Thursday, September 30, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • Super early morning doctor appointments stink especially when it has finally cooled off and the house gets cold overnight so you have to get up in a dark and cold house. 
  • On the bright side, we were out so early we saw the sunrise and we got donuts at Better Maid Donuts.
  • We got the Halloween decorations out last weekend. The house is now full of pumpkins, ghosts, skulls, etc. I love fall!
  • Tomorrow is October. How did it get to be October already? 

What We're Eating:

  • Grill Rotisserie Chicken with baked potatoes and green beans or broccoli
  • Dessert: Halloween candy

What We're Watching:

  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu) had a great episode this week - completely silent except for one line of dialogue. It made me remember the Hush episode of Buffy. 
  • The Chestnut Man (Netflix). We enjoy the Nordic crime thrillers on Netflix. This one is set outside Copenhagen and even though we need to pay attention and read subtitles, we're hooked. We've watched 2 of 6 episodes. The murders are gruesome - I have to look away. The Chestnut Men are creepy-cute. I think it's based on a book so I might have to read the book now.
  • Great British Baking Show (Netflix) is back with Season 9. Last Friday was cake week. The gravity defying cakes are always fun. It's like you have to be an engineer plus baker plus artist!
  • We watched Cruella (Disney+). We both enjoyed it much more than we expected. Emma Thompson and Emma Stone are fantastic.
  • We tried What We Do in the Shadows (FX). SP really likes it. Me, not so much. I just couldn't get into it. So it's on hold but if he wants to watch without me, he can.
  • We also tried When They See Us (Netflix), about the Central Park jogger case. We don't plan to watch past the first episode because it outraged & upset us so much. I cannot believe how those cops badgered and bullied those boys into confessions without their parents around when they were underage. I wanted to scream and cry and punch the TV. 

What I'm Reading:

  • The Other Passenger from Louise Candlish. Kept me hooked - I couldn't put it down, wondering who was the true mastermind and who was being played.
  • The Night Singer from Johanna Mo. I let this sit until the day before it was due and then started, thinking I'd never finish and it could not be renewed so why bother starting BUT I quickly got hooked and I spent nearly the entire day at the kitchen table reading as fast as I could read to find out what really happened to the 15 year old boy and to find out more about Detective Hanna's past on the island. 
  • The Apostle and The Last Patriot from Brad Thor. Both good.


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • It's finally cooling off a bit and starting to feel like fall. I am ready for it! 
  • Last Saturday we actually ate at a restaurant instead of getting takeout. Of course it was a 4:30 pm dinner, outside. We ate at Park Bruges. I tried the meatballs for the first time and they were delicious. Plus, they came covered in gravy, and with fries on the side, so I made gravy fries - YUM! We shared a yummy grilled peach salad and SP, as usual, had mussels.
  • Monday we got takeout from Aladdin's. I got the Sfiha Platter (pita stuffed with spiced ground beef, tomatoes, pine nuts and a salad) and we shared a Fatayer (spinach & feta stuffed pita). SP had a chicken rolled pita.

What We're Cooking/Eating:

  • Chicken Stroganoff from the most recent issue of Cook's Country
  • Crab Cakes and Baked Tomatoes
  • Dessert: Raspberry Shortbread Bars but with half raspberry and half the homemade peach-bourbon jelly

What We're Watching:

  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu). Every time the new episode ends I immediately want more!
  • Sex Education Season 3 (Netflix). This show still makes us laugh. I hope there is a season 4 because we enjoy it so much, but I'm not sure how it could keep the core group together after what happened in season 3. 
  • Halloween Baking Championship (Food Network) is back. We both love Halloween so we really enjoy watching this competition to see the Halloween creations. 
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine ended and I thought the finale was excellent. What a great show!

What I'm Reading:

I read the last four Lighthouse Mysteries. There's only eight so I guess that means I read #'s 5, 6, 7, and 8: Something Read, Something Dead; Read and Buried; A Death Long Overdue; and  Deadly Ever After. I'm impressed that after only 8 books this cozy mystery has people moving on in life, moving out of the book, moving forward. We're not 28 books in with the characters at the exact same place in life as in the first book.


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • It's the middle of September and it does not yet feel like fall. This makes me sad.
  • In spite of wanting it to be fall, I am annoyed with all things pumpkin spice because the PSL hype starts in mid August, way too early.
  • The MTV VMA Awards Show was last weekend. Every year I feel older and older and more and more out of touch. Who are these people? What the heck are they wearing? What the heck is that music - is that even music? 

What We're Eating:

What We're Watching:

  • Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu). This was good but also sad and infuriating. Izzy was such a brat. Mia was awful and a **it stirrer. What she did to the Ryans - ugh!. Bebe was awful, too. She abandoned her baby and the baby got terrible frostbite and the county services couldn't find the baby's mother but she thinks she should get her back just because she happened to luck out and find out who was adopting the child? And then what she did at the end. Awful. Elena's kids? Spoiled, entitled brats without a clue. How did we not see a single Richardson in jail at the end?!
  • Wellington Paranormal (HBOMax). We just got caught up with the most recent 2 episodes and I think there is 1 left. The haunted car one was fun.
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu). I hope we find out who killed Tim. Three more episodes. I like that we learned about Tie-Dye Guy this week.
  • Halloween Baking Championship is back! 
  • John Oliver is back!

