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I’m pleased to say that my corned beef and cabbage meal was wonderful! I’m disappointed to say that I didn’t take any photos of it (not that Irish food is the most photogenic food in the world).

Finally, An Oil Change
My relationship with the Jackmobile changed when the transmission died in Boulder back in September 2010. Since that trip the Jackmobile has been burning some oil as well, and I’ve essentially been “changing” the oil by refilling the reservoir when it’s been necessary. What hasn’t been changed is the oil filter, so today the Jackmobile is in for an oil and oil filter change. Let’s all hope that this dropoff doesn’t lead to a lot more problems which need to be fixed.

ITP Flickr Pic
See title.

It’s Time For Responsibility
I’ve been rather lax on the food which has entered my piehole since the accident, even more lax that I have been in recent years. As I looked at myself last night I saw that it’s (past) time for me to start cutting back in order to stem the weight gain which has happened recently. This is not going to please me, but it’s a necessary step at this point in my recovery.

RealiTV Update: Top Chef – There Goes My eBay Auction
ITP-Reader Betsy and I have gotten together for nearly every episode of Top Chef this season, except when I’ve had the gall to do things like travel for work. There is but one episode remaining in this season.

Let me say that from the commercials I see while watching Top Chef when Bravo decides to cancel the Top Chef family of shows (Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Top Chef Just Desserts) I will no longer be a Bravo views. Holy crap the other shows on Bravo (Real Housewives, Bethenny Whatever, anything with “Millionaire” in the title) look abysmal.

Last night we found out that Top Chef would be returning to eliminating all but two cheftestants for the finale. Last night’s useless QuickFire filler had the cheftestants revisiting hurdles from past competitions.

  • Richard Blais: Had to cook using hot dogs (which I thought he’d kill given that he’s supposedly opening up a hot dog shop in Atlanta), and then later get limited to only using one hand.
  • Mike Isabella: Had to cook using only one pot, and then later had all utensils/tools taken away from him.
  • Antonia Lofaso: Had to cook using only canned goods, and then later had to cook literally tied to Carla’s (Carla? Why not Tiffany?) hip.

Mike won again! He’s certainly hit his stride.

For the Elimination Challenge the cheftestants had to prepare the “last supper” for three well-known chefs:

  • Richard Blais: Had to cook Wolfgang Puck’s request for goulash, spaetzle, and streusel.
  • Mike Isabella: Had to cook Michelle Bernstein’s request for fried chicken and biscuits.
  • Antonia Lofaso: Had to cook Masaharu Morimoto’s request for miso soup and a bento box. Oh, way to throw someone under the bus Top Chef producers.

It must have been clear that Blais was the winner of this challenge as he was quickly congratulated and told that he’d be moving onto the final.

As for Mike and Antonia they still had work to do. To determine which one of the cheftestants would be joining Blais these two had to return to the kitchen and prepare seven one-bite portions for the judges. Talk about your pressure. In the end it was a 4-3 decision in favor of Mike, thus turning my chef’s apron signed by Antonia back into a personal collectable instead of something that I’ll be putting on eBay.

As an aside, the “last supper” challenge was inspired by Melanie Dunea’s book My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals / Portraits, Interviews, and Recipes which I will buy if it ever comes out in a digital (Kindle/Nook/Apple) format. Until then it’ll remain on my long “want to read” list.

So it’s Richard and Mike, next week, for all the marbles, and more importantly $200,000. Last night I realized that at the beginning of the season I wondered if Richard Blais would be eliminated early — I guess that I was wrong. Also, people have parsed some Top Chef interviews and some things happening around the Atlanta area and concluded that Blais wins it all — I guess we’ll all find out next week.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – While Windsor Neckwear loses points for having a website that immediately plays music upon loading it appears to be a good place to go if you want reasonably-priced ties.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)

Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 22

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

March Goals
– Recover from the bike crash
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run
– Lose two pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book, specifically Chef’s Story

2011 Goals [will be a little more fluid than in past years]
– Reduce my weight by 25 pounds based on the my weight as measured on February 1st
Completely read the book Daily Negations which I received as a Christmas gift.
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business — one which does not get penalized.
– 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
Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than two one half-marathon
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store

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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to No Photo Enclosed

  1. Martha says:

    I just finished Megamind…do I win??

    Ugh, I have to find time soon for an oil change as well, it’s only been three months but I’ve put 5000 miles on the new car…at least all I should need is an oil change.

    Last night I ran a little experiment with my Garmin. I just let it run to see how long the battery would last. At the 5:30 mark, I got a ‘low battery’ warning. It managed to run another two hours, giving me a total of 7:39 of life. That’s not bad, the interesting thing I found was the 4000 feet of climbing it managed to accumulate while sitting on my desk. (if fairness, when I uploaded to Garmin Connect and elevation correction was enabled it was only 2 ft). I ordered a battery extender yesterday, I can’t wait to get it and see how it works.

    I’m reading my first book on the Kindle…I’m feeling very techie this week 😉

  2. Steve says:

    I’ve noticed I can stand perfectly still and my Garmin thinks I’m riding a roller coaster! I sort of understand why, but if a feature is so inaccurate, why include it?

    Mmmm, spaetzle… maybe Debbie will remind me to make some. 😉

    And I’m sad to report I believe I have finally been overcome by pollen.. a first.


  3. Barb says:

    I must have missed something – what is the big deal about Megamind?

  4. The car is at Lam’s. I have a sinking feeling that because the Jackmobile has been burning oil that this might get more expensive (and pose a major travel inconvenience) than I desire.

    Barb, Megamind is the animated movie with the girl who looks like Jeannie. And you definitely win, Martha; I’ve yet to find the time to watch it.

    Good luck battling the pollen, Steve. It’s too bad that the rain which was predicted for last night didn’t occur.

  5. Steve says:

    Maybe it didn’t rain in “the city” but I dumped maybe a tenth of an inch out of the boys buckets before I fed them this morning. And the driveway was damp.

  6. We supposedly got rain ITP but my driveway was bone dry when I left the house this morning.

  7. Barb says:

    I know we got some rain in Marietta last night, I went to the periodontist again yesterday (hopefully, the last procedure is now done) and I was sleeping lightly becuase my mouth hurt – so I heard a good downpour.

    And yesterday was my first real day of seasonal allergies – my eyes are itching!!! (along with the stuffy head, some sneezing, etc.)

    Hopefully your Peach Auto bill won’t be as bad as mine was, but you aren’t getting a timing belt, so you might be okay.

    and – yes, that girl does look like Jeannie. (I love IMDB)

  8. While I am not getting a timing belt replaced (did that at 100k and it’s what caused me to start taking my car to Lam) I do fear the fact that the car is burning oil.

    So far I’ve avoided allergy-related problems. I’m hoping that trend continues for me.

  9. Martha says:

    One of the reasons for the new car, was the old one burning oil. It was going to cost a lot to fix it. Harry told me just to keep an eye on my oil level. I guess it isn’t really a problem as long as you keep adding new oil.

    The pollen doesn’t bother me, Jerry is a mess, so is my car…it rained a little at work yesterday, just enough to make the car look worse. I don’t know if it rained here or not, I thought I heard some thunder this morning?

  10. And shortly thereafter I feel some sinus affects. D’Oh!

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