I Gave My Eyes To Lynda

I spent whatever “free” time I had this weekend watching tutorial videos from Lynda.com. In fact, I spent so much time watching videos that I forgot to do my Spring maintenance for my bicycle (though I’m happy to say that I did find the time to mow my lawns).

Playing With My Food
It’s a darn good thing that I don’t make my bread by selling bread. On Sunday morning I decided that I was going to bake a loaf of bread using my bread maker, and the new jar of Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast (which is different from their Yeast for Bread Machines). I also decided to change things up a bit using powdered buttermilk, instead of the powdered milk I’ve been using in the past. Although the bread it produced was far from pretty and had an interesting crispy ring, it was quite tasty.

Later in the day I decided to experiment with my dinner plans. Last week I purchased a cheap cut of beef, and on Saturday I picked up some carrots, red potatoes, and some rib rub. I dumped them all into my crockpot and heated it (mostly) on low for six hours. Much like the bread the resultant didn’t look all that pretty, but damn it tasted good.

ITP Flickr Pic
Hey, what happened to my photo?
I Love It!

On Saturday afternoon I headed over to Castleberry Hill to pick up my artwork from The Granite Room. While there I ran into Owen, who had spotted the Jackmobile parked outside and came in to say hello — cool.

When I walked into The Granite Room I was floored to see an empty space where once was occupied by my photo. W00t! Unfortunately I didn’t sell any of the matted prints, but the sale of the framed print covered my exhibit cost and provided Sharpened Stone, LLC with its first income.

I Doubt I’ll Be As Fortunate Tonight
Tonight is critique night at Roswell Photographic Society. Tonight’s theme is “People” and unfortunately I was unable to produce anything new to exhibit. Even worse, the photo I had intended to submit fell just outside the allowable date range, so since I’m a rule-follower I had to go with “Plan C.” “Plan C” is a good shot, but there’s nothing really artistic about it, so I’m not expecting to receive much love.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though I wish I had submitted a better shot for tonight
Current Music – listening to the second episode of this season’s “Top Chef Masters.”
Website Of The Day – I’m not going to say that I’m going to “get behind” Pints for Prostates, but I will say that it seems like a worthwhile organization.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 202 pounds
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 17 (17)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 16
Marta Rides – 0

May Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving further

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 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.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
– Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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11 Responses to I Gave My Eyes To Lynda

  1. Steve says:

    Congratulations on making the big sale!! I had actualy thought about trying to get down to the show and snatch an original “Paulie” for my very own!

    Debbie and I spent a very enjoyable weekend working at a horse show- the guy that owns the place has 12 miles of Chattahoochee river frontage and 4000 acres… wonder if he’s ever heard of the hash?


  2. “wonder if he’s ever heard of the hash?”

    I wouldn’t mention it if you ever want to get invited back. 🙂

  3. Martha says:

    Congrats on the photo sale. When is the next exhibit?

    I just got an email from America’s Test Kitchen about yeast…
    http://www.cooksillustrated.com/howto/detail.asp?docid=1703&Extcode=L0EN2AA00 I really like that mag/tv show…I should pop for a new subscription.

    I finished my third Twisted Ankle Half on Saturday, I didn’t see any of the usual crowd but did run into a few fellow hashers, Squid, Tasty Pie and I Know that Trick were all seen running up Becky’s Bluff (some of them twice). It was the first TA for Squid, Tasty and Jerry. They all did great!!

    Everytime I run this race I think to myself why am I doing this, this is my last year…within half an hour of finishing I wait until next year.

  4. The next “big” show is in the Fall. I’m going to try and get my stuff into smaller gigs/festivals before then.

    I used to be a dyed-in-the-wool Cook’s Illustrated subscriber/viewer. I gave up the magazine subscription when I realized that I never actually read it. A while back I had to reset all of my dvr timers and for some reason never set that one up again. That’s a great article! It completely explains the behavior my bread has been exhibiting. Thanks.

    Congrats to you on the Twisted Ankle! If there were a race that’d get me back into running it’s Twisted Ankle. I do miss the olden days of camping and running up there.

  5. Steve says:

    Congrats on the TA Martha! (and Trick). If it wasn’t for the hill, I’d be more interested in going back and running it. The camping and company was always great.

  6. Martha says:

    Thanks Steve, I sort of missed camping this year, it was a tough drive home, need to find a DD for next year. Doing Warrior Dash next weekend, then I don’t have anything planned until Oct…may have to dig up a race or two between now and then.

    I would read Cook’s Illustrated a lot more than my current Bon Appitte subscription. I don’t think I’ve made anything out of that mag in a couple of years.

    I just watched an ATK video on bread making…I don’t think I’ll get the results I’m looking for out of my bread machine. You need a lot of time and/or $100K in equipment.

  7. I’m not looking for my bread machine to make artisan-quality bread. I would like to have it make a fairly-consistent loaf, however (assuming that I don’t mess up the measurements).

  8. debbie says:

    I’ve never been a good baker because you have to be so precise in your measurements. I’m much more a dab of this, pinch of that kind of cook. I can make some mean cookies, but that’s about it in the oven.

  9. Stacy says:

    Congratulations on the sale, Paulie!!! That’s AWESOME!

    So, for those of us way out of the loop….can you direct us to the picture that sold? 🙂

  10. Stacy, the shot that sold is a variant of the downtown sunset shot that I sold last year. Although I don’t have an electronic version up anywhere if you click on today’s picture and then click on the link in HamWithCam’s comment then you can see a shot of it while it was hanging.

  11. Stacy says:

    Sweet! Thanks! (and thanks HamWithCam) 🙂

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