The Friday Five, 5/7/21: 5 things I've been up to this week

Not much going on this week—obviously last weekend was crappy (no pun intended) but the week itself has been pretty normal, at least by pandemic standards. Tonight my boyfriend and I are driving to Detroit to pick up our Bon Bon Bon Spring Collection chocolates, and probably have dinner at Motor City Brewing Works, which I haven't tried before.

Hello Fresh pork chops with apple rosemary pan sauce, Brussels sprouts, and mashed potatoes
Hello Fresh pork chops with apple rosemary pan sauce, Brussels sprouts, and mashed potatoes

What I've been up to this week:
    1. Colonoscopy + prep. Obviously this took up all of my weekend—as I said in my last post, UM had me on a 3-day prep this time which was ... challenging, to say the least. On Saturday, I could only have liquids (and some solids, including Jell-O and light-colored gummies, this time); on Sunday, I could have solids, but I also had to drink five huge glasses of prep in the morning and five in the evening; on Monday, I wasn't able to have any food or drink, minus a tiny bit of water with my morning pills, and I had another five huge glasses of prep in the morning. Yum. The procedure itself actually went really quickly this time, and we were in and out of Ann Arbor in about two hours; last time, they were actually running behind about two hours. 
    2. Watching movies. I had a lot of time last weekend, in between running to/from the bathroom, and I managed to catch Without Remorse, on Amazon Prime, which I would give 3/5 stars, and The Mitchells vs. the Machines, which was actually really good, on Netflix, and to which I would give 4/5 stars. There's also a scene with Furbies in it which cracked me up, as I used to own a Furby as a kid. 
    3. Watching new TV shows. I binged Rutherford Falls, on Peacock, last weekend too, and I hope they do a second season, as it was quite good. I think I may treat myself to see Together Together this weekend at the movie theater too, which Ed Helms is also in; I've only seen one movie (Nobody, at AMC John R) since last year, but now that I'm vaccinated I'm feeling a little more confident in going to the movie theaters. I started watching Girls5Eva on Peacock last night too, and I had no idea that Sara Bareilles is in it—she's one of my favorite singers, and I don't believe she's ever had a main part on a TV show before. One actress from A.P. Bio is also in it, and of course Busy Phillips, who I loved in Cougar Town and other shows. I've also been watching Mare of Easttown on HBO Max, and although this technically isn't a "new" show, Shrill on Hulu is back today, I think for its final season. I've also started watching Married at First Sight: Unmatchables, where they take MAFS applicants that didn't make it onto the show, and each one-hour episode has a different man and woman. It's kinda fun to watch, and so far I am liking it, as a MAFS spinoff. 
    4. Trying out Green Chef. Last week I had HelloFresh, and this week a friend was kind enough to give me a free Green Chef box, and so far I am really impressed with it ... unfortunately, it's $80 a week normally (yikes!) which is a bit out of my price range, though I would pay like $40-50 for it. You can choose between their "regular" plan (mix of foods), their keto/paleo one, or I believe a vegetarian/vegan one, and I actually chose the keto one because all of the meals looked so good. I've made two of the three meals so far and they've both been excellent, and also pretty healthy, minus the calorie count (600-800 calories). Next week I have my LAST free HelloFresh box and then it's back to Dinnerly and EveryPlate, haha ... 
    5. Planning a Grand Haven/Holland trip. My boyfriend and I already have plans to stay with friends in Portage for a weekend in June (because we are all vaccinated, yay!), and I'm also making plans for an August trip, most likely staying in Holland. I do have some hotel points from past work stays that I can play with, and the two hotels I'm deciding between are Fairfield Inn (Marriott; no points, unfortunately) in Holland and Avid Hotel (IHG, and I have enough for 1 free night and could buy more points for 2 free nights) in Zeeland. I've never heard of the Avid Hotels brand before but apparently it's a "European-style" hotel, meaning the rooms are tiny; about 220 square feet (most hotel rooms are like 300-350 square feet). However, the property looks nice and new, so we will see. Right now I went ahead and booked Fairfield because you can cancel up until the day before without penalty, with the AAA rate. Grand Haven is one of my favorite Michigan cities, and I also like visiting Holland, Saugatuck, and Fennville. 
    Green Chef coconut & pecan-crusted chicken with red & green peppers, onions, & cauliflower rice
    Green Chef coconut & pecan-crusted chicken with green pepper, red peppers, onions, and cauliflower rice

    Popular Posts

    Review: Polar Pizza at Baskin-Robbins

    Upcoming and GIVEAWAY: Mamma Mia! at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, April 23-28 {ends Dec. 12}

    GIVEAWAY: Duel in the D, February 10 at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit {ends 1/10}