We Got It!

Well, we got it!

What did we get, you may ask?

We got the first dose of the Covid vaccine!

Go us! And by us, I mean me and the hubs.

We are very excited because it means going out in public and seeing people! People!

I miss people.

Martha and Marley Spoon-A Break Up

Well, it finally happened. We had to break up with Martha and Marley Spoon.

I know did a pro/con list when I did my review in September, but the food was really good, so we were willing to give them a fair shot. Now, here we are, 5 months later, and we are cancelling Marta and Marley Spoon.

I thought I would tell you why.

Problem #1: We kept getting bad meat. They would always credit our account, but it just kept happening. At least once every two weeks.

Problem #2: The customer service is so slow. We would wait a week or two sometimes for a reply from them. We would get a generic “due to high email volume” form email after two or three days, but still. The waiting.

Problem #3: We kept having to get the steak and potatoes to accommodate my food allergy. Also their Asian inspired cuisine wasn’t very good, so that also eliminated some food for us.

And there it is. The three reasons we are breaking up with Martha and Marley Spoon. We thought we would give Hello Fresh a shot this time. I’ll let you know how that goes.

A Night of Christmas Lights

When my mom was in town over Thanksgiving we went to a Christmas lights display in the Dallas area called Prairie Lights. I thought I would share with you some of the photos I took from the evening to bring you some Christmas cheer!

Look at the little gnome house! How cute is that! BTW, I’ll probably say that a lot of things are cute. That’s just how I roll with Christmas lights.

This little temple was part of an area that featured jungle animals! You can also see the reflection of the brake lights from the car in front of us. One of many pictures I took through the windshield.

I love gingerbread! Naturally, I had to snap this pic!

This dinosaur was when I realized I could roll the window down and get clearer pictures. I’m so smart. Look at how smart I am.

A good manger scene always makes me nostalgic for my childhood. My mom always seemed to have at least three of them just out and about during the holidays. They were all connected to happy family memories.

Dragon. Need I say more. Also, look at all the people feet at the bottom of it! Love it!

I love the idea of the colosseum being used as the Reindeer Games Arena! my brain just thought “how cute!”.

I’m sorry, do you see the fish and ice cube decorated Christmas tree? I laughed when I saw this. This was in a area that featured penguins and this was their tree!

There were some of the highlights of the Prairie Lights show! We really did enjoy it and it was a great way to have some Covid safe family fun. I enjoyed myself and listening to my mom’s exclamations of happiness as she discovered each new thing. Yes, my mom’s joy brought me joy. And I found some joy of my own in the lights as well. Pretty sure I made those exclamations of happiness myself!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

100th Blog Post!

It’s my 100th Blog Post!

Huzzah! Hooray!

Holy cow.

There were a few days (months really) were I didn’t think the blog was gonna last this long. For reals though.

I started this blog as a way to write about anything and everything that crossed my mind.

In the early days I wrote about my cat. I mean look at how cute she is!

Or about a cup of tea. Yes, I really wrote an entire blog post about a cup of tea. What? I love tea. Don’t tell me you don’t love cuddling up with a cup of tea and a good book.

Okay, so maybe you like coffee and a good book. I’m not gonna judge you.

Let’s not forget the fabulous girls weekend in New Orleans. That was a good time. I miss those ladies.

I also wrote about the first time I made my family’s sacred chicken and dumplings recipe after my dad died last year. That was a healing experience for me.

Then I wrote my very first book review and got bit by a bug that just wouldn’t go away. Hello The Power. Spoiler alert, I wasn’t really a fan of this book.

I got really excited to join my first book club this year. So much so that I decided to write about it. We read the Princess Bride!

I started a little plant menagerie. One the plants has since died. But most of them are alive, and that’s all that matters here!

We cancelled our trip to Disney because of Covid-19. While it was the responsible thing to do, it still hurt my heart to do it.

I started playing Animal Crossing in April, wrote about it in July, and have still managed to play every day since. I’m not saying I have a problem, but I just flattened my island to redo it…again.

Then I read a book a day in August to get my reading engine kickstarted. It worked. Cause now I have a book blog.

I started review books with more regularity. Like, for example, Legendborn by Tracy Deonn.

I also decorated the front room of our house with books. Because how could you not use books everywhere?

The Hubs and I did end up going to a quaint B&B for our 40th birthdays this year. Twas fun.

And then I reviewed on of my favorite books in a long time, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. Yes, it’s safe to say I loved this book.

I really have enjoyed blogging over these last two years and I’m excited to see where the next two years will take me. I loved that I have evolved into a book blog, as books really are one of my passions in life. They bring me loads of joy. What blog posts have you enjoyed?

Martha and Marley Spoon-First Impressions

So as you know we broke up with Home Chef. And here we are, a month into using Martha and Marley Spoon as our meal delivery service. What are our initial impressions?

Pro: The food is great. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had at least one dud meal. But it was still edible. Which is saying something. But the food really is good.

Con: We had some shipping issues with two of the boxes. But we were told in advance, by the company, that there were shipping issues. We were able to plan accordingly as a result, instead of guessing where our meals were like with Home Chef.

Pro: The packing is more environmentally friendly. With Home Chef, everything was enclosed in plastic, down to the garlic cloves. With this service the packing is paper bags with as little packaging as necessary.

