April 28, 2016

Just Checking In

It's been a pretty crazy past few weeks--my final week at my old job, road trip week, training week in Little Rock for new job, and first week onsite at the new job. Despite wanting to relax, I've been fairly productive since getting back home Friday night.

We've washed the dogs, mowed the lawn (which was nearly two feet high by the time I returned from my trip... it needed its first and maybe second mowing before I ever left, but my lawn mower was--and still is--broken, so I borrowed one), taken the kayaks out for a bit of fishing on Beaver Lake (to no avail - I keep telling him: live bait, Peter), went adventuring to a certain abandoned wonderworld near Busch, Arkansas (that we most definitely did not go inside of, definitely), bottled my first brew (a chocolate-coconut porter; thanks for the idea, Oskar Blues!)...and maybe watched a few bottles hit the ground immediately afterwards when the box bottom gave out, watched the premiere of Game of Thrones (damn you producers for ending on an old fairy tale trope instead of telling us what'll happen to Jon Snow!), made a skillet of roasted red pepper & mixed greens lasagna, celebrated Peter's mother's birthday with Mama Z's (classic Tontitown comfort food) and a raspberry-pistachio-mascarpone cake I had forgotten to snap a picture of the first time I made it for Pete's birthday, and finally got around to attending my first Pint Night (check out the next one because $6 gets you a glass, two beers, food, and a raffle ticket for an outdoors sponsor--and all proceeds go to a good cause because all the goods are donated).

1st time testing the kayak cradles




I could see Pinnacle Mountain from the training room!

I was not pumped to be woken up at 1 AM with tornado warning
alerts going off on my phone but this was a lovely aftermath

2nd time experimenting with a couple of similar recipes
(icing by Pete - he wanted me to leave him "something" to do)

Bottling is perhaps the most tedious part of the brewing process,
but it means its almost ready!


This one really has no explanation.


Not to mention, today will be my fourth day in the local office at my new job since completing training last week--I haven't had the opportunity to meet any clients yet but I'm looking forward to the challenge of changing some hearts regarding the use of physical punishments on children. I have had plenty of time to read the handbooks Dr. B customized for Arkansans. On the flip side, I'm having a real hard time keeping myself from hitting up all of the hip joints for lunch downtown.

I'm looking forward to a visit from a dear friend next weekend (Fayetteville Foam Fest, anyone?) and hope to get outside this weekend... may be the perfect weather conditions for a trip to the Eye of the Needle...

What are your plans?

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