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The Gift of a Day

Posted on 2008.01.11 at 17:00
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Symphoniacal

Made preparations to replace a system board in an E12k last night - drax0r on the phone with me until 0200 bringing up the production system. I was sitting at 37 hours when I went home and felt that justified Friday off. drax0r had 79 in. Hrm. When I left work I had a hankering for some eggs, but suppressed the notion and drank a glass of Green Superfood instead when I got home. After five hours of sleep, I still couldn't shake it, so my wife suggested we go to breakfast, since I was off and the children were in school. I had the spinach & mushroom crepes at IHOP which were much better than I ever anticipated, breaking my raw diet a day early.

Taking advantage of the above scenario, I drove us out to the mall. I wanted some long-sleeve shirts. I found some on sale at Dillard's - not the 85% off ($12.75) I found the last time, only about 35% off ($59.95!), but I'll take what I can get. I picked up three. Having completed the entirety of my shopping approximately fifteen minutes after arriving, we were without direction so began mall-walking.

While there I found my next pair of shoes, the Merrell Chameleon II "Stretch" which I think will make a nice companion to my Waterpro's, especially since the weather will eventually turn cooler and may even at some point snow. (In starting a new tag called, "shoes" (let's face it, for a straight guy, I love my shoes) I noticed that shopping for shoes permeates my dreams? Yes, jesskd26, I know, Every day...):

After watching Without A Clue with my wife when I was off over the holidays, I had a desire to pull out Deathtrap which I hadn't seen in so long I had forgotten most of the movie. Seeing Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve together reminded me of one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, Noises Off! which I managed to procure while we were out today, as there was a B&N in the mall. Will be watching that tonight.

No, schpydurx, you do not need to see it. You wouldn't get it. Its a comedy.

From there on to the Cheesecake Factory where I've never actually dined before, though it is one of the favorite haunts of my wife and galinda822. I had what was possibly the best salad I've ever eaten, their "Santa Fe:" Lime-Marinated Chicken, Fresh Corn, Black Beans, Cheese, Tortilla Strips, Tomato and Mixed Lettuces with a Spicy Peanut-Cilantro Vinaigrette. I pulled off the tortilla strips which were thankfully lumped on top, and even then their half-portion was too voluminous for me to finish.

A quick trip inside World Market on the way back where I picked up some lobster pate, a jar of Marmite and some 85% chocolate, which I'm nibbling on now along with a Weeping Willow Cherin Blanc, one of my wife's selections. I was quite surprised to find the Marmite (I haven't had a vegemite since 1993). In fact, there were a lot of new foods from the UK there - I found my favorite digestive biscuits, McVitie’s!

Tomorrow, we head out to Boyd to spend the weekend with my folks.


photogoot at 2008-01-12 02:45 (UTC) (Link)

And hey, say hi to the folks for me.

ehowton at 2008-01-12 02:51 (UTC) (Link)
You admire my thoroughness.

And will do, thanks.
Complete and Utter Nonsense
jesskd26 at 2008-01-12 03:45 (UTC) (Link)
Good God, man. Since I have personally known you, you have at least bought four pairs of shoes. In that time, I have bought.....none. Every day, Eric. Every day....
ehowton at 2008-01-12 03:58 (UTC) (Link)
No ma'am, I've bought three pairs and had one pair of boots resoled. That's not the same thing!
Complete and Utter Nonsense
jesskd26 at 2008-01-12 06:15 (UTC) (Link)
If it is broken and you have it fixed, is it not new again in some way?

ehowton at 2008-01-14 16:03 (UTC) (Link)
leonardii at 2008-01-13 00:08 (UTC) (Link)

Cheesecake Factory

They have a wonderful martini - they stuff the olives with bleu cheese. Mmmmm.

Their menu is quite unique. That's one of my personal fav restaurants.

Nice shoes. And I'm sure the shirts are fabulous. :)
ehowton at 2008-01-13 03:45 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cheesecake Factory

Nice shoes. And I'm sure the shirts are fabulous. :)
Thanks, and they are oh so nice. I want to get a part time job at Dillard's just so I can know when the sales will be ;)
irulan_amy at 2008-01-13 01:25 (UTC) (Link)
I never got the shoe thing until two days ago. I walked past a Steve Madden store at the mall. They are closing, so everything was 50% off. I restrained myself to one pair, but I ooh-ed over several. I have never been giddy about shoes so much...but now - I can see a new shoe rack in my closet soon. :)

I've been to the Cheesecake Factory several times, and I've ordered a wide variety of items - every single dish I've had there has been outstanding. And then there's the desserts.

Hope you're having a great weekend!
ehowton at 2008-01-13 03:53 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you ma'am, having a blast. Left the children with my folks so we could run and get ingredients for homemade Irish creme. Turns out they were itching for some. My father used it for "Velvet Hammers" that is to say, once it was done, he blended it with Blue Bell 'Homemade Vanilla' ice cream. Mmmmmm!
brobri at 2008-01-13 14:53 (UTC) (Link)

This has nothing to do with shoes...

I didn't know where I should post this, but I wanted to openly rebuke you. I want to let you know that I am not happy with your stealing of my affections from my former favorite energy drink. As I drink this frosty cold Loca Moca, I spit in your general direction with fervent ingratitude for pushing this upon me. Shame on you.
ehowton at 2008-01-14 16:03 (UTC) (Link)

Re: This has nothing to do with shoes...

Drink another one and call me in the morning.
ehowton at 2008-01-21 06:40 (UTC) (Link)

Re: This has nothing to do with shoes...

I had a 32oz. B.F.C. Yesterday. First one in a month. Likely, that's why I'm still awake.

I'll be Eric the Zombie tomorrow at work :(
Tat-Man the Zombie Hunter
scareypete at 2008-01-13 16:27 (UTC) (Link)
Noises Off is Fantastic.
ehowton at 2008-01-14 16:04 (UTC) (Link)
What a great cast, too.
galinda822 at 2008-01-13 20:20 (UTC) (Link)
Very nice shoes. They're not in the least semi-homosexual!! :)

I haven't been to the Cheesecake Factory since you all left STL. It just isn't the same without catttitude.
Nothing is though! *sigh*
ehowton at 2008-01-14 16:05 (UTC) (Link)
They're not in the least semi-homosexual!! :)
I don't know if that's good or bad!
galinda822 at 2008-01-14 18:30 (UTC) (Link)
It was a joke - nevermind!
ehowton at 2008-01-14 18:35 (UTC) (Link)
I know; so was my answer - nevermind!
galinda822 at 2008-01-14 18:56 (UTC) (Link)
Nice to know. Here lately it's been hard to tell!
ehowton at 2008-01-21 06:39 (UTC) (Link)
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ehowton at 2008-01-14 19:17 (UTC) (Link)
The downside of course, being that you can no longer drag your feet across the carpet then touch some unsuspecting coworker's ear!
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ehowton at 2008-01-21 06:39 (UTC) (Link)
I like to lick'em!
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