Three things — 11.26.17

Things I’m loving this week

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Sheet-pan recipes. Holy sheet (you know I had to), I’m loving the simplicity of making an entire meal all at once with the hottest new trend in cooking. I wrote about the whole thing, including a few recipes that were a hit at my house at my Runner’s Notes blog.

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UPS Dogs. This is the greatest thing that’s happen to my Facebook feed since the darkest day (11.8.16). Now, my newsfeed is full of puppy dogs and men (and women) in brown who love them. It’s awesome. Go like “UPS Dogs” right now. You will not regret it. I hear they have an Instagram account, too.

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Baked apples. I always meant to get around to trying this baked apple recipe I found on Skinnytaste. Then, this week, when I bought more apples than I had room for in the fridge, I decided make use of the overflow instead of leaving them on the counter for the fruit flies to devour. And….wow…are they good. Healthy? That’s probably a stretch since the recipe includes both butter and brown sugar, but….whatever. Tis the season to pack on some winter weight, right?

Things I’m not loving this week

Samsung TVs. Folks, never buy a Samsung TV. We bought one at Target last year in November  — it was a 55″ SmartTV for like $550 or something like that — a pre-Christmas special.  Two months ago, Dan turned it on and it immediately blinked off and went dark. He fiddled with all the cords, checked all the connections, then called the company. Since it was still under a 1-year warranty, they sent a repairman (that took like three weeks). When the guy came, he inserted a new “brain” and the TV was fine. He wasn’t even out of the driveway before it blew out again. Another call to the company…..they decide they should just replace it because it’s clearly blowing out whatever this part is. BUT….here’s the kicker folks…and why you should NEVER buy a Samsung TV….they replaced it with a REFURBISHED TV — same model — with just a three MONTH warranty. And, because it’s refurbished, we were not even ABLE to buy an extended warranty. So….yeah, we just got screwed. Here’s hoping that TV lasts a few more years, but that seems unlikely…these SmartTVs (computers, you know) burn out pretty quick.

Sexy Goldfish costume. Really? This is what it’s come to? I swear there is no hope for this country.

Low-back pain. My personal nightmare (herniated disc) has returned with a vengence, and there is nothing that makes it feel better. Sitting, standing, laying down….it all hurts. I walk like I just crapped my pants and I haven’t run/biked/done Pilates in a week….  I’d keep your distance if I were you.

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