The Friday Five, 7/3/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

Quarantine, end of week 16. Another mostly uneventful week. I have today off because of the 4th of July holiday (I decided to take it off) which will be nice—hoping to watch a bit of Netflix (lots of new stuff today, including the Babysitter's Club series remake!) and of course, Hamilton on Disney+.

What I've been up to this week:
Cooking. I had Dinnerly last week and Hello Fresh this week. One of my Dinnerly meals was a caprese sandwich, and I waited like six days to cook it (after receiving it) and the bread went moldy, which was disappointing; I let them know, though, and they gave me a $5 credit. I guess next time I will stick it in the fridge instead. Next week I am having EveryPlate but not until Wednesday. Eating takeout. Last Friday, I did Bed Bath & Beyond curbside takeout, in Madison Heights, which was interesting; you basically pull up to the curb, show your license or ID, and they bring you your stuff. I got some Kung Fu Tea after that since it was kinda/sorta in…

The Friday Five, 6/26/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

Quarantine, end of week 15. Not much going on this week except I saw some friends last weekend, like I mentioned, which was nice, and a contractor is coming over today ... hoping we can FINALLY schedule a renovation date/time/week for my condo. They said they usually start 3-4 weeks from the initial appointment ...

What I've been up to this week:
Cooking. I received a Dinnerly box last week and one this week, since I recently received a two-week discount from them. Next week I have a Hello Fresh box coming up, which will be a treat, since I haven't had HF in a while. Most of the Dinnerly meals I have made so far have been really good; last night was steak tacos and just okay, though, the steak was more like just regular beef. Seeing friends. I got to actually see people last weekend! On Saturday, a friend hosted a get-together for her birthday at Rotary Park, in Livonia; people brought mostly individually-packaged food to share, like chips and Hostess CupCakes (me), and we also …

The Friday Five, 6/19/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

Quarantine, end of week 14. Things are slowly getting back to normal-ish even though the virus is still out there—a friend is having a birthday get-together at a park tomorrow, and I'm going even though I am going to bring my own food (and stay 6' apart from everyone). Sunday is Father's Day so I will see my parents and also I'm meeting a friend for ice cream at Guernsey (will also stay 6' apart, and eat outside).

What I've been up to this week:
Attending a Yelp virtual event. On Tuesday, we learned about Scotch and its history, as well as did a tasting, over Zoom. It was my first virtual Yelp event but they've been hosting a ton, even dance parties! 20 lucky Yelp Elites, including me, were able to pick up a Scotch and chocolates kit on Monday, in the Ferndale library parking lot, from Bryan, who was also the presenter on Tuesday. We also paired cheeses with it so I did have to purchase those (and I ventured into Meijer for the first time in 3 months because …

Movie Review: 7500, with Joseph-Gordon Levitt (2020)

This is going to sound odd, but I always enjoy hijacker films (see: most Liam Neeson films ...). It's always kind of thrilling to see if the hero or heroine will make it (and most of the time they do ...), and this one was no exception.

Tobias (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the co-pilot on a flight from Berlin to Paris. He has a son with one of the flight attendants on board, with whom he's in a relationship, but they aren't married, and they've kept it secret from the rest of the crew. Shortly after the plane takes off, terrorists rush the plane and try to get into the pilot's area; after that, chaos ensues, and it is up to Tobias to make sure the plane can make a safe emergency landing.

Official synopsis:
In the cockpit of a commercial airliner about to depart Berlin for Paris, the plane’s soft-spoken young American co-pilot, Tobias (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), runs through the preflight checklist with the German pilot, Michael (Carlo Kitzlinger). Tobias’ flight-attendant g…

The Friday Five, 6/12/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

Quarantine, end of week 13 ... kind of. I am pretty sure the state of Michigan is no longer under quarantine, because our restaurants opened up for dine-in on Monday, and hair/nail salons are opening up this upcoming Monday. For my purposes, though, I'm going to keep on keeping track until I go back to my office, which might be in a week or two, from what I hear.

What I've been up to this week:
Resetting every WiFi-enabled device in my house. On Wednesday, it was predicted that we were going to have bad storms. Around 3pm, my WiFi went out, but I still had electricity. The electricity then went out BEFORE the storm, from like 4pm to 5pm, and when the WiFi came back, I wasn't aware it had ... because it reset itself to its ORIGINAL router name and password, which luckily I had, on the side of the router. I tried changing it to one of my preference, on the Comcast site, but the changes weren't sticking, so I had to call Comcast and then they had me text chat with someone i…

The Friday Five, 6/5/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

Quarantine, end of week 12. Things were pretty "normal" this week in my home—I'm getting used to living in a chopped up house—with the exception of some wasps. In the U.S., however, things were far from normal.

What I've been up to this week:Cooking. My EveryPlate box was supposed to arrive last Friday; I got an email from UPS saying it was arriving MONDAY, which was pretty annoying. It ended up showing up on Saturday. I have another one coming today, as well. Watching the news. Protests going on in all 50 states at one point, I read, and luckily most were peaceful. Chasing wasps. I REALLY hope my (already torn up) condo doesn't have a wasp infestation ... yesterday one appeared out of nowhere, and it was the third one in about two weeks. I'm terrified of wasps but I chased it down with my electric racket, and finally killed it. Yesterday I saw a grey moth in my house as well. So I'm hoping they're not all hanging out in the exposed rafters or somethin…

GIVEAWAY: The Hunt on digital {ends 6/5}

The Hunt is now out on digital, and will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on June 9th. Two of my lucky readers will win a digital code for the movie!

