Apr 2, 2024

Weekly Roundup: Book rec, Free Apple TV & Cheesecake, and Freezer meals

Yesterday was a state holiday here in California (Happy Cesar Chavez Day!), so school didn't resume until today. It's kind of nice to have an extra day at the end of spring break, although ever since my own school days, I've felt that the stretch from the end of spring break to the end of the school year is a real slog since there are so few holidays. Here's to pushing through AP tests and all the rest! And on to this week's roundup (I've marked affiliate/referral links with a *, which means I may make a little bit of money if you make a purchase or sign up using that link - thank you!):

  • I'm still reading a lot during my recovery downtime, and I have a new favorite novel: The Women* by Kristin Hannah. I cried many times and was so moved by this story about a nurse who served in Vietnam. Bonus: it has a very satisfying resolution. 

  • If you're in the market for a free Apple TV+ subscription, you can get three months at Best Buy* right now. Just don't forget to cancel before your three months are up if you don't want to pay $9.99 per month after that. (I got it so I could watch the Dodgers' second game of the season, which was an Apple TV+ exclusive.)

  • I've made a couple of meals since my surgery, but I've really been appreciating the effort I put in to make some freezer meals before the procedure. It's made me realize that even after I fully recover, I always want to have the option of pulling something out of the freezer if I don't feel like cooking. So I went through my Freezer Meals Pinterest board and as soon as I'm up to it, I'll be making Brown Sugar Meatloaf (I usually use ground turkey instead of beef) and Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan. I subscribe to the "cook once, eat twice" philosophy, so I'll double the recipes when I make them. (Actually, I'll triple the meatloaf recipe and one will be for my in-laws, who live nearby.)

  • Ever since I won a SodaStream* close to 15 years ago, I've been drinking sparkling water instead of flat water at home. Since my surgery, I've upped my intake of LaCroix, because I've been drinking more than usual and been less mobile. But last night I read a few good things about Waterloo, so I picked up a case of that this morning, and am looking forward to trying it. Do you have a favorite brand of sparkling water?

  • If you're a Cheesecake Factory Rewards member, be sure to check your account - I got a free  slice of cheesecake for no apparent reason!

And that's about it for now. It's going to take a few more weeks for me to fully recover, but I feel better every day and am looking forward to getting back to my normal lifestyle! Please let me know if there's something you'd like to see in the roundup. And don't forget to sign up for my monthly email newsletter!

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