Short blog today because there is little for me to discuss.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Share your favorite cool and healthy beverage.

Staying hydrated is an important part of keeping healthy, but many juices, sodas, sports drinks, iced teas, and other beverages are so packed with sugar that they cause a spike and quick crash soon after – not to mention increase the risk of diabetes and obesity. By sharing your favorite healthy drink, you may inspire someone to reach for a better way to re-hydrate. And you may pick up a cool new way to cool down!

Only my liver will believe that my favorite beverage, beer, is unhealthy.

Home Was Where My Leftovers Were
Last night I really wanted to eat somewhere I had never eaten before. As I drove home I kept trying to think of a place that fit that bill and sounded intriguing (I bet five places will occur to me during the writing of this blog). As I was nearly home the name “Mezcalitos” popped into my head, and though I’ve heard mixed opinions I decided to give it a shot.

One problem, I didn’t know exactly where Mezcalitos is; all I knew that it was in “Grant Park.”

I asked Siri, but “she” never came close to understanding what I said when I enunciated “Mezcalitos.”

I tried using Yelp’s (pathetic) map search but nothing called Mezcalitos showed up.

As I was driving around “Grant Park” I remembered that I had ribs leftover from Sunday night’s trip to Fox Brothers BBQ and I thought that if I also had a can of Bush’s baked beans I had the makings for, when paired with a cool beed, a lovely dinner-for-one.

I did not have a can of baked beans.

I ate the leftover ribs with my beer and settled.

And now you know another of the First World Problems in my life.

ITP Flickr Pic
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When Life Kicks Me When I’m Down
As I approached Woodland via Ormewood on my route to Grant Park I saw a flow of cyclists on a group ride I never knew existed. Do you know at when and from where this group ride starts? Not that I can ride in it any time soon, but I never knew a group ride existed south of I-20 (and north of I-285).

Today’s Personal Project
Follow through with purchase of new eyewear.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh, still bummed about the cast, lack of exercise, and other persistent life problems which have plagued me in the 2000s.
Current Music – listening to an NPR “All Songs Considered” podcast
Website Of The Day – While it might be a bit nerdy for some, I love the podcasts put out by 99% Invisible.
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
Gym Visits – 1 (1 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 14
Carnivorous Meals – 18

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

June Goals
– get my foot to stop hurting
– return ITP-Reader Martha’s coffee percolator to her

- return ITP-Terri’s crutches to her

- not get sick

- finish at least two of the books I am reading

- take at least one box of things to Goodwill

- post at least ten photos in the blog

- drink a lot less alcohol

- prepare a house repair plan and budget

2013 Goals: Measurable
– Get my weight down to 190 pounds so that I can wear a 36″ waist pants comfortably
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Dissolve Sharpened Stone
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Completely run at least one 10k
– Fix all (or at least most) of the things which are wrong with the ITP Estate

2013 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Simplify, simplify, simplify
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)
– Take two real vacations, perhaps one abroad
– Take a more proactive approach to meeting women (read “stop being such a pussy”)

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2013

  1. Pages 1.7 for iPad (Timestompers Guide) — by Sean Wells
  2. 60 Mountain Lion Tips — by David Sparks and Brett Terpstra
  3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — by Charles Duhigg
  4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy — by Douglas Adams
  5. Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness — by CC Chapman

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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18 Responses to Bland

  1. Barb says:

    I had just as boring of an evening – I had/have a headache from dealing with my phone (I got up to J yesterday), at least work is slow so I can get this project with my contacts fixed.
    I ate leftovers as well. and watched some crap on TV.
    I should have done lots of things, just wasn’t in the mood.
    I hope it stays slow today, so I can get more done with my phone. I think I’m down to 1700 contacts.

  2. Martha says:

    That was probably the L5 Flyers, they ride from Outback Bikes on Wednesday, I see them sometime on Confederate. Look like fun but I’m sure it is too fast for me.

    We went to Mezcalitos a few weekends ago, the food and service was nice, but it was early and too many (screaming) kids…the space is big and open so the sound carried. Damn, GP is becomming as bad as ViHi. It’s located on Oakland right off of Memorial (around the corner from Tin Lizzy’s).

  3. Steve says:

    After yesterdays’ report of Brownies shoe thievery, I got back from my ride last night, and jumped in the pool- when I got out, one of my shoes had mysteriously disappeared. That dog cracks me up.

