February 7th, 2021

Adventure, food, Just things, Uncategorized

Yep…it was a good weekend. Got some things accomplished.

Yesterday I woke up, had a shot of espresso and a cup of coffee, and said “I need to cook”. So I cooked. I got to try out my new (to me) Le Creuset stockpot and made what ended up being a huge pot of pasta…MUCH more pasta than I thought it was. I browned up some chicken Italian sausage, added some fresh garlic and lots of olive oil, stirred in some of the pasta, and I instantly had five meals’-worth of dinners from that.

With the pasta I had left, I portioned it out and added some Muir Glen Garden Vegetable red sauce, plus a dash of garlic powder and a drizzle of olive oil to each tray. I ended up with four of those trays but they are pretty hefty portions now that I look at them; I probably could have gotten another 2-3 dinners out of the bunch but I was also worried about having enough sauce. I was lucky I had that on hand, but I do have some canned fire-roasted tomatoes so I can make my own sauce from that. I can also use some to make salsa and have some cilantro, and a fresh onion a couple of jalapeƱos to do just that. In fact, that is why I bought a case of those tomatoes.

It was extremely windy yesterday. I mean horrible winds almost all day and then it was a little rainy at times. This morning I woke up and saw a bright sunny day and some gusty winds that have lasted all day; nowhere near as bad as yesterday though. When I saw that sun I figured the dog and I needed to be outside some. Plenty of walks but too windy to play with his flying disc that he loves so much. The week is shaping up to be poopy weather- lows in the teens and highs in the 20s/low 30s – so I am trying to get out and keep the dog happy too. That’s unusual for here; it happens a couple of times every Winter for about a week.

Seeing the forecast for this coming week, I saw that I was going to have to put it off for another week, so I finally got the problem emissions part replaced on my truck! I thought while it is windy, it is not raining or really cold, I might as well see if I can get it done today and I did. Took me about 5 minutes and $40 or so for the part. Saved another $20 from the dealer repair AND the OBD-II reader paid for itself as well. It is running better and after I cleared the light it is not coming back on and it runs better and is getting better gas mileage. Glad to have that done. I guess the fuel filter will wait another week. I will be borrowing some ramps from a friend and try to do that in his driveway. It is another five-minute fix. Well, it SHOULD be…

Now that I have that main problem fixed I feel much better about taking a long drive (it iorobabky woulda been fine), and I plan on doing that very soon. I’d probably have to do it so soon so it may be tomorrow or Tuesday given the weather that the forecast says is moving in. The fuel filter does not seem to be causing any issues and there are no codes in the computer for errors so I feel confident. I am so glad to have that finally done.

I just saw an article today about the pandemic and what to expect. I think that I may be a bit too optimistic about going to Europe (or anywhere international) even as early as Spring of 2022 according to this news story but everything is even less than uncertain for the foreseeable future. I am still watching some travel shows and keeping an eye on travel articles as it is something positive to look forward to. I reactivated my Scott’s Cheap Flights notifications (I stopped updates for a while since I felt it was pointless) and have been looking at prices in searches. I also realize there may be other options besides Europe but all of that remains to be seen given the constantly-changing pandemic regulations.

It is interesting to hear about a real push for high-speed rail in the U.S. That would be so cool and so convenient. I think once people see how easy and efficient it is to go around the country by train it would sell itself. The key, of course, is public transit infrastructure available near each rail station to get people close to where they want to go. It’s odd that in Europe public transit is something everyone does because they want to, while here there seems to be a stigma where it is the poor people who ride the bus. I have ridden public transit quite a bit in various places and it is a great way to get around. My fingers are crossed that we can finally make some progress nationwide on this.

It had a good run, but I think my 27″ iMac is ready to give up. I have been using it for videos in place of a TV but I noticed a few days ago that it was extremely hot to the touch. I used some canned air to blow it out and cool it off but it’s about used all the runway. I cannot upgrade the OS anymore so I am looking at recycling it and I will get some cash out off the deal. It’s ten years old and has moved all over the PNW with me to most of the 18-20 addresses I have lived at, and it is remarkable it stood up to that.

It’s why I buy Apple products.

That’s all for now.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!

