Made a so-so Instant Pot dish, Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken, in which I substituted faux meat for the chicken. The dish seemed to be missing something, but I wouldn’t say it was the meat.

Trying to be positive that this weekend’s camping outing will occur.

This entry was posted in My Daily Life. Bookmark the permalink.

28 Responses to 2018-05-25

  1. Barb says:

    well – camping will occur – it just may be a really wet camping weekend.
    we have a 10×10 pop up you could borrow, but there’s no way for you to transport it.

    • The “plan” as of now is to go out there and see how things look. If things look “okay” a tent will be erected and fingers crossed. I nearly bought a pop up, but at this point I think the wetness of the ground is more of an issue than more rain. Regardless, If “Glory Mole” and I will do Southen Comfort.

      I’ll be at Black Sheep whether or not camping occurs.

      • Stacy says:

        Barb beat me to it with her “camping will occur…” comment.

        As for wet ground? Grab yourself a nice thick tarp before you go. I actually always used a tarp under my tent. Also keeps the bottom of your tent clean when you pack it up.

  2. ITP Lurker says:

    Gonna be self-aware and drop this here:


    If it’s tl;dr for anyone, I’ll pull out this one quote “Just as giving advice isn’t entirely selfless, nor is it a clear-cut indication of power hunger. It can, on occasion, both create a sense of power in the giver and benefit the recipient.” FWIW, that’s what I’m clumsily striving for here in this space.

    There’ll be a respite from such advice for the next week as I’ll be off the grid in Grenada.

    • Barb says:

      Grenada? vacation or work?

      • ITP Lurker says:

        25th anniversary trip, with this being our third time there. I highly recommend it if you ever want an off-the-beaten path destination with few Americans around. Grand Anse Beach is stunning.

        For the record, I can attest that Reagan sending the 101st Airborne there in the 80’s was completely a Wag the Dog moment. Absurd.

  3. Steve says:

    I was surprised to see stars when I left the house this morning, but that didn’t last long. I hope for all our sakes, the weekend isn’t a complete washout, but I’m thinking of thing to occupy my time in the man-cave!

    Began the installation of the fence charger last night. Mac was so lonely with his brother spending the night with Murphy at Bear Creek, he stood around while I worked. Such a sweet boy.

    Lurker, have a great time in Grenada. I’m a big believer in “Lead, follow, or get out of the way”, so unsolicited advice comes with the territory. I’ve tried to tone it down in recent years, but it’s tough. I think it’s closely related to “doing something yourself” rather than letting someone else do it their way.


    • ITP Lurker says:

      Thanks, Steve. After years of seeing Paulie stuck on an emotional treadmill, I started feeling compelled to offer a counter perspective. I wouldn’t wish that struggle on my worst enemy. Whether I’m helping Paulie or not is debatable, but this space truly does help me. Ya’ll have helped me advance recovery from childhood trauma. Those experiences left me with a false sense of self that’s taken decades to shake, so I’m forever grateful for everyone’s support. Perhaps we can schedule a Lurker Lunch this summer, maybe in August.


      • Steve says:

        Your wisdom speaks volumes of your trials and growth. It’s a long process for all of us- doubtful any of us can “grow up” without doing the work.

        Lunch would be awesome, David!

      • bob says:

        ITP Lurker steps out of the shadows, welcome David!
        Your advice solicited or not is usually spot on, you are definitely a wise man. Keep up the good fight battling those demons. Coming out on here was a big step, probably an easy decision though as there are great people that read this space.
        Always remember, growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional 🙂

        • ITP Lurker says:

          Thank you, Bob. Yes, definitely a big step, long contemplated. This has been a safe place to practice, and I’m finding my social anxiety is getting more and more under control. I wasn’t particularly aware of it until things came to a head a few years back, then once one starts feeling their feelings for the first time in life, it’s a bit unnerving. As the saying goes, fake it ’til you make it. That’s what I’ve been up to here.

  4. Debbie Brady says:

    I’d drive up from the wilderness for that lunch. Agree with Bob, your advice is spot on David and you’ve enriched this space. Enjoy your trip and congrats on 25 years of marriage!

    Fighting the urge to say eff it to the rest of this day and go on home.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend despite the threat of extreme sogginess.

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Awww, thanks, Debbie. I used to have a client in Hogansville years ago that I had to visit periodically. I know that drive well. It’ll be fun to put faces with the names here. 🙂

  5. Dangen, it’s been a rough week for my feet – on Monday I developed a blister on my right foot, today I got a painful splinter in my left.

  6. HamWithCam says:

    I really enjoy helping others. And I’m not ashamed to say I do it to help others, but I also do it for me. Call it…Karma.

    Case in point, I had some magnets made, “You don’t have to pay after 6:00pm (and on Sunday)!” I stick them on the various parking kiosks around the City of Decatur. My stock is almost depleted, the “meter lady” insist on removing them!

    Another country heard from: Paulie, sell your house. Now. NOW!
    (As others have mentioned it will sell for asking price, as is.)

    Oh, and let me add my official welcome to David…

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

    • Funny thing, I want to live in East Atlanta because I realize that the people I do things with the most also live here. I’ll figure this all out some day…

      Also, State of Georgia wants me to file a tax return for Sharpened Stone, which I dissolved in 2014! It even says so in the State’s website. Hung up after being on hold for twenty minutes, will try again next week.

      Have a great weekend all.

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Thank you, John. The initial Lurker Lunch will need to be outside, because well, that’ll really be a giant leap and I’ll need the fresh air. But after that, perhaps we can get another one on the calendar at OK Cafe. You’ve been quiet as of late, I’m glad to see you’re doing well.

Comments are closed.