About the film:
Who is the hunter and who is the hunted? Decide for yourself! From producer Jason Blum (The Invisible Man, Halloween), director Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah, “The Leftovers”) and writers Damon Lindelof (“Watchmen,” “The Leftovers”) and Nick Cuse (“Maniac,” “Watchmen”) comes a “clever, gory, often very funny” (Ty Burr, The Boston Globe) film that has “all the makings of a cult classic” (Forbes), as THE HUNT arrives on Digital May 26, 2020 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD June 9, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Featuring  “a seriously cool action performance” (William Bibbiani, The Wrap) from Betty Gilpin (“Glow”), THE HUNT includes behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of this suspenseful thriller.

Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don't know they’v…

The Friday Five, 5/29/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

Quarantine, end of week 11. This week was infinitely better than the last, probably because I returned to my condo (admittedly a chopped up condo, but still with working A/C), and wasn't living out of a hotel.

What I've been up to this week:
Moving back to my condo. I checked out of the hotel on Saturday and have been living here ever since. They're now saying they won't start work until 3-4 weeks, probably from NEXT week, but I have working A/C ... the only minor annoyances are I am minus one light in my kitchen, and my upstairs bathroom has half a floor (they had to take it out due to water damage). Cooking. I cooked my remaining EveryPlate meals when I got home, and I'm receiving a new EveryPlate box today. I originally was going to get Blue Apron this week, but canceled it since I didn't know if I'd have use of my kitchen this week ... really I should have just delayed it till Thursday or Friday, but I didn't think about that. Most of the meal deliver…

The Friday Five, 5/22/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

Quarantine, end of week 10. Can we please go back to last week, where my greatest concerns were getting some exercise and wondering why my meal boxes were one day late?

On Sunday, around 5:30pm, it sounded like it was raining hard outside; I went to the 2nd floor of my condo, and everything was soaked. It was "raining" in my kitchen, too. I called a neighbor and she showed me where the water shutoff switch was, but by then, everything was wet. I had to file an insurance claim (luckily I have homeowners' insurance) and then the remediation/restoration people came out with fans to start the drying process.

The cause was actually the hose that connects my washer/dryer to the water—apparently it's a 24/7 "live" line, and the hose, which looked very old, had split. My washer/dryer is very old too—probably about as old as I am—and luckily is still functioning, though now I'd like to get a new one sometime this year, hopefully when stores reopen.

I've been…

Movie Review: The Vast of Night

*Disclosure: I received a screener of this film to review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I wasn't sure what to expect from The Vast of Night, but based on its premise it looked interesting. Unfortunately, I wasn't fully engrossed in the film until the very end.

Synopsis:(Google) In the 1950s, two kids search for the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended on their town.

(Amazon Prime) In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young switchboard operator Fay (Sierra McCormick) and charismatic radio DJ Everett (Jake Horowitz) discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.

For the first ten to twenty minutes of this movie, there is a lot of talking, and not much action; finally, the leads figure out that something strange is going on, and it's then that the action starts.

The leads (McCormick and Horowitz) are good here but I found the film hard to get into, and also a little…

The Friday Five, 5/15/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

Quarantine, end of week 9, and I made the mistake of weighing myself ... ugh. They don't call it the "COVID-19-15" for nothing ... my goal for next week is to step up the walking, I only walked like one time this week though I hope to on Sunday as well.

What I've been up to this week:
Cooking and ordering takeout. More of the former, surprisingly. I had EveryPlate boxes last week and this week, and last night I made a BBQ chicken sandwich with fries, which was okay. I think my favorite EP meal from last week was the sweet and smokey meatloaf. Last Saturday, the Church at Clawson and Barb's Pizza and Perry's Pizza were giving away free pizzas, so I went and got one, since it's literally down the street ... I was thinking they'd be small but instead it was a HUGE pepperoni pizza (pictured above), so I ended up freezing most of it. On Sunday, I made the mistake of trying to get Indian food delivered through GrubHub—since it was Mother's Day, they were …

The Friday Five, 5/8/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

Quarantine, end of week 8. Our governor just extended the stay-at-home order until May 28th, which I'm not super surprised about, but she also opened up some job sectors that aren't very people-y, like real estate, construction, etc.

What I've been up to this week:
Ordering from Postmates, with various luck. Last Friday I had a $25 referral code to use, so I wanted to order some Indian food, which I had been craving, from Postmates. However, they really don't have many Indian places to choose from, so I ended up trying out Ahan Thai, in Royal Oak. The delivery driver apologized to me because he said the app had him pick up my order first, then make a few other deliveries, then deliver to me last ... my food was still warm-ish but could have been warmer.

Then yesterday, Postmates was offering a promo code, "SENDAPINT," for free ice cream for friends/family. I tried sending one to my parents' and boyfriend but there were no Postmates drivers in the area. For …

The Friday Five, 5/1/20: 5 things I've been up to this week

April is finally over ... not that May is going to be any different, but at least it's a fresh new month. This marks the end of week 7 of quarantine. Technically the "stay at home" order ends May 15th, but I wouldn't be surprised if the governor extends it until end of May—Gov. Whitmer just extended the restaurant closures until May 28th, as of yesterday.

What I've been up to this week:

Doing takeout. On Saturday, I had a $20 Sedona Taphouse gift certicate that was expiring, so I used that for their chicken marsala and mashed whipped potatoes. The food was just okay, but I give them kudos for their curbside procedure; myself and a few other cars were lined up outside the restaurant, and they brought out a few orders at a time. On Sunday, BJ's Brewhouse (Sterling Heights, Taylor, Livonia) sent me a $10 coupon, so I trekked over to the SH location to get takeout; I couldn't resist that + their current deals, which include a free Pizookie with orders over $9.…