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!