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

It’s December!  Can you even believe it?!  The beginning of December means many things, like the KBCO Studio C CD release, getting a Christmas tree, celebrating Mason’s birthday, feeling like I can finally buy eggnog and being distracted by thoughts that are half panic, half excitement about all the things that need/want to be accomplished this month.  Tis the season!  That said, this weekend was really wonderful and I think it means there are good things to come for the rest of this month.

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Friday involved pasta leftovers and us cutting it real close on making it to the Alamo on time to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  My thoughts on this movie could probably span an entire post, but I’ll just keep it semi-short and say:

  • TOO MANY CHARACTERS/PLOT LINES
  • Nothing Queenie did made ANY sense
  • The magic looked GREAT, but at the detriment of making the magic in the original films look weak
  • Loved Jude Law but would have loved MORE Jude Law
  • Twists are dumb and (what better have been) a fake twist is even dumber
  • MORE NIFFLERS PLEASE!!!!

I have faith that once the rest of the Fantastic Beasts films come out, this one will make more sense but two years is a LONG time to sit with all of this.  Mostly, I am a person deeply invested in this world and anything that changes what I thought I knew about it is hard for me to accept.  In other words, I FEEL you, Star Wars fans!

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Saturday started bright and early — true story: when my alarm went off my brain said “Tuesday?” — with a pre-Studio C breakfast at Snooze.  I was excited to see my sister, despite her claim that she wouldn’t be joining us.  Oh the power of peer pressure and FOMO 😛  We had our CD in hand shortly after 8:30 and it’s a goody because it’s the 30th Anniversary CD and that means extra tracks from the “Studio C Vault.”  It actually sold out by mid-day, which hasn’t happened in many many years!

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We grabbed our Christmas tree — Noble Fir or bust! — and a fresh wreath afterward and had plenty of time to take it back home and sit on the couch for a bit before heading out to a VERY SPECIAL celebration… Mason’s 1st Birthday Party!!!!  Can you believe that little guy has lived a whole year of life?  It was a confusing moment of contradictions when I looked at a picture of him the day he was born and he looked so teeny tiny compared to how he looks now, but then a gentle reminder that he’s still actually teeny tiny when we bought him a “Dumbledore’s Army” t-shirt and it looked very small.

Hannah truly outdid herself with the party!  Everything looked so cute and perfect, plus there was Chipotle and crowns and Where the Wild Things Are decor everywhere you looked.  Mason had a cold (poor thing!) but he was still a trooper and I give his cake eating my seal of approval.  That last picture SLAYS me.  What a sweet mama Hannah is to that sweet little boy ♥

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We hit up the grocery store on our way home and it was about this time that our early morning wake up call started to catch up with me.  Back at home, we watched a few episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — why did I think the second season had already come out?? — then made quesadillas (with pea hummus?!) for dinner, made it through the beginning of SNL and crashed into bed.  I think I remember asking Joey to read to me (ha!) but I was so tired!

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I didn’t wake up till 8 AM the next morning and only because Joey was up!  Felt good to sleep in though.  We hooked ourselves up with our favorite pancakes and I even made coconut whipped cream to go along with, then we lounged about for a bit — this was also when Hannah sent me a picture of Mason riding the Sweet Cow we gave him and my heart could barely handle the cuteness! — before Joey left for football and I ran over to Whole Foods for a few things we missed the day before and left having spent way too much money.  HOW?  Spent the afternoon eating lunch, taking the pup on a brisk but refreshing walk and reading before heading to yoga.

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When I got back home, we got to work decorating the Christmas tree.  We were being super dorky by showing each ornament to Andi, then holding him up next to the star because… I don’t know why.  The tree looks great though and I can’t wait to do that thing where I wake up every morning and see it all lit up out in the living room and get super excited 😛

I know it’s Monday, but I feel so happy it’s December.  Joey looked over at me on Saturday night and said “I just really love Christmas!” and it’s crazy to think you can be with someone for 10 years and think you know everything about them, but in that moment I was like “wow, he does love Christmas!” like I had just realized it for the first time.  I think his enthusiasm and happiness is rubbing off on me ♥  Please tell me how your first weekend of December was!