Once we finally got out of the house yesterday things went (fairly) well. Before lunch I took my mom up to the bank and then we drove around a bit mostly so I could see how much has changed over the last few years.
This Skyline Was Not All That And A Bag Of Chips
Finding stores along US-19 has always been a challenge made more difficult by the addition of overpasses installed since my full-time departure from this area in the late 1980s. So it was no surprise that it took me two attempts to find Skyline Chili tucked away in a small shopping center set back off the road. Once inside I was excited to try this food that you all have raved about, and pleased to be served by the restaurant’s stunningly beautiful and sweet (and young) waitress.
From the way she orders food I sometimes believe that my mother was the inspiration for Meg Ryan’s portrayal of Sally in “When Harry Met Sally.” While we each ordered chili dogs my mother’s had to have no onions (I am guilty of this too), only a little bit of cheese — if the cheese is not melted, and on a bun that is not steamed. What my mother failed to specify was that she also wanted the hot dog to be piping hot, was critical of the temperature at which hers arrived and underwhelmed by the flavor of the chili because she didn’t deem it to be “traditional”. I agree that the dogs we ordered could have (and probably should have) been hotter, but I enjoyed taste of the meal.
ITP Flickr Pic
“I’m Looking For Some Action Tonight”
Taken before the start of bingo on Sunday night. At this time I thought the only “action” I’d see that night was being looked at as “fresh meat” in the bingo hall.
She Does It Her Way
The original plan was to take my mother out for dinner at her favorite restaurant in town. On a normal trip here I eat at this restaurant once, if not twice. That plan changed when she decided that she’d rather have her sisters and brother come over for pizza and a card game, which is not an unusual occurrence in this family (and frankly I am saddened that activities like this never materialized in my life).
After making a driving trip down to Clearwater Beach, which I almost couldn’t do since they have built a new causeway bridge that I had to figure out how to get onto, we found our way to Publix to pick up a few things for the card game. I used the opportunity to secure a couple more locally produced beers to bring back ITP with me today (from what you’ll read next I am going to need a couple when I return home later today).
About 45 minutes before the relatives were to arrive I was dispatched to Hungry Howie’s to pick up the pizzas and pizza subs (about which I hear all day as we drove around).
The card game was fun and eventually broke up around 9:30pm.
Hitting The Open Road Of Business
I knew my work shit would be hitting the fan when I return tomorrow, and from previous encounters I shouldn’t have been surprised that it reached me all the way in Florida on vacation. Last night I had to log in to my work email, today I will be participating in a conference call (hopefully hands-free if I can figure out the rental’s Bluetooth) sometime during my return trip.
Today’s Personal Project
Get back home.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – peeved
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Yesterday I forgot to mention that the Five Guys near my office has closed. Last week Mental Floss posted an article about the “Original Locations Of Fifteen Fast Food Chains”. Skyline Chili didn’t make the list, surprisingly Waffle House did, and more surprisingly Chic-Fil-A didn’t make the list either.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Checking tomorrow morning, won’t like what I see.
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 3 (3 cardio)
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– have European trip plans in place, if not carved in stone
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber to fix all of the sinks at the ITP Estate
– walk no fewer than 75 miles
– publish an app to the iOS AppStore (new)
2014 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
– 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
– Sell the ITP Estate (tentative)
2014 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Continue to 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)
Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2014
- “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin
- “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon