THIS Friday

Heya!  Happy Friday afternoon!  I have to work this weekend so it feels a little more like Sunday afternoon to me.  But I had the day off today and managed to be a complete waste of space, so I can’t complain too much.

Here’s a sampling of the random garbage orbiting my brain today:

1) THIS tomato…which might be edible soon!  (Maybe?)

Whoa.  I’m still blown away that an actual fruit has managed to grow and ripen under my care.  And this guy is one of four!  (The others are smaller and still green.)  I wish it were a little bit bigger (it’s tennis-ball sized; the guy at the nursery said they’d be softball-sized) but given the hot weather we’ve had, I have to say I’m pleased with the state of the Balcony Terra Cotta Farm Empire.

For reals: nothing has perished yet!  Nothing! I’m nine for nine on the life toll and everything is thriving.  My two hot pepper plants are even starting to grow baby peppers – although their leaves are looking a little jaundiced this week.  The rosemary plant has quickly grown in to a rosemary bush.

Oh, and remember my neighbor?  The one with the kick-ass plants that I was super jealous of when I first got this cracked-out idea about building a container garden?

Heheh.  Better luck next year, Mr. Fancyplants.

2) THIS article…from GrubStreet: “Sloshed: Maybe We Should Be Judging Wines by Their Labels”

Hilarious.  And a very important body of research.  Thank you, Matthew Latkiewicz.  (And shout out to Halah for the heads up on that one!)

3) THIS lazy cat...who is, in this case, symbolic.

In spite of the hellishly hot weather, I haven’t once awoken in the morning hours to go out and run.

In spite of the fact that I’ve had to run in the afternoon/evening, I’ve somehow made it happen.  Every day this week but one.

It’s a whole different ballgame when you only have to plod around for 30-40 minutes and you don’t give a hoot about your pace.

At some point, of course, I’m going to have to start getting up so I can get some longer stuff in, but for now?  It’s really comforting to know that I *can* go out there and plod around when the heat index is in the triple digits.  That, although it may be uncomfortable, it won’t kill me.

And as the picture indicates, this heat wave has clearly taken its toll on the felines.  In spite of the fact that they live their entire lives in a comfortable 72-degree air-conditioned bubble, all they do is lay around like a couple of drama queens.  The scene  above has greeted me every single morning this week.  So hot.  Cannot function before 10 AM.  Moar food plz. What a life.

4) THIS book…which was really good.

Bad Dog (A Love Story) by Martin Kihn

I took this to the beach with me, expecting a ripped-off Marley And Me to tear through on a lounge chair while sipping a daquiri.

Instead, I found a well-written and occasionally dark memoir on addiction and recovery.  With a background plot (light and funny) about training a boisterous and naughty Bernese Mountain Dog.  I enjoyed it far more than I expected to.

And the are also some fascinating portraits (caricatures?) of the dog-obedience-training world in there, too.  Clearly, I’m more of a cat person (dear neighbors, please stop your dogs from peeing in the elevator) but I found it fascinating.

I wish I could send this copy along to one of you, but then the Wake County Public Library would hunt me down.  It’s definitely worth a check-out though!

5) THIS beer…which is currently being used as a bribe for me to clean my apartment when I’m done with this post.

Uh…I’ll let you know how that works out.

I picked up this Bison Brewing Organic Honey Basil beer earlier this week.  And then I saw it on Daily Beer Review this morning and got even more excited about it!

And…it’s delicious.  For me, this is a perfect drinking beer.  DBR Rob says that he wishes it were a little less sweet, but I think the level of honey is just right. The basil flavor is definitely noticeable but not overpowering.  It would be like if you took a Pale Ale, mellowed it out a bit, and added a little sweetness and herb-ness.  At 6.0% ABV, this beer will let you know it’s there, but it won’t knock you on your ass.

Bottom Line: Get it.  At $9 for a four-pack (at Whole Foods), it’s not the cheapest beer in the world, but for the unique flavor alone it’s worth the cash.

Alright, off to do that cleaning (riiiiiight) and then on to the workin’ weekend. But since it’s not here yet, I have a little movie date tonight with the hubs.  We’re going to see X-MEN or whatever that movie is.  I’ve seen the previews with the little lady that turns blue.  I hope it’s good.  And that I can stay awake.

What are you up to this weekend?

16 responses to “THIS Friday

  1. Trying to run in 95 degree heat and survive!

  2. Hey there.

    Super glad you liked that beer. And yeah, I totally agree with everything you said about it. Delicious.

    And I love the photo of your neighbor’s balcony death garden. WTF? You were jealous and then what happened? Is he on vacation or worse, dead?

    Talk to you later.

    • I don’t know! I’ve actually thought about saying something to the office staff, just to make sure the guy (girl? I actually have no idea) is okay. I sure hope there’s not a corpse in there, mimicking the plants! Haha. (Er…creepy.)

  3. Honey basil? Hmmm..And yay for that tomato. It looks so perfect!

  4. I really want to read that book- thanks for the suggestion!
    And that beer sounds amazing, alas no Whole Foods around me. Whomp whomp. Maybe I’ll just put some basil and honey in my Yeungling Lager and pretend I’m fancy…

  5. The book sounds pretty good. I’ll take your word and add it to my hold list at the library. Congrats on the tomato!

  6. It’s gotten cool in MA this weekend so hopefully I can get out there and run! I have to work all weekend and then going to NKOTBSB tonight! :-)

    Love the wine label chart. So true.

  7. Glad your farm empire is doing well :) I really want to pot a tomato plant but I’m afraid it may be too late…..
    I did, however, gain inspiration from you and have attempted to “maintain” my own basil plant. I can’t take credit for actually growing it….I went to the food store, bought a plant and put it in a pot with some dirt :) I am excited to have fresh basil at my fingertips though.

  8. That tomato looks like it needs to be picked! I moved to an apartment this year and was forced to garden in containers. These need constant care! I’m jealous of the tomato though. My plants haven’t even flowered yet.

  9. Look at you and your abundant tomato growing skills! I’m totally jealous, since my few plants are looking more like where good plants go to die.

    And I loved the wine wheel…great link!

  10. Congrats on the tomato! That is a beautiful one and I’m jealous. I’ve been reading a lot of books lately involving dogs, and I love ’em. Maybe I’ll pick that one up. Hope you have a good weekend!!

  11. Oh wow, your cats leave you alone in the morning? If my cat lets me sleep until 6 AM, it’s a great day.

    • Sometimes they are obnoxious in the middle of the night, but they are generally late sleepers. Lazy beasts!

  12. nice post bro. waiting for the next part to show up