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Day 412: Doughnuts

I picked up some books I requested at my (open!) library so I stopped by my favorite bakery and got doughnuts and smearcase.

I missed doughnuts so much! The woman behind the counter said it was good to see me and we talked about our vaccination.

Matt made tuna salad for lunch so we had sandwiches and chips.

For dinner we had the leftover ham (just a few bites, really), leftover collards (with parboiled wild rice mixed in) and made corn muffins.

We watched the new Murdoch on Acorn. It’s been action packed with old storylines this year. I wonder if people who they worked with before felt better about coming back during the pandemic? I know showing flashbacks must mean a lot less time on set so maybe that is it?

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Day 411: Pizza

We actually both had breakfast! Leftover ham, Gouda and egg on an English muffin. Matt normally eats Scottish oatmeal or cream or rice and I eat nothing.

For lunch we had snackies—a take and bake bread I bought at Aldi a little over a week ago and some liver/mushroom mousse and blue cheese from a Whole Foods order a few weeks back. And grape leaves from the Italian store.

Really just a day of random chores. We have very little storage in our house (it’s from the 1930s, we don’t even really have closets) so I’m trying to rearrange things versus buying new furniture to put things in. I have so many plates and textiles to use as photo props that needed a better place. I also have some very old jars of jam and pickles I made that need to be scooped out and washed. I really didn’t have small batch canning down at first and we were really overwhelmed by some of it. I hate wasting food but I also don’t want to die from eating them.

For dinner Matt made pizza with meatballs, pepperoni, leftover asparagus and red onion. We have so much leftover I think it will be dinner another day. I swear we eat more pizza now than we did before.

Watched a little Great British Menu. You can never tell me about the British stiff upper lip again, these chefs tear up and cry all the time! Which is, of course, fine but very different than the picture they always try to paint in books and American reality shows.

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Day 409: Collards

I stopped by the post office to mail out my latest weaving to an online friend who promised to report back about how it arrives. While I was out I saw three new murals in my neighborhood! Two were still being painted.

I stopped in the Italian grocery for some mini meatballs, olive spread, bread and got some sandwiches. I’m excited about small outing like this being less fraught. I’m almost two weeks out from my second shot! I’ve started putting physical books on hold to pick up. The library stopped doing curbside and opened up a few weeks ago but I didn’t want to do that before vaccines were open to everyone. I’ve been reading on my Kindle but not everything is available.

For dinner Matt finally made the collard greens with smoked turkey he wanted to make all week! I had bought a very tiny spiral sliced ham (maybe 3 lbs? less) at Aldi so we had a few slices of that. We have so much greens left! We already froze some and have a huge Pyrex leftover in the fridge.

We watched The Lady Eve on Netflix DVD. I can’t believe we have never seen it! I want to do a con artist movie marathon now.

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Day 408: Meatballs!

I had to make a return at the UPS store so I did that then I went to IKEA and found nothing I wanted but did get some fun food and a cake pan. IKEA was so empty! It was almost creepy.

I came home and made these noodles we bought at H Mart. Actually pretty good! I didn’t know what to expect.

Matt had noodles and cottage cheese.

Matt wanted to make greens again but got busy. Luckily I picked up meatballs at IKEA so I made them, gravy, boiled baby potatoes and lingonberry jam with steamed asparagus.

We watched some Death in Paradise.

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Day 406: leftovers

Took it easy today! I had mi goreng with cabbage and a fried egg and Matt had some soup.

For dinner we had leftover keema and potato/eggplant from Sunday.

Beautiful day! Spent time reading book number 88 for 2021 in the hammock and played ball with Mitzi for an hour.

Matt is going back to picking up his medication in person. It’s at a supermarket that we don’t love (we’ve bought spoiled meat from them several times) but they have a good dairy department and of course anything self stable is fine so it will nice to go back to picking up some things we can’t get at Aldi while he is there anyway.

Watched the finale of Meurtres à….

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Day 405: Kimchi Fried Rice

No leftover so we both had canned soup for lunch. I wish that was just a little more filling!

It was a long time until dinner. I made a whole weaving. It was warmish out but very overcast. The dogs were out of pocket all day.

For dinner Matt made kimchi fried rice with leftover rice from kimbap for dinner.

We watched the Midsomer Murders premiere and it was not good! I hope the next one is better.

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Day 404: Lamb Keema, Aloo Baingan & Take out!

We had a planned power outage and didn’t want to open the fridge and let the cold out so we picked up lunch at a local sub/pizza place. It was so good to have French fries! We haven’t had any in well over a year! They made really good chicken strips that come with cornbread for some reason. It was entirely contactless to! I’m glad they are keeping their employees extra safe.

For dinner Matt made lamb keema and aloo baingan. So tasty and filling with naan from Costco. We have a ton of leftovers too.

We watched Sound of Metal and it was so bad! How is it getting award attention? It didn’t make any sense on any level.

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Day 403: “Corn Dogs” & Kimbap

For lunch we made these crazy potato wrapped fish sausage “corn dogs” we got at H Mart. They were pretty tasty but I felt like they needed a sauce. We also made some frozen dumplings.

There is a restaurant outside of the city that sells these fresh and I really want to try them if they are still open.

For dinner Matt made spam kimbap. I missed having burdock so much! It is so much better with it.

We watched The Talented Mister Ripley which Matt hadn’t seen before. We just saw Purple Noon which was based on the same book. We wanted to try watching Naan which is a Tamil-language adaptation of the American movie and the book but it wouldn’t stream correctly on Amazon. That is the worse streaming app!

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Day 402: Jjapaguri & Crab Cake Sandwiches

For lunch I made what I call Parasite noodles after the movie but are really called jjapaghuri with leftover brisket from earlier in the week. So good! I threw some shredded cabbage in too.

For dinner we had crab cake sandwiches with homemade tarter sauce. I also had some cherry tomatoes, the end of some buttermilk blue cheese crumbled up and cucumbers.

In the morning I went to my dad’s and dropped off some of our groceries, there is a planned power outage on our block tomorrow and I was worried that it might go on too long for our meat and more perishable items might go bad.