I’m Sick of Baby Yoda: And I Haven’t Watched Much

I’ve still only seen the first episode of the Mandalorian, but already I’m sick of Baby Yoda. Does that make me a monster? In the eyes of the Internet, probably. Everyone seems to be going crazy over the character, sharing gifs and memes and their overall enjoyment. To them, I say, I am glad they’re enjoying the character. I’m sick of Baby Yoda because he’s inescapable. All I see on the internet is people talking about him. And now I’m doing it, too and I hate myself for it.

Look, I want to be clear that there’s nothing wrong with sharing what you love. The world is so dark that we need to find joy where we can. I’m not even asking people to stop sharing stuff about him. And, I’m not saying there haven’t been a few things I’ve seen and appreciated concerning him. One was a Lone Wolf and Cub cover with the Mandalorian and BY instead of Ogami Itto and Daigoro. It is awesome . Overall, though the obsession wiht BY feels like it’s too much for me.

The image shows a mock cover of Lone Wolf and Cub with the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda, who I'm sick of.

I don’t mind that he’s cute. I like cute things. And I love Yoda and think it’s neat that Star Wars is bringing in another one of his species. I mean, clearly the character is not really the Jedi Master, but that’s what the world has dubbed him.

I know I must sound like a curmudgeon. The thing is, because I’m sick of Baby Yoda, I kind of don’t want to watch the series. Which is a shame because I was looking forward to it. Yes, this is my own issue, I need to get past.

I’m Sick of Baby Yoda, But That Could Change

I still plan on watching the rest of the Mandalorian, and giving Baby Yoda a chance. I am not THAT closed minded. Still, it has been difficult for me to find the motivation to watch the series. Not all of that has to do with the green child, but a lot of it does.

I am sorry if I have upset anyone with this thread. It is not my intent to be a dick to people who love the character. As I wrote earlier, we can love what we want, and I am happy that people share that love. So, please, if you comment, don’t be too cruel. We are all allowed to have opinions, and disagreements, but let’s try to be respectful when we do. Thanks for reading.

Dryvember Day 30: Can I Drink Yet?

Well, here it is. Dryvember day 30. I made it. Or did I? I know I’ve been quiet on the blog recently, which is a bit of a shame. Posting about my experience during No Drink November felt good, and it kept me honest in terms of putting ass to chair and writing. So, what happened? Well, I got busy at work. And, I started to feel like I had nothing to say. We all know the saying about if you have nothing to say keep your trap shut, right?

Plus, I got bust at work, and had a slight bout of depression. Everything’s okay now, basically. I’m still feeling a bit depressed and work is still busy. But, I’m writing again. And that’s good. Furthermore, it’s not like I haven’t been nurturing my creative juices. I haven’t written anything, but I have made some notes about a few things. That’s not enough, I know, but it’s a start.

In the creative bummer department, though, I was unable to finish a short story in time for submission earlier this month. That hurt more than a rejection would’ve, and I know it would have been rejected. But, not finishing it hurts more because I didn’t give myself a chance for rejection. Oh well, I got it started and now I can finish it. The place I wanted to submit to runs open submissions every few months, so I am not completely out in the cold.

At any rate, it’s Dryvember day 30. It’s just after 7pm on a Saturday night here, and I am debating whether or not to drink. I bought some beer at the store earlier. Clearly, I was thinking about having a drink.

If I Drink Before Dryvember Day 30 Ends, Do I Fail?

Now, however, I’m not sure if I want a drink. There are a some reasons for this. One, is it cheating? I mean, I have 5 hours until December 1st, so if I drink before then, did I fail the 30 day Dryvember challenge? Technically speaking, the answer would have to be yes. But, does five hours make that much of a difference in these matters? I don’t know.

Two, if I drink now, or after midnight, what was the point of not drinking for thirty days? At the beginning, I said I was doing this to see if I could. And now that I have (essentially) done it, what do I do? Do I pat myself on the back and congratulate myself by cracking open a cold one? Or do I take a deep breath and bask in my victory for a little while? The last time I did this, I made it a few days past the deadline, which was nice. But then I started drinking again, anyway. I’m not ready to quit drinking entirely, and I don’t know if I ever will be. But again, I am forced to ask what is the point if I’m just going to tip some back as soon as the month ends?

