At Least I Had Biscuits For Sunday Breakfast (And Lunch)

Frozen, Pillsbury biscuits made in the comfort of my own home; not Montgomery Biscuits.

Curiouser And Curiouser
When I left my house on Saturday morning to drive up to Virginia-Highland I was startled to see traffic cones going down my street. Was road construction to be done? Was there a race going down my street about which I was clueless? Undaunted, I drove up to Moreland and made my way out of the village. I saw the truck responsible for laying said cones but was not able to ask the men working it why they were doing so.

As I reached Little 5 Points I saw more cones, and this time I saw a bunch of people running as well. WTH?

I arrived in Virginia-Highland with enough time to find out that the run through my neighborhood was the Run Before You Crawl 5k, but I never found out what run was going through Little 5 Points. Anyone?

By the time I returned to my street the cones had disappeared. It’s almost as if the run never happened…

Limiting My Biscuit Intake, Not Limiting My Beer Intake
I’d had already made the decision to scrap my Montgomery trip, I determined that the trip was too far for a single night away, before getting a text message from ITP-Reader Betsy asking me to meet her in East Atlanta Village. Betsy had run in the Run Before You Crawl 5k and was seeking a drinking partner for the afternoon (though there is a rebuttal to my interpretation. Hahaha). I started the day with the intention of being “good” and not drinking too much. I returned home sometime around 7pm and passed out immediately. So much for my productive Saturday…

ITP Flickr Pic
After getting my hair cut on Saturday morning, but before pub crawling, I decided that I would have a wonderful brunch at one of my favorite restaurants in town — Sun In My Belly in Kirkwood.
Sun In My Belly
What you see there (in a none-too-impressive iPhone photo) is their PBLT (Pimento cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, fried green Tomato), some potatoes with onion and red pepper, and my black coffee. Also pictured are some pretty roses, a jar of ice-cold water, and the corner of my beloved iPad.

Sun In My Belly has become my “place” when I want a comforting breakfast/brunch. You’ll most-times find me there alone (shocking, I know) reading (which may actually be shocking) something on my iPad.

A Far More Productive Sunday
Sad to say but yardwork season has arrived. I cranked my trusty lawn mower and spent a few hours making a bad yard look less bad. I think that I’ll have to make time each week/weekend in order to tackle the many yard projects which need to be accomplished in order to make the ITP Estate look nice (at least on the outside). It’s about this time each year that I proclaim that I will finally “do something” with my yard/house/life only to have my plans washed away by one thing or another.

RealiTV Update : The Amazing Race — Can We Get A Double Elimination?
Like a milk carton (am I showing my age using that term?) in the refrigerator with a February sell-by date, this contains spoilers.

I would not have been upset if two teams were eliminated from The Amazing Race last night. I have never been a fan of Team Daddy, Daddy, Daddy! or Team Goths Gone Wild and last night’s episode did nothing to improve my attitude toward either. Ron of Team Daddy, Daddy, Daddy has to be one of the worst This Amazing Race contestants ever, and Kynt Kent has to be one of the whiniest “men” ever. I don’t have much love for either Christina or Vxriyin, but at least those two tried to do things which would help their team remain in the race.

I am still a fan of Team Noun, yet those boys seem to be a bit “simple” for their own good; they certainly have played this game long enough to know that you should double, no triple check to see if there are any flights which land at your destination sooner than the first flight offered. I got a kick out of Team Trotters last night when they were egging their taxi driver on to pass other teams.

If I had my chance to pick the three teams that I’d like to see in the finale they would be

  1. Team Noun
  2. Team Trotters
  3. Team Assburger

I still wish Margie and Luke were contending, but hey, they were eliminated fairly and squarely.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – It wasn’t until last night that I found out that The Invisible Camera was an April Fool’s joke. I was neither skeptical nor fooled, I just hadn’t gotten around to listening to the April 1st podcast which revealed the joke.
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 – 2
Carnivorous Days – 8

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

April Goals
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run at least once
– Lose two pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book, specifically The Mole People

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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21 Responses to At Least I Had Biscuits For Sunday Breakfast (And Lunch)

  1. Barb says:

    well – I fell asleep during Amazing Race, so I was debating in watching it tonight, or just reading above.
    but – you really didn’t tell me anything above, did no one get eliminated?

    Too damn much pollen (& a tough bike ride) made me exhausted last night.

