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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 13:42:14 -0600tag:sesser.net,2014-12-08 13:42:14Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:06:11 -0600
December started with my birthday and the San Antonio trip. Then my Christmas
vacation time started after work on Friday the 20th. I managed to use one of
my vacation days to get all of my tools in the utility room straightened up.
Emily was off for Christmas Eve and Day. We let Eliza Jo open one present on
Christmas Eve and then the rest on Christmas morning. She is pretty good at
opening presents but sometimes gets bored if she cannot get them open fast
enough. I cooked Christmas lunch for us and Emily's parents on Christmas
afternoon after Emily's mom got off from the hospital. Eliza Jo had a great
time opening more presents from them. We spent a few days in Natchez that
weekend and Eliza Jo got to open even more presents. Drove back to Starkville
on Sunday and packed again for the Liberty Bowl. I spent Monday with Eliza Jo
and took her out to Maben in the afternoon. After Emily got off work we headed
up to Memphis, had a wonderful Wendys meal in Grenada, and finally met up at
the Sheraton with Brandi and Ben pretty late. We got up late on New
Year's Eve morning, caught the trolley, and ate way too much food at Blues City Cafe on Beale.
Afterward, we walked back to the hotel and caught the shuttle to the game.
That was the best $16 I have ever spent; $8 each, round trip. We got by all of
the beer vendors and made it to our seats. We were looking right down at the
32 yard line from row 29. The entertainment was weird. Lots of girls in
pageant dresses and guys in military dress uniforms parading about. Rice's
band was tiny, horrible, and sad. The FMB was the best part of the pregame.
Then the Sestis made it in right before kickoff. The game ended up being a
scorefest for MSU so it was wonderful. We were all freezing before the end of
the game but Emily and I stuck it out because we knew we would have to wait on
the shuttle. As soon as the clock got to 0:00, we headed to the bus. Back at
the hotel we met up with Wilson, Daniel, and some of the Garretts' friends
and caught the trolley back down toward Beale to eat at the Flying Saucer
where we rang in the New Year. On New Year's Day, Emily and I headed south; stopping for a luxurious Waffle House breakfast in Horn Lake and to pick up her grandmother in Independance. We finally got to pick up Eliza Jo in Maben. Then on the 2nd, Eliza Jo and I headed back out to Maben and I did some clearing on the land. I had a very quiet day back at the office on the 3rd, and then spent another day out at the land on the 4th.
Last week was my first whole week back at work and I still took two days off.
On Thursday, Bobby and I headed down to the COG campgrounds in Jackson to work
the Focus Conference. Jeremy thought we were going to show up late that night
so we gave him a good surprise. It was a busy afternoon. I helped a little
with the sound and light setups but my main project was computer/projection. I
managed to balance two projectors on pieces of foam board on top of vertical
trusses using wedges cut from the foam board to rear-project correctly onto
two side screens. Late that night, we met the wives and Eliza Jo at
Cheddar's. It was ok. There was a lot more setup to do on Friday. Service
started Friday night and the rest of the weekend went by in a blur. I spent my
time running the projectors and music while Emily and Eliza Jo sold tshirts.
Eddie James' performances were ok. Joel Talley was a great speaker and gave
two awesome sermons. He is such a dynamic speaker that it made it impossible
to keep up with on the few slides I made for him. One of my favorite parts was
Todd Tilghman's music performance with the good ole native Mississippi
performers. Jeremy smoked the place out with a fog machine and Bradley's
light show was amazing. It was a late night last night after everything was
done. We got some supper and then took down most of the borrowed equipment. I
got in bed right before 1AM and was back there turning things on a little
after 7 this morning. This morning's service was great even as low key as it
was. After it wrapped up, we cleaned up some more and then headed out. We met
up with the Palmertrees at 5 Guys so that Emily could get her burger fix.
Drove on home and have spent the rest of the day unpacking with a short break
for a 2 mile run with the new running stroller. Life is so good.]]>
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My parents came up Wednesday evening so that they could baby and house sit for us. Emily and I got partially packed before we went to bed. Eliza Jo decided to wake up at 1AM and not go down again until 3:30 so it was a fun night. We got up Thursday morning, finished packing, and made it to GTR to catch a 10:40 flight out. This is the latest we have ever flown out of GTR. We are usually catching the first flight out. Our Atlanta layover was so short that we did not have time to get anything to eat after I had us walk to the wrong gate. Made it to SAT and Cory was right on schedule to meet us at the door as we came out. Cory gave us the grand driving tour of Stone Oak. We stopped by CVS to see Sarah at work but had to leave when she got a patient. So we headed to the Waldroup mansion to wait on Sarah to get done with work. After a bit she showed up and we headed to the Knife and Fork Gastropub. Apparently you can fry any meat and put it on a waffle; we had their fried oysters on a waffle as an appetizer. I had the brisket rice which was huge and Emily had the tomato bisque and fancy grilled cheese. We finished the meal off with a round of skeeball and I beat Cory 200-100.
On Friday we got a late start and watched Out of the Furnace at the Alamo Drafthouse. Being able to order real food while watching a movie is amazing. Later that afternoon we headed downtown to the Alamo. The Alamo closed right when we got inside so we headed toward the Riverwalk. It rained a little bit and was really misty on the Riverwalk. The walk was worth it to see all of the Christmas lights. From there we went to Propaganda Palace. That place has every conceivable type of used media from original NES cartridges, to classic records, to laser disks, to freaking Star Wars radio specials on cassette tape. Then we headed to Bliss for supper. It made a great birthday meal for Cory and I. Started with a cheese and cured meat plate. I got the red snapper which was topped with fried oysters and came with seafood risotto. Emily got the scallops, Cory got the rabbit, and Sarah had the duck with foie gras. Everything was super excellent. We had a piece of pecan pie for dessert and got to have a candle for our birthdays!
On Saturday we got up and headed to Gruene to eat at the Gristmill. There was entirely too much food. Being a "German" part of Texas, I got the sausage plate. It was wonderful. After we ate, we checked out the dance hall and bought some stuff in the general store. Then we headed farther up the road to the outlets for the girls to shop. After too much shopping we headed back downtown to La Gloria for some awesome tacos. Walked across the way to Arcade Midtown Kitchen for supper. What was on the menu did not matter once I learned one of the specials was a ribeye steak oscar. It was so good. First time I have ever had it served with loose crab meat instead of a fried crab cake.