Big Questions, Difficult Answers

There aren’t any easy answers to this question. I would like to say that the doing is the point. Thirty days (shy five or so hours) is nothing to shake a stick at. I can be proud of what I accomplished. Or, I can get down on myself for immediately falling into old patters. I do feel like I earned a drink after abstaining for the month. But is that what it’s really about? I don’t know. My gut says that maybe I don’t want to drink, and that’s why I’m having this discussion with myself. While my mind acknowledges what my gut’s saying, it says, “To hell with it. Have a drink. You only live once.” Both raise valid points.

Three, while I don’t have a lot to do tomorrow, I do have some things. And, waking up without hangovers (even if just on the weekends) has been nice. Then there is the danger of slipping back into heavy drinking again. I don’t see that happening tonight, but it’s a definite possibility. Though, they do say that those who abstain from alcohol for a month tend to drink less in the future. I haven’t necessarily found that to be true for me, but it’s possible.

Another consideration is that I have lost weight. It may not look like it, but I can feel it. And that feels good. I don’t generally get down on myself for my weight, but sometimes I do. Body issues are a thing for me on occasion, but I feel pretty good about myself right now. Sure, I’m still overweight, and I ate too much sugar this month. Have to replace the booze somehow.

Well, thanks for reading. I haven’t decided if I will drink tonight before midnight. But, if I do, I will be enjoying this:

The image shows a bottle of delirium tremens beer, the beer I will drink to celebrate my victory over Dryvember Day 30

So, that’s it for Dryvember and Day 30 in particular. Thanks for taking this journey with me and for reading along. This blog will soon return to regular irregular posting of reviews, weird thoughts, and other things. If you have something you want to say, say it in the comments. Until next time, may you have peace, love, and happiness in your lives.

Dryvember Day Nineteen Taking Compliments

I’m back for Dryvember day Nineteen, and I’m working on taking compliments. For context: One of my big bosses observed a class today. Usually, they tell us observations are happening a few days in advance, but today she told me about 3 hours before. No big deal, I’m a professional. So, she came and observed. The class went well, or so I felt.

After class, she sent me a message saying that my lecturing was excellent. Now, that surprised me. It also made me happy. I don’t doubt my teaching abilities, at least most of the time. But, I do think I constantly walk with lack of confidence by my side. Human nature, of course, but that doesn’t make it any better. So when she said that, I was pleased. Of course, I was waiting for more. In fact, I was waiting for the “BUT” that always seems to comes in those situations. “You’re and excellent lecturer, BUT you spoke too much,” or “You did a good job of presenting the material, BUT your students spent too much time on their phones.” And so on.

Thankfully, there was no BUT. Rather, just a few examples of what I did well. That also pleases me. Though, I am not sure there won’t be some kind of constructive criticism she files with the school. And you know what? I’m okay with that. I don’t have an issue with constructive criticism. It’s one of the most helpful ways of learning how to make changes. Making those changes, is, a different matter entirely.

Dryvember Day Nineteen Taking Compliments Is Important

Anyone who knows me, knows that I try to shrug off a compliment. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them, I just don’t know how to accept them. At least, not without feeling awkward. Sure, I’ll sing my praises on occasion, and even get full of myself. But, I try not to. So, today on Dryvember Day nineteen I had more practice taking compliments. And, I got a good reminder of why it is important.

Having someone pay you a compliment doesn’t mean you’re perfect. Nor does it mean everyone thinks the same. It does mean, however, that someone appreciates you enough to take the time to brighten your day. I know I’m discussing a work situation here, but the point stands. Learning to accept others’ praise is important because it help us think better of ourselves. It gives us a window through which to look. Through the compliments we receive, we can start to look at ourselves differently. Is this always the case? Of course not. Does it always work? Again, no. But it can help shift our mindset, and afford us the opportunity to start thinking better of ourselves. Compliments assist us in loving who we are as well as helping us focus on who we want to be. There’s nothing wrong with taking compliments, and I remembered that on Dryvember day nineteen.

What Was I Doing on Days Seventeen and Eighteen?

Well, on Sunday, I I decided to go for a walk instead of blogging. I like blogging and discussing my journey of No Drink November, but I felt like I needed a break. And Sunday was the perfect day to do so. After a rainy morning, the sun came out (fittingly) and I went for a walk. It wasn’t a long walk, and I wore the right socks. I passed some new street art, which was nice. Street art isn’t something you see much of in this town. Or least, I haven’t seen much of it.

The image shows some painted balloons I saw when I went for a walk a few days before Dryvember day nineteen
Would I float if I went in there?

