The Friday Five, 12/28/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

This has overall been a relaxing week—I don't have to return to work until January 2nd, so other than responding to some emails, I haven't been doing much except hanging out with my parents and seeing movies.

Homemade chicken piccata, from Home Chef

What I've been up to this week:
  1. Cooking and eating out. Last weekend, I went to MOD Pizza, Granite City, and Stoney River. Stoney River is a new place in Troy and a bit expensive, so that was my Christmas present to my boyfriend. On Sunday, we cooked chicken piccata from Home Chef, which came out pretty well. On Monday, my parents and I went to Jersey Mike's, which is always tasty, and yesterday, we tried out Diamond Jim Brady's, in Novi, since I had won a gift card through Novi Town Center; DJB's was also tasty. 
  2. Watching movies. Obviously :) especially since I have the week off. Last Friday, we saw The Mule, which I'd give 4/5 stars; Saturday was Aquaman 3D, which was cheesy but also fun, and I'd give that 3.5/5 stars. On Monday, my parents and I saw Second Act, which was kind of disappointing—I'd give it 2.5/5 stars—and on Christmas day, my parents and boyfriend and I saw Bumblebee, which I liked a lot and would give 4/5 stars. Tonight I'm seeing The Favourite, with a friend, and my parents and I are also hoping to see Vice on Sunday, which I'm excited about; it looks excellent. I've also been watching a lot of movies on my tablet this week, including Bird Box on Netflix, which everyone seems to be talking about, and Patti Cake$ on HBO GO, which was also really good.
  3. Sleeping in. I slept in until 11am today which was glorious—usually for work I wake up at 7:45am. I went to bed pretty late last night too though, around 1am. 
  4. Driving the Mazda6 Signature sedan. Check back next week for a blog post on this, but on Wednesday, I received a blogger car to use for the week—it's a Mazda6 Signature, and is probably one of the prettiest cars I've ever driven (its color is "Soul Red Crystal"). You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram to see some photos of it before my review next week.
  5. Getting a haircut. My hair was getting WAY too long, and I ended up chopping off probably 4 to 5 inches of it. It's odd to have such a short haircut now, but it's also nice not to be dragging around all that hair anymore.
2018 Mazda6 Signature, in Soul Red Crystal color

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