This will be a short blogging week. Thanks to the Company I’ll have Thursday and Friday off. Thanks to the Company, or at least the Building Company I’m currently sweating in an 81ºF office building. [Update @ 9:08 – chiller is working and the building is cooling down.] And thanks to my getting up late and rushing around the house I incorrectly put a tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon of salt into my crockpot baked beans that I’m making for my dinner tonight.
BetsyFest Was A Whopping Success
On Friday night I was the first one to arrive at Holy Taco, somehow beating everyone who said they’d be there early. Oh well. I plopped my ass at the bar and ordered a beer and then the party was on. My earliness and desire not to drink too much led me to be the first to depart BetsyFest ’10, but when I did there were perhaps fifteen others still remaining to keep the party going.
I feel as I somehow missed a third leg of BetsyFest ’10 which would by held on Saturday. But, I had such a great time at Thursday’s and Friday’s festivities that I didn’t feel a void. 🙂
Experiments In The Kitchen
For some reason this weekend was filled with kitchen experiments, most of which looked horrible, but unlike the salty beans I’ll have tonight were quite edible.
For lunch on Saturday I took some “guacamole” (in quotes because while the main ingredients of guacamole were found they were not in proper proportion) and fried it up with an egg. Hideous looking, not bad tasting.
On Saturday afternoon I decided to cook up (in the crockpot) the pumpkin, butternut squash, and new potatoes that I’d purchased the week before. I made this concoction using the spice combination that I’d used for the sweet potatoes I made for the Thanksgiving potluck. The biggest problem with my concoction was that the squash broke down into strands, much like a spaghetti squash would, while the pumpkin and potatoes proudly held their form. Again, not much to look at, but it was still quite edible.
I’m Finally On The “Modern Family” Bandwagon
And I’m certain that ITP-Reader Lisa can’t understand what took me so long to heed her advice.
The St Andrew’s Day Massacre: When CB Really Means YBF
I ran with the Black Sheep Hash yesterday. For a long period of time I thought that I would be blogging about how I made it through the first check, but was so stymied by the “CB 2” that I had to return to my car and wait for the pack to arrive there after running circle. Luckily I wasn’t alone, so the small pack of hounds of which I was a part managed to figure out where trail went (the “CB” was supposed to be a “YBF”) and we lucked into trail which was being laid by BWanA (aka ITP-Reader Harold) who had found a bag of flour and was using it to mark trail for the rest of us. The remainder of trail was really well marked and had I been in any sort of running shape I would have done really well.
Circle took a long time yesterday and its brevity was not helped by the appearance of four “local” lads who couldn’t figure out what this group of skirted guys was doing in the woods singing (to be fair there were more than a handful of women in attendance yesterday as well). I arrived home around 6:30pm and did little more than watch tv (The Amazing Race included) for the rest of the evening.
Odd stat of the day: Number of beers consumed by me at the hash — zero
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sweating
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I was going through notes this weekend and remembered to look for a guy who I saw in Wyoming who was walking across country. Why I didn’t stop and take his photo I’ll never figure out, but perhaps my transmission would have died then so maybe it was for the best.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday: situps (50), pushups (20); Sunday: hashing (~4 miles), situps (50), pushups (10)
Morning Weigh-In – 202 pounds (aaah, the power of water retention)
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – ~13 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 30, Situps – 125
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 21
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