November 20, 2013
I hit unique beer number 300 on Monday, well on my way to achieving the dream dreamt by mankind since the dawn of time - drinking 365 different beers in one year. I'm so close, I can almost taste it. And yes, it tastes like beer. The best beer I've had this year has been New Holland's Dragon Milk, in case you were wondering.
October 15, 2013
We had to put our cat Baloo to sleep on Sunday. He suffered an injury that resulted him being almost completely paralyzed, and it was terrible to see him that way, as well as him not eating or drinking. RIP Baloo, our beer-drinking, dog-biting, tuna-loving cat.
Here is Baloo is one of his regular spots, on Andrea's lap, apparently attempting to browse the Internet.
A week at the beach
August 24, 2013
Another week at the beach is over - our annual cottage stay in Shelby, MI is done for another year. It was a week filled with ice cream, hot dogs, sunshine, and Uno. I had one of the best burgers I've eaten at the Brown Bear (review will eventually be put on Michigan Foodies), and some great fish at Bortell's in Pentwater. And Elena played her first game of Monopoly.
I already miss the hammock.
July 23, 2013
I had my goodbye lunch here at work - I start a new job on Monday. It's not my last day - I still have a few to go - but I'll take any excuse to go to El Azteco. I'm very excited to start my new job. The last year of doing reports has been rough, and getting back to coding, especially coding I like to do, will be a great change.
Other than a job change, I've been doing quite a bit of cycling. I plan on getting up to 65 miles this weekend. The DALMAC is approaching, so I have to be ready for those 70 - 90 miles days on a bike seat. And yes, it is as uncomfortable as it sounds.
I don't think they were bare naked
July 9, 2013
I didn't buy a ticket, but I heard the Barenaked Ladies playing at Common Ground last night, after beers with a friend at Midtown Brewing Company. And they sounded good, including their covers of Macklemoor and Taylor Swift.
So what has been happening.... for the four day Fourth weekend, there were fireworks in the driveway, where I learned that the big bottle rockets are probably too big for our neighborhood. No one was hurt, I think. We spent Friday at Lake Lansing, where the crowds were far smaller than we thought they would be. Great weather, a picnic, and ice cream at J's Cone Zone - fun day. I also did a 50-mile bike ride, which felt much better than the 80-mile I did the previous weekend.
Saturday was the big surprise day for Andrea. I didn't tell her where we were going, and we ended up at the Outback Ranch in Stanwood (no, you've probably never been there either). We rode horses for two hours and had a picnic on the trails. We then headed to Grand Rapids for a walk at Meijer Garden, saw "The Heat" at the theater, and ate dinner at Reserve, which was a nice - and expensive - meal. Busy, busy, busy - my kind of day.
June 21, 2013
A shot of "The Bean", whose real name is Cloud Gate, in Millennium Park, Chicago.
June 13, 2013
What better way to spend a sunny Tuesday than at Cedar Point? We (dad, Denice, Andrea, and Elena) made the trip to Sandusky and spent the day watching Elena riding a few rides, though I did manage to ride Gemini and Blue Streak. Andrea bought me a ticket that include, for only $6 more, unlimited drinks for the day, which was a very good deal considering Coke's were $4 apiece. And for the first time in a very long time, Coke was back, replacing Pepsi.
Categories: Cedar Point,Elena
Here is Elena on the way to her favorite ride, Ocean Motion. The new ride, Gatekeeper, is in the background.
Your average weekend
June 10, 2013
Saturday was all about yard work. Well, only the first five hours, starting at 7:30. But the mulch is done and our brand new pine tree sits strategically placed to block the garden lights from the house two doors down from us... in about ten years. But I'm going to get it some tree food and maybe I can cut it down to nine.
On Sunday, I went for a 40-mile bike ride in preparation for an 80-miler I have at the end of the month. That was followed by moving the furniture around for the painters that were working today. As I was walking up the stairs to go to bed, I had to stop and rest - yes, I hurt that much.
Today, just your average day in front of a computer screen. Elena and I are heading out to dinner, probably at Noodles and Co., while Andrea has some social stuff planned with her new med school classmates.
Oh what a wonderful Monday
June 4, 2013
I know, you are all breathlessly waiting to hear what I did with my Monday. Wait no longer.
