Tater’s Week in Review 4/8/23

It was another uneventful week in Tater Town, but I did watch a movie and finish a book. Here’s a look at my week.


I had two more decent weather days at the barn. One was hot and sunny The other was cloudy and cool. I think I prefer cloudy and cool.

I had holds to pick up at the library and talked to some friends while I was there.

I’m going to miss being the old guy who hangs out at Panera drinking coffee and reading. I’ve got a month left and my special Sip Club memberships end.

I went back to one of the churches I had visited to give it a second look. It was still OK, but I’m not sure it is the right one for me.


We watched Violent Night last weekend. David Harbour plays Santa who is a jaded drunk who thinks this is his last Christmas as no one cares anymore. When armed men attack a house while he is there he fights to save the little girl who asks him for help. It was a fun movie. It was a typical action film, but the Santa twist and David Harbour made it a little more interesting. I think even non-action fans would like it.


FOX canceled The Resident after six seasons. It was one of my favorite medical shows, but it is probably time.

The Quantum Leap finale aired this week. I thought this season was very good. It was an interesting story and they wrapped the main arc well. I’m curious to see where they go with the story next season.

We gave The Great American Joke Off a try. It wasn’t terrible, but I would only watch it again if a comedian I like was a guest. It seemed like a mediocre American knockoff of a much better British show.

We finally watched the first episode of Marie Antoinette on PBS. I was very drowsy while watching so I didn’t get the full effect, but my family liked it.


I finished one book this week.

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

The official synopsis – “It is 1985 in a small Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal merchant and family man faces into his busiest season. Early one morning, while delivering an order to the local convent, Bill makes a discovery which forces him to confront both his past and the complicit silences of a town controlled by the church.”

I listened to this one on the recommendation of a friend. It was a nice, short 2 hour listen with an Irish narrator. I love listening to books with Irish narrators, so that was a bonus for me. It takes a while in the listen to get to the discovery, but it does a good job building Bill’s background before we get there. I don’t know how I would have felt if I was reading the print version, but it was a satisfying way to spend my drive to and from the barn.

On Deck

I have Megan and A Man Called Otto on DVD from the library.

The Weakest Link and The Wall return this week. We love Weakest Link and The Wall is a good show to have on when you don’t want to be too invested.

Single Drunk Female returns on Freeform this week. I loved the first season.

I m still reading Black Wolf by Kathleen Kent.

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