Con: The cooking time listed is a lie. It usually takes about twenty minutes longer to prepare your meal than what it says on the recipe card.

Pro: It’s very easy to select your recipes online. The website is very user friendly and all allergens are listed plainly for you to see on the individual recipe page. This is great for me with my egg allergy.

Con: The recipes are a little complicated. Some of that has to do with them wanting to save plastic waste, some of that is just that the recipes are a little complicated. This goes into it taking an additional 20 minutes to prepare the meal.

Pro: The price is very reasonable. Our three meals a week for two people cost $53.99 plus $8.99 shipping. This is on par with other meal services we have had.

So there you have it. A pro and con list on Martha and Marley Spoon. We are liking it so far and it’s worth the cons for us to have the service. What are your thoughts on meal delivery services?

Home Chef-An Update

Well, it looks like we are breaking up with Home Chef.

I know, I know. I waxed poetical about them back in March. But a lot can change in 6 months. And so, it seems, it has.

See, what had happen was they change distribution centers, at least for us. Our packages used to come from Georgia and now they come from California. And ever since then we have been having problems.

Specifically with the chicken. It keeps coming in bad. And when that’s the main ingredient in your Truffle Butter Chicken Breast, well, you can see where that could be a problem.

At first it was a box every month that the bad chicken would appear. Home chef would make it right with credits and we would go about our business. But then it started happening more frequently. This last time we got two in a row. I told the hubs I was done.

So now. Well now its time for a change.

We’ve decided to change to a new meal service. We happen to like meal services. They do the shopping for you, prep the recipes, and cost less than going out to eat. It’s a win win!

We are going to try Martha and Marley Spoon for a little while. If we stick with it, I’ll do a review on it for you in a couple of months.

Sometimes change is scary. But sometimes, change can be tasty!

A Great Love Affair

No, I’m not talking about the love I feel for the hubs, though that is epic (Epic I say!). And no, it’s not some Regency romance where the man gets the girl but only after he’s been an accidental jerk to her and she’s been uppity to him for the whole thing.

I’m talking about my love of Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

This game with all its cute little villagers has somehow managed to capture my whole heart to the point where I have played it, everyday, for the last three months, for at least an hour.

I may have missed a day at the Nook Stop, but I haven’t missed a day playing yet!

I’m not actually sure if that’s something to be proud of or sad about. I guess it all depends where you are in life. Right now, I guess I’ll take proud!

I have loved everything about this game, from Flick, to C.J., to Celeste. Lets be honest, I freaking love Celeste. She pops up when there are meteor showers! How cool is that?

I love being able to pick where my villagers get to live, where the shops all go, what paths I get to lay. I love all the things!

If you’ve played, then you know the joys of which I speak.

Who would have thought a simple game (that I wasn’t even sure about to begin with would turn out to begin with) to be so much fun?

Well That Didn’t Take Long

Well, I did it.  I changed my mind.

About what, you may ask?

The wall!  I changed my mind about the wall!

If you’ll recall from this post, I really wanted to paint.  Specifically, this wall in my house.

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I felt my home really needed an accent wall, but I was going to do my best to wait until the pandemic was over.

Then I got an itch.  And I needed to do something!  So I went out and bought paint samples for the two colors I liked best.

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But as time has passed and I lived with the colors, I came to a very different conclusion.

I don’t actually like either one of them for this room!

Yup.  They gotta go.  It didn’t take too long.  I noticed after about a week that the colors weren’t quite what I wanted, and they pretty much stayed that way.

It also doesn’t help that both colors made me want to paint the rest of the rooms that the wall is visible from, i.e. the kitchen and the dining room. That’s a no go.  I know I have the time, but that’s a lot of work and I have very high ceilings.

Whine.

So it’s back to the drawing board.  I still want to paint that wall, I just have to find a different color for it.  More researching on the internet for me!

When the “Worst” Thing Happens

Okay, so not the worst, worst thing.  But still.

The worst thing happened!

My Nintendo Switch died!

I should maybe explain that I started playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons recently.  I had never played an Animal Crossing game before.  I found it highly entertaining.  I played, according to my Switch before it died, for 125 hours or more.   Not to mention the hours I had put into my replay of Breath of the Wild.

Then on Saturday, I put my Switch to sleep to go make dinner, and it didn’t want to wake back up.

I did everything I could to bring it back.  I even called my husband down to come and look at it.

Nothing worked.  It was well and truly dead.

Bother.

My husband did have one minor solution though.  See, we are a two switch household.  We discovered a while ago that we both like playing Switch game and taking it on trips and the like.  So two Switches quickly became a necessity in our lives.

The hubs just suggested I use his until we could send mine off to Nintendo for repairs.  Which will be a while, since the repair center is closed due to Covid-19, as it should be.

With the hubs’ great sacrifice, I was off!

I did have to start the game all over again, but I learned from the last time I played.  What took me almost two weeks to do last time, took me a day and a half to do this time.

I’m trying hard not to do things the same way.  I picked a different roof color for my house, for example.  And of course, the island is different.  And I got all new villagers, which is great, though I did like my old villagers.

Oh!  And because I had gotten Nintendo Switch Online, I didn’t lose all my gameplay for Breath of the Wild!  Still wish you could back your Animal Crossing island up though!