Hoping It’ll Just Be A Big Zit

After a very fun weekend I’ve awoken this morning with a swollen and sore right nostril. I know! Strange, right? Since I’ve never had anything like this previously I’m hoping it’s nothing more that the germination of a large zit that shall be nothing more than a memory in a few days. As my body has a history of strange reactions — see also the current state of my incredibly dry scalp, or my life-long battle with an annoying cyst-producing skin condition — anything is possible. This new occurrence is not immediately noticeable but is inconveniently painful.

Warm Saturday
I spent the majority of Saturday afternoon with ITP-Reader Stacy and Phil. We met up at the ITP Estate and wandered up to Argosy for lunch. After lunch we wandered back to my car where I drove us down to Constitution Lakes Park to walk the Doll Head Trail.

Constitution Lake Park was the start and endpoint for the last hash that I laid many, many moons ago.

We erroneously arrived an hour too early, so, knowing the lay of the park we decided to go on a self-guided tour.

Here is one of the images I captured:

Doll's Head Trail (Lampshade Hat)
It felt good to have the old Nikon in my hands again. I will post a photo a day here for awhile, if you are friends with Stacy (and/or Phil) on the Facebooks you can see many more, and probably better, photos that they shot using cellphones.

After wrapping up our self-guided tour, and then meeting the official tour guide at the start, we mentioned that we had arrived an hour too early. Curiously the guide said “You must be from up north.” Somewhat confused, I had no retort and just walked away.

After our stroll we parked the M6 at the ITP Estate and then wandered up to The Midway Pub where we shared our photos with one another and had a few beers. In a wonderful bit of symmetry also at the pub that day was “Cockpit”, who was my co-hare for that trail at Constitution Lake Park.

Upon arriving home again I started a crockpot of Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala that I ate as a late dinner on Saturday.

Cool Sunday
It’s a darn good thing I decided that my knee wasn’t ready to ride yesterday because the temperature and winds would have certainly scared me immediately back inside had I chosen to ride. Yikes did the temperature drop quickly overnight Saturday.

I did manage to brave the Publix Half-Marathon / Marathon traffic and make it to Colony Square by 3pm for the 1st Annual Bach Birthday Bash. The bash was about an hour’s worth of beautiful classical music performed by young musicians; first was an eleven-year-old prodigy that played violin for about twenty minutes, followed by a string quartet of high-school girls who performed for about forty minutes. If your thought is “Holy shit, Paulie likes classical music?” I understand. I have an appreciation for many types of music, classical being one of them.

After the bash I drove up to Ansley Mall to get a haircut.

The evening was spent at home, making some rice to go along with my first attempt at Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Cashew Chicken. The meal was good but I have learned never to add as much liquid to a recipe as directed if I want the sauce to be more like sauce and less like soup; the addition of a cornstarch slurry, which is a hack at best in a crockpot since it never reaches a boil, didn’t even help much.

Open Monday
Since my Monday night German exam preparation class has ended I have nothing on my agenda for this evening. I like this, and will strive hard not to plan anything. Wish me luck…

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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5 Responses to Hoping It’ll Just Be A Big Zit

  1. Barb says:

    We did ride Sunday out at Arabia Mtn – started about noon – it was cool, but not too bad at all. I wore a long sleeved jersey & a wind breaker – at times I was too warm, at times, barely warm enough. That is such a hilly trail, it was on the downhills in the shade I was cold. I’m beat today -I’m not in shape for those climbs yet.

    We also rode the mountain bikes at Sope Creek Saturday afternoon after a morning of yard work. Wanted to get the fertilizer spread before the rain. And then, it never rained.

    All the time spent outdoors this weekend has really kicked my allergies into full gear. I feel like crap today. I have to say, I hate the itchy eyes the most.

    Saturday night we met up with some Parrotheads to see a TN band called the Southern Drawl band in Kennesaw. They are fun southern rock/country band with a little Buffett thrown in occasionally. Entertaining group, but it was at a bar that still allows smoking, so all the smoke (& vapeing) got old pretty quick.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Was hoping that I could either wait out traffic, or that this week would be a spring break week. But alas, I was wrong so guess what I’m doing now? Sitting in traffic.

  3. Steve says:

    I’m not sure I got much weekend…

    Saturday, 9 Cisco switches were swapped out on pretty much record time. The only problems this morning are related to other changes made at the same time.

    Saturday evening was the Hunt Ball. I couldn’t have as much fun as I wanted as Debbie had to step up as the chairman of the event came late (and sloshed). I helped her pick up the slack, which she did beautifully.

    Home by midnight and tried to sleep, but a late cup of coffee and a noisy puppy kept me up until I went to the sofa. Up at 6:45 to be in Union City for a race.

    Followed the Collegiate C field with a mom of a rider from Columbus. She got an education on racing, which is always fun. The 4/5 field had a little problem as the leader was so far off the front (with the lead cop), the field missed the turn for home. At the finish we had the leader, followed by 2 guys way off the back, and then the field some minutes later. Sorry guys, but you knew you were only riding one lap. Place them as they come across the line…


  4. Stacy says:

    Saturday was a lot of fun: I really enjoyed that. Though, DANG if I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night to find my legs hurting! Yikes. And I walk an awful lot, so it just must have been up and down over that trail.

    That said, I still went out on Sunday and did a Phoenix Flies tour of Westview Cemetery, which I didn’t realize had existed until now. It used to be owned by the Candler family so lots of Coca-Cola money went into it back in the day. His family, Hartsfield, Woodruff; bunch of Atlanta names buried there. It’s very beautiful and the history was fun, but dang if it wasn’t a bit chilly. What happened to spring?

  5. Steve says:

    A great old cemetery. An old friend’s mom passed away (years ago) and the lady I was dating was a piper and came with me to the burial there. It was a foggy day, and she wandered away from the graveside and fired up her pipes. It was very cool- mournful and beautiful at the same time.

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