Random Happenings

Random notes and pics about events in the life of a not-your-typical Computer Science grad student. (Yes I am a nerd, but I don't live and breathe the SciFi channel, well maybe Stargate SG-1...)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Grill re-inauguration

Tonight we completed our grill re-inauguration trifecta. A little while ago, our grill had a "thermal event" (as Weber terms it). We went out to grill one evening and the grill was on fire. Now fire is usually good, but inside the grill, not outside! Apparently a burning element had jostled loose after a trip to the lake. Weber graciously mailed us all the replacement parts for free!!! It was really nice. Splurging on a Weber was definietly worth it. This weekend we completed all the repairs. It felt like we have a brand new grill! To celebrate, we had a weekend of grilling out of Nathan's favorite grill book, Steven Raichlen's How to Grill. (If you own a grill, you must also own this book --- it is amazing.) Here is what we had:

Lamb Kebabs with Mint Yogurt and Cilantro Chutney
(Saturday Night)

Grilled Quail Salad with Roasted Pears and Walnut Oil Vinaigrette
(Sunday Night)

Grilled Pineapple A La Mode

Yum! Yum! Our grill is now ready for regular use, and just in time too --- the leaves are starting to drop and the air is just a little bit cooler. Grilling season is coming!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

All tuckered out from training

This is what my dog Audrey has looked like all morning long. Every time I glance over, she gives me the look of "we're not running again today are we?"

Audrey is used to running with me in the mornings about 3 times a week. Lately, we've been training for a 10K fun run coming up in October, so the running has picked up a bit. This morning we ran 4 miles followed by 3 short sprints. I think it is the sprinting that did her in. I had to keep encouraging her with "that's a good girl" and "come on, Audrey, here we go!" to keep her from trailing too far behind. I never thought I could outrun my own dog!

I think a full day of snoozing on her new doggie bed will make her good as new tomorrow. In the meantime, she definitely barks less at the occasional squirrel. I have to agree with the saying "a tired dog is a good dog"!