May Day!
May Day!
see also: Jonathan Coulton’s “First of May” 😁

Last night I reminded myself how badly I can feel when I overeat. I knew the recipe I was making (American Goulash) made a lot of food and it would have been difficult to halve the ingredients, so I made the whole thing. Had I not gone back for seconds, mostly because I had so much left over, I would have been fine. In addition to overeating I made a few other discoveries:

  • Red bell peppers can mold on the inside? Yuck! The pepper looked fine on the outside but when I cut the top off it was no bueno.
  • This recipe can be made meatless. The recipe calls for ground beef and I was going to substitute Beyond crumbles, but I had a pound of button mushrooms in the refrigerator so I chopped those into small pieces and used them in place of the beef. Yes, there was some beefy flavor lost, but not enough to concern me.
  • This recipe also works if you add an entire box of baby spinach at the end. Spinach wasn’t called for, but again, I had it on hand and it needed to be used.
  • It’s wiser to add cheese to each serving than to the entire pot as directed. Dishing out the goulash was gooey, messy affair, and I would probably use a lot less cheese if I added it to each individual serving.

Even though I rode the trainer yesterday I almost considered going out for a walk to combat my gluttony.

I made a little progress on the work front, but am still trying to figure out the other difficulties in my life.

As I have been saying here in the recent past, I am typing this with window and door open to allow cool air to enter the house. Shockingly it is so cool this morning that my heater kicked on! Guess it’s time to turn that off for Spring/Summer…

Hoping that I have fun this weekend, whatever that entails during these days. I should force myself to suit up and do some yard maintenance as well.

Have a good Friday, friends.

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26 Responses to 2020-05-01

  1. barb says:

    We had our HVAC guy out for a maintenance check, he said ours is getting close to needing to be replaced. What fun! he will send some estimates on different grades of systems – from the basic to the super high tech. It isn’t urgent, but better to have an idea of what we want for when the time comes.
    We also need a new roof someday, and its terrible to say, but a good hail storm would be awesome to make that happen sooner (& cheaper).

    • My HVAC is less than ten years old, but I suspect there is a leak between the compressor and the blower.

      My roof is Jeannie-vintage, which makes it almost sixteen years old?

      I’m not looking to sink a lot of money into either these days, though both have their issues…

  2. Bonnie says:

    I made an Asian-style stir fry with asparagus that needed to be used as the star ingredient.

  3. ITP Lurker says:

    Rabbit, rabbit.

    I received a much needed haircut from my hair stylist who came to my house yesterday. I’ve never been so happy to get a haircut in my life and reflected that in my tip.


    • With no hair cut since February I am still rocking my 1980s shaggy look.

    • barb says:

      Allan has used his #2 clippers for the 2nd time – he likes the top to be a little longer, so that’s been interesting to try to do that.
      I got to have the fun of trimming the back of his neck, try to get a straight line. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. As with everything else- a new appreciation for jobs people do.

  4. Because I live alone, and rarely go out or see anyone, the usage of gas in my car and deodorant have declined dramatically in six week’s time.

    • barb says:

      I had to get gas last week- $1.29 at Sam’s. It is still $1.75 or so at the Racetrac &QT nearby.

  5. Steve says:

    Rabbit, rabbit. And happy May Day!

    Leftovers for dinner last night. Debbie had made lasagna the other day and it was pretty good. I had leftover Skyline, which is a rare occurrence at our house.

    Off later towards Columbus for a BBQ lunch. Just needed a destination to ride the scooter. Always happy to support the local industry!

    Tomorrow, the appears to be a ride/cookout/bonfire with the hunt crew. Socially distancing I hope.


  6. HamWithCam says:

    2020 PTRR moved to…Thanksgiving Day.

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

    • As someone who has run the PTRR and the former Atlanta Half Marathon In the same year I can attest that the temperatures between July 4 and Thanksgiving are vastly different.

      • Steve says:

        This puzzles me. Is the track club just trying to maintain normal and still have the PRR, or do they “need” to have it to keep the club running? (pun intended) or have they already committed so much money they need to have it to recoup costs? I cant imagine that.

      • barb says:

        but what about the race that is always on thanksgiving morning?

  7. ITP Lurker says:

    In case anyone is looking for COVID testing: https://atlstrong.org/testing/

  8. barb says:

    Blue Angels flight plan is posted for Saturday afternoon – I texted it to Paulie – in case you want to add it here.

    • Like this…

      What’s That In The Sky?

      Thanks Barb!

      • HamWithCam says:

        Preliminary Schedule for the Blue Angels / Thunderbirds flyover in the Atlanta area for Amy ‘s birthday on Saturday, May 2nd.
        WellStar Kennestone Hospital 1:35
        Piedmont Hospital 1:37
        Atlanta VA Hospital 1:38
        Northside Hospital/Children’s at Scottish Rite 1:39
        Grady Memorial Hospital/Children’s at Hughes Spalding 1:44
        Atlanta Medical Center 1:44
        Emory University Hospital/Children’s at Egleston 1:44
        Piedmont Fayette Hospital 1:49
        Piedmont Newnan Hospital 1:56

        73 de JG/HamWithCam

        • barb says:

          I wonder if they can stay so perfectly on schedule, I saw the times in Baltimore & DC for earlier that morning

    • Bob says:

      Barb I guarantee they will stay on schedule, I watched a documentary on the Blue Angels and they are meticulous about the schedule. I’m sure they have had a dozen mock flights in meetings already just to make sure they keep that time.
      I’m heading down town while the zombie apocalypse is still upon us and nobody is there, gonna ramble around then find a high parking deck to watch the angels and toast the healthcare workers.

      • barb says:

        we will be downtown somewhere as well – who knows if we will cross paths.
        I’m guessing they are refueling at Dobbins before they start at 1:35

  9. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I finished reading Treasure Island last night. I got the book free from Apple, and it had probably been forty years since I first read it…

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Oh, that’s fun! I stalled out on reading it, but it definitely helped me through the first couple weeks of quarantine. Kudos on finishing it! And yes, at least 40 years since reading it the first time.

  10. barb says:

    I might attempt to bake some bread again this weekend- a friend (that doesn’t bake) made some & said the recipe was easy enough & fairly quick. We will see.
    I have found I like the bread fresh out of the oven, but after that it hasn’t interested me that much. Maybe this recipe will change my mind.

    • Because I had bread on hand I have not attempted any recently, perhaps that will change soon. Today/Tomorrow I would like to set a meal plan for the coming week to ensure I have anything I am missing.

  11. Steve says:

    Back from good BBQ in Columbus. Almost had a technological tragedy. Had stopped for gas and headed out, when my Sirius started changing stations on its own. Glance down and the phone has fallen out of the mount and is dangling by the headphone cable. That coulda been ugly. Glad to see the path of the flyover includes Newnan.

    And I wonder if Fat Albert will bring up the rear?

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