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Grilling Season!

With the temperature climbing up to 90 degrees on my drive home from work yesterday, I knew there was only one thing in store for the rest of the evening.

Cold beer, warm sunshine, and grilled food.  Adrienne stopped at the grocery store to pick up some things to grill for dinner, and I grabbed the charcoal and beer on my way home.  While waiting for Dani to get home, I helped Adrienne grade some papers on the back porch while relaxing to some music and enjoying my Shock Top.  Yes I’m a weirdo and enjoy grading English papers.  I also took some photos of the tree in our backyard that finally bloomed.

Then it was time for food!  Dani took charge of the grill, Adrienne assisted, and I supervised from the porch.

Gotta love grilling season, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a Monday evening.  I’m still incredibly sore today, especially my left shin.  I think everything is starting to feel better though.  I also got the email with my race proofs this morning, and they are always good for a laugh.  So for your viewing pleasure, here are some of them.  Enjoy!







A Movie Night

Remember my list of complaints about my new gym from the other week?  Well here’s just one of the things I was talking about.

Hello sunshine!  Get out of my face now, I’d like to run without going blind.  Every day I’m more and more frustrated with this place, the weather and daylight hours need to get their shit together so I can get more runs in outside.  Since last nights run was a speed workout, I once again relied on the treadmill to help me out.  3×1 miles at 8:20 pace.  It went fine, I walked .25 miles in between each of the miles as a recovery.  Then I cooled down with 15 minutes on the elliptical, also fine.

I tried to find a Blockbuster to stop at on my way home because Burlesque, Love and Other Drugs, and 127 Hours all came out on DVD today, alas the video rental chain seems to be hard to locate these days.  Fortunately Comcast pulled through and has all three available on On Demand already.  I thought a little music and dancing would help cure the Tuesday blues, so I went with Burlesque.  Not an award winning film by any means, but I enjoyed it for what it was.  Probably helps that I’m a sucker for any type of musical.  Although, I do have to say, it’s sad to see how downhill X-tina has gone sine then.  She looks amazing in the movie.

In an effort to try and keep Pumpkin awake until I was ready to go to bed, I nudged and kicked her pretty much all night.  She eventually got fed up with me and assaulted my hand.  Biotch. Luckily she only has back claw and some sharp teeth, or I’d probably have a few more battle wounds today.  This is her glaring at me for not letting her sleep.  Yeah, not too fun is it cat?

She had a brief episode of wanting to play around 3:30, but nothing like Monday night. Anyway, I’m once again in an all day training class today.  I swear it never ends, I can’t wait to get away next week!  At least it’s Wednesday right?  Have a great one!

Oh Monday

Blah, I can’t believe it is Monday again already.  Did anyone else look at their calendar this morning and go “holy crap it’s almost April!”?  Because I sure did.  I hope it doesn’t seem like the summer months fly by as fast as these past few.  Anyway I spent another good three hours in my backyard yesterday, and rigged this up for Pumpkin so she could come out without me worrying about her escaping under the fence.

She was not a fan.  Then she figured out if she pulled hard enough the safety release on her collar would snap and she was free.  So back inside she went.  I tried.  Why is it that after a long day in the sun a cold beer sounds like the most refreshing beverage in the world?  I gave into the temptation and drank this icy brew like it was water, which I suppose can be argued that it mostly is.

It was probably the most delicious Bud Light that I have ever tasted.  I was scorched after two consecutive days in the sun.

For the life of me last night I could not decide what I wanted for dinner.  I looked at all the takeout menus for places around me, the Red Robin menu, nothing was really winning me over.  Finally I got off my butt and drove to the grocery store to check out their prepared foods section.  The second I saw them sitting in the case, I knew it was what I wanted.  Crab Cakes!  After a long summery feeling day in the sun, they would be the perfect ending.

Crab cakes, asparagus seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder, and french fries.  I was going to make my own french fries, but when I looked in the bag of potatoes all of them were growing very funky roots so I just bought a bag of classic Or Ida Fries and sprinkled them with seasoned salt.

I ate about one and a half crab cakes and all the asparagus and fries.  They were so good and you could really see and taste the crab meat as opposed to just breading.  After dinner, there was a lot of watching Pumpkin do this.  Which is so amusing and I tend to spend a lot of time watching.

There’s cat nip in the little ball that hangs on the end, the whole thing is suctioned to that cabinet.

And then this happened.  I watched for a while to see if she could figure out what to do, but eventually she just looked at me and started meowing so I had to help her out haha.

All in all it was a pretty relaxing Sunday, and weekend in general which is exactly how I like it sometimes.  I watched Kendra last night, Hank is such a cute husband.  She’s really struggling with her body image lately and he’s just so cute and loving, it’s adorable, and baby Hank is sooo cute.  That stupid show after about those idiot 3 girls though makes me want to strangle someone.  I can’t handle it.

Well Happy Monday everyone, hope you all had a great weekend!