the leap day

Happy Leap Day!

Yes! I have successfully written 29 posts this month to celebrate the 29 days of February that only come around every four years.

I will be watching NOFX rock out a sold out show tonite at Stubb’s.

An attack on the Chinese buffet has been scheduled for this Sunday. At least half a dozen of us will take part in this battle. w00t!

Tuesday, I will be revisiting Pluckers, but this time, no Fire in the Hole.

Alkaline Trio is currently in the studio working on their new record.

Thrice will be visiting Austin in April. I’m there.

I am so glad it’s Friday.

I am off to a bad start for today ’cause it’s half past five, and I am still awake.

I love my new bed.

Thank you and goodnite.

the ‘za of the week (feb 24 – mar 1)

Mare and I like to try out interesting combinations when we make the ‘Za of the Week. The pie this week was topped with: breakfast sausage, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and red onions. Most of the toppings on this pizza hold a good amount of liquid, so I made sure to drain them well and use plenty of Parmesan to soak up the extra moisture. The mozzarella on this pie was freshly shredded by Mare.

before baking

We went with canned mushrooms. They have their own uniqueness versus fresh mushrooms. If you want to use canned mushrooms, then make sure to drain them well. We also used prepared roasted red peppers. You also have to make sure to drain those wells.

after baking

The pie was very colorful. Even after draining the toppings well and using a generous amount of Parmesan, the crust was a little soggy in the middle. The large amount of toppings attributed to this, plus they were mostly wet toppings as opposed to greasy toppings like pepperoni.

the close-up

In this close-up, those little green specks is the dried Italian seasoning I sprinkled over the pizza before baking to give it a little extra something. This ‘Za of the Week, despite the slightly soggy crust, was deee-lish.

‘Til next time. Thanks for tuning into ‘Za of the Week. =)

the memory foam mattress

Today, my memory foam mattress arrived in the mail. I entered a video contest back in December, and the company hosting the contest picked the ten best videos. The contest was to make a commercial for the company. The winners received a free memory foam mattress with a foundation. The video I made with Neil was the eighth one picked.

My previous bed was a six-year-old, full-size bed. One of the legs on the bed frame had bent and was replaced with a block of wood to keep the bed level. The box spring had a busted board in it. The mattress had springs, and they were creaking. I actually sampled the creaking of my bed to be the annoying opening sounds of the video I entered.

I also had a memory foam pad for added comfort on my full-size bed. The thing was a nuisance, because it slid around and really loved to partially slide off the bed. The fitted sheet didn’t keep it from sliding.

This new queen-size bed from BedInABox.com is amazing. My initial thought about it was that it is definitely the bed of the future.

Two boxes arrived at my door. One box contained the foundation. It was a long box, and it was full of wood pieces. I thought assembling it was going to be a hassle, but it actually wasn’t. The pieces fit together perfectly, and the package with the nuts and bolts even came with a wrench to tighten it all down. One of the odd parts were the boards that were attached with thick plastic strips, but it made sense when they were laid down. The other odd part was the piece of cardboard that wrapped the boards inside the box was used for the top of the foundation. None of that mattered though, because the package included a cover to conceal the wooden part of the foundation.

I was a little surprised that it didn’t have a bed frame, but after it was all assembled, I was able to see why. After the foundation was put together, it appeared like the bed was going to be the same size as my full but longer. This was incorrect.

The other box was the mattress. It was fairly big and pretty heavy. Inside this box were: a protective cover for the mattress, a European down mattress pad (bonus!), and the memory foam mattress itself.

The mattress was in a bag that seemed like it would slip off easily. Not true. I busted out the scissors and sliced that bag off. No big deal. The mattress itself was rolled like a Fruit Roll-Up in a vacuum-sealed bag held in its cylindrical form with plastic wrap.

The plastic wrap was removed, and the bed unrolled and was folded in half. It wouldn’t unfold without cutting the edge of the bag it was in. I must have cut into the seal, because the mattress started to restore itself to its full size as it was being set up. I’d say it grew three times its size once the vacuum seal was removed.

