Sunday, January 24, 2016

Snapshot from Along the Broken Road: 2016 - Week 3

Checking in for the week of January 17 through January 23.

O Is for Outlaw (Sue Grafton) - This was, by far, the best book in this series, to this point. For the first time, I felt like Kinsey was a character I was getting to know. The previous books have successfully made good on her claims of being a closed book (so to speak). Amazing that you can get through fourteen books of a series, narrated by a character, and feel like you've been held at arm's length the entire time. The case was a good one, with all the right twists, turns, amusing characters, and red herrings. I'm really glad that I kept with this series instead of walking away from it after several dull and uninspired "letters" in a row.
The Dark Tower (Stephen King) - Just getting started. This picks up exactly where the previous one left off, to the moment. It will probably take me til April to finish this beast, since it's way too gigantic to be toting back and forth to work.

Apparently, the chilly weather we had this week put us into hibernation-prep mode for our menu. We started off the week with T's super comfort food, chicken and dumplings. The next night, we had a corned beef brisket from the slow cooker with boiled potatoes and French-cut green beans. It was my mother's lasagna out of the freezer after that. T's stuffed cabbage on Wednesday. We finally "lightened" things up a little on Thursday and Friday, with fish sandwiches and burgers.

White Christmas (YC) - We've had an especially chilly week, by Florida standards, but we're loving it. Something I learned about this particular scent: we sleep with our slider open in the bedroom all not-summer, and the chillier, the better (no heat on at our house!). When I come into the bedroom at night, the combination of the fresh, brisk air, combined with this scent, is intoxicating!
Dream by the Fire (YC) - I don't smell anything smoky in this scent, but more of this warm, masculine combination of cedar and musk. I actually kind of love it.
Christmas Cupcake (YC) - The warmth of vanilla mixed with the sweetness of sugar frosting. Yum!
Frolic and Play (YC) - I love this one in the hall bathroom. It's fresh and a bit minty...but the mint in this one is spearmint, which is such a fun change from the peppermint that's so commonly used. I also love the way it mixes with the fresh air and White Christmas scent from the bedroom. It makes the hall between the two rooms smell delicious.

Now, here's a forecast I can get behind! (Saturday turned out to be a high of 52 and a low of 36!)

We have a new grill. We actually wore our last one out. All hail being able to grill all year round!

Christmas came down, but winter stayed up. I love these trees.

You can mock my plaid fleece pants if you want, but I was nice and cozy, even with the heat kept off!

This is how it is, when you work in a large, uninsulated, metal building.

Spaceship Earth. I never tried the "work" option before. I could not. stop. laughing. (Also, still a dork.)

Technically beautiful photo, this is not. But the bowl of soup I ordered for dinner at California Grill was just way too pretty not to capture, even if I wasn't schlepping my big camera around with me. The menu says: Pumpkin Bisque Mocha Latte - Roasted Pumpkin, White Chocolate, Espresso, Almond Biscotti, Spiced Chantilly. I've no clue what "spiced chantilly" is, but this was a surprisingly tasty and comforting bowl of goodness.

4 with their own thoughts:

april Tuesday, January 26, 2016 12:04:00 PM  

Oh I had a similar bowl of soup at The Wave months ago and it was fabulous! (checked calendar - June.)

~**Dawn**~ Tuesday, January 26, 2016 10:26:00 PM  

Ooo, I loved The Wave, April. I need to get back there. I was totally intrigued by the espresso and white chocolate in this one. I never, in a million years, would have thought to put those flavors into a soup!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane Monday, February 01, 2016 10:57:00 AM  

Congrats on the new grill! Year round grilling for you guys, and mostly for us too. We do tend to grill more in the summer though. And good eating too!

So, are you reading another book in conjunction with the Stephen King, since you don't tote it back and forth to work? I don't do well reading two fiction books at the same time. I have a one track mind, apparently :)

Have a great day!

~**Dawn**~ Monday, February 01, 2016 1:53:00 PM  

Stacy: I'm very torn about how to handle my reading situation, with that beast not being transported. Last week, I brought "The Story" with me and did my reading for church instead, but this week's chapter is only 10 pages long, so that won't last me all week. Part of me wants to start the next book on my list, just for something to read on my lunch. But, like you, I often struggle with reading two fiction books simultaneously. The one perk is that my next book, which I already have from the library, is *nothing* like the Stephen King novel--a historical fiction book set in Paris, 1919, which could not be further from the half fantasy/half sci-fi world of the King book.

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