- This beagle dog that we own hasn’t been given much attention of late. Both on the blog and in real life. The poor bastard’s daycare has been booked solid all summer, so he spends his days crated, and often it’s far too hot to run him after work. But, he is alive and well and is currently pressed so firmly into my side that I’m not sure if he’s a dog or my colon. And his mother is eating a fricking ice cream sandwich five feet away! What’s his deal? But I will say that ever since we moved his crate into the living room, it solved every single problem we ever had. He loves it in the living room.
- Lauren and I are currently buzzing through Parks & Rec on Netflix.
- Colleagues Brian, Greg, Josh, Snake, and I were the second ever customers at the new Austin BBQ joint Slab, which opened today. By going on break at 10:40am and being the first ones in line, we were given cool t-shirts! The BBQ was legit, though it was all in sandwich/wrap form and not plates of meat like most places in town. Their specialty is Carolina pulled pork, and their specialty 1 pound sandwich The Donk consists of chicken, rib meat, brisket, pulled pork, sausage, jalapenos, pickles, onions, and queso… Josh ordered that and lived to tell about it.
- The 9 runs the Twins scored in the eighth inning on Sunday was the most I’ve laughed in a long time. As horrible as the Twins have been, the White Sox bullpen was hilariously awful. 15 ER by the bullpen in one game? Jose Quintana left after 5 innings with a 3-1 lead and then lost 16-3. Fun for one day, anyway.
- Tomorrow it’s off to the dentist to see what to do about a tooth that cracked five months ago while eating a kernel of popcorn at karaoke night at The Common Interest.
My goal of blogging something every day is not working due to lack of interesting things happening, but here are some bulletpoints from the past few days.
- First, pregnancy update. Lauren is doing well at 38 weeks and her most recent appointment on Friday morning showed everything was normal. She’s feeling pretty uncomfortable most of the time with pelvic pains, but what else is to be expected at this stage.
- I have put on weight during Lauren’s pregnancy as I’ve given in to every one of her cravings, including yesterday’s trip to Round Rock Donut… totally worth the calories! Austin has a very high rate of awesome donut shops per capita. I am back up to nearly 250 pounds, which is about 20 pounds heavier than I was at the wedding 5 years ago. I hope to lose some of that after the baby is here.
- I was tagged in a video on Facebook from the big Jake Drotzman-Jordan Erickson wedding in Yankton last night. The wedding crowd was arm-in-arm, swaying and singing “Tiny Dancer” with the old college lyrics “hold me closer Ryan Glanzer.” It was very touching to see that close to a decade after DSU that version of the song lives on.
- Two mundane tasks that I constantly fail at in the kitchen are frying eggs and rolling out pizza dough, though I did make a great leap forward with a semi-successful dough roll on Friday night.
- I am considering investing a few hundred dollars in a stock, at the suggestion of friend Brian Mego. I recently closed out a life insurance policy and thought I’d attempt to parlay that money into a big score.
- Since Lauren gets to drive the fancy new CR-V, she surprised me with gifts for the old car which I will continue to drive: an expandable auxiliary cord for hooking my phone into the car, and a complete detailing inside and out at the local car wash. So thoughtful!
Tonight was not a very good night… or actually, a really good night depending on how you look at it, seeing how I am sitting at home perfectly fine and in good health. In softball we were pitiful losers in an 18-2 mercy rule defeat before the end of the fifth inning. Yet again, we played one of these great teams that was also super cocky and celebrating and mouthing off… for once could we get destroyed by a team that isn’t a bunch of assholes? Could a team run up the score 20-0 and just be gracious winners, is that too much to ask? At the plate I went 1-2, beating out an infield single and grounding to short.
On the way home, around 9:45, I was cruising down Parmer Lane, not more than a mile from the house, at 60mph. Parmer has 3 lanes in each direction with a big median, and I was in the left lane and there was a car right beside me in the middle lane, and another car a bit further back in the right lane. When all of a sudden, I see a pickup pulling out of an apartment complex and blows through the stop sign, and goes right out into the middle of Parmer with the intent of getting into the median to turn left. How he didn’t see three pairs of headlights coming right at him–or how he thought he had ample time to cross the road–is beyond me. I alertly slammed on the brakes, laid on the horn, and prayed the car came to a stop before crashing into this idiot. It was pretty close. I am lucky I wasn’t another half-second up the road or who knows. But if I was further ahead maybe he would have seen me and not tried to make it across. Or maybe he would have started going across, seen me, realized he wasn’t going to make it, stopped, and the car in the middle lane crashes into him. Many scenarios that could have played out, but thankfully everyone involved was nothing more than a bit shaken up. In the end, it’s just a good reminder to pay very close attention on the road. You can do everything right and obey every law, but you can’t predict what some other stupid F’ing morons are going to do.
