The Friday Five, 6/11/21: 5 things I've been up to this week

This week has been super busy, both work-wise and non-work-wise, so I'm glad it's Friday. I'm becoming a Crumbl addict and I'm getting delivery from them today, only because they're doing free delivery this week, ending Saturday—it's $9.95 otherwise, which is very pricey.

Last week's Crumbl: Samoa, PB Brownie, & Strawberry Shortcake
Last week's Crumbl: Samoa, PB Brownie, & Strawberry Shortcake

What I've been up to this week:
  1. Eating out. I'm starting to slowly dip my toe back into the waters of indoor dining. Last Friday, my boyfriend and I checked out Kimchi Box, in Sterling Heights; unfortunately, and maybe this was because I had built it up in my head a lot beforehand, it was just okay, although all of the food was decent. After that, we headed to Crumbl (see pic above) to get my four free Yelp cookies, as Yelp was running an event for Elites—during the pandemic, they've been doing a lot of "Elite Perks" where you can pick up freebies at your convenience, which has been really nice. On Sunday, I met some college friends for brunch at Browndog (and of course I got my ice cream flight too), and on Tuesday, my boyfriend and I tried out Three Cats, in Clawson. I was excited to try their steak dish but I actually sent the dish back, which I NEVER do; the steak had almost no seasoning, as in it didn't even have basic seasoning like salt and pepper). However, the restaurant let me choose a different dish, and their Three Day Brine chicken was very good. I'll be back in a few weeks for brunch on the patio with my book club, too, so we'll see if it's better that time. I also got Condado Tacos takeout yesterday, because I had been craving it, and Potbelly takeout on Wednesday, since they sent me a 50% off deal. 
  2. Seeing movies! On Sunday, my friends and I went to an advance screening of In the Heights, which was really good—I highly recommend seeing it on HBO Max or (even better) on the big screen. On Wednesday, I saw a virtual screening of Queen Bees, now playing in theaters, and I'd give it 3.5/5 stars; it was cute and I was invested in the characters, but it was a bit slow too. Yesterday, I saw an advance screening (in the theater!) of The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, which was a "popcorn movie" but a lot of fun—I think that one is officially out next Friday, but I saw some theaters were doing early showings this weekend too. Tomorrow my mom and I are hoping to see Cruella at Emagine Novi, too, and I also have a link to see the new Peter Rabbit movie, so I'm hoping I can Chromecast it to their TV for us afterwards. 
  3. Booking airfare ... for the first time in 17 months! I had been stalking Delta's website because I refuse to pay more than 30,000 miles for my Detroit to Providence airfare. Originally I was going to go on a Thursday through Tuesday over Labor Day weekend, now I'm going Thursday through Wednesday because those dates dropped to 30,000 miles (and is up to 31,000 today, thus affirming my "travel ninja" status, haha). Thursday through Tuesday is still 39,000 miles, although I did see an alternate itinerary that dropped to 31k. Delta is actually letting you cancel or change without fees, so if my itinerary did drop to like 25k or something crazy low, I believe I could actually cancel and rebook. I'll be in Massachusetts that Thursday through Sunday, staying with a Birthright friend, and then I have a hotel booked from Sunday through Wednesday in Rhode Island, though I've also been pitching some hotels too. 
  4. Trying out new TV shows. I tried Loki, on Disney+, but couldn't really get into it, although I know a lot of people are liking it so far. I also started Sweet Tooth, on Netflix, and I'm undecided as to whether I like it yet; I've watched two episodes already and I'll give it one more episode, I think. The premise is interesting and usually I like dystopian shows. A friend gave me her Paramount+ login and I also tried out Why Women Kill, which I'm really enjoying—the cast is fantastic (Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu, and more), although I saw for season 2, which just started, they have a new cast, including Lana Parilla. 
  5. Ordering Crumbl cookies. Like I said earlier in this post, last Friday my boyfriend and I went to get my four free Yelp cookies. We tried out the Samoa cookie, which was served chilled and which was decent; Peanut Butter Brownie, which was served hot, and which was pretty amazing; and Strawberry Shortcake, which is one of the few Crumbl cookies I've tried so far that I wasn't a big fan of. It had some sort of "streusel" on top, as the website said, but it was like a sweet/sour gummy combo and was strange. This week, I've ordered delivery for 7:30pm today, and I chose three weekly flavors—Red Velvet, Dirt Cup, and Ultimate Peanut Butter, although I've tried the Ultimate PB one before, in Ann Arbor last year, and really liked it—and also their regular Chocolate Chip cookie. This will probably be the last time I get Crumbl for a bit, as I started using the MyFitnessPal app again and now know too much about Crumbl's calorie content, haha ... each cookie is about 650-750 calories, yikes. 
Korean fried chicken sandwich, from Kimchi Box (Sterling Heights)
Korean fried chicken sandwich, from Kimchi Box (Sterling Heights)

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