One more weekend in the books. Actually I have today off, so it continues to some extent. I doubt I leave the house, so this holiday is of limited use to me. We did actually voyage out the front door on a few occasions this weekend though. Friday, however, was not one of those days. Instead, we invited a few other couples over and hosted a nice Valentine’s dinner. Any day I don’t get off work is not really a holiday in my book, but somebody mentioned “crab legs” and I was all in. Dinner came out reasonably well. We had steak, twice baked potatoes, and king crab. I’ve really struggled with my steak lately. New Years Eve I over-cooked it, and this time around it was a bit on the rare side. I will say, if I am to err on the meat, I prefer it to be towards the rare side of the scale. The cut was filet too; Just not our preference. I’m not complaining though, (too much anyway,) it was a great meal.
Saturday was a fine day, I feel like we got some mileage out of it. The weather was quite nice, in the mid 60’s and sunny, so we put the top down on the car and ventured out a ways to look at some motor homes. We are exploring the idea of a new(er) rig, so we lined up a few candidates and headed out. The drive was great, the motor homes not so much. It really baffles me that people will spend that much money on a coach, then just let it go to the point these were in. I think we looked at four, and all of them were in rough shape. The search continues I guess. For our evening entertainment, we went over to a neighbors house and enjoyed a fancy “vertical” wine tasting. The things Californians come up with for fun… Eh, it WAS fun as a matter of fact. He had four identical wines, but each was a different year. If my bad memory is correct, the years were ’11 through ’14. You have a taste of each and then discuss in detail the unique nuances of the vintages. Lots of swirling and sipping involved. Most importantly, there were some fantastic appetizers.
Sunday wasn’t terribly entertaining, but not a total loss either. It was another nice day, so once again we took the convertible out. The random destination this day was a few parcels of land out in the Sutter Creek area. Not being able to find a house that even remotely interests us, our latest made-up plan is to buy a piece of property and build what we want on it. The downside of this scheme is that we have absolutely no idea how to do that, not to mention a complete lack of funding to get the ball rolling. Those little snags aside, we enjoyed the weather and Sutter Creek is a fun town to visit. For dinner we went over to a friends house for Chinese take-out; Can’t go wrong there.
Well I guess that was about the most exciting weekend in recent memory. The Chiefs actually won!??!?! I dvr’d the whole game, I am going to go back and watch it tonight to make sure. Pretty big stuff, especially since everyone out here is a SF fan. (I find that a little odd incidentally, but I’ll spare you that rant. In brief, the bay is 1.5 hours away, how do you claim that as your “home team?” Hmmm, sketchy.) We spent the better part of Saturday prepping for game day. We had grocery shopping to do, decorations to put up (ok not really,) and I made a big pot of bbq gumbo for the event. Actually we took the pups up to a friends house and watched it there. “Neutral Territory,” so to speak. I have to say, I was pretty down after the third quarter. Things looked bleak. Very bleak, as a matter of fact. As I should have learned from the last few games though, that can change in a big hurry. Not good for my elevated blood pressure, for sure. And I am excited that not only did they win the big one, they should contend next year again. Doesn’t look like they’re going to go fire-sale mode like the Royals after their win. I wish I could go to the parade, but it just ain’t gonna happen. A brief glance looks like $1,600 per person. I’m excited, but not THAT excited.
Wow I’m really going to struggle for content this week, that was just an uneventful couple of days. No small part of it was spent working; Don’t nobody want to hear about that. Friday night we cooked up a pretty respectable shepherds pie recipe… Lame as it may be, I have to say that was effectively the highlight of the weekend. Next up was Saturday, a.k.a. “creamer in the coffee” day. You are no doubt wondering what that is code for; Obviously some really cool thing we do on Saturdays. Well, no, I’m afraid it is pretty literal. Saturday is the day I put creamer in my coffee. I don’t lead a super-exciting life, I have to look for highlights where I can. After my morning coffee, we got a text from some friends who were at brunch nearby, so we joined them at Selland’s. That worked out great, we had some really good food. On the downside, we were so full we headed back home and glued our butts to the couch for the rest of the day. We actually had some plans for the afternoon, but the gluttony cancelled them all. It happens.
Sunday was similarly low-key. Our entertainment for this day consisted of going up to our friends house to check on their cat. They’re out of town for the week, so we wanted to make sure the feline was getting on ok. Well, the kitty wasn’t super impressed with our visit, she actually never even came out to see us. Cats just aren’t the most social creatures I suppose. We hung out for a few hours anyway though, enjoying the good things in life, like cable TV. After that, well, it was back home. Different couch, same story. We did watch a movie, The Turkey Bowl, but I’m not sure that really qualified as entertainment.
