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2008-12-18 20:47:26 881

Emily took me to Restaurant Tyler for my birthday and it was pretty good. I had a ribeye covered in some kind of cheese ragù (which in itself is a conundrum since a ragù is a meat based sauce according to wikipedia and unless you are a vegan, cheese is not considered a meat.) For the first time Emily was not happy with her meal there, a red fish dish that was pretty tough. On Friday we made another trip to Jackson where Emily aced her last final. While she was taking it, Ben picked me up and we had wholesome guy time hanging out at Best Buy. Emily did some post exam shopping and then met us back at the Garrett's. We went to Bonefish in Madison and it was awesome. Stuff anything with shrimp and scallops and I will rate it as awesome. Afterward we had a nice Christmas light viewing and then headed back to the Garrett's place for some Rock Band. On Saturday morning Brandi cooked us a rocking quiche. After that Emily trapped me in a TJ Maxx trip down to County Line that took hours. When we decided to leave and meet Emily's parents at the scrubs shop near the hospital we nearly got stuck in the parking lot because the traffic had picked up a lot. Luckily I knew how to get on Ridgewood and head south and miss County Line / I 55. We met up with the parents and I hung out with Mr Joe while the girls shopped for work attire. Once they got done, I headed back to Starkvegas and met up with the Garraway. Bryan came over and we made our version of "Mugshot's Gambles" part two. Emily made in in pretty late with her parents from a long day of shopping. Poor Mr Joe.

2008-12-09 18:12:20 880

Made a flying trip to Jackson yesterday. Emily had final #1 in some kind of assessment for which which I participated as the guinea pig. Of course her studying over the weekend had consisted mostly of beating me with a reflex hammer. It was a horrible experience for me, but she passed so it is worth it. Afterward we hit the scrub shop next to the university like we always do and then headed to the new mall. Ate lunch at PF Chang's and it was awesome. Drove around the mall forever looking for the Apple store and finally found it. There is no sign! Just the big apple in the "stainless steel" facade so we had issues. I was determined to buy Emily an iPhone; 8gig for $199 definitely seems reasonable. However that only actually works if your ATT account is eligible for an upgrade. Neither of ours is and we will not pay $399 for a telephoning device. So we headed back to Starkvegas on a wonderful scenic route only somebody like me could come up with. We went up 55 and exited through Canton on 16. It was nice and Christmased up downtown. Got over to the Trace and went up it admiring the sunset and all of the nice fall Mississippi trees. I should have gotten on 12 in Kosciusko but I went up to French Camp and took whatever crazy road there is there back to 12. From there we came on in back to the house. Was a decent enough trip and we get to do it again this next weekend but at least we get to stay with the Garrett's!

2008-12-05 18:04:40 879

Santa came early. Brought the Sesser's a Xerox Phaser 6130N. I've been playing with Cacti on getting some graphs in order so I can monitor all kinds of fun stuff.

2008-12-04 18:49:10 878

Last night I cooked some awesome steaks that Emily's parents had given us with a bastardized version of this. I sautéed a big shallot and a few garlic cloves (all chopped finely) in butter. Once that all browned I poured in a $.99 bottle of Paul Masson. Luckily it de-glazed without a fire and I topped off the pan with a half pint of heavy cream and a can of Kroger beef broth. As that reduced I worked on the meat. In my dutch oven, I heated up some grapeseed oil on medium heat and plopped the fillets down. ~4 minutes on a side, and then I turned them sideways for a few more minutes, covered them, and removed from the heat. The sauce took forever to reduce, in fact I think we ate it before it had reduced quite enough. At least it was still good! Also nothing like riding a bike home in the cold mist, having a flat tire, and then being able to eat leftover fillet mignon for lunch!

2008-12-04 18:33:15 877

Uncle Royce passed away last Friday. My parents drove up to stay with us on Tuesday night for the funeral on Wednesday. I took of Wednesday and Emily managed to get off too. The funeral was in Columbus at the same Catholic Church Garraway got married at except it was in the new chapel. This was the first time I had ever been to a funeral in a church and definitely my first Catholic funeral to see. I got to see all eight cousins from Royce and got to see Ryan and Brandon's sons for the first time. I was the only Sesser cousin there besides Royce's children. Got to see Uncle Marty for the first time since Pawpaw's funeral in 2003. The strange coincidence was that I had not seen Uncle Larry or Uncle Royce since our wedding reception exactly two years ago on December 3rd. Uncle Royce was buried with military honors so the Marines were there to fold the flag and play taps. I saw the guy with a bugle when we walked to the graveside so I was surprised with how tinny the tone of the horn was. Apparently (I never saw for certain) they were using a recording because about 10 seconds after taps ended, it went back into the beginning. Of course the only reason this matters to me is because I have played taps at several funerals down in Woodville when I was in high school.

