November 28th, 2018

My expensive brother

I've long had hearing issues with my TV. I had a neighbor complain because my TV was too loud. For several years I used a bluetooth receiver in the TV and listened via earbuds. I tried a couple of sound bars but the set up was always funky. Either the remote didn't like the sound bars or Tivo had issues or the TV did. I always ended up returning them.

I have not been able to get the bluetooth receiver deal going on my current TV. Mostly I can hear it ok, not great but ok. I keep closed captions on always.

This morning my brother sent me a link to a new deal - Roku speakers. They work like a soundbar only 100% easier to set up and they have gotten great reviews. The only problem with them is that they only work with Roku TVs. My TV is a TCL Roku TV. So, yeah, I spent $200 today.

The sad thing is that I heard about these when they were announced last July and didn't pay any attention because they kept being compared to Sonos speakers and I don't have any use for Sonos speakers. So in my ignorance, I totally missed the Black Friday deal of $50 that ended not 48 hours ago. Sigh. Oh well.

I can't take it with me.

So the Quit Spending Money re-starts now.

Today it's back to the flannel for my next top. I worked out a whole new plan while I was swimming today. I'm looking forward to putting it into motion.

I've been faithfully recording all the episodes of This is Us. I watched Season 1 with interest and Season 2 with curiosity and hope. But I still can't bring myself to crack open Season 3. Yet. Soon it will be the only thing left on my TiVo.

No other big plans for today. It seems like I say that every day. My agenda stays pretty blank but I never seem to run out of things to do without ever even leaving this house most of the time. It's a good life I've got going on here.


Get that Strog ready...

It's a dark and cold-ish rainy rainy day and I just remembered it's also Wednesday. Beef Stroganoff night at 13 Coins and I still have $$ on that gift card I bought last year. Dinner has now been planned.

My new top came out perfectly. Just exactly what I wanted. Not too bad for an old bed sheet and a lap blanket. I picked up the lap blanket at Goodwill a long time ago when I needed red fleece for an accent and decided to use something else. It turned out to be perfect for this.


While I sewing I was listening to a podcast where some millennials were talking about grilled cheese sandwiches. One of them mentioned that she had seen, in the New York Times, a recipe that called for mayo instead of butter. Spreading the outside of your cheese sandwich with mayo and using it, instead of butter, to grill the sandwich. The millennials were horrified which was amusing. But, I thought, why not? mayo is just oil and lemon and a little egg.

So I tried it. Interesting. Definitely easier than butter. Mayo is so much easier to get onto the bread evenly - especially when it's cold and so the butter is cold. It fried up nicely and evenly. I have a tendency to burn grilled cheese because the butter warms up so quickly on my induction stove top - it burns before the cheese melts if I'm not very careful. The mayo didn't burn at all. It was a lovely color with a nice, satisfying crunch.

I did miss the richness of the buttery fry. But, it was pretty tasty.

The problem was the afterglow. The smell of fried mayo lingers a long time and is not delightful. So that was my last cheese sandwich grilled in mayo.

The sandwich and the shirt seemed to have taken the whole day. Well, there were some internet rabbit hole situations... I think 13 Coins will be an early dinner. I'm starving and I have TV to watch.