Andrea picked me up at lunch at we ate at Meat. As you can imagine, it was not the place for a vegetarian ho-down. But it was the place for a great meal. I had the pulled brisket sandwich with fries, and it was excellent. If you leave hungry, it's your own fault, because they give you lots of food.
That night, after a nice card and a Coke glass from Elena, Andrea and I went to Maru and had a few rolls. It was my pick, so I got the "sexy bacon" roll. It wasn't very sexy, but it was bacon, and you can't go wrong with that. Then we saw The Hangover III at Studio C, home of the old AMC Outer 6. It was a nice theater where you can take food and alcohol into the theater, so I enjoyed a Crooked Tree IPA during the show.
Next year, I'm going to consider taking the day off work. All that reporting in the middle of my fun just didn't sit well.
May 29, 2013
For an birthday present, Andrea surprised Elena and I with a trip to Chicago! That sure beat going to work. And just as good, she got me a beer tour from Chicago Beer Experience. 14 beers, four pubs, and a Chicago-style hot dog - was a great time, surely enhanced by all the liquid refreshments we had over the 3-hour tour. That was my Friday, but Andrea and Elena went to tea at The Drake Hotel.
Saturday involved lots of time on Navy Pier, mainly the Children's Museum, but also riding the rides. My favorite - and Elena's - was the Wave Swinger. So on next month's trip to Cedar Point, we'll be sure to hit the ride there, too. Dinner was at our perennial spot in Chicago, The Grand Lux Cafe - excellent food at reasonable prices. If you've never tried it, well, do.
Sunday we went to the Field Museum. We spent a lot of time in the children's activity center, but also visited the mummies, gem room (we like shiny things), and the animal exhibits. Our look at the Maori marae (meeting house) brought back memories of New Zealand.
May 23, 2013
OK, I'm finally getting around to posting some pictures from Paris a few weeks ago. I'll start with the iconic Eiffel Tower. See that beautiful blue sky? That was a rarity for our visit, but a welcome one.
May 4, 2013
Andrea graduated with her degree in Human Biology today, an amazing accomplishment and something she has worked very hard for. I'm very proud of her. She will now be enjoying a well-earned month and a half off before starting medical school on June 17th.
April 22, 2013
My phone will be out of commission for a day or two, so if you try to call, I can't answer.
A food sort of Saturday
April 21, 2013
Not a single meal was ate at home. First, we started our day at Mike's Village Restaurant in Dimondale, which is owned by a relative of Andrea's. I had an excellent omelete followed by freshly made doughnuts. If you are looking for a large collection of mugs to go along with your meal, Mike's is the place to go. You can even buy your very own "moustache mug".
After we dropped off Elena at the Goldfish Swim School for a birthday party, Andrea and I retreated to Maru, the Lansing-area's best sushi place, for happy hour. Who doesn't love raw fish? But we not only had raw fish, we also had some fried shrimp, firecracker-style. Those were spicy - I may have scars left over.
Today, I'm scheduled for the first bike ride of the year. I've signed up for the DALMAC again, so I've got to training for that 4-day, 320-mile ride.
A very fairy birthday party
April 13, 2013
No, not for me. My last birthday involved bacon and beer, two things that, as far as I know, fairies don't indulge in.
This was Elena's sixth birthday party, a gala event involving seven 6-year old's dressed like fairies going about the house and yard looking for clues and eating cupcakes and other assorted snacks. Andrea did a wonderful job of decorating the house, and I did a great job of not drinking too much. It went fabulously, and now it's a quiet house, as Elena is off at a sleep over.
Pictures will be forthcoming. Of the birthday party, not the sleepover.
El Az fail
April 2, 2013
We're practically regulars at El Azteco in East Lansing. We were there last night to celebrate a good test result for Andrea, and that Elena was on an overnight. And we were there last Thursday for our normal date night. On this visit, our service was terrible, which doesn't usually happen. But it wasn't a big issue since we split a pitcher of Margaritas, and that makes most problems seem small.
For a twist, we didn't split the Topopo salad like we normally do. I had the beef enchiladas, which turned out to be a mistake. Not that they were bad, but that it was the special, and there was a computer problem with a special not calculating correctly on the computer, etc. It was a mess. I finally gave up trying to use the credit card and paid cash just so we could leave before it was time for bed. Maybe that was part of their plan all along...