Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 85-90, 2017



  1. Made breakfast.
  2. Did laundry.
  3. Finished reading “I’m Dying Up Here.”
  4. Grocery shopped.
  5. Started watching the third season of Frankie and Grace.
  6. Watched Walking Dead.


  1. Had lunch with a coworker who is retiring on Friday.
  2. Started reading Comedy at the Edge, another book about the rise of comedy in the 70’s.
  3. Watched more of Frankie and Grace.


  1. Was awake at 4am just lying there, but then Mario got us up at 5am anyway.
  2. Packed for the Orlando trip.
  3. Finished Frankie and Grace.


Flew to Orlando for work on Wednesday. The trade show was that afternoon for 3 hours. Went to dinner with a vendor that night. The show was all day Thursday. Packed up that night. Flew back Friday afternoon.



Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 84, 2017



  1. Had coffee and cereal while John went hiking with a friend.
  2. Picked up meds at vet for Riley.
  3. Worked on my set list for tonight’s show and went over it several times.
  4. Had Chick-Fil-A for lunch.
  5. Went to Tuesday Morning.
  6. Spent the afternoon reading until time to leave for the show.
  7. Had dinner at the restaurant with friends before the show.
  8. The show was good. About 30 people in attendance and I felt good about my set overall.
  9. Was home and in bed by 11.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 77-80, 2017


  1. Did Laundry.
  2. Had dinner out at a Thai restaurant.
  3. Watched “Passengers.” One of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. I’d probably watch it again and there are few movies I care to see a second time.


  1. Another low-key relaxed day. Finished laundry.
  2. Bought groceries.
  3. Fried chicken and man-n-cheese for dinner.
  4. Watched Walking Dead.
  5. Started reading “I’m Dying Up Here” which is about comedy back in the 70’s and the rise of Leno and Letterman. It’s being made into a Showtime series this summer.


  1. Had to start training a new hire at work.
  2. Leftover pizza for dinner.
  3. Really enjoying the new book I’m reading.


  1. Spent the morning reading before work because I’m enjoying the book so much.
  2. Wasn’t going to do open mic, but went ahead anyway just to try out my new Trump joke. It didn’t okay so I’ll probably do it a few more times.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 76, 2017



  1. My dad’s grave marker got installed today. My sister sent me a photo of it. It brought tears to my eyes. Everything is done. It kind of feels like it’s okay for me to breathe and move forward now. We don’t have to worry or stress about anything else. It’s done. The marker looks really nice. I’ll get to see it in person next month when I go home.
  2. Bought an ottoman on Amazon to use as a window seat for the pets. It arrived today. We thought Mario might like to look outside and we were right. It’s also nice storage for their toys.
  3. Still working on this new Trump joke. Hoping to try it out next week at open mic. I’ve added a funny musical punchline to it. I’ll probably write it all out this weekend.
  4. Pizza for dinner.



Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 74-75, 2017

Wednesday, Day 74

  1. Another busy day at work. Nothing new. Inventory is finally scheduled for next month.
  2. Cereal for dinner.

Thursday, Day 75

  1. This quote came up in my Facebook memories this morning: “We are born at the rise of the curtain and we die with its fall, and every night in the presence of our patrons we write our new creation, and every night it is blotted out forever; and of what use is it to say to audience or to critic, “Ah, but you should have seen me last Tuesday?”” -Jules Renard.   I thought it was very fitting since tonight I’m in the semi-finals at the Hey Guys Comedy Contest.
  2. Worked on my set list for tonight.
  3. Didn’t make it through to the finals. I didn’t think that I would. But the owner of the club told me I missed it because of a penalty. You were supposed to do 6 minutes minimum to avoid a penalty.  I was under by 43 seconds. You lose .10 of a point for each second you are under so I lost 4.3 points. Otherwise, I would have made top 4. Oh well. I’m disappointed but also kind of glad it’s over and now I can move on to other things.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 72-73, 2017

Monday, Day 72

  1. It snowed again today. Just enough to cover the ground.
  2. Back to work for me. Have to start keying show orders. Thankfully I stayed caught up on emails and the next trade show is already done and ready to ship.
  3. Working on a new joke that involves Trump. I started it on the plane ride back to St. Louis. I don’t usually do political stuff but I’m going to try this. It’s about a two minute bit and if it works I can use it for a while.
  4. Busy day at work and didn’t get all the orders keyed from the show.
  5. Leftovers for dinner.

