Moving On

The phrase “moving on” keeps popping into my mind these days. I know that it’s rather vague for me to say that it has meaning on many different levels, but it really does.

  • Thanksgiving has passed, I am ready to be inundated by Christmas advertising. Bring it!
  • Change (for the better) in my life my life is welcome.
  • I am ready to move on from those who cannot see what I have to offer.
  • I desire to run, including running in new circles. (I plan on signing up for the ING Half Marathon today and am committing myself to train properly for it.)
  • I am over my thumb’s limitations and can’t wait until I return to a lifestyle that doesn’t include bandages and wrapping my thumb, and awkward bodily contortions in order to accomplish daily tasks such as tying shoe laces or putting on pants and shirts. — Lather, Rinse, Repeat. Really?
When I started buying books from about ten years ago I never would have guessed the variety of items I would purchase from them. This weekend I added new category to the list, Health and Beauty Aids, by purchasing shampoo. In my defense the shampoo I use is not abundantly available locally, and since I am an Amazon Prime member I get free shipping in addition to the lack of deferral of 😉 sales tax.

Cold + Rain + Fear About Thumb = Lazy Semi-Productive Indoor Sunday
I just couldn’t help myself. With the temperatures dropping, the rain starting to come down, and the thought of trying to take care of my thumb throughout the hash I just couldn’t get myself to go to the annual St Andrew’s Day hash. I felt guilty because I waited so long to make the decision not to go that it was too late to deliver the Black Sheep stats to someone who was going out to brave the weather. My bad!

ITP Flickr Pic
Of the shots I took at the Thrashers game on Friday night this is my artistic favorite. I am please with the way Martin Brodeur is in focus while the face-off about to occur is slightly out of focus; this was the way I imagined the shot.

Brodeur Awaits The Face-Off

The only thing wrong with the photo is that Bombastic company logo in the background.

I Created A Casserole Last Night
You know that whole “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” philosophy? Well it hit me last night as I scrounged around for dinner ingredients yesterday. I had some chicken breasts that I was planning on baking (yum!) and wanted something else to pop into the oven with them. Potatoes seemed like a good side dish, and my freezer contained a bag of frozen home fries. It was at that time the thought of casseroles danced like sugarplums through my head.

Here’s what I had
32 oz bag of frozen hash brown diced potatoes
16 oz bag of frozen cauliflower
medium/large onion diced, sans finger
12 oz tub of Queso cheese dip with salsa (I used America’s Kitchen brand purchase at Kroger)
14 oz can of Thai coconut milk
non-stick spray

Preheat the oven to 375F. Mix the potatoes, cauliflower, and onion and then place them into a 9.5 x 13.5″ casserole dish which is sprayed with non-stick spray. In a bowl whisk together the queso cheese dip and coconut milk; spread this mixture evenly over the vegetables. Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and place it on the lower rack of the oven. Bake the casserole for about forty minutes, then turn it one-half turn. Bake the casserole for another forty minutes then remove the aluminum foil so that top can brown. The casserole is done when the center of the casserole dish is bubbling. Remove the casserole from the oven and allow it to sit on a cooling rack for ten minutes before serving.

Whenever I make this again I will add salt and pepper to the mix. The final result was good, but also a little bland and needed extra seasoning.

Why no photos? Good question. I guess that I was so hungry that I just wanted to dig in.

Christmas Is Coming Early
Just like Thanksgiving I was surprised to hear of Christmas’ early arrival this year. A few months ago I pre-ordered my Christmas gift which was due to be in my grubby little 9.9-fingered hands in mid-December. Last week I received an email from Amazon alerting me that the camera body would be shipped out to me this week. Oh the insanity that will soon occur! I can hardly wait.

My Calendar Is Lacking
Being a digital lifestyle person it amazes me how much data I have lost over the past few years. In doing to blog back-reading (to see why I missed last year’s St Andrew’s Day hash) I read about two birthdays that I mentioned last year that were no longer on my calendar. To my friends Tamara and Andy, neither of whom read this space often if ever, I apologize for missing your birthdays. Happy Belated Birthday!

Speaking of backing up data, all I want is a fairly simple work flow for backing up my data. I spent at least half of yesterday copying data from one drive to another. On at least one occasion I was confronted with an error message and had to start over. Seriously, there must be a better way.

On The Agenda For Tomorrow
Here’s a couple of things you can expect tomorrow.

