Sunday, January 1, 2017

Plans for 2017

I'm not big on making resolutions. It's never been a real tradition for me, and I much prefer setting goals that are achievable to making lofty resolutions. But, I've made a few plans/goals for 2017, so I thought I'd share them.

1) Read a Shakespeare play each month. I'd like to eventually work myself through the complete works, and I figure setting a goal of one per month is achievable, even with all the other plays I'll be reading for work. If I happen to read a Shakespeare play for work, it counts towards that month.

2) Start baking my own bread again. We've fallen out of the habit of baking since moving to CO, and I'd like to start up again.

3) Go camping this summer. Camping was something Sean and I each did a ton growing up, since we were both in scouts, but oddly enough have never really done together. School and work always seemed to get in the way. But we both love the outdoors, so now that neither of us is in school anymore, we must get outside again!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Reading List

It's New Year's Eve again, time to share everything I've read this past year.

In 2015, in addition to logging all the books and plays that I read, I also challenged myself to PopSugar's Reading Challenge. I liked the challenge to branch out my reading genres, so I did it again with their 2016 version.

As always, only books that were finished made the list; anything partially read or unfinished is not listed here.

Here's what I read in 2016:

Fiction

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold -- a romance set in the future
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan -- the first book you see in a bookstore
Wool by Hugh Howey -- a dystopian novel
Neuromancer by William Gibson -- a book with a blue cover
Proxima by Stephan Baxter -- a science-fiction novel

Plays

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw -- a book set in Europe
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow by Rolin Jones
Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol by Ken Ludwig
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean by Ed Graczyk
James and the Giant Peach words and music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, based on the book by Roald Dahl -- a book that's under 150 pages
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne -- a book that is published in 2016
Full Code by David Valdes Greenwood
Rapunzel by Karen Boettcher-Tate -- a book based on a fairy tale
Sunset Boulevard by Don Black and Christopher Hampton (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber)
Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein -- a book you can finish in a day

Unused Categories:
--a National Book Award winner
--a YA bestseller
--a book you haven't read since high school
--a book set in your home state
--a book translated to English
--a New York Times bestseller
--a book that's becoming a movie this year
--a book recommended by someone you just met
--a self-improvement book
--a book written by a celebrity
--a political memoir
--a book at least 100 years older than you
--a book that's more than 600 pages
--a book from Oprah's Book Club
--a book recommended by a family member
--a graphic novel
--a book with a protagonist who has your occupation
--a book that takes place during summer
--a book and its prequel
--a murder mystery
--a book written by a comedian
--a book of poetry
--a classic from the 20th century
--a book from the library
--an autobiography
--a book about a road trip
--a book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
--a satire
--a book that takes place on an island
--a book that's guaranteed to bring you joy

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Some Chanukah Decorating

This year my holiday decorating was a bit more haphazard at home, since I was working a holiday show and all of my time was going into painting/props/tech rehearsal. But after opening night I did finally get out the bins of Chanukah decorations, and the house looks pretty festive.

As usual, Santa Mickey is on the living room console table, which is draped in this fun Chanukah fabric my mom gave me a few years ago. We also got that lighted garland on a timer this year, so we have some magical lights even when we're not thinking about it.


The ornament tree is in it's usual spot on the dining room sideboard, next to the menorahs and lots of dreidels.



And the nutcrackers line up on the mantle, guarding all of the holiday cards we've received so far.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Weekly Meal Plan 12.11.16

It's holiday time! That means cold weather and busy evenings and weekends. It also means it's the perfect weather to make a huge pot of borscht!

Here's what we're eating this week:

Sunday: borscht (I made a pot Saturday, we had more for Sunday)

Monday: leftover chile verde

Tuesday: dinner at the movie theater (seeing George Takei and Lea Salonga in Allegiance!)

Wednesday: Chickpea Kofta (Green Chef meal)

Thursday: Sean's work holiday party

Friday: Lemon Herb Salmon Orzo (Green Chef meal)

Saturday: leftovers


And of course, if you're interested in trying out Green Chef, you're welcome to use the following code to get a box with 2 free meals:

http://greenchef.com/invite/q6xy9



Sunday, November 27, 2016

Weekly Meal Plan 11.27.16

We're heading into tech week for my current show, so it's another edition of "Green Chef helping us eat balanced meals when we're too busy"!

Sunday: slow cooker whole chicken and salad

Monday: Fall Harvest Bowl

Tuesday: Herbed Chicken

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Salisbury Steak Meatloaf

Friday: leftovers

Saturday: dinner in Denver before opening night of Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol


And of course, if you're interested in trying out Green Chef, you're welcome to use the following code to get a box with 2 free meals:

http://greenchef.com/invite/q6xy9


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Weekly Meal Plan 10.9.16

It's a busy month for me, which means meal planning is more important to my sanity than usual! Here's what we're planning to eat this week:

Sunday: leftovers

Monday: Roasted Acorn Squash and grilled bratwurst

Tuesday: Maple Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and carrots

Wednesday: Yom Kippur break the fast at a friend's house

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: leftovers or dinner with friends

Saturday: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Return after a Hiatus

If anyone has been following this blog, you probably noticed that I disappeared this summer. At first it wasn't deliberate, but life was busy. And then...it was deliberate.

One of the last posts I had up (not counting meal plans) was about the construction of our chicken coop. We finished the coop, the girls moved outside, and I was waiting on the weather to cooperate to get some good pictures of the finished work to share. I finally got those pictures, and was writing the post, when the unthinkable happened.

A stray dog got into our backyard.

For those that know me in real life, you've probably heard the story by now. For those that don't...I still get heavy hearted thinking about it. And that's what has kept me away from the blog. Because I'm still not entirely ready to write it all down.

But I'd like to get back to my meal planning posts because they really do help me. And I'd like to get back to my house update posts because they are fun.

So, my precious first flock is gone. We have plans to rebuild for next spring. We have plans to make the coop even more predator proof. Because methods that work against nocturnal predators proved useless against a determined neighborhood dog. But you may not see much about that until next spring.

But hopefully with this, I will get over that emotional hurdle the blog has represented, and I'll get back to the posts I enjoy.