Apparently I didn’t take many pictures of us doing nothing all weekend, so I’m a little light in that department also, but I have a few. The first one, our friends we share the motor home with sent us on the first night of their week-long trip. Looks like things are off to a rough start. Well, at least they don’t have to worry about their cat.
Why the “Happy New Year?” Because people are still telling me that and it’s borderline annoying. The bug guy came this morning and made it a point to knock on the door and wish me a happy new year. It’s the 20th. The year is now old and stale like the rest. Bah. Unwanted holiday greetings aside, we had a nice little weekend. And, I am off today so it continues. We kicked off Friday by making a pot of ramen. A friend made it for dinner quite some time ago, and I’ve been wanting to make it myself ever since. I found a recipe I thought sounded good and bookmarked it, but never got around to making it. The weather has been pretty cold lately so we decided it would make a nice dinner. Our friend Alaina came over and joined us, and we just ramened away. Came out pretty good, it hit the “make again” list for sure. After dinner Alaina and Donette worked on a birthday cake for her hubby, and that took up the rest of the evening. (He turned 30 over the weekend. Good grief I am old.)
Saturday was somewhat marred by having to work all night. I declare that to be a young man’s game. I couldn’t even start my work until 9:00, which is at least 30 minutes past my bedtime. What can ‘ya do. While I waited for that ridiculous hour of the night to arrive, we ran some errands and had a great lunch at the Purple Place. Throw in a nap, and a pot of ham and beans for dinner, and we managed to kill the day.
Sunday was, of course, the big game. WAY too much excitement for me. I found that far more stressful than it probably should have been. Hey, all’s well that ends well I suppose. I am not sure what to think about the 49’ers subsequent victory. Everyone around here is fired up for the big game, and there will certainly be no shortage of parties to attend… But at this point I am leaning towards just staying home and watching it here. Don’t want to be around a bunch of riff-raff. Granted, a lot of people out here are pulling for the Chiefs, but I have a feeling that will change come game time. I am worried they will put Madison Bumgarner in and he will wreak havoc again. After football, we headed down to Brickyard and went to surprise birthday party for our friend Michael. We pulled it off, he was thoroughly surprised. Had a delicious burger for dinner to help him celebrate his big milestone. Thirty. Wow I am old.
I’ve been stranded alone in my house for a full week now, after Donette flew out to KC to spend some time with family and friends. (KC? In January? Yeah I tried to point out the flaws inherent to that plan, but was ignored as always.) Well, I guess I’m not technically alone; I’ve got these two idiot puppies to keep me company. And keep me company they do, whether wanted or not. They are both rather high maintenance for lil’ things. Overall I’ve been pretty bored, but I did get out of the house and have some fun on a few occasions. Saturday was particularly notable, in fact. My friends picked me up and we headed out for some rather random adventure. We didn’t have much of a plan, so we kind of made one up as we headed due west out of town. The first destination was easy; It was noon, so lunch was in order. After a brief discussion (and finding a few of our first picks closed,) we ended up at Marlene & Glen’s Diner in Plymouth. I like to go there every now and then… It has character, not to mention calories. It also has about two dozen health code violations at any given moment, but I can overlook that for a good turkey melt. After a meal, we ended up going directly across the street to Prospect Cellars, one of our favorite wine tasting rooms. For being a favorite, we don’t get there very often, so it’s always enjoyable when we actually make it. Don’t want to wear any places out, you know. It was good as always, and as we were leaving one of the ladies suggested we try 24 Brix just down the street… And our second destination was decided. We gave it a thumbs up, or at least it is worth a second visit sometime in the future. From there, we made a little longer drive to Jackson for some grocery shopping at the vaunted Schwingle Meat Company, aka The Carnivore’s Toy Store. It is quite a place, definitely worth a visit if you come out this way some time. I picked up way more than I intended, it’s easy to get carried away. Meanwhile my friend Michael engaged in a rather amusing conversation with the girl behind the counter. He needed some pork to throw on the smoker for the games Sunday, and it stands to reason that theirs would be wonderful, and as a bonus inexpensive. They went back and forth for at least a good ten minutes; He’d ask a question, she’d open the door to the back and yell it at the butcher, then relay the answer. After a painfully lengthy repetition of this process, he decides “I’ll have a six pound bone-in shoulder.” She hollers back through the doors again, and then comes back to report “We don’t have any right now.” Nice. OK scratch the pork. We found plenty of goodies they DID have though, so we threw them in the cooler and took off for nearby Sutter Creek. We didn’t do much there, just kind of looked around at all the fun stuff. It’s a nice little town. From there we drove back closer to home, ending up in Shingle Springs at one of our favorite haunts to watch the evening football game. None of us had a particular interest in the game, we just kind of hung out and enjoyed the day. All in all, a fine way to enjoy a weekend afternoon. I’m a little light on pictures this week it seems, but I found a few.