Busy Was As Busy Did

Whew, what a weekend of activity.

On Friday night I left work and drove straight to the lavanderia. It was good to get there at a time when few others wanted to do laundry, so I was able to get my entire loads done quickly without having to jockey for machines.

After doing laundry I went over to Pollo NorteΓ±o and had dinner. This time I opted for three tacos instead of my normal quarter-chicken order. I may have to make tacos my new “usual”.

They Are Washing The Windows With Rain?
To say that I had no idea that it was going to rain on Saturday is an understatement. If not for the fact that I had planned to make a trip over to Warby Parker and IKEA after my all-day German class I would have ridden my mountain bike to Colony Square for the class.

When we broke for lunch I saw water streaming down the windows and said “I guess they are washing the windows today because I don’t think that it’s going to rain.” How wrong could I be? I suppose that I wouldn’t have mattered too much since the rain had passed by the time class dismissed at 3:30pm.

The class wasn’t exactly what I would have hoped for. It was comprised of about 40% of those who have taken German classes previously, and 60% who have not. I didn’t get a whole lot out of it, other than to take to some nice people. Humorously the woman seated next to me was named “Paula” so I accidentally said “Here!” when the teacher first started out asking if “Pau” was in attendance.

As I said, after class I drove over to West Midtown the Westside and went to Warby Parker and IKEA.

At Warby Parker I was able to replace the glasses that were accidentally stepped on at LEAF with an identical pair. While in the store I realized that all of the employees wear glasses and asked what happens when someone with perfect vision is hired. My assumption was correct, people with perfect vision get frames with non-prescription lenses. I wonder wearing glasses is weird to them.

At IKEA I managed to talk myself out of spending $100 for things that would go into the house. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around not adding things to my “collection of things”, as well as pull way back on my spending, given the things I’ll be doing this summer…

With at least two hours to kill before driving to Synchronicity Theatre for “Diary of a Madman” I decided to drive into Virginia-Highland and have a few beers and a burger at George’s. While it doesn’t seem as if that much time has passed, it really has now been many years since I was a Wednesday night regular at George’s.

The play “Diary of a Madman” was slightly disturbing, and really well acted. Perhaps I was seeing myself in the actor of this one-man play. My attention was partially distracted as I started mulling about my finances and future instead of paying 100% attention to the play. Of course the evening ended on a slightly sour note as I had to pay $10 for the privilege of parking.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Look Ma, I Made Pizza” (Atlanta, GA)
Pizza Night
I did it! On Saturday night I stopped into Publix, and after seemingly wandering every aisle and asking two employees, I found the uncooked pizza dough. While there I also picked up a small jar of Classico pizza sauce, and opted for a package of provolone cheese over mozzarella cheese in order to save a little dough. Dough, Get it? Oh, how I slay myself. For some reason the package of mozzarella was about $2 more than the package of sliced provolone. I cut the provolone into small chunks and spread it across the pie, and truth be told, enjoyed the hell out of it.

The pie was a little thicker than I expected. In future efforts I will try stretching the dough out further.

Windy Is As Windy Does
Upon starting my drive home after the play I received a text message from my co-worker Al, “Riding tomorrow?”. I said “Yes, that I was hoping to get a fifty mile ride in on Sunday.” and relented to ride Silver Comet. We started at the Publix near the trailhead. It was a(nother) windy day, and three of us rode together, the third being a guy named Jim who is a really strong rider that Al and I have met on group rides.

At the twenty-file mile point I told the guys that I was turning around, for which I caught some shit from Al about being a stickler for mileage. Al said, “C’mon let’s ride out to the tunnel it’s only two more miles. Don’t you want to see the tunnel?” and I said “No, not really.”

It is at this point I should mention how hard I was pedaling during the first twenty-five miles in order to keep up with these two. At points my heart rate was very high.

I turned around and rode back alone, fully expecting the two of them to catch up at some point, but they never did. Truth be told I kind of enjoyed riding the twenty-five miles back at my own pace. I waited for them at the end, sitting in my camping chair in the shade for awhile, and heard the entire tale when they finally got back.

It turned out that the tunnel was more than two miles out, in fact after riding five more miles out they still hadn’t reached it. To further complicate matters Jim hadn’t eaten enough, nor brought enough food, and bonked.

Al and I had lunch at the Firehouse Subs near where we started and then I drove home.

After taking a serious, and completely unplanned, nap I finally got out and mowed the lawn (note to self: contact Jenka’s yard company!)

And after taking a shower, I made the pizza shown above. I ate half of it for dinner, with two beers, and have the second half for lunch today.

I have my bicycle with me at work today, and hope that my legs hold up for tonight’s “recovery” ride.

It was a busy, yet entertaining, weekend. Hope yours was too.

