Of Course The Weather Is Perfect — It’s Monday

It was nasty Friday, Saturday, and Sunday but now that we are back in the office the weather is perfect. Forecasts even predict perfect weather until — you guessed it — Friday. Wheeeeeee!

Wait, Was That This Weekend?
As I stated on Friday I skipped Twisted Ankle this year. The weather was crap so I didn’t mind skipping the camping, and since I wasn’t trained I didn’t mind skipping the run.

Can’t Any Of Atlanta’s Breakfast Restaurants Create A Useful Website?
Because I was staying ITP for Saturday morning and because I’ve not stocked my kitchen since about New Year’s I decided that I was going to allow myself to eat an early breakfast out. On Friday night I tried to use the power of the internet to decide which restaurant was going to be open early and where I was going to eat, and here’s what I found:

  • Java Jive and Gato Bizco have no website.
  • Thumb’s Up Diner has a website domain which is parked on a hosting site.
  • Flying Biscuit doesn’t post its hours on its website.
  • Ria’s Bluebird has annoying music which plays by default on every page.
  • Sun In My Belly posted hours, but you had to click through three levels to find them.

After attempting an 8am breakfast at Java Jive only to find them close I headed to Home Depot before getting breakfast. I knew that The Majestic and Waffle House were always breakfast options but I wanted something different. I wound up at Sun In My Belly, which wasn’t as “different” as I desired, was delicious.

ITP Flickr Pic
The pen is indeed mightier than the sword. On Friday I accidentally marred this shirt by leaving a blue pen in its pocket.
The Pen Really Is Mightier Than The Sword
I guess I’m going to have to request a new white shirt if I go to another trade show. In the meantime I might buy a box of dye and turn it into a blue(ish) shirt.

I Had A Lot If Indoor Alone Time, If Only I Had Accomplished My Reading
The weekend’s poor weather meant that I didn’t attempt to yard work, good, but did not ensure that I got my PHP reading done, bad.

Instead, I stumbled upon two video podcasts — Gardenfork and Real World Green — both with the same host which kept me entertained.

Real World Green is a one-to-four minute podcast which highlights ways that individuals can reduce their impact on the environment.

Gardenfork is a three-to-ten minute personal journey in which the host demonstrates how to perform a task. Entertainingly the host often times bungles a step in the process and, to his credit is quick to admit this.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – warm because the heat must have kicked on at the office last night. ugh.
Current Music – listening to Harry Shearer’s “le Show” podcast
Website Of The Day – Watching Real World Green reminded me of using Freecycle for getting rid of, or acquiring used good
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Monthly
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 8 (8)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 17
Marta Rides – 0

May Goals
Whoops, I didn’t even consider this. Perhaps something will be here on Monday.

2009 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 190 pounds (today’s weight was 199.5 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
РEarn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalape̱o Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C (iPhone development) and Ruby on Rails (Black Sheep web page concept)
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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20 Responses to Of Course The Weather Is Perfect — It’s Monday

  1. brenan says:

    Did you try the applewood smoked bacon while at SIMB? Mmmmm — best bacon in ATL, hands down. (their scrambled eggs aren’t too shabby, either). Now if only they had chairs sturdy enough for a three-year-old!

  2. I agree with your assessment of their bacon. I ordered the scrambled egg panini which had cheese and bacon on the sandwich and is served with their home fried potatoes.

    The only downside I see with Sun In My Belly is their furniture. I sat on one of their benches and felt like I was always going to slide off.

  3. Martha says:

    We ate at Solstice yesterday. The food is usually pretty good, I had the basic breakfast yesterday, eggs, bacon, potatoes, it wasn’t bad but pretty blah. They seem to do a better job on the fancier stuff. Jerry scarfed down his pancakes and seemed to enjoy them. I always enjoy the coffee there.

    As for Twisted Ankle, no you didn’t miss much. The weather was crap Friday night. I didn’t get much sleep and the tent leaked a bit. I keep wondering which tree was going to fall on us and when it was going to happen. The down pour Friday also made for an extra muddy trail Saturday. Oh what fun.

  4. I always hear about Solstice, but never know exactly where it is. Other places suggested to me were Radial and the Australian Bakery. I miss the convenience of Kasan Red.

