Miscellany Monday

Annelise had a soccer drills and skills practice tonight (her coach works out with his son Monday nights so he invited a few of the players to join them this summer on Monday nights) but I opted to stay home (big surprise) and watch a little bit of When Harry Met Sally (safely stored on our DVD for impromptu viewing) and blog.

As one does.

I made this yummy chili mac for supper from Mix and Match Mama that Scott really gobbled up and Annelise picked her way through the red peppers but ultimately liked it. I used to make something similar but it called for the dreaded cream of chemical mushroom soup so I was glad to try this recipe that calls for a homemade cheese sauce that was surprisingly easy to whip up. Who knew?

The only thing I did differently was to split it into two 8X8 casserole dishes (it makes a lot), top with cheese, freeze one and bake the other at 350 for 30 minutes.

Did you hear that James Garner passed away yesterday? So sad.

We watched two episodes of The Rockford Files on Netflix as sort of a memorial I guess. Annelise declared them too cheesy, which they were I suppose, but I loved them and they will always be a fond memory from my childhood (along with All in the Family and The Carol Burnett Show and several other mid-late70s classics). We had watched The Great Escape last year, Annelise liked him much better in that movie. I liked him in those Doris Day movies too, and of course in Ya-Ya and The Notebook from his later years.

Last Monday night the girls and I shut Cheesecake Factory down. The time just flew from 6:00 to 11:00, as it's known to do whenever we're together in a delightful haze of chatting, laughing and of course, eating. 
We hadn't been out for dinner in a while so it was a treat to have a spontaneous girls' night!

Sidenote: We always get the same thing, four Factory Chopped Salads (two without tomatoes--what?), four tropical iced teas and then we share two slices of cheesecake, one of which is usually Godiva and the other one alternates, this time it was 30th Anniversary.

Staying up late that night actually helped me sleep the whole night through, something I hadn't done in quite a while. For the past sweet forever I've been waking up between 3:00 and 4:00 am, usually to go potty, whee, and then not being able to fall back asleep until around 5:30-6:00 or so.


Thankfully it's summer and I can sleep later but I really don't like doing that. I'd much rather sleep somewhat normal hours without interruption, even if I woke up around 6:00 that would be less frustrating than what's been happening. 

Something's gotta give.

Sidenote: That was Marilyn Monroe's last film but it was never released. It was remade with James Garner and Doris Day in 1963 as Move Over, Darling.

Scott was off Friday so we had a breakfast date at The Egg and I, which is one of our favorite things to do. I always get the same thing, The Athena Scramble, which is an egg scramble with mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus and feta cheese. Scott always gets Viva La France, (I think he just likes to say that) which is french toast, eggs and choice of meat.

Can I tell y'all something?

I'm not a fan of french toast. Waffles? Yes. Pancakes? Yes. Egg dipped toast slathered with powdered sugar? Nope.
In other exciting news, we got a new ice maker and my dad installed it Friday afternoon. Our old one had been on the fritz and finally gave up the ghost last fall and we resigned ourselves to the sad life of ice cube trays. I don't know why we didn't just order a new one sooner, I think we were holding out hope ours would rebound.

It's so nice to have ice again!

Yes, I am the dork that kept checking on its production over the weekend and giving status updates to my hard to impress people.

Finally, even though Weird Al annoys me, I did like his recent grammar rant.
Happy Monday, y'all!

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