Everyone has seen it, I’ve returned to being fat. My scale, which read a shade over 207 on two occasions this morning, has reminded. My pants, who need no assistance from belts, have reminded me. So, starting today I’m challenging myself to shed five pound by mid-December. Why mid-December? Because I have business meeting in California for which I want to comfortably fit into my dressier pants. Wish me luck because I am going to need it.
Last Gluttony #1
My office held its annual pre-Thanksgiving pot luck lunch yesterday. I brought in some “candied” sweet potatoes — can I tell you how much I love sweet potatoes? — whose “candying” was less than stellar. In fact, I think I would have preferred the sweet potatoes to have been naked, or at least with just some butter.
Our pre-Thanksgiving feast started as a way for the employees to learn about the many varied cultures which make up our division. The spread yesterday was fantastic. Some people went out of their way to cook up some intricate dishes, while others went the store-bought route. While I tried to limit my intake, I did know that I had a reservation at Woodfire Grill, I consumed a wide variety of delicacies.
Last Gluttony #2: And The Star Of The Show
Is not in the building. Perhaps the only downer of last night’s Woodfire Grill visit was that Top Chef cheftestant Kevin Gillespie was nowhere to be found. We were told he was at The Pentagon, but I suspect he was at a strip club called The Panty-Gone (I wouldn’t Google that if I were you). I’m not one who expects the CelebriChefs to be in their restaurants (hell, it’s physically impossible for some), but I was expecting Gillespie to be there last night.
The five members of our pre-BetsyFest celebration, including ITP-Reader Gary, each dug our heels deep and agreed to go for the seven-course chef’s menu with wine pairings. Don’t ask how much this cost because all I will say is “a lot” and smile.
Here is what I remember, the wines were above my cognition:
[Pre-Meal] Bread, delicious bread
[Amuse Bouche] Radish with butter and minced celery
1. Fried shrimp served over minced shrimp : some dry white
2. Pan-seared scallop served over shaved brussel sprouts and surrounded by squash : some chardonnay
3. Mushroom served over a grit cake : honestly, I don’t remember
4. Sweetbreads served with something I cannot remember : honestly, I don’t remember
5. Pork belly with a side of pork and sunchokes : some tasty red
[Pallet Cleanser] Watermelon drink with some chili salt
6. Lamb with beets : a hearty red
[Pre-Dessert] A sample of a piece if chocolate cake with a brandied(?) piece of fruit and some sort of foam.
7. Mousse “tart” (see below) : milk — kidding, it was a sweet dessert wine
Each of these plates also had many components and sauces which were far too involved for me to remember.
Sadly we were told that we could get a printout of all of the things we ate and drank — which would have made writing this blog much easier — but we all forgot to get it.
Best line of the night, uttered by our birthday girl, in reference to cordial cherries — “Cordials aren’t always cordial.”
Would I go back? Sure. Would I go all in for the chef’s menu? Not unless I have some amazing financial windfall.
Happy Birthday Greetings
Today is the actual birthday of ITP-Reader Betsy. If you’d like to partake in BetsyFest ’10 you’ll want to swing into Holy Taco sometime this evening.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat, way fat, but ready to start reversing the trend
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – There are no Kevin Gillespie dishes in Popular Plates BBQ magazine, but that doesn’t stop if from being awesome.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 207 pounds
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – ~9 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 25
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 18
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Run no fewer than 50 miles
– Determine the fate of Sharpened Stone, LLC
– lose five pounds
– eat vegetarian at least one day a week
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 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 Sharpened Stone.
– 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, completed
Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides, completed
Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers, completed
– 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