And then yesterday, I spent all afternoon playing Skyrim for Nintendo Switch. Old school, I know. I played it a little on PS3, but not much since. When I bought my Switch in February, Skyrim was one of the games I got to go with it. I haven’t been playing it much, though, because I didn’t have my charging dock. It was too bulky to bring with me. The lack of a dock meant relegation to handheld mode. Which I love! But Skyrim is too hard to see sometimes in handheld mode. Well, I have my dock with me, and a TV to hook it up to. So, yesterday I played until it was time to go to bed. It’s ridiculous how much time I spent on my ass in front of the TV yesterday. But that’s okay. I deserved it.

So, that’s about all that’s been going on with me the past few days. Thanks to all who keep reading this, and sorry for my brief absence. Stay well.

The Mandalorian S01 E01 An Auspicious Start

I finally watched The Mandalorian S01 E01, and I have to say I liked it. As a first episode, it does a lot of heavy lifting, and quite fluidly. The episode introduces quite a bit of information, but it doesn’t explain much of it. In an era where so many pieces of entertainment explain things to their audience, this is refreshing. Sure, the jargon might put people off, but this is Star Wars, and Star Wars has always had weird jargon. You just have to go with it.

The image shows the title card from the Mandalorian S01 E01

In fact, that was something else I really enjoyed about The Mandalorian S01 E01: It felt like Star Wars. Sure, it looked sleeker than the original trilogy, having that Disney sheen. But the feel of the storytelling, and the characters felt very much like Star Wars. I can’t express how much I appreciated that. This type of Star Wars story has been a long time coming.

I like the films, though the original trilogy will of course always be my favorite. But the problem is, most of the movies focus on the same story and characters. Even Rogue One (the best of the Disney films in my opinion) was too connected to the OT. If The Mandalorian S01 E01 is any indication, this series is going to grow the scope of the Star Wars universe, and that is a good thing.

Sure, there are callbacks and easter eggs, but we can expect that. Just because it’s forging new ground, doesn’t mean it’s leaving everything behind.

So far though, everything is working really well. I know, only one episode, but it’s off to a great start. There is humor, but not too much. And lot sof action.

The Mandalorian S01 E01 Is Full of Mystery

As is befitting a Western style story with a Bounty Hunter at the center, there is plenty of mystery in this episode. The Mandalorian himself is mysterious. He has no name. We know he is an orphan, but beyond that, we know very little. Oh, we know he’s a badass and he doesn’t like droids. All of these are good threads the storytellers set up, and I hope they follow through.

Beyond the main character, other mysteries abound. The Mandalorians have returned, but who are they? Who were they? As a fan of the franchise and someone who read a lot of the legacy works, I have an idea. But casual fans, or people relatively new to Star Wars might not. And that’s okay. It all adds to the feeling of the show. As for what the over arching story will be, I have no clue. But, I can’t wait to find out.

Clearly, there is something special about who he finds at the end. Speaking of the end (don’t worry, no spoilers) I am not sure how I feel about it. Sure, it adds to the sense of the galaxy as a larger place. But at the same time, it shrinks things. I don’t know why it had to be that species, though I am sure we will find out.

This Episode Had Nearly Everything I Wanted

We got action, excitement, and some cool locations. There wasn’t a space battle, but I am holding out for hope on that. We also got to see some disturbing scenes perfect for Star Wars.

Crispilicious Crumb?

And there were some good strange creatures and supporting characters. Nick Nolte’s Ugnaught was a highlight for me. “I have spoken.”

Overall, I really liked The Mandalorian S01 E01. While there is room for it to grow, this first episode did everything it needed to do and more.

My only real complaint is there were a few times the CGI looked a little silly: the ice attack, and riding the Bluurgs. But even those weren’t too bad. I eagerly anticipate watching episode two.

Have you watched this episode? Did you like it. Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

Dryvember Day Sixteen Wrong Socks

Anyone who walks for long periods of time knows the importance of good shoes and socks. Well, on Dryvember day sixteen I had the right shoes, but I had the wrong socks. And it’s totally my fault. I know these socks suck and I should just throw them away, but I always forget. Why am I talking about socks? Because I have blisters on my feet after my long walk today. These blisters are the result of wearing the wrong socks.

What makes these socks wrong? Well, they’re too thin. Basically, I might as well wear toilet paper instead of socks. That’s how effective they are. In fact, I am throwing them away now before I forget. How do I know it’s the socks and not the shoes? After all, isn’t it the shoes that usually cause blisters? Or is it the socks? Well according to the University of Utah it’s actually friction. This friction seems to be from how our feet slide against our shoes. And thin socks can cause more friction. So there, you go. It was the socks that helped these blisters come into existence. Stupid thin socks. I hate them.

