A Weekend Reset

I can’t start this post until I backtrack and talk about how our trip to New Orleans — I WILL tell you about that trip very very soon — ended with everyone getting sick.  Like really sick.  It’s a week later and I’m just finally feeling normal again, but only after a weekend where Joey and I were both DESPERATE to “revamp?” “recharge?” “recommit?”  Reset!  I think Joey’s exact words were “I’d really like to eat a salad!”

This probably also has something to do with the “Spring Cleaning” mentality, but we needed a clean the house, restock the fridge, actually go to the gym, pick up a damn book weekend to rid us of all feelings of winter blah and sickness.  I feel so much better now!

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And now I would like to offer you three sets of “Dinner + TV” photos, thankyouverymuch!  Friday was Sweet Corn + Zucchini Pie (please note that I was couch-ridden and Joey took a “Lauren food pic” for me ♥♥♥) + Leaving Neverland Part 2.  Have you guys watched?  I’ve seen some buzz about it, including news about Michael Jackson music being pulled from some radio stations or The Simpsons taking their MJ episode out of circulation and it confuses me because, though the documentary goes into more detail than I’d known, none of this information was new or shocking to me.  It is as disturbing and creepy and believable to me now as it has been for years and years.  We had a long talk about it all afterward and… man, this stuff is sad.

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Saturday morning started with pancakes, a much much much needed trip to the gym — aside from that vacation-induced exercise break and then that sickness-induced exercise break, my workout motivation has just been lacking in general, but breaking a sweat finally felt good! — then a trip to the grocery.  Afterward, kombucha, Quickles for bánh mì sliders later this week and sitting down to read.  I think Joey did something like 10 loads of laundry for us ♥

Ended the night with steak + Creamy Chive Potatoes (our fav!) + A Serious Man.  Let’s not talk about how we smoked up the entire house and set off the fire alarm while cooking that steak and instead talk about how funny the movie was.  We were left sort of confused at the end, but maybe it’s best to not try to understand all that a Coen Brothers movie has to say and just “accept the mystery.”  Anyway, we laughed a lot.

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Well, here’s what NOT to do the day Daylight Saving Time starts… wake up tired, drink an extra cup of coffee to cope then not be able to go to bed that night because you’re WIDE awake.  Anyway, sleep problems aside, Sunday was a wonderful day that started with breakfast and reading at Black Eye Coffee and afterward, involved making salads for the week and giving our pup a bath.  Between Joey giving him a haircut on Saturday and me scrubbing him on Sunday, he’s a whole new doggy!

I headed to yoga later on and then we cooked Dijon-Herb Crusted Salmon with Warm Buttered Radish and Edamame Salad for dinner and watched the last two episodes of Shameless.  We’ve been watching this show for eight years (!!) and it was Emmy Rossum’s last show and I maybe cried.  I really wish they had just decided to end it all here because, as much as I love it and as good as the other characters are, I just don’t know what Shameless will be without its Fiona 😦

In other news, it’s supposed to snow again this week but my heart and mind have officially moved on to spring, so you can find me dreaming of iced coffee and baseball.

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!