Sunday was a sad day because Emily and I had to head home. We were certainly
ready to get back to Eliza Jo though. After getting everything packed up we
said goodbye to the Waldroup Mansion. We then headed to Dough Pizzeria. We were there at 20
til opening time at noon. We were not the first people there. It was a strange
location. This is the only San Antonio meal that we had in a strip mall. We
were in the first 10 or so people to make it in at noon and Cory got us seated
at the pizza bar. I have never been so close to a wood fired oven so it was
really neat to watch. Everything was amazing. The motz on the appetizer was
great. The salad full of olives was great and I do not even like olives
usually. Then the four of us split two pizzas. It was excellent for that style
of pizza. I am still a fan of a full of meat, Chicago deep dish as the winning
"pizza" style. From Dough, we headed to the airport right up the road. It
was an ok airport experience; I got body scanned. The upgraded, with displays,
757 felt smaller than the one we were on from ATL to SAT. My knees were firmly
in the seat in front of me. At least I got to watch Elf for free. At ATL, we
landed at A and caught the train to D. We had a nice meal at BWW while lots of
football was on. After supper we headed to our gate in D to see that it had
changed to the C 50's. We walked to C on the moving sidewalk and our gate had
changed to the C 30's. It was freezing cold at GTR when we landed. The poor RAV4 was sluggish on starting, but I got it running before our luggage came in. We made it home and Eliza Jo was very happy to see us. It was a great trip. Would do again.
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right down the road from the condo tower. Like 100 feet down the
road. I headed across the big bridge to the Publix to get some groceries. I
love nice grocery stores with lots of stuff. The really fun part is locating
things. I managed to find everything that I needed. I checked out and swiped
my Delta HHonors card. Then the checker asked me to swipe it again. It was
denied. So I tried my Citi. Denied again. The checker started giving me a
spiel about Florida fraud and banks and tourists and stuff. So I ran my bank
card with PIN and it ran through just like it should. By the time I got to the
car, I had a text from Citi that I could reply to that would confirm the
activity. By the time I made it back to the condo, Amex had sent an email with
a number to an automated system to verify my last purchases. I am still
shocked that this happened after all of the states, including Florida, and
countries I have used my cards in. Also by the time I made it back, Emily's
parents had made it in. We went to the Oyster Bar to eat. It was wonderful.
I had the best shrimp and grits ever. Afterward we went back to the condo to
get plenty of sleep.
5:30am came quickly Saturday morning. Emily, her dad, and I headed to the
Southwind Marina to go fishing on the Emerald Coast. After loading
up on the boat, the three of us had a great trip out riding on the bow. At the
first fishing spot stop, I realized that the pole assigned to me, the first on
the starboard side, had no hooks. As Emily and Mr Joe cast away, I just got to
watch at I tried to flag down the first mate. He set me up with a pole and had
Emily and Mr Joe shift toward the bow. I loaded up both hooks with a couple
squid rings and dropped it to the bottom. After it hit, I cranked a few times
to get the bait off the bottom and I got a bite. Suddenly it was much more
than a bite as more line got pulled off of my reel. The first mate realized I
had a pretty good bite and had everyone on the starbord side pull up. Whatever
it was was trying to pull my arm off. The mate assumed it was a shark because
we were baiting with squid parts. After fifteen or so minutes, I finally saw a
silvery thing swimming back and forth. I got the fish up to the surface and
the mate gaffed it to get it aboard. It was huge. I held it up for some
pictures and the mate told me that it was an amberjack. He estimated its size
at 25-30 pounds. He put it on ice and we all went about fishing. We ended up
catching a ton of snapper.
It is now December and I have yet to post this. I still have a freezer full of
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Eliza Jo is one year old as of Friday!
Emiy did a great job planning the birthday party. She had been trying out
different baked goods for a month. We both took Friday off and I took Eliza Jo
to Rachel's so that Emily could start baking. My parents got up here by early
afternoon so I went and picked EJ back up. After a bit we headed out to
Mathiston to get her first birthday photoshoot done. Got back home and EJ
played with my parents for a while Emily baked some more. I smoked a pork
loin, mixed up some baked beans, and made lemonade for the first time. Late
that afternoon, we set up at the Patriot's Park pavillion. Emily did a great
job with the decorations. Everything tied in with the baked goods. Everyone
showed up around five and we had a great time with way, way too much food.
Eliza Jo put on a great show when she opened her presents. After a while we
headed back to the house and cleaned things up. Eliza Jo spent the evening
playing with her new toys. She was so wired, we could not get her to go to
sleep until after ten. We did make up a new sport, chasing EJ across the bed
is loads of fun. When she makes it to the footboard, she picks herself up and
lungest backwards. She is going to be walking any day now.
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We woke up at 3:30AM Tuesday morning. Our Grand Canyon pickup with Papillon
tours was to be at 4:20AM. The short bus got to us a right around 4:40. It
took us to a full size bus at another hotel and then we headed to Boulder
City. The airport there was really neat because it is so small. Everyone was
assigned a color code to be called to get on their airplane. When we were
called to board, we realized that we were the only Americans on our flight.
The rest of the plane was filled with a group from India that was on a two
month tour of the US. We were assigned the back two seats. In a DHC-3 Otter,
the back two seats are awesome because they are just a pair of jump seats on
the back wall. The rest of the plane is in a 1-2 seat configuration. The
inflight entertainment via headphones telling us about what we were flying
over was wonderful. We got great views of the Hoover dam on the flight. We
landed and had to wait for a while in the little terminal. They assigned us to
a helicopter group that consisted of us, one of the guys from India, and an
employee who was getting a ride to the bottom. The helicopter trip down was
amazing. I was worried about feeling queasy in the copter, but it was way more
stable feeling that I could have imagined. It was absolutely gorgeous and I
managed to video the entire ride down. At the bottom, we walked down a
surprisingly rugged trail to get to the boat ramp. There, a Native American
took us for a ride on the Colorado. Once again we were the only American
passengers along with members of the huge Indian tour. Emily and I were rather
entertained by the direct questions the Indians asked the Native American
skipper. From the boat, we climbed back up the trail to the staging area for
the helicopters. We saw several groups come in and had a good laugh at one
poor girl who had showed up in stripper heels to try to make it down to the
boats. Eventually it was our turn to head back up and we had another amazing
helicopter ride. We headed back to the terminal and caught the big bus to
Guano Point. We skipped Eagle Point entirely because we had no interest in the
skywalk. Guano Point was awesome! It really sticks out into the canyon. There
were no safety fences anywhere so we got some great pictures. We walked out to
the abandoned cable house and then came back toward the bus stop to have
lunch. It wasn't gourmet, but we were starving so the BBQ beef meal was
great. Plus there were pretty decent views for our meal. You know, since we
were sitting right on the edge of the freaking Grand Canyon. We caught the bus
back to the terminal and after a little wait we were back on the plane. The
return trip was a whole lot more turbulent and it made me feel bad but I
survived. There was a short wait in Boulder City and then a shuttle took us
back to the hotel. We were back in the room right at 1PM!!! I am so glad that
we sprung for the flight version of the trip rather than the bus version. It
saved us at least eight hours of travel time. After some recovery time in the
room, we headed out to Gordon Ramsay's Pub and Grill, where the food was great and the service was horrible, and finished the night at Terry Fator's show.
After those epic few days, the rest of the trip is a blur of things that we
did around Emily's class schedule. For most of the time she was in class, I was exploring. On Wednesday we ate the Bacchanal Buffet for lunch and we hurt ourselves. Bad. That night we went to Fremont to see the old casinos and lights.