Aside from the blisters, today has been better than yesterday and the day before. I got some good sleep last night, and had a relaxing morning. Sure, I put off doing grading papers, but that’s what Sundays are for.

And the walk was lovely. The weather was cool today, and misty. It had the character of one of those days where rain approaches but never actually comes. Furthermore, the air quality was good; it’s been pretty foul recently.

The picture shows a statue of Ant-Man from the movie that I saw on Dryvember day sixteen as I cried about wearing the wrong socks.

Plus, I came across this statue of Ant-Man, and I couldn’t resist taking a picture. So yeah, not a bad Dryvember day sixteen despite the the wrong socks.

Dryvember Day Fifteen Anxiety Paralysis

On this Dryvember Day Fifteen, I find myself suffering from anxiety paralysis. I have a lot of stuff to do. Yet, I just can’t start. There are a few reasons for this that I can think of. One, the semester has reached its midpoint, and that is always a stressful time. I have papers to read, and the students are starting to feel the crunch. It’s a stressful and awful time for everyone involved.

Secondly, I am still in the process of trying to book my flight home. I can’t do it myself because I can’t use my Chinese bank card for such things. To further complicate things, I haven’t been able to transfer money to my US account. However, I can have my work book the ticket for me, which they are. The problem, though, is waiting for them to do it. And Tom Petty said it best when he said ‘The waiting is the hardest part.’

Beyond those things, though, there is a spelling bee happening at the university. We’ve known about it since before the semester started, but the school hasn’t been very forthcoming with details. I’ve been trying to prepare my students the best I can, but it’s been like shooting in the dark. Well, today, they finally gave us some real information, and for that I am appreciative. However, the competition is next week, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to prepare. Plus I have to coordinate with a colleague to create the list. All of that is fine, but it would be nice to have a little bit more time.

What really bums me out about the spelling bee, though, is I have to be there for the final round.

Dryvember Day Fifteen Breathing Through Anxiety Paralysis

See, the first round takes place in class. That’s great. I love it. I mean, I hate this whole spelling bee business, but I can handle having to do it in class. But, I hate the idea of having to co-moderate it in front of the whole school, or at least a large portion of it. My students embarrassing me doesn’t concern me. I’m sure they’ll do fine. I just don’t like the whole idea. It freaks me out. Anyone who’s had to stand in front of a large crowd of people who barely speak your language can understand what I’m talking about. Hell, anyone who’s had to stand in front of a large crowd can understand it.

It would be one thing if I just had to be there to watch and support my students. I would happily do that. but, having to moderate and judge gives me a sinking feeling in my chest. I know it will be fine, but until then I will just keep breathing.

The anxiety paralysis I’m feeling on Dryvember day fifteen has me fully in its clutches. I have one more class to teach today, and then it’s off for comfort pizza. I should work on grading papers tonight, but that will wait until tomorrow. My headspace is barely in a spot for me to think about teaching my class. And, I already taught a version of it earlier today.

Deep breaths, Ian. And pizza. Those will help. As will finally watching The Mandalorian.

Dryvember Day Fourteen: Doing Our Best

So yeah, I missed a day on this blog, but I didn’t miss a day of sobriety, meaning Dryvember day fourteen is fourteen days sober. Why did I miss yesterday? I’d like to say I had some great reason like I was being intimate with someone. Or, that I won a million dollars and was poring over how to spend my money. Sadly, it was neither of those things, or anything more interesting. No, I missed yesterday because I was tired. And, a little angry.

I don’t know what I was angry about, but it I was. Probably because I was tired. Yesterday wasn’t a bad day, but I did feel lightheaded. In fact, for a moment, I thought I ‘d caught some bug from my students. Dizziness and vertigo followed me throughout the day. Thankfully, after getting some sleep, I no longer feel that way. Oh, and I finally took a picture of this lobster statue I walk by almost every day. It’s so cute and weird. A perfect thing to help me smile on Dryvember day fourteen.

The image shows a weird lobster statue with big cartoon eyes that made me smile on dryvember day fourteen

Something else that probably contributed to my mood yesterday was something I saw on Twitter. As 2019 winds down, many people are asking “What have you achieved over the decade.” Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with this question. I hope everyone feels that they have achieved great things, and are proud of their accomplishments. However, I also think that questions like this have a built in shame factor, intended or not.

