Shame on me for eating lunch at a Chinese buffet yesterday. The restaurant’s location a few blocks away from my dentist’s office, and the convenience of being able to eat quickly convinced me to commit this sin. My tummy paid for it constantly yesterday afternoon.
No Cavities? Awesome!
I had a fantastic dental checkup yesterday. Prior to the appointment I was going to go for a walk around the new Braves stadium area, to try and walk off a little of the lunch I had consumed. However, the weather was not conducive. Instead I went into my dentist’s office at least forty-five minutes early.
“You know that your appointment is a 1pm?” I was asked by the new receptionist.
“Yes, I know.” I said.
“That’s not for another 45 minutes. There is a cafeteria on this floor.” she retorted.
“Thanks, I’ve eaten. I will wait here and catch up on email and such.” I replied.
“Oh, don’t worry, Paul is always early.” the receptionist who has worked there for at least fifteen years chimed in.
I did catch up on email, and I also bought a ticket for The Whiskey Gentry concert at 40 Watt Club in Athens in April, as well as a ticket to “Constellations” at Horizon Theatre for this coming Saturday night. I would have also booked a hotel room in Athens for that Saturday night in Athens, but every hotel within walking distance of downtown Athens I looked at yesterday was overpriced; I have time.
Chili Today, No Hot Tamale
After putting in an awesome eighty minutes on the trainer, and I’m now about 2/3rds through Season 6 of The Amazing Race, I cleaned up and cooked up a large batch of chili for dinner.
I had been gifted a package of Cin Chili Seasoning and to comply with my desire to use up food in the house I combined it with two pounds of ground beef (okay, I had to purchase this recently), along with — a can of beef broth, can of tomato sauce, and two cans of beans — all of which were in my pantry.
The original plan was to pair the chili with rice, or eat it “Cincinnati style” by eating it over pasta, but by the time the mixture was done I decided to keep things simple and to eat it alone. The concoction was quite tasty, and I plenty for second and third helpings.
Perhaps my only failure with last night’s dinner was with the cleanup. The beef I purchased was “80/20”, 80% lean and 20% fat; surprisingly the local Kroger didn’t have much variety so I had to settle for this fattier mixture. Because of the beef mixture there was plenty of fat to pour out after browning the meat. In the past I have used what I believe to be a very clever solution for getting rid of beef fat: I line a bowl with aluminum foil, pour the hot fat into the bowl, carefully place the bowl into the freezer, and the next day simply lift the hardened-fat-filled foil out of the bowl and discard it. This time last step failed miserably. Apparently there was a hole in my foil (another possibility is that the Target aluminum foil is so thin that the hot fat burned a hole through it) and overnight enough fat had seeped through and married the foil to the bowl. It took a bit of finagling, but I finally managed to head the bowl sufficiently to extract the foil without turning the fat back into a liquid. The fat that had seeped through was easily chipped out with a spoon. Live and learn.
Today I will be spending my day doing German homework. Prior to class today I will also be participating in a focus group being held by the Goethe Zentrum.
And finally I need to figure out how to get in at least thirty minutes of exercise so that I can keep my streak of filling all three Apple Watch activity rings going.
Enjoy your day.