Have I really been staying at home for a month? Why don’t I have a sense of accomplishment regarding anything? Even with “nothing to do” I am getting nothing done. Well, that’s not totally accurate…

On Saturday I was feeling sorry for myself and anti-social. I had offers to do things with friends, but the thought of maintaining social distance seemed to be too much of a hassle for me that day. I should have realized that it would be the only day for getting out of the house, but instead I rode my trainer for 90 minutes. I also dusted off the old bread machine and let it make a loaf of bread.

Sunday could have been an incredibly productive day, if not for the fact that I am not incredibly productive these days. Given that it rained nearly all day I tried to do “work” (learn German, and continue learning a programming construct known as “Combine”) but considering the number of hours I was awake I didn’t get much of either accomplished. I did manage to put in 45 minutes on the trainer, and concoct a “meatless chili” for dinner using a wild assortment of things that I had in the pantry.

If you are in the Apple Ecosystem and are interested in reading some classic literature, check out the free books being offered by Apple in the Books app. I downloaded a few, even knowing how bad I am at book reading, because hey, they were free!

Hope your weekend was much better than mine.

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28 Responses to 2020-04-20

  1. Poop! I thought I had perfected my pumpkin bread game, but the bottom of my loaf stuck to the bread pan when I was taking it out so that it could cool on a wire rack this morning. This probably happened because I failed to follow the step of letting it cool for ten minutes in the pan first because I was afraid the outer edges would be over baked. Waaaaaa! Oh well, it’ll still be edible.

    I will have to make a grocery, and possibly a Target/CVS, run this week.

    Also, are coffee filters the new toilet paper or hand sanitizer since they are being touted as a good insert for homemade facial masks? They seem pretty expensive on Amazon these days. I have “plenty” for coffee making, but I am looking into the future.

  2. bob says:

    I can beat you in the unproductive weekend Paulie. Saturday I had a fire in the fire pit all day burning up the stack of debris I have collected over the years. Sunday I binge watched The Walking Dead since I had never seen it. Exercise=0 all weekend.
    Side note, if you watch too many hours of Walking Dead you don’t sleep very well that night 🙂

    • Ha! For various reasons I have never, nor will ever watch it.
      Yes, I’m a scaredy cat.

      It is my intention to have the backyard cleared so that I can have a fire pit in the Winter. Perhaps we’ll be allowed to commune again then?

      • Bob says:

        I resisted it for years (obviously) but now with time on my hands I thought I would check it out. It has a good story line and it’s pretty cool seeing all the Atlanta film locations.

    • barb says:

      I’m not afraid of Walking Dead – but I just never really wanted to watch it.
      I did binge Tiger King Saturday, what a ridiculous show – but now I feel like such a normal person.
      Allan decided he isn’t interested in Ozark, so I will watch that one next.

      • Stacy says:

        Ozark is really really good! And I always love watching things filmed in Georgia (they used both Allatoona and Lanier for the lake stuffs; I know some filming was done in Norcross too). I think this past season was the best yet.

  3. Stacy says:

    It was actually quite a nice weekend over here! Saturday I got to see Barb and Davey – had a masked stroll around Marietta (about 5 miles), and then at night my “Zoner Friends” (of whom you’d know Phil, of course) and I did a Zoom + game of online Cards Against Humanity. The only problem I had there was my waitress being really slow when I needed another drink. 😉

    • barb says:

      Good walk on Saturday morning – it was fun to explore Marietta & read the historical markers. And to learn about the General that fed his people corn & bacon when there were no craps. I’m still laughing at that.

      Sunday we spent the afternoon working in the backyard – Allan rebuilt the raised beds for some tomatoes – the wood had rotted so he decided to use cinder blocks. Ground was soft from the rain, so it was work, but not as bad as it could have been.
      (Stacy – I do have irises for you, if you want some)

    • As I have said before, I wish I could convince that yard work was at least a little fun, okay, worthwhile. My backyard is a jungle that needs to be tamed.

  4. Steve Brady says:

    Friday evening, we joined some friends for a socially distanced (mostly) meetup with the new foal!! Debbie is now all about having babies. Fortunately, we now have mares who would both make really cute babies.

