Early To Bed, Early To Rise

It’s sad how early I fall asleep these nights. I’m sure my body requires the extra sleep as I age, but holy shit, 8:30pm? 9:00pm? How am I supposed to get all of the things on my daily to-do list accomplished?

I Am Going To Düsseldorf
Yesterday I transferred the rego money for German Nash Hash 2016 via PayPal. Now I just need to ensure that they received my funds, find a reasonably-priced flight, and then find a way to ensure that I am not working around the time I expect to be in Germany. This just in: I am now listed as “Payment Confirmed” on the German Nash Hash web site; this excites me!

I should probably start doing a better job of studying German so that I can converse better than I did in 2014.

You’ve Got To Spend Money To Save Money
Or so they say.

In order to do some of the sous-vide cooking that’ll be in my near future I found out that it’s best to vacuum seal the bags immersed in the water. Who has a vacuum sealer? I do now.

After leaving work yesterday I stopped into Costco, for I’d head that they sold one, and purchased a FoodSaver vacuum sealer, along with an expensive box of extra sealing baggage; after rebate the box of bags was two-thirds the cost of the machine itself!

So, if you find yourself in a bind, you know with too much meat or cheese on your hands, and need a way to vacuum seal it for longer refrigerator/freezer life, you may want to give me a call to see if we can work out a barter — I provide the vacuum sealer and for my troubles take home some vacuum sealed meat or cheese. πŸ™‚

Lazy Bones
I was too lazy to get on the trainer this morning. Boo! Hiss! As punishment I did not allow myself to watch an episode of The Great British Baking Show.

Things That Go Whack, Whack, Whack On The Street
As I turned on to Flat Shoals this morning I heard a repetitive “whack, whack, whack”, which to my disgust, resonated with the speed at which I was driving. As you would, I feared that I’d picked up a piece of wood with a nail or screw in it.

Oddly, as I turned the corner to return home the noise stopped. I pulled into my driveway and gave a cursory look at the tires and found nothing, so I returned to the road.

My second trip this morning on Flat Shoals was as quiet as a church mouse, so I continued my journey to the office.

Here’s to hoping that I do not return to my car to find a flat tire later this afternoon. I’d really rather avoid getting a tire repaired this time of year.

Speaking Of The M6
It slipped my mind yesterday that December 29th marked my one-year anniversary with the M6. It was on Monday, December 29, 2014 that I drove the Jackmobile for the final time, down to the Mazda dealership and bought the M6.

Please tell me that the customary first anniversary gift is not a flat tire…

Paulie [eat/ga]

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20 Responses to Early To Bed, Early To Rise

  1. Barb says:

    I’ve thought about a vacuum sealer – but never bought one. I’ve found that using freezer paper works very well – so I re-wrap most of the meat I buy before freezing.

    Congrats on going to Germany.

    BTW – our buddy Kevin is in town – he wants to go to a hockey game tonight (the only game while he’s here), but I’m not sure if we can make that happen with traffic & Allan is at Cycleworks until probably 7.
    We need to plan a night for dinner.

  2. Stacy says:

    I had plans to go up to East Cobb for dinner with a friend tonight myself but I canceled. This weather is the pits. Drove to work this morning in the dark thunderstorm (= flooded streets) and that was harrowing enough for only 2 miles: no way was I going to venture to and from some place I’m unfamiliar with in this weather.

    A year already with the M6? Huh! It didn’t seem like that long ago.

    So, with all these renovations and stuff going on…. you ready to host a Super Bowl party again, Paulie? πŸ™‚

  3. Barb says:

    BTW Stacy- are you coming to Cheddarhead? if yes – bring my vest & sweater. If not – maybe next week we can meet up for dinner & drinks & maybe trivia?

  4. Well Barb, if you ever want to try vacuum sealing, just let me know.

    Super Bowl 2017 perhaps. πŸ™‚

    Speaking of time passage it’s been (at least) ten years since I last hosted a Super Bowl party. Wow. 2016 will see me hosting smaller dinners, however.

    I’ll be working my way over to Tucker for dinner tonight; I’ll be dining with the Raleigh Royalty, assuming their travels go well.

  5. Barb says:

    Maybe we can have a re-gifting sous-vide dinner party at Paulie’s – I know we all have something in our houses we can “gift”. I think that was the last time I was at your house.

  6. Barb says:

    and – I’m guessing Kevin didn’t know about dinner when we were talking about hockey last night.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Or maybe he did. πŸ˜‰

  8. Steve says:

    I’m not sure why, but we have a vacuum sealer… perhaps am impulse buy?

    Just got a call from my boss (who is working from home today) and strongly suggested I work from home tomorrow! OK, I guess I’ll try to make that happen.

    Stacy, at one point early this morning, I had to check my watch as it was a dark as night but I knew the sun was up… somewhere!

    Happy birthday M6! May you have many more happy and safe years together.


  9. Stacy says:

    Ooooh! I like the idea of a regifting party at Paulie’s! πŸ™‚ Ah, those regifting parties…. I think I got up to the 4th annual until I moved way out into the sticks for too long to plan them anymore. Now that I’m back in town, it’s just that my place is not big enough!

    Barb, will do! I fullly intend to come to Cheddarhead unless the weather is bad. The cold I can handle (it’s supposed to be 50-ish, so that’s not bad at all), but if it’s that raining, I most likely won’t come. I’d be miserable (I know me well enough). But I’ll have your tacky (um, SPARKLY!) things ready to go just the same and, yes, if it doesn’t work out Friday, next week for dinner and/or trivia sounds fabulous.

  10. Barb says:

    Allan laughs at me because I have 4 or maybe 5 things in a box for re-gifting parties. I have 1 party on 1/9, so I’m trying to decide if I should combine 2 things, or how to do it……
    and Stacy- Allan still loves his 3 monkeys from that party at Paulie’s.

  11. Stacy says:

    Hahahaha that’s awesome, Barb! πŸ˜€ I love that he still HAS the 3 monkeys!

    You know, we could always have a gift exchange at Paulie’s, say, in July? A Christmas-in-July party would give him more time on the house too.

    Love how I’m planning a party at someone else’s house? hahaha Sorry Paulie. πŸ™‚

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Don’t feel sorry, I need the incentive. πŸ™‚

  13. Barb says:

    I’m not waiting until July to see about this new fangled cooking………. I want to see how it works! Maybe we can give him until February, maybe!

  14. Barb, you will not have to wait that long to try some sous-vide cooking. I will be experimenting with it in January and will offer a dinner to ITP Readers when I figure out what the heck I am doing. πŸ™‚

    And who knows, maybe buy that time I’ll have at least one of my plumbing issues solved as well! (I hope)

  15. Steve says:

    We’re in. We need a blogosphere get together anyway.

  16. Debbie says:

    Our vacuum sealer was not an impulse buy. Most of the meat in our freezer is in vacuum bags and has been fresh and tasty when thawed. This is important to those of us that don’t consider 3 week old leftovers a delicacy.

    Sous video lost me at cooking times up to 96 hours. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Unless you do, in which case we’re in for a tasting party.

  17. Steve says:

    Was too! πŸ™‚

  18. The “beauty” of sous-vide cooking is that once it reaches the temperature you want your food it can hold it there for hours. Of course, you must make sure to keep the the food at that temperature long enough to kill its bacteria, but the sous-vide will never overcook the food.

  19. Barb says:

    up to 96 hours???? I’m with Debbie……..

  20. Most meals don’t require anywhere near that long to cook thoroughly. I’ll report actual times, and perhaps even post photos, when I start experimenting.

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