  • Discussion of last night’s Amazing Race
  • A CD Pick of the Week

And as always I am open for suggestions. See you tomorrow.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – frustrated, and ready to move on
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Crooked Fingers — “Call To Love”
Website Of The Day – Given today’s title and content you had to know that I was going to choose today.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 40 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car

November Goals
1) Run no fewer than 25 miles
2) Not worry about running the Atlanta Half-Marathon
3) Read at least one book

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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15 Responses to Moving On

  1. Martha says:

    Staying home was the right decision yesterday, I wish I could/would have been that smart. What a miserable day for a bike ride. I lasted four miles before I headed to the end. On a positive note, I did manage to tumble down a hill so now my bike doesn’t look so out of place on the back of my car, it is nice and muddy.

    I think I will do the ING Half Marathon also. The delirium as subsided and the thought of running a marathon has passed. If you are ever up for a long training run let me know. I think it is great you are running again.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    You are wise not to jump so quickly to a marathon. Let me give you an example…

    A long time ago (2000) a svelte, 35-year-old man, let’s call him “Paulie” tried to run his first marathon seven months after successfully running his first half marathon in 1:51. Needless to say, this person didn’t train very well and in the process of running the Grandma’s Half Marathon he damaged his IT Band. He re-injured himself attempting to run the Peachtree 10k, and again during his first Dances With Dirt 50k later that summer. His running has never been the same since.

  3. Steve says:

    I am also encouraged by your running. It seems as though there may be signs of life in the old boy yet!!

    And I believe Photoshop can (and should) remove those unsightly corporate logos for you…


  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    My interest was rekindled by the brand new 34″ waist jeans I discovered at the bottom of a pile this weekend. I want to work my way back down to a 36″ waist. I will try to exchange the 34″ jeans as a “gift” post-Christmas. 😉

    Photoshop can (at least once I finally getting around to learning how to use it), but I thought that I’d be civil and leave it in.

  5. Barb says:

    I like the pic, but it would have been ever better if #15 from the Devils was in it.
    We didn’t make the game (hanging with the relatives got in the way), but if I read the box score right, Jamie had assists on all 3 goals.

    We are watching Amazing Race tonight as well.

  6. Gentri says:

    Gotta say you missed a beautiful trail Paulie! It was cold but only a bit rainy, surprisingly. The trail was about 4.5 miles and wound it’s way through some very scenic terrain, woods, ravines and trail cuts mostly, and for the most part wasn’t too bad (the exception being wading the ice cold stream/creek… my knees hurt from the cold, and the boys were no where to be found for some time! 😉 a few people had to swim it, but I only had it up to my navel… still not fun). It had two scotch stops and there was a fire and hot food – sausage, red beans and rice stew… yummy and stuck to your ribs nicely, at the end! (If you ever get a dinner invite to Blue Ball’s house, I’d advise you to take it! That woman can cook!)

    Circle was it’s usual fun self and we got out of there fairly quickly as the rain DID decide to show up… I gotta also admit that my asthma meds seem to be helping and being able to breath definitely contributes to the enjoyment of the run… breathing is apparently key to this sport!

    I’m running tomorrow nite, will we see you hashing then? Inman Marta is the beginning, Bwana is the hare!

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    @Barb: check out

    The Essence Of Hockey

    It’s not very sharp, but I think that I got the subject right. 😉

    @Gentri: Even if the weather wasn’t cold it probably would have been bothersome to try and keep my thumb clean and dry. I fear having it start to bleed again and probably will until it completely scabs over.

    Tomorrow night I will be going to a meeting for volunteering for the NHL All-Star Game festivities.

  8. Gentri says:

    Hmmm, NHL All-Star Game festivities… tell me more!

    yah, probably best for the thumb I would have to agree and very understandable as well. Infection = bad.

    Cmon Barb, put on your glasses!!!! 😉

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Click on the photo, it will take you to a larger version….

    At a game they mentioned signing up to volunteer. I have no idea what this really entails that why I am going to the information meeting. If volunteering seems to benefit them with nothing in return for me (like that Cook’s Warehouse stuff) I will bail on them.

  10. Gentri says:

    “If volunteering seems to benefit them with nothing in return for me”

    Thought that was the def of “volunteering” LOL!

  11. Martha says:

    Yes the bonus of losing weight…I’m buying mostly smalls for my bottom half, has made running even more enjoyable.

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Actually I believe that volunteering should benefit both parties. In the case of benevolent work I should get a good feeling inside. In the case of corporate work I should get a benefit (access to people/things, deep discounts, etc.) that I would not get otherwise.

  13. Barb says:

    yep – that is Jamie. If the Devils win the Stanley Cup, maybe you can go to the awesome city of Duluth, MN with us to see it & have him sign something.

    I think volunteering might be fun, maybe you can get “backstage” and hang out with some of the players.

  14. I’ll go to Duluth, MN again as long as I don’t have to run a marathon.

  15. ok2go says:

    You almost got curry chicken with : diced potatoes, onion, coconut milk, chicken. Add curry powder, soy sauce, salt, sugar, corn starch and you’re there.

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