Quick breakfast options

Looking ahead to when we’re in the new house, I’ll have a much longer commute. That means I’ll have significantly less time for making and eating breakfast than I did at the old house or even now in the apartment.

I’m already getting up at 0’dark-30 and with the new commute I’ll pretty much have to get ready to hit the road to work after taking the dogs out.

Time to contemplate some breakfast options. Something low carb, easy to make early in the morning (like under 15 minutes), or prepare the evening before and eat in the morning.

Most of my cookbooks are in storage at the moment so I’ll have to get most of my inspiration elsewhere.

  • I could get up at 0’dark or 0’darker to give me time for making something breakfast-y.
  • Use a slow cooker to make something overnight so that it’s ready in the morning.
  • Stockpile frozen breakfast type things that I can microwave in the morning.
  • Eat leftovers from the night before.
  • I could just grab something when I get to work too.
  • I also have a little mini-fridge in my office, so I could probably stock some things in there and do office breakfast.
  • Some or all of the above.

I’ve got a couple of months to come up with some ideas.

Insulated house

Siding went up around the house a couple weeks ago, and now some of the insulation is in.

New house has siding
New house has siding

The spaces in the exterior walls have insulation stuffed in them. Even some of the interior walls got some insulation, although not all of them. Not sure why that is.

We were able to get the conduit for the coax moved to a slightly different location close to where the electrical meter will be located. It was originally put behind the where the AC unit was going to go, but after going there to have a look, we decided to have it moved. The guys doing the structural wiring were nice enough to move it for us, and it will also make for a slightly shorter run of coax.

Conduit running up through the garage wall
Conduit running up through the garage wall
Conduit coming outside the house
Conduit coming outside the house

The conduit will get trimmed and enclosed in a weather-proof box mounted on the side of the house. The plan is to have the coax terminate at a grounded bus inside the box, and then have more coax connect there going out to the antenna. I’ll have the flexibility to add more connections and run some additional coax if necessary.

Soon the drywalling will start and then more insulation.

Lowcountry dog park tour: Daniel Island Governors Park dog park

Over on Daniel Island in the shadow of I-526 is Governors Park dog park. It’s a pretty large park with a large big dog section and a smaller small dog section.

It’s a relatively new park, and the size offers plenty of room for dogs to run and stretch their legs. At one end of the park are some trees that provide some shade (in addition to the shade provided by I-526), and there are some benches for people to sit on.

A fence separates the small dog section and main section with a gate allowing access between the two sections. A single water fountain serves both sections.

Dog lock gates at either end provide access to the main dog park section.

Most of the dog park appears to be covered with a sandy material with lots of shell and shell fragments, which makes me think that perhaps it’s dredge material that used to be at the bottom of the harbour. It’s pretty soft and cushy should be nice for dogs to run around on.

Here’s the dog park on Google Maps

Rome: The Pantheon

The Pantheon is an impressive structure: large, cylindrical topped with a huge dome. It sits on one side of a good sized piazza with restaurants and shops and lots of people.

Inside, the space is equally large, and wide open. As you walk in, there is the main altar straight ahead.

Inside the Pantheon
Inside the Pantheon

The dome of the Pantheon is quite impressive, especially considering how large the building is. There’s also a big hole in the roof, so if it’s raining outside, it’s raining inside too.

Dome of the Pantheon
Dome of the Pantheon

The High Altar has candle stick holders that are as tall as the person that was lighting the candles when we were there.

Main altar at the Pantheon
Main altar at the Pantheon

In addition to “newer” mosaics and sculptures, there are much older ones on the walls of the Pantheon, such as this fresco. Pretty remarkable that something like this has managed to survive so long.

Old Pantheon fresco
Old Pantheon fresco

The Pantheon isn’t just a tourist attraction though. It’s still a functioning Catholic church, so about 10-15 minutes before Mass starts, they start shooing out the people who aren’t planning to participate in the Mass.

If you’re visiting the Pantheon, stick around for the Mass. Afterwards, you’ll have a little bit of time to wander around while it’s relatively empty before they let the tourists back in.