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"BBQ Done Blow'd Up"

Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - Comments (2) in Life, Rants, TV

It pained me to type that title almost as much as it pained me to listen to it on a Subway commercial for their new BBQ Beef Brisket sandwich. What could they have possibly been thinking when they came up with that slogan for their new sandwich? Maybe it's based off of some pop-culture tidbit I'm not aware of, like those little Quiznos creatures, who knows. Maybe they hired Cletus from the Simpsons to write their commercials. Either way, my IQ dropped a few points when I heard it.

Winter Break

Sunday, February 24th, 2008 - Comments (4) in House, Life, Vacation

Today is the last day of our winter break (*shedding a tear*). It would have been nice to get out of town and go someplace warm, but just having a break from work for a week was great. Our friends T&C went to Key West with T's parents and siblings; I hear it was 80° the entire time. We would've loved to do something like that, but imagine the torture of coming back from 80° to Rottenchester's 30° snowy weather?

As a little get away this break, we stayed at White Springs Manor at Belhurst Castle for a night. Belhurst is on the north-west side of Seneca Lake with all those other wineries. They had a neat little "Chocolate and Wine" package that came with dinner, breakfast a wine tasting and other stuff. The dinner was awesome; I had wild game meatloaf with was made from boar, buffalo and deer. I have this habit of attracting annoying people, so I wasn't surprised when a huge group of loud obnoxious drunken losers shows up and sits down 5 feet from our table. It was still good though.

Rachelle in the tube

...the obligatory Rachelle-fully-clothed-in-the-empty-jacuzzi shot

We decided to be (somewhat) productive this break and get some of the housework we've been planning done. We painted the living room a teal color called "Harbor". I hung a big mirror we got last summer which was a total pain in the ass. It had two hanging points which have to be the right distance apart and level (which I can NEVER seem to get right no matter how many times I measure) and of course one of them hit a stud but the other didn't. We also bought a rug from overstock.com on uber-sale which only cost like $2 to ship, it was awesome.

living room

We hung out with Rachelle's mom and brother yesterday because her brother had some archery competition in the city. We went out to dinner at P.F. Chang's at Eastview and it was a good thing we made reservations the day before, there was an insane amount of people there waiting for tables. We got there at 5:30 and heard people saying the wait for a 2 person table was going on 2 hours! After dinner we played Mario Party 8 and her mom won! She could barely use the wiimote and she killed us. On his last turn her brother came up 1 spot short of getting another star; we all laughed at him, it was awesome.

The other home improvement project I wanted to get done this break was installing a cable tv jack in our bedroom. There was a coax cable already run up the air duct to the room, but I really hate that. Sure it's easy but I think it's kind of ghetto to have a wire coming out of a vent. I ended up using the old furnace flue pipe that isn't in use anymore to get the wire from the basement to the attic and then from there I ran it down into the bedroom wall right where we needed it. It was a work of art!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - Comments (7) in Holidays, Life

Ah yes, the time of year when the price of flowers at Wegmans mysteriously goes from $9.99 to $49.99 and they start selling chocolate covered strawberries for $2 each.

This year we decided to make a nice dinner at home. The menu consisted of whole lobsters, twice-baked potatoes and chocolate soufflés with the melty stuff in the middle. It was mostly prepared (by Rachelle) the day before so we could just toss the taters and the soufflés in the oven when we want to eat.

We have a lobster pot somewhere but neither of us could lay hand on it, so I ended up having to borrow one from the cafeteria at work. I heard a rumor that the lobsters will scream when thrown in the boiling water and the ladies in the kitchen at work confirmed this for me when I went to pick up the pot. I figured this would be video-worthy, but they didn't make a peep! It was rather anti-climactic:

The lobsters were very tasty, but waaaay too much work. There was water and lobster gibs everywhere when we were done. I think I'd rather pay a little more next time and have Wegmans cook and dismantle the lobsters.

Here are some more pictures: http://joereid.com/pics/gallery.php?id=10