I'm still having the Blog Reading List Issue-I have to click each blog to find their latest, so if I miss reading or commenting, it's because I didn't find you soon enough. I'll get caught up, but as still looking for a fix. Doing my blog reading this way though has me clicking on blogs that I haven't read for a while and got me wondering if some without recent posts have 1) stopped blogging, 2) are taking a long break, or 3) started a new blog and I never fund it. If anyone knows if Jane at Life Begins at Retirement, or Sue at You Can call Me Sue are still blogging, let me know.
Watching the Olympics, while I know some athletes end up with sponsorships and big endorsements, most competitors fund their own training. How do they do this? I can't imagine having a full time job, and training enough in any sport to be one of the best in your country, and the world. While many are still college student and their training is there, many are nearing or past 30?. How much does a pro Volleyball player make? How much practice does fencing take and how are your living expenses paid for? I'm baffled by all of this.
For those of you who are prolific gardeners, what are you doing with all your surplus? Do you freeze or preserve in different ways? Do your friends and family devour everything you grow? I can't imagine I'd ever have to figure this out for myself as I can't even grow zinnias let alone delicious produce. I am in awe of you good gardeners eating from your own gardens year round. It has to be mighty satisfying in the dead of winter pulling flash frozen green bens out of the freezer or making spaghetti sauce from tomatoes you grew and then canned yourself.
Last night at dinner, I had a baked potato with my meal. Why do restaurant baked potatoes taste so much better than when I make them at home? Even when I do the whole rub with oil and a little salt after poking the holes, they are good, but not the fluffy gorgeous potatoes in restaurants. Anyone have any other tips, pass them on. Having a baked potato in a restaurant is one of my simple pleasures.
And speaking of said dinner, the restaurant was under staffed as are mot these days, but it was an enjoyable night-we were in no hurry and the food was good. My sister and her husband though were pretty antsy that the bill didn't come quickly after the meal. My sister still had 1/2 a pour of her wine and he was itching to leave. I think when people go out to eat as often as others do, eating out becomes just a transaction and not an event. I was happy to linger and talk with others, take my time with my drink. When we were in Europe, particularly France, we noticed we didn't get the check until we signaled the server that we were ready for it. No rushing to turn over tables. While we went out twice over the weekend, it'll likely be a few more weeks before we do so again, taking DD2 out before sending her back to school to a place of her choice, but knowing her, that could be Jimmy Johns or Chipotle, LOL. What are your thoughts on eating out? Do you prefer to linger over your meal out, or order, eat, drink, and leave? Do you find the level of enjoyment goes up if you eat out sparingly or is it a joy regardless of the frequency?
These and other questions are in my head this week. I sometimes go down rabbit holes trying to find answers to things that are not important, but nag in my head for some reason. I think it is good to be curious about things, but not irrationally curious. Any things noodling in your brains these days? Do you have any thoughts on my pondersings?