Another mundane day around the ITP Estate yesterday. I puttered around WLF before heading up to Target and Kroger in Edgewood Retail District for rations. I incorrectly assumed the ERD Kroger would have more fake meat than the south Moreland store, and walked away with the only package of Beyond ground “beef” on the shelf. Fake meats, of the refrigerated ground variety, from Beyond and Impossible have been rather scarce for some time now. Impossible ground “beef” is a BOGO this week at Publix, perhaps I will swing by there today.

Betsy’s kitchen is (finally) in the process of being renovated, so I baked a pizza and brought it over. Since I was going to use the oven anyway, I also baked a pumpkin bread with ingredients I had on hand.

Today, more of the same.

Wordle: three, my starter was STAGE
Connections: perfect, Green > Blue > Yellow > Purple

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29 Responses to 2024-04-25

  1. Barb says:

    how exciting for Betsy!!!!

    I have a serious question – why do you like all the fake meat so much? Is it really any better for you? Is it less expensive?

    • Not (much) cheaper. I try to buy when on sale, have coupons, or the rare occasion when Ibotta or Fetch gives cash back.

      As a pseudo vegetarian I am interested in reducing the number of cows, chickens, and pigs raised for human consumption. If my heart health is improved, all the better.

  2. Barb says:

    Went to Taqueria Del Sol on Jenka’s recommendation –
    it was very tasty.
    Place had a constant line of people.
    Only thing that “bothered” me was if you wanted another drink, you’d have to go stand in line & pay again. So – I never got a 2nd margarita.

    • Jenka says:

      There’s a bar line to the side where you can get a margarita. It’s not obvious so it’s easy to miss. Now you know for next time!

      • Barb says:

        We only saw the 1 cashier and the long line………
        oh well – I didn’t really need another margarita (but it would have been tasty!)

  3. Jenka says:

    Very quiet day yesterday. Once we got home from Alpharetta I worked at the dining room table all day. Made that Mexican casserole for dinner, it was a big hit and Finn will be eating it for lunch today and tomorrow.

  4. Bob says:

    Good times yesterday, created a new team on the RAGBRAI site and we now have 3 team members! I can’t believe this is actually happening, been wanting to do this for MANY years.
    We had Laura’s family up for Travis’s birthday dinner. Travis made a bold choice to invite his girlfriend as the family loves to tell embarrassing stories about him.
    Tonight there will be a bike ride before the HOA meeting. Votes have been cast and I may be the new HOA president. I will have zero problem if there was a write in campaign to oust me 🙂

    • Bold move indeed. Good on him. Romantic relationships are such a foreign concept to me. In the unlikely event I meet a woman, none of you will ever hear from me again! 😀

      I will commit to RAGBRAI soon. I’m trying to iron out some financials today.

      • Bob says:

        But we have so many fun stories to tell! Don’t deny us that 🙂

        Online registration closes on May 15 which is way early in my opinion. You still have some time though.

    • Barb says:

      who else signed up already – Steve (i guess it didn’t take too much to get the family to let him) & ____ ?

      Travis is getting daring in his old age.

      • Bob says:

        Steve and Sally! I hoped the FOMO would be strong enough to get her to sign up 🙂
        Steve is in for a looooong day too, he will drive from Myrtle beach to be picked up in Acworth to be on a bus to Iowa.

    • Jenka says:

      Good on you for serving on the HOA. I was an active member of SAND (South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development — basically our neighborhood association) while I lived in Ormewood Park. While I found what we were doing to be very important, it was SUCH a trudge.

      • Bob says:

        Thanks Jenka, it definitely is a thankless job but a necessary one. Our clubhouse is 20 years old so most of our time and money right now is dedicated to emergency repairs. I’m hoping to get in front of that and actually plan out repairs and upkeep for the next few years to stop the emergency repairs that cost twice as much.

        • Jenka says:

          HEH. I am laughing because 20 years it quite a new building to me. Our cabin is 20 years old and I think of it as new construction!

      • David says:

        I spent 10 years as part of the Friends of Grant Park Pool, and ended up being the last person standing. I managed to facitiate a handoff to the Grant Park Conservancy at the end. When we formed our group, the Conservancy ignored the pool becaus it wasn’t part of the “master plan” for the park. That decade was definitely enough civic duty for this lifetime.

        My house is 121 years old. 20 years is nuthin’! 😉

  5. Steve says:

    Wordle in 4.

    Good morning from stage 2. Just chatted with the boss and he said i did well yesterday in Comm 3. Not a lot of experience there, so good to hear. More of the sa.e today, except the wind will be a big factor.

    Sleeping at altitude is a bit of a problem. First night, woke myself up several times gasping for air, last night not as much. Hopefully tonight will be better.


  6. David says:

    Hallelujah! I dropped off a literal carload of stuff at CHARM today. I am starting to get my mojo back. Drinks with friends at Euclid Avenue Yacht Club was fun.

    I think Wordle took me 4, clean Connections and pretty easy strands.

  7. Jenka says:

    Welp, there’s a big protest happening on the Quad this morning. I can hear the police noise from my office and also the helicopter is circling. Our building and all the Quad facing buildings are locked; we have access using our key cards but our cards only allow us access to our building. Good times!

    • Barb says:

      its the cool thing to do right now – protesting on college campuses.
      (per the main stream media of course)

  8. Barb says:

    wordle in 4

    Paul – you got green 1st? that was my last one

  9. File Under “Small World”: My buddy Chip, who is driving across country, just sent me a sign warning drivers of the Tour of the Gila, at which ITP-Reader Steve is currently working.

    Chip and Steve don’t know each other, unless Steve has been arrested by Chip and has never mentioned this. Although, they are of similar ages and each grew up in the Atlanta area, so maybe they do know one other.

    • David says:

      It is truly a small world. My kids went to Montessori school back in the day with my friend Dave’s kids. Turns out Jamie lived across the street from the original owner of said school, who I used to dub Cruella de Ville because that’s how she presented. It blew our minds for Dave and me that Jamie knew her and her husband.

  10. Barb says:

    bought some tomato plants – Paulie – I didn’t buy grape – if you get any volunteers – dig 1 or 2 up for me – they are always grape ones for whatever reason

  11. Barb says:

    decided to plant some bush beans from seed in between the tomato plants.
    We will see what happens.
    Still need a couple jalapeño & banana peppers – Ace didn’t have any.

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