New mattress and frame

Buying a New Mattress… (my experience with Dream Cloud & Purple)

A Bit of History…

Many years ago, near the dawn of time, I was a much younger me.  I had a bunk bed (the top of which was rarely used for anything other than play) which I slept on until I was in 8th grade or so.  For various reasons, I then moved all my stuff into our guest bedroom and began sleeping on my mother’s antique twin bed.  The frame was nice, but nothing special (and the same could be said of the mattress).  For the next 15 years or so, I had that same bed.  It was tiny, and I beat the heck out of it.  It somehow survived several moves, time at UT, and all the abuse inherent in said activities.

Finally, I decided, it was time for a change.  Around 2005, I decided the time had come to upgrade.  I started looking around and found a queen frame and mattress for less than $1k.  At the time I was working in a restaurant at night and going to school during the day so $1k was a lot of money to me.  I called the number in the paper (yes, back in the day we looked at the classified ads in the paper!) and set up a time to go look at beds.  Looking back, what followed was a bit surreal (and possibly shady).  I showed up at a warehouse off Broadway, just past Fountain City.  I was told to come alone and at a specific time – I would only have half an hour to decide and pay.  Once allowed into the warehouse, I was shown the frame in the ad (Queen, Cherry, Sleigh) as well as the mattress it came with.  I could, however, upgrade both the frame and the mattress from the LARGE selection in the warehouse for more money.  As I didn’t have a lot of money to work with, this was a bit of a useless option.  Next did take a look at several other mattress options (one of which I did go with) before briefly looking at the other furniture on offer.  Then I got to negotiate a bit and had them to deliver my mattress and frame to my apartment as part of the final asking price.  I felt like I had just made the deal of a lifetime.  On my way out, I saw someone else pulling up (alone) and waiting in their car for their allotted time to shop (I bet they didn’t get the deal I did!).

That bed and frame served me (and eventually my wife Anna) well for the next thirteen years. Continue reading →

Bourbon & RC – A True Southern Libation

I am most definitely a bourbon fan.  Nowadays, it is pretty much my liquor of choice.  This was not always the case as for many years I was (and still am) something of an Irish Whiskey fiend.  For years, most of my friends have been fans of bourbon and its many brands.  Several years ago, my good friend Dave shared several bottles of fairly good bourbon with me and since then I have been a convert.  Neat, mixed, or on the rocks – I’m a fan of bourbon in all of its incarnations.

This one just happens to be the one I drink more often than others. *^*

It combines the bourbon my friends love with the cola that my mother loves – Royal Crown (aka RC Cola).  RC is a bit sweeter than its much larger competitor I shall not name.  You have to look for it a bit harder in the grocery aisle, but it is there. Personally, I like this pairing quite a bit.  The sweetness of the bourbon and the cola work great together and overall it is just an easy beverage at the end of a long day.

Give it a try and let me know what you think! Continue reading →

My summer pasta

Spring Pasta Recipe

Read the article here.

Ingredients

~1lb chicken cutlets

Montreal Steak Seasoning

Olive Oil

4 strips thick cut bacon (diced)

2 leeks (diced)

4 cloves garlic (sliced)

1/4 cup white wine

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup butter

1 package pasta

2 cups chopped spinach

1 cup roasted red peppers (diced)

10oz frozen peas

1/4 cup shredded parmesan

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My summer pasta

Spring Pasta – A Meal to Enjoy with Friends

Get the recipe here.

Spring is Near

The weather is finally starting to change (last week it was sunny, this week it snowed – welcome to Spring in the Tennessee Valley).  It is time to enjoy the weather, while also enjoying some of the delicious vegetables that the season has to offer.  If you are at all like me, you’re also trying to take it easy after a winter spent eating everything in sight that looks good.

Sometimes it’s good to skip the cream sauces and go a different route. Continue reading →

Zeus' Vieux Carre cocktail

Review – McMenamin’s Zeus Cafe (Portland, OR)

McMenamin’s Zeus Cafe

303 SW 12th Ave

Portland, OR 97205

Visit: March 16, 2018

We stopped by the Zeus cafe to grab a drink and meet up with our friend Caitlin downtown.  The cafe is located on a long block as part of the adjoining Palace Hotel.  The McMenamin’s have a pretty neat thing going in Portland – they buy up properties and turn them into music venues/breweries.  I did not get a chance to try any of there beer, but I did get to try a few tasty beverages while we were there.

Anna and I both snagged a cocktail.  I went for the Zeus’ take on a Vieux Carre.  While I enjoyed it, I cannot say it was as tasty as the one I had at Pepe le Moko the night before (that one was near perfect).  It was, however, quite tasty and I left no alcohol behind.

Zeus' Vieux Carre cocktail

Zeus Cafe’s take on a Vieux Carre

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Powell's Bookstore

Powell’s Book Store (Portland, OR)

Powell’s Bookstore

1005 W Burnside St

Portland, OR 97209

Books

I love books.  I have since I was about seven or eight.  I was a rotten kid, so I spent a *lot* of time grounded.  I had no tv, and pretty much had to spend my time in my room or outside doing chores.  This left me a lot of time on my hands.  Luckily for me, my parents always let me go to the library (even if I was grounded).  This became my escape.  It also ended up as a boon when I got older – I read faster than my classmates, had better retention, and read at a higher level.  Small favors I guess!

Since then, I haven’t given up on my love for reading.  Before I had children of my own, I read a book a week – minimum.  Now, I read at a slower pace (and split things up between the written word and audiobooks).  One of my favorite things is still spending time in a good bookstore or library.  Add in a bit of the labyrinthine and I am a truly happy camper.

Enter Powell’s. Continue reading →

Doughnuts!

Let’s Talk About Doughnuts… (aka Review – Blue Star Donuts (Portland, OR))

Blue Star Donuts

1237 SW Washington St.
Portland, OR 97205
Visit Date: March 16, 2018

In today’s health-conscious environment doughnuts are a bad thing.  No one in their right mind is going to describe them as healthy.  That being said, who cares.  Personally, I head to a doughnut shop to enjoy a nice tasty confectionary treat – not a bran & fiber egg white omelet. I also make a point of not doing it that often.  With that in mind, it is probably a good thing I don’t live anywhere close to a Blue Star Donuts location.  If I did, I would likely be on first name terms with a heart surgeon. Continue reading →