Thursday, October 28, 2021

October Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • I haven't written since early October, so instead of Thursday Thoughts, it's more like October Thoughts.
  • By choice (maybe fear? worrying too much?) we are not back to living life like normal despite being vaccinated. This weekend will be a big test. Will we really make it to the Benedum Center for our first Broadway show since Feb. 2020 and the start of the 2021-22 Broadway Season? Or will coronavirus germs scare us into hiding at home in our protective bubble? Stay tuned.
  • We are 95% sure there will not be a post-show dinner. Good heavens - dining inside? Not sure we're ready for that.
  • SP survived 2 major surgeries in the spring, did all the physical therapy over the summer, and then barreled into more health crises in Sep/Oct. Sigh. Even if we felt OK eating indoors, I'm not sure we would. His doctors are adjusting his immunosuppressant meds and he's had several procedures to try to diagnose the latest issues. More tests coming, pending insurance approval.
  • For me, October was when I finally saw the doctors I'd been ignoring/video visiting since early 2020. I also went in for my first vision exam in 3 years. 
  • This week we had a chance to briefly visit with our oldest niece. She graduated college in May and is off to Ecuador in a few weeks. She'll be there for 3-4 months. We're excited for her. 
  • It's Halloween weekend! We don't have kids. Our street is too busy so we don't get trick-or-treaters. But we always get a bag on candy anyway. Just in case. 

What We've Been Eating:

  • Chicken Marsala
  • Shrimp & Spinach Risotto
  • Slow Cooker Lemon Oregano Chicken
  • Salad
  • Smoked Pork, Mac & Cheese, Grilled Green Beans
  • Dessert: We made French Silk Chocolate Pie
  • Dessert: We baked Vanilla Apricot Cookies
  • Dessert: Store bought Chocolate Wafers, Halloween Candy
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Saturday Takeout/Delivery: Vocelli pizza, Downey's House

What We're Watching:

  • Dopesick (Hulu). Great cast. Interesting show. Anger inducing show. Makes me want to force the Sacklers to snort Oxy and see what happens.
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu). Ended with them solving Tim's murder, of course. What a great first season with a cliffhanger ending for season 2!
  • We watched Dune (movie) on HBOMax. We really liked Part One and now we have to wait until Oct 2023 for Part Two. I haven't read the book or seen the previous Dune movie.
  • We also watched Black Widow (movie) on Disney+. It was fun.
  • Minari (movie). This was excellent. A little slow, and sad, but so good. I knew Glenn from TWD was in Minari but I didn't recognize him at first!
  • Halloween Baking Championship ended. We were a little surprised at the winner, but they all made amazing cakes in the finale. And baking with black garlic? I'd just give up before starting!
  • Maid (Netflix). At times a tough show to watch but overall quite good and also did a good job of showing someone really trying but getting stuck/blocked by the difficult system.
  • Succession (HBO) is back! Daddy Logan is still a big jerk. Kendall is still a big druggie. Shiv and Roman are still too chickensh** to stand up to daddy even though they desperately want to be the one in charge. I hope things change a bit, soon, cause right now it's more of the same, which is OK because it's been 2 years, but...
What I'm Reading:
  • Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. At least I had the book and meant to read it but somehow didn't find the time in 3 weeks. So I returned it and re-requested it.
  • Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas. Terrific read. I couldn't put it down. It did a good job at making me second guess who had fired the shotgun. This was my first Claire Douglas book. I requested another one. I decided to read them all so I requested the first one she wrote. I think Then She Vanishes is the most recent. They're not a series, at least I don't think so, but it's an easy way to keep track of which I've read/not read.
  • Enemy At the Gates by Kyle Mills. The newest Mitch Rapp book by not Vince Flynn but the guy who took over after Flynn's death. It was better than the last one.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Thursday Thoughts

Thoughts:

  • Last Friday we had food delivered form Zoup for dinner. I had the Baked Potato Soup and it was good. What I really enjoyed was ripping apart my chunk of bread and swiping it through the soup. SP had Seafood Chowder.
    Clam Chowder in Soudough Bread Bowl at Buena Vista, San Francisco, July 2016
  • That is one of my favorite memories/favorite things to do in San Francisco and Monterey - order the Clam Chowder in a bread bowl and rip apart the bowl. When I was a grad student, it was a great & not too expensive way to have a super filling dinner. Now I just like ripping apart the sourdough bread bowl and making sure each chunk is thoroughly dunked in chowder. Dippy bread. So good. Also, I usually can't finish it.
  • Saturday we got take-out from Jade Grill. I got Shumai, which I enjoyed a lot, and Combo Lo Mein, which was very good. I like that the meats and shrimp are not overcooked. Much as I enjoyed the food, it did, as all Chinese food does, leave me feeling bloated and somewhat sick and gross in my belly. But at least the food was tasty. SP had a soup and an eggplant dish.

What We're Cooking:

  • Homemade Sloppy Joes
  • Dirty Risotto (sausage, mushroom, red pepper)
  • Dessert: No baking, just Halloween candy, old ice cream 

What We're Watching:

  • The Chestnut Man (Netflix). We finished this and it was really good.
  • Maid (Netflix). We've watched only the first episode but I think we'll stick with it. 
  • Thursday shows are back! Station 19 and Grey's Anatomy. I'm not sure what I think yet but I hope Meredith doesn't go to MN. I like the return of Scott Speedman as Meredith's love interest.
  • Speaking of Scott Speedman, his previous show, Animal Kingdom on TNT, just finished its 5th season. The 6th season will be the final season. Smurf killed his character Baz on the show back in season 3, but the season 5 cliffhanger was Baz's wife's body being found where Pope buried it. That could make season 6 interesting if there's anything that links back to Pope.
  • The new usual weekly shows: The Rookie, Great British Baking show, Only Murders in the Building.
  • Food shows: Halloween Baking Championship, Test Kitchen, Cook's Country, Milk Street.

What I'm Reading:

  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. I've been going back & forth on whether or not I want to watch the show on Hulu. I've enjoyed other books by Moriarty so I decided to read this one and then decide. I think I will give the Hulu show a try. Masha is nuts! I can't believe what she did to the guests, all in the name of helping them! 
  • I started Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen. It's very good. It's set in 1619 Germany and is about what happens when a woman is accused of being a witch and then everyone slowly turns against her and starts telling [untrue] stories of her witch behavior. I'm about halfway through the book.