Weekend, Interrupted

The plans I made for this weekend were way different than what actually ended up happening. I was going to have the house all to myself for the whole weekend! I made a bunch of plans with friends–even double booked Saturday so I got to see two friends that day! But my body had another plan, apparently.

Michael was in Seattle Thursday-Sunday for work. I spent Thursday night watching the first disc of “The Closer” (why has it taken me so long to watch this show?! It’s so good!) and making holiday cards from scratch. I was starting to feel the beginnings of something…sinus headache, kind of achy. Unfortunately, as the weekend progressed I came down with a full-fledged head cold.

The good news: I was able to do some fun things before the black plague took over my body and kept me on the couch. Friday night I met my friend Robyn for dinner at Stickers Asian Cafe in Sellwood. I wasn’t feeling too sick yet, just congested. I ordered a bowl of the hot and sour won ton soup with the hopes that it would clear me up.

The soup was spicy and delicious. I ate some of the soup and saved the rest for lunch the next day. Robyn and I shared an order of Jiaozi dumplings. They were lighter than potstickers and really good. We ordered them with shrimp in it and I was glad we got a full order.

Then we split the Bangkok Tangy Sesame Noodles. It was yakisoba noodles with chicken and peanut sauce. The noodles were just okay. While I like sweet things, and I do like peanut sauce this dish was a little overpowering for me so I didn’t eat very much of it. I liked Stickers a lot and will probably go back. It was a diverse menu with Chinese dishes, Thai and Indian curry dishes. It’s a good place to go to satisfy lots of different cravings.

It was nice to see Robyn and I also got to hang out with another friend. My friend Debby and I saw Lincoln. What an outstanding movie! The costumes and sets were wonderful and there were so many scenes that had “Oscar” written all over it. Daniel Day-Lewis was mesmerizing as Abraham Lincoln and I found myself riveted when he spoke. When the film was over the whole theatre clapped. I really recommend this movie!

On Sunday I had planned on attending the memorial for Kirk Reeves, a legend here in Portland who died recently. For years, Kirk sat at the end of the Hawthorne Bridge downtown playing his trumpet and waving to people passing by. I saw him nearly every day on the way home from work as my bus passed him by, or I rode by him on my bike. He was the happiest person I’ve ever seen and no one could be in a bad mood after seeing him!

He always wore a white tuxedo with a Mickey Mouse hat. He passed out toys to kids and waved to everyone that went by. I was really saddened by this news. The bridge seems empty without him there now. I wish I could have made it to the memorial and contributed some money for the statue they want to commission but I was too sick by Sunday to do much of anything.

So most of my weekend was a bust. My nose is raw, my sinuses are congested, and my body aches. It’s not a fun way to spend the weekend. I’ve been resting and watching so much TV on Netflix that my eyes hurt but I’m trying to do as little as possible so I’m well enough for the upcoming holiday. I hope you guys are all healthy and taking your vitamins!

QUESTION: What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

What I’m Loving on Netflix

Lazy Sunday

My Sunday was absolutely sloth-worthy. I slept in really late, went swimming, did some laundry and then did nothing the rest of the day. I watched the last few episodes of Justified Season 1 and hours of Samantha Who? I had absolutely zero desire to do much of anything else.

Sometimes it’s kinda nice to do nothing. Especially after a busy day like Saturday. Dinner was the highlight of the day. When Michael got home from golfing, he blackened a chicken breast and we split that. I had a salad with broccoli, cauliflower, half an avocado, tomato and cottage cheese with the chicken. The blackened chicken goes so well on a salad.

Sometimes you just want a big salad for dinner. And that’s okay. It’s healthy and better yet: easy!

So, most of the TV shows and movies I see are on Netflix. I am almost always late to the party when it comes to popular TV series. Most of this is because I am just too busy to watch much TV. This was not always the case, of course. When I was 250 pounds most of my time was spent eating in front of the TV. I’d spend entire weekends on the couch watching movies and television series (like The Sopranos and 24, Dead Like Me and Six Feet Under). It was an escape.

I’ve been impatiently awaiting the return of my favorite shows (Dexter, Californication, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Weeds) and in the meantime I’m checking out other things! Recently I’ve really enjoyed some new (to me) shows and movies!

1. The King’s Speech: I loved this movie so much. If you haven’t seen it, rent it immediately!

2. Justified. I have a minor crush on Timothy Olyphant so it’s easy to like this series. 😉 He’s a Federal Marshall that gets transferred from Miami back to his hometown in Kentucky. It’s a great show! I loved him in “Deadwood” too.

3. Samantha Who? Christina Applegate is adorable and so likeable in this movie. Her sidekick best friend is hilariously ridiculous too. The episodes are short and it’s easy to breeze through a few episodes without investing in tons of time. It’s a sitcom about a 30-something woman that wakes up from a coma with amnesia. She slowly discovers that she was a total jerk before her amnesia, too!

4. Burn Notice. I love spy stuff! This show is exciting and fast-paced. Jeffrey Donovan’s not bad on the eyes either.  It’s about an ex-spy disavowed by the Government and he has hitmen after him in every episode. He uses his Special-OPs training to stay alive and it’s always creative–like MacGyver. 😀

5. Damages. Holy crap is this TV series good. Just when you think you have it figured out, they throw you for a total loop and you just sit there with your jaw hanging open. Season 1 was the best but as a whole, the show is amazing. Glenn Close demonstrates how impressive she is as an actress–playing the good guy and the bad guy equally as well.

These are just a few of the things I’ve checked out recently and totally loved…including Saturday night’s viewing of the creepy “Black Swan.”

QUESTION: What are you currently watching and loving?