    Mulberry Gap was a good time, good group of people, but “mismanagement” failed to bring any ice to the ending of the trail, so we had a very foamy from the gravel road drive, cool, but getting warmer keg of PBR, and some bags of ice from our host Corkscrew’s freezer for the hares to sit on. I think the combination of warm beer & too much nature (aka pollen) gave me a good headache.

  2. Whoops, I meant to say who got eliminated : It was Team Daddy, Daddy, Daddy. I’m not sure how close they were to Team Goths Gone Wild because of the editing and lack of any real-time clock. You really should watch the episode to see why each of those teams frustrates me so.

    Glad to hear that Mulberry Gap was fun. I feel like such an ex-hasher these days. I truly miss the real “Black Rock Mountain” campout days as well.

    Hey Barb, is Zip Lining still on for the last weekend of this month? Do I need to make any reservations? Thanks. 🙂

  3. Oh and I’ll be interested to see how I fare today. Yesterday’s lawn mowing was the first physical activity (before you scoff I have to pick my mower up to get it to/from the front of the house) since the bike wreck and I kicked up and inhaled a bunch of pollen and dust.

  4. Martha says:

    I was able to get a lot done this weekend, we’re tapering for the race so I didn’t spend my whole Saturday running around in the woods.

    I got most of the grass mowed (ran out of gas, need to finished it this week), the shed got it’s first coat of paint, planted a few things in the garden (tomatoes, eggplant, jalapenos and basil), started cleaning the lawn furniture, and pulled a lot of weeds. I’m planning on a second coat of paint Thursday and will need to make a decision on the trim.

    Funny, I bought some Frozen, Pillsbury biscuits as well, not sure why?? But we each had one on Saturday. yummy. The run Saturday was not good, the heat really got to me, so far it looks like it will be much cooler this coming Saturday, fingers crossed.

    We took the kids for a hike at Red Top Mountain (Sweetgum Loop), Sunday. Logan got to do some swimming and Nibbles found some little girls to pet her and other dogs to bark at, it wore them out. Then everyone got a bath, including the cat…poor thing was covered in fleas??? He’s 100% indoors, so we aren’t sure how it happened. I sent Jerry to Park Pets for some meds, he should be fine now.

    I’m looking forward to next Sunday, sleeping in, maybe going out for breakfast…if I’m still alive!!

  5. Barb says:

    Zipline reservation is Saturday 4/30 1pm – it is a group under the name of Lauren Bourdain. I just called up there and told them I had the groupon for 2 of us & wanted to be at the same time, or just before or after them & they said no problem. So yes, call & tell them & get in with our group. (this just reminded me, I need to talk to Lauren to see if they are camping, cabin, or none of the above). I kind of want to stay the night up there & do some biking Sunday.

    But that is also the Mayor’s Ride in Roswell, always a fun day of riding them watching the bike crit that afternoon
    (Steve, is the crit still planned for that Sunday? are you working it? )

  6. Steve says:

    I managed a little over a 20 mile ride yesterday, including a road that turned to gravel- I didn’t use it, as I don’t know how far it is to the next pavement, but in future, I might.
    Saturday was a long day of bike racing in Anniston… 120 2/3’s and 120 Pros made for some fast racing.

    And in case you have an opportunity to have lunch in Williamson, GA. I have a reccomendation- Barnstormers. You can even fly your plane in and land on the grass strip!


  7. Barb says:

    oh yeah – I bought some seeds to plant, Allan tilled the garden up even bigger, so I’m trying to figure out what new things to plant. I am going to try corn again, if it doesn’t work again this year, I won’t try again.
    We will have way too many tomatoes again too.

  8. Okay, I just called and added my name to the zipline list. I’ll do a little calendar checking and make some plans for lodging.

    While I know there are others who live much closer (Hi, Sal!) keep me in mind if you have tomato overload this year. I contemplated the idea of planting vegetables again this year (remember the container garden I tried two years ago?) but I’d have to do a lot of work in order to get a plot of sunny land ready first. I wish I could plant vegetables in the front of my house, but if I can’t keep the shit that locked on the inside what chance have I of bearing the fruits of my labor if they are readily available for stealing on the outside? 🙁

  9. Barb says:

    you never know, maybe people wouldn’t even notice a garden in the front yard.
    and yes – you can probably have all the tomatoes you want, Sal grows her own.