On Thursday we ate lunch at Solaro, Wolfgang Puck's place at our hotel pool
complex. We started the evening at the Goretorium because I had a Groupon. The
actors picked on Emily so I had a wonderful time. After the experience as a
whole, it is not surprising that they filed for chapter 11 in early July. We
at at Ramsay's burger place, BurGR afterward. It was a thirty minute wait in line that was worth it for the parmesan fries. My blue burger was awesome and Emily got plenty of cheese on her cheeseburger. Then we headed to the Bellagio to check out the gardens and the chocolate fountain before seeing Cirque du Soleil O.
On Friday we ate lunch at Morel's Steakhouse in the front of our hotel complex. I had a croque monsieur for the first time and it was wonderful. Emily had a steak and fries that was not as good as my sandwich but she still loved it. I headed to the Atomic Testing museum while she was in class. It was just ok. Would not do again. We spent the evening checking out things on the southern end of the strip. We both ordered half salads at the PBR Bar and Grill and still had too much food.
On Saturday we ate MGM's brunch buffet. It was wonderful, though it paled in comparison to Bacchanal. At least it was cheaper. We did the Titanic experience at the Luxor. At this point I have done two Titanic experiences within pyramid structures; one at the Memphis Pyramid, and one at the Luxor pyramid. For supper we decided to keep it close to the hotel and decided on Zeffirino in the canal shops. Best decision ever. Emily ordered the prix fixe and I ordered a grotesque amount of seafood with a side of fresh alfredo pasta. It was so good.
On Sunday we had lunch at the Top of the World, near the top of the
Stratosphere tower. It was our second best meal in Vegas other than
Zeffirino's. The prixe fixe was wonderful; lobster bisque, filet and crab cake entree, and a fancy dessert while sitting in a spinning resturant way way over the Vegas Strip. From there we headed up to the Mob Museum and had a great time. Checked out Fremont again and then headed back to our hotel. We had supper at I Love Burgers which was right around the corner to the elevator to our room. I loved the garbage fries. The burgers were great too.
Monday morning was early. Dragging our luggage through the casino floor at 5:30AM was weird. The Palazzo desk seemed to take forever because of the slow people in front of us, but we needed the receipt to expense the lodging. We got long hauled by the taxi. I should have cared but I just wanted to get home. Had a layover on the way back in Minneapolis. Of course the plane had a maintenance issue that made us almost two hours late getting into Memphis. From there, it was a race to get back to the girl. I swear she grew a a whole head of hair while we were gone.
My tips for Vegas:
Always carry a bottle of water. Bottled water is cheap at Walgreens.
Do a flying from Vegas Grand Canyon tour instead of the bus trip to save many hours of travel time.
Buy a multi day bus pass and use it. The monorail may be good if you are at a hotel with a station but it was pretty much useless for us at the Palazzo. We did use it one day to get back from the south strip.
Sign up for player cards. Total Rewards gets money off at every Harrah's property restaurant. Getting the Grazie at the Palazzo got me a free tshirt and some serious coupons.
Get lunch prices. Top of the World at the Stratosphere for lunch is so
much cheaper than the dinner price and the daytime view is wonderful. Morel's Steakhouse was great at lunch because it was nearly deserted.
Hit buffets at the end of breakfast. Get in line at the Bacchanal buffet at 10:45AM and get the breakfast price and be eating a full lunch a few minutes after 11. Total Rewards card saves a few more dollars!
Wear your best walking shoes
Do not underestimate the size of the Fashion Show Mall
Always carry a bottle of water.
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On June 15, 2003, Emily came over from Hannah's and I cooked her waffles for
she took me to church at Starkville Church of God, and I met her parents for
the first time.
Afterwards we ate at Oby's with her parents for lunch. Emily and I headed to the
movies and we consider that our first date. Then that evening we went back to
church and then had Bulldog Deli afterward. It ends up being a wonderful day
even though it was a bit stressful as I was experiencing it.
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Weekend of the 1st was at the Sestis'. Then we headed off the next week on
Tuesday night to the Alabama coast. Drove down to Daphney where I had booked
us a room on points. Eliza Jo travelled like a champ. We got up, had a good
free breakfast at the hotel, and then proceeded to the outlets at Foley. Once
we had another new wardrobe for EJ, we headed south, and had some great
burgers at City Grill in Gulf Shores. We
hit the worst grocery store in the world, Bruno's in Gulf Shores, and then
drove out to Fort Morgan. My Garmin was bad and did not direct me to the
correct road but we eventually found Garraway. We had a great time on the
beach with loads of awesome food to eat. EJ had a wonderful time and was a
very good model for all of the pictures she posed for. This was our first
seriously laid back beach trip and we loved it. Especially
since we were dragging a 7 month old along and everything went to plan, this
trip was full of win. On the way back we stopped at the huge craft fair at
Fair Hope. It was so big. We ate fair food while sitting in the grass. We
managed to buy EJ a wood puzzle so it worked out well. The drive home was
The weekend of the 22nd was Jeremy Gray's bachelor party trip to Houston. We
all flew out of JAN. I had Hotwired a minivan but National did not have one.
So they put us in a Tahoe. I loved it because I love driving huge vehicles.
Seriously though, I hate it.
We started out perfectly with breakfast at the Breakfast Klub. In the end it felt
like a thrown together trip but we still had a lot of fun and ate a bunch of
awesome food. Other than my first trip to Dave and Busters, my favorite part
was the food truck festival. I have never had such an epic grilled cheese. Of
course I added it with a bacon addon and it was wonderful.
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For supper Monday night, I cooked the salmon patties and deviled crabs that we
had picked up at Fresh Market. They were very delicious. Tuesday morning I
woke up and felt like I had lice. I had scratch marks all over my face and
neck. I am not sure if I did this to myself or if it was all rash. I took some
benadryl and went to work. By 5 I was in bad shape. I got up Tuesday and took
awesome picture of myself. I did not go to work, instead I headed to
Emily's clinic in Maben. Got a shot of dexamethasone and a prescription for
more. Makes my first $4 Kroger prescription ever. Yay for 50 fuel points! The
meds did not do much for me on Wednesday. By Thursday morning I was in a lot
better shape. Now, late on Thursday night, my face is kinda cleared up, but I
still have a lot of rash on my torso and legs. I am planning on heading back
to work in the morning. The big question is, where did I get this crap from?
Emily blames the crab I had even though I have never had an issue with
shellfish. I blame the Lone Star Tick I found on my leg 14 days before the
rash showed up. Lone Star's do no carry Lyme disease at least. It seems like
I suffered from STARI, except that the rash I had was not correct either.
Anyway I did not end up with a bacterial infection, just a lot of crazy itchy
rash. Emily's diagnosis of a crab shell allergy may be the correct one after
all. Who knows.
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Got up at 6:30. I dressed Eliza Jo in her maroon romper. The three of us made
it to campus right at 8:00. Ben had beat us there from Madison by leaving at
5:45. I warmed up the grill and started cooking the bacon explosion. The heat
was low so we had to start more charcoal to finish it. Also toasted the
chicken and waffles on the grill. I learned an important lesson about the
Kroger chicken. Kroger was out of the precooked strips that I usually get so I
went with the "restaurant patties." The problem is that those patties have a
slight pickle flavor to them. Not the best thing to accompany waffles and
syrup. Other than that snafu, breakfast was great. I had the smoker lit by
then and put the turkey on the bottom grate and the ham on the top grate.
