Another Two-Hour Extravaganza!
Last night I hosted the weekly Hell’s Kitchen meetup. To my surprise Gary offered to bring some Tasty China to the meetup, so all I had to do was supply alcohol and some appetizers. I swung by Kroger on my way home from work and picked up some cheese, sausage, crackers, salsa, plus some beer and wine.
I didn’t know that last night’s Hell’s Kitchen was going to be another two-hour event and since we (me, Gary, Nancy, Andrea, ITP-Reader Betsy, and Reese) were all content consuming food an beverage we watched it all.
Honestly, I don’t remember much of last night’s Hell’s Kitchen. Since I wasn’t driving anywhere I figured that I didn’t have to worry about my alcohol consumption, and worry I did not. (This also explains why this blog is a little later than normal.) I certainly had an enjoyable time, and I believe the others did as well.
Have I Mentioned How Much I Love My Crockpot?
I believe I’ve mentioned Gardenfork TV before in this blog. Last week Gardenfork TV showed how to make “caramelized” onions using a crockpot. On Monday I decided that I was going to make an InsideThePerimeter Improvisational Meal.
I bought a pack of uncooked Italian sausages and placed them into the bottom of the crockpot. I then peeled and sliced (into about 1/2″ half-rounds) four large Vidalia onions and scattered them on top of the sausages. To this I spread two healthy pinches of salt and drizzled on a couple of tablespoons of olive oil (it’s best to have some liquid in a crockpot, next time I may try water or stock). I turned the crockpot to Low and let this cook for about fourteen hours (You could probably eat this sooner, say twelve hours, but make sure your sausages have cooked to at least 160ºF in the center to avoid making yourself sick.)
Not satisfied with that, I slathered some whole-grain Dijon mustard onto a roll and ate one sausage smothered with delicious, “caramelized” onions.
Would I make this again? Oh, hell yeah!
Settop Box Senility
It seems as if my seven-year-old settop box is becoming senile. At least twice in recent months it has decided to delete all of my DVR timers without any explanation. I was confused last night when the settop box decided not to record Hell’s Kitchen, and then luckily decided that I should check to make sure that the timer for Top Chef was still present; it was not.
I’m not sure what I plan to do about this problem. On the one hand, it’s a major inconvenience. On the other hand, I don’t watch all that much tv and not recording things will only help me watch less.
A Different Kind Of Nerdfest
I believe that I’ve mentioned my use of Evernote to help organize my life. I’ve come to rely on it so much that at the beginning of June I paid to become a “Premium” member.
Tonight, there is an Evernote Meetup that I plan on attending. I figure that it might be a good way for me to network and learn a tip or two about Evernote from the other guys in attendance (seriously, unfortunately for me most of these events are sausagefests). Unlike with the iPhone Developers meetups I think that should be able to hold my own with this crowd. I guess that I’ll find out tonight.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though some of last night’s Tasty China peppers are punishing me for eating them.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – In my perfect world I would shop more at places like the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 204 pounds (ugh)
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – 10.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 122.5 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 23 (23)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 22
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 3
– 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
– Complete at least one iPhone application
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalapeño 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
– 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