Interesting weekend, time to get back on the fitness horse.

Guitar legend Dick Dale passed away over the weekend. Happy to say that I was able to see him perform a few times at The EARL; knew I should have made an effort to see him again when he was here last year.

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From “Pi Day” to the “Ides of March”…

Skipping out of work early today to join the Raleigh Royalty at a swim meet being held at Georgia Tech this weekend. Hoping the rain clears out so that I can get some exercise by walking to the arena, if not I may catch a Lyft ride since I’ve yet to commit to rising a scooter.

Hope you all have a grand St Patrick’s Day weekend.

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Slow and disinterested morning. Hoping to pick up steam and get started soon.

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Because I needed to get out of the office yesterday and I was wearing inappropriate shoes for walking, my walk ended at Taco Mac. Yesterday I drank Brewniversity beers #699 and #700, a little more than thirteen years after rejoining the program. Admittedly my Taco Mac visitation has dropped considerably over the past handful of years. My visitation will continue to drop now that I discovered that they can no longer give a “free” four ounces to those of us who have had more than 125, instead I get a “credit” to my account for future use; stupid Government. My twenty-ounce beers cost me nearly $9 each; stupid, stupid Government.

I thought the large crowd gathering at Taco Mac was to watch me drink beer #700, but instead some basketballer named Vince Carter was supposed to be at the midtown Taco Mac too. I bet he hasn’t consumed as many beers as I have…

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Tough trail last night, per usual Bonnie and I were nearly DFLs. Not as per usual I fell twice, the first time jamming one of the fingers on my right hand; while not broken the finger is stiff and swollen today.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 211.6 pounds (+0.4 from last week’s weigh-in); not surprising given the amount of pizza I shoved into my face after trail.

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Did a little hashing yesterday and managed to anger some property owners again. This time it was a little less clear to me why they were angry. Hashing keeps getting harder to do in this area of the country.

Today is Black Sheep Founders Day. So, I might try again tonight, even though the price for tonight’s hash is $20(!) because “your first three beers and food are provided”.

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Apparently I can still get out of bed early when the temperature doesn’t dip into the 20s and 30s. I’m in the office early today, which is good since I also intend to leave the office early today.

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I Pauliefied an Instant Pot vegetarian chili recipe last night and it was quite good. Bonnie, was the chili you made last Friday made using this vegetarian chili recipe from Pinch of Yum?

Here is my updated version:

Instant Pot – Pumpkin Walnut Chili
Serves: 12 cups

• 1 Tbsp oil
• 1/2 onion, minced
• 2 poblano peppers, chopped
• 1 bunch green onions, sliced
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 6 cups vegetable broth
• 1 can (14 oz) fire-roasted tomatoes
• 2 cans (10 oz) Rotel tomatoes, chipotle flavored
• 2 cups walnuts, chopped
• 1 cup red lentils
• 1 cup bulgur
• 2 Tbsp chili powder
• 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
• 1 Tbsp (optional) salt
• 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
• 2 cans (15.25 oz) black beans

Preparation Steps:
1. Turn on Instant Pot to Sauté Mode.

When “Hot” add oil, onion, white portions from green onions, and poblano peppers.

Sauté for five minutes.

2. Add in the remainder of the ingredients (except for the pumpkin and beans) in the Instant Pot.

Put the lid on and move vent to Sealing, and set Instant Pot to Soup Mode (30 minutes).

3. When the timer ends release the pressure by doing a quick release.

When the pressure has released remove the lid, and put the Instant Pot to Sauté Mode.

Stir in the pumpkin and black beans, and cook until desired thickness is reached.

4. Serve with avocado, lime wedges, cilantro, tortilla chips, rice, cornbread, etc.

I updated the ingredients by adding the oil, changing quantity of fire-roasted tomatoes, added the use of Rotel, added the green onions, and changed the liquid from water to vegetable stock.

I updated the steps by adding the first step, the sautéing of the vegetables.

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On what could be Atlanta’s last bitterly cold day of the season I wonder whose head, if any, my favorite lost knit hat is keeping warm today.

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Baby it’s cold outside again…

Trail done, phew. Nine people braved the cold to trot around Candler Park / midtown for three miles before ending at Victory Sandwich Shop.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 211.2 pounds (+0.4 from last week’s weigh-in), 🐀🐀🐀

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