Shortly after getting the smoker going, we headed into the game. We ran into
John Kennedy and then Jeremy Brown as soon as we got into the stadium. The
game was rough starting out. Eliza Jo was a doll. Emily held her the first
quarter and I took over in the second. Nearing halftime she was waking up and
antsy so we got out as soon as the quarter was over. Of course we had to stop
to get Emily two bags of boiled peanuts. We headed back to the tailgate where
my smoker's charcoal was pretty much cold. I started new charcoal and pretty
quickly had the smoker heated back up in the 250 range. Emily and I had
Jeremy's TV so we did not miss any of the game. By tailgating north of Scott
Field, we were able to hear good things happen about five seconds before we
saw them on TV. Poor directv folks would have been another 10-20 seconds
behind us. Right as the game finished, my turkey breast clocked in at 160. I
took the turkey and ham off, wrapped them in foil, and put them in a dry
cooler. Around the same time I got the pans of dressing and sweet potato
casserole on the grill to warm up. Everthing turned out so awesome. Emily did
a wonderful job with dressing and sweet potatoes. I was really happy with the
turkey. It had a really strong garlic flavor on the skin side. The ham was a
and everyone loved it. We finished the day off with pie that Jimmy brought. I
was so full. So full.
Today is Emily and my sixth anniversary. I bought us a cast iron fondue
set. because the sixth anniversary calls for iron and sugar. I made an
awesome cheese fondue for supper. We used toasted Kroger texas toast bread and
leftover smoked ham. Then I cleaned up the pot and made a chocolate fondue to
count for the sugar.
It was great. Yay food!
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On August 7th I took off for the afternoon and went with Emily to her last office visit before the birth with Dr
Whittle. He set our schedule for the week by telling Emily to come back to the
hospital the next evening. We came back to Starkville and had our last meal
together as non parents at La Terraza. Spent a fretful Wednesday around the
house tidying up. Drove over to West Point a little after 6. We picked up
candy at CVS and then went to Dollar General for more candy, a small box, and
some tissue paper. Emily used these supplies to put a gift together for the
nurses on the short drive to the hospital. We checked in through the ER and
got taken to a the same labor and delivery room that we were shown during our
birthing class. I left Emily to move the car around the hospital and the nurse
let me know that we would have room 23 for the night and after Eliza was born. Getting room 23 was AWESOME because is
is the corner suite at the West Point hosptial. We got moved from the first
room to room 23 to spend the night. We both slept horribly. At 5AM a nurse
came in to get Emily up. She got a shower and we were moved back to the first
room. The Pitocin drip got started right at 7AM. Pastor Hank came to visit us
around 9 or so. My parents made it up by 11 and Daddy and I went to Wendy's
to get some lunch. Afterward I was bad and snuck Emily some Coke and mints even though
she was only supposed to get ice. Emily was such a trooper through all of the
contractions she was happening. Dr Whittle came in a little after 6PM and gave
us the verdict that it was section time. Baby Eliza was facing the wrong way
and Emily was not progressing. So that was the scariest thing ever for us.
Emily got wheeled away into the OR and I got put into the staging area to put
on my scrubs. Sitting there with a mask and hairnet was one of the most
stressful waiting rooms of my life. From there I was summoned into the OR and
got to sit beside Emily's head. Lucky for me there was a sheet between me and
the operating field. Horrible sounds came from the operating field. Dr Whittle
told us that he had a smiling baby looking up at him. After a few more minutes
he was able to show us a freshly born bloody baby girl at 8:05! She was a screamer.
The nurses cleaned up Eliza in a corner of the OR and I stayed with Emily.
They brought Eliza over to us and showed her to Emily and I. Then they let me
carry her to the nursery. It was awesome! She was so calm. Her eyes were
opened and they looked at me the whole time I was carrying her. After I handed
her to the nurse, all of our family swarmed the nursery windows. Long after
this, I finally realized my mom got a picture of me in the nursery trying to
take off my shoe covers. It seemed like forever until Emily got out of
recovery. She was so groggy. The nurse pulled Emily's bed up to the nursery
window so she could see Eliza. I was so happy to finally see Emily and know
that she was OK. At that point it was late Thursday night. Section patients
have to spend 48 hours in the hospital. So that would be late Saturday night
which made discharge on Sunday morning the earliest possible. So we got to
spend two wonderful nights in the hospital. I purchased lots of fast food for
Emily and I to eat in West Point. We finally got discharged late on Sunday.
Getting home was the greatest thing ever.
Fri, 24 Aug 2012 00:41:48 -0500tag:sesser.net,2012-08-24 00:41:48Tue, 26 Jun 2012 22:23:15 -0500Tutwiler. Awesome old hotel that
has been made up as a modern Hampton. Nicest Hampton I have ever stayed in by
far. Best part was that I had gotten us a king suite with Hilton points. We
had a corner room on the third floor. Was
nice to rest for a bit and watch a few episodes of Pawn Stars. Supper was at
Metro Prime, the steak place
that we ate at for Bryan's bachelor party. It was excellent for the second
Had breakfast at the hotel. The Hampton breakfast was pretty close to what I
have grown accustomed to in Slidell on my work trips but seemed better. I guess it tasted better
because of the nicer location up on the eighth floor. Then we were out for
more baby shopping. We drove all around the Summit looking for the Babies R Us
and finally found it at the old Bruno's. It was the motherload of all things
baby. I have never seen so many strollers anywhere but Disneyworld. Hit a few
more stores at the Summit and then had PF Chang's for lunch. Drove down to
the Fresh Market and loaded up on some good groceries before heading home. Had
to stop in Columbus to buy some more dog food so that I could pick up the
Tue, 26 Jun 2012 22:23:15 -0500tag:sesser.net,2012-06-26 22:23:15Fri, 22 Jun 2012 22:40:51 -0500
Fri, 22 Jun 2012 22:40:51 -0500tag:sesser.net,2012-06-22 22:40:51Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:54:48 -0500
U-verse DNS is horrible. I learned this the hard way now that I am using the
U-verse modem to handle DHCP for our network. What makes it worse is that the
U-verse modem can not be configured to pass along any other DNS server than
the ones they have defined.
The inlaws' Netgear AP died
yesterday and I took them my airport. I set up time machine for them too with
an old USB Seagate I had. The good news is that I have another airport ordered
and on the way here tomorrow. In the meantime I've been setting resolve.conf
on our macbooks manually to point to my local DNS server and I found an
awesome new email to flush the DNS on Lion: sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder
Blew out another rear wheel bearing on the fixed gear on Friday's ride home
for lunch. It was nice and crunchy. Today my new 6901 bearings were in so I
put them in the rear hub. Put everything together and it felt really silky. I
had noticed a little wobble in my bottom bracket and just happened to have a
Tange 115mm in my stash so I replaced it too. During this replacement I
noticed that my poor Dura-Ace left crank has a small crack in it right at the
bolt engagement area. Years ago I calculated that I had 11k miles on it after
buying it used on eBay. Guess I have gotten my money out of it, though I plan
to get a few more miles out of it. I also checked on the creaky headset. It is
in bad shape and will need to be replaced before too long. The brake cable was
in such bad shape that I had to replace it too and the casing. Good news is
that a little tune up let me see some larger problems and get a lot of noises
taken care of.
Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:54:48 -0500tag:sesser.net,2012-06-18 21:54:48Fri, 15 Jun 2012 20:03:44 -0500
The biggest part of my porting my number was getting it to google voice. I
ported it to google for $20. Once my internet service came back, I set up my
google voice account on my newly purchased OBi100. Now I can make calls for
free from my home phone base station. The biggest feature is that I can put
the OBi anywhere in the house that I have a network drop. So far away from the
Fri, 15 Jun 2012 20:03:44 -0500tag:sesser.net,2012-06-15 20:03:44Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:32:03 -0500sesser.net has
its first new IP in years. This all started from a wish to move the home phone base
station from the nursery where the home run phone line comes in from outside.
My first step was ordering a go phone from Amazon. That was a whole $15. I
added $15 of airtime to the go phone and started the AT&T process to port my
home number to it last Wednesday. The rep scheduled the port for Friday and
told me to call DSL support to keep my service from lapsing. My phone call on
Thursday went well and I was assured that my voice and internet accounts had
been broken apart. A little after noon on Friday, an AT&T rep called me and
finalized the port to the go phone. We tested calls both ways and everything
was good. Twenty minutes later, my DSL was dead. So I called DSL support and
entered support HELL. Nothing worked. Eventually I was sent back to account
services and found out that I was a U-verse customer and no longer had DSL.
Seems like the rep on Thursday lied to me. The saddest part of the story was
that I had to wait on equipment and could not install it until Tuesday night.
To keep up with our desire for the internet tubes, I added the hotspot feature
to my iPhone for a few days. The modem came in and I got it set up Tuesday
night. So far it is really nice. It actually seems faster. There is less
latency on my ping times to campus so this has to be a little bit better at
Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:32:03 -0500tag:sesser.net,2012-06-15 18:32:03Wed, 09 May 2012 23:17:50 -0500
On Friday I worked until lunch and then headed home. Wrapped up some errands
at the house and then got on the road to Madison. I took 12 west until it
crosses the Trace and headed south. Pegged my cruise on 50 and cars were still
passing me. The best one was a Leake County Sheriff's car passing like I was
sitting still. After a while I made it to Kevin's house and hung out with
Michelle and Kato for a bit. Kevin rolled up on his motorcycle. We loaded up
and headed to packet pickup. Then we explored the bike course. I felt like
Cory was with us in spirit because his favorite thing ever is to drive a
course the day before. Then we met up with the Sesti's and had some great
hibachi. Afterward we headed to bed.
I woke up at 5AM. Kato really wanted some of my fruit cup. His temperament is
a lot like Maggie's, wants attention but is very quiet about it. Kevin and I headed
out a little after 6AM. Rolled into the course and was really surprised at how
many people were already there. This was not a Cory+Jim race where we arrive
before anyone else. The bike racks were pretty full but we found a good spot
closer to the entry from the water. Because we were not going to wear bike
shoes, being close to the water was actually in our favor. After a while the
race started. We lined up near the rear because all of our swim times were
going to be horrible. The swim course ended up being pretty shallow for the
first leg. I was almost able to walk to the first buoy. I got out of the water
a little ahead of Kevin and headed into T1. Got my shoes on and headed out
right as Kevin got there. I almost ran over some mom wandering around with her
kid in the transition area. The bike was AWESOME! By starting on the back of
the swim, there was a lot of people to pass in eight miles on a bike. I lost
count at 25 of people passed. It ended up that I had the 16th fastest bike in
the race. Coming into T2, a guy in front of me nearly crashed in his dismount
because of his bike shoes. I ran like crazy through T2 and I am sure I looked
like a champ. A quarter mile out though the lack of bricking caught up with
me. The first mile of the run was so hard for me. I walked a decent chunk of
it. After the turn around I was able to run pretty well. As I got to the
finish I was able to get a decent sprint in. Crossed the line and I got a
drink and walked back a bit to cheer the rest of the crew in. Screaming at
Kevin and Tommy to sprint to the finish was awesome. After I ate pizza and two
Krispy Kreme's I found out that I had managed to place third in the
Clydesdale division. Then I had to wait around for the rewards to get my nice
little 3rd place ribbon. Happy day! From there Kevin and I headed back to his
house and we got showered up. We went to Hamils for lunch. I had ribs, chicken,
livers, and apparently gizzards as my meats. I did not realize what the
gizzards were, I thought they were some kind of country fried steak strips.
From there I said good bye to everyone and went to Fresh Market to pick up
fish and lobster mac and cheese to feed to my sweet wife. I had a nice drive
back up the Trace to cap off a great quick trip to Madison for a triathlon.
Wed, 09 May 2012 23:17:50 -0500tag:sesser.net,2012-05-09 23:17:50Wed, 02 May 2012 22:18:28 -0500
This past weekend a group of the guys decided to take a quick trip to
celebrate Bryan Ware's upcoming nuptials. Sesti, Kevin, and Josh
came up Friday night and we ate some of the spicest pizza ever at Dave's.
Everyone stayed at Bryan's except me so I stopped by Hardee's on the way
over for a load of sausage biscuits on Saturday morning. After Bryan took care
of his domestic chores of watering the plants and cleaning up the house, We drove to the
original Dreamland in Tuscaloosa.
We had to wait a few minutes for a table to clear out for the six of us. After
we sat down, the waitress told us that we could take three slabs of ribs and then
asked what sides we wanted. We went for all three, beans, potato salad, and
cole slaw. Sesti and I ate until we felt sick. Everyone else ate just enough.
Dreamland ended up being pretty cheap for the amount of food we consumed. From
there we headed to the big city to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Of
course I love old bicycles so it was really cool to see a bunch with motors
strapped to them. There was plenty of awesome stuff to look at. All the while,
there were a hundred motorcycles running around the track that the museum
overlooks. Then we headed on to downtown Birmingham where I had gotten us
rooms at the Doubletree. Yay for Hilton points! Bryan's brother in law Philip
met us there and we headed out for dinner. It was a few blocks to walk to Metro Prime. This place was a
lucky find, I only found it on the Thursday before we left. I wish I had had
room for the Bacon Lolipops appetizer but all of us were still pretty full of
ribs. I had the bone in filet medium rare with a side of lobster mac and
cheese and it was awesome. I cannot wait to be able to take Emily to this
place. On Sunday morning, our intention was to check out the Pancake House
that was across the street from Metro Prime. The line was out of the door. We
headed down to the IHOP on Lakeshore that was right up the road from Emily's
old apartment at Wildwood Crossing. Of course the line was out of the door.
Then we decided to scrap breakfast and just drive to Tuscaloosa to Five Guys.
