I was an old man staying out late on a school night. I made an Instant Pot dinner and hung out at Betsy’s last night; I got home around 10:45pm.

Last night was a remake of Chili Garlic Instant Pot Noodles, and it was deliciously sour and tangy. If I substitute tofu for the chicken this will be a satisfying vegetarian (and vegan) dish.

I thought I scored big time for prom clothing yesterday at Last Chance Thrift Store, but none of the shiny black tuxedo, loud plaid jacket, nor brown vintage Joe Namath polyester suit jacket and vest fit me well enough to purchase. Pity.

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36 Responses to 2018-05-17

  1. Another house on my block appears to have been put up for sale. I wonder what these people know that I do not.

    • Barb says:

      The market is hot due to not enough inventory – if you want to sell, now is the time.

      • ITP Lurker says:

        I agree with Barb, now is the time, and you won’t even need to lift a finger to fix your house. It’s not your house that someone would buy, it’s the land, so that they can construct yet another modern farmhouse. I went through this in Buckhead, bought a 1950 brick ranch in 1994 during the “white flight” out to Alpharetta. Sold it for double the value 10 years later during the “white flight” back ITP. House got knocked down and a McMansion built in it’s place. Sad, because it was a really solidly built house. Of course, houses of that ilk aren’t 1950’s brick ranches any more, the new term is “mid-century”.

        • Barb says:

          I feel so enlightened – I can now say I have a mid century house! My brick ranch was built in 1958.
          I had a boyfriend way back in the day (mid 90s) that had a brick ranch in Buckhead – and damn, I can’t think of his name. My 1st hash boyfriend, I can’t think of his real or hash name. And we dated quite a while too. I’m getting old.

  2. Barb says:

    thought you already bought a jacket for prom???

    • Barb says:

      my dresses are too nice, so we will be over dressed for the event.

    • I did buy a jacket, but have not found suitable pants. I really wanted to buy that Joe Namath jacket and vest but it just wasn’t right. If the tuxedo I tried on yesterday fit it would have been hilarious to wear since the pants were hemmed about four inches too short for my legs. 😂

      • Barb says:

        hell, any pants will work – even jeans. or shorts.
        Allan may wear shorts with his jacket.

        • I know, but I was trying…. I will be wearing a cycling jersey under the jacket and most likely Chucks on my feet so it’s not like I am trying to look overly dapper.

        • Stacy says:

          I’d be shocked if Allan DIDN’T wear shorts!

          • Barb says:

            well, in the past, his ugly brown polyester tux doesn’t have shorts (of course). I don’t have the sewing skills to alter it, but sometimes you need to leave it authentic.
            His real tux doesn’t have shorts either. (though he has talked about getting some tuxedo shorts)

          • Steve says:

            I wouldn’t wear a “real” tux to this prom. And to have those brown tux pants cut to shorts would be a scream! Where else is he ever going to wear that?

          • Barb says:

            I guess we could give them to Mary to alter…… she knows how to sew much better than me.

  3. Steve says:

    The prom sounds like lots of fun. And 4″ too short on the pants would be perfect.

    Maybe a nice plaid jacket and a different plaid for the pants? I think Little Easy was famous for such things, until Dunkin’ Ho Nutz got hold of him.

    Meetings, meetings and more meetings yesterday. A quiet evening with a ride on the trainer, then some hockey with my new favorite team, LV!

    Managed to leave my workout clothes at home, so I’m available for lunch (hint hint).


    • Sorry can’t lunch today. I am leaving early to meet Hank at Cypress Street before going to a Tech baseball game tonight (weather permitting).

    • Barb says:

      Steve, you are way too far away for lunch.

      BUT – I’ve heard a rumor that one of the big shots from Matson may be contacting me to ask me to come back. My friend (in the Chicago office) said they are really, really, really missing me. So, since this job has become boring, and I just don’t have enough to do, I’m considering it. Next – what to ask for?? I should be able to get all my years back for vacation accrual, so what besides more pay?? I don’t want to be a manager, I’d rather just be a peon, I want less stress, not more.

      • Steve says:

        Oh my!

        You’re certainly in the catbird seat to be able to ask for whatever you want. I don’t think a 25% salary increase would be out of the question, and of course no loss in seniority.

      • ITP Lurker says:

        Ah, ye olde “better the devil that you know than the one that you don’t” strikes again. 😉 I honestly saw this coming, based on how you described your job I knew they were going to miss you. I’m not being critical here, life is just funny sometimes. I’d ask for more pay and more vacation, plus an upfront signing/retention bonus. It all comes down to who needs who more, so you have some leverage. Ask for things that won’t be much trouble for them, if you make them think it’ll fall apart.

        • Barb says:

          No loss of seniority won’t be an issue – they don’t have enough people. I like the signing bonus idea.
          And no weekend work, unless I offer.
          I accrued over 4 weeks of vacation a year, as long as I get that back, I’m good. It is how much more salary to ask for……
          Because I’m a nice person, I won’t leave here until my boss gets back from maternity leave – that should be June 11th. And that is close enough to my 3 month probationary period being over. So, if all works out – that would be my last week here. We will see.

          • Debbie Brady says:

            Four – day work week. I haven’t been holding the line on this for my gig, but I’m working my way back to it.

          • Steve says:

            …as she sits at home, after her dental appt. and before her hair appt. and ride.

          • Barb says:

            Steve – you made me LOL
            not sure the transportation business really works for a 4 day work week, but that is a great idea.
            Maybe ask for that, and when they say no, get more money.

  4. Barb says:

    I am so bored today. Just wasting time until lunch is such a pain…….

  5. Well, it appears that I am not quitting “XYZ Corp” yet, as I finally made a breakthrough today. 😅

    • Barb says:

      I guess that is good?????

      I’m just trying to take forever & ever to do basic things.
      I’m so ready to be done today.
      I did find an old prom picture from about 17 years ago – when we were King & Queen. I look so young!!!

      • It’s good for my short-term mental state.

        I’d love to see that photo some time. I can’t recall the last time I went to Prom from Hell.

        • Barb says:

          I will text it to you. I’m sure I have some others sitting in a box somewhere, from back in the days before digital cameras.

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