    Saturday, as I walked to the mancave to go ride, I met Lily (our half dog) carrying Paul in her mouth. I don’t know if she killed him or was just bringing him home. He was a sweet kitty and is already missed by his barn mate Leia. While all that was happening, Debbie went to get Ceili and found Mac was lame. We called the vet who came out and diagnosed him with laminitis. He’s on stall rest, icing the affected hoof and meds twice a day. My 20 miles Saturday was painful for some reason. With the wind to start, so fighting it to return and that didn’t help matters.

    Sunday I tried to go to the office to upgrade my VPN software, but as I didn’t get approval of a VP was turned away. Fortunately, I could still hit the wireless network from the parking lot and got it upgraded!! So far, so good.


    • So much activity down on the farm. Yesterday’s storms missed you all, or at least caused no difficulties?

    • barb says:

      Steve- you have to get approval to go into the office?

      are you really going to start breeding & having babies?

      • Steve Brady says:

        Apparently!! I already had been through the temperature check at the door and knew about the mask requirement.

        Horse babies!! Sure, why not?? Daisy is a buckskin and would make cute babies. Ceili is white, so I don’t know what we would get from her.

        Nothing but rain down here. Lots of thunder and lightning yesterday morning, that’s for sure.

  5. Okay, just ate a chunk of bottomless pumpkin bread, and damn it’s tasty. That snack may have just added a mile to the walk I plan to do later today.

  6. My internet is down, that sucks balls and will make it harder to work today.

  7. Oh yeah, on Friday and Saturday I was bummed not to be at Spring Tune Up. With the early and heavy storms yesterday I wasn’t too upset that I wasn’t packing up a tent in the rain.

  8. Steve Brady says:

    This would have been the big race weekend in Anniston. Once again, a great day for racing on Saturday and Sunday would have sucked.

    I wonder if the Tour of California folks are thinking about rescheduling for next year yet? Taking this year off might have been a great idea if they are really trying to come back.

  9. ITP Lurker says:

    Did anybody hear the lightning that hit the Bank of America building last night?


    It went on for what felt like 30 seconds and made my entire house shake. There was a smaller kaboom a couple hours later, but that first one was one for the ages.

    • I saw a flash and then a rumble, but not sure if that was from the same strike?

      • ITP Lurker says:

        It was so loud that it had to have been from the same strike.

        • HamWithCam says:

          “The loudness of the recent lightning strike(s) (no mention of BOA) is due to a blanket of (relatively) dense cold air at ground level….sound travels better the denser the air.” — local weather guy, last night

          FWIW: a simple lightning strike on the BOA tower (designed to take routine strikes) should not have been any louder, etc. than any other routine strike.

          I have been to the spire of the BOA tower, there is Amateur Radio gear (including antennae) located there. Lightning rods, grounding cables are visible throughout.

          73 de JG/HamWthCam

    • Stacy says:

      Oh SNAP!!! Was that what happened, Lurker? YES! It’s all the neighborhood has been talking about (that long lasting thunder). A lightning strike makes much more sense.

      • ITP Lurker says:

        Stacy, yes, it was INSANE. I had a lightning strike in my backyard once that sounded like a bomb going off (I literally hit the floor), but that one as just a quick hit in comparison to the thunder last night. It went on and on and on. Apparently it was so loud because the lightning went from the ground up through the building into the sky. If you look at that Reddit link above, it shows multiple lightning bolts connected to the top of the BOA building.

  10. Barb says:

    Ok, shits getting real. RAGBRAI is cancelled for this year. It’s at the end of July!

    • I wondered, though the last email I received didn’t say that it had been canceled. Then I started thinking about the new cross-Iowa ride, who we name I have forgotten; what a shitty year to try to start a new event!

      • Barb says:

        Well, they can’t do the planning that needs to be done now, that’s the problem. It just said postponed – until July 2021. So that means cancelled in my book.

      • Just went to the RAGBRAI site announcing the move to 2021. Most people who commented tended to agree.

        The Iowa’s Ride site is still trying to remain hopeful that they can do their event in mid-July.

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