    I agree with Martha, that must be the ride from Outback. They have a pretty good sized group. Debbie called me yesterday when she spotted a large group riding on Gordon Rd. Not a fast group, but on a Wednesday morning? Where do I sign up for that?

    I guess I saw pea hens on my ride yesterday- about a foot tall or so. A solo not far from the house and then a group of 5 near the end of the ride.. very odd.


  4. Jenka says:

    Yeah, go up Memorial past Tin Lizzy’s and take the next left, and Mezcalito’s is right there. I haven’t been yet, but I want to. Between Mi Barrio, Tin Lizzy’s and Mezcalito’s my new name for that section of Memorial is El Camino Mexicano.

    And now I want nachos.

  5. Martha says:

    So Rule 1 for the Summer Slacker Series…make sure all footware is at least 3 feet (more?) off the ground or securely stored in anything but a bucket?

    So Steve, it looks like Beck Cycling (sponsor of Saturday’s ride) as a long ride on Wednesday morning, 80-100 miles??? I would imagine a ride of that length might hit close to your place (who has time to ride like that in the middle of the week??). They’ve posted the cue sheets for Saturday, SAG stops every 20ish miles (so just two for the 60). Good thing I’ve been practicing eating and drinking on the bike.

  6. Martha says:

    Speaking of Mexican restaurants, I heard the Matador (in Glenwood Park) will be closing their doors this weekend. I use to like the place but have been pretty disappointed that last few times we ate there.

    I will miss the pork and plantain taco.

  7. Barb says:

    Whoo hooo – ’98 CRV passed emmissions – I thought it would pass, but I’m always worried. Allan decided to ride his moto, so it gave me the opportunity to take it to get that done. I know, its still over a month until my birthday, but figured if it did need some work, this would give me time.

    We are going to make our own mexican food for dinner tonight if anyone wants to join us. Guac, white cheese dip, mexican shredded chicken that can be nachos, quesadillas, etc. Oh yeah – and some margaritas.

  8. D’oh, I have already committed to Taco Mac (not Mexican) tonight. Rats!

    I tried, and sort of liked, Matador when it first opened. I can’t say that I have eaten there in the past two years, however. I’m a little surprised only because that area having The Shed and now Gunshow seems ripe for restaurant success.

  9. Steve says:

    Martha, Debbie’s opinion was these were “slow folks”, so that leaves out the Beck team. I think they have a weeknight ride that comes close to the farm and when I’ve seen them, they look like they are drilling it. I haven’t even bothered to investigate further.

    And speaking of Summer Slacker Series #1, I believe we are still on for next Saturday the 22nd. Riding Saturday morning, then poolage and general relaxation. Dominoes in the evening. Accomodations are available on a first come, first served basis for Saturday evening. Sunday morning, run, ride or just drink coffee.

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    If there is critical mass for SS#1 then I will be there. Of course I may not be able to ride, and will most likely depart Sunday before 11am in order to make it to another commitment that weekend.

  11. Barb says:

    no SSS#1 for us – we will be in Conyers acting old time southern.

  12. Martha says:

    We’ll be there, probably not spend the night. So if one day works better than the other just let me know.

  13. no SSS#1 for us – we will be in Conyers acting old time southern.

    Booo! Hiiiiiissssss! Your priorities are in the wrong order. 🙂

  14. Barb says:

    we got nominated to bring the pulled pork! At least I don’t have to make cucumber sandwiches, pimento chesse (thought that doesn’t look too tough) or any of the other many dishes that are being brought to this shindig. Allan went & got a seersucker suit, I still need to find a dress & a big hat.

  15. Jenka says:

    That’s too bad about Matador, but they really have gone downhill in the past year. I think the death knell was when they got rid of the specialty tacos a couple months ago.

  16. Steve says:

    I think most likely, the Par-taay will be on Saturday, after the ride. Sunday’s events will be determined on an ad hoc basis.

  17. Debbie says:

    Martha, as Paulie can attest, putting your shoes at 3 feet may keep them away from Brownie, but it puts them squarely in Farley’s sweet spot. Oops.

  18. ITP Lurker says:

    Best item on the menu at Mexcalito’s is the chicken tamale, which I like with a side of plantains. Otherwise, yes, it can be a bit mixed. The food was incredible when they opened, but the A-listers in the kitchen seemed to have moved on. Great atmosphere, though. Give it a shot.

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