James and the Kitchen Adventure (11/8/2008)
I wake up and it’s around 8 or 9. I love sleeping in on the weekend. It’s definitely something that I’ve grown to really appreciate since I started working in a 9-5 office job. I get up and after a quick breakfast, head over to Stop N Shop to pick up some ingredients for upcoming meals. Monica stays at home to work on some school stuff.
With the necessary items acquired, I return to the apartment to veg out. Monica’s got some more school stuff to work on, so I play Dead Space. I end up playing for about 2 hours and get through a few more chapters in the game. It is incredibly fun.
Monica’s still busy so I decide to watch a quick movie. I broke up a majority of my box sets when I added them into DVDProfiler. When they were in their boxes, I was less likely to watch them because watching them didn’t bring my “Un-Watched” count down any. Now I’m able to watch whatever I want without feeling like I didn’t knock the number down. As a result, I’ve been checking out more and more films that have been in my pile for awhile but I’ve skipped because of their box set status. One of these is Broadway Danny Rose by Woody Allen. I’ve become quite the Woody Allen fan as of late, collecting over 30 of his films. This one was typical of the writer / director and incredibly fast-moving and hilarious.
After the movie, Monica was still busy with schoolwork. This meant more Dead Space for me. I play for a bit more and get up to the last chapter. Just a bit more to go. I check in on Monica and she’s reaching a stopping point so I start dinner. We had decided on Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake for dinner this evening. It’s another recipe that my Mom had sent me and it seemed easy enough to try out. I get everything started and get going pretty easily. There was a lot of stuff going on at once, so I was surprised to see that I was able to keep up with everything. I tossed it into the oven and kept myself busy until the baking was done.
The pasta bake came out pretty well. It wasn’t perfect and there’s definitely a few things I’d like to change the next time I make it, but I was pleased. I left the diced tomatoes and spinach out of the recipe too. No need for those in my dinner.
Monica and I chow down and watch High Anxiety. This is a sort of tribute to Alfred Hitchcock by Mel Brooks. I liked the film, but I think I would like it a lot more if I had seen more of Hitchcock’s films. As it stands right now, I’ve only seen about 5. I’m working on that though.
After the movie, Monica wanted to do something that didn’t involve the Television or a computer. We settle on some board games. We play a couple rounds of Sorry! (both of which are won by Monica) and then we try and figure out Rummikub. My brother Cory and I used to play this all the time with my Grandma before I broke a dalmatian statue in her house and stopped inviting us over. It took me a bit to remember how to play, but after a round of the game, I remembered and Monica picked it up. We each one a game and then called it a night.