This was a great decision. Eating Five Guys with a bunch of friends was much
more fun than my first time with just Emily. She really did not think it was
so great. I am now a fan of the bacon cheese burger with grilled onions and
grilled mushrooms. For dessert, Bryan and I headed next door to the pay by
weight froyo place. We said our goodbyes to the Jackson crew and Bryan, Jason,
and I headed back home. It was strange driving through Columbus on a Sunday
knowing that Emily was working the clinic at Wal-Mart. Was a great weekend
with the guys!
Weekend three is in front of me. The Soak Up the Sun tri is in Madison. My
plan is to head down to Kevin's Friday night and we are going to run the race
with Tommy. Going to be a new course this year so I am interested in how my no
training time from last year will compare to my no training time this year.
Wed, 02 May 2012 22:18:28 -0500tag:sesser.net,2012-05-02 22:18:28Sun, 08 Apr 2012 22:04:45 -0500
On Saturday morning Tommy and I made a nice ride on the 389/County Lake/Old 12
loop. Emily spent the day shopping for baby stuff with her mom. When I got home, I
got a leftover can of paint and went to town on the eaves on the back of the
house. After that I built an 8x4 raised bed box for Emily out of decking
boards from Lowe's. Then I worked on supper prepwork. I made
bacon/scallop/mushroom kabobs for me and bacon/scallop/pineapple kabobs for
Emily. I also cut up squid that I Kroger had last week into rings. We went to
the Garraway's and grilled the kabobs and I carried a fryer to make calamari.
My kabobs were great. We learned a lesson that pineapple + scallops makes a
gross combination. The calamari turned out pretty good. Next time I plan
to use a finer grained breading than panko though.
This morning was better than a usual Sunday because Emily did not have to be
at choir until 9. I helped out with media in the booth and had my first
experience with MediaShout 4.5. Service went smoothly. While it was still
going I got to go outside and help spread out 1000 eggs across the front
lawn. The kids came out and had a blast. Afterward we had Mexican for lunch
with the Smith's. Got back to the house and had the best Easter afternoon
nap ever. Emily and I went to Lowe's for plants and dirt to fill the box.
We planted banana peppers, jalapenos, watermelon, and okra. I had to go back
and buy more dirt to finish filling the box. Right now I am about $40 in wood
building the box and $30 in filling it with dirt. Let us see if we ever make
this much out of it in food :) We capped the weekend off by eating China
Garden with Nathan. Great times!
Sun, 08 Apr 2012 22:04:45 -0500tag:sesser.net,2012-04-08 22:04:45Fri, 06 Apr 2012 10:30:38 -0500article about
local universities and their emergency notification systems. Neat because I
configured the backend for Maroon Alert emails in '08 or so when I worked for
Network Services at ITS. I also wrote a little translating script so that from
inside banner, a person could confirm that alerts via text to their phone will
Fri, 06 Apr 2012 10:30:38 -0500tag:sesser.net,2012-04-06 10:30:38Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:18:38 -0500
Emily has a cardiology thing all day in Tupelo today so she suggested
I bring my bike and ride home :) I have complained that I never have
time on Saturday to get a good ride in so look at her being supportive
of my filthy habit. One mile from the hotel I flatted. I blame the
rail road tracks, the gap was huge. I found a nice spot on the edge of
the Kroger parking lot to work on the tire. Was a double puncture
pinch flat. Of course at first I blamed an old patch and replaced it.
So then two more patches to fix the pinch. Three miles in, I was on
the Trace. Everything was great. Then one of my new patches let go 21
miles in. I replaced the tube on a muddy bank where the mosquitos were
horrible. My intended water stop was Witch Dance on the Trace but the
water fountain was not functional. I was not sure if the bathroom
water was potable so I did not bother to fill up my bottles. I knew
the gas station at Montpelier was not too far away. Somewhere on 389 I
came across Murray's Grocery, a small beer shack / snack store out in
the county. Got a Gatorade and a water for a whole $1.75. The ride the
rest of the way in was pretty much uneventful. I was starting to
really hurt after passing Pheba and was psyching myself out over the
last 389 hill climb into Starkville. I took a good long rest on a
bridge guardrail in sight of the climb and it ended up not being bad
at all. The only casualties of this ride are three Park Tool tube
patches, one tube, and a sunburned left elbow. Also I plan to be
asleep around 7:00 tonight. I need to get a more comfortable saddle
for long rides. Maybe need a Brooks on my racing bike that I can
always change out for a plastic saddle for triathlons.]]>
Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:18:38 -0500tag:sesser.net,2012-03-31 16:18:38Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:16:14 -0500
Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:16:14 -0500tag:sesser.net,2012-03-24 19:16:14Wed, 28 Dec 2011 16:36:22 -0600
Wed, 28 Dec 2011 16:36:22 -0600tag:sesser.net,2011-12-28 16:36:22Tue, 31 May 2011 21:53:31 -0500
Tue, 31 May 2011 21:53:31 -0500tag:sesser.net,2011-05-31 21:53:31Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:56:58 -0600
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Mon, 24 Jan 2011 21:20:47 -0600tag:sesser.net,2011-01-24 21:20:47Sun, 25 Jul 2010 21:43:59 -0500 Woke up this morning and remembered that we were going to eat lunch after church today. So I made a 8AM Kroger run while Emily got ready to leave early for choir practice. We decided on two dishes that I am good at churning out: mashed potatoes and baked beans. I made the potatoes from a mixture of a couple large russets and about three pounds of red potatoes. Seems like mixing types makes the texture better. Afterward I mashed them with my hand mixer with a stick of butter, two packages of herbed goat cheese, costs half as much as Boursin so more bang for the buck to get two, and a good splash of organic Kroger whole milk. I dosed it up with a good helping of chives to give it some more green flecks. After I put the potatoes in the serving dish, I shook some paprika over the top for color. Apparently the potatoes were well liked because the dish was almost licked clean. The baked beans were my usual; heavy on the onion and bacon. I made them a little spicy this time with a dash of my homemade dried habanero powder. They were mostly gone too so must have been at least decent.
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Thu, 15 Jul 2010 20:53:03 -0500tag:sesser.net,2010-07-15 20:53:03Fri, 18 Jun 2010 13:51:02 -0500
Just got back from backpacking into the Walls of Jericho in Alabama. It was awesome! ]]>
Fri, 18 Jun 2010 13:51:02 -0500tag:sesser.net,2010-06-18 13:51:02Thu, 11 Feb 2010 19:21:13 -0600Spinach Chicken Parmesan which is perfect because we already had all of the ingredients. In fact already had green onion chopped up waiting to go into something! Also got some cornbread and black eyed peas cooking.
On the subject of food, I came up with something awesome the other day. Filet mignon pinwheels with Boursin and spinach (see this is why I had spinach already!). This turned out to be an incredibly tender way to cook a piece of filet and with these instructions seems to put it a little over medium well done.
1 filet (works for two people)
3tbs butter, nuked until melted
8" cast iron skillet
Heat oven to 425F. Butterfly the filet, getting it as thin as reasonably possible. Separate the small piece of meat connected by fat if there is one and flatten it out. Just end up with a few pieces of ~3/8" meat. Put a thick layer of Boursin on the top of each piece of meat and then add a blanket of spinach. Roll each piece up as well as you can and pin with a toothpick or three and place into the skillet. Stand up the short pieces of meat and lay down the long ones. Drizzle the melted butter over the meat and the salt and pepper a bit. 20 minutes in the oven and you are done!