    We don’t know if we are staying up there near the Ocoee yet, too many things to do on sunday back here, so I’ll make Allan decide. (yeah right, I’ll have to decide)

  10. The Chattanooga Lookouts are playing a home game on Friday the 29th. Perhaps I’ll go to Chattanooga on Friday night, do the zip-lining on Saturday, and return home afterward. This would work out really well for me as the Smith Westerns are playing at Masquerade on Saturday the 30th and since I’ve missed them every time they’ve come through Atlanta I’d like to attend.

  11. Steve says:

    Sorry. Yes, I’m scheduled to work Roswell in the pit, so come by and I’ll actually be able to chat.

    I did want to comment on Paris Roubaix… amazingly, very few crashes on the cobbles… lots of crashes on the good pavement- go figure.

  12. Martha says:

    Is this the Ocoee zip line?? I think I have 2 Groupons for that as well…

    I have a huge yard, just not a lot of places for a garden, most of the back is just too shady. I’ve got some letuce seeds I need to get started and I’ll plant another tomato, this year I’m only going to do grape/cherry, I just don’t have very good luck with the larger varities. Paulie, about a just an herb garden, I can get you started with some oregano and rosemary. Nothing beats fresh basil in my option.

    I was really hoping for a paid day off today (stupid goverment sorting things out)…I’m in need of some down time but I don’t want to burn any vacation days until I get my employment situation figured out.

  13. Yeah, it’s the Ocoee zip line. I’ll be using my Groupon for that trip.

    I have an old rosemary bush in the front yard (my neglect killed the nice one I had in the pot on my deck). There is another herb in the front too, but I always forget what it is. I really need to get industrious and clear the entire front planting bed — the difficulty resides with the remaining holly stumps. Also some idiot (read “me”) planted trees in the front yard too.

  14. bets says:

    I’m interjecting on behalf of day drinkers who last saturday shirked any sort of normal adult responsiblities such as mowing, mending, shopping, tapering, painting, planting.

    1) First in my defense (and I am defensive) I did not contact Paulie seeking a drinking partner for the afternoon as I was not intending to partake in the entire pub crawl. I must admit I felt an obligation to support the bar/restaurant establishments in my village of East Atlanta. And I felt it important to ingest some carbohydrates after a blistering 5K finish.

    2) As Paulie did not follow through on some plan to photostroll or photoshop or photosomething in east jesus, alabama, he was around and flexible to the idea of partaking of an adult beverage before noon. He agreed to meet me at the Earl, a lovely bistro in the village to benefit from the discounted ales.

    3) After a stop at Flat Iron, and then Soba, we continued to enjoy our non-doing. At this point, I believed the day was still savagable as I had a ticket to see the Silverbacks soccer match that evening, and I could rejoin the normal human non day drinking race. However, as we finished up our beverages in the beating early afternoon sun and prepared to stop at the Midway Tavern (another lovely bistro) I believed I looked at Paulie, raised my glass, and said “It’s On.” Which is Day Drinking Lingo for “Paulie, my friend, I believe we are going to get drunk during the day and have a fabulous time doing it.”

    4) And so we did. Amen.

  15. Ha! I completely misread your intentions then. 😉 Let’s the records show that I am not blaming you for anything. I take responsibility for all of my pre- and post-drunkeness actions.

    Other observations from Saturday’s adventures:

    – The female/male population was completely in my favor (with the caveat mentioned next) for this particular race.

    – I pondered if it was harder to be a very feminine lesbian as opposed to a “butch” lesbian. See also: “Team Awesome.”

    – I was surprised that this event was not littered with hashers, though it proved to me that deep-down most people are hashers and just don’t know that they are.

    – I found out that the Silverbacks are a men’s soccer team. All this time I thought it was a female team.

    – I believe I won a $5 bet based on the outcome of the Masters.

    – I sleep really, really soundly when I am drunk.

  16. Barb says:

    Betsy – you don’t have to try to make us understand – we all do.

  17. Steve says:

    Some days, you just have to go with the flow…

  18. Stacy Fox says:

    I just got wind that the Amazing Race finale is May 8th! We all still in to get together?

  19. Stacy, I’ll schedule “Amazing Race Finale” for May 8th on my calendar.

  20. Stacy Fox says:

    Sweet! 🙂 If I actually get my new place cleaned up in time, we could do it there! (but I don’t think we should count on that just yet…)

  21. Terri (SW) says:

    May 8th is my natal anniversary.

    I went to the Silverbacks match with about 65 other folks (re: hashers). It was awesome.

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