Kroger sign

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The days are busy, cramming in as many projects as possible to close out the year and make room for the holidays.

Took a long lunch to pick up a few items at the grocery.

Always dug this cube sign of Kroger.

And the Amigo logo on this electric scooter cart thing:

Also? Magazine sections are shrinking dramatically everywhere, but somehow Paula Deen has three on the stand here.

Paula Deen Magazine

Creepy.

The Depot

Monday, November 27, 2017

On January 4 of this year, I moved into that building there with all the garage doors in the middle of the photo.

We call it The Depot. (Previously, way previously)

My friend Tom has been working on its restoration for over two years, and everyday it feels more and more like home and a fun place to work.

I need to take more photos of the interior, but the light was so nice outside this evening, I just needed something to capture the day.

Joel, soon to be a day older

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Joel, far left (in photo, maybe also in spirit), is getting older. So a surprise birthday brunch happened and it was good to give him a hug and snack on coffee cake. In hindsight, I really should have stuffed my pockets with that coffee cake because it was delicious.

Coco and the retail apocalypse

Saturday, November 25, 2017

I really thought the theater would be a bit busier on evening of Thanksgiving, but maybe that’s a Christmas thing. The retail area outside was strangely (but wonderfully) devoid of humans. I do worry about the retail apocalypse, though I’m not sure why. I’m all for efficiency, so if we replace these structures with gardens and communal kitchens, then maybe it’s okay.

It’s mild, projected unease.

Like when I’ll be required to give up a manual transmission and simply summon a travel pod to take me around.

Anyway.

Pixar’s Coco was beautiful in every way. Totally unlike the cardboard standee I captured to remember it below.

I’d even see the film again in a theater. Especially now that they’re building these tall panels between seats to prevent seeing other folks cell phone screens light up during the show. This is progress I can ease into!

Game day

Friends that used to hang out at the neighborhood bar don’t get out as much because they’re building families and moving just a little farther out of the city to have a yard.

But every once in a great while, we gather and break bread, open bottles of wine, and play games and generally laugh the afternoon away into the evening.

Today kicked off with Cards Against Humanity and Catch Phrase which can engage a dozen folks pretty darn well.

I tip my hat to Chris and Lindsay for opening up their home for the joy.

Dolls

Friday, November 24, 2017

Avoided “Black Friday” for the most part, which now has no beginning or end—it is simply, All The Time.

Stopped in Walmart after dinner to pick up some decongestant and see how the mayhem may have left the store. It was largely in tact, with a few raided bins of devoid merchandise and many more overflowing with stuff not needed.

Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Mental note: Tell everyone to laugh like they’re holding a salad and pass the potatoes so my Thanksgiving photo will look like that Normal Rockwell painting.

As it stands, family and friends gathered potluck-style at mom’s and we were hyper-focused on digging in. By the time desserts were sampled, we were all smiles.

My nephew and great-niece enjoying the “free” Wi-Fi.

Also? Mom can make a place setting extra special with just a marker and a magnolia leaf.

Egg cooker

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I have this trainer that motivates me to be less sedentary. Been seeing Larry for about 3 years now, and I’m much sturdier than I used to be—and lots happier.

But one of the things I (constantly) need to work on is improving my diet: Less crap, more good stuff, and lots of protein if I ever want to show those bullies who’s boss at the beach.

So Larry is always snacking on hard boiled eggs and uses this very machine to make ‘em. He says it’s fail-proof and let me borrow it for Thanksgiving prep.

I’ve lived my entire life trying every secret to make hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel to no avail. Until now.

This, is the Elite Egg Cooker, and it might just be worth the space it requires. Oh? And that’s an Amazon affiliate link. No clue if that works as reliably!

File under duh: Putting the egg mixture in a sandwich bag and snipping off the end makes for far prettier results.

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