Paper Covers Rock, Pollen Covers Paulie

Even with the rain we had this past weekend the pollen is starting to get to me. During last night’s attempted run I felt like I was a wrung-out dishrag. Needless to say, my run was less than spectacular again.

Read Along With Me
Today’s passage from Notes To Myself.

Wanting to do something is a desire, not a sentence. When I “decide” what I want to do I translate my desire into a sentence and then follow the sentence I take the desire out of my body and put it in my mind. Asking myself, “What do I want to do?” brings to mind my habitual answers to that question, it brings in irrelevant things I “should” be wanting to do, and it ignores the fact that there may be no adequate words to describe what I am feeling at this moment.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

Where Is My Village Going?
Sadly there is news of more financial troubles and store closings in East Atlanta Village. The storefronts in question this time are the Sabra Art Gallery and the East Atlanta Antiques store. While neither closing makes a daily impact on my life’s shopping habits (although I did buy a desk from the antiques store once) the loss of business is bad for the Greater Good of my community.

I Am Worried About My Camera
I might be making a mountain out of a molehill but I am having troubles believing that my Nikon D300 is behaving correctly. The issue is with its light exposure meter. Over the past few days of attempting shots the exposure meter has been maxed out on the underexposed side forcing me to use flash, bump up my ISO, or slow down my shutter speeds in instances where I don’t think that I should have to. The opposite has occurred when I am using my studio lighting. Because of the lighting I have been forced to use a smaller aperture than I would like (look at today’s ITP Flicker Pic for an example of this).

This may all be user error. I am going to have to carve time to read my equipment manuals in order to determine if I should indeed be concerned.

ITP Flickr Pic
What do you do when you want to eat pasta but do not have any pasta sauce in the house? Make your own! This was Sunday night’s dinner.

Pasta Dinner With Wine

The pasta sauce I concocted consisted of

  • canned whole tomatoes
  • red pepper (that I roasted)
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • garlic
  • basil
  • red wine
  • chicken broth
  • lemon-pepper-salt

And the best part was that I got to use my immersion blender at the end of the cooking.
Cooking + Power Tools = AWESOME!

Oh yeah, it was really tasty as well.

Chumby Has Arrived!
So far the verdict is “interesting” no wait “45 mph – 55 mph.”

Chumby Is Here!

I plan to do a complete critique some time in the next couple of days.

I’ll Be Rockin’ The Three-Day
I’ve mentioned before that vacationing has become a little expensive for my blood, even though I’ll be taking a major Colorado trip later this year. Some of the other ideas I had for travel this year have fallen through, but here are some replacement ideas that I am contemplating. Most of these will be three-day trips centered on one or more of the following — seeing friends, watching minor league baseball, photography.

  • Greensboro, NC : friends, baseball, photography
  • Savannah, GA / Tybee Island, GA : photography, baseball
  • Montgomery, AL : baseball, photography
  • Asheville, NC : photography
  • Manhattan, NY : duh! okay, family, baseball (whether the Mets are major league is debatable), photography

What would you suggest?

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – blah
Current Music – Listening to Adam Curry’s “Daily Source Code” podcast
Website Of The Day – With all this thought of travel how can I not pick a site like TripIt to organize my travel?
Exercise (b)Log – walking/running, 4 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 21.5 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 8 (8)

April Goals
1) Run no fewer than 75 miles
2) Ride no fewer than 100 road miles
3) Ride Marta no fewer than ten times (five round-trips)
4) Read at least one book
5) Make my bed every day

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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12 Responses to Paper Covers Rock, Pollen Covers Paulie

  1. Debbie, how’s your bed making going? I am up to eight days. 😛

  2. debbie says:

    I made our bed this morning, but I didn’t enjoy it… 😉 The Brady household streak is still alive at 7.

    My equivalent of your sleeping on the couch is jumping out of bed on the weekends and yelling “last one up has to make the bed.” Steve loves that…

  3. stacy says:

    You guys crack me up. The best way to ensure making your bed every day is getting a really nice bedding set that looks all pretty made up. Sure, it’s a little girl trick, but I’ve made my bed straight for over 2 years now.

    Chumby is the cutest little 6-legged octo(er, sexto?)pus I’ve ever seen.

    I’m waiting for a smart ass Canon user to make a suggestion on what you can do with your Nikon… 🙂

  4. @Debbie: That is fantastic! 🙂

    @Stacy: When it comes to bedding “pretty” doesn’t sway me, but “organized” certainly is. Right now I might actually follow a Canon user’s advice. I never recall having the same issues with my old D50. I am afraid that I’ve jumped onto a version 1.0 problem, and that I might have to start dragging the D50 around with my in case of emergency. For what I paid for this camera I should not be having *any* issues like this. However, I will absolve myself of error yet.

  5. Steve says:

    Stacy, your trick has long been in Debbies’ trick book… or at least as the Brockett Road Estate was up for sale. And the least I can do for my lovely wife is make the bed on the weekend…

    She just might have to start getting up a little earlier is she wants to be the first one up, though…


  6. Steve says:

    And to follow Barbs new blog rule… Yeungling!!!


  7. You know what have made the Chinese Food Court lunch better? Yuengling! Well, that and not having to come back here to the office to work. 😉

  8. debbie says:

    Have you noticed that the Brady family cannot successfully spell Yuengling? We both misspell it the same by putting the e before the u. Maybe we’re getting the i before e except after c rule all bungled in our minds.

  9. Steve says:

    Du yu thinc I kan’t spel? I dun’t remmember thet rool in skool.


    We are the knights who say “Yuengling!” Come back and I will taunt you again!


  10. Dave says:

    Your D300 issue. This sounds like a settings issue. I think that maybe exposure compensation is 1 or 2 from what you describe. I am not an expert just trying to help. If you email me maybe we can check the settings. The D300 settings are confusing to say the least and can conflict with each other. Some can also be set and you wouldn’t realize it.



  11. I have no problem with either spelling because I believe both are wrong for how people pronounce it.

    In my world…

    Yuengling = Yoong-Ling
    Yeungling = Yoing-Ling
    Yingling = Ying-Ling

  12. @Dave: Cool, I’ll shoot you an email tomorrow after I get an opportunity to refresh my memory of the manual tonight.


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