much forward progress. CBS decided to renew it but move it to Paramount+. So if we want to keep watching, we'll have to pay for Paramount+. I guess we'll be done with the show after next week. Sometimes I think the stuff we currently pay for doesn't get watched enough to justify the cost, why add another?

What I'm Reading:

  • Her Dark Lies by JT Ellison. I couldn't put it down. This is the first JT Ellison novel I've read and I think I'll start reading the others.
  • Kisscut, #2 in the Grant County series, by Karin Slaughter. Another good read with another creepy villain(s). 
  • Ocean Prey from John Sandford. I really like the Lucas Davenport series and don't see a drop in the quality like I do with other long running series. I think this is the 31st Lucas Davenport novel. I like that Lucas and the cast of characters has evolved over the years. This one was set in FL. It also pulls in Virgil Flowers and Bob & Rae.
  • Carrot Cake Murder and Cream Puff Murder, #'s 10 & 11 in the Hannah Swensen series from Joanne Fluke. They were the usual.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • This week I agreed to eat fish for dinner. Twice. We bought frozen cod and topped it with a bread crumb-parmesan mixture. It was pretty good as far as fish goes.
  • Last week we lost our yard guy when he dumped us. He said he couldn't hire enough seasonal workers so he had to let customers go. Since we were in the group of customers farthest away, we got dropped. This was hugely problematic since it had been nearly 2 weeks since the last mow and the yard looked like a dandelion forest. Also, because of surgery, SP can't mow right now. Fortunately, we were able to line up a new yard guy in a week. Bonus: the new guy is $5 cheaper per mow than the old guy!
  • Our friend C came over today to plant petunias for us. We always plant petunias - once we found a flower that did well, we decided to stick with it! The last few years we've bought flowers from her grandson who sells them as a fundraiser. This year, SP can't do yard/flower/garden work. So she offered to plant them for us. The outside is looking nicer!
  • Our eldest niece/nephew graduates college this weekend! B studied hydrogeology at Western Carolina. 
  • Another niece/nephew graduates high school this month and in the fall is off to LSU.
  • I feel old.

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • Mare of Easttown (HBO). Three more episodes. Still trying to figure out who the bad guy is. The priest is just too obvious, right? Even if he did dump the bicycle.
  • The Investigation (HBO). A six episode series, in Danish, that is based on the investigation of the death of Kim Wall, a 30-year-old Swedish journalist. It's bleak. And gray. And slow. But good.
  • The usual food shows (Worst Cooks in America, Valerie's Home Cooking, Cook's Country, Milk Street).
  • Samantha Brown's Places to Love.
  • The usual regular TV (SEAL Team, Grey's Anatomy, Station 19, Manifest, This Is Us, The Rookie).

What I'm Reading:

  • We Begin At the End by Chris Whitaker. I really enjoyed this book. Definitely not happy and uplifting, but it ends on a slightly positive note. It made me cry.
  • Dance with Death, the latest Barker & Llewellyn Mystery from Will Thomas. It was good. I had a hard time sticking with it but I think that's because of other things on my mind. I just couldn't focus.
  • Candy Cane Murder, a short story from Joanne Fluke. It was OK.


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • I skipped/forgot Thursday Thoughts last week. I'm very close to quitting this, but something doesn't let me. Not sure what. Things the past 2 months have been stressful & worrisome and last week was especially so. Thus, no post.
  • I've written that SP was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 3 years old. He's lived with it a long time and some of the bad things are starting to happen. Like needing open heart surgery. And carotid surgery. And a few other things. Some things started last fall and by the end of March we'd progressed to major surgery. Last week was the heart surgery. Thankfully, it went well and he was home in 5 days. Five days! He's taking it easy at home and trying to be a good patient but he's so used to helping me that he's not very good at letting me do things for him.
  • There's another surgery in 1-2 months and then getting a few other issues under control with new medications (after many tests in March & April). But hopefully, slowly, surely, he'll get back to normal.
  • We need a lot of help right now. He's not allowed to drive, or lift over 5 lbs, and he doesn't have full range of motion with his arms. He was joking that he has T-Rex arms right now. So it's still stressful, just in a different way. Things are difficult but at least we have our health, or sort of!
  • I haven't been reading the news much. I haven't had much of an attention span for real life. I keep retreating into tv/movies/books. I started to read more news yesterday and what I've been seeing has sent me running back to my safe spaces (tv/movies/books). I refuse to write anything political on this blog but, thoughts. Lots of thoughts, And rage. And rants. So much stupid.

What We've Been Eating:

  • Spaghetti with Spring Vegetables (asparagus, peas, zucchini)
  • Piccolo Forno (pizza and salad with tuna)
  • Millie's Chocolate Stout ice cream and Pistachio ice cream
  • Central Diner take-out
  • Chicken with Shallot-White Wine-Dill-Mustard Sauce with rice & broccoli
  • Salad with Tempura Shrimp from Costco or with plain shrimp
  • Hospital food. The orange jello that was pink looked scrumptious! As did the turkey with gravy - for a bypass patient! Gravy! WTF?!
  • Dessert: Orange Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Chips, Pocky, Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies.

What We've Been Watching:

  • Unforgotten (Amazon). We finished season 2 & watched season 3. We were ready for season 4, but we cannot find it on any streaming service. That makes us sad because we really enjoyed it.
  • Without Remorse (Amazon, movie). It was fine. Not great, not bad, we both have read the Clancy books and seen the movies. Certainly was nice to watch Michael B. Jordan for 2 hours.
  • We started Mare of Easttown (HBO) with Kate Winslet. It's good. Not super action packed and the circumstances of the characters are a little depressing but slowly all the relationships are coming together as Mare investigates a murder.
  • Last week when SP was in the hospital, I watched for the millionth time (!) the Jason Bourne movies which were airing on AMC. Those are movies I get sucked into every time. I was reading while watching.
  • We got caught up on a lot of the food shows we record from Food Network & PBS.

What I've been Reading:

  • The Last Widow (Will Trent #9) by Karin Slaughter. As usual, very engrossing.
  • Blindsighted (Grant County #1) by Karin Slaughter. These are set before the Will Trent series, or at least before Will meets Sara.
  • Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #9) by Joanne Fluke. The usual, light, fluffy, engrossing enough story.