The Lunch Man Cometh

Once again I have brought in a crockpot’s worth of food to share, toady’s feast is (fairly expensive at $3.49/lb) pork. This pork has been cooking since midnight and will be ready to serve at noon — just in time for the non-existent World Cup game today. Luckily I woke up around 11:30pm after an unplanned early sleep so that I could start the cooking at midnight.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Share one way you enjoy vegetables at breakfast.

Fresh, frozen, or leftover vegetables can easily find their way into your morning meal. Leafy greens and other produce are high in fiber, which keeps you alert until lunch time. Eating a high-fiber breakfast can also help prevent insulin resistance, a condition related to how your body converts food into energy and a precursor to type 2 diabetes.

Silly Rabbit, vegetables aren’t for breakfast!

I Went, I Saw, I Was Unaffected
I was fortunate enough to know someone who was saving a table at Taco Mac so I could saunter over shortly before the Belgium v. USA soccer game to watch. Taco Mac was packed with people there to watch the game; don’t these people have jobs?

As the game went on our table picked up coworkers, friends, and strangers and we all watched the US go down in defeat. I managed to limit myself to three beers, but was stunned to find out that my 11-ounce beer that I got first was $8.50! I need a cheaper hobby, maybe I should take up horse ownership, flying, or boat purchasing.

I know many (more than I expected) people were completely gutted by this loss. The loss didn’t hit me hard, I can now identify myself as an American in Belgium and Germany and follow it with “You know, like the kind you beat in the World Cup this year.”

After the US’ defeat I could have stayed at Taco Mac and watch my Mets go down in defeat to the Braves (it’s inevitable these days) but I am not that much of a masochist, so I went home.

ITP Flickr Pic
“How Do You Spell Anal?”
How Do You Spell Anal?
Yes, my socks are labeled. This is a technique I stole from a long-lost friend who convinced me that it is much easier to pair look-alike socks after doing laundry if you mark them in such a way to identify them as a set. I’ve chosen letters.

Makes me look like an indispensable partner now, doesn’t it ladies?

I’d Forget My Head If It Weren’t Attached
On my drive home I decided to eat dinner at Tomatillos because I haven’t been there in a while and I know it’s one place I don’t feel funny not ordering a beer with food.

While eating my brisket burrito it struck me that I had promised to cook for lunch today but had forgotten to go to a grocery store to buy the things I needed to do so.


I finished up my dinner and then drove over to the East Lake Publix keeping my fingers crossed that they’d have an appropriately-sized chunk of pork butt. Thankfully they did, but at a higher price (mentioned above) than I had hoped.

Beggars can’t be savers, or something like that.

This Publix confuses me. My life in the ‘hood predates it by a few years. I remember going to the old Goodwill (though never that janky package store that was next to it) and watching them build the Publix. For some reason I rarely seem to shop at this Publix unless it’s a last-minute need and I don’t feel like fighting the traffic heading in either direction on Moreland. However the last few times I’ve been in this Publix the clientele has been different, in a way that interests me. Pity I am unable, or perhaps unwilling, to cook more at home, thus forcing me to do more grocery shopping.

Today’s Personal Project
Racquetball tonight.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – overwhelmed
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – So much to learn in so little time (because I procrastinated). Today I’ll be trying to understand how RailEurope works.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 217 pounds (2014-06-14)

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

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

June Goals
– be prepared for, and have fun on my European vacation

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

  1. “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin
  2. “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon
  3. “Chaos: Making a New Science” by James Gleick
  4. “What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life” by Tim Conway

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11 Responses to The Lunch Man Cometh

  1. Martha says:

    I thought the entire point of buying multiple pairs of the same type of sock was so you didn’t have to worry about matching…then as socks disappear or become worn, you ‘rematch’ and work your way through all the socks until you need to buy six new pair. Maybe that is just the Scot in me talking?

    Well I’m pretty much off work until Monday, tomorrow is SUP in Blue Ridge and Friday a little 4th of July get together at the Murphy’s…otherwise not much planned. One thing I would really like to accomplish this week is to start organizing meal/menus again. I feel like, while my diet isn’t completely off the rails, it does need some tweaking.

    Anyone else have big plans?

  2. But the socks I buy are never really identical in the entire package, the pairs seems to be matched, but all pairs are slightly different. I guess this is what happens when you pay people in Third World countries next-to-nothing to make your clothing.

    I wish I were off the remainder of the week as I really need to plan for my vacation.

