Alexa, Naked Chicken, Cobra Kai

DAY 2 -- Alexa moved in to our house a few weeks ago and I think I'm in love. I was never really interested in making our house a "smart home" until I saw some of the capabilities in action. It's much like wearing an Apple Watch -- it's not necessary, but is sure is convenient (and fun) sometimes. So our house is slowly becoming smarter and I'm becoming a little less motivated to get off the couch. With Echos and Dots and accessories spread throughout our house, I assume it's only a matter of time before we're hydrating pizzas for dinner.

And, yes, I was torn between a Back to the Future reference and a Jetsons reference there.

While I was cleaning leaves and oak pollen off the roof this past weekend, Mason tells me he was given specific instructions from Amy:

"I'm going to the store. If dad falls off the roof, tell Alexa to call 911."

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Let's talk about food.

My favorite thing over the past week or so has been avocado toast -- apparently a favorite among the hipster crowd. I eat it for breakfast with some fruit and feel like I'm starting my day off with something satisfying and nutritious.

Then later in the day, my amazing ability to make poor decisions occasionally sets in and I negate any bit of pride I feel from a healthy breakfast.

Today, for example, I needed to pick something up from Barnes & Noble over my lunch hour which took me right by one of my fast food nemeses -- Taco Bell. I have a love/hate relationship with Taco Bell -- while I love Taco Bell, Taco Bell hates me. Knowing full well that a Taco Bell lunch was sure to result in an afternoon gut bomb, I ignored my conscience and decided today was the day I'd give a shot at the Naked Chicken Chalupa.

There it is. In all it's glory.

If you're unfamiliar, it's exactly what it looks like -- a pretty basic taco but with a fried chicken shell.

After applying a healthy dose of Diablo Sauce, down the hatch it went and I have to admit ... I was pleasantly surprised. It kind of hit the spot and satisfied my Taco Bell craving. But I'm not smart enough to stop there. The burrito and two glasses of mango tea that followed put me over the edge.

Some day I'll learn.


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It seems that this summer's Day 1 post created a bit of shock among the faithful Summer of Tim readers -- all with one simple word: "purge."

While I've spent several years amassing a somewhat ridiculous collection of ... well ... stuff, I'm realizing that there's a point where it's time to reign things in a bit. For as long as I can remember, I've loved a trip to a good thrift store and the feeling of walking out with something cheap and fun that I didn't even know I wanted in the first place. When I say I want to purge a bit over the summer, I'm not talking about the good stuff. All of my old toys and the other vintage and pop culture memorabilia is all staying put. What I'm talking about thinning out are the huge amounts of random stuff that I've picked up simply because it was cheap and it was there.

That said, I really haven't had the urge to go junk shopping in quite some time. I'm not sure when or how it happened, but I've reached a point since last summer where I'd rather have simple over stuff in many ways. For example, I've officially moved away from buying physical copies of music (with an occasional exception, of course) and even away from purchasing digital downloads. For a while it was Spotify and now we've moved on to Amazon Music Unlimited. For the cost of one album a month (or maybe two cheap albums), we've got an endless library of music at our fingertips.

Sure, I miss the liner notes and all of that jazz ... but I can't tell Alexa to change CDs while I'm in the shower.

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Speaking of music, I've been listening to the new Frank Turner album a lot lately. It's pretty great. You should listen to it a lot, too.

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Cobra Kai, the series based on the original Karate Kid trilogy, has been out for almost two weeks and I've watch all ten episodes through three times already. Amy even watched them with me once and said to me just last night, "I want to watch the Karate Kid show again."

After fifteen years, she knows me well enough to know that's my kind of flirting.

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I had to be at work early today to administer an AP exam. That means I should have gone to bed at a reasonable time last night. Instead, I stayed up until after midnight watching reruns of Cops.

I think it's safe to say that full-on summer mode has officially set it.


Bob Johns said...

I really need to break down and pay for YouTube Red just to watch this show grrr!

Shawn Robare said...

Totally! First month is free yo!

Shawn Robare said...

Yeah, I used to be the “I have 170gbs” on my ipod guy. Now I’m the Spotify guy. 80% of the Punk, Glam, Hip Hop and rock I listen to is on it, so that’s good enough these days.

As for avacado toast. Are you a sardine eater? I never was, but toast with avocado, and skinless/boneless sardine marinated in lemon juice, a splash of cooking sherry, salt and pepper is kinda divine.

TL said...

Ugh. I'll stop at avocado and take your word for it. :) I can't do sardines.