Dryvember Day Fourteen: We’re All on A Different Journey

By posing this question, people are automatically setting up comparisons. We immediately engage imposter syndrome and feelings of inadequacy. This leads to responses like, “I don’t know what I’ve accomplished,” and “Nothing, this decade has been a waste.” Neither of those responses are healthy or helpful.

I do think it’s important that we take stock of ourselves and reflect. But, I also think that there are healthier ways to do it. If you want to look back on a time frame to see what you’ve done, do it. Shine the light on your accomplishments and failures. But, don’t feel bad for not reaching as many goals as you would have liked. Don’t feel bad if you aren’t where you want to be, but it seems like others are.

We are all on a different journey. Life is hard enough without comparing our successes to others’ and vice-versa. And you know what, if you’re alive right now, that ain’t nothing. Seriously. The past decade has had its ups and downs, but the past few years have been full of shit. If you’ve somehow managed to get through the daily slog of Trump and corruption and kids in cages and everything else, you deserve a pat on the back.

We’re Alive and That Ain’t Nothing

You’re alive, and that’s HUGE! It also means that you can keep working and striving. It’s tough. You won’t always succeed. Sometimes, you’ll fail spectacularly. We all do. Hell, I failed this week.

I wanted to finish a story for submission, but I missed the deadline. That upset me, which is maybe another reason why I was mad yesterday. But, I will learn from this failure, and keep trying. I’ll finish the story and then I’ll have one ready when the next opportunity to submit comes along.

Stress runs our lives a lot of the time, and stress is a killer. There are ways to beat stress, but there are also ways to increase it. One of the most effective ways to increase stress, and therefore your chances of an early death, is the Internet. The Internet loves to make us feel shitty and small. It feeds off our anxieties like vultures on a corpse. And it will always do that if we let it. Sometimes we will let it, but if we focus on limiting those times, we’ll be happier. More than that, we’ll have more time to work on accomplishing the things we want.

Dryvember Day Fourteen: The Effort is Worth It

Reaching our goals is not easy. If it were, everyone would. However, the effort is worth it. So, keep striving. Keep creating. Keep learning. Look at what you’ve done and be proud. Tell people about it. Sing your own praises, and sing the praises of your friends. But, please, don’t let others make you feel bad because it seems like they did more than you. So what if they did. We’re not the Grasshopper and the Ant. We’re humans.

Anyway, I love you and hope you had and continue to have many successes, and that you learn from your mistakes. That’s really all any of us can do. Thanks for reading. I appreciate it.

Disney Vault Has New Material to Hide

When the House of Mouse bought Fox film studios, I was quite upset, and with good reason apparently because now the Disney vault has new material. To be fair, I didn’t consider that they would hide some of their newly acquired goodies, but I am not surprised.

Image shows South Park's Mickey Mouse with some new material he has for the Disney vault
South Park knew Mickey was evil long ago.

I remember people being super happy about this merger because it meant that the X-Men and Fantastic Four and other comic book properties could all join the MCU. And, sure, that’s fun. But, I didn’t care so much about that then, and I care even less now. I understand why people were excited. Lots of possibilities to see characters they love done right. I get it, I really do. However, I don’t know if that’s good enough reason to give one company so much power. Sure, Disney already had a lot of power, and now they have more.

I don’t think whatever great X-Men show or movie we’ll get is worth it, considering how much new material Disney now has for its vault. As the article above cites, movie theaters often show old films to keep their bottom line afloat. Additionally, these showings help people discover and experience films in a different way. Disney is all about making money, sure. But, they are also all about scarcity. They have been for quite a while. The vault isn’t something new. I’ve always hated it.

Thus far, their vaulting isn’t widespread. However, there is nothing to stop them from making it so. Beyond ensuring that Disney has new material for its vault for a long time, the merger is harmful in other ways.

New Material For Disney Vault Means Fewer Risks

Mass entertainment is already fairly homogeneous. To an extent, that makes sense. Companies want to make money, so they produce what people buy. It’s been that way for a long time. Now, however, it’s easy to see just how much further than concept can go. Disney now has the power to control which films the majority of theaters have access to. This limits small and independent film makers. Also, it diminishes the possibility for mid range budget films. It’s either go big or don’t go at all.

Sure, I have no evidence for any of this, but it all makes sense. Create scarcity by vaulting films. Ensure profits by betting on known franchises. Don’t take risks because they might hurt the bottom line. As a lover of entertainment, and many Disney films, I hate this. Alas, there is no way to stop it. So, some advice, buy physical media while you can. I know, digital is more convenient, but unless you are willing to take illegal roads, it is impermanent. What is available today, may not be tomorrow. That’s what the Fox/Disney merger gives you. Well that, and the potential for good X-Men films.