Lastly, if there is ever a good day to sit on Twitter, it is the MLB trade deadline. That was an entertaining 7 hours leading up until 3:00.
Tuesday night was a guys’ night out to The Water Tank for karaoke and drinks, in honor of my final carefree outing before Tiny Baby arrives. On hand for the event were Brian, Mike F, Rob, Mike M, Paul, and Julio. From 8-midnight we dominated karaoke and enjoyed reasonably priced beer and $1 tacos. My songs of choice for the night that I can recall were as follows, though I think I’m forgetting one:
1. “Why Don’t You and I” – Santana
2. “The More I Drink” – Blake Shelton
3. “As Any Fool Can See” – Tracy Lawrence
4. “My Girl” – The Temptations (with Brian and another guy from the bar)
5. “In The End” – Linkin Park (with Mike M.)
6. “Can’t Get No Satisfaction” – Rolling Stones
7. “I’ll Be There For You” – Bon Jovi (with Mike M.)
After the bar closed, we headed over to Little Woodrow’s for some shuffleboard until it closed at 2. And then I slept for 4 hours and went to work. So, thanks to my Austin pals for coming out and tearing it up with me one last time for a while! It was a blast!
Now we’ll just be chilling around the house most of the time, waiting for the moment to arrive. Guess that means I’ll have to be in condition to drive a car at a moment’s notice!
I know I’ve bitched about weather on here so many times before. I griped about snow and ice countless times. And I’ve griped about heat and humidity equal as many times. Perhaps I have hyperactive thyroids or something, but the amount of sweat to protrude from my body today has been unreal! If I were wringing out all of my wet clothes I could have filled up several 2-liter bottles. Granted, I was jogging the dog, riding my new bicycle, mowing the lawn, and weed-eating in 100-degree weather. But I am not exaggerating when I say that I went from cool and comfortable to dripping wet in under 30 seconds while taking the front wheel of my new bike to load it into the backseat of my car.
We had our first softball game of the late summer season on Thursday and my entire shirt, cap, and shorts were dripping wet after I ran out a grounder in the first inning! I lost like 2 pounds in water weight playing a 5-inning softball game! Some of the others on the team were completely dry at the end of the game, which started in the dark at 9:35pm.
I’ve invested a lot in climate control. We bought a Nest thermostat, I bought a space-age Brookstone bed fan, I bought a magical cooling gel pillow, I blast the AC to the max anytime it’s over 55 degrees outside… nothing is ever good enough to really cool me off. If there are any other cooling devices short of wearing some sort of eskimo ice suit around (note to self: invent ice suit), I’m willing to invest. The mild winters are amazing here, but this constant heat is really damn difficult for me. A neighbor asked me today why she hasn’t seen me in so long: it’s because I don’t want to step outside and get drenched in 30 seconds!
Anyway, enough bitching for one night. There are happier things to report!
As I mentioned, I got a new bike today. I have been itching for a bicycle ever since my last one was stolen in Uptown Minneapolis four years ago. I went to Austin Bike Barn on Lamar and bought one within several minutes. I had a blast cruising around the neighborhood today, and even rode across the street to return a movie to Redbox! I was hoping I could ride around the block with Baxter, but he just tries to bite the tire and nearly gets clipped by the pedals. That’s a disaster waiting to happen.
In other super secret news, if I post something on Facebook and no one has liked or commented on it in ten minutes, I delete it. I don’t want to be the laughing stock of my social network by having an old post with no feedback.
My blogging has fallen off a bit over the past few days, but there hasn’t been too much excitement to speak of. I’ve been given a new Microboards project for the first time in 2014 and I’ve been given a new side project by AchieveCard. We’ve had an exciting week at the office, after an internet outage today forced us to work from various coffee shops. And my latest softball league begins tonight. All is well with Lauren as she enters her ninth month of pregnancy. We’ve pretty much got the house prepared, we have a plan for Baxter whenever we have to go to the hospital, and now we’re just waiting it out.
Here are a few photos recapping my week.