2008-11-29 19:03:53 876

Emily and I went to get a Christmas tree today. We decided to try out a tree farm this year instead of just getting a tree from Lowe's like last year. The only one in the phone book (and that Google knows about) is Swedenburg's Christmas Tree Farm that is just east of Columbus. Pulling into the place was like going up someone's driveway and just didn't feel right. We asked the old man at the end of the road if it was the tree farm and he told us where to park. We loaded up on a huge wagon pulled by Clydesdales with another family and rode about a quarter mile to the trees. The driver explained to us how it worked; get off the wagon, pick up a saw, pick a tree, cut it down, and then he would pick us back up. Emily and I looked at most of the trees and decided on a really full cedar. We decided on our tree after the other family had already started cutting on theirs and I still had mine down and moved over to where the wagon could pick it up way before they had theirs cut down. So rode back to the place and the guys there shook and bound it up while I went in and paid for it. We drove back across Columbus to buy another cookie sheet and potato masher at Belk. Ate a billion calories at the Santa Fe Cattle Company and then came back to Starkvegas. I got the tree's bottom limbs trimmed and cut off a couple inches from the trunk. Did some leveling of it at Emily's direction and then she got it wrapped in lights while I was the "light bitch" following her around the tree. I am not complaining, that cedar is "pokey."

Oh I slighted the Tivo on that last post. It is 300somthing hours now! There are 40+ items in "recently deleted" that have not had to go away for the space yet!

2008-11-26 17:34:23 875

So I have turned my Tivo 2g 40 hour into a 263 hour. I started out this morning going to Lowe's to get a cheap Torx set so I could open the Tivo. Turns out I needed a 10 and 15 to do everything and found a cheapo set of bits with a handle for $10. I pulled out the original drive, a 40G Maxtor and went about installing mfstools on Allard. At first I downloaded the mfstool beta source and compiled it. This worked perfectly for the backup of settings, but did no good when I actually ran the command to copy things from the old drive to the new. I then got a copy of the 2.0 statically compiled binaries and they worked great for the copy. Double yay for my SiI680 IDE controller because it is fast. I ran this command " mfstool backup -Tao - /dev/hda | mfstool restore -r 4 -s 127 -xzpi - /dev/hdc " to do everything and it worked flawlessly. I thought I might get a slight speed boost on the Tivo by running a 80 conductor IDE cable but that just resulted in a nonbooting Tivo. I put the old cable back in and everything is running perfectly now.

2008-11-23 21:49:19 874

Lehman's bachelor party last weekend was a blast. I doubt I will ever be very good at golf but at least I have fun trying. Eating at Old Waverly was awesome. Thinking about that makes me hungry again.

As of last Tuesday Emily and I have been married for two whole years. I sent her some pink roses from the University florist. They were superfast, it was less than two hours from the time that I ordered them until Emily called to tell me she had them. Emily worked until 7:00 so when she got home we went out to Restaurant Tyler. Emily had the ribeye rollintini (which hasn't been available the last two times we have been) and I got the special duck dish they had. It was very excellent.

I just finished my last systems programming lab! So happy it works!

2008-11-14 21:40:06 873

I bought golf clubs today. I decided I wanted to get a bag and some clubs for myself for whenever I get invited to go play golf. Guess it helps too that I am going to play golf tomorrow. Anyway at lunch I went over to Trulove's pawn to see what I could get. They had a ton of clubs and bags so the lady just told me find what I wanted and she would give me a good price. I looked around for a while and found a nice looking red bag. Managed to find a few irons with nice long shafts for a tall person like me that matched. Also picked up a couple drivers and two wedges. I assume that P is for pitching and L is for lobbing on the wedges. The store had absolutely no putters though! The lady looked over the bag and said "How about $30?" and that was what I expected the bag was worth by itself so of course I accepted that price. Once I got home I realized that the bag had the matching club covers for my drivers and the snap on cover to go over everything too.

I went to my least favorite retailer tonight only because I do not know where else to buy a cheap putter on a Friday night. I made the best purchase ever, a putter, wiper blades, and shotgun slugs. Yay America!

This morning was the foggiest ride I have ever had into campus. I could not see the signal light at Hwy 12 until I was within three or four car lengths from the white line. The ride home for lunch was wonderful because of the comfortable temperature though. Of course the rain started coming down before 5:00. My ride home was not the heaviest rain I have ever ridden in, but it was the heaviest rain I have ever ridden in once it got dark. I was running three flashing red taillights so I was not worried about getting run over. The rain had come down so hard that the worst part was the amount of water on the road coming up to get me. There is always a huge puddle across the road at the Comfort Inn on Russell and it got my shoes good. The car passing me on the left put up a good wave of water too so I was pretty wet after my first mile. The Whitfield/Ave of Patriots intersection was scary because it was under at least three inches of water. The end of Patton was the same way. I learned my lesson about 90 degree turns on wet pavement way back in 2005 so I am crazy slow when I make turns in the rain. Nothing like my usual 25mph+ turns where I lean in good enough to drag my toe clips on the ground when things are dry.

2008-11-10 21:50:05 872

Oh Paula Deen, you are bad. I made my on version of Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin tonight with a half of the huge pork loin that Emily and I purchased on sale on our massive Halloween night grocery trip. I made it my own by pulling sprigs of rosemary and thyme from the backyard. Ground them up with a mortar and pestle into kosher salt with a good pour of olive oil. Mashed some chopped garlic in it to finish and then rubbed that onto the pork. Roasted it in my big cast iron at 450 for 20ish, dropped the temp to 425 and covered it for 45, and then left it uncovered for 15 or so. Like Heaven. The best piece of pork I have ever cooked!

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