Ah yes, it's once again the weekend! Far away from the evil that is my "day job" (that, incidentally, I do at night), and looking forward to working on stuff that I want to do. Here's a look at my next two days.
First up, tonight, Jorge and I are heading to Tonawanda, where we will be auditioning a new drummer for thinksobrain. It's been over TWO YEARS since the last time Jorge and I played music together. It looked like that may have been the end for the band that earned me my nickname, but lo and behold, we're taking another shot at it. Hopefully this dude will work out, he seems like a cool guy. Plus, my kid is friends with his kids, so that's a plus.
Tomorrow, I'm reuniting with another old group of friends, and we're heading out to a place here called LASERTRON. It's an old hangout for us. We used to go there all the time together growing up. Very much looking forward to that, we don't get a lot of time to hang out with each other anymore.
Meanwhile, I'm working on booking an interview with a former TNA star for BoredWrestlingFan. It's actually a guy I saw back in his indie days in Western New York. and Southern Ontario.
While I'm doing all of that, my mind is trying to decide what I want to cook this weekend. Somehow my brain got stuck on wanting to bake cookies. I have no idea why. I do know that I want to make homemade mac & cheese, for the sole purpose of making grilled mac & cheese sandwiches. I heard about that somewhere before and thought it was an awesome idea. So, I'm going to do it myself. Maybe another pie too? I don't know.
The only thing I know is "go." Should be a fun weekend. Hope everybody else's is as well!
By the way, you can now like me on facebook!
Hey everybody! No crazy stories about burning myself taking garlic bread out of the oven today!
As I prepare to put together a new lineup and get thinksobrain back out in the music scene, I decided that I'd like to have a place for everybody to see what's going on with me while I promote stuff - other than this website. If only because nobody really COMES to this website. Well, here's the deal.
As of this morning, I have an official facebook page. Links to all future articles posted here at thinksojoe.com will automatically pop up in the timeline on the page, and I will post there regularly when I have things going on that I want people to know about. Please head over there and "like" me!
Almost immediately after I posted the blog about the foods I've cooked the other day, I burnt the hell out of my finger taking food out of the oven. What culinary delight was I preparing when this injury occurred? I was taking store bought garlic bread out of the oven. Yes, after all the homemade stuff I've made in the oven over the past 5 months, it's store bought garlic bread that causes me my first injury. My finger missed the potholder and got the oven rack instead.
And because I have absolutely zero discipline, I picked at the resulting blister and now have a hole in my finger and have to wear a band-aid most of the time, if only because it looks bad. Anyways, on to the point of this.
As many of you may know, I launched a second website in the "Bored Fanchise" series of sites. This time, it's BoredHockeyFan.com. It didn't take me long to score an interview for the new site. Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to speak with Kevin Sylvester, who is the host of Buffalo Sabres television, and the host of Hockey Hotline on WGR 550 AM here in Buffalo. We had a great chat about the direct effects of the NHL lockout on people involved in the business of hockey, outside of the players and owners. If you haven't checked it out yet, please do! Hopefully this is just the beginning of great things to come on BHF!
"Jack of all trades, perhaps master of none." That's how my bio starts. I definitely feel I live up to that sometimes. Lately what I've been getting into is cooking and baking.
I guess it all started when I wanted to surprise my wife for our anniversary. I connected with Natalie at the food blog "Bake and Destroy," and she led me to a cupcake icing that I could draw on. I baked some cupcakes, made the icing, and drew my wife's favorite bands' logos on them. I liked them so much, I made the exact same thing a week later and let my wife draw on them.
Then one day I fell asleep watching the Food Network, and when I woke up, the lady was making lasagna. I never made lasagna from scratch before, and it's one of my favorite meals. So as I'm watching the lady on TV, I realize it's not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I found a recipe online, bought the stuff, and made an awesome lasagna, if I do say so myself.
Which led to my wife expressing her fondness for baked ziti.
So, a week later I'm back in the kitchen, this time making up a batch of baked ziti. My wife complained that she doesn't like cottage cheese. That's what they put in baked ziti, that's what you asked for. She ate it. It was good.
I randomly got an idea to make a pumpkin pecan cheesecake. And wouldn't you know, recipes for such a thing exist. So last week, knowing my daughter was coming over for the weekend, I hit the store, came home, and baked up a great pumpkin pecan cheesecake. Maddy didn't like it, but the wife and I couldn't get enough of it. In fact, there's still one last slice in my fridge that I'm going to eat as soon as I finish this post.
This week I decided to be cheap and lazy. I made pudding pies. I was going to make two chocolate pies, but two boxes of pudding only filled one (homemade) crust, and I'd already made two. So, back to the store. I found butterscotch pudding. So I made a butterscotch pie. They're in the fridge now, hopefully they'll come out as good as everything else I've tried my hand at cooking lately.
Four years ago, I launched a wrestling website out of sheer boredom. It was a one man operation at the time, but it expanded to have several great writers over the years, and recently spawned a podcast. Hell, I've even gotten to talk to BRUCE FRIGGIN' HART because of this site and the people who have joined my crew. Now it's time to expand.
I'm pleased to announce the launch of BoredHockeyFan.com, which kicked off this morning with a great graphic from Al Creed. Unlike the Bored Wrestling Fan launch four years ago, I've already got a great staff in place and ready to write about all things hockey. With any luck, we'll have a season to write about this year, but the crew have some great backup ideas for the site just in case. I urge you all to head over to the site and bookmark it!