Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, May 1, 2022, or: At Least We Had a Bloomin’ Onion…..

(C) 2022 Outback Steakhouse

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida on Sunday, May 1, 2022. It is a warm spring day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 75˚F (24˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 88% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 4 MPH (6 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 73˚F (23˚C). Today’s forecast calls for thunderstorms in the afternoon hours and a high of 90˚F (32˚C). Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy. The low will be 65˚F (18˚C).

Last night the Caregiver was tired from a late afternoon shopping trip to Home Depot to buy paint supplies and paraphernalia for gardening. Unlike the homeowners’ association where I lived from 1978 to 2016, the maintenance of the houses’ exteriors are the responsibility of the home owners, so if any repairs or renovations are needed, the HOA does not handle them. Apparently, this house’s exterior’s paint needs a touchup, so that’s what the Caregiver (who is also – weirdly – my most recent ex-girlfriend) is working on this weekend.

Anyway, last night the Caregiver was too tired to cook dinner – a task she seems to find ways to avoid as of late – so I was tasked to order food from Outback Steakhouse online.

For those of you who are interested in knowing what we had – I was handed a slip of paper with specific requests – here’s the order details list:

1 x Kookaburra Wings®(1 x $12.99)=$12.99
1 x Medium
1 x Sydney Shrooms(1 x $7.99)=$7.99
1 x Bloomin’ Onion®(1 x $8.99)=$8.99
1 x Victoria’s Filet® Mignon*
1 x 6oz Victoria’s Filet® Mignon(1 x $23.49)=$23.49
1 x Medium Rare: Warm Red Center
1 x Baked Potato
1 x Everything
1 x Fresh Steamed Mixed Veggies
1 x Bone-In New York Strip* 16 oz.(1 x $25.49)=$25.49
1 x Medium Well: Warm Brown/Pink Center
1 x Fresh Steamed Seasonal Veggies
1 x House Salad
1 x House Salad
1 x Ranch
1 x The Bloomin’ Burger®*(1 x $13.99)=$13.99
1 x Medium Well: Warm Brown/Pink Center
1 x No Lettuce
1 x No Tomato
1 x No Pickles
1 x New! Tasmanian Chili $
1 x Upcharge of:(1 x $4.00)=$4.00
1 x Add Four Gold Coast Coconut Shrimp(1 x $6.49)=$6.49
1 x French Onion Soup
1 x French Onion Soup(1 x $6.99)=$6.99
1 x Baked Potato Soup
1 x Cup(1 x $4.49)=$4.49
REDEEMED: $5 Conversion Reward($5.00)



The Caregiver told me to use her credit or debit card, but because I couldn’t change the payment options on my Outback Steakhouse account, I ended up having to put that $143.98 charge on my Amazon Visa account.

On the one hand, I am a team player and am usually happy to contribute to the household. I like Outback Steakhouse myself, and I was used to inviting the Caregiver and her daughter to dinner back in the days when our relationship was, um different.

On the other hand, this was an unexpected extra expense, and it comes at a not-so-good time for me; I just bought a new computer and have to pay for it in installments. I can pay this Outback bill in one installment, but $143.98 will give my personal expenses fund a big hit this month.

Still, those of us who were here last night went to bed with full stomachs. And as my beloved Mami used to say, Barriga llena, corazon contento.

(C) 1985, 2022 MicroProse/Atari

As for today, I have no set plans, Dear Reader. I thought about ending my Crusade in Europe hiatus, but if we experience thunderstorms in our area later today, that might not be an option. I would either have to start a game session now – and choose a quick scenario – or not play at all. The game has no viable Save option, so starting a session of Crusade in Europe only to quit before completing a scenario is a waste of time.

(C) 2020 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

I might watch a few episodes of the 1998 documentary series Cold War or the 2005-2013 comedy series The Office before the storms roll in. After that, I might read a chapter or two from one of the many books on my TBR pile.

So. Much. Excitement.

On that note, Dear Reader, I will end this first post for May 2022. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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