My “Going Away” Lunch

T-1 Day.

Instead of riding this morning I chose to (thankfully) wake up at 11:30pm last night to start cooking a 7-pound pork butt. I will be serving this for lunch today along with some fixins and tortilla shells. I started the “make lunch for a group monthly lunch” a few years ago and sadly have been the only one who routinely supplies. Whatevs. I hope that my last one is a good one.

The Swelling Is Down, But I’m Still Attentive
The swelling in my right eye has gone down considerably but I’m still concerned about the apparent bump that remains on my eyelid. First, I should restate how strange my genetics are — the appearance/disappearance of lumps is common. So, I’ve decided not to condemn myself to mortal fear at least until I return from Iowa. For all I know everything will return to normal by then. Hopefully.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Top Cornhole Form” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)

Top Cornhole Form
Pictured you see yours truly trying anything possible to land a beanbag on a cornhole board. In my defense the side from which I was throwing slightly above the side to which I was throwing, and the board was slightly tilted to the left on the other end. I know, excuses, excuses.

What Happened To D-Cell Batteries?
In addition to picking up things at Target for today’s lunch I was there to get some D-cell batteries for the tent fan that is on its way to me. Damn, why didn’t I just order some from Amazon? To my surprise Target was “completely” out (in the two areas of the store in which I looked) of D-cell batteries! I guess that I can try another Target tonight, or head to a hardware store and see what they have in stock. Heck, I need to go to Batteries Plus anyway, perhaps I should try and kill two birds with one stone.

Birthday Beer Tonight
My soon-to-be-former boss Hank is taking me out for a birthday beer tonight. I am trying to decide where I’d like to go.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to My “Going Away” Lunch

  1. Stacy says:

    I love that photo. It’s fabulous.
    I usually only play cornhole at breweries and there? I’m a cornhole goddess. Think it helps to be tipsy. 🙂

    Is it your actual birthday today? Or an early/late birthday beer? Whatever the case, happy birthday Paulie!

  2. Friday, the 22nd, is my birthday. My gift to myself will be riding in a school bus to Iowa (for approximately 14 hours) with twelve strangers.


  3. Barb says:

    D batteries – I think I grabbed some at the grocery store last time. I’m sure Batteries & More (I think they changed their name) will have some.

    Right now I’m “watching” a webinar called “Oh My Aching Back” for some wellness credit on my health insurance. I guess I could listen too – but I don’t feel like it. I hope I can answer the survey correctly at the end. I think I know enough about back pain.

  4. I guess I could try grocery stores too. The reason I need to go to Batteries Plus Bulbs (the name they now use on their website) is to buy a new backup battery for my house alarm. The power in East Atlanta still goes out enough to drain the backup battery over time.

  5. Andrew says:

    We don’t know each other and I haven’t been following your blog in quite some time (your life mirrors mine in many ways which is why I was reading in the first place), but I’m glad that you’re taking some time off. I’ve retired here and there over the years and it definitely helps. I’ve done it to force myself to figure out what I’m doing and where I’m going but unfortunately I’ve never succeeded in changing things. Still working in software development, still not exactly happy, still living in Atlanta in a house I don’t much care for, still no idea what I want to do when I grow up. The time off has made things bearable though.

    Anyhow, best of luck. Hope it works out better for you than it has for me. 🙂 The best part of being retired is wondering how you ever had the time to be employed in the first place. The days get shorter, tasks take longer, time ceases to matter. Watch the first 15 minutes of ‘About a Boy’, that about sums it up.

  6. Thanks Andrew. From your description it does seem that we lead parallel lives.

  7. Steve says:

    Back home from the dermatologist after a fairly clean bill of health. One little spot on my forehead she froze off.

    A nice evening of rain last night, probably a half an inch or so. Between showers are managed half an hour run and pulled branches out of the road to clear it. Must have been a bit of wind but I never really noticed.

    I’ll work this afternoon from home and hopefully get a ride this evening.

    Who knew D cells were so hard to find?


  8. Barb says:

    BTW Paaulie – did you call the Woodspur Lodge or just email? I tried a few times yesterday & now this morning & no answer.

  9. I suppose fewer toys/gadgets require D cells, or are large enough to house them?

    I called Woodspur. When I did the woman answered quickly but said that she was in her car and had to pull over to take my information. Keep trying, I’m sure that they’ll answer eventually.

  10. Barb says:

    All paid up in Colorado.
    Since we only have 2 people the room rate is less, even though its the same room. (Robin was thinking about going when I booked the room).

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