Thursday, July 29, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

I haven't been feeling well this week. I can't pinpoint the main reason. My itchy, swollen eyes are back, so I guess I'll need to see the doctor again. I've been having a lot of headaches. Not super bad, not migraines, just often enough and throbbing enough to be annoying. My stomach has been not good, but I can't figure out what food triggered it or what is really wrong because I don't have any real symptoms like puking or diarrhea or pain. It's just off. The other night, I couldn't eat the freshly cooked shrimp with leftover zoodles because the smell of the shrimp was making me queasy. I ate toast that night.  

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • We finished season 3 of The Wire and started season 4.
  • Some of the Olympics.
  • The White Lotus (HBOMax). Geez those kids are spoiled, snotty brats. 

What I'm Reading:

  • Reading Up a Storm  (#3) and The Spook in the Stacks (#4) from the Lighthouse Library Mystery Series by Eva Gates. So far these seem better than the average cozy mystery.
  • Path of the Assassin (#2) by Brad Thor. I started the Thor books a while ago, then quit, and recently decided to read them all, start to finish, even though it means re-reading some, although having said that I did skip re-reading #1 because I know I've already read it twice. So I've enjoyed the first two. 
  • Gown With the Wind #4  (A Wedding Planner Mystery) by Stephanie Blackmoore. I was entertained but at #4 in the series, I can see some constants that might start to annoy me. 


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

I agreed to two fish dinners this week. For some reason, Sunday afternoon when I saw the cod in the refrigerator I started singing "fish sticks, fish sticks, roly poly fish sticks" and SP corrected me that it wasn't fish sticks, it was fish heads. That lead to us going down a rabbit hole and finding the song/video on YouTube. Eat them up yum!

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • The Wire (HBOMax).We finished season 2 and started season 3. 
  • The White Lotus (HBOMax). Oh my gosh. Shane constantly harping on the Pineapple Suite? Annoying. Who wants a husband like that? Nicole eviscerating Rachel with put-downs while smiling and being pleasant? Brilliant. Rachel trying to not react and stay gracious and polite? Amazing. I would've probably dissolved in tears and fled, knocking into a server and causing a tray to crash to the ground. Armond keeping the teen girls' drug backpack? Loved it. Really didn't want him to since he's kicked his habit, but those girls are terrible people. So snotty.
  • Nomadland (movie). Really good, but also sad. And kind of uplifting.
What I'm Reading:
Nothing. Taking a break. But there are books I requested "in transit" so lots of upcoming reading.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Ice Cream. I suppose it could be good.  
  • I got a new cell phone. My old one was 2 months shy of 4 years old and was losing it's ability to hold a charge. I spent a lot of time setting stuff up and learning how to use the new phone. It took a while to figure out all the "new ways to do things" with all the most recent software & versions of apps, etc. I flipped out on Sunday because I couldn't figure out how to take a photo in Instagram. I flipped out on Friday because I couldn't get the phone to stop making a tick noise every time I tapped it and I just could not find the right setting to make it silent. I'm still having flip out fits today, a week after receiving the phone. I have no patience with this stuff.  

What We're Eating:

  • Chicken Tacos
  • Homemade Ravioli (two kinds, cheese and sausage & cheese) & Salad
  • Dessert: None. I know. Shocking. But I've been so darn full after dinner. 

What We're Watching:

  • In the Heights (movie, Disney+). We watched a couple weeks ago, but I forgot we watched. This was just OK for me. Basically just a love story. I guess I just wasn't in a musical love story kind of mood because reviews for it are pretty positive.
  • The White Lotus (HBOMax). A new show on HBO. Great cast members. Hard to judge from just one episode, but we're intrigued.
  • The Wire (HBOMax). I have watched the first 4 seasons of The Wire and I'm not sure about season 5. SP has only watched season 1, but all our watching was a long, long time ago. So we decided to watch it starting from season 1. We just finished season 1 (me for the third time!) and were reminded of why this is such a great show. We're 2-3 episodes into season 2.
  • Loki finale (Disney+). I was not wowed. Overall, I've not been a fan of Loki. I know it sets things up for the whole Marvel movie/tv universe, but maybe because I'm not a comics nerd I just wasn't into this storyline and show. That makes me wonder if I'm going to enjoy the upcoming movies.

What I'm Reading:

  • Murder Borrowed, Murder Blue (A Wedding Planner Mystery) by Stephanie Blackmoore. This is the 3rd one in this cozy mystery series, so it's not yet annoying me. 
  • Booked for Trouble (A Lighthouse Library Mystery) by Eva Gates. This is the 2nd book in this cozy mystery series. It's OK. I have a hard time with the whole library in a lighthouse premise. 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • SP is back at work (from home) after his surgeries and time off. I think it's going OK. I haven't heard any grumbling.
  • The pricey eye stuff seems to have helped. I'll have to see if it stays helped now that I'm done using the cream. I hope it doesn't come back. That was awful.

