Blow Hard

Who’d thunk that the wind could consistently blow this hard in Atlanta?

Read Along With Me
Today’s passage from Notes To Myself.

If someone criticizes me I am not any less because of that. It is not a criticism of me but critical thinking from him. He is expressing his thoughts and feelings, not my being.

Before, I thought I was actually fighting for my own self-worth; that is why I so desperately wanted people to like me. I thought their liking me was a comment on me, but it was a comment on them.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

Friday Is A Dangerous Night To Cook
While the injury I gave myself this past Friday while peeling potatoes wasn’t nearly as devastating as slicing off the tip of my thumb back in November it still hurt like hell. Apparently it’s a bad idea to peel potatoes using a Y-shaped peeler, at least that what the fingernail on my left-hand ring finger thought. Owie!

I carried on with the preparation and was rewarded with a fantastic meal. (see below)

ITP Flickr Pic
For Sal ๐Ÿ˜›

For My Friend Sally

This was Friday night’s dinner (and due to the size of the pork loin it was Saturday’s dinner, Sunday’s lunch, and I still have leftovers). What you see above is roasted pork loin (with a pepper, lemon, salt rub), Moroccan olive bread (that I purchased from Kroger), and a medley of roasted veg (brussels sprouts, potatoes, parsnips, carrots).

For the record, it was delicious.

Captain Sleepyhead
While I was up early enough to rush up to Rome in order to do the “Up The Creek” ride, I decided against it (something about driving all that way to ride when I can ride from my house, yadda, yadda, yadda). Instead I took the opportunity to use a beautiful Saturday to visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden. I must say that the nice, peaceful atmosphere of roaming through a garden setting is somewhat ruined by the loud sounds of construction of the much-argued Piedmont Park parking deck.

After getting my fill of flowers I headed over to the Green Market in Piedmont Park. I was hoping to find some really good vegetables, but sadly there wasn’t much that thrilled me. Instead I spent my money on stinky cheeses, five pepper chow chow, and some “rabbit-eye” blueberry jelly.

For The Birds
On Mother’s Day I found a mother around my house. Recently I’ve wondered why the birds sounded so loud outside my bedroom window. Now I know.

Happy Mother's Day

I wish that I was able to take a sharper photo of this but apparently the birds just ignored my posing requests.

I Think My Career As “People Photographer” Will Be Short
That is if it hasn’t ended already.

This week’s assignment was to do group photography. I have a hard enough time getting one person to pose for me, getting multiple people to do so has proven to be impossible. I even put myself in surroundings which should have made it easy but I am just completely socially inept.

I have wondered if taking a People Photography class would “make” or “break” me — “breaking” is winning.

Survivor Ended?
For the record, I didn’t miss watching it.

Who won?

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – I am as close to happy as I shall ever by under current conditions
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Klaxons — “Golden Skans”
Website Of The Day – Because of technical difficulties I had to turn to Hulu in order to watch “The Office”. The experience was pretty good.
Exercise (b)Log – hashing, 4 miles (I think)
Monthly Foot Mileage – 6 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 25 miles
Monday Morning Weigh-In – 194 pounds
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car, and a van from Curry Honda where the Jackmobile is getting its 75k-mile service
Monthly Marta Rides – 8
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 42 (42)

May Goals
1) Run no fewer than 75 miles
2) Ride no fewer than 100 road miles
3) Ride Marta no fewer than ten times (five round-trips)
4) Read at least one book
5) Make my bed every day

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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17 Responses to Blow Hard

  1. Sal says:

    Parv won. It was Amanda and Parv in the final two.

    Thanks for the lovely picture of the pork loin dinner…..should have invited dinner guests! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Martha says:

    So did you ride your bike to the ABG?

    I will say I did enjoy the ride on Saturday…nice weather, mostly rolling hills, I guess I missed the bigger ones, by only doing the 45. Next year I’ll(try to) do the 62.

    We are planning on doing Cartersville in June…maybe you can join us for that?

  3. Well, I should have watched to the end if it was those two. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ride to ABG? Nope! Actually, I went to ABG for photography and don’t want to carry my gear while riding. Cartersville? Maybe. I’ve ridden it twice before.

