Nov 23, 2013

A Random Post

Life's rarely linear, but rather a series of small random happenings.  Here's a dump of what's going on at the B&P household.

Two winters ago, I shared a night run around my 'hood and mentioned a cozy bistro I wanted to try.  We took care of that, the 24-hour smoked brisket and cinnamon butter cornbread are without reproach.  Local owned Flying Mango doesn't disappoint and Urban Spoon confirms it.  If you live in the area or pass Des Moines, stop for a bite and request the corner nook.







The starting pistol for Memphis Marathon fires in two weeks.  An A-Team van stuffed with runners that stink are Tennessee bound to help pace.  Pacing means you're mother duck to a cluster of runners trying to hit a certain finishing time, often to qualify for Boston.  Key points are race proceeds fill St. Jude's Hospital and me want dry rub BBQ.


Last weekend, we polished the quads with a 20 mile trainer in shorts and t-shirt.  This morning was -5 real feel and a full body feather suit to stay warm.  Shrinkage during the 16 miler, I heard someone murmur when they stopped to wiz, "I think my thingy inverted."  The Russian Concussion Yelena ran with us, she's prepping to break 1:20 at the Houston Half in a few weeks.

Note to self:  wear a 3rd sock next time.

Pigtails is practicing for a band concert and Christmas play at school.  She's playing the part of angel Gabriel.  The teacher changed her name to Gabriella and she was happy.  Her preferred practice session is evenings after the shower with a towel on her head.  #earbleed


Binders full of freebies to stay busy if you search, we did an IKEA dive @Twin Cities and toured Como Park and Zoo at no cost.  Beautiful Japanese gardens and baboons.



lady saying "oh geeze Iowa people are weird "

Mass at St. Paul Cathedral is recommended.
Jumbo hand painted murals of the Apostles walking the ceiling and sowing the Gospel.
20 ft. pipe organ groaning Bach hymns.
Seminary chorus chanting Latin verses of ghostly praise.



I drive manual transmission, just as God intended.  It's attractive when a woman knows how.  Rare these days as the stick's on the endangered list.


My next car will be fully electric and won't have a transmission.  Tesla Motors is working on their next-gen, less expensive eSedan.  Pining for the 2017 release date and ready to unload the wagon that will be gray by then.  Tesla stock is crummy lately.  Time to buy more.

As I age, there's less tolerance of clutter in zee house.  The bookcase speakers are an eyesore and need to go.


I drilled 1" holes in the back of the sheesham wood to route the wires, then tucked the speakers.  Open the doors when belting beats.


Apple Radio > Pandora for streaming.  Apple lets you select a genre, then choose if you'd like to match similar songs or explore variety via the discovery slider.  Finding new music is like trying food for the first time or buying fresh underpants.

Lately I've been on a fusion music kick; two types of tunes smashed together into something better.  Electro swing, think 1920s flapper mixed with two shakes of thump.  The Paris Swing Box by Parov Stelar or Caravan Palace will get you started.  For world oontz, check DJ Drez's Indo-West combo platter, Nectar Drop is butter.

Morse coded the Fireplace Fixup to Young House Love's Reader Redesign series.  Maybe they'll post it and I'm also seeking input from their readers on ideas for finishing the bookcase nooks.


Roomba's cleaned my wood for years.  We call her Wendy.  She saves me minutes weekly and hours annually.  Dirt detection sensors, lasers for doing hot laps around the room and self-dock/recharging.  A $200 robo-scrub that pays for itself via time savings and laziness.  Sometimes a guinea pig rides.


Curls and I like to shuffle slowly through World Market.  The most under-utilized shop in town, it's a trove of world-sourced goods for low coin.  Last night I topped off with Kenyan coffee beans, Italian olive oil and Belgium chocolate.  Belgium makes the best on the globe, no sugar means cocoa slaps your buds unmuffled.  I like how the label promises to make you fat with the tender words not a low calorie food




-Beard

39 comments:

  1. Is that Curls I spy? Ahhhh....I am content - all is right with my blog viewing world. Now I and one kid and the husband are off to a parade.

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    1. What you are seeing is a large meat sandwich topped with coleslaw.

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    2. Ah yes.... I see that now. I am on a wicked diet and have trained my eye away from tantalizing food pictures,,,,

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  2. Anonymous11/23/2013

    um, yes, Curls??!!

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    1. Only when I forget to use conditioner.

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  3. Is igtails past the "three blind mice/hot cross buns" state of trumpet practice? A perfect Gabriella she will be

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    1. Three Deaf Mice is more like it.

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  4. Anonymous11/23/2013

    It makes me so happy to see Curls in pictures again! I was so sad when you guys were apart!

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    1. Me too, thanks.

