Sunday, May 20, 2012

Shellfish and Chivalry

I don't know where the time goes. I'm pretty sure it's like that whole sock in the dryer thing. It just disappears with no known explanation. I have vowed to be a better blogger this year, but I'm just going to let myself off the hook and say that if I write one post a month, that's acceptable. Any more than that and we're having a celebration for the accomplishment.

So...90 minutes doesn't necessarily seem like a long time. Unless you're on the bike at the gym with the resistance ratcheted to its highest (or high for you) level. Then, 5 minutes seems like a fracken eternity! Anyway, this evening, I called in an order to Cheddar's for lemon chicken. Drove over to pick it up. They gave me the wrong order. Instead of my lemon chicken, I was presented with fried chicken and shrimp. I am highly allergic to shellfish so that was no bueno. Good thing I checked the food before I left. They also ran my card for this order instead of my own and this order was twice as much as mine. So they fixed it, I waited around for a good 20 minutes and finally got my food.

Upon sitting in my car, getting ready to head home to enjoy said food, I turned the key and it wouldn't start. I had some battery issues last year, but had the battery checked by two separate shops and both declared that it was fit. Maybe not to run a marathon, but good enough for a 5k at least. Anyway, I realized that it's just time for a new battery because, despite it being declared relatively fit, I am tired of it periodically crapping out in the middle of the race. OK, that analogy is getting out of control, so anyway...

Some very nice gentlemen in suits stopped to help and were willing to get their hands dirty even though they certainly were not dressed for that. I am eternally grateful. Took awhile, but they got my car started. I headed over to Advance Auto Parts, purchased a new battery (bye-bye $100), they installed it for free, and I headed home. Finally, after 90 minutes, I was able to eat my dinner. The salad was lukewarm and the warm food was cold, but a few minutes in the oven and all was well again.

To the unnamed men in the Cheddar's lot who were willing to help out - THANK YOU!! Chivalry is not dead and you proved that tonight!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Evil Under the Sun...and some juice!

This is one of my random blogs where I share thoughts, ideas, and other things that are random with no segue between ideas. Let's get started!

I am a big fan of mysteries, particularly those involving Sherlock Holmes and those written by Agatha Christie. Recently, I've been watching one of my favorite movies made from a Christie novel, Evil Under the Sun. Warning, this post will contain spoilers. Read no further if you have not seen the movie and would like to.

Ok, so basically the movie involves a group of people who get together at a resort. The victim, Arlena Marshall, is the bitch in residence with everyone else having a motive to kill her. So of course, she ends up kicking the proverbial bucket. As it turns out, the killer was the man she was having an affair with who was helped by his wife. Patrick was the killer, Christine was his wife. The plot is rather convoluted, but basically Christine knocked her out with a stone to the head and Patrick finished the job by strangling her. 

It turns out that Patrick also killed his wife, Alice Ruber. I would say his first wife, but she was actually his wife at the same time as Christine. Patrick was not only a killer, but also a bigamist, although his second wife, Christine, was aware of this and assisted him with his alibi for killing Alice. The affair he had with Arlena was sanctioned by Christine so they could both profit from a large diamond Arlena possessed. 

So here is what is interesting to me about all of this. What woman would ever think it was a good idea to marry a man who was a bigamist, killed his first wife, and then killed the woman he was having an affair with? Hello! You're probably next lady since this guy is obviously a sociopath who has now killed two women he was involved with. What the hell?

Lest you say this is fiction, I am reminded of the women who marry murderers on death row, some of them serial killers. That happens in real life. Crazy people out there!

I recently purchased a side plug for my bedroom. My bed has a plug behind it that I have a power strip plugged into for my computer, lamp, and so forth. Well, whenever I make the bed or the bed shifts in any way, it forces the plug out of the wall. I think it was on Pinterest that I saw the side plug idea and I couldn't believe it hadn't occurred to me sooner. I promptly purchased one and I love it! Solved the problem.

I love juice, but it tends to have a lot of calories in it. I found this one a couple of weeks ago and it's great! Very tasty and not bad in terms of calories: Minute Maid Pomegranate Blueberry.

OK, that's about it for random thoughts! Have a great evening all!