My Favorite Things This Week – 18 February 2018

These are my favorite things of the week for 18 February 2018.

  • Sunday dinner is a tradition that Katie and I have. While most of the meals I prepare throughout the week are simple and frugal, this is the one day where I try to get a little bit fancy. Everything from scratch, or as close to it as possible. Last week I roasted a chicken, made spinach potatoes au gratin with real cream, and baked an apple tart. I actually haven’t figured out what I’m making today. It’s also the one meal where I make enough to have leftovers.
  • On Sundays we also tend to watch documentaries. If you love pop music I highly recommend The Wrecking Crew, which we streamed on Netflix Nordic. It’s about the studio musicians who recorded a lot of the top hits of the 1960s, but never got credit or attribution for their work.
  • Speaking of music, my new favorite band is Hooray for the Riff Raff. I first heard them via NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. If you know me at all, you know that I have a soft spot for eclectic bands.
  • Another recent Tiny Desk Concert featured George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, which put me in the mood to listen to funk. I was happy to discover that AccuRadio has a free streaming funk station. Several, actually, all packed with great stuff. So that’s been what I’ve been listening to the rest of the week while I’m working.
  • This past Tuesday was Shrove Tuesday, which meant an extra helping of pancakes. I make them from scratch every Sunday, with our weekly indulgence of bacon and usually some sort of fruit compote I’ve whipped up from whatever is in season and on sale. I love that I know how to make great pancakes from scratch, but I can’t understand why other people can’t.
  • Wednesday was Friendship Day, or Valentine’s Day, or All Hearts Day, depending on which country you’re in. I made tacos, and we washed them down with some Mexican cervezas. Seriously, there are few things in life better than good tacos and beer. Except maybe pancakes.
  • On Friday I released yet another new book. I am grateful that I have enough of a fan base to make rent and pay that bills, but otherwise am largely unknown in the industry and ignored by the great seething mass of the hobby. To date, I rarely get hate mail and don’t get hassled all that often. Which, I know, is actually the gold standard for being a successful creator in 2018. You haven’t really made it until someone sends you death threats, but I can do without it.

Wow, this installment really leaned into music and food, didn’t it?

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  1. Love Hurray for the Riff Raff. If you don’t mind some contemporary Punk ( I like a lot of Green Day) my Current favorite is The DollyRots. They are Pop-Punk in a perfect balance. I usually find punk too aggressive for more than occasional listening and poop is usually too saccharine. But this group seems
    to combine them so it’s not too aggressive and not too sweet. Check out roller coaster and I’m awesome for great singles.

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