Yesterday was Easter. It was a surprisingly quiet gate day.
This is what the eggs would have looked like if I hadn’t eaten them all (almost) before we could dye them. This is from Easter 2010, when I didn’t eat all the eggs, and I picked up agates and shells and egg-shaped rocks on the beach.
Easter 2012. We still have Dudley’s $2 Coloring Cups from the $1 Store. Maybe, when Heidi gets a haircut on Wednesday, she’ll buy more eggs and we’ll have a post-Easter egg coloring session (she just does this to humor me).
I’m on a stay under 1200 calories a day diet. There are tons of great low-cal recipes (see link at the end) but I’m an unmotivated cook so I’m pretty much on The Hospital Diet. You know the one: diet jello, diet pudding, eggs, dry toast, black coffee and lots of water. It’s sad when a Special K protein bar is a treat!
But it was Easter so we did buy candy for the guys. I morphed from my imitation Johnny Cash black into something resembling a giant Easter egg. Dressed in my Life is Good purple t under my bright orange vest, I trotted out with my Easter basket.
Everyone who came and went took handfuls of candy and seemed more than Good and Plenty happy to get it.
Eric, our safety guy, told us they were cooking out and to come up and pick up our dinners around 5. I forgot to take a picture of the potato salad (which I didn’t eat) but Heidi loved, but I did get a shot of the meat. I think we’ve already established that Texans like their meat.
Those are ribs poking out from under the ribeyes. In a year and a half in Texas, we’ve been graced with many a fine meal and not once, ever, has there been only one kind of meat. It’s a carnivore’s heaven! It was delicious and we have enough leftovers for days.
It was so quiet during the evening, Heidi decided to get up on the roof and spray the awning, which was starting to make loud sounds of protest whenever we tried to retract it.
Everything stayed fairly quiet until just before 11. At first I thought it was thunder – a long ways off. I heard a distant rumbling in the dark and felt the earth tremble. I double-checked the Weather Wunderground link to make sure there hadn’t been an earthquake. As it turned out, the earthquake was headed straight for the gate.
The tremors began at 10:48 p.m. It’s 2 a.m. now and they’re just beginning to die down. I don’t expect the dust will settle until morning, if ever…
Fracing (not at our well, we’re still drilling) has begun with a flourish! I lost track of the number of trucks (we don’t have to write them in since they aren’t going to our site) somewhere after 50.
I expect I’ll be hearing bells in my sleep all day today. And they’ll all be real.
Oh, and about the diet. If you want to cut out a few calories and aren’t drawn to my hospital low cal plan, check out the blog of my good friend Mike @ Bacon Grease. He’s one creative fellow with recipes for things like popcorn potato salad and ‘naked’ chicken fried in citrus soda!
The tremors are starting again. And speaking of Bacon, where’s Kevin when you really need him?