Let’s Go Mets!

As a Mets fan I’ve had little to cheer for, especially the past few years. Last night I wound up at Taco Mac (surprise, surprise) alone (more surprise, surprise) where I drank a few glasses of beer with my chips and queso and watched the Mets beat the Braves. Hurrah! Well, I watched most of the game on tv… Weather permitting tomorrow I will make it down to Turner Field for the final game of this Mets v. Braves series.

I Put The “I” In “Procrastination”
For months I talked about writing an iOS (iPhone / iPad) application for Taco Mac Brewniversity management. MONTHS! But, I did nothing about it. Yesterday ITP-Reader Bob informed me that there is now such an app available in the iTunes store; it’s called “TM Beer.” Sonnabitch!

I’m currently unable to give you a review of this application because each time I attempted to log on last night I received an error message telling me that I was unable to communicate with the server. I’m wondering whose server that was because while I didn’t try to use Taco Mac’s website last night, I was able to connect to their Wandering WiFi service and surf the internet whilst consuming my beer.

[UPDATE: Well that sucks. I finally got to log in and the data was all messed up. I tried to go to the Taco Mac Brewniversity website to change my password and am getting an error telling me that my old password is incorrect. And now I’m waiting on the “Password Reset” mail to arrive. Me thinks my account is royally screwed up now. Dangen!]

I Finally Put The “Return” In “Home Depot.” Wait, That Makes No Sense.
I am notoriously bad with returning things I’ve purchased but did not need. Months ago I bought an Ethernet cable crimper only to find out that I already own an Ethernet cable crimper. Huh, go figure. For months I’ve toted that Ethernet cable crimper in the trunk of the Jackmobile. Yesterday, a mere week before the expiration of the return period, I made it into a Home Depot to reclaim the $17 dollars I spent on the tool. And that $17 paid for my trip to Taco Mac. See how the world comes around… I call it “Stimulating the Economy.”

ITP Flickr Pic
The day I finally figure out the temperature settings for this office building…
The Temperature Of The Beast
…will most likely be my last day working for this company.

Today I’ve dressed in shorts and flip-flops (don’t be jealous, you could have gone to college and become a software developer too). I think it’s time to make some piping hot coffee, or if the temperature doesn’t rise, make a trip over to Target to purchase some jeans and socks.

It’s Top Chef Masters Finale Night
I know that it’s only ITP-Reader Betsy and me that gives a Rat’s Ass about Top Chef Masters but regardless tonight is the final episode for this season. I was considering making a helluva dinner for tonight’s finale but Betsy has mentioned having tilapia, and I’m considering making a stop at Kroger on my way home tonight to pick up some wine and perhaps the fixings for hamburgers.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – nothing but the sound of my electric kettle boiling some water for coffee
Website Of The Day – I love design. So do the people at Fab. I’m on the waiting list for “membership” why don’t you join as well using this link which will get me in sooner.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – physical therapy
Morning Weigh-InSOMEBODY forgot to recharge the scale’s batteries last night.

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 – 5
Carnivorous Days – 9

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

June Goals
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Get back on a bicycle
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run at least once
Eat vegetarian no fewer than five days
– Lose three pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
Finish The Laws Of Simplicity (done!) and read another book

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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18 Responses to Let’s Go Mets!

  1. Barb says:

    so, Betsy wants tilapia, so you are going to make hamburgers? I’m confused…….

    We cooked a meatloaf on the Ninja Egg last night, came out awesome! I used ground venison (from a hunting co-worker), ground beef, ground turkey & bacon bits for the meat. (I wasn’t sure how gamey the venison would be, so I added the turkey to offset). And – with the just picked green beans from the garden, and some yellow rice, it was a very nice meal.

  2. Betsy said that she has tilapia, but I’m going to buy hamburger stuff as a backup plan. Why? Because that’s what I do. And, it’s because I’m craving hamburgers and will make some this weekend (read “Sunday night” because Friday and Saturday nights are already planned) whether or not I make them tonight.

    Related: I want to start doing a lot of things differently this Summer:
    – use my grill a lot
    – start appreciating/enjoying/fixing up my house and property
    – clear out a lot of the scrub brush and other crap in the back yard
    – have gatherings (not parties, gatherings) in the back yard

    That meal sounds great Barb.

  3. bets says:

    I’m not married to the tilapia, but I did make some recently lighlty dredged with some lemon pepper salt/flour, and then pan friend in olive oil, lemon, butter. There’s also a nice white wine sauce that I could make just using the pan juices and parsley. HAve some sauteed spinach with it. Simple. Lovely. But then, I could just eat your hamburger fixins. Not the burger. The fixins. 🙂

  4. Barb says:

    if you spray Round-up on some that brush in the back yard, it will kill it & make it easier to remove.

    Now that we have a HUGE patio in the backyard (I do need to go take some pics), and hopefully a deck in the next month, we will be having more “gatherings” too. BTW – we are still aiming for 7/23 as the garage-mahal party date.

    We might do some hamburgers tonight now too, that does sound good.

