Well, I did not go to Dick Lane Velodrome last night. In the end I decided that I would not have enough fun going alone. I also didn’t want to spend money, nor drive anywhere.

The other day I decided to give Duolingo another shot. Yes, I am returning to relearn German, but this time I have also started learning Dutch! However, since my departure Duolingo has become an advertisement app which sandwiches short language lessons between the ads. This is too bad because I refuse to sign up for “Super Duolingo” but also do not have the patience to sit through an ad every time I complete an exercise. Time will tell if I stick with it.

After hearing you all talk about the game Connections I sought it out yesterday. I managed to solve yesterday’s connections. Thanks to a few years of watching a British game show called “Only Connect” in which one of their rounds is this premise, I understood the gameplay immediately.

I solved today’s Wordle in three attempts; my starter today was DRONE.

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52 Responses to 2023-08-17

  1. steve says:

    Wordle in 5, which could have been 4.

    I rode (indoors) for the first time since contracting this crud and I certainly felt it. Just riding steadily for 40 minutes was quite enough effort, thank you very much. More today and this weekend before I’m off to Augusta for Masters Nats.

    Thought of you and Jenka last night as (re)watched the Ken Burns “Baseball” episode of the 60’s. Miracle Mets and Boston red Sox were prominently featured. The start of the Big Red Machine, Baltimore and the human vacuum cleaner at 3rd, Brooks Robinson, and Bob Gibson pitching for the Cards (my sister went to college in STL). Great era…

    Dinner was my chicken and noodle casserole, which is much better when you add seasoning!

    Velodrome season finale at the end of September- we’ll be in Pensacola.


  2. Barb says:

    I could not get motivated to leave the house last night.

    Big news – the next door neighbors had some tree guys visit – the big hardwood that over hangs our garage got trimed – and aother HUGE pine tree got completely taken down. I started watching the tree climber guy, that dud was amazing.

    I also realized that the over exhaust fan amplifies the sounds coming from next door – I could really hear the chain saw & the wood chipper.

    • Barb says:

      oven (stove)

    • Wow.

      I have a few trees I wouldn’t mind seeing get taken down, two of which are in my adjacent neighbors’ yards, are in their final years, but still cast shade into WLF.

      • Barb says:

        I was so amazed & happy -we trimmed that big hardwood last year – spent $800 of our money on their tree. I was hoping they’d take out another pine right on our their side of the property line, but no such luck. But – 1 pine gone is better than none.

  3. David says:

    Wordle in 5, and I needed every one of them. I had eliminated most of the alphabet by that point.

    Heads up, Jenka, school starts back today for Paideia.

    I need to get through the rest of a technical edit for another author’s book. I started tech editing in the 00’s as a way to hang around where the authors were, kind of like a minor league player hoping to get called up. I’ve kept editing this one book because it’s a pretty easy gig. I think this is the last time as the book might get discontinued.

  4. Should have mentioned that once again I wanted to run away today, but what kept me planted this morning was the thought of cycling tonight.

    Since I am home I decided to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. I took my second noisiest tool, my electric chain saw, to the fallen limb. It’s louder than I should be using at 8am, but I was all in.

    After that I realized I needed to mow the front lawn, so I took out one of my quietest tools, my hipster lawnmower, and did that. My apologies to the many, and different, mushrooms I clipped in the process.

    • Barb says:

      we are planning to go to Trivia at the Delkwood tonight at 7:30 – I”m getting an epidural shot in my back later this morning – hopefully I will feel fine & we can go. We will see……..

  5. Jenka says:

    UUUUUUGGGGGHHHHHH, PAIDEIA! My 10 minute commute is now tripled. Made worse this morning because all the parents were there taking first day of school pics. I blame David.

    Barb, I made a shepherd’s pie last night with the leftovers from a huge roast I made over the weekend. Kevin was making all sorts of happy grunts when he ate it.

    • Barb says:

      what an excellent idea – I haven’t made shepherd’s pie in forever. I know I’ll be making some at my parents when I’m up there next month – my Dad has had enough teeth issues – sifter food is the good to now.

      • David says:

        I’m going to get in on that shepard’s pie action soon too. My daughter has backed down from a few years of being full-on vegetarian, and will now eat chicken and bacon (hey, a girl has to have priorities), but no beef. I’ve gotten accustomed to the fake beef, so I’ll make it with that, although I won’t be making any happy grunts. You’ve gotta bring the real beef to make that happen.

        • Barb says:

          David- what about making it with ground chicken? (Or turkey?) add some bacon bits. Just a thought.

          • Jenka says:

            ^Yes, this is what I was going to suggest. It would be delicious with ground turkey and the right spices.

          • David says:

            Ooooh, good thought. I’ll ask her. I would much prefer ground turkey to fake beef crumbles. I’ll ask her.

    • David says:

      Carpool is especially fucked this year because now the new junior high building opened across this street. That means that this year carpool is so nice I get to do it twice, loop in front of the campus once with my high schooler, go around back and fight my way over to Ponce to get the junior high kid. At most there’ll be 9 months of this, and if things go to plan, only a month due to something I have in the works. I’m not going to jinx myself by announcing on the blog until it’s happened.

      • Jenka says:

        Can one of your kids not walk across the street?

        • Barb says:

          They probably don’t allow it?

          • David says:

            They have pretty sternly said they don’t allow it, but we’ll see what plays out as the school year continues.

