The Friday Five, 9/17/21: 5 things I've been up to this week

This week has felt slow, probably because I had a zillion doctor's appointments and also last week I only had to work two days. Next week is another 5-day week and then the week after that I go to Vegas for a work event!

Peanut butter volcano cookie from Detroit Cookie Co.
Peanut butter volcano cookie from Detroit Cookie Co.

What I've been up to this week:
  1. Eating a lot of cookies, apparently. I was in Ann Arbor on Sunday to have brunch with friends, and after I stopped by the new(-ish) Detroit Cookie Company there, as I'm a big fan of the Ferndale location. This one is on William St. where Hunter House used to be, and they haven't changed the layout much, so it was kinda weird, since I used to go to Hunter House for late-night eats with friends. I bought my favorite cookie, their peanut butter volcano cookie, as pictured above (that big mound on top is filled with creamy PB!), and also their Salty Babe, which had Ritz crackers and was one of the monthly specials. 
    Then yesterday I hadn't eaten all day because of my gallbladder ultrasound, so I stopped by the new Crumbl in Novi—its grand opening is TODAY but it did sort of a soft opening yesterday, and I was able to get curbside pickup. I ordered two Blueberry Cheesecake cookies, one Sherbet one, and a Chocolate Peanut Butter. I loved them all except I thought the Chocolate PB was okay. Head to my Instagram story if you'd like to see pics of those.
  2. Watching movies. Last Friday I watched the new Cinderella on Amazon Prime, and I'd give it maybe 3.25/5 stars—however, it was a musical, which I wasn't expecting, and also the songs were all takes on modern songs, and GREAT, so I've been listening to the soundtrack all week. My two favorite ones were a take on "Seven Nation Army," but with cello, and also Idina Menzel's version of "Material Girl." On Saturday, I went to the theater to see Shang-Chi, and really enjoyed it—I'd give it 4 stars out of 5, and maybe even 4.5 stars. Saturday night my mom and I watched Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, which is now on Hulu; I had seen it before but it's kinda twee and crazy, so I wanted her to see it. Upon rewatching it I'd give it maybe 3.5/5 stars. On Tuesday, my boyfriend and I watched Good Will Hunting, which is on the Starz app; I thought I had seen it before, because Robin Williams is in it, but I'm not sure that I have, actually. I have movie tickets to see The Card Counter tomorrow, in Livonia, and Copshop on Sunday, at AMC John R, and I'm also hoping to see Clint Eastwood's newest, Cry Macho, on Tuesday. 
  3. Too many doctor appts. Way too many this week for some reason. Also Monday I had like three work Zoom calls and then a doctor Zoom call ... Tuesday I had a B12 shot so I had to drive to Farmington ... Wednesday I had a dentist appt. in Southfield ... and then yesterday I had a gallbladder ultrasound in Livonia, and I was not supposed to eat for six hours prior to the ultrasound. Kinda wish UM had told me that before I booked the appointment, because I would have booked it at 9 or 10am ... instead, I had it at 4pm, so I didn't eat from 10am-4pm (and I also worked the whole day) so that was hard. 
  4. Watching TV shows. Some new ones to share with you ... American Crime Story: Impeachment is great. I was alive at the time of the incident(s) but I was pretty young, I think 10 or under. Beanie Feldstein is great as Monica Lewinsky, not really sure about Clive Owen as Bill Clinton but so far he's been doing a good job. The Circle season 3 also premiered last week so I've been binging that—I just finished episode 8 yesterday, as they've been releasing them in chunks of four episodes per week. I also finished A.P. Bio, on Peacock, and I started Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. on Disney+, which I'm liking so far. My boyfriend and I also tried out the original Doogie Howser on Hulu, and the pilot was pretty crazy, so we will probably watch more ... it features a VERY young-looking Neil Patrick Harris, who is playing a 16-year-old doctor but I think was 16 or 17 at the time (and looked about 12!). 
  5. Dining out and cooking. I had Home Chef (last of the discounts, unfortunately) last week and I'm back to slumming it with Dinnerly this week (kidding—I just say that since it's cheaper than the others I frequent). My box this week was actually only $14 because they gave me a $30 discount to come back, which was pretty amazing. On Saturday night, my parents and I did Hungry Howie's takeout—they're doing a deal for two medium pizzas for $5.99 each if you use code CHOOSE2—and on Sunday, I met up with friends in Ann Arbor to try out First Bite, which is on Main St. next to Vinology. We ate outside but unfortunately there were a lot of bees around; however, the restaurant had excellent customer service, as they were actually able to move our table for us. On Tuesday, my boyfriend and I had Mr. Kabob Xpress, one of my favorite Mediterranean places, and we dined in because there weren't many people there.
Mushroom pork medallions + butternut squash, from Home Chef
Mushroom pork medallions + butternut squash, from Home Chef


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