Not a bad weekend. I hung out with my buddy Hank on Friday and Saturday. On Friday we walked around Morningside Nature Preserve before having a few beers at this obscure little bar in VaHi called George’s; I recommend the cheese curds. On Saturday Betsy and I strolled around East Atlanta for a few hours prior to the start of the East Atlanta Strut. Hank came down around 1pm, and he and I split off from the group when we decided to sit and have a few beers at Argosy.

I mostly kicked around the ITP Estate yesterday. I did a little cooking, a lot of eating, no WLF choring, placed a couple of jigsaw puzzle pieces, and went for a three mile walk in the late afternoon.

I have finished the book “Lessons in Chemistry” (gave it 4 stars on GoodReads) and will start “The Last Devil to Die” today.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was SHORT.

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44 Responses to 2023-09-25

  1. Sally says:

    Wordle in 4 starting with QUICK. Probably should have gotten it sooner. But wasn’t thinking clearly. It’s Monday. Connections with 2 mistakes. I have Women of the Woods this morning and then working the rest of the day. A friend took Strider home for the week-end. I worked on Saturday. Played in the mountains on Sunday. Mom’s mental health continues to wane but her physical health seems good. argh. Going to need to make some hard decisions soon. Not looking forward to that.

    • I’m still ruminating on Connections.

      Sorry to hear about your mother. Mine has not gone to bingo in weeks. If you know anything about my mother, this is not a good sign. I am going to go down to Florida in November, but I may have to make a trip sooner than that.

    • steve says:

      Sorry to hear that about your mom. Very hard choices…

  2. steve says:

    Wordle in 3, yesterday was 5 after having 4 right in 2! Saturday was a deuce!!

    Friday’s expedition to Woodstock failed to bring home a truck. It was nice, but the DEF fill was in the engine compartment, not at the fuel filler. The search continues..

    Saturday was a good day in the office. We swapped 6 switches and were done by noon. I thought I had killed my new phone when I put it on my bike for a ride. Apparently, the mount was pressing on the power button causing a hard reset. I finally managed to get it back to life with a simple reboot, but I thought for sure it was factory reset.

    Sunday was a little scooter ride to breakfast and errands. A little manual labor clearing the ditch at the road of some volunteer trees that had sprung up. The county came through last week and graded the road- so well they blocked a culvert for our pasture gate. They’ll be getting a call later today.


    • Interesting about your phone. My (current?) iPhone’s buttons are located since that if I put it into the cup holder of my camping chair, and then shift weight slightly, they will get pushed simultaneously and the phone either wants to shut down or call 911. I don’t put my iPhone in the cup holder any longer…

      • steve says:

        My bike mount has a strap that holds the phone. The new phone has buttons on just one side, so it’s a different place I have to strap it. I’ll be more careful next time!

  3. Connections fail. I identified three out of the four answers for each of the groupings I couldn’t recognize.

  4. Back from a somewhat quick run to Lidl. Hadn’t been to Lidl in awhile, so I wanted to make a trip today. I was supposed to stop there after going to Lowe’s, but once again I allowed myself to sleep late.

    Found another of my plants in WLF senselessly murdered. What aggravates me more is that the goddamn critter didn’t even eat the greens section it nibbled off at ground level. What’s the fucking point?

  5. Jenka says:

    Today is Kevin’s birthday, he is 55 today. I have a big meeting this morning which is the reason why we couldn’t take our NYC trip this weekend. We had a nice quiet weekend. General Muir for dinner Friday, Saturday we got mani-pedis and then went to the Albert, Sunday we took Finn to his swim lesson at 9:00 and then lounged the rest of the day.

    On Saturday I made a roasted garlic and potato soup which will be my lunch today. Garlic gets top billing because I roasted at least 20 cloves of garlic and then pureed it. I already feel sorry for my co-workers.

  6. Once I correctly place a few puzzle pieces today I intend to identify things to declutter, organize the ITP Estate, and perhaps do some WLF choring.

