I’ve been getting over that flu/cold thing that’s been going around the Twin Cities this winter. At least it’s given me time to catch up on TV shows and movies.
Now, The Good Place series finale is how you close out a show.
Back when my mom passed away, a friend lent me his DVD set of Six Feet Under, an HBO series that chronicles a family of undertakers. Watching it start to finish helped him come to peace with death and he hoped I’d feel the same. Six Feet Under remains one of my favorite series ever, but The Good Place got me closer to where Six Feet could not.
I also watched Booksmart which is a movie streaming on Hulu. It’s painfully relatable if you were also a nerd like me coming to terms with spending your grade school (and college) years like Amy. Now we’re all Lisa Kudrows and Jason Sudeikis’s.
Finally, I curiously watched Midsommar streaming on Amazon. I had already spoiled this movie for myself so I kept my finger on the fast-forward. It’s completely upsetting and creepy, but also beautifully filmed and compelling.
Lunds & Byerlys is a special place where you may walk in for only lemons and peanut butter and walk out with four frozen BOGO pizzas.
Lunds (those of us who lived here for a while may still call it Byerlys) is one of our more upscale grocery chains. I don’t shop here to save money. I come here when I want high quality deli foods or to get in and out efficiently. The customer service is good and it’s near my house. I fill in my weekly groceries here each week.
Lunds also happens to offer a good variety of frozen pizzas including local brands from around the Midwest. Seemily with more frequency Lunds offers a BOGO frozen pizza sale. Every single frozen pizza is buy-one-get-one-free. This means that you can get some of the more expensive frozen pizzas for about $4-6 each. You may even luck out and nab a Mucci’s pizza.
We buy so many frozen pizzas here that I’m starting a blog post to track them all here. Pizza brands are listed in alphabetical order:
Every month I look forward to book club.
It’s a women’s book club that initially formed after the election via social media. We take turns choosing books written by women of all genres. I’ve learned I’m really good at is waiting until the very last minute to cram in each month’s book!
Besides the conversation and exposure to books I might not choose to read myself, I like trying new restaurants. Of course the places have to be conducive to a book club gathering (not too loud, not too small, not too busy where lingering at a table is going to cause an issue). We live all over the Twin Cities and rotate restaurants in different parts of the cities.
Restaurants have included Cooper’s Pub (fantastic veggie burger), Ginger Hop (loved their curries – though on the sweeter side) and Delicata (fantastic pizza with a crisp crust) and . Last month we met at Hy-Vee Market Grille in New Hope, MN. Yup, that’s Grill with an E.
I visited Trader Joe’s with the intention of buying the three, strangest frozen food items I could find for this taste test.
I lost my nerve when I encountered microwavable shrimp tacos sprinkled cotija cheese and an unsettling cheap bag of frozen paella listing “fish powder” as one of its ingredients .
See my running list of things we’ve tried at Trader Joe’s.
In the end, I chose three items that peaked my curiosity. I’ve walked by them on many visits, wavering on whether or not I wanted to finally buy them. After work one evening, I heated them all up for dinner. Here’s my thoughts:
Where else is a flimsy paper thimble of frozen beans and rice entrée, a cracker, three fruit snacks, mini lunch meat sandwich, sip of energy drink, chocolate-covered pretzel, grape, dumpling, and a hair-skin-nails supplement gummy a meal?