Monthly Round-Up: February

February is over. Valentine’s Day and my birthday have come and gone, and now is just about when I start to long for spring and summer. I’m a cool-weather girl, in case that hasn’t been made obvious, but now is when I start thinking about the swim club opening, looming opportunities for barbecues, baseball games, and longer, warmer days that I can spend reading in my backyard. Even though we still have to get through St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, I can see those things on the horizon, and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me the tiniest bit happy. Plus, for someone who likes cooking (and eating) as much as me, the warm-weather months are the best. Iced coffee, smoothies for breakfast, ripe berries, grilling…wait, where was I? Oh, right. February. Here’s a round-up of things I did this month:

Reading

I spent most of this month reading my critique partner’s latest book, but also managed to score The Address, by Fiona Davis, on a Bookbub special. It’s a dual-timeline story set in and around the Dakota in New York City – the building in front of which John Lennon was murdered in 1980. Bouncing back and forth between 1885, when the Dakota was just newly-opened, and 1985, when a descendant of one of the original architects – fresh out of rehab – is hired to remodel it, it entwines a murder mystery and a paternity scandal. It was a time and a place I don’t normally read about and I liked stepping out of my historical fiction comfort zone.


Cooking

I hopped on the Instant Pot bandwagon last Christmas, when I received mine as a gift. I used it a couple of times, but this year I’ve been trying to use it a lot more. This past month I made two recipes that my husband has already demanded I make again, and soon. The biggest success, and the one he won’t stop talking about, is this cheesecake. I purchased a 6″ push pan, parchment rounds and additional sealing rings from Amazon, followed the instructions for dense cake and used the perfectionist method, and used Biscoff cookies in the crust. The result? Probably the best cheesecake I’ve ever tasted. I also made this creamy taco pasta, which my husband swears he would eat out of the kitty litter box if that’s how I served it. I think he’s kidding, but that’s definitely saying something.


Watching

Yes, I realize it’s 2019. Yes, I realize that this show has been off the air for 4 years. But I was tired of my co-workers quoting it and not knowing what the heck they were talking about. So over this past month, I’ve watched Parks and Recreation almost in its entirety (at the time of this blog post going live, I’m about halfway through season 6). I now know why one of my co-workers has named his cats Duke Silver and L’il Sebastian. I know why they freak out every time we get a client named Tammy, and I’ve even developed a bit of a crush on Adam Scott, who I’ve never found attractive before. It’s a funny show. Is it the funniest show I’ve ever seen? No (although Rob Lowe and Nick Offerman are definitely hilarious, and in the episode where Leslie meets Joe Biden, I feel like I’m looking into my future). I’m enjoying it, but I don’t think I’ll immediately start it over again when I’m done, like I do when I finish Friends. I’m just glad that now I can laugh along when my co-workers start talking about Snake Juice.


That’s all for February! See you next month!

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