The mattress was longer and wider than my full-size bed. This was something I assumed, but after assembling the foundation, I was thinking that it was only going to be longer.

After putting on the protective sheet and the down mattress pad, I put on my old fitted sheet but it wouldn’t fit. I left it on as much as it would fit, but I do plan on purchasing one that fits.

I laid down on the mattress, and it felt like I was laying on a dense cloud and all of the pressure in my back started easing away. I could feel my lower back muscles cry in happiness while the memory foam consumed my tired body. The feeling was a mix of pleasure and pain. The pleasure was the relaxation generated from laying in the bed. The pain was the response from my back muscles feeling the immense comfort.

A memory foam mattress always remembers.

Memory foam mattresses are really the beds of the future. I’m done with spring beds and all of that other fancy overpriced snake oil. The noisy creaks are gone forever, my old memory foam pad is useless because the mattress itself is memory foam, and the bed is larger than my old one which is a definite plus.

I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to receive a memory foam mattress. I would like to thank BedInABox.com for giving me this opportunity, and Neil for helping make a winning video.

the arbuckle

garfieldminusgarfield.tumblr.com

A workmate shared this site with me yesterday that I thought was clever and humorous.

Basically, someone removed Garfield and his speech bubbles from the comic strip to make Jon look like a loon.

The archives start in February of this year, so I’m guessing that the site is pretty new. I hope whoever is maintaining it keeps up the good work before Universal Press Syndicate rains on their parade.

the t.g.t.f.

Thank Goodness Tomorrow’s Friday.

I’m looking forward to going to Stubb’s after work to see one of my all-time favorite bands NOFX. The word through the grapevine is that they’re playing The Decline in its entirety. It’s 18+ minutes of one hell of an awesome song. I hope this rumor’s true, and that they play it for the Austin crowd. I’m excited. This will be a memorable Leap Day.

Today was yet another ultra-busy day at work. I wrapped up my weekly project. We got a new soda machine with a new selection of drink varieties. Added to the mix are: lemonade (the one I voted for but not the right brand), Mountain Dew, La Croix sparkling water, Sprite, Diet Pepsi, and Big Red. I see some of these changing in the future, but it’s a treat to have that many to choose from along with the other choices we’ve had before for only a quarter a can.

Another bonus at work today was that I finally received my nameplate. I guess that makes me an absolute official member of the crew. The discouraging type may think that nameplates are given out as a morale booster, but I earned it and you didn’t. This ex-pizza boy is now more of a corporate cog than ever. w00t!

Prepare yourself for the +3 posts I will be completing tonite ’cause 29 was the goal. Peace out.

the ultra-busy

Today was one of those days at work when the work starts as soon as I clocked in and wasn’t going to end for another eight hours. As much as I get to sit down at a computer and do my job, my head still feels worn out at the end of the day.

Neil came by for dinner tonite. We had porkloin, veggies, and mashed potatoes. Mare did an excellent job at cooking it all. Afterwards, we met up with K$ at the Crpwn (sic).

w00t!

Anyway, I’m gonna get to my late night viewing to sleep after this. I know I’m three posts short, but I am focused to make it up to you before Friday. Actually, I’ll have to make it up to you by tomorrow nite ’cause Friday nite is NOFX!

To conclude and because I’m tired, check out Journey performing Don’t Stop Believin’ live, and here are three reasons why Steve Perry is Steve Perry in this video:

  1. The leopard print shirt was meant for a woman.
  2. He can pass as someone’s mother.
  3. He has no shame wearing tight pants with his package outlined for all to see.

Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip1zsUIosoA

the secret life of a blog post

The February 2008 issue of Wired had an interesting article titled The Secret Life of a Blog Post. Being a fan of the blog revolution and thought it would also be interesting to others, I made a PDF copy of the article.

Right-click the image below and Save As to download the PDF. Left-click if you’re the patient type.

The Secret Life of a Blog Post

The Secret Life of a Blog Post
by Frank Rose, infographic by Build
Wired, February 2008
PDF format, 4.98 MB

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