    This just in — I am severely bummed! My car will cost me over $600 in repairs. And to make matters worse, one of my rims is bent (fucking Atlanta potholes — thanks for nothing Shirley!) and I’ll need to replace it at some point. FUCK! There goes the new lens I was planning on buying today. ๐Ÿ™

  4. Barb says:

    Which weekend is Cartersville? I would love to do that ride again, it has been a few years. (and it is a whole lot closer than Rome).

    And the wine looked very tasty with that meal as well.

    Sal – I’m hoping to make this mexican cornbread casserole recipe I just got sometime this week – what day do you want to come over for dinner? (hint, hint, it might be tomorrow or thursday or friday). We still need to go see Ironman, so it all is depending on what night Allan wants to do that……

  5. Sal says:

    Hey Barb…sounds really good! I am busy Tuesday night…we still have Sweetwater Beer left over from Saturday so we’ll be drinking that after the run at the mountain. Will be at Phidippides Thursday night for the run and rep (It’s Mizuno night) and we’re leaving for New Mexico Friday morning.

  6. Martha says:

    Cartersville is June 28th

    I may try for the 55, I don’t think Brad will be ready for the 100

  7. Steve says:

    June 28… as I actually rode Saturday (and found more lovely FLAT roads) I might have to think about Cartersville.

    Dinner looks really good. Parsnips? I’m not sure I would know a parsnip…


  8. romanlily says:

    Is your people photography class taught by David Knox? For the group photography assignment, I hit a few fire stations in the metro area. When they’re not on call, firefighters are often sitting around waiting for something to do. They seemed to welcome the chance to help me with my project. Juts a suggestion…

  9. Barb says:

    Allan is working June 28th, which means he will be up early, so I could just stay awake & go ride. Sounds like an excellent plan.

    Steve, you could stop by my house and we could carpool the rest of the way…..

    Sal, you are just too damn busy, but call or stop by, you never know with us, we might be eating way too late, especially if we go out for a ride after work.

    Paulie – I’m sure you could get a few firemen to let you take their pictures. Did I hear they they finally broke ground on the new station 13 down there in EAV?

  10. @Steve: Parsnips look like white carrots. I had never cooked them before so I thought that I’d give them a shot.

    @romanlily: Yep, David is the instructor. Thanks for the tip, I’ll have to see if I can use it.

    @Barb: The ground breaking occurred last Saturday. At this pace they should have the station erected by 2013.

  11. Stacy says:

    Ugh! I’m so sorry about your car. SUCK. I can’t live without mine, but they totally SUCK. ๐Ÿ™

    On happier news, how was the hash yesterday? Was it a nice turn out, lots of fun?

    I’d given up on Survivor, too, after Ozman was sent home. I’m still glad Cerie didn’t win.

  12. Stacy says:

    oh, yeah – that was supposed to be: CARS SUCK. I wasn’t just commanding you to go SUCK on something.

  13. Too late, I’ve already sucked on something!

    Yeah, it’s quite the bummer especially since I was *this* close to buying something fun today. ๐Ÿ™

    The hash was really decent. The hares’ markings past the checks were a bit frustrating but the rest of the trail was well-marked and shiggylicious. As an added bonus Niplets made some awesome pulled pork so I didn’t even need to go to the on-after for food.

    OOOOOOOH, and I forgot to mention that there was some really good news (before finding out about the car), this morning’s weigh-in = 194 pounds!

  14. Martha says:

    >Too late, Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขve already sucked on something!

    If I didn’t know that your car was at the shop I would have guessed it was your tailpipe.

    Congrats on the weight. I honestly don’t know if boot camp is doing any good (as far as weight/fitness). There is that whole fat to muscle theory and I’ve been told my results might not be as dramatic/obvious since I started at a higher level of fitness than most. I’m waiting until the end of the four weeks to try on the ‘skinny jeans’, then I’ll decide if I’m doing this again!!

  15. Terri (SW) says:

    More information about parsnips:

    They seem dangerous and apt to cause hooliganism.

  16. Awesome! Come to think of it, I don’t know if I’ve ever selected Homestar Runner as a Pick of the Day

  17. Terri (SW) says:

    This is my Pick of the Day (Month…Year…Season, etc.):


    (shameless plug!)

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