After reminding myself of the fact that has become today’s title I left the office on Saturday in pursuit of living. As I march toward the big 5-0 in fewer than three months I must guard my time and enjoy that which I have ahead of me.
On Friday night the boss and I went out for a six-mile walk after work. On this occasion we did not “ruin it” by going out for beer and dinner afterward.
Chores Are Exercise
With a newly-found day ahead of me I stopped into the Sage Hill Kroger and the headed home to do some chores. On the agenda were mowing the lawns and washing the M6. I’m pleased to say that both were accomplished on Saturday, though I have to admit that I did not get around to vacuuming the interior of the M6; this week perhaps.
Cooking For A Cause
One of my German homework assignments this week is to write a paragraph on what I purchased at the grocery store and what I cooked. Admittedly this does not have to be a factual account of my doings, but I took it as a challenge to cook so that I could write about it factually.
With ingredients in hand I started off making Saturday’s dinner of jambalaya. I was early in the process of making the jambalaya when I received an enticing message from ITP-Reader Betsy to join her at “May on May” the annual block-party thrown by the residents of May Ave in East Atlanta. I was tempted, but I was also already into the process of cooking my jambalaya so I had to pass. I won’t say that this batch of jambalaya was the best that I have ever prepared, but I felt proud that I had followed through on making it and now have at least one thing about which I can write.
On Sunday morning I popped a 3.5-pound pork butt in to a crockpot with intention of eating that for dinner, but you’ll read shortly why that was postponed. Suffice to say that I have a lot of pork to eat by Friday of this week.
A Good Ride
Knowing that I wasn’t going into the office on Sunday made the trip I made to Perimeter Mall for Caffeine And Octane seem a little weird, but I wanted to see the cars and had promised my coworker Darren that I’d meet him there. It was interesting to see all of the cars, and all of the people. When/If I return I’ll get there as it first opens to get better light for photography. Post Caffeine And Octane Darren and I went to Royal China for dim sum. I was okay with eating a lot because I knew that it would fuel the ride I was planning to take a few hours afterward.
And ride I did.
From the house I rode to Stone Mountain, did the short loop inside the park, and returned home. In total I road approximately 33.5 miles. The ride was really good, slower than I’d like but completely expected due to my lack of training and excess weight. The only real negative to occur happened three blocks from finishing as I had to stop riding up a short but steep incline and had leg cramps when I stopped. I considered my attempt a success and worthy of officially kicking off my two months of training for RAGBRAI.
Unexpected Beers And Dinner
I was no more than a mile from the ITP Estate when I received a text from the boss asking me if I’d be interested in meeting up for beer and dinner. Even through I knew I had a pork in the crockpot I did want to go out and celebrate my ride. However, I had to ensure that he was okay with waiting for at least ninety minutes to meet because I needed that long to recuperate and clean up with a nice epsom salt bath.
Given that I had just burned over 2000 calories on my 2:25:00 ride I was okay with “ruining it” yesterday.
I chose the location, Slice & Pint (whose website appears to be gone) in Emory Village, because it was approximately half-way between houses and I’ve liked the beer that they brew onsite. I had half of a meatball sub and an order of the S&P Tots for dinner and washed it down with a copious amount of water and three short-pours of beer.
It should come as no surprise to you that I crashed hard last night and slept like a log.
I hope that you all had a similarly rewarding weekend.