A Return To Frustrationville

My home internet connection is acting up again. Remember when I said I was going to change providers? Inertia won out and I didn’t. Shame on me.

It’s going to be 69 and sunny today? Where was this weather yesterday when I was out of the office?

Let’s Call It “Lent Lite”
No being a religious type I’ve never given anything up for Lent. Sure, there was the running joke that I’d give up sex with other partners, but that joke has grown woefully old.

Instead I am starting what I intend to call Lent Lite. During Lent Lite I will be avoiding, but not completely giving up, items and will not burn in Hell if I fail. Along the way I hope to lose a little weight and save enough money on food and alcohol to blow on hookers and blow at a later date.

Here are the three (I am holier than thou for attempting three instead of one) confirmed items to be included in Lent Lite
1) I will not drink soda on Monday through Thursday and will attempt to limit my intake to one-per-day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
2) I will give up laziness as an excuse for not exercising six days of the week.
3) Okay, I lied. I cannot think of three things that I can honestly stick to. I was going give some mention of giving up alcohol some set number of days a week. But seriously, do you think that I could really pull that off? I didn’t think so.

I am not saving the world, but I may be saving the world from a depressed Paulie.

What Would You Do?
I can get a Delta SkyMiles round-trip ticket to Phoenix for “free.” Or, I could book a round-trip on AirTran for about $275. What would you do? What do you think is going to happen to Delta in the near future.

ITP Flickr Pic
None today. I’ve not taken any shots worth noting in about a week. I’ll need to reload the queue and start again ASAP.

Theaterus Interruptus
Or, “All Dressed Up And Almost Nowhere To Go…”
Or, “Damn You Responsible Parents!”
Or, “When You Start Drinking At Home Why Drive To Drink Elsewhere?”

Last night I was supposed to accompany my friend Stacey to see “Almost, Maine” at Horizon Theatre. Unfortunately, as I got dressed to go out Stacey called me to let me know that she had to bail. Her husband got stuck at work and our friend who could help out by babysitting was sick, so she had no other option. I suggested that she let the child stay home alone. In my opinion parents today are so overprotective. And besides, the child is nearly one, sooner or later going to have to learn to fend for herself; why not in the first year? I offered up the advice — “What would Britney do?” Stacey stuck to her guns; I stayed home.

An alternative plan could have been to meet up with the Atlanta Bloggers at Manuel’s Tavern for the monthly Atlanta Bloggers Who Get Together To Drink, but by the time this was mentioned to me I had started drinking at home and didn’t think that it would be a great idea for me to drive somewhere else.

I could have used the opportunity to start to learn Lightroom, or catch up on some of that reading I needed to do, but instead I fucked around all night long.

Living Under Cover(s)
Once I made the determination that going out wasn’t in my plans I got in to bed and started catching up on some internet shows and podcasts (my internet was working last night at least). I had no intention of spending the entire night in bed, but did nonetheless.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Badly Drawn Boy — “Once Around The Block”
Website Of The Day – One of the channels I’ve discovered thanks to Joost is called Lime. On the Lime channel they have a lot of programming about environment and spiritual issues. One of the programs is done by the people behind today’s pick, The Lazy Environmentalist. (which sounds like an apt description of someone I know really well — me)
Exercise (b)Log – none

February Goals
1) Lose two pounds. (starting weight ~205 lbs)
2) Run no fewer than fifty miles.
3) Do twenty push-ups and fifty sit-ups at least three times a week.
4) Read two books.
5) Go to the Center For Puppetry Arts.
6) Use Marta for commuting at least one day per week.
7) Get all 2007 information into Google Calendar.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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14 Responses to A Return To Frustrationville

  1. Gentri says:

    Use the miles. No sense hoarding. I always like “free”. Unless you are planning on using them for Puerto Vallarta?

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’m not going to Puerto Vallarta. I think I’m going to do a Atlanta->Seattle->Edmonton threesome in the August timeframe. I doubt that I can use the SkyMiles for my three-way.

  3. debbie says:

    You can definitely use your miles for your 3-way. My cutoff for using miles is $300. If I can buy the ticket for less than that, I don’t use the miles.

  4. Stacy says:

    Buy the ticket. $275 to the west coast is pretty inexpensive, dude. Save the miles for a more costly one.

  5. Barb says:

    I just got our Phoenix tickets for April (I did 2 one ways, 1 America West, 1 Airtran) and the total with taxes came out to just below $300. If you want to take the time, look into that, you might get the price a little cheaper. ANYTHING below $300 is a pretty good deal to Phoenix. I’d save the miles, Delta isn’t going anywhere.

  6. Barb says:

    oh yeah – what dates are you going to be out there?

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Right now I am thinking of leaving Atlanta on May 24th and returning either May 29th or 30th.

  8. Stacy says:

    oh, hey! I just noticed someone mentioned you can use your miles for a 3-way? wow! you might want to consider that instead. 😉

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I am going to try get a three-way tonight. 🙂

  10. Debbie says:

    If you could you use your miles for THAT kind of 3-way, Delta might not have those bankruptcy woes… 🙂

  11. Martha says:

    Paul, I went 5 days in Indiana without a drink…if I can do that anything is possible.

    As far as the weight loss goes…I’m stuck and getting VERY frustrated myself right about now. You saw the picture of what I was temped with so I guess it could have been much worse.

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I don’t know how you managed to be around family for five days without drinking. That’s might impressive.

  13. Martha says:

    To be honest, after my niece called me on Christmas day (you remember that don’t you?) and said, Auntie is talking funny she must be drinking A LOT…I thought it best to stay sober around the little one for the time being.

  14. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Hogwash! The little ones should be learning from the professionals. Otherwise it’s nothing more than inefficient homeschooling! 🙂

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