  7. David says:

    I actually got 10 hours of sleep last night. It usually takes me 2 or 3 consecutive nights to piece that together. Of course it means that I slept until 9:15 today, so I’m playing catch up at the salt mine. Wordle is marinating, 4 tries have gotten me to the 2nd and 5th letter, with a third letter in the wrong place. I can’t see what the word could be based on my remaining letters.

    Much fun could have happened but didn’t this weekend, and that’s OK because other fun was had instead. Saturday morning was supposed to be kayaking, but my friend’s garage door frame decided to detach itself from the wall. I pivoted and got some good time with my daughter instead, including the Manna sandwich from The Best Sandwich Shop on Ponce.

    Saturday evening entailed walking a few miles with my son and my dogs. We had dinner at Biggerstaff, which always pleases. I stuck with a salad after my hefty lunch. Sunday morning I almost rode to Stone Mountain, or maybe Arabia (yellow daisy season is on), but I had a headache so I decided to stay home and rest. Yesterday afternoon my son and I ventured out to Barb’s neck of the woods to see Gran Turismo at the Studio Movie Grill. I saw the shuttered Harry’s store, I still can’t believe that guy drove his stores into a ditch. He really had a thing going on for a minute there.

    Alrightly, back to chipping away at my to do list!

    • David says:

      Today’s decluttering was to shred the three year old stack of paper checks that I’ve deposited electronically. I needed a better space to put my MacBook Air so that I don’t keep thinking I’ve lost it.

      I saw an excellent meme this morning that described ADHD has having a brain that’s like a Roomba, as soon as you bump into one thing, boom, you’re off in a new direction. Guilty as charged!

      • Jenka says:

        I have again fallen off the de-cluttering wagon, BUT I have identified the next thing I want to get rid of so that shall happen today or tomorrow.

  8. Thought that my late season cucumbers was off to a fabulous success. Until, I harvested the two small cucumbers on the plant only to find out they had worm holes. I was hoping we’d be past all of that summer insect nonsense. Nature has fucked me again!

  9. Picked up a free massive compost bin that a neighbor put on the curb. Going to need a shit ton of leaves this winter to fill it. Yes, I know I am supposed to be getting rid of things, but this is a practical addition as I can never make enough compost to satisfy WLF.

  10. Barb says:

    BUSY AS HELL with work – trying to get so much done before people wake up

  11. Jenka says:

    Big meeting done, glad that’s over.

    Complete and utter whiff on Connections, I didn’t get a single category. One of the categories was so dumb I’m actually kind of glad I DIDN’T get it.

    • steve says:

      I looked at it for a while and didn’t even attempt it.

      And David, I was swearing at Microsoft and thinking of you when my data kept changing format!! I have port numbers that look like dates and nothing I could do would convince Excel they weren’t dates. I just worked around it. Grrrrr.

      • David says:

        Yes, it’s maddening when that happens. Next time select that column of cells and then choose Text from the drop-down list that appears in the Number group of the Home tab in Excel.

        • David says:

          If you’re opening a CSV or TXT file and this is happening, let me know because there’s another way to prevent that from happening.

  12. Bob says:

    Wordle in 3, it is much easer when you get the first letter correct. Connections fail, I only got one category.
    End of the quarter at work and we have to do a self-assessment. What ever happened to your boss just telling you if you are doing a good job or not? I hate self-assessments.

    • I always hated self assessments as well.

    • steve says:

      Just did mine last week… nothing new. We have a whole downstream “business objectives” so you can see where you are in the machine… your little cog!

    • Jenka says:

      I hate, hate, hate the performance management process. I much prefer immediate feedback. For the first time this year Emory HR provided sample language for each assessment area and I literally just cut and pasted the sentences. Such BS.

      • Barb says:

        we haven’t had anything like that at my job, which is good, but at the same time – we haven’t gotten any sort of little 2% or whatever raise either. I just answer 1 line answers on those things when I had to do them at my last job. It made no difference for anything, so no effort was put into it.

        • Bob says:

          That is another frustrating part, they say “if you exceed expectations then you may get a larger percent for your bonus” which I think is BS. I’m sure our bonus is already calculated.

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