Slacking — Catch-up

As you have probably noticed, I haven’t done a very good job of keeping my blog up to date. I’ve only had a few non-aviation posts this whole month. I’ve collected a nice set of links for another Link Roundup post, but I’ll need a good half hour to an hour to actually post them (sadly, that’s not now). I really need to implement some sort of “Save as Draft” system for my blog so that I can work on posts in smaller chunks.

So, other than flying, what have I been up to? A couple weeks ago Jesse’s mom came out for a visit. She divided her time between here and her brother’s house an hour and half away (much more in traffic). It was nice to have a visitor again.

Last weekend we had John from Conversive’s partner company Computer Aid over for bar-b-qued ribs. It was the first time I cooked ribs and was having a hard time finding recipes for cooking them on the grill. Ribs really come out best when they’re cooked as slowly as possible. I ended up wrapping the ribs in heavy duty foil and turning the gas down to low. I let them cook in the foil for about 45 min. before opening them up to finish on the open flame. Once I started applying BBQ sauce I needed to turn off one side so that it wouldn’t burn to a crisp right away. I probably should have gone the whole time with only one burner so that I could have slowed the cooking down even more. In the end, I think they turned out really good. I’m not usually a fan of ribs, but these were a lot of fun.

I haven’t been playing any video games, though I’d really like to play Battlefield 2. I loved the first version of the game, and I’ve heard version 2 is a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I’ll need a new video card before I can play. My card is unsupported, will crash my computer just trying to run the game.

Jesse picked up a copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (along with half the country). I’ve only had time to read a chapter each night, but I’m enjoying taking my time.

Last weekend we saw the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie. I enjoyed it. You can’t help compare it with the original. I think they both had their strong points, and think the new one did a good job of delivering the same feel without sticking exactly to the story in the older movie. The worst part about the new one was all of the computer graphics. They felt out of place, and a bit like a short cut, in a movie that doesn’t really need CG. I liked the added backstory and the new ending. Overall, it’s worth seeing, either in theaters or at home.

That’s all the time I have for today. I promise to try to post more regularly (and more frequently) in the future.