What a crazy busy weekend!
Friday was Snowpocalypse 2014. Austin shuts down with the just the threat of cold weather. I have to say, there's probably a good reason for it. APD reported over 250 accidents in a 24 hour period. I know everyone in every town say that people in their town can't drive. Austin kind of proves it with these stats.
Friday night Kristin and I watched Captain Phillips. It was a good movie, but it didn't really make me think about a whole lot of things. Probably the only thing that will stay with me about that movie is the "I'm the captain now" quote. I just don't think this is one of those GREAT MOVIES that will stick with you. This was number six of the nine Best Picture Oscar nominations we've seen. We only have 12 Years a Slave, Nebraska, and The Wolf of Wall Street left to watch.
By Saturday, it had warmed back up to over 60 degrees. There's that old saying, if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes definitely applies here. It's incredibly annoying at times. I read somewhere once that it takes two weeks to get acclimated to an environment but here it is impossible because of the extreme weather shifts. I've lived here (in Austin) for 13 years and I am still not used to it.
Saturday night was Geek Bowl VIII. We ended up getting "The Rain Man Suite" and it was very much worth every penny. It was nice to have our own space where we could lounge around and really put our heads together to hash out answers. We could pace, separate ourselves from each other to think out an answer, and stretch out. The Hobo Goat Family ended the night in 13th place out of 150, sixth best from Austin. One of the teams we consistently beat made it to the stage in sixth place. I guess it was just their night.
On Sunday, Kristin and I decided to try a few kitchen experiments. I had checked out The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day from the library and made a batch of their basic dough. There was a recipe for crock pot bread, so I gave it a shot since we were trying to make a loaf fairly quickly to eat with dinner. It did not turn out how I wanted. After an hour and twenty minutes, it was still doughy. I threw it under the broiler to give it a browned crust (as suggested) and it still didn't look like it did in the book. It did taste pretty good though. I think next time I'll use the oven instead. Kristin, who was making rotissere chicken noodle soup, decided to make some chicken stock. She used the carcass of the chicken along with some left over vegetables. We haven't had a chance to try the stock yet, but I'm sure it will be awesome.
My team won our soccer game on Sunday night (at 10:30pm. Ugh.) by a score of 6-1 (Vanessa, Madeline, Junior, Jason L on the scoresheet). I feel like I played well. I made some decent defensive plays, ran pretty hard, and almost got on the end of a goal. The ball bounced on me a little high so I skied it into the netting.
After such a busy weekend, I'm kind of exhausted to start this week. A few things I'm going to work on:
- Stretching out this stiffness post-game.
- Making another loaf of bread.
- Getting back to meditation.
- Trying to keep the house clean during the week so we don't have to bust our butts over the weekend to clean it.
- Get back to reading my book The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
- Get back on my Cheers watching schedule. I think I'm a couple of episodes behind my pace.