Just things

My new iMac arrived today. Remember how when we were little our parents told us to not sit so close to the TV? Well, that is gonna be a problem with this one. It is huge – 27″ worth of Apple computing beauty sitting on my desk. I could probably tan with it.

I do not own a TV, so this will suffice when I want to watch a movie and will also come in very handy when I want to edit songs that I am working on. First I have to get all my info over from the old one to the new one and that is gonna take some time. I want to sift through a few things and not copy everything over. After I get that info off I will scrub the drive and sell the old Mac (in case any of my readers are wanting a Mac. It is a good one!).

Someone gave me a bottle of wine today. I have never really been a connoisseur of wine – it just did not seem like something I wanted to do much of since alcohol, to me, was usually not a daily beverage; it was something to get a buzz on with. It is a screw-top bottle, which, I have found, tastes pretty good and really compliments a can of Chef Boy-Ar-Dee ravioli quite well.

Glad to have my new Strat back – I picked it up tonight. New light strings and a set-up and it sounds better and plays easier. Now, if I could just sell the other three I want to get rid of…

Back to the gym tomorrow afternoon. I need to work off my extra calories from the feasting this past week. I did do pretty good, though. For my Thanksgiving I grilled a chicken breast and had it with a little dressing and gravy. It was pretty good, healthy, and it cleaned out the freezer!

Well, better start on swapping my Mac info over. Gotta get to bed and work in the morning.

Good night, Earth.

Smoked salmon pepperonis (yes… for real), massage therapy


A few days ago one of the guys at work gave me a huge bag of smoked salmon pepperonis – much like the amazing pepperonis I had in Longivew, Alberta, Canada from the jerky place. I had my first smoked salmon earlier this year and it was delicious. These pepperonis (think Slim Jim snacks only edible) are so good and you would never know they are salmon. I have so many to eat I gotta get busier on them – I have eaten several, but they seem to be spawning in the bag and making more.

Last week I was leaving the rec center and saw a massage place across the street. I was thinking that I needed to get worked over good since I miss the ones I used to get at “Whips and Jaynes” (no, not really the name of her business, but it coulda been!) in Colorado. Jayne was THE bestest massage therapist and she kept me going for a long time with all of my neck and back issues. Jayne now is in California, and I wish her continued success because she is not only a very dear friend, but she is damn good at what she does. I mean that in all sincerity.

Anyhoo, I walked into the place and asked the receptionist if they did Swedish massage. She said “yes”, to which I replied “Let me put it this way… I want someone just this side of a dominatrix. I want to hurt when I leave here.”. She said, “Oh, that would be Larissa”. Tomorrow is my date with Larissa. I am not completely loosened up yet so I am hoping that a visit or two with her helps but it is kind of expensive so I cannot do many visits at this time. This is my Friday night so I get to relax for a day and a half after my massage. After I get out of there, I am heading directly across the street to soak in the whirlpool at the rec center.

I signed up for some health insurance last week so let’s see if I get accepted and how bad they are gonna screw me on premiums. I know, I know… you are saying “But Shawn!!! Insurance companies do not take advantage of people! They are just trying to get by and besides…they are people too!”. Maybe they will help cover massages. That would be a big help right now.

Not sure what I will do for Thanksgiving yet. I may go volunteer my time at the VFW Thanksgiving Feast, and there are a few others in the area happening as well. I called the VFW but did not hear back yet – they don’t have full-time office staff. I did get turkey today, however. The casino had it on the buffet so I did get my turkey dinner this year. I am not a big turkey fan, but once or twice a year I do like the dressing, gravy, and cranberries.

Last night I ordered my new iMac computer – WOOT! WOOT!. My current Mac is almost six years old and with the next OS upgrade I will not get it on the current one, plus they are not putting a disc drive in them on the ones coming out later this month and next month. I got a refurbished 27″ one that has a disc drive, so I am excited about getting that. Since I do not have a TV my computer doubles as one so this will be a bigger screen to watch. I currently have a 20″ screen and once I get the new one set up I will be selling the other one. It works fine except the disc drive stopped working correctly but I have upgraded things on it and it has OS X Lion, but I did not put Mouuntain Lion on it. If anyone would be interested let me know – it has a lot of life left in it!