It's my friend's birthday today. You don't know her. I've worked with her at the airport on and off for going on 14 years now. She's been home sick with COVID for a while so, if you have a moment, please send some good vibes her way.
I just got the mail that's been building up in my mailbox since Wednesday. It was probably one pound of mail, because it included a couple of big, fat investment prospectuses, which went straight into the recycle bin. The best thing in the pile of mail was a brand new menu from China Chef Express, which I may be using as soon as I finish this post, because I'm hungry. The second best thing was a Christmas card from my cousin that had been mailed on December 4. (To be more accurate, the Christmas card was actually from my cousin's cat, who writes the Christmas letter every year. He's a real cutie.)
All of a sudden, I am having Issues accessing this site from my laptop, although it seems I can access it from other computers/browsers. If I use either Firefox or Chrome on my laptop, I get a message about a security threat that warns me I'm at risk for having information stolen. Not that there's any information here that I really need to be worried about. It says it's got something to do with the certificate.
I wonder if this could have something to do with the virus protection software I installed a couple of days ago.
I got a new, high powered blender today. It was delivered while I was at work. I haven't taken it out of the box yet. I'm saving that for tomorrow. I'm pretty excited about this. It is a Blentec 650 and was on sale for 50% off at Best Buy yesterday. Delivery wasn't supposed to be until sometime next week so getting it today is quite great.
The first thing I'll make will probably be No-Queso Queso which is a non-dairy queso sauce made from cashews and nutritional yeast. I will make a double batch and bring some to work to share since I just talked about this stuff today.
Also known as "going broke Friday" because estimated taxes are due. I actually paid mine about a week ago because I didn't know if I would be able to make it to a mailbox today (I'm not, so it's a good thing I gave them to someone to mail last week).
Today is National Bagel Day, according to my inbox. Unfortunately, I can't go get a bagel today and I'm not sure I can find a nice person to go over and get one for me.
I finally made the ground turkey with Filipino Sisig sauce. It's good. It has a touch of heat. I had it over spaghetti squash I cooked in my electric pressure cooker. I discovered it was better when I lightly dotted the squash with butter before putting the meat over it. (What a shock. It's better with butter. )
The actual instructions say to use pork belly. But I have ground turkey to use up so that's what I made. I think you could use any meat you'd like and it would be fine.
Irish Rep is bringing back all of their streaming productions from last year! Donations encouraged but not required (though even the suggested $100 for the whole festival actually breaks down to just 11 bucks per show, if you watch all nine of them). With or without a donation, reservations are required; and this is appointment viewing, not streaming-on-demand -- but the shows all run in virtual rep for almost a month, January 26 - February 21, so there are lots of showtimes to choose from.
Apparently I'm not the only one who was intrigued, from fairly early on, by the Rep's evident commitment to adapting these performances for this strange new medium: whether green-screened or performed in an empty theatre, the few I saw last year were technically polished and visually astute, a league above your average Zoom reading. Judging by the pull-quotes on the festival splash page linked above, it seems Theatermania and the Wall Street Journal thought so, too.