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A Good Time for Dicks & Other Things (wait a second...)
I know, I know, you think I'm talking about Terrance Dicks in that title. But no, that's not what I'm talking about.

This has been my week for reacquainting myself with my favorite Detectives. Last weekend I started rereading my collection of Albert Campion novels. This week, the latest DVD set of Columbo movies came out. Then I got back into watching Monk, where I'd last left off near the end of season 6. So I finally got around to ordering seasons 7 & 8. And to top it all off, The Doctor Who TV Movie finally came out on DVD this week in the US.

So of course, on Thursday, I received two packages in the mail. I knew one was one of the two seasons of Monk, and suspected the other of being Columbo and Midnight Riot (a mystery/sci fi novel by Ben Aaronovitch) which I'd ordered together. I decided on the walk home that if it were season 7 of Monk, I'd start watching it, but if it were season 8, I'd watch Columbo first.

It turned out that Amazon combined two of my orders together (probably to save themselves the shipping costs, since I always go freebie when I can) and the package ALSO had the TVM! Well, Sylv trumps all, so I watched the TVM with Sylv & Paul commentary first. And then have been freebasing season 7 of Monk ever since. (I watched 4 eps today. Might watch another after some computer time.) It helps that the latest Columbo batch has only one story that I really love (it's the one written by Peter Falk, of all things...) The last batch will have quite a few gems, including my favorite story of all, Columbo Undercover. (It's the only Columbo where no one is murdered.)

Midnight Riot, BTW, was a fun read and I'll be getting Ben's second book, Moon Over Soho when it comes out. I wound up reading for almost 4 hours straight last night to finish the book. I love freebasing on books too, apparently. :-) Hope he gets some more novels out there for my enjoyment. ;-) (The Also People by Ben A has been in my top 3 Doctor Who books list since I first read it. The other two are Left-Handed Hummingbird and, hey, a book by Terrance Dicks: Timewyrm: Exodus. Maybe I was writing about Terrance Dicks in my title after all!)

In other news, I spent my birthday money from the folks and my sisters on a Kitchen Aid mixer, which arrived early this week. And today I finally used it - to make bread! Yay! I include a photo for your disbelievers!

My first loaves of bread and my new mixer!

I made honey whole wheat bread from St. Marten's Table (Amy got me their cookbook this Christmas. Alas, the restaurant is no longer in business.) It's pretty tasty and the smell is (as all bread) WONDERFUL. For supper I had a sandwich of the bread, Black Forest ham, Havarti cheese, lettuce, and baba ganoush. Very tasty! (It's about 8 points, but I think it's worth it.)

Oh yeah, points... We decided to try Weight Watchers at work and I figured "what the hell..." We started Thursday, though I actually started keeping track on Friday. Been dipping into my extra points bucket this weekend, but I'll probably do OK. I'll be interested to see if I lose any weight over the 12 week period.

Been having some quality parental time of late as well. Had dinner with the folks on Thursday (we went to Club 55 where I had ravioli stuffed with smoked artichoke hearts - yum!) and then yesterday was Hoity Toity Grocery Day. After a lunch at First Watch (a breakfast & lunch joint) we shopped at Trader Joe's, and then on the way home stopped at the ginormous Kroger in Englewood that has everything from an olive bar to a sushi bar. (It's where I got my baba ganoush.)

Today I did laundry and baked bread. Those two go well together. :-) Oh yeah, and watched several episodes of Monk. 3 good things that go good together!

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wishfulaces From: wishfulaces Date: February 14th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh cool--Also People also has to be one of my top five Who novels (I don't think I've given this as much thought as you ;), so I'll try to see if I can't find these other novels you've mentioned.

Yay for homemade bread!
trinalin From: trinalin Date: February 14th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, after 3, I haven't a clue what comes next. I just know the top 3. It's like my top 5 original DW stories. No idea about 6 on down. But I know the top 5. (Two of which change places depending on what I'm feeling at the time.) This is actually pretty good for me. Usually I can tell you my most favorite of all ("Eleanor Rigby" is my favoritest song, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is my favoritest movie, etc) but Doctor Who's always been something I can get a top 3, top 5, top 10 with. (I once had my list of top 10 Companions, but it's been ages since I did that. Before NuHu at least. Bernice Summerfield and Turlough are still at the top two spots, however.)
From: jblum Date: February 14th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey Trina, speaking of Sylv -- have you seen this?


It's a sitcom pilot (which hasn't sold to a network yet) -- a mockumentary starring Ian McKellen as his twin brother Murray McKellen, who runs an acting school. And Sylv is one of the faculty!
trinalin From: trinalin Date: February 14th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup - I'd seen bits about it and keep hoping something comes of it. There's also that "spin off" of Death Comes to Time that looks interesting. I'm really hoping The Hobbit comes to fruition and that Sylv doesn't wind up on the cutting room floor! :-)

Thanks for the link!
ravenskyewalker From: ravenskyewalker Date: February 14th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I have the Aaronovich book and will probably wait to read it when the second one is released. As far as the TVM is concerned, I'm waiting until it gets offered at a lower price on half.com, because I don't want to spend that much on it. *rolls eyes*

Yay for the bread!
gregmce From: gregmce Date: February 14th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I totally forgot the Ben Aaronovitch book was coming out! Time to get me a copy...
tom_caesar From: tom_caesar Date: February 26th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)

The bread

The loaf of bread was good. Thanks, Tom and Ardi.

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