Michelle came over tonight for a screening of State Fair and a ‘state fair smorgasbord’ of corn on the cob, fresh, lightly salted sliced tomatoes and cucumber, and sloppy joes. I concocted the sloppies myself, and I have to say I enjoyed them quite a bit (can’t say the same for Michelle; they had a little too much kick for her). If you have the ingredients handy, maybe you want to give them a try:
one pound of lean ground beef
1/2 cup water
1 TSP chipotle seasoning
1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
1/8 – 1/4 cup of Secret Stadium Sauce or your favorite sweet/tangy ketchup alternative
Brown your meat, drain the fat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add 1/2 cup water and chipotle. Stir in until mixed evenly. Add 1/2 cup BBQ sauce. Stir again, mixing evenly. Add Stadium Sauce and stir. Simmer, stirring occasionally until most of the water has evaporated (your meat should start to stick together a bit). Serve on a bun, or like we did, on a GARLIC BREAD BUN.
I accomplished nearly everything on my list from Saturday. Got some equipment for my shelf-hanging extravaganza, but didn’t finish it because the screws I had for mounting are too big. Michelle has some smaller ones at her house that should work well.
Our Sunday-funday on the boat was time well-spent. We dressed ourselves and the boat up in pirate regalia and tooled around Pewaukee Lake. We actually might have spent more time anchored in the middle and swimming around in the water, but it never hurts to get a little exercise with your booze-crusin’.
Some buddies of one of our friends just happened to find us by luck out on the lake. Michelle rode in with them on a tube when the day was done. She looked pretty proficient out there (I admit I was a little concerned, what with the imbibing that happened throughout the day).
We finished up the evening hanging out at Lisskingard Palace on Dousman and ate some pizza from Toppers. We caught a little bit of the ‘Miss Universe’ pageant, and I was floored by how young some of the contestants were. Overall, it was a good day.
One byproduct of the weeeknd: I have an unusually large quantity of Corona in bottles in my fridge now, if anyone cares to stop by and enjoy them. In addition, if you are Amish, would like to pretend to be Amish, or simply find the Amish intriguing (or good bakers), Michelle would love to share some very friendly bread with you.
One of the little projects I monitored on the computer today while I was doing other things was an install of Windows XP on my desktop computer. I wanted to be sure that I could do a podcast again some time soon, and I know for sure that the hardware and software support that I need should work with this OS (Windows 7 is kind of wonky with audio mixing on my hardware).
I do have a nice, easy slipstream’d XP-plus-SP3 disc that I can run when I need to do an XP install (used nLite and the tutorial that I read quite some time ago on Lifehacker). I have it set up so that I don’t have to key in the product key, pick my time zone, tell it who my users are, things like that. I put in the CD, tell it where to install, and in about 20 minutes it’s pretty much all set.
The only thing lacking is all the other software that you want to have with your “basic” installation. When I rolled this disc, anyway, there was no means of adding extra (i.e., non-Windows) software to your deployment. So, I often end up downloading and reinstalling a bunch of stuff anyway. With that in mind, here is my list of software that I NEED for what I consider “basic functionality” when I do a new Windows installation.
It should be noted that I wrote this with XP in mind, but to my knowledge, nearly all this software works in Win 7, too.
Image Resizer powertoy
cleartype tuner powertoy
The good news: seems like the audio shat I need is back to functional. And I am back to making lunch…
I have meticulously logged every tank of gas and mile that I’ve driven on my car since I started working in Oshkosh again. 160 miles a day is a lot, and I wanted to be able to anticipate fuel consumption, cost, etc., at the beginning of the month when I get my hard-earned monies.
PRICE PER GAL
$$ PER MILE
BP, WI & OH
BP, 20th & SP
BP, 20th & SP
MOBIL, CAP & DWNR
RIVERSIDE BP, CAPTL
This is sort of what those charts look like. I’m breaking it down by month, and then I’ll probably average those figures out quarterly, or over the course of the year, what have you.
I had a really light July with all the traveling we did and days off that I took. Still, up to this point, I’ve put 10,197 miles on the vehicle since 6/1. I was thinking it over this afternoon, and I’m not going to crack 100,000 miles on the car before January 1. But it’ll be close.
I feel OK about the mileage as long as I’m taking care of the car (and I am). I was actually imagining how interesting it would be to still be driving this car when it flips 200, 250, or 300. I figure cars these days will last a while, especially if they’re not that old as you pile the miles on. In my limited observation, the cars that have historically had trouble are the ones that actually used less, because maintenance slips your mind, or they sit around in the elements to rust out and fluids to dry up, that sort of thing.
If I end up doing this commuting for a long while, though, I will be glad to pick up one of these badboys when they come down in price.
I realized on my way home today that I came up pretty short on viewing all the movies I wanted to see this summer. True, there weren’t that many that I was interested in back in May, but I have not even hit the 50% mark. District 9 just came out to some box-office avail, but here we are, August 17, and the only movie I saw after Memorial Day was a random weekday viewing of Harry Potter 6. Here are the ones that I’ve missed. Let me know if I’m truly “missing” something, or if I can just let it go until it shows up on Netflix (which, at the rate I get through my queue, would happen sometime in early 2012).
PS – I’m kinda depressed that half the movies I’ve seen this summer were Wolverine and Terminator 4. Yikes.