What I'm Reading:

Magazines. I might be ready for fall but I was still not thrilled that one food magazine that just arrived was all about Thanksgiving. Too soon!

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • I forgot about the blog. For 3 weeks. Oops. I've had other things on my mind, other things I've been doing. Plus, we haven't been as interested in trying new dishes for dinner. We've been making the same old summer meals. They're yummy, just not new & exciting. Nothing to blog about.
  • It's been, what, a year and a half of COVID now? Even though we are vaccinated, SP's surgeries & recoveries kept us at home until mid-August. Even then, we've not ventured out much. We have no desire to eat indoors. It's been quite hot this summer, so outdoor dining isn't too appealing. On Saturdays we get take out for dinner and I try to post on Instagram. This past weekend was Cafe io. I still love the Monster Grilled Cheese. 
  • This means I've forgotten how to dress, do make-up, and style my hair. After all the days of sweats and/or pajamas, even jeans feel too restrictive and dressy! 
  • As for my hair. I have been getting it colored and cut every 6-7 weeks, but since we rarely go anywhere, I don't have to do much. I wash it, blast it with the hair dryer, and then hide the flyaways and frizz under a bandanna. Actually having to do my hair is such an ordeal. That's probably why twice in the past month I've grabbed the wrong bottle and hair sprayed my hair as I flat ironed. Ugh. Such a disgusting mistake. My hair felt so gross. I can't believe I was so stupid. I even said to myself, hey, pay attention, don't use the hair spray with the flat iron this time. But no. I looked directly at the bottle and said, oh yes, this is right! And then as I finished the very last bit of flat ironing and reached for the hair spray, only then did I realize I was not using the heat protector stuff. My poor hair.
  • I went to Paige Dairy Mart for the first time in August! I had a Twist Cone. It was a wonderful treat. I haven't had a twist cone in ages. Maybe not since my teenage years.
  • We also got ice cream at Sarris. I hadn't had their ice cream in about 10 years! I got the rainbow sherbet in a waffle cone but plopped in a bowl because it was hot and I figured I wouldn't eat it all. I was right. It was delicious. SP had the same thing but with Peanut Butter Cookie Dough.

What We've Been Eating the Past 3 Weeks:

  • Grilled Chicken Teriyaki with rice & broccoli
  • Smoked Burgers with Burger Sauce, cheese, tomato, letttuce
  • Pasta Salad
  • Tomato Tart with garden salad
  • Lamb Burgers in pita with feta, tzatziki, tomato, lettuce
  • Grilled Apricot-Mustard Chicken with grilled potatoes & grilled green beans

What We've Been Watching:

  • Beckett (movie, Netflix). This was pretty good. Beckett was like the Energizer Bunny and after all the injuries he sustained, well, he should've not been able to move half way through the movie! But he did! He got the bad guys!
  • Agatha Christie's Crooked House (movie, Netflix). I love mysteries. This was good. Glenn Close & Gillian Anderson are wonderful.
  • Spenser Confidential (movie, Netflix). We couldn't decide what to watch and this looked like a good choice for how we felt. A little mindless but not too mindless, action, laughs. Fun. Based on the Robert Parker novels about Spenser & Hawk, which I read up until he passed away.
  • Sweet Girl (movie, Netflix). Jason Momoa running around Pittsburgh kicking ass? Yes, please. Jumping off PNC into the river? Yes, please - though that seems like he would be dead not continuing on his revenge quest. But who cares, it looked cool!
  • Money Heist S5 Part 1 (Netflix). We love this show! We watched these 5 new episodes in 2 days and now we must wait until Dec. 3 for the final 5 episodes. Ahhh! And why did (person) have to die?!
  • Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes (Netflix). This was an SP pick to watch and I was skeptical but it ended up being great except for some gross gore in parts.
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu). Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez in a comedy about 3 building tenets who are crime podcast fans trying to investigate/podcast about the murder in their building. We watched the first 3 episodes last night. It's funny and new episodes are released on Tuesdays.
  • Wellington Paranormal (HBOMax). Still funny.
  • The Chair (Netflix). This Sandra Oh show is terrific! We laughed a lot. Her daughter is a hoot, too, though I also wanted to smack the brat at times! I know, no one spanks their kid these days. But good grief she was not well behaved at times.
  • Bobby & Giada in Italy (Food Network). We really enjoyed these 4 hour long episodes that premiered first on Discovery+. They spent a month back in Fall 2019 filming in Rome & Tuscany. So much delicious food like gelato, pizza, pasta, lamb, meats, cheeses. Makes me want to be on a food vacation!
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC). We have always enjoyed this show and will miss it when this 8th and final season wraps up. So far, they've been doing a great job of moving the characters to the ending and bringing back/ending the more prominent recurring characters throughout the past seasons.

What I've Been Reading:

  • Death in Brittany by Jean Luc Bannalec. This is the first in a series I decided to try. Another French detective one, like the Bruno books I read. These ones are good, too. 
  • The First Commandment by Brad Thor. The next in the series and still enjoyable though the more I read, the more I think I've actually read all the Brad Thor books...?!
  • The Coldest Case by Martin Walker A Bruno Mystery. The latest Bruno adventure. It was good, maybe a little formulaic. I hope they don't get too similar.
  • Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates. Cozy mystery, still holding my interest.
  • The Chocolate Raccoon Rigmarole by Joanna Carl. I've been reading this cozy mystery series for a while. This is the latest in the series. It was a nice, light, quick read.