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to Busy Was As Busy Did

  1. Barb says:

    Did you buy the already flattened out pizza dough – or the ball of dough? Yours is a much better circle than mine was.

    Saturday we finally went out for a ride about 2:30 – after it dried up a bit. It was pretty humid though – and I realized I needed more food before riding than a bowl of cereal in the morning & a few cheetos as a little snack. It was a tough 27 miles over to Roswell & back, and we even had to stop at a Subway for a sandwich. I was bonking hard.

    Saturday evening we were invited to a dinner party hosted by a Wheelhopper couple, they thought it would be fun to invite all the past (& current) GMs to dinner. It was fun, some fun stories were re-lived & probbly embellished.

    Sunday was Wheelhopper – Allan was convinced to help Dean with haring, so he headed out early. I wasn’t really in the mood (my legs were still tired) but I did show up. It was a tour of Georgia Tech, downtown (I think we rode thru every parking deck in the city) and ended with a very long, very dark & pretty wet tunnel that came out right at our start.

  2. I bought the ball of dough in a bag. I tried throwing it in the air a few times, and never dropped it! πŸ™‚ I quit trying to stretch it out when one part of the interior ripped a bit. I’ll have to improve upon my technique.

  3. Stacy says:

    Okay, I seriously need to make a pizza now. Maybe this weekend. πŸ™‚ This LONG weekend. I cannot wait.

    This past weekend was decent. Had brunch with the zoner gang on Saturday at The General Muir — first time I’ve been there, but I remember you mentioning it a time or two, Paulie. Since we wanted to get some foot mileage in first, Aron and I met at the Sage Hill Kroger (where’s that??) and walked around some Emory paths before going. We were thankfully already at the restaurant (albeit waiting outside for our table– under an awning) when the skies opened up with that rain. A bloody mary was consumed. Deviled eggs were devoured. We were so full (even though I took 1/2 my Hot Brown home!) we decided to get a beer after walking back to our cars (thinking the carbonation would help – good logic, yes?), and so sat on the patio of Hand In Hand in Va-Hi for one. Just one. The rest of the weekend I did very little. Watched some movies, cleared out the DVR. Debated for a hot minute about going to SOB hash but it passed.

    Speaking of TV though…. OMG, who are my fellow Game of Thrones people here? Can we just talk (or not talk, depending on possible spoilage) about last night’s episode!

    This Thursday I am not playing trivia as I’m going to a show at Dad’s Garage called “10 Ways to Ruin Everything” instead. It looks really funny –and actually filled with trivia — so if any ITP-readers want to join, tickets still seem to be available (we just have general admission seats).

  4. Barb says:

    Oh yeah – and we are still considering drivign up to Hartwell Friday night to ride Saturday for the Challenge of the Centuries ride. Sal & Marty are thinking about it – as I’m guessing is Sarah. (they rode to Anniston & back this past weekend)

    and Stacy – never started on Game of Thrones – so someday I guess I’ll binge watch it.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Not a Game of Thrones person, don’t even have HBO. It’s on HBO, right?

    I looked for the gang riding back from Anniston but we didn’t cross paths.

    I am getting a haircut on Thursday Stacy, if the times work out I will join you. I will let you know on Wednesday.

    I just put in for a day off on Friday. This will make this weekend very long weekend. πŸ˜€ I will be attending Creative Mornings in the morning, and driving to Hartnell later in the afternoon to set up camp for the weekend of riding.

  6. Stacy says:

    Barb, I came late to the game too. I had 4 seasons I could binge watch, then last year started watching “in real time” so to speak. Binge watching is really a great way to do this show since there are so many characters that it helps you remember who everyone is! I’m going to have to find some more shows to binge watch this summer now that everything else is coming to a close.

  7. Stacy says:

    I don’t have HBO either…. but I have friends’ cable passwords, so…. πŸ˜€

  8. Oh, I guess that I have access to HBO then too now that you mention it, at least until my work status changes and someone changes the password to our developer account.

  9. Steve says:

    Friday, my partner in Games crime and I met with the Popo to talk fire regs and the new contract. Then I stopped by the Sears parts depot/outlet store and got a replacement part for the mower. Only it was for some other mower and not mine (!!) so back to Tucker we drove on Saturday to get the right part and to tell the nice lady behind the counter that the guy from Friday was “on my list”, to which she laughed.

    We also took a detour to Snellville to get some horse supplements, then went 124 south to 20. I have to say there was a lot of stupid traffic Saturday. Makes me want to stay South.

    I lumberjacked yesterday, then binge watched the end of the Scandal season. We think they may have jumped the shark, but haven’t thrown in the towel quite yet.

    -FP

  10. Barb says:

    Steve – Scandal is CRAZY, I totally agree. I’ll still watch it, but it has just gotten too unbelieveable. (not that it ever was believablt, but its gotten so much worse) I do like their “candidates” that are running for president though.

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