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Day 14: a repeat of red day??

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Today, I got up early and was at the gym by 8am. It was leg and core day, so I worked on machine exercises for legs, then two sets of ten sit ups on sit up bench, and finally my PT exercises for my knees and hips. Finally got myself up to a weight where I was exhausted when I left the gym. I came home and did a few chores to get the place back to tidy and clean, and then met a friend for coffee.  Today's wine is... Red blend again? Okay, no problem. I seem to remember it being non offensive before, but not much else. It smells like.... well, like a boring mixture of softer red wines. It tastes of cherry and is relatively soft. Once again, it isn't terribly complex and is just a nice drinkable wine. Ah, I guess we're having Red Day #2. Red Leicester cheese. It might have sat a bit too long somewhere - this piece of cheese was much harder than its repeat from Day 9. Even in the picture, the cheese looks different and has some either freezer burn or maybe some mo

Relaxing Friday

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After my terribly busy week, I've really relaxed today. Caught up on Seth Meyers's show, read the news, went to the gym, watched Matt D'Avella's new video, listened to some music and watched an episode of The Reassembler with James May. I hope they do another season at some point, but it seems that we'll just get two seasons - only seven episodes in total. I'd watch that fellow put things back together again any day. Last night, I enjoyed dinner and an unusual Christmas service. It was for those who are experiencing loss or otherwise aren't up to the usual clamor and joy the usual Christmas service provides. It was appropriately somber and quiet. I went because one of my friends was playing and singing a song during the service. She did so marvelously well! Ok, onto today's wine and cheese task. Today we have a lovely Pinot Grigio! It smells crisp and bright, but there aren't any standout fruits or spices in the aroma. Maybe a bit of apple. Th

Everything's down!!!

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What a day! We had the end of year company brunch/lunch/activity and everyone got the rest of the day off. One of my coworkers and I were lamenting having to go, because while we think we work with excellent people, we personally aren't fans of company sanctioned fun. It started at 10:30... but serious production issues started at 10:24. So half the IT group needed to stay in order to diagnose, fix, test and redeploy. Happily, I skipped out on the brunch (though I did sneak in to grab a breakfast sandwich) and helped the team by deploying code fixes and switch plugins and configure file settings. It was much better than most activities, and still accomplished the same goal. A team of people banded together in a time of crisis to act swiftly and fix an issue in a timely manner without any disagreements or complaints. We worked so hard, though, it felt like we did work an 8 hour day... just in 4 hours. Since we missed the brunch, the CIO came over to thank us for our help in fixing t

Day 11: Too much to do!

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Another full day at work. Went to one of my favorite Mexican places for lunch, came back to patch some servers and send out some data, and after work, I went to the gym. I was in a rush, because I had planned to go to have dinner with one of my friends at 6:30, and I was leaving the office at 5:06. Luckily I switch between arm/chest routine and leg/core routine, and my arm/chest routine is shorter and what was planned for today. I went through the routine with probably shorter rest segments than I should have, but was able to finish it up, change and get to the other side of town on time! She and I hadn't been able to visit for more than a month because we were traveling at different times last month, and I was ill, then she wasn't feeling well, but we finally got to chat about the holidays and places we went and things we want to do soon - I agreed to host a board game night next month, so I'll have that on my agenda. The wine was a malbec. It had a nice strong but pl

Day 10 of Gym and Wine and Cheese!

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I had a really productive day today! Wrote a report for an internal client, and sent a ton of data to an external client, deployed code, went to meetings, answered questions, created a DB linked server for the CIO, explained processes and enjoyed talking to friends. After that, I went to the gym, did my leg and core exercises, and came home to eat the rest of my Spanish Chickpeas and Rice. The verdict on the dinner after 2 additional cups of simmered chicken broth? Marginally better. I guess for brown rice, it needs to be cook well before it's incorporated into the skillet with the rest of the ingredients. Good to know for next time - it really is a tasty recipe. I would also double the spices, but that's just me. After dinner, it was time to put up the tree! I enjoyed looking at the ornaments family and friends have given me over the years. It was fun to decorate the place, and put all the things on the tree. Enough of that, though. Time for wine! Ah, a Pinot Gr

Red day

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I am exhausted! I went to sleep last night at 10pm, but woke up at 3:15am and couldn't get back to sleep until after 5am. At work, I realized that I had brought my workout clothes but not my workout book telling me what to do at which weight. I also had a 15% off coupon about to expire, from Total Wine. So, at the end of the day, I ordered a few bottles of wine, picked them up from the store, and went home. I really, really wanted to just stop and not change my clothes for the gym, but I kept going. I tossed my laundry in the washer, changed my clothes and headed to the gym. Arm/chest exercises, and was able to increase some of the weights. Exciting! I got home, tossed the clothes in the washer into the dryer, and started dinner. I made Spanish Chickpeas in Rice from BudgetBytes. I didn't have long grain white rice, but did have some brown rice, and I also replaced the vegetable broth with chicken broth, and I didn't have any garlic cloves, so I tossed in some garlic salt.

Leg day, Durham day and Chenin Blanc & tomato and olive Gouda

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Today was leg and core day and I also drove out to Durham to visit with one of my friends who owns a yoga studio. We spent a lot of time catching up and discussing exciting ideas in growing her business. We went to a lovely little restaurant called Bull and Bean and ate eggs benedict and drank copious amounts of coffee. But now it's well past noon, which means it's wine time! The Chenin Blanc smells light and crisp with hints of apple. There are significant tannins but the wine is still relatively sweet. I can taste apple and a little bit of pear. It's very light so there isn't anything particularly overpowering. The description on the bottle: "Bursting with flavors of guava, ripe apple and pear. Refreshing and lively, this is a delicious and elegant wine." Unless I misunderstand the adjective elegant when applied to white wine, I don't think that this wine quite gets the elegant title. It certainly isn't bad, and if someone offered me a glass o