Month: June 2016

June ‘Grams


Why yes, I am itching for my mini Fourth of July vacation.  I’m off tomorrow, so let’s say goodbye to June.

Highlights include: my first 5K attempt, celebrating Matt’s birthday, the first beach trip of the season, Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios, adventuring around JP & the Arnold Arboretum, and a lot of cooking together [here, here, and here].

I’ve got a couple of trips planned for July, but stay tuned.

Have a great holiday weekend, everyone!



Sailor Moon Crystal Infinity 12


For all my complaining last week, I ended up loving the Sailor Moon Crystal season wrap-up.  I still think the cats were under-utilized, but hey, what are you going to do?

The battle was really over.  It took a jolt to Sailor Moon to awaken the power of the Legendary Silver Crystal and drive Pharaoh 90 away.  With that, Sailor Saturn did not have to swing down her Silence Glaive and destroy the world.  She was able to sacrifice herself to finish the job and, with a little help from Sailor Pluto, seal him and the Tau Star System away for good.

I don’t know how I had forgotten about baby Hotaru until Sailor Saturn started talking about rebirth.  So sweet.  Michiru picks her up and decides she, Haruka, and Setsuna will all parent this girl who is getting a second chance at life.

I think we ended on a good note– sort of bittersweet, but leading right into the next season.  Thoughts?!

Blue Apron: Week 3


On third (and final trial) week of Blue Apron, we picked what we would get.  You only get to pick from a group of 6 options, and they blank out some as you pick, as only some combinations are available.  We tried:

Spicy Hoisin Turkey Meatballs – I’ll tell you, this little Italian had so much fun making meatballs.  Boyfriend wasn’t sure about the combination of meatballs and rice, but I think the flavor profile lent itself to rice just fine.

Black Garlic Shoyu Ramen – This one took a bit of time to make, but it smelled amazing to develop the black garlic flavor in the broth.  The soft boiled eggs, my favorite part of any ramen, were paired with a delicious sea salt.  We’ve already repeated these eggs with the remaining salt.

Seared Steak & Spiced Potatoes – This is pretty much goals when I want a home-cooked meal.  We haven’t had great luck with cooking our potatoes, mainly because a “medium dice” comes out different every time we do it.  We did manage to cook the steak to our liking, and the combination was perfect– I was super happy to have snap peas alongside.

Since we’re away a lot in July, we’re putting our meals on hold to maybe try a few more in August.  I do have three free meals to give away, so leave me a comment with your email address if you’d like an invite!

OITNB Season 4


I finished Orange is the New Black’s fourth season right in time for bed on Saturday, June 18th.  It had been up for roughly 34 hours at the time.  I felt sad.  I usually feel sad when I finish a new season of OITNB, because it’s a long, long wait on a cliffhanger ending.  This was different.

I’ve been gathering my thoughts throughout the week.  I’ve been reading around, too, and with a little Googling, you’ll see a lot of “darkest season ever,” and “deeply upsetting,” in the headlines.  Well, I agree, but I’m not going to talk about that.

This show does its job really well, though– it’s a story about people.  People are deeply complicated and the abundance of moral ambiguity in this show makes it all too real.  OITNB’s fourth season left me crying on my couch.  To me, this is art.  It made me experience so much emotion, and thus, it succeeded.

Various thoughts under the cut, none so heavy as the paragraphs above, but full of SPOILERS:


Clone Club Season 4 Wrap-Up


I only saw this poster like 2 weeks ago, and I really love it.


As expected, Orphan Black’s finale left us with more questions than answers.  So, what have we learned?

  • Evie Cho was replaceable.
  • Neulution’s founder, Percival Westmoreland, is still alive and kickin’, albeit very old.  He apparently has some sort of “Others” in Lost-esque camp on the Isle of Doctor Moreau and that’s where Delphine is.
  • Rachel is a cut-throat bitch after all.  I so wanted her to join the Clone Club, but even Susan Duncan is all set with her.  How about Susan stitching herself up?
  • Cosima finds the cure, and finds her way into the arms of Delphine once again!
  • Krystal is not buying the clone thing, due to the fact that she believes Sarah looks nothing like her.

I was pretty sad that Alison wasn’t in the episode at all, save for the “extended scene” playing during BBC America’s airing.  I’m dying to know what the deal with Rachel’s eye was– obviously, it’s a message from Westmoreland, but what does he want?  That really is the question, isn’t it?  I’m guessing we’ll learn a lot more about him in season 5, which is sadly the final season.