Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Empire Building (Procrastinator Edition)

Morning weigh-in (Monday): 180.5#, 15% BF
Morning weigh-in (Tuesday): 179.5#, 14.5% BF
Anne and I did a mellow ride out to South Mountain Cycles for coffee on Sunday morning, then spent rest of the day with errands/chores. The main thing we did, and this has been hanging over us for a while, was that we bought a new lawnmower, and electric model now waiting for me to put together. While were at the store we also made our other big (outdoor) capital improvement, a propane BBQ grill. That's also waiting for assembly at home, but it's here and it'll be ready for Emmi's party, as well as for everyday grilling -- we cook a lot of steaks and beef, mostly by frying, which works well and tastes great, but the kitchen gets really hot and smoky when we do.
Two down, and that leaves two more capital improvements in our infrastructure upgrade: one is the new kitchen floor -- we're looking to rip out the linoleum, and replace it with slate -- and the other is a kegerator. I may try to get one by Emmi's party, but there's a lot more research I need to do (prices seem to be all over the map, I'm not sure what's good or bad) and the truth is, kegs at a party are no problem -- just put them in a garbage can full of ice. Our big problem, now that we're kegging the beer, is that we have no keg infrastructure suitable for day-to-day use. The kegs, convenient as they are when making/storing the beer, are almost useless for drinking beer without this last piece of the puzzle. We knew we'd need to get one when we made the switch from bottles, but have been putting off the kegerator purchase, and now it's past time...
(By the way, we also bottled the yarrow beer on Sunday, and had a sample with dinner. It's one of the best we've made. That makes two monster brew batches, this and the F.I., and we've been eating like kings lately with all the fresh food available, fruit and tomatoes and corn etc. Summer is awesome.)