Stuff piles up over time and I can tell certain things aren’t going to become their own blog posts. So I’ll clean mental house and toss them all in one post.
I hear it’s bad for search engines if you do this — it’s easier for them to index your site if each post has its own subject. Also, it’s bad for my readers because if you’re not interested in a subject, you have to scroll down. Oh well.
When Sharon returned from California, she returned with oranges (and a couple of lemons). Some of them are blood oranges, which I don’t come across that often.
Sharon knows that during the winter, I eat a ridiculous amount of citrus fruits. One thing I haven’t seen this year yet: pomelos. Where have all the pomelos gone?
Last week, a fellow cacher in the area noticed that one of my caches (Tracker Jim’s Pirate Stash - GCP4BM ) had been out of commission for a bunch of months. I had disabled its listing after the second stage of the puzzle went missing. Of course, I was planning to replace the thing, but I worried that the 2nd stage location might have to be rethought to avoid future “muggling.” So I hesitated fixing it. Then the world went insane the week after that (this was late July). Geocaching temporarily went out the window as I didn’t have the time or impetus.
So, this other cacher recommended to geocaching.com that the cache be “archived.” (Translation - removed from the database) If the cache were to return, it would have to be re-approved. Or, another cacher could put another cache in the area instead, ensuring that my cache wouldn’t be re-approved.
So I got my act in gear and replaced the second stage. It’s in the same location, allowing the cache to be active while I consider a new location for stage 2.
Tracker Jim’s Pirate Stash is a good cache. Check it out if you’re in the area.
Gym is different from when I was a kid. K tells me they’re doing “Spanish” today. We used to run around.
Maybe they run around in Spanish?
Made French Onion Soup for the first time. It was a copycat of the Panera recipe.
I was pretty happy with the result. I paid $0.79 for the recipe at Top Secret Recipes. I am planning to make some modifications, though.
When I’m happy with it, I’ll probably post my version here.
BTW - I own about 3 of that Top Secret guy’s books, and they’re pretty good. I got my cinnamon roll recipe from him (again, slightly modified). He knows his stuff.
After going there with Bull, I returned to the Trinity Brewpub in Providence with my Dad and Alex. I always get the pulled pork sandwich; they do a good job with it.
They were out of the Brown Ale, so we went wiht the Red. It was quite good. A funny malty finish that was very refreshing. The IPA I followed it with was very fruity. And, for some reason, 2 pints really was enough last night. I must be coming down with something. Actually, I swear I’ve been fighting something off for a while.
New Year’s Eve Singing Gojira
Everyone backed out, mostly because of illnesses, so we spent the night with Godzilla (Final Wars) and Karaoke Revolution Party. As per Bob’s recommendation, I got a second microphone and we tried some true duets.
We have some practicing to do.
Godzilla Final Wars is like a Godzilla film mixed up with a martial arts film. Not a bad combination. Goofy fun.
We visited Thirdmate and TCR for Thirdmate’s birthday on Saturday. We had to be late because of pressing GSA cooke responsibilities (Yes - it’s that time again.)
The girls ran around in the big field next to the house looking for a large sheep named Otis who likes to be patted on the head (according to the birthday guy). I got to meet some of his friends, and enjoy some food and Guinness.
It was good fun and good company. I think the kids were especially impressed by TCR’s hospitality when she provided hot chocolate with whipped cream. They settle right in comfortably for that. Thanks for the invitation!
I think this is the first time (in a long time) I’ve met someone face to face after having conversed online. Well, actually, I’ve done that for work-related things, but not recently for personal things.
We have to set up lunch sometime soon. Especially since they’re so close, and I eat lunch all the time.
Trains and Furniture
We took a ride on the train in Newport, and the kids got to enjoy balloon animals.
If you have a chance and are in the area, it’s decent fun and lasts about 90 minutes. You follow the coast east of the Sakonnet river (someone correct me if I’m wrong here) north for 45, and then reverse course back to America’s Cup ave where the train has its little station. It’s been a month (well, December anyhow) for weird field trips. We also visited IKEA (Flickr set here) and that was interesting, although M complained that it gave her a headache.
We marveled at the relatively inexpensive furniture, and the stuffed animals and such. The kids loved some of the kid’s stuff. We were there for a couple of specific pieces. And then I thought I’d lost my cell phone. That was fun, too.
I somehow managed to stay calm and enjoy lunch at UNO. I am not good about losing things. I misplaced the top part of my tripod just after Xmas (It’s somewhere in the house… I know it!) and I still haven’t located the damned thing.
The crowds weren’t too bad at IKEA. The key is to go on a weekday, and go early in the morning when it opens. It’s already busy by the time noon rolls around.
OK - I feel good to dump those out onto the weblog. Remember when you visit to check out my Flickr photostream as well. That’s usually active even when my blog is quiet. I’m averaging something like 2 photos a day over there.