Thu, 11 Feb 2010 19:21:13 -0600tag:sesser.net,2010-02-11 19:21:13Fri, 05 Feb 2010 15:34:19 -0600
Fri, 05 Feb 2010 15:34:19 -0600tag:sesser.net,2010-02-05 15:34:19Tue, 12 Jan 2010 21:45:17 -0600
garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups brown lentils
1.5 quarts chicken stock
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
~1 lb potatoes diced
1 lemon, zested and squeezed
fresh parsley, chopped
spinach leaves, a few handfulls
Heat up a splash of olive oil in a heavy pot. Throw in the garlic and let it cook until it is just starting to brown on the edges. Add the lentils, chicken stock, and tomatoes. Let boil for a bit, covered. (at this point I actually turned the stove off and let everything sit so that we could go to church and work out and had to bring it back to a boil) Then add the potatoes and boil until they are done. Chop up the lemon zest, add it, the lemon juice, and the chopped parsley. Stir a bit and add the handfulls of spinach. Keep cooking until the spinach wilts. Serve hot, garnishing with the feta cheese and fresh cornbread.]]>
Tue, 12 Jan 2010 21:45:17 -0600tag:sesser.net,2010-01-12 21:45:17Thu, 07 Jan 2010 16:02:36 -0600
Thu, 07 Jan 2010 16:02:36 -0600tag:sesser.net,2010-01-07 16:02:36Fri, 25 Dec 2009 20:46:27 -0600
Fri, 25 Dec 2009 20:46:27 -0600tag:sesser.net,2009-12-25 20:46:27Wed, 09 Dec 2009 21:40:14 -0600Motobecane Messenger in pink. It took me a little while to put together even though it came half assembled. It is amazing that it was only $299 for the apparent quality of the components. The fit is still a little long for Emily so I am going to replace the stem with a shorter one and move the seat forward a little. For a bike this small, 49cm, it is strange that it came with such a long stem and bars that seem to be pretty wide.]]>
Wed, 09 Dec 2009 21:40:14 -0600tag:sesser.net,2009-12-09 21:40:14Fri, 20 Nov 2009 22:26:15 -0600Clarion Ledger.
Crazy that MSU has more black students, 3,622, according to the IR report than Alcorn State has students total, a mere 3,250! ]]>
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 22:26:15 -0600tag:sesser.net,2009-11-20 22:26:15Tue, 20 Oct 2009 20:04:31 -0500Emily and I have been to Hot Springs so we decided to try it out again with the Waldroups. Friday started with me going to class at 8:00 to catch the test review. Of course Emily wasn't ready when I got home but at least we got on the road a little before 10:00. Had a nutritious breakfast of chicken strips and potato wedges at Smokey's, the gas station that sprung up in the middle of nowhere between here and Tupelo. Memphis sucked because of the traffic due to construction and wrecks on 55 but we finally made it to Texas de Brazil. It was awesome as usual. Double awesome because we got it at the lunch price! After that Emily killed some time going to two of the stores left at Peabody Place. That "mall" is totally going to be completely dead soon. Maybe they just need some stimulus cash. From there we headed on over to Cabot and made pretty good time on 40 with all of the big trucks. I started using the GPS to set my cruise because according to it, the Accord's speed is 5mph off at 70. We got there and got a tour of the new Volvo and I got a tour of Cory's sweet new bike parts. After a while, two more couples came over and we had loads of fun eating cheese and olives.
After a wonderful night of sleep with no doggies to wake us up, we got up around 9 and had an awesome breakfast of cheesecake. We watched the episode of Glee Emily and I missed last week, I guess Tivo thinks Mythbusters is more important. After a bit we got on the road to take a detour to Pinnacle Mountain on the way to Hot Springs. Google's Street View makes it look impressive. We were going to take the western trail but there was a festival going on near that side which made the parking be not free. So we drove around to the eastern summit trail and headed up. The sign said it was only a 3/4 mile trail. That is not bad at all until you add in the fact that it ascends nearly 1/4 mile in that distance. The first half of the trail was dirt and rock strewn like I had expected. What I did not expect was to be on all fours climbing up boulders. It was a great adventure and I made it to the top even with my fear of heights. We made an executive decision to descend on the less steep western side to the bottom and then take the base trail around back to the car. It was a blast, most fun I've had hiking in forever. From there we grabbed some food at a burria to place that is a chain around Little Rock and drove on to Hot Springs. Checked into the Arlington and sent the girls on their way to their spa appointments. After a bit Cory and I went to the basement for our haircut appointments. They were slammed busy so I had to wait on Cory to be done before I got my turn. The big news down there was that Bill Clinton had come through a little while before as he was staying there for his class reunion. Walked around bath house row for a little while and ducked inside a bar to watch the end of the Florida / Arkansas game. After the girls were ready, we walked back down the strip to the Porterhouse that Emily and I had found on our last trip. It was a good thing we had a reservation because it was pretty busy. Both couples ordered the porterhouse for two which was a pretty good deal with the amount of food that came with it. We ordered ours medium instead of my usual medium rare for Emily's taste and somehow there was a bit more char on the outside of the steak than there should have been. But it was still good. And the lamb chops were the best I've ever had because they were the first! The service was awesome so I was not disappointed at all. After that we walked back down the strip and went into a few strange shops that were still open. Called it a night and Emily and I slept like logs.
I got up on Sunday morning and had the adventure of an Arlington shower. They are pretty small tiled enclosures with the shower head a whole 5'6" or so off of the ground. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. All in all I thought the Arlington was pretty good, but that was because I was expecting it to be an adventure. David had told me not to expect much out of it as compared to the Eola in Natchez. It definitely could use some work though. The bathroom in the room was interesting. From the pattern of the floor tile you could tell where the original bathroom ended and they tried to tie in more tile when they expanded it. The original bathroom was just the toilet and sink and the shower stall was added later! The "fire escape" map on the door confirmed this as it indicated a much smaller bathroom with the closet in a different location. Kinda makes sense that the rooms did not have showers in them once upon a time since the place was set up for spa bathing. Anyway we checked out and then headed to Granny's Kitchen on bath house row for breakfast. Cory and I found some on street parking that the Volvo used its sweet parking camera to get us in inches from the curb. The food was awesome and fatty, two orders of peanut butter pancakes, one of strawberry pancakes, and an awesome omelet full of meat and cheese with grits for me. The service was so so. From there we crossed the street and checked out the museum bath house for a while and the a few more shops. Got back on the road headed to Cabot and saw signs for the Pharaohs exhibit. So of course Cory called to see that it would be open and we decided to go. It was really neat, the first time I've ever seen a real mummy as far as I know. By then it was getting so late that it was time to eat again so we went to the Flying Saucer and got some good German food. Eventually made it back to the Waldroups' house and got back on the road. Eating before we left really paid off, we did not stop until Holly Springs on the way back for a break and more gas. All in all it was an great trip for us for a somewhat quick weekend getaway!]]>
Tue, 20 Oct 2009 20:04:31 -0500tag:sesser.net,2009-10-20 20:04:31Tue, 13 Oct 2009 20:24:13 -0500 NeweggHotDeals is following me now on the twitter. They have 20k+ followers and are only following 864. So that puts me in an exclusive club right?]]>
Tue, 13 Oct 2009 20:24:13 -0500tag:sesser.net,2009-10-13 20:24:13Tue, 13 Oct 2009 19:46:47 -0500
As my favorite pair of jeans are deteriorating precipitously, I won another pair on eBay and was able to pay for them now that Paypal has reverified my ability to send money. They came in today and are exactly what I expected.
