Wednesday, January 22, 2020

List Day: My 6 Worst Bulk Purchases

  1. 12 Fresh Bagels: A dozen soft, fresh bagels may seem like a wonderful deal, but you're guaranteed to lose half to mold before you have a chance to eat them at a regular pace.

  2. 6-Pack of Aluminum Foil: I use tin foil for everything, from lining pans to reheating leftovers in the toaster oven, so this seemed like a worthwhile purchase. Six years later, I still had four rolls left.

  3. 300 Butterfly Clips: Unless you're a professor making hard-copy packets for a bunch of college students, these will sit in your drawer for years until you throw them out yourself.

  4. 200 Styrofoam Bowls: These are great for easy-cleanup of all those soups you make for your big dinner parties... which is essentially just Cheese Soup... which you make once a year at Thanksgiving... and which you haven't made since 2012.

  5. 1 Bottle of Excedrin Migraine: You may have the perception that you get a lot of migraines, but you're not likely to have 500 before the pills expire. If you do, you should probably see a doctor.

  6. 500 Blank CD-Rs: "I'm gonna burn so many music CDs! What's an iPod?"

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Weekend Wrap-up

Happy MLK Day!

We had a cold, quiet weekend, starting on Friday with a family dinner of homemade ramen with udon noodles and shaved ribeye.

Saturday kicked off with an impressive inch of snow that decreased in impressiveness throughout the day. We stayed inside doing warm things, like mother-daughter yoga and finishing a 500-piece puzzle involving cats in less than 90 minutes.

In the afternoon, we braved the freezing rain to get some interesting beers from Total Wine (mostly trippels with a few IPAs and scotch ales mixed in) and had a family dinner at Miller's. The manager there now knows Maia and I, and always stops by the table to reminisce about the times his daughter was Maia's age and not a difficult-to-handle 14-year-old.

We closed out the evening with a poker game. From 1st to last: Evil Mike (who is welcome to renegotiate his name anytime), Mike, Kathy, Ghazaley, Rebecca, and BU. I like to think that I went out first to keep the game moving for people with deadlines.

On Sunday morning, Rebecca went to yoga while Maia enjoyed her new gift of a round kids' table from Kathy. She set up all of her bunnies around it and then pretended to call up her best friend, Nolan, so he could come over and sit there with here.

We spent the rest of the day inside to avoid the cold. I reread Illusion of Thieves in anticipation of the 2nd book's release in couple weeks. In the afternoon, Rebecca and Maia went off to Ghazaley's house while I stayed home and played Fallout 4 and ate some wings from Joe's Pizzaria. The weekend ended with the great movie, Parasite.

How was your weekend?

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Review Day: Local Grocery Stores

SafewayGiantWegmans
Organization BEST: A logical progression of goods with cold stuff at the end. WORST: The same items can be found in multiple locations, some of which you might never discover because the store is too big.
Navigation BEST: Wide aisles with room to maneuver around the distracted and the obese. WORST: Every aisle has room for 1.5 carts across, and there are 10 carts pushed by soccer moms at all times.
Experience WORST: Dirty aisles with Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts" on repeat over the sound system and no one ever at the customer service desk. BEST: Friendly cashiers and a pleasant shopping experience.
Distance BEST: 1.1 miles away in the same neighbourhood. WORST: 3.4 miles into Ashburn and requires a death-defying merge at 28.
Selection WORST: Staples regularly out of stock. BEST: A wide variety of choices and good inventory control.
Produce WORST: Section often resembles the aftermath of a food fight. BEST: High ratio of good-looking fruits and vegetables.
Meat & Seafood WORST: I've had to throw out suspect meats several times. Fish is sometimes four days old. BEST: Huge variety of packaged and fresh choices.
Store-Baked Bagels BEST: They don't understand what a bagel is, so they bake them light and fluffy like a croissant. Delicious! WORST: You can't even get a sesame bagel here.
Hot Foods WORST: Never gotten a rotisserie chicken here that wasn't a wasted husk of dried splinters. BEST: Multi-ethnic hot bar, but there are so many great to-cook options that we never eat here.
Beer WORST: Every week, there's one fewer brewery represented. Plenty of Yuengling and 40s. BEST: Huge selection of Virginia and other craft breweries.
Cumulative Scores +3 -5 = -2 +3 -2 = 1 +4 -3 = 1

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Memory Day: Snapshots

This picture was taken ten years ago, on January 9, 2010.

We were dressed up for the CustomInk company party, held at the State Theater in Falls Church on the one night of the year when the Legwarmers weren't performing there. The party consisted of good food, free drinks, and a swirling maelstrom of 22-year-olds that were super-hyped to be selling T-shirts over the phone while being assessed on minute-to-minute productivity metrics.

Everyone was very friendly, and we left with many promises to keep hanging out with new friends, most of whom we never saw again. 8 months later, Rebecca left the T-shirt job to officially begin the transition towards Physical Therapy!

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

12 pictures of your day on the 12th of every month

7:32 AM: Showered and ready for the day.
7:44 AM: Bagel for breakfast.
9:14 AM: Waiting for Maia to wake up.
9:32 AM: Good morning!
9:59 AM: Rebecca brings home bonus McDonald's after yoga.
11:48 AM: At Briarpatch Park after a cancelled pool party (Maia was devastated that the pool was closed for maintenance -- it was like the Wally World scene at the end of the movie, Vacation).
1:42 PM: Lunchtime smoothies.
2:28 PM: Running on the treadmill and watching the second season of Good Girls.
4:34 PM: Clearly, today's nap involved between 0 and 0.0001 seconds of sleeping.
5:07 PM: Maia wants a picture of her and mommy on the big, cozy bed.
6:11 PM: Solo dad dinner at Burton's.
7:33 PM: Brushing teeth for bedtime.

This is the first 12 of 12 where I've only used my phone to take pictures. Honestly, it's not noticeably worse than the stone-aged camera!

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