Tuesday, Day 73

  1. Another busy day at work but getting closer to wrapping up orders from my trade show last week.
  2. Open mic night. I made the list at Helium and got to do 6 minutes.
  3. Salads for dinner.
  4. Wrote my set list 5 minutes before I left to go to the club. The audience was luke warm most of the night and I was 17th on the list. Didn’t hit as hard as I had hoped but that’s okay. Plan to use most of this list for the competition on Thursday with a few changes.

Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 69-71, 2017

Friday Day 69

  1. Slept in till 9am.
  2. Took Elmer to the vet for his yearly exam. Everything ok.
  3. Had scheduled yearly maintenance on our central heat and air unit today so had to stick around the house waiting for them to show up.
  4. Watched Fantastic Beasts. Pretty good.
  5. Had homemade barbecue for lunch and dinner thanks to John.

Saturday Day 70

  1. Went shopping. John was anxious to get out of the house after me being gone a week and him being on vacation and spending most of that time at home.
  2. Went to the pet store for new toys for the cats and dogs.
  3. Went to Kohl’s to use a $10 coupon we had. Bought clothes and a meat grinder.
  4. Had Chick-Fil-A for lunch.
  5. Went to the butcher shop for a rump roast to test out the new meat grinder.
  6. Yummy burgers for dinner thanks to the meat grinder and roast!

Sunday Day 71

  1. Slept late thanks to losing an hour.
  2. Watched TV most of the day. Didn’t even shower, get dressed, or leave the house.
  3. Read.
  4. Used the meat grinder to make a meat loaf with the other half of the roast.
  5. Used the leftover roast to make a pot of stew.
  6. Watched Walking Dead.

The KitchenAid Meat Grinder

It’s been a while since I’ve written any blog posts of substance, other than my 2017 daily logs. I found myself with some extra time on my hands today and nothing to do (That never happens!) so I thought I’d sit down and blog.

Yesterday we bought a meat grinder attachment at Kohl’s for our KitchenAid mixer, a mixer that has maybe been used a handful of times that you could count on one hand with fingers left over. By the way, we have TWO mixers – one that we bought and one that was a free gift!

I figured this grinder would end up in our pantry where all the other attachments and gadgets go to collect dust, but John immediately wanted to try it. We stopped at the butcher shop on the way home and picked up a bottom round roast to sacrifice to the grinder. The roast was $25.kaid_attachment_grinder_lg

We started by making four hamburgers which were quite yummy. We kept them simple by only adding some seasonings. No onion or anything else. We used only half the roast which made four large burgers. We have two left over!

We stuck the other half of the roast in the fridge intending to put it in the crock today. But I thought some homemade meatloaf sounded good instead. So we ground up more today for the meatloaf and then used leftover chunks for a stew.

Big whoop, right?  You could just buy ground meat and call it a day.  Yep, but I actually stopped buying hamburger meat about a year ago because of the price.  A pound is about $7.00 on a good day at our local grocery store, what used to be about $4 or $5 when I bought it on a regular basis.

So we switched to ground turkey some time back which is about $2.50 a pound. We don’t eat a lot of meat at home other than chicken and using turkey in chili, spaghetti, burgers, and meatloaf was a nice alternative for us. If you season it properly, it’s very good and also very lean.

So right away, the first big plus of buying the grinder is saving money because we can buy larger cuts of meat at the butcher for less and stretch it for more meals. Second, the meat is much leaner and we know what’s in it. The burgers and meatloaf had no grease to drain! One thing I always hate about making meatloaf is having to clean the pan after we’re done. I usually let it soak for a week in the sink. Not this time!  It wiped cleaned and nothing stuck to the pan.

I also kind of like the nostalgic aspect of it. Growing up, my mom used a metal grinder that you attached to the side of the kitchen counter to grind up tomatoes to make juice every summer for canning. I’m anxious to see what else we can do with it later this year after we start harvesting things from our garden. I’m so going to try to make my own meatballs and am already looking for a cool sausage recipe.

Do you have a meat grinder?  If so, what do you use it for?



Lone Writer’s Log Book: Day 68, 2017

Thursday – Day 8 in Utah

Checked out of the hotel at noon. Drove to the Great Salt Lakes which was breath taking. Then went back into the city and drove into the mountains to sight see. Checked out a few parks and the capital and visitor center, but mostly just drove around looking at all the nice homes up in the mountains.

Went to the airport at 6. Check in and Security were a breeze with no line. Had dinner and then only had to wait about an hour for the plane. The plane was a newer model that played music while loading and unloading, and had TV’s on the back of the seats for you to play games and watch movies. Even the emergency announcements were played via video on the TV instead of a flight attendant going through the motions.

I spent the 3 hour flight working on jokes and listening to music. Best plane I’ve ever been on.

I was home and in bed by 1am!