Where have I been?

I guess it has been almost a month since I have last blogged.

Shortly after my last entry, we hopped on a plane and headed back to Cincinnati for a few days.  We got to see lots of family and friends, but would always like to have more time to visit.   (Feel free to come out west!)

We flew back on a Wednesday, landed at 11am, and I was at work by 1.  That is how busy things are right now, and the absence of my blogging 🙂

Just a few normal weeks – work, yoga, work – sometimes that is all I get done in a day.

We have had some time to relax – we had a cookout at our house (the green egg did great), and attended a cookout at a friend’s house.   This also involved the longest game of Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot.  8 players spend 3 hours destroying each others bunnies with items such as the “quite irrascible, defractable cheese balls.”   Some day we will have to introduce them all to Killer Bunnies and the Journey to Jupiter.

Fast forward today.   Today we went out east (to North Bend) for the annual Amazon.com picnic.  A good time was had.  We made it the second year in a row for picnic + outlet mall trip.   Not the best outlet mall in the area, but it works.  We will be making a trip to outlets up north in a few months to hit up the lululemon outlet.  (If anyone wants to randomly send us lululemon gift cards or clothes, that would be awesome.)

We have booked some future travel – we have our plane tickets for cancun (yoga teacher training) and a post-holiday trip back to Cincinnati.   That will make it 5 months between visits, but still 3 times this year.   I’m trying to save up some vacation time for next year, so that will be it for me this year.  Cortny may travel east on her own.

That is all I have for now – will try to get back here before too long.

We’re going to the Mariners/Yankees game tomorrow, so I may have something to say about that.

The Big Green Egg

Last weekend, we finally got a new grill, the Big Green Egg (medium size).   We haven’t had one since we moved here, so it will be nice to cook outside this summer.

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The Big Green Egg

This is a big change from what I’m used to.  It turns out that cooking with hardwood charcoal is much better and even easier than cooking with propane.   In fact…. I may never go back to gas.

The grill is so versatile.   I’ve used high temperatures (600 degrees) to sear steaks, and low temperatures (250 degrees) with indirect cooking and hickory chips to smoke pork for dinner.

The Big Green Egg is a big ceramic egg, painted egg.   There are inner components that hold natural lump charcoal.   This is much better than charcoal brickets that you may be used to.  The lump charcoal lights quickly (and without lighter fluid), and the grill easily reaches 500 degrees in about 10 minutes.    Plus – it has the smell of a campfire when you are cooking!

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