It’s a rest day for the Tour de France. I suppose that it’s warranted since they’ve been riding every day for the past week. Hell, I’m ready for a rest day after only one day of exercise.
Read Along With Me
Today’s passage from Notes To Myself.
“All I want is for you to accept me as I am.”
“Yes, and all I want is for you to accept my not accepting you.”
To all who have helped me — Thanks.
The Restarting Is The Hardest Part
Hoorah for me! Last night I thought of every possible reason not to go out for a run, but managed to convince myself that it was important. It was far from the best run that I’ve performed this year, but at least it was a (re)start.
I ran/walk my standard five-mile loop from my house to Grant Park and back. I was disappointed to have to start walking sooner than I used to, but realized that I cannot just turn my running off for two months and expect to be at the same level when I restart.
Give A Man A Bottle Of Ragu And He’ll Eat For A Day. Teach A Man To Make Spaghetti Sauce And He’ll Eat Much Later
Last night the plan was to take some of the frozen meatballs that I had stored in the freezer, defrost the loaf of Italian bread that was in there too, and whip up a sauce from some of the staples in my pantry.
The meatballs were a smash, the bread beyond recovery due to freezer-burn, and the sauce incredibly tasty. However, I wound up eating at 9pm.
The sauce I made was a standard reduction including (in no particular order) red wine, beef broth, canned whole tomatoes, tomato past, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, andn thyme. I wound up incorporating the meatballs into the sauce and wound up serving it all with biscuits (because the loaf of bread was FAIL) and shave parmesan cheese.
Had it not taken so long to cook that I was completely famished, remember I started this after completing my five-mile run, I would have taken photos for all to see.
ITP Flickr Pic
I thought that I was going to take some new shots last night, but with the exercise and then late making of dinner I was in no mindset to think about photography. So, here’s the last of the Peachtree shots that I will post.
This is Mary, also known as “Hide The Salami” to many of you. During the wheelchair portion of the Peachtree I saw her dart across the course much to the dismay of the policewoman that was guarding the intersection. Naturally I had to catch this act of defiance on “film” for all to witness.
A Different Kind Of “Network”
Still without air conditioning last night I went into my bedroom — where I could open a window, suck in the cooling night air (which was brilliant last night), and turn on a ceiling fan in order to stay sufficiently cool — early and watched a movie. The movie of choice last night was Network. Made in the mid-1970’s it was somewhat eerie to see how the subject matter discussed was still relevant. If not for the fact that the fashion was dated, all phones were corded, and instead of computers people were using typewriters, much of the plot could be used today. The plot was based around a second-tier television network’s attempt to make money by creating reality-based programming.
This movie has been on my “I should watch” list for at least twenty years and I am glad that I’ve finally gotten around to seeing it. In fact, it probably has had more impact at this point in my life than it would have twenty years ago.
I Need An Etiquette Judgment
I’ve committed to going to a wedding soon that I really don’t want to attend. I really should have respectfully declined the invitation, but I like the couple and initially wanted to attend. The crux of my change of heart is the fact that it is a night wedding and I don’t think that I will be able to fit into any of my suits. If this was a family wedding I’d suck it up and
wedge myself into go out and buy a suit, but this wedding is not for family.
Is there a respectful way to decline the invitation now that I’ve already accepted? Should I lie and pretend that something “came up?” Or should I just shut the hell up and go?
Digital Download Of The Week
This one is fairly easy for me. Even though I am sure that this The Hold Steady disc is going to sound like all of the other The Hold Steady discs, I am still going to buy it today.
The Hold Steady concert is the one at Athens’ 40 Watt Club for which I am having trouble buying a ticket. Because I was unable to travel to Athens last weekend I don’t know how I am going to get a ticket. Hmm, would that be a valid excuse for skipping the wedding? 🙂
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – okay, but feel like I have so much to do
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Band Of Horses — “No One’s Gonna Love You”
Website Of The Day – I confess to being one of those Moleskine-carrying hipsters. I only wish that I had the artistic skills to pull off some of the stuff I see on Moleskine Art.
Exercise (b)Log – running/walking 5 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 19 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car (I really should start riding Marta again)
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 104 (104)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4
1) Run/Walk no fewer than 75 miles
2) Ride no fewer than 150 road miles
3) Ride Marta no fewer than twenty times (ten round-trips)
4) Read at least two books
5) Make my bed every day
6) Relaunch www.JalapenoBeach.com
7) Keep track of how many days I use stairs over elevators