Time Passages

Don’t look now, Thanksgiving is only two weeks away! Want to guess who will not be prepared to run a half-marathon that day?

The Last Two Nights I’ve Said That I Was Going Out, But Stayed At Home
Perhaps tonight I will say that I am staying at home and go out instead.

Once again I made the choice to spend the night home. I was really hungry, needed a “quick” vegetarian option (getting tired of Mexican though), and since that meant Willy’s or Moe’s. Willy’s won out and was perfect for what I desired. However, while sitting at the Edgewood Retail District’s Willy’s I realized that the likelihood that I would drive over to midtown was very low and I made the call to skip last night’s AtlRUG (Atlanta Ruby User Group) meeting.

“Productivity” was to be the word du jour, however, “panic,” “rest,” “sleep,” and “television” won out instead. That’s okay, I can’t win them all. And, since house-selling is currently not an option I am in no rush to get it prepared to do so.

Computer Upgrading Is Not Hard, But It Is Time Consuming
My decision to “Go Leopard” on my aged iBook and daily-use iMac has caused me momentary heartburn. The install of software onto the “new, refurbished” MacBook was a snap since there were no pre-installed, pre-configured concerns to be had. However, the same is far-from-true for the two machines that I wish to migrate from Tiger to Leopard (Mac operating systems for those not in the know). Sure, Apple provides migration assistance, but I’m more of a “wipe the slate clean and start over” type of guy. This means that I have to make sure that I have all of the serial numbers for installed software handy, and sooner or later am going to have to figure out how to take a snapshot of my iTunes library so that I can reinstall it swiftly and correctly. Oh bother…

Now I remember why I don’t do these sort of sweeping changes often.

ITP Flickr Pic
The last of my “Cute Kid Collection”
Running Man
Man, now I really need to shoot something tonight since I have nothing in the queue for tomorrow.

Don’t Look Now, Top Chef Is Back!
What a pleasant surprise it was yesterday to be informed that Top Chef was premiering yesterday. I have my peeps at EAV Buzz to thanks for the head’s up.

You bet your big-assed apple there are spoilers to follow!

Seventeen contestants met up in New York. And before the first Elimination Challenge that number would be whittled to sixteen no sooner than you could utter “Big Apple” (peeling). We see a overconfident Savannaher (Savannahite? Savannahole?), Lauren, say “If there are only sixteen jackets then there is one for me.” before she gets unceremoniously chucked off the show like a bad apple. Hell, as Lauren said “I didn’t even get to see the kitchen.” I surmise that she got kicked off the show because she failed to drop enough approved-product references into her sentences; she should have said “I didn’t even get to see the GE SpaceMaker kitchen filled with Glad products!”

Lauren’s ouster was more ironic since she was one of a friend-pair who were so happy to reconnect on the show. You see, Lil’ Ole Hottie Lauren was best buds at the CIA (culinary school not undercover agency) with sweet-faced Patrick. Patrick’s goal was to prove that a young student has the chops to be Top Chef (Chops! Get it?!? Oh, never mind). Want to guess who loses the Elimination Challenge? Well, perhaps Lauren and Patrick can have sleepovers somewhere and watch the remaining fifteen contestants vie for Top Chef status.

As for the cheftestants still on the show, many of them are JackWadsTM. I’ll assess their capabilities as the show progresses.

One more thing from last night…. When I lived in Queens, NY I didn’t remember Jamaica, NY being known for Jamaican food. All I remember was Jamaica Cola, which from my research today had no connection to the neighborhood because it was produced by Canada Dry and is no longer made. I supposed it makes sense for Jamaica to have Jamaican roots, in the same way we associate Chinatown with Chinese and Little Italy with Italians, but I never knew of the association. So know you understand when I mention that I was rather confused when the two chefs who pulled “Jamaica” knives actually cooked Jamaican food.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Of Montreal — “Id Engager”
Website Of The Day – Some change is bothersome (see my Mac struggles), but some change is welcome (see Change.Gov).
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Foot Mileage – 12 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 13 (13)
Vegetarian Days – 9
Carnivorous Days – 3
Marta Rides – 0

Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4

November Goals
1) Lose no fewer than three pounds
2) Drink no soda
3) Run no fewer than 75 miles
4) Bike no fewer than 100 miles

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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20 Responses to Time Passages

  1. debbie says:

    He truly is a cute kid; no wonder they’re making another one! 🙂

    “getting tired of Mexican” That’s blasphemy.