    Since becoming a non-runner and non-hasher (see also: the demise of the Peachtree Pub Crawl) the 4th of July has once again become a non-holiday for me. Depending on the weather I may tool around on my bicycle.

  3. Steve says:

    I have always suspected you as being a little mental, however lettering identical socks as matched set moves you into a whole new classification! Looney!

    We have a horse ready to go on sale- you could fit him in the back yard with no problem.

    Please define the word “janky”.

    While Debbie finally got her ride with Megan in, I decided to blow the dust off the CX bike and maybe go and join them- or at least ride over to Megans and grab a ride home. While I might have made it, I realized if Debbie had already left, I’d be escrewed and have a long ride home in waning light. 17 miles is still pretty good and I felt much better than recent rides.

    Another flooring measurement yesterday. We think the “hardwood” selection is correct, but need more carpet choices, so back to the shop today.

    Plans- Off tomorrow, maybe Painful Member if I get my chores done, party on the Fourth, If anyone is riding Silk Sheets or something else fun and not on the other side of the planet (Soseby) please let me know.


  4. Barb says:

    Martha – are you SUPing with the guy from the Surf Blue Ridge place? He’s a hoot. That is who JoAnna bought both of her boards from.

    I now have ANOTHER thing to make fun of Paulie about – really, marking your socks?

    Thursday night – 50th birthday party down inthe Amsterdam are.
    Friday – pool party at a Parrothead friend’s house while Allan works.
    Friday not sure what time – my firend Mary & her husband Joe will arrive as a stop over while driving from TN back to St. Pete.
    Saturday – who knows, depends on if Mary & Joe stick around or head to FL.
    Sunday – depends if they stay.
    Yes- we NEED to ride our bikes, Sosabee on Sunday maybe depending on how early, etc.
    Sunday afternoon/evening, maybe an impromtu pool & cook out at JoAnna’s.

  5. “Janky” (at least in my world) means “shady,” “scary,” or “not some place I’d like to enter”.

    Just started looking into a Eurail pass that covers the countries I hope to visit. It’s not as cheap as I’d like, but if it covers my travels for ten days of my trip it’d be worth it. Going to have to make a quick decision on this so that it’s delivered in time.

    CRAP, I just noticed that the chunk or pork has a bone. I paid $3.49/lb for pork containing a bone?

  6. Barb says:

    Pork butts have bones. Pork loins or tenderloins don’t.

  7. I swear that I’ve purchased boneless shouders/butts before. I think I’m losing it.

    Damn, this Eurail pass may cost me $750US for ten days. This trip is starting to sound more nuts (and expensive) with each turn of event. I haven’t even started looking at lodging for all but one of the nights prior to the hash.

  8. Barb says:

    Did you go look at all the Brussels FAQs on the website? I know just from the FB questions & answers, there has been lots of discussion on how to make the rail passes more reasonable. also – maybe shoot Cissy (Dr. PP) a message, since she’s from Belgium, she might have some hints. Or – ask Deposit. She probably has some insight too.
    (and, what you are doing now is why we bailed a while back, the plane tickets were bad enough, but all the other stuff too, I just couldn’t justify it with all the house stuff, like a new kitchen, that I want to do)

  9. Yeah, I’m way behind the game and all-in on going… Ooops. I knew this trip was going to be expensive but I just didn’t add up how expensive. I’ll be perusing the Brussels FAQ tonight (better late than never?).

  10. Steve says:

    Start building a plan by where you want to go and what you want to see. One at a time- maybe you don’t need a 10 day Eurail pass- if you are only going a couple places, point to point tickets would be cheaper.

  11. Jenka says:

    Those socks are absolutely identical, lettering them would actually make it more difficult to pair them up.

    In my world “janky” means something that doesn’t work quite right, like when you have to jiggle the key around to get the door unlocked, that means the lock is janky. I used that word a couple weeks ago to Kevin and he had never heard of it, either!

    Boss up and gave us tomorrow off out of the blue, YAY! Tomorrow my delightful ex-husband and I are going to the closing for the sale of the house in Ormewood Park, then we’re having Final Goodbye Dinner as he leaves for Cali on Saturday. Friday I’m taking Kevin to the start of the PRR and then watching the race. I’m sure the Grant Park contingent will have beer. Then to the Murphys’ for 4th of July BBQ. The rest of the weekend is contingent on whether we will need to go to a funeral in NC or not.

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