The Friday Five, 3/22/24: 5 things I've been up to this week

We are now past what is dubbed "Fool's Spring," because we probably have one to two inches of snow here already today in Michigan, and there will be more later, which I am not happy about because I need to drive somewhere later.

EveryPlate mushroom, pea, cream pasta
EveryPlate mushroom, pea, cream pasta

What I've been up to this week:
  1. Birthday/housewarming party. A friend of mine who lives in South Lyon had a 40th birthday/housewarming party, which was nice because I got to see her condo (and of course, her)—she moved in last year. I think this was the first time I've been to a party/get-together with 10-20 people since 2020, although I'm probably wrong on that ... it was nice not to wear a mask. She also had food catered from a local Mediterranean place, which was also tasty. 
  2. Hanging out with friends. After the housewarming party, we actually headed to another friend's house nearby in South Lyon, and we had drinks and pizza with them; they live only about 5 minutes from my friend. We had food delivered from Mancini's, a local place, and it was excellent, especially the cheesy bread, which was HUGE.
  3. Seeing movies. Last weekend I saw The American Society of Magical Negroes at the theater, which, despite the weird name, was good; I'd give it 4/5 stars. My fiance and I watched Kung Fu Panda 3 on Netflix last Friday night too, which was also fun, although now that I've seen the whole series (movies 1 through 4), I'd have to say 3 or 4 are my favorites, surprisingly. I rewatched the new (2024) Mean Girls yesterday on Paramount+, too, and it was as fun as I remember it being—the original (2004) is still my favorite BUT the songs in this one are great, and it's still a super fun movie. And last night, I saw Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire at the theater, which I also really enjoyed; I want to rewatch Afterlife now and I saw it's streaming on Xfinity, if you have FX, so I'll maybe do that this weekend. 
  4. Starting my taxes. I absolutely HATE doing taxes—I consider myself a prepared person (in general, and also for taxes) and literally every year something comes up on it that I don't have prepared. This year I somehow misplaced my W2 form, from work—easy enough, I was able to login to ADP online and reprint it—but also did not have my Oakland County assessment paper thing on file, for my condo. I found it at home later in the week, but I will have to finish my taxes this weekend, which I am definitely not looking forward to. Because I'm a small business owner (blogger/influencer) it makes it 10x harder than someone who only has their work W2 to enter, and every year it feels like a math test that I fail. (this is also why I don't have a "math-y" job!)
  5. Seeing The Cher Show at the Fisher Theatre. On Tuesday night, my mom and I headed to the Fisher for opening night of The Cher Show, which ended up being fabulous; it will be there until this Sunday, March 24th. There were actually three actresses that played Cher, at different eras in her life, and the singing and the costumes were awesome. Read my blog post about it here.
  6. Cooking. Bonus one I need to include for the picture above ... we had EveryPlate this week and we cooked meals one and two together, and I cooked meal three (pictured above) yesterday, and have tasty leftovers for lunch today because of it. 
Cheesy bread + pizza from Mancini's, South Lyon
Cheesy bread + pizza from Mancini's, South Lyon

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