  5. Betsy, have you given up red meat? Pity. 😛 Bring the fish and I’ll supply the wine. What type would you like tonight?

    I sprayed some sort of brush killer in the front yard last week. It killed the tree saplings but had absolutely no affect on the English ivy or privet or whatever other climbing weeds have been making an appearance of late.

  6. Steve says:

    Meatloaf in the Ninja egg sounds… odd, but as I have no experience with such things, I’ll take your word for it. My dyslexia kicked in and I read your source of venison as “hunting a co-worker”. I know the job market is tough…

    Debbie went out with the girls to a movie Monday evening and I grilled myself a couple of burgers… they were the most underwhelming I think I have ever tasted. May have been a little too lean- came out like greasy cardboard. Yum!

    The party date is officially on the calendar.


  7. Given that my veil of bad luck should be lifted by July 23 (as I will be 46 years and one day old then) I will tentatively plan on being at the Garage Mahal shindig.

    This assumes that I don’t run away to somewhere exotic in order to celebrate the lifting of said veil.

  8. Stacy Fox says:

    Barb! You totally need to have Garage Mahal NOT on the weekend of Dano’s Crazy Friends Party! Man, why do all the cool things happen the same weekend? I may have to crash on by on the way to his place though… I can’t wait to see how your place looks now! 🙂

    And, thanks, EVERYONE. I’m now craving hamburgers too.

    Paulie, I may have to start –as you put it — giving a Rat’s Ass about these cooking shows if the viewing comes with such lovely dinner treats. 😉

  9. Martha says:

    I just got in from watering the garden and topping off the pond, that you damn well guarantee we will get the expected rain this afternoon, sorry if you all had anything planned.

    I think we are having salmon tonight, Jerry just goes out and buys random cuts of meat, even when I tell him not to because there is already too much stuff in the fridge (bless his heart).

    Day 2 of ‘healthy eating’ was okay, though I couldn’t sleep last night and ended up with a late night snack I didn’t need.

    Paulie, you want me to come over and get started on the back yard? Maybe the guilt of someone sweating buckets in your yard will motivate you? Heck I might just do it to have something to do…

  10. Martha, I’d be afraid that you’d find a dead body or something in my backyard or worse yet get consumed by some of the brush back there and we’d have to hire a search and rescue crew to find you.

    btw- A Better Gutter Cleaning (or whatever their actual name is) came out yesterday and did a bang-up job cleaning my gutters. Thanks again for alerting me to their service.

    And Stacy, now that you are an “in towner” again we can do these sort of get-togethers for other shows — like “The Amazing Race.” 🙂

  11. Stacy Fox says:

    DEAL! But hey…. what about Big Brother, hmmmmm? Any chance I can drag you back into that madness? It’s gotta be starting soon.

  12. bets says:

    To clarify, I have not given up on red meat. In fact, after reading all this, we might have to go with your orignal hamburger plan. I’ll check in with ya later. Wine..dry white fume blanc/sauvignon blanc. please. and/or prosecco. I’ll bring some as well. In case, you know, we’re thirsty.

    And I was treated to Miss STacy on Monday watching the bachelorette over at Ez’s in midtown. Now that’s a show to miss. But the company was great. Welcome to intown, Cheese Nips!

    We should see if Hell’s Kitchen is ever going to return.

  13. Stacy Fox says:

    Heehee – just the thought of Paulie watching either the Bachelor or Bachelorette makes me giggle. In our defense, Betsy, all we did was yap yap yap over the show, right? So we weren’t really *watching* it…. 😉 Well, except to nickname the guys. And, er, point out their massive nipples or poorly-cut hair. And I reckon we DID listen pretty closely, what with Leigh Ann inventing the “drink when she says ‘Bentley'” game…. (Folks? That’ll get you drunk!) Hmm. Okay, we watched.

    What a treat indeed! I really think it’s been since the GNO at Cooter Scooter’s since I’ve seen you. CRAZY. But hey, looks like we’ll be seeing more of each other hanging out in Paulie’s backyard this summer/fall after Martha gets all the bodies removed. Sweet!

  14. Eric Nuesslein says:

    Since you mentioned the mets, I will just point out that today is the 34th anniversary of The Midnight Massacre. Something our team of choice should keep in mind with Reyes this winter.

  15. Jenka says:

    I care about Top Chef Masters! I’m at least one episode, perhaps two, behind, but have been watching the whole season. I have an irrational hatred for Naomi, I think it’s a combination of her winning all the time and also everyone pronouncing her name “Nye-omee.” I really like Lispy McSalad (because she lisps and she’s always making salads/greens). Don’t tell me what happens!

  16. Barb says:

    Stacy – Dan’s house is not that far from my house, and we had the date scheduled for a long time, but haven’t “published” it. I really don’t want 200 people at my house, ya know?

  17. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Jenka, if I publish a recap tomorrow I’ll make sure to warn you prior to any spoilers.

    Fantastic tie-in Eric. Thanks for the reminder and I hope that I get to see Reyes in a Mets uniform tomorrow night.

  18. Barb says:

    Betsy – did you ever find your keys?
    (and – is the phoen still working fine?)

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