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Day 197: Hot Dogs &Chicken Sandwiches

Yesterday I went to help my dad order some clothes and picked up some estate paperwork I needed. He made me cookies while I was there! I brought them home to eat.

We ran into the neighbors with their new Boston Terrier puppies. I can’t imagine having two puppies! I think they were unmasked but I stayed far away and of course was wearing my mask. I did pet a puppy at the end of her long leash though! We were outside.

After than I swung by Costco and picked up a chicken and a few other things like more andouille while that was on still sale and some salted pollack. I also got some toilet paper, they are only allowing one per customer and their supplies were really low.

I hate going out so much but I worry things are going to get worse in the colder weather and we are really going to wish that we had stocked up more. Right now the positivity rate is under 3%.

I came home and Matt made us sandwiches with the chicken.

For dinner we had hot dogs and bagged salad from Lidl. I had planned to make something more exciting but I was a little burnt out.

We watched more Kingdom on Netflix.

I finished the new Vendela Vida book. I watched a little bit of Sister Sister on Netflix. How do I remember all those plots?? Seeing a 14 year old Brittany Murphy is always sad.

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Day 196: Shrimp & Gingersnap Stew

I did a big Aldi shop. I actually bought a lot of non food items this time—it was the week they had a lot of dog items for sale. They were still out of some off things and hadn’t gotten their full shipment in, there was a couple of sale items I didn’t get to pick up.

I bought more frozen breaded shrimp but the freezer was so full, I ended up eating it for lunch because it wouldn’t fit.

For dinner we had leftover Gingersnap beef stew.

We watched Enola Holmes on Netflix. Super cute and great cast!

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Day 195: Soba & Tomato Salad

Matt still doesn’t feel 100% so for my lunch I made my main meal of the day. I made sesame soba with leftover chicken, roasted squash, carrots and red cabbage. He had noodles and cottage cheese.

For dinner I had tomato salad with the rest of the roasted squash from lunch, red onion, the last of the blue cheese and some olives. I also baked some crispy shrimp. Matt had chicken rice again.

Matt’s parents sent me Milkbar as a sympathy gift so I had a cake truffles and a candy bar snap.

I got to spend some time in the hammock reading again! Lovely weather and no neighborhood construction!

Tomorrow I’m going to do our big grocery shop for the month. Aldi has a lot of housewares on sale this week that look good. The last couple months we have done a lot more in person shopping than before but I kind of want to get it out of the way just in case things get really bad and we want to skip shopping a lot again.

We watched Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie on Mhz and Don’t Forget the Driver on Britbox. I also watched the latest episode of Last Tango in Halifax this morning on PBS. I’m surprised that came back! It’s been years since the last season.

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Day 193: Country Ham Sandwiches and Roasted Chicken

Nice but chilly weather today! We finally were able to pay a game outside. I don’t know how time gets away from us so much when we don’t really go anywhere.

The neighbors were having a get together which still seems wrong. They were mostly masked but also eating off and on.

For breakfast we had country ham—that I’ve had from pre-pandemic (!) from a job I did. Country ham keeps forever! Anyway Matt made breakfast sandwiches with it on English muffins with smoked Gouda and a fried egg.

I guess that was actually lunch.

For dinner he spatchcocked a chicken we bought at Lidl yesterday and roasted it with some baby eggplant. He also made pearl couscous with Lima beans. And chopped liver with the liver from the innards bag. So good!

We finished Counterpart. It’s a shame it doesn’t seem like there is going to be a third season.

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Day 192: Noodles & Jambalaya

I broke the handle off my car door with my Hulk-like strength and rage so I got that replaced today. It was an ordeal but I got it done!

I had leftovers from yesterday for lunch and Matt had the last of the beef ribs.

For dinner he made jambalaya from a mix I got from the company a long time ago. It was actually not bad! I was skeptical but how can you go wrong with andouille and shrimp?

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Day 191: Andouille and Shrimp Pasta & Fish Sticks

It was a real high-low day food-wise. I made a pasta dish as our main meal at lunch time with shrimp, okra, andouille and fresh corn. I’ve never made anything like it before but it was really good!

For dinner Matt made sticks and sticks—fish sticks and zucchini batons (roasted). Those Aldi wild caught sustainable (and cheap) fish sticks have been a real find this pandemic. They are tasty (whole pieces of fish) and crispy. Matt made homemade Old Bay tartar sauce.

We watched more of His Dark Materials and The Devil and Miss Jones both of which seemed pretty topical.

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Day 189: Shrimp & Jjapaguri

I had to pick up my eyeglasses (it has been an ordeal, they finally seem okay) so I came home and quickly made some frozen shrimp. I’m always amazed at how crispy they are. It’s not much different than a shrimp basket at the sub shop.

Flowers were delivered from Matt’s work which was nice of them! My mom really like carnations so it was good to see them in the mix.

For dinner I made some beef country style ribs in the slow cooker with Korean pear, gochujang, and soy sauce. Then we made jjapaguri and added the beef to it in an homage to Parasite. How did that win best picture less than a year ago?! I also made some pattypan squash as a side.

I did a ton of work on my mom’s estate again. I really look forward to filing. It’s pretty simple; almost everything was co-owned with my dad but with Covid it’s really hard to get anyone on the phone and everything has to be done remotely. I also am having a lot of trouble figuring out how they paid for their home owners insurance and car insurance and it’s due. I can’t get them to contact me either. My mom handled it and my dad isn’t sure. There is no canceled check and it doesn’t seem like a debit card or auto payment but an electronic check?? IDK

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Day 188: Chicken Tenders & Squash

For lunch we had leftover baked homemade chicken tenders (Matt had his on some leftover top-sliced hot dog rolls) and leftover braised red cabbage.

For dinner I roasted a delicata squash with some herbs de’provence and Matt made pasta with this odd cacio e pepe meal starter kit I bought at Aldi. It had the cheese, sundried tomatoes and pepper in it. All things I could buy individually but it was less than $4 and of course super simple to make. I’d buy it again.

I worked a lot on stuff for my mom’s estate.

We started His Dark Materials (Netflix dvd) and it’s pretty cute .