Dryvember Day Twelve Still Not Chugging Along

Dryvember day twelve was probably my best day so far this month. What made it so good? I’m not sure I can explain it, so I won’t even try. Suffice to say, it was good and for that I am grateful. One thing that probably helped was the fact that all my classes went well, which is always nice. Another thing that made today good was laughter. Not that I was laughing at anything in particular, but I did have quite a few good laughs today. It’s as if it were some kind of weird mirror image from Saturday when I couldn’t stop crying for no reason. In case you were wondering, laughing for no reason is better then crying for no reason.

Something else that was good about today was the fact that at no point did I feel like drinking. Sure, I’ve had that before, but it’s nice to feel again. I’m almost halfway through the month, so to have a day where booze wasn’t occupying my mind feels good. Hopefully typing those words out won’t jinx me on Dryvember day twelve.

In other, less happy, news: I still haven’t cleaned my room. Also, I still haven’t finished a short story I want to submit for publication on Friday. I am about halfway done, so that’s good. What’s no so good is I this is the third time I have written the story. The first time, it was too long. The second time, I wrote it by hand. That time, it wasn’t too long, but there was too much navel gazing. Hopefully, third time will be the charm. I would really like to have it done so I can submit it. Even if the result is a rejection letter.

I leave you with this signage from my university.

The image shows a picture from my university, where I taught today and had a wonderful Dryvember day 12

Dryvember Day Eleven: I Don’t Like Mushrooms

I have never liked mushrooms, but in the interest of trying something new on Dryvember day eleven, I decided to cook some up. Actually, I decided a few days ago that would give mushrooms another go. Why? Well, in my spare time I like to look at recipes for food I will never make or eat. Shut up, we all have our weird past times. Besides, I know I’m not the only one who does this.

As I was scrolling through a variety of recipes, I stumbled upon a mushroom and garlic one. It sounded pretty good, so I figured I’d give something like it a try. Now, to be clear, I didn’t make this recipe. I just used it as a base guideline. See, the thing I dislike about mushrooms is the sliminess, so I was looking for a way to avoid that. Over the weekend, I bought some mushrooms and butter, but forgot the garlic.

Today, I went back to the store and got some garlic for the purpose of adding it to my butter sauteed mushrooms. Well that, and it’s just nice to have garlic in the house even if it doesn’t keep vampires away.

But, I hear you asking, why bother with mushrooms if you don’t like them? That’s a good question, and the only answer I have is our tastes change. I didn’t use to like curry and now I love it. I figured I may as well give mushrooms another chance.

Following the basic instructions of the recipe, I heated them up and listened to them sizzle. Then I added some onions and yellow bell pepper. All of these I cooked without oil or butter. I was a little worried about the onions and bell pepper due to the moisture.

Dryvember Day Eleven I Do Like Mushrooms (Kind of)

Mushrooms are like sponges: They soak everything up. But, I figured if I cooked them long enough at a high enough temperature I could overcome that. After the peppers and onions and ‘shrooms had started to caramelize, I added the butter and garlic. Again, I was worried about adding moisture, this time in the form of butter. However, it worked out and the mushrooms weren’t slimy. After cooking all the veggies together, I set them aside and heated up a tortilla. Then I put the mushroom mix on the tortilla, added cheese, and made a quesadilla.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with my convection. The mushrooms weren’t slimy, but they still tasted like mushrooms (of course). The cheese and the garlic helped, but then cheese and garlic usually help. I won’t say I created my new favorite dish on Dryvember day eleven, but I didn’t hate it. So, now I can say that I am starting to gain an appreciation for mushrooms, even if I still don’t really enjoy them.

I would probably make it again, but only once in a blue moon. I meant to take a picture of it before I ate it, but I forgot. And that’s why I don’t have an Instagram account.

After the meal, I had a Bundaberg Blood Orange sparkling drink because I was craving something sweet after all that savory food. The drink was delicious. I got two of them at the store this weekend, but I should have got more.

The image shows a bottle of Bundaberg blood orange sparkling drink, which I drank after eating my mushroom concoction on Dryvember day eleven.

What are your thoughts on mushrooms? Like em? Love em? Hate em? Let me know in the comments. Oh, and if you have any good or interesting recipes to share, drop them as well. They don’t have to be mushroom related.