Thursday, June 24, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • SP received a get well package of assorted Tea Forte teas. I claimed the Earl Grey ones! I like the pyramid shaped tea bags. 
  • The Tea Forte Earl Grey is tasty. So is the Mighty Leaf Earl Grey. I treated myself to a box. I might not be the one having major surgeries but I am the one worrying and fretting so I deserve treats, too!
  • I used to love the Twinings Earl Grey but lately it has not tasted good. Maybe we just got a bad batch? We also treated ourselves to some Harney & Sons tea, including Earl Grey, but it turns out they use oolong as one of the teas in their Earl Grey and I do not like oolong tea at all. Yuck!

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • The Courier (movie). Good movie.
  • Army of the Dead (movie-Netflix). Better than I expected and scarier/creepier than I expected.
  • Sex Education (Netflix). British comedy. It's hilarious. Sometimes there's a bit that makes us laugh so hard we have to pause it, especially in season 2. Sometimes it's a bit cringe-worthy from the awkwardness and weirdness of the characters.
  • Loki episode 3 was OK. 

What I'm Reading:

#21~#26 in the Hannah Swensen Mystery Series (Banana Cream Pie Murder, Raspberry Danish Murder, Christmas Cake Murder, Chocolate Cream Pie Murder, Coconut Layer Cake Murder, Christmas Cupcake Murder). How did I read 6 books in a week? See last week's comments. I'm not really reading them. I'm scanning them. Skipping the recipes, skipping the repetitive cat crap, skipping the repetitive whodunnit musings, skipping the repetitive explanations of what each person's knock sounds like. I'm done now with the series, unless I choose to read new releases as they happen. I'm not sure if I will. I need a break from this cozy mystery series!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • This week has been one of those so cold in the mornings we want to run the heat (and it would run if we had the thermostat set to heat) and by late afternoon the a/c is running.
  • Due to the chilly mornings, I was looking for a long sleeve t-shirt and emptied out that dresser drawer. I discovered a new t-shirt! I bought it in TX back in Oct. 2019. Here in PA, it was too cold by mid-Oct. for that kind of shirt so it got washed, folded, and tucked away for warmer weather. Since it was a brand new shirt it was tucked away as good to wear out, but don't wear around the house because you'll slop food all over it and ruin it. Warmer weather happened in spring/summer 2020, otherwise known as COVID quarantine time, but since I didn't leave the house, I never went in the "nice shirt" drawer. Then it was too hot, and then it was winter, so it didn't get worn. Until now. I saw it and had no idea what it was. I didn't remember it at all. Until I unfolded it and saw the Fort Worth design. It was such a nice surprise! Like getting a present! I "demoted" it to around the house shirt, put it on, and 2 hours later slopped juicy tomato down the front of my new yellow shirt. Oops.   

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • Promising Young Woman (movie). This was very good, though sad at the end. I didn't know much going in, and that's a good thing. Carey Mulligan is wonderful (as usual).
  • The Righteous Gemstones (HBO). We watched season 1 and enjoyed this much more than we expected. I thought I'd be overly annoyed with the religious aspect but I wasn't. A great cast and funny, definitely looking forward to season 2.
  • Lupin Part II (Netflix). We zipped through these 5 episodes and enjoyed them a lot. 
  • Manifest (NBC). It was a so-so season finale, likely series finale since a few days later NBC announced it was cancelled (maybe a streaming service will pick it up for a season 4). I like the mystery of what happened to the flight, but the character development and dialog were not good.
  • Sex Education (Netflix). We've only watched 1 episode and we laughed a lot. We're going to stick with it and watch both seasons. 
  • Loki (Disney+). No spoilers. But what the heck did the end of the episode mean?!