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • The Tomorrow War (movie, Amazon Prime). There's a lot to mock about this film but it was mindless, battle aliens July 4 fun. Just don't try to understand the time travel/paradox stuff. Or, well, the rest of it. Just enjoy the action.
  • Onward (movie, Disney+). This was fun and made us laugh. 
  • Luca (movie, Disney+). This was cute. This and Onward are animated and we almost always enjoy the animated Disney movies.
  • No Sudden Move (movie, HBOMax). For a heist gone wrong movie, this was slow and understated. But what a cast! Also, lots of double crossing and triple crossing and I had a hard time figuring things out after a while.
  • The Wire (HBOMax). I have already watched The Wire. Except for maybe Season 5? Not sure. But I loved it. SP has never seen it. We started watching it years ago but stopped for some reason and never resumed. So we decided to start from Season 1 Episode 1 and I guess this is what we're watching for the next 4-5 weeks. All 5 seasons. Just as good as I remember. And it's nice to rewatch a show and rediscover what you really enjoyed and discover new things.

What I'm Reading:

  • Dead By Dawn (A Mike Bowditch Novel) by Paul Doiron. This is the 12th Mike Bowditch novel. I couldn't put it down, really enjoyed it, and am so happy that the series is still a quality series with the characters developing and making changes through life. 
  • Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder (#27 Hannah Swensen Mystery Series) by Joanne Fluke. Slightly better than the past 10-15 in the series (less of the stupid cat) but now there's this "good Hannah" vs "bad Hannah" thing going on with her thoughts and I found that a little annoying. And no one is as nice as Norman.  


Thursday, July 1, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • I finally went to the eye doctor about my eyelid problems. Now I have an $83 tube of prescription gunk to smear on my eyelids twice a day. That's $83 for 3.5 g of stuff. Sheesh. I hope this stuff works.
  • The eyelid problem? Since mid-May my eyelids have been super puffy/swollen, presumably from allergies, but then they got itchy, too, which has never before happened. I tried cold compresses and hot compresses. Like a fool, I indulged in scratching/rubbing a few times and caused my eyes to really swell and turn pink and horrid. The swelling has caused deep creases. Then my eyelids got dry, then super dry with actual flakes of dry eyelid flaking onto my lashes. I tried all my Clinique creams (moisture surge, moisturizing gel, all about eyes, smart repair for eyes) as well as Jergens. Nothing helped much and at times my eyelids burned from the cream. So I called the eye doctor. And now this pricey tune of neosporin-like stuff. SP says it makes my eyelids glisten. Yup. That's because it's kind of greasy.
  • We bought a meat slicer. We've talked about it for years since we roast turkey every week for lunch. Except that we didn't roast turkey the past 2 months because of SP's surgeries. We ate Boar's Head turkey, which is not sold at our grocery store so my parents bought it at theirs and brought it over every week. My dad says he is happy to be done with the "turkey trot."
  • The purchased deli turkey was so nice and thin and I was reluctant to switch back. But deli meat isn't super healthy. So we decided to finally buy the meat slicer to see if we could get our roast turkey breast sliced thin. It seems to do a pretty good job. We also used it to slice some cheese.

What We're Eating:

  • Smoked Ribs with grilled potatoes and grilled green beans
  • Fattoush
  • Dessert: Ice cream

What We're Watching:

  • Sex Education (Netflix, 2 seasons). We finished season 1 and season 2 and are looking forward to season 3 in September. We think it's really funny and also sweet. Sometimes it's cringe-worthy, like drunk Otis at his party. Sometimes super sweet like the group of girls in detention and at the bus stop. And sometimes that same group of girls is just awesome like when Ola takes them where Adam took her.
  • This is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist (Netflix). It's a 4 episode documentary miniseries about the March 18, 1990 robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Like many documentaries, it seems like some ground is covered multiple times over the episodes, but overall it's quite interesting and always made me change my mind about the robbers' identities. There were 13 works of art stolen, including Rembrandt's only seascape, and the robbery remains unsolved.
  • Bosch Season 7 (Amazon Prime, 8 episodes). Just as good as the other seasons. There is supposed to be a spinoff on IMDV tv? What is that?!!
  • I had to look up geek summaries and explanations of the ending of Loki episode 4. I'm still confused but hopefully it'll become clear in the next 2 episodes. 

What I'm Reading:

Taking a break from books. Making my way through the magazine stack, re-reading the old issues and starting the new issues.