I’m putting the Freebies right here for the TL/DR crowd:
- The SFFwaudio Podcast. I like SF and I love G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday, so I’m enjoying listening to the audio version and looking forward to hearing the podcast discussing it.
- Instant Pot Recipes at Allrecipes.com is giving me an overview of my intimidating birthday gift, which I haven’t used yet.
The recent three days of snow have made me grateful (yet again) for kind neighbors and profoundly covetous of their garages. I have to remind myself that I can survive another winter without one, unlike a furnace or a water heater.
Last month I tried an old college trick to save money: eat ramen noodles. Ugh! How could I have forgotten that taste!?!?
I dressed up the next package with vegetables, garlic, and a bratwurst.** That was much better, but I regret that multipacks cost less than singles. Yes, there are more, but they’re relegated to the last-resort food rations.
(Note for the curious: Last-resort food rations are things I don’t particularly like but will eat in a pinch. A good example is a jar of too-spicy salsa casera which I brought to The Factory because young humans will eat anything on a tortilla chip!)
I really miss entertainment in the winter. There’s nothing like a reading or watching a good story during a cold evening. The nearby theatre district and local cinema entice me via e-mail – a musical would be fantastic! – but long days at The Factory have prevented me from straying.
I reached my public library’s digital movie and audiobook limit during Friday’s snowstorm. Luckily my bibliophile co-workers supplied a free resource: used paperbacks in the lunchroom. I snagged a copy of Winter’s Tale by Mark Halperin because it’s enormous and the prologue reminded me of the beginning of Haruki Murakami’s After Dark.
**Yes, bratwurst. Six sausages for $1.99 was quite a treat. It’s not spicy like chorizo nor sweet like Italian-style sausage.