  5. Martha says:

    Solstice is on the corner of Rosilla and Boulevard…that small strip of business, it use to be a mexican restaurant years ago. I don’t think they open until 9, might not have been early enough for you.

    http://solsticecafeatlanta.com/

    Oh, about Thursday. We were able to get out of the beerfest volunteer meeting. We are working the set up shift now so the meeting isn’t required. So we can meet up for a drink when ever….

  6. Beth/Size says:

    FYI — Radial is not open until 9 on the weekends. Thumbs Up on Edgewood is open at 7 — that’s usually where we go if the kiddo wakes us up really early. They have counter seating, too which is nice if you are there by yourself. Flying Biscuit is also open at 7 AM.

    I’m with my hubby on the chairs at SIMB …. in fact, that’s why we don’t go there that often because its just not very comfortable to sit and drink your coffee.

  7. Barb says:

    I know the people that own Australian Bakery – Neville & Holly. And, a plus, they really are from Australia. I don’t know how often they are really there.

    Allan makes a mean omelette, so we rarely go out for breakfast.

    And – don’t be mad at me, but the weather was pretty good in NC this weekend. Just a few random rainshowers that didn’t last long at all. Camping was excellent, but the mtn biking trails at Badin Lake were TORN UP by horses. I really don’t understand how the park system can think that bikes tear up trails, horses are way worse on them (sorry Debbie). We did find some other trails not to far away that were bike only (Wood Run – Lisa/Randy – if you haven’t even been there, you ought to check them out), so we did get some good, fun riding in.

  8. I make a mean breakfast too… when I can wash my pans and dishes.

    I’m not mad that the weather was good elsewhere. Heck, I’m not even all that mad that the weather was crap here since I had no real outdoor plans.

    Opening at 9am is a deal breaker for me. I’m an early riser and want to beat crowds.

    I’ll keep Flying Biscuit and Thumb’s Up in mind for the future.

  9. @Martha : I’ll be up in the village Thursday (hopefully the Farmers Market will be open). It’s been some time since I’ve consumed in the hood so anywhere is good with me.

  10. Steve says:

    Though I’ve never tried it, Cafe 458 on Edgewood (458, get it?) has brunch on the weekends. It’s part of a charity we support called Samaritan House, which helps get the homeless off the streets and into permanent employment. Supposed to be pretty good…

    Glad to be out of class and back to work..

    -FP

  11. Beth/Size says:

    We’ve also been here a few times — GREAT food and they are open at 8:00. Its on the West Side (near Ga Tech) though so its not just around the corner.

    http://www.westeggcafe.com/

    We go to brunch/breakfast almost every weekend and are always looking for new venues 🙂

  12. Hmm, I hadn’t thought about Cafe 458 in some time. I heard about it years ago but have never visted.

    West Egg’s name always comes up but every time I’ve been in that area it looks like it’s a pain in the arse to park.

  13. brenan says:

    Sorry to correct you in public, dear, but the place to which you referred is West Egg Cafe over by Northside Tavern which I believe opens at 8 a.m. but don’t quote me. Cafe 458 (aka the Homeless Cafe) on Edgewood is indeed worth checking out. The staff is mostly volunteers so service can be spotty but the menu — which usually changes from week to week based on which volunteer chef is behind the counter is guaranteed to please. Kinda pricey, but hey, it is for a good cause.

  14. Martha says:

    Okay I always forget about this place…stone soup. I’ve heard great things about it, again doesn’t open until 9 am on the weekends.

    http://www.stonesoupkitchen.net

    If crowds are a concern, there are never more than a few tables at Solstice when we go, usually around 9:30.

  15. I’ve heard good things but have never eaten at Stone Soup either.

    Get ready for some great blogging materials kids! The plumbing initiative has crawled to a start. First details tomorrow….

  16. brenan says:

    Doh! I can read (sorry hon).

  17. Hahahaha, too funny Brenan. Now I have another thing to add to the “Why It’s Okay To Be Alone List”

    1. Meals cost half as much.
    2. I always get to choose what’s on TV.
    3. Drinking milk straight of the jug? Yep, I can do that.
    4. No one to whom I must apologize when I error. 🙂

  18. Barb says:

    now Paulie – I have to believe you had more than 3 on that list before Brenan gave you #4……..

  19. A few more which I’ve selectively removed for you all, Barb. 😉

  20. brenan says:

    Glad to help the cause. Don’t forget #5 – Can leave toilet seat up 24/7.

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