          • I know it was a “different time” but I walked to and from school in NY every day from the period from 7-13 years old. My elementary and junior high schools were 0.6 miles from our house.

          • Jenka says:

            Dude. That’s bullshit. People ROUTINELY park in the church parking lot and send their kids across Ponce.

          • David says:

            That lot that you’re seeing is for sophmores and some juniors that are old enough to drive. The students refer to it as the “bitch lot” since you have to cross Ponce to get to the campus. Most juniors and seniors either park on campus or on South Ponce.

            Other people may be bootlegging their kids into that lot, but it’s supposed to be high school only.

          • Jenka says:

            I have most definitely seen parents park at the church and walk their kids across Ponce. I’ve also seen older kids park there and walk across. Either way, there are students blissfully crossing Ponce all the time.

            Also, I will now be calling it the “bitch lot” from here on out.

          • David says:

            LOL, Jenka, I knew you’d like that moniker. The other thing about that lot, for me at least, is trying to get to it from the south side of Paideia. I got the vibe for the junior high car pool this morning, and trying to turn left onto Ponce from Fairview is a non-starter. I think I can cross Ponce on Springdale, go down to the first right-hand turn, cut over to Fairview, and then make a right-hand turn on Ponce that will keep me out of the fray. I cannot abide mindlessly sitting in traffic. There’s always a rabbit run somewhere, I’ll find it.

          • Jenka says:

            I always take Fairview because Oakdale is worse. But I am just crossing Ponce so it’s easier than trying to take a left. I agree that it’s almost impossible to take a left onto Ponce there.

        • David says:

          I always get Oakdale and Fairview confused. Note to self: Fairview runs BEHIND Paidea, Oakdale runs BESIDE Paideia.

          Jenka, Paideia wants parents to drop elementary and high school kids first at the main campus, and then turn right on Fairview and loop around to Oakdale. They’re then to take Oakdale to Ponce and turn left (which is a feat based upon how many people on the other side of Ponce want to keep going straight on Oakdale).

          I did that plan this afternoon, and it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible. I’ll see about getting from Springdale over to Oakdale to make my junior high approach from the north side of Ponce. I sat through 2 or 3 stop light cycles on Oakdale this afternoon, which is not sustainable for me on a daily basis.

  6. I know that I am not alone in this, but I love seeing hummingbirds fly around WLF. I stopped putting out a feeder since it uses a lot of sugar and invites ants, but the flowers in WLF seem to entice the hummingbirds to show up.

    • Barb says:

      My hummingbird feeder doesn’t seem to be very popular. I did see one out there last night when I was watching the tree guys. But they aren’t really drinking the sugar water. I’m thinking maybe I’ll get a new feeder.

  7. David says:

    A few folks have watched Atypical…I realized today I was somehow conflating that with Shameless, which I could not watch (way too harsh and gritty for my tastes), but I absolutely loved Atypical and was sad to get to the end of it.

    • I’m still clueless about Atypical. I think I saw commercials for Shameless, and that was a hard pass for me.

    • Jenka says:

      I loooooooooooved Shameless. LOVED it.

      • David says:

        Erin did too. I couldn’t make it through the first episode.

        • Jenka says:

          The first episode is terrible. You should never judge a show by its pilot.

          • David says:

            That may be. There was a vibe about the show that just cut too close to past experiences for me, so I chose not to get it a chance.

          • Bob says:

            Agreed the first show was terrible.

            David if you are triggered by EXTREMELY dysfunctional families then this definitely is not for you. The shenanigans on that show are just crazy.

          • David says:

            Bob, you hit the nail on the head. I had (have) excruciatingly dysfunctional parents, and so nope, nope, nope, Shameless was WAY to close to home for me. Y’all enjoy though, and be grateful that you didn’t draw the short straw on the parenting front.

      • Barb says:

        I need to watch Shameless one of these days. Putting it on my list/
        Right now I’m watching Dirty John (based on a true story about a guy who scams women, I love this shit), Atypical, and Suits. Depending on my mood, since all 3 are very different.

      • Bob says:

        Shameless is a WILD ride!
        So many twists and turns.

  8. David says:

    Phew, tech edit is done. One less thing with an immediate deadline looming over me. My iPad worked like a charm, so now I can tuck it away again. I treat my iPad like my chain saw, I only very rarely need it, but when I need it, I really, really need it.

  9. Barb says:

    Back from the epidural – I do have to say – Pinnacle Orthopaedics up in Woodstock is the most efficiently run place. Appt was 1045 (the get there 30 minutes early is dumb) – was brought back at 1030 since I was there early – at 1050-1055 taken back to procedure room, was out of there by 1110. Had time for lunch on the way home, since I told my boss I’d be gone for a couple hours.

    So far, my back feels a little better, we will see…………

    David- Allan washed all teh bikes on Tuesday – he has started working on them this afternoon. He’s tackling the very out of true wheel first –

    • Good luck with the pain management, Barb.

    • David says:

      Thanks for the update, Barb! I will definitely get Lucas a bike that is more suited to his current size. Growth spurts are nutty! I’m sure that Bob and Jenka can attest.

      • Bob says:

        Yes! Growth spurts are rough, Travis wants nice stuff too and I have to say no because whatever we buy he will grow out of in a month.
        I promised him some super nice soccer cleats when his feet stop growing. For now he gets whatever is on sale.

      • Jenka says:

        Oh my god. Finn went from the little kid bike to an adult bike in what felt like 2 months. It was crazy.

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