A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

…and I’m stuck at work.

Why, oh why are the most beautiful days to enjoy the outside the days I must work.  Even getting outside for just an hour at lunchtime will be great but to think about Visiting The Arboretum for a few hours would have been way better 🙂

Last night’s rain cleared out the deep humidity and heat.  I will take it.  Then it’s back to deep summer temps again.  I guess it could be worse.  I could live in Europe where they just can’t get a break 😦

The Problem with Binge Watching

I love the concept of binge watching.  I do not however like to binge watch shows.  I cut the cord with classic cable but still stream entertainment from Prime and Netflix.  What can I say…I’m from the generation raised on TV that started with Saturday morning cartoons and grew from there.

I love the static it creates in my head. Even when I’m not invested in what I’m watching I like to have it on in the background.  To be an adult means you can watch whatever you want and melt your brain and all those weird things my Mom told me growing up.  Reading was better of course but being a dyslexic child I hated reading.  TV didn’t give me that kind of frustration that books did.  However it created other problems.  It was an addiction.  I can’t live without it.

Now they have binge watching.  That’s just pure evil genius.  I can pay for a service that lets me watch, commercial free, television shows and movies.  OMG!  This is heaven, right?

Well, no, it’s not heaven really.  It just compounded an already glaring problem.   I watch a lot of TV and get very little done.  Case in point.  I’ve been binge watching 6 seasons (23/24 episodes per season) of ‘Crossing Jordan’.  It’s a show much like my favorite go to show ‘Bones’.  It started out great.  I liked the premise and the characters but after season 2 they dumped Jordan’s Dad and the story of her 1/2 brother and well I continued to watch anyway.  It was the characters that kept me watching.  It was case after case with little background story line.  What I’m trying to say is it got boring.  I got through five season because I felt that at any moment things would get better.  They had to, didn’t they?

No they did not have too.  In fact, I skipped most of season six.   It was time to end this grueling facade I actually liked this show and just watch the last episode.  The big send off.  It was dumb but at least they all lived.

I also went through this with the show Drop Dead Diva.  I loved the first couple of seasons then it ceased to hold my attention.  Again, after five season I just stopped watching.  I just didn’t care what happened next.  Supernatural has a large fan base that love the show.  I stopped watching after the second season of redressing the same story lines.  Over and over it was the same creepy stuff but I never liked the lead characters.  I moved on.

I’m beyond the middle age point in my life and just can’t continue to waste my time on crappy shows anymore.  The frustration levels I am experiencing over this whole Crossing Jordan mess.  I had to watch Murder, She Wrote episodes to cleanse my mind of what I call The CJ Incident of 2019.

On a good note.  I’m trying to read more.  Just finished another book.  I will never be a fast reader because of my dyslexia but what dyslexia can’t rob me of is my imagination.  Books leave the imagery up to the reader.  I like that very much.

TV will always be a part of my life because I find it comforting.  I just hope to find it less annoying than it is now, lol.

Summer Is Back

OMG…the weird weather is ratcheting up lately.  First it’s colder (53 degrees on Mother’s Day) then it’s as hot as July yesterday (88 degrees) what happens next, who knows?

I broke down and put the air conditioning on last night because it was 88 degrees inside the house and 77 degrees outside, WTH!?!

Then of course, I felt guilty for putting the AC on so early that I turned it off at 2 am.  We woke up to a warm house.  The masses did not like that very much.  So the AC goes back on.

Because of my disease (and my temperament) I don’t do well when it is hot.  In the winter coldness it’s easy to correct feeling the freeze with a blanket and a sweater.  In the heat months I can’t just strip down and not sweat.  That’s not how things work.  The only alternative is sitting in a cold shower for 4 hours.  So much for conserving water.

Also, I was breathing so much better with the AC on than with it off where I coughed with my allergies for 2 hours.

While at the Garden Festival yesterday I found this guy came way more prepared than me.  You rock it awesome Umbrella Dude!

I had a great time at the festival but eventually the heat was too much and I was red faced and lethargic, lol.  I went and sat in the air conditioned car while waited for the others.  Yup, 100% lightweight and proud of it, HA HA HA!

It’s going to be a long summer.

My Dream

In the next couple of weeks I want to try to make hollandaise sauce.  It might not seem like a big deal to people but it is to me.  I respect butter that much, 🙂

It is also my dream to make the classic Eggs Benedict.  If done correctly, they say the hollandaise is delightful.  I would love to be delighted by my attempt too, LOL.  Some people might find these goals stupid but you know what…they aren’t!

It’s my dream one day to cook like Julia Child and Jacques Pepin.  I never thought of myself as loving french food but after watching these two chefs create the most delectable morsels I too want to try my hand at it.  After I do the hollandaise and Eggs Benedict my lofty goal is to make Beef Bourguignon and I hope it tastes just like Jacques’.

I will post pictures of my creations.  It’s a nice distraction from current politics plaguing my life, LOL.

The FOS Project: Duke’s Edition

We were recently in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and the restaurant Duke’s was recommended by the Hotel Concierge.  It was a very good recommendation!

They had French Onion Soup on the menu so I had to order it!  It was very flavorful.  The Cheese was nicely melted and the broth very beefy.  There were a good deal of onions cooked just al dente.  I like mine a little softer but that is just a matter of taste.

It was a very good FOS and if you are at Duke’s in Harrisburg, PA don’t forget to order it.  It comes in a cup or bowl size!!


p.s. A special shout out to our server extraordinaire Greg!  You rocked it Johnny Bravo!