Sort-of updates, thoughts, and things I’m loving

I’ve had a hard time posting lately. While there hasn’t necessarily been a lot going on each day for me lately, there have been some major changes in my life. Also, there are upcoming events which have the potential to lead to further major life changes. These last few weeks have been really hard, while also simultaneously kind of boring too. I’m not currently in a place where I’m ready to talk about it, though. Hopefully in another week I’ll be able to share what’s going on.

So, here are some things I can share!

» I started watching Fuller House finally. I was afraid the remake would be terrible and ruin the first. Remakes are always a little iffy. Also, sometimes those great shows from our past should maybe stay in the past. However, I love how much they’ve been able to balance the comedy. A lot of that does include making fun of themselves and the original show, but in a way that doesn’t come off as too self deprecating. I’ve only watched the first season, but I’m really enjoying it. BUT, I have to say, I really do not like Steve. His possessiveness is just not healthy or ok. Just no to all of that. In other news, John Stamos aged really well. (Ok, pretty much the whole cast did.)

» As of last night, I decided I want a PS4. There’s really hasn’t been anything that’s ever made me be all “WOW I need that!” But yeah, yesterday Horizon Zero Dawn released. First, it’s a really beautiful game just aesthetically. I’ve only seen a few hours of gameplay, but it’s got a lot of what I like: crafting, exploration, and survival. On top of that, I’ve been really interested in the world building and culture in the game. This game would make a great ethnographic study. Hopefully by the time I can afford a PS4 (which will also be after I buy a Switch), it’ll have a price drop or two!

» I’ve been working on collecting my recipes as well as just general cooking tips and notes. I’ve been having fun playing with recipes. Recently I got some great cheeses and have been incorporating them. I used my havarti dill in little garlic and dill bread bombs, and then also my havarti onion in an amazing grilled cheese. Also in other news, I finally got over my inability to dredge & fry and made some really great peanut butter fried chicken (using peanut butter powder). I’m an ok-good home cook, but I’m ready to be a great home cook. Like one of those ones you see on the tv shows, or on instagram and you’re like “that can’t be real.” I love food, I love cooking — I love trying new flavors, learning the history of foods, the cultural implications and practices of food. To me it’ll never just be sustenance. I mean, heck, it’s even become the focus of my graduate studies. Anyway, I don’t have any new recipes to share at the moment, but I do want to direct everyone to a great site that does! My friend Jane finally started a baking blog! I’ve always loved her work and am so glad she’s sharing it. (And for real, I cannot wait to make her Chewy Mexican Hot Chocolate cookies!)