  2. I never thought I’d get tired of Mexican food, but that’s when ordering anything on the menu was an option.

    I need to expand my horizons and find some Chinese, Indian, and Italian places to frequent. These cuisines provide ample vegeterian options.

  3. Barb says:

    you could always go home and eat a bowl of Special K…. or any other cereal. I hear (from TV commercials) there are lots of vitamins in cereal.

  4. Steve says:

    Last weekend, the mizzus and I attended a party that was catered by FIGO pasta- (no decent web link found). I know there is a location near the Avondale MARTA station. One of the dishes server was a mushroom ravioli that was outstanding- good and good for you!


  5. There’s a Figo in Edgewood Retail District too. I should have gone there last night!

  6. Martha says:

    Steve, we have a FIGO just up the road in Edgewood. I’ve only been there once. If they have a whole wheat/multi grain pasta and easy on the sauce that would be a good option. http://www.figopasta.com

    Subway isn’t bad either, if you get a turkey, roast beef or veggie sandwich on wheat or honey oat (IMO their ‘healthest’ breads) and hold the mayo you have a pretty healthy meal. Stay away from the wrap, you’d think it was a good option becuse it looks like less bread but it is about the worst thing on the menu. I end up there when I forget to pack my lunch.

    You (I) have to be careful with Chinese, while it may be veggie, it is usually made with a lot of oil.

    Barb, Special K and Fiber One with soy milk are my ‘go to’ late night snacks.

    Paulie, do I need to have a veggie option for you this weekend?

  7. I’m not too worried about the oil content in Chinese, as it’s not like I’m going to eat it often.

    If I need a veggie option for the weekend I’ll supply one. Thanks.

  8. Martha says:

    Okay, well there are two others that I have veggie stuff for, so I was just trying to be nice.

  9. Oh, I know you were. I just have this philosophy that others should have to prepare for my special needs.

  10. debbie says:

    “I just have this philosophy that others should have to prepare for my special needs.”

    Hey, I have the SAME philosophy! 😉

  11. Whoops, Freudian slip that should have read shouldn’t. LOL!!!

  12. Barb says:

    I was wonderinn who was going to comment on that typo.

  13. Stacy says:

    Y’all are freaks. I was laughing reading this exchange today.

    ITP, why is it you’re eating vegeterian again? Is it a blood pressure / health thing? I wonder if allowing yourself fish on “veg” days might give you more options but still accomplish your health goals.

    You HAVE started taking a vitamin too, right? Don’t make me hurt you!

  14. Martha says:

    Stacy could you be more specific about the ‘freaks’ part?

    I mean is it Paulie’s repressed desire TO have people cater to his special needs, or that I have read all the nutritional information on Subway’s website, or that Steve couldn’t find the web site http://www.figopasta.com for a place called Figo Pasta?

    Come on now, give us a hint?

  15. @Stacy, veg days are veg days, no meat, fish, or shellfish. I am doing it to return discipline in my life (the same reason I am forbidding myself soda). I had hoped to lose weight as well since I am certain that I consume more calories when I eat meat, but since I’ve not been exercising that hasn’t happened.

    No supplements have entered my body. I feel I am getting enough vitamins and protein through my diet. I’ve not been skipping meals or starving myself, only avoiding meat.

  16. Barb says:

    I think Stacy was call me the freak for telling Paulie to eat cereal…..

  17. Stacy says:

    LOL at Martha! Um, yeah, what you said.

    ITP – Oh, it never occurred to me you were skipping meals or starving yourself — I just know when I change my habits, it’s hard for me to know if I’m getting the right vitamins (ie: where do I get iron if I don’t eat redmeat?)…so I “cheat” with a multi-vitamin. You’re obviously more in tune to that kind of thing than I am! 🙂

    And I think the answer’s spinach. Spinach has a lot of iron, right?

  18. Stacy says:

    @Barb: no way! I love me my cereals!

  19. RanLiCoop says:

    If you want to be ready for the half marathon on T-day, why don’t you come back up and spend a week or two chasing after that cute running kid in your post? That would definitely get you in shape!

  20. @Randy/Lisa : What, are you trying to kill me?

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