Norwegian trains vs. Bob Ross.

It seems like we have a subscription to almost every streaming service imaginable: YouTubeTV, Netflix, PrimeVideo, Hulu, Disney+, Peacock for Premier League soccer, CBS for Champions and Europa League soccer and ESPN+ for MLS, USL and Serie A soccer. Whew! Even with all those streamers, we still absolutely love PlutoTV. Pluto is 100% free TV and movies with 100s of TV channels and 1000s of movies. Did I mention Pluto is 100% free?

Most of the time, I listen to PlutoTV while I’m working during the day. I love it because I can pick a channel and watch the same program for as long as I want. I don’t have to try to find something new to listen to every hour when new shows come on. PlutoTV is perfectly splendid.

PlutoTV is constantly updating their lineup and adding new channels. Just recently, they removed one of my very favorite channels, SurfTV. Nothing but surfing shows 24/7. It was awesome. But sadly, it is no more. And that’s perfectly dreadful. But one of our other favorite channels on PlutoTV is SlowTV

SlowTV is nothing but beautiful, scenic train rides through the countryside of Norway 24/7. The scenery of the Norwegian countryside is just gorgeous. We love it. And we fall asleep to SlowTV almost every night.

But Pluto just added a 24/7 Bob Ross painting channel….

The new Bob Ross channel might give SlowTV a run for it’s money for the channel we fall asleep to every night. We’ll have to give it a try.

Norwegian trains versus Bob Ross. It kind of sounds like a grudge match for the ages. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ›ค๏ธ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธโค๏ธ

Taqueria 251.

A new taco shop just opened up in Northside called Taqueria 251. And this afternoon we walked down Hamilton Avenue to check it out the new place in the neighborhood…

I’m digging their murals…

Taqueria 251 was still waiting for their liquor license…

We sat out on their very spacious patio…

We started with some chips and salsa…

The trio of salsas came in these half-full little squeeze bottles…

We thought it was kind of an odd presentation. Especially in the middle of a pandemic. But the salsas were all pretty good. The green was the mild and the one on the right was really spicy. The middle one was my favorite. But they all had really good flavors.

We ordered the Esquite as an appetizer. The Esquite is sweet corn cut off the cob brought to the table in a cup served with a side of spicy mayo, cotija cheese, Mexican cream, tajin and lime. And it’s all mixed right at the table…

And as soon as our Esquite was prepared, our tacos arrived…

We ordered the Al Pastor, Papa and Chicharron…

We also ordered the Gringa with the cheese crust…

The tacos were just okay. They were really just meat on a tortilla. The meats were really flavorful but a little dry. The Gringa was good. I enjoyed the cheese crust. The Papa was my favorite because it actually had a crema and cotija cheese on it. The Esquite was so dang good. It was the best thing I’ve eaten in a minute. The flavors were just amazing.

We also ordered their churros because I love churros and they don’t show up on a lot of menus. So we almost had to order them…

The churros were amazing too. They were served with a side of nutella, goats milk candy, condensed milk and sugar and cinnamon blend…

The Esquite and the churros were out-of-this-world incredibly good. I would definitely stop back at Taqueira 251 just for those two items, and maybe a Papa taco. It was pretty tasty too.

It’s always fun when a new place opens up in our neighborhood. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐ŸŒฎโค๏ธ

And the rest of our Saturday.

It was a grey and overcast Saturday morning in Northside…

Good morning from Northside…

We ran over to the grocery this morning…

They had both the panda bear and the train again today…

And they had lots of my new favorite BBQ Chicken flavor ramen…

There were some great balloons this morning too…

We stopped to get our Saturday morning Mad Llama coffee

We had this shelf in our kitchen…

Genifer ordered a new sideboard to go in its place…

It took a bit to put together but it turned out pretty nice…

It took too long for Oscar. He was out…

For lunch, we walked down Hamilton Avenue to check out Northside’s new taco shop called Taqueria 251. It was pretty good stuff. I don’t know that we’ll be rushing back. They had this corn appetizer called Esquite that was out of this world good. And they had incredible churros for dessert. I think we’ll still be satisfying our taco cravings at Django Western Taco. But I think our perfect meal would combine the best from the two places.

And good evening from Northside…

And from our backyard…

We soldiered through The Reckoning on Netflix. It was just plain bad. There wasn’t one likable character in the entire series. So not good. At all. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿผ๐Ÿš‚๐ŸŽˆโ˜•๏ธโค๏ธ

Milk & Mocha Bear.

Today is Worlds Mental Health Day. I loved today’s Milk & Mocha Bear

I like the message of this one too from last year’s World Mental Health Day...

Be kind. Always. Those are great words to live by.

And don’t worry so much about things you can’t control. Same goes for silly work emails. I really love Milk & Mocha bear. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

A morning trip to Trade Joe’s.

Good morning from Northside…

We ventured out to Trader Joe’s this morning before work, and on the way across town the sunrise sky was so beautiful…

It’s been a minute since we’ve been to Trader Joe’s…

And Mad Llama is right around the corner from Trader Joe’s (kind of)…

When we got home, we finished up our work week before having Trader Joe’s delicious Mandarin Orange Chicken for dinner…

Good evening from Northside…

And then we all crashed out…

It was another long week. Thank goodness it’s Friday. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿฅก๐Ÿ”โค๏ธ

The best thing to do.

I love Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿป๐Ÿทโค๏ธ

My ballot arrived today.

Good morning from Northside…

For dinner tonight, we hadย another one of the Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express mealsย for dinner tonight. This one was Hawaiian Boneless Pork Chop with bacon green beansโ€ฆ

It was another really delicious dinner. The pineapple with the crispy onions on top of the pork chops and the bacon green beans were outstanding. The sauce was kind of an Asiany soy sauce. We really like theย Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express meal kits a lot.

Good evening from Northside…

My voter packet arrived in the mail today…

The first one was a no-brainer. The rest were just really everything straight Democratic ticket. Now I just need to figure out the judges. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿท๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธโค๏ธ

With… Sprinkles.

Good morning from Northside…

The front yard of the house at the end of the street is out of control…

Genifer made P.F. Chang’s Orange Chicken for dinner tonight…

And she made dumplings too…

For dessert, she bought home a three big of cookies from Taste of Belgium

I thought the sugar cookie with sprinkles was the best one…

But maybe I just really like Sprinkles.

And good evening from Northside…

And the evening always ends with ball in the backyard. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿฅก๐Ÿชโค๏ธ

Mondays are always hard.

Good morning from Northside…

And good evening from Northside…

Not a cloud in the sky all day long. And then we just crashed out…

We just blew through both The Five and Safe. Both of the series were based on books by Harlan Coben and both were really outstanding. They had so many twists and turns. We never would have guessed the ending in either series. They were sooo good.

And that was another Monday in the books. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ“บโค๏ธ

Google Maps Local Guides Level 9!

I FINALLY DID IT! I just made it to Local Guide Level 9! Iโ€™ve been plugging away and working really hard on my Google Maps/Local Guides. I’ve been posting photos and reviews of every place we visit to try to inch myself from Level 8 up to Level 9. I’ve been painfully close to level 9 for a while, and this evening I finally made itโ€ฆ

HOORAY for Level 9! It doesnโ€™t really mean much to anyone other than me. I don’t get anything. I just think itโ€™s fun. Itโ€™s kind of like my Swarm. Itโ€™s another way to share our experiences and especially another place to share all the dang photos I take of every little thing every single day.

And thatโ€™s really why I like Google Maps Local Guides! #LetsGuide ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ท9โƒฃโค๏ธ

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