What I'm Reading:

  • #16 Red Velvet Cupcake Murder
  • #17 Blackberry Pie Murder
  • #18 Double Fudge Brownie Murder
  • #19 Wedding Cake Murder
  • #20 Christmas Caramel Murder 

All by Joanne Fluke. I'm not especially enjoying the Hannah Swensen mystery series anymore. It's like the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series. The same stuff every book. Formulaic. Every cookie is marvelous. The best ever. So much space devoted to writing about the stupid fat cat that jumps into her arms when she opens the door and all the cat's mischief. The same conversations between Hannah & Mike and Hannah & Norman. Descriptions of all the food at multiple dinner parties. Recipes that take up more & more of the pages while the actual book is shorter and shorter. Why do I keep reading? Not sure. I kind of want to see where the characters end up. She married someone other than Mike/Norman but it's a little unbelievable because by my count, her husband was in 1.5 books before they had the wedding. And how they met again in Las Vegas? Um. OK. Sure, that's who Doc would pick for that (I know, makes no sense, but no spoilers).

I'll finish the series anyway. They don't take long to read. Not when you skip the recipes, skip the repetitive cat crap, and skip the repetitive whodunnit musings.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • This past weekend Googer came over and planted some tomatoes and herbs for us. SP cannot do much gardening this year because of his surgeries and post-surgery restrictions. I am looking forward to tomatoes in August and herbs other then the ones in our indoor aerogarden.
  • SP underwent his second major surgery this week. He is home now. He's doing well but is feeling tired and blah again. He has some restrictions for 2 weeks and then returns to the not as restrictive restrictions of the first surgery for another month. In theory, he will then be all better and back to normal. We shall see.

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • Loki (Disney+). The first episode was released yesterday. I liked it, but I also see a risk of me quickly becoming annoyed with the time travel/time fixing/time line stuff. Time travel, etc., always ends up frustrating me.
  • Hacks on HBO. I like it a lot even if I find Ava terribly awkward and idiotic. New episode tonight. We just finished the most recent 2 episodes and I really liked the one at the retreat/spa.
  • Lupin starts tomorrow on Netflix. Excited! 
  • Bosch Season 7, the final season, starts at the end of the month.
  • Manifest season finale tonight. I've been losing interest in the show. They've made the characters too one dimensional and just stupid. Are we really supposed to believe Ben is so smart yet unable to see that his behavior is hurting things? Can he have any dialog other than that the lifeboat is in danger of sinking? Saanvi always has a bitchy expression on her face. Angelina is just nuts. And Cal only ever says that he, Angelina, and Eden are connected. I hope the finale tonight is better than the past 4-5 episodes.

What I'm Reading:

  • Independent Bones, the most recent Sarah Booth Delaney Series book from Carolyn Haines. It was good but too quick of a read for how much I enjoy the series.
  • More in the Hannah Swensen series from Joanne Fluke: Plum Pudding Murder, Apple Turnover,  Murder, Devil's Food Cake Murder, Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (#'s 12-15) plus a short story, Gingerbread Cookie Murder. 


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • We grilled for the first time this past weekend. It was nice to not cook inside.
  • We tried to order take-out from Central Diner on Saturday but when we called, they told us they weren't doing take-out. We were really surprised. They were doing take-out even before the pandemic! So we ended up ordering take-out from Downey's House. Salmon for SP. Chicken Parmesan for me.
  • We made our first batch of potato salad. It's good, but it's missing something and I cannot figure out what.

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • Mare of Easttown (HBO). The final episode aired. It was good. I knew there had to be a twist when it looked like the killer was revealed/arrested in the first 10 minutes.
  • The Kominsky Method Season 3 (Netflix). We enjoyed the first two seasons, so we watched the third & final season of six episodes. It made us laugh and ended nicely.
  • Worst Cooks in America (Food Network). We liked the winner more than the runner up, so we were happy with the results. 
  • Friends Reunion Special (HBOMax). We both enjoyed Friends but weren't huge, huge fans. We figured we'd watch the reunion special anyway. It was an hour and 45 minutes long, yet never seemed to dive too much into anything. A nice, short, nostalgic walk down memory lane.

What I'm Reading:

  • Independent Bones, the latest Sarah Booth Delaney mystery from Carolyn Haines. It was good, quick, but not as fluffy and annoying as some cozy mystery series.
  • Faithless and Beyond Reach (#5 & #6 of the Grant County series) from Karin Slaughter. I enjoyed both of these, especially the final one in the series that, for me, finally explained about Sarah & Jeffrey's past (since I read the Will Trent series first).