Recently Consumed

New year, same me.  Which means I’m still reading all I can, trying to keep up with what everyone else is watching and living a food-forward life.  Here are the TV shows, books and dishes I’ve consumed recently.

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I know this much is true by Wally Lamb

I, very quietly (because Joey was sleeping next to me), sobbed over the end of this book last month.  It is not a short read and a lot of it is heavy and heartbreaking, but it is skillfully written and draws you into the narrator’s story so quickly.  It’s a slow burn of bad luck and personal tragedy that eventually hits rock bottom but then it builds you back up until you find yourself sobbing in bed.  I couldn’t recommend it more!

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

I’d had this show on my list since the Golden Globes last year and we finally got around to watching the first season, right on time to be ready for the second season, which we busted out in record time.  I loved it!  Midge is amazing, Suzy is hilarious and Amy Sherman-Palladino is genius.  Thanks to Netflix, this show gets to be much racier and more foul-mouthed than Gilmore Girls and I’m into it!

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Steel Cut Oatmeal

I have been on a HUGE steel cut oatmeal kick this winter!  I’ve been cooking them via the overnight method — I still usually cook them for about 10 minutes the next morning — and it’s made for the easiest and coziest breakfast.

Sharp Objects

I don’t know, guys.  I love Amy Adams and I really wanted to love this series, but I think I have a things against Gillian Flynn that’s going to make it difficult for me to enjoy anything she does.  The BIG TWIST thing she does (and has inspired in like 80% of the new books I see, ugh) feels cheap to me.  I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but everything that happened in the last episode felt extra strange and unrealistic to me.  Also, hey, if she’s going to write psycho characters, could some of them maybe NOT be women?

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Teapig

I got this tea sample in my Try the World box and not to be dramatic, but it’s the best tea I’ve ever tasted!  I had Joey taste it and he was shocked too.  You know how tea mostly tastes like water?  This tastes sweet and rich and and satisfying in a way that water usually can’t taste.  I bought a full box immediately and have been loving it on cold winter nights.  I only have on left, eek!

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Autumn by Ali Smith & Last Stories by William Trevor

These were my last two reads of 2018 aaaaand, I didn’t love either one.  But they were still okay to good.  Autumn has a sort of fluidity about it, weaving between real life scenes, old memories, dreams and the subconscious that I found interesting and different, if not also slightly hard to follow.  Last Stories was a collection of short stories and even though I wasn’t super wow-ed by the language, the end of each always seemed to have some deep paragraph that I found myself re-reading and thinking deeply about.

What shows, foods and books should I consume next??

Also, I’m looking for new music to listen to and would love your recommendations!

Weekend Things

Hi and Happy Thanksgiving Week!  That’s a thing, right??  We’re a mere three days away from my favorite holiday of the year and I’m here to tell you this is the most relaxed I’ve felt about it in many many years.  I’m making all of two dishes (one for each gathering), I haven’t been obsessing over the timing of making those two dishes and until a few days ago when my mom texted me her menu, I hadn’t even wondered what she was making.  Who am I??  But for real, it feels good to loosen my grip on Thanksgiving.  It’ll all be fine.

But back to this weekend, which felt so relaxed, so without obligations and so perfect.

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I am one of the rare weirdos who doesn’t mind the time change.  The sun already being down when you get home from work just makes it feel so right to immediately change into your sweats, cook up a warm comforting meal and hunker down on the couch.  Plus, have you seen a November sunset??  STUNNING.  But what I HATE about the time change is that post-work dog walking has become increasingly difficult.  Even when I just speed walk Andi around the block, my anxiety is on high alert mode.  This is all to say, we left work a bit early, walked our pup while there was still light and this is much preferable.

Later on, we took ourselves to see Can You Ever Forgive Me? and while the story is really interesting and Melissa McCarthy totally pulls off a non-comedic role, I just found it semi-boring.  Still, settling into an old lumpy seat in an old lumpy theater next to my old lumpy husband surrounded by other people who love movies enough to leave their home and do the same, makes my heart so happy.  Also, I maybe snuck in my own bag of popcorn 😛

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Saturday we woke up early but got out of bed leisurely — Joey was reading and I was maybe just cuddling our dog, ha! — then made our way to the kitchen for Pumpkin Pancakes with coffee and bacon.  After, Joey and his mom took our leaves to the recycling and I hit the grocery store.  With the only two real agenda items checked off, we spent the rest of the day reading, watching Atlanta (we just started Season 1!) and getting a random spark of organizational energy?  I re-worked our hallway shelves to include our small book collection and I’m seriously so happy about it!

Ended the night with what I’d call a disastrous Pad Thai and what Joey would probably just call dinner and the first Fantastic Beasts film, which we wanted a refresh on before seeing the new one.  I find if I ignore the bigger plot picture — why does there have to be a connection to the Harry Potter world at all and why can’t it just be about Newt Scamander having to track down all the creatures that escaped from his case?? — all the bits of magic are just DELIGHTFUL!

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Sunday morning we went to breakfast at Devil’s Food and even though they didn’t have the pumpkin pancakes I wanted and I ordered a short rib hash that came with over medium eggs that somehow contained no yolks (????), it felt so nice and cozy in there.  I got a haircut at 11 and my hairdresser brought in her 2-month-old Chihuahua-Pomeranian ball of fluff and it was beyond cute.  If you thought getting your hair done was already self-care, try doing it while holding a puppy!

I stopped by my parents’ on my way home (Mom was making stuffing!), read/cried over the final issue of Cooking Light and went to Sunday afternoon yoga, then we made a quiche (with Parmesan zucchini fries and a maple-mustard dipping sauce) for dinner and it only took something like 40 minutes longer than the directions said.  Also, I totally bought a frozen pie dough because sometimes you just need a dinner shortcut.  We made it through most of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (because Joey just finished the book!) and we were mostly baffled about why they set The Burrow on fire?!

I hope you have a lovely and laid-back Thanksgiving!