As The Pizza Cooks – Episode 7

First the important stuff: Sunset: 5:09 p.m. and Sunrise 7:15 a.m.

Now what I’m watching for is when the sunrise is before 7:00 a.m.  I’m the kind of person who sleeps when it’s dark and am awake when it’s light.  In the summer I don’t sleep as much as I do in the winter.  It’s just the way my brain is wired.  An earlier sunrise just means that I’ll be getting out of bed earlier and have a chance of being dressed and ready to go before 10:00 a.m.

I’m retired, I don’t do rushed mornings to get to work on time.

Wonder how many people do this:  I was drinking tea and watching the birds with my cats when it started snowing.  After telling Heather it was snowing, I got out my cell phone and checked the weather app and sure enough it said it was snowing.  The cat’s didn’t venture an opinion.  This is one of those times when I have a bit of an out of body experience.  Part of my brain sees snow, part wants confirmation and the other part is asking, “You can see snow, why are you checking the weather?”

I’ve also been known to look at a clock and then take out my cell phone to make sure the clock is right.  How did we ever get along without our cell phones.  These days it does everything, it’s a calculator, oven timer, appointment reminder, email, text, phone, camera, and deck of cards all in one.

I used to play solitaire with real cards, but now I do that on my phone.  It’s nice since the app deals the cards, suggests moves, records wins, but it does have a few annoying ads (nothing is free).  About the only thing you can’t really do with a cell phone solitaire is cheat.  Really hard to cheat at solitaire on a phone app.

Which reminds me of the line from Janis Ian’s song, At Seventeen, that says, “To cheat ourselves at solitaire.”  Which has nothing to do with this post, but it came to mind and I thought I’d mention it.  Actually that song likely deserves its own post.

In other news Heather and I finished assembling her birthday present of a Lego flower bouquet.  It had about 800 pieces and took us about four hours to complete.  Here’s a picture:

Well, that’s about it for this week except to mention that this week we’re having our standard pepperoni and olive pizza.  I did have a cauliflower curst pizza in the freezer, but with the snow and a predicted low of nine degrees tomorrow morning, pepperoni seemed to be a better choice. The timer just went, till next week …

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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31 Responses to As The Pizza Cooks – Episode 7

  1. It’s nice to know that we are normal. I’ll mention that it’s raining and hubby will look at the weather app and tell me I’m wrong!

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  2. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    It would be so much nicer to play with real cards 🙂

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  3. Debra says:

    When working I had to leave the house at 6:30 a.m. and I vowed when retired I wouldn’t give in to that! Unfortunately, I think I changed my internal clock and I now, to my somewhat disappointment, wake while still dark. But I drink my tea and don’t move for quite a long time!

    I love Heather’s birthday present. I may have said this previously but my 15-year old granddaughter loves these adult Lego projects. We haven’t yet bought her a really large one, mainly because of cost, but some of her creations are pretty complex. I don’t think I have the skill, but maybe someday I’l jump in and at least try.

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  4. How did we ever live without our cell phones? It’s mystifying! 🙂 And cauliflower crust pizza is good, too. I’ll look for the picture…

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  5. Dave says:

    Even better than double-checking the weather is to challenge your spouse on which app is more accurate. Her “Weather Channel” always acts like it’s raining buckets when it’s really just occasional showers. My “Accuweather” gets too descriptive when all I want to know is “wind” or “no wind” (“Gusty”? “Breezy”? Who cares?) And of course, my wife and I battle over EXACT highs and lows, as if the particular degree matters. You’d think one of us would cave and simply move to the other’s app, but then again you don’t know us so well, do you? 🙂

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    • I’ve noticed that even our local National Weather service office tends to be on the “We’re all going to die” theme when posting updates on it’s FB page. My wife and some times differ on the exact definition of “hot”, “cold,” and “mild.” For me anything below 70 is cold, but for her anything over 60 is hot. I still don’t understand what a “mild” day is.


  6. You made me chuckle several times, Andrew! Particularly the “see snow, check weather forecast” routine. I do the same; but I prefer to think it’s because I’m checking to see how long the snow will last. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. 😉

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  7. jfwknifton says:

    It must be my computer, but there’s still nothing to be seen.


  8. Milena Alien says:

    Andrew, isn’t it magical to be sitting at home watching the weather and still reaching out for your phone to see what it says? I do it all the time followed by getting to my work computer to see the weather on the lower panel of my screen once again. It’s so necessary to have this reality check just in case. I have this and other out of body experiences quite a bit, especially when I drink my tea and eat my vegetable pizza thinking of the things that sank into the air.

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  9. I was just starting to wonder about the pizza when you brought it up. Next time, lead with that!

    Interesting post, btw.

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  10. SusanR says:

    I resort to a sleep mask since the sun and I don’t quite agree on timing. Meanwhile, I’d love to see that photo; I’m intrigued by the idea of a Lego bouquet.

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  11. Just where’s that Lego bouquet?

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  12. Good morning. I have a ‘thing’ where I need the clocks all to match. The clock on the stove has to match the clock on the microwave exactly which has to match the clock on the wall. I actually wait there when setting them to make sure that this is no more than a second or so difference. Then my universe can be happy (I know – we all have our thing!)

    Oh – and I am still holding out on the cell phone thingy. No – I don’t own one. I actually spent yesterday afternoon with my computer asleep and did some needlework all day. I checked my email maybe twice in 8 or so hours. I need to get away more and stop wasting time ‘browsing.’

    I see no photo of your Lego flowers. 😥 One day I will post a photo of my partner Keith’s Lego collection in his man cave. It is all Star Wars (from the different editions) and quite impressive whether you are a fan or not. I actually am awaiting the arrival of my first (smallish) set of “Gary” the snail from the SpongeBob cartoon. Keith tries to get me involved, but I don’t want or need another hobby/distraction, but I do love Gary from way back when the kids were little and saw one and took the bait. It will not be the start of something, I promise. LOL

    Oh – and I made pizza on Saturday, so I got you covered. 😉

    Have a great one!

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    • My wife and I both love Lego and have a large collection of bricks. I resisted a cell phone for a long time, but with parents and brother in and out of hospitals, I needed to be in close contact with doctors. Since I’ve moved to Reno, I’ve been driving a lot more and a smart phone just makes that process easier. and I just did another post with the picture I forgot to add to this post.

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      • Yes. When Keith got his 4-wheeler, he got a phone. The idea of him out in the woods without communication was troubling to me. Some areas don’t have cell service, but usually, he doesn’t go that far. I really have no need for one. I am here or with him. I enjoyed my day away from the computer even yesterday. It was different, to say the least, but in a good way. I may do it more often. That is one of the best parts of working in my shop. It is away from my computer, and I never bring my Ipad there with me. I have sound-canceling headphones so I am truly buffered from the world.

        Your needs are different than mine. I wasn’t judging. 😉 I just want to hold out as long as I am able.

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  13. Ann Theiss says:

    Nothing funnier than real life observations..

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  14. jfwknifton says:

    It’s definitely getting lighter here by seven o’clock. The birds are already in the trees waiting for me to feed them, although there is a baby owl calling in a tree somewhere close.
    I would have loved to see the picture of the Lego flower bouquet, but unfortunately it isn’t showing up on my screen.

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