Of course the worst part of today is that the white MacBook's hard drive is failing. It still boots, but very slowly. After it boots I can't run anything but Terminal, everything else bounces in the Dock and never loads. dmesg indicates that there are read errors on the hard drive. So I ordered a new 250 gig to replace this failing 80 from newegg for a sweet $55 with free shipping. And because it will likely ship from Memphis tonight, I should have it at lunch tomorrow and have a functioning laptop pretty soon.]]>
Tue, 13 Oct 2009 19:46:47 -0500tag:sesser.net,2009-10-13 19:46:47Sun, 04 Oct 2009 21:58:01 -0500
The tailgate was awesome this weekend. Tommy and I got out on Friday afternoon and put up three tents right at 5. There were nine of us who met up for dinner at the Veranda later on. I had the shrimp and grits which were weird. Instead of what I expected of a usual shrimp and grits, the grits were deep fried wedges and everything was in a soupy mess of some sort of butter/broth sauce or something. Got up early on Saturday to run the "Get in the Game" 5K with Tommy, Luke, and Jessica. It was five laps around the horse track at the horse park. I ran a slow 28:00 according to my watch which is a whole 3:05 off of my PR, but this is the first time I think I have actually ran a whole three miles in a long time without any walking breaks. I got back to the house and got cleaned up so that Ben and I could head out around 10AM. The tailgate site was great, and once the Garraway's showed up we had a four tent compound. Of course I had forgotten the Directv receiver at home so I got David to drive me there to pick it up. Back at the tailgate it was an adventure to get the satellite aimed but it worked out. The first round of food was done then, mini burgers and hot dogs, so we had a bit to eat. Around 2PM Bryan and I rode back home on bikes to let all of the dogs out. By the time we got back it was fajita time which was awesome! There was so much food! Eventually we went into the game. Emily sat with us during most of the first half and finally went up to the portal to watch it and not be crowded. It was a decent game even though we fumbled nearly every possession. Bryan and I finally left as the fourth quarter started. All in all it was a great tailgate. And we will always remember the scary old lady who came and saluted our flag. It was creepy.]]>
Sun, 04 Oct 2009 21:58:01 -0500tag:sesser.net,2009-10-04 21:58:01Fri, 25 Sep 2009 18:27:01 -0500The Veggie Tales Theme Song as sung by Rebecca St. James is awesome! Also I've been listening to Polite Dance Song by The Bird And The Bee over and over and over.
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 18:27:01 -0500tag:sesser.net,2009-09-25 18:27:01Sun, 20 Sep 2009 23:01:00 -0500Glad ForceFlex with OdorShield trash bags? I think I am really that domestic now. Well really the cheapo Kroger bags that we just finished up sucked so bad. I've got high hopes for these wonders of technology to cover up the smell of puppy poop.]]>
Sun, 20 Sep 2009 23:01:00 -0500tag:sesser.net,2009-09-20 23:01:00Wed, 16 Sep 2009 18:41:57 -0500
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 18:41:57 -0500tag:sesser.net,2009-09-16 18:41:57Tue, 08 Sep 2009 21:57:49 -0500
Awesome night ride tonight. Seven of us this week. The pace was picked up this week since there were no mtn bikers. Way hotter this week too. I can't wait until it cools down some.]]>
Tue, 08 Sep 2009 21:57:49 -0500tag:sesser.net,2009-09-08 21:57:49Sun, 26 Jul 2009 13:42:24 -0500
Aunt Sue's funeral was on Wednesday so I got up early and drove to McComb in the Toyota. David and Deborah were in a hotel down there so I me them and got into my suit. We were way ahead of schedule so the three of us went to the mall to waste some time. Was a productive trip because David found a new jacket and I found a MSU polo on super sale. We met up with Mom and Dad at the church in Summit. There was a ton of food for the family and we all got a little to eat. Afterward we went back into the church. There were so many people and more flowers than I have ever seen at a funeral. Dad said that at least a third of the flowers were missing from the visitation from the night before. It had been a few years since I had seen Aunt Mildred and I sure can't remember the last time I saw her and Granny in the same place at the same time. After the service I got on the road headed home. I got back on 55 in McComb and saw the funeral procession heading south on 55. Filled up with gas in Brookhaven and found that the 20 year old Toyota had made 31 MPG! I finally made it back to Starkville after dark, in all covering 400 miles in a day when the truck had only moved 1000 this year before this trip.]]>
Sun, 26 Jul 2009 13:42:24 -0500tag:sesser.net,2009-07-26 13:42:24Sun, 12 Jul 2009 22:45:49 -0500
On the way home, I floored the Accord to pass some slowpoke on Hwy 16. After that we could tell that the car was not idling right at all or having much power to get up hills. This morning I drove Emily to work in the trusty Toyota before 7AM. I worked on the car a bit, added Seafoam to the gas and for the first time ever ran a portion through the intake via the brake booster hose. This was scary but we apparently effective in cleaning up whatever has had the "check engine" light on for years. The car still had a rough idle. Then at church the "good" microphone had a fit during Kidz Church and did not cooperate. After church I went to Autozone and got a PCV valve (redundant?) and replaced that. The idle problem appeared to be solved until I put it in gear and it began to idle roughly. That's when I took some Zaxby's out to Emily at work. I called mom while driving and she said that she'd call me back. After I got home she called to let me know that Aunt Sue had passed away. They were on their way to Granny's to tell her. I have not heard anything past that. I got back in touch with Emily at the hospital to let her know. Mr Joe called me a little while later and I let him know too. In the meantime I kept working on the stupid Accord. I removed the throttle body and its myriad of vacuum hoses and electrical connections to get to the IAC valve on the bottom to clean it. After reassembling everything, it still doesn't work right so it is possible that the IAC is broken or about 10 other things could be wrong. Stupid car for working at 1k+ RPM but sucking for anything under. Today has not been the best day every for many people.
I don't know what this week is going to bring. Cory and Sarah will be here Wednesday night. It will be the first time for us to see Cory since last July since he has been overseas a bit in between. I have no idea what the plans will be for Aunt Sue.]]>
Sun, 12 Jul 2009 22:45:49 -0500tag:sesser.net,2009-07-12 22:45:49Wed, 01 Jul 2009 22:45:29 -0500
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 22:45:29 -0500tag:sesser.net,2009-07-01 22:45:29