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2001: Whatever Happened to Yvonne DeCarlo?
2002: Irreconcilable Differences
2003:  Ravings of a Scattered Brain
2004:  L'Chaim
2005:  Feast of Famine

 Peace in the Valley Again
2007:  I'm Reviewing the Situation
2008:  Not That There's Anything WRONG with That

2009:  I Just Hate It
2010:  Amazon
2011:  Media Blackout
Sunday Stealing
2013: Short but Sweet
Shutterfly vs. Snapfish
2015: Today at Logos
2016: Start of a Busy Weekend
The Three Show Weekend
2018: PJ Day

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 Updated 11/9
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January 9, 2019

There hasn't been a lot of cooking going on around here this week.  With all four of us in various stages of whatever this creeping crud is, at least two or three of us aren't really hungry when mealtime comes around.  Ned and Marta have been eating little meals up in their apartment (I guess I'm going to keep calling it their apartment now).  Walt and I will pick through leftovers from the previous week.

Walt was the last to come down with the symptoms and he generally gets sicker than most.  He has a lower than normal temperature, so if his temp is 98.6, he's very sick.  He also has a low pain threshold, so he feels things more than I do, for example, and when he's sick, he's miserable.

But on Sunday afternoon, after we'd been to the memorial service, Ned got a craving for hot and sour soup and went to the local Chinese restaurant to get some.  Walt is a big soup person and Ned could not possibly have found a better sick meal for him.  I am not a big soup person, but even I thought it was delicious.

It was so good, that he went back to a different Chinese restaurant the next night for another order of hot and sour soup.  Walt had that for dinner and for breakfast this morning.

Ned went off to the store this morning and came home with a bunch of ingredients and while I worked in my office here, I heard lots of cooking sounds coming from the kitchen, and then some pretty delicious smells.

Turns out he was making spicy Thai coconut chicken soup.  Oh my is it delicious.  It has things like fresh ginger, lemongrass, sambal oelek (ground chile paste), coconut milk, (he used coconut cream, since we have lots of it), fish sauce, cilantro and a bunch of other goodies.

It's quite spicy but very flavorful.  We all had some for lunch and since he has cooked chicken left over, he made more for Marta.

I knew Ned would be a big help around here when he moved in, but having a gourmet chef in house was a perk I didn't realize came with it!

I was disappointed in myself last year that I read so few books, only 25.  My goal this year is to read 50 (down quite a bit from the year I read 75!).

I got a good nudge during The Today Show when Jenna Bush Hager announced her choice for first read for her book club, "Dear Edward."

Because I'm usually reading another book when a book club selection is announced (and because I think discussion of Jenna's books take place at the Today Show which is shown here at 1 or 2 a.m.), I have never paid much attention to the books chosen.

However, her description of  this book intrigued me and I ended up getting it for my Kindle.  I finished it in 2 days and actually turned off the TV so I could concentrate on it.

Eddie, age 10, is the only survivor of a plane crash which kills 191 people, including his parents and his older brother, who is his best friend.  The book deals with his depression and his very gradual adjustment to life without his parents, as he lives with his aunt and uncle.  It takes several years, and a friendship with a girl next door, before he comes to find his meaning in life and is able to let others into his life.

It has a beautiful, quite unexpected solution.


Brianna and her cousin


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