DM liked the dinner I made tonight SO MUCH that he wanted me to do a post about it, so here goes.

Last night I made a sort of veggie tortilla soup with an onion, a carrot, a celery stalk, two cloves of garlic, some mexican oregano, a spoonful of chili paste, and 4 small zucchini. I sauteed it all for awhile then I added some homemade chicken stock, boiled it, then simmered it till everything was soft and soupy. Then I added some instant brown rice and a handful of crushed up tortillas and cooked it till it was thick. It was good last night but it was even better tonight with plain yogurt and avocado on top.

Veggie Tortilla Soup

Veggie Tortilla Soup

Tonight I also made Teeny Tiny New Potatoes With Lemon and roasted asparagus. Plus grilled cheese with sauteed mushrooms on homemade whole wheat bread.

New potatoes with lemon, roasted asparagus, and grilled cheese with mushrooms

New potatoes with lemon, roasted asparagus, and grilled cheese with mushrooms

The grilled cheese was stuffed with sauteed mushrooms and made with home made whole wheat bread

The grilled cheese was stuffed with sauteed mushrooms and made with home made whole wheat bread

So there you go. I thought maybe later I’d make some dessert with bananas and vanilla ice cream but we’re pretty full and DM is sleeping on the couch, so maybe not.

Home improvement tips

Let’s say you’re spraypainting something. Let’s say, too, that you’re having a beer. Now, in the one hand, you have the spraypaint can. In the other hand a can of beer.

Sometimes you have to shake the spraypaint can. Shaking the beer can doesn’t do anything except get beer all over the place.

U.S. Bank: F

Tired of all the unreasonable fees, I closed my three U.S. Bank accounts. I went into the branch to do so; I withdrew all of my money and very specifically told the branch clerk to close the accounts.

A month later, I was assessed a random fee. I called the national number and closed the accounts again. The gentleman I spoke with was decent and said the fee would be waived.

Today, a month later, I have incurred yet another random fee, a maintenance fee for $4 because my account has a zero balance. Of course it has a zero balance because it’s CLOSED. Oh my god, what does a man have to do to close an account? Seriously.

At any rate, the woman I spoke to this time said they cannot waive the fee. And they can’t close the account because it has a negative balance now. Talking to this representative was like a dog chasing its tail. Close the account. We can’t because it has a negative balance. Then waive the fee. We can’t. I was like talking to a robot. A robot whose sole purpose was to agitate and infuriate me.

Does banking need to be this difficult? Really? I’m going to go into the branch again tomorrow and pray that I don’t end up in jail.

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Tony’s is Colorado Springs’ worst bar.

This time wasn’t so bad, actually, thanks to Josh.


Josh is an excellent bartender.

It’s become a tradition: We walk to Tony’s when it storms. If there’s a heavy snow, we’re hoofin’ it to Tony’s for a drink because they are always open. Now, it isn’t a secret how I feel about Tony’s. But since it’s close, and since it was snowing, we had to go.

I’ll say again, too, how Josh the bartender made all the difference. Our pitchers were never empty for long, and he was a good sport about me taking his picture. So there will need to be a few more consistently good visits before Tony’s loses the title of Colorado Springs’ worst bar, but if they keep this up, they’re on the right track.

Tony's bar in downtown Colorado Springs

When it storms, we walk to Tony's. It's a tradition.

Greg McElvain, Christian Murdock, me

Here we are at Tony's. It's Greg "Mac" McElvain, Christian Murdock, and me.

Tony's bar in downtown Colorado Springs

The bar at Tony's.

Just a Quickie with only one picture!

This week I showed my mom’s friend Richard around Colorado Springs.  We did a bunch of stuff but I only have one picture! I fully intend to go back out and do these things again sometime so I’ll get pictures then. The weather was nice, it was about 50 degrees. It was a little overcast for part  of the time but later on the sun came out and it was pretty.

First we went to the Van Briggle pottery studio.  They’re a famous oldey timey pottery place but I’d never been before. They make vases and all that as well as tiles and stuff. Many of the big old homes here  have Van Briggle fireplaces and it’s a big deal. We got a tour of the studio which was neat and of course interesting to me seeing as how I’m a ceramics maker and all that (hee hee). Richard bought a piece because he collects it, as well as some stuff for his friends in Canon City.

Then we went to Rico’s for lunch.  Richard had an avocado cheese sandwich and I had some veggie quiche and a
side salad. It was delish.

Then we drove over to Old Colorado City.  You know, it’s that  historical area with all kinds of neat old buildings. We didn’t get out of the car, but it was fun to look at the old buildings from the car.

Then we went up to Manitou It was odd. Manitou is kind of odd.  He liked the old downtown. We didn’t get out of the car again, tho.

Then we drove thru Garden Of The Gods.  It was late afternoon and the light was really pretty. We stopped a few times to take some pictures.

After that we went to Sodo (South Of Downtown) to Shugas which is a cafe/bar in an old general store building. It’s really neat. We had yummy coffees and cakes. I had double chocolate cake and he had almond butter cake. Here’s the one and only picture I took that day.

After that we drove thru the Old North End Historic Preservation Overlay Zone to look at all the old mansions.

We wanted to do a couple other things but ran out of time.  Maybe next time!