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    2. I completely, completely agree!!

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  5. Good Dad for enduring trumpet practice. The pains we go through for our kiddlets. I endured a sax, trombone, flute and piccalo, trumpet and a daughter who loved drum line. Band Nerds forever!

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    1. Band was great growing up, met good people there and the trips were awesome. Still, her trumpet is painful, same as my sax must have been to my folks.

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  6. What's up with Curls... we might need another post?! ;-)

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    1. My interpretive dancing skills are difficult to resist. Curls, agree?

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    2. I'm trying to convince Beard to take up some adult ed ballroom/swing dancing lessons alongside me. It can be great fun to learn how to "do it right". We could put Pigtails on video duty, so as to catch these priceless moments (for you all to see). Thoughts?

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    3. Ummm YES! Yes please. Beard, remember there is no failing in trying!

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    4. So happy to see a Curls post!!! :-)

      I have to admit, there's not much 'fessing up going on in these here parts, but I like what I'm seeing!! ;-)

      You all are very cute!!! And, since I didn't comment back on your Boston Marathon series, as a Beantown girl (locals never say that though) - I loved it. AND, I think if you ever come back out to the mighty great NE, you should have a get-together with your loyal little followers. I personally would love it.

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    5. My husband and I did ballroom dancing for two years -it was a great scheduled 'date' every Sunday night and fun because we never wanted to do anything than just dance at an occasional wedding. Yes Beard, my husband really like it :).

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  7. Anonymous11/24/2013

    Flying Mango is my favorite spot in town. Go 2-3 times and the owner will treat you like family.

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    1. Agree, we've been there a few times and the owner always stops by to chat. I will try the orange glaze smoked ribs next time.

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  8. Well done with enduring the trumpet practice, I was sent outside to practice when I was a kid ... but I think I mentioned that already.

    That sandwich looks amazing, is that slaw jammed in there?

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    1. Wind chill is near zero lately, but better for her to be chilly than my ears bleed.

      "Pigtails, outside with the horn, stat!"

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  9. so glad to see Curls around!

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  10. Thank you. I like these bullet point, posts of random happenings. Food looks good. Company looks great! The outings look and sound amazing. I love what you did with the speakers. You lost me a little with the music, but I am going to look at some of it. I drive a manual, it's my preference. If they still exist when my kids learn to drive I'll insist they all get the skill. I've been considering a Roomba, I think you just talked me into it. If you want ALL the YHL readers over there to give you advice, submit your query via their new dilemma advice topic. If you are chosen, Sherry will even chip in her ideas for your space as part of the post. See ...Psst – Got a particularly tricky spot or a dilemma in a certain area of your house? Please submit at least three photos of the space along with a quick sketch of the floor plan and a short description about what has you stumped to advice@younghouselove.com.

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    1. Glad to hear there are still a few stick shift holdouts, thanks for the Sherry tip and try Ebay for your more valuable items for higher payout.

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  11. Anonymous11/25/2013

    Love my Focus 5-speed! Can squawk 'em in third but then have to hang my head and shrug my shoulders when the local car fix-it guy wonders how I break motor mounts . . . And speaking of clutter, there's nothing like a summer yard sale with loads of junk lying around to inspire me to purge the hovel (so no one else will have to) ~ Joanie

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  12. Really Glad to see a yank using a gear stick (stick). 95% of cars in the UK are. Much more fun for driving through country lanes where you actually have to think about when and where you will change.

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    1. Americans love their slushboxes, hardly anyone drives a manual anymore. Automatic frees up the hands to do more important things while driving such as playing Words with Friends or shaving.

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  13. Lady Stick Driver here! driving an automatic puts me to sleep which is not recommended when you are driving.
    I am told it does make me sexy!
    I learned to drive in the UK and have INSISTED, to my husbands annoyance, that all vehicles I own in this country be stick (his vehicle is also stick).... do you have any idea how hard it is to find a stick shift, all wheel drive SUV in this country? I will tell you - Subaru are the ONLY ones who do it unless you want to custom order a luxury vehicle from Germany.

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    1. Right on, AWD turbo Subaru for the win!

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  14. I love me some World Market... probably will be getting Christmas gifts there this year too!

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    1. I buy most of my stocking stuffers for family at WM, they like the foreign treats and now demand it each year. The Hi-chews must have nicotine in them.

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  15. Anonymous12/02/2013

    Any chance for an upcoming Curls post (is she back? health update)…..thanks!

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  16. I'll ask her if she's back and for a health update, ta ta.

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  17. Cinnamon butter cornbread? Yum! And looks like you're having fun in front of the Cathedral!

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  18. Stick shift is the only way to drive. You don't 'drive' automatics, you just steer them. PS Glad to see curls back.

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