2009: Post #1 — This Year Has Potential

Alternate Title #1: All Is Quiet On New Year’s Day
Alternate Title #2: Let’s Talk About Reduction
Alternate Title #3: Don’t Look Back

Well hello there. How’s the head? A bit cloudy? I thought warned you about the hazards of drinking cheap champagne.

Some Things Change, Some Things Stay The Same
For 2009 I’m once again altering the stats/goals section of this blog (see below). I liked the way I altered it a few months ago, but felt it needed a little more “punch.” Even if you are a seasoned ITP-Reader I encourage you to take a peak, it’s quite content-dense now.

1001 / 5 = 200(.2)
If I spend two hundred and one days at home I expect to completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die. How do I, a self-admitting poor reader, expect to complete a book which is over one thousand pages long? Five pages a night for every night that I sleep in my bed.

ITP Flickr Pic
This photo made today’s blog posting late. As has become tradition, this was my first meal of the year.
First Meal Of 2009
Yes, it was delicious. It also allowed me to close the book on 2008’s catalog of photos and start a brand new one for 2009.

Ten Years After
March of 2009 will mark my tenth anniversary in my house. Holy shit. Ten years. As I noted some time way back in 2008 I have sworn to implement a plan to repair all ills in a given room each month. Honestly this may be incredibly difficult to pull off, impossible to do alone, but I’m going to try and get all ailments of this house correct — with the help of others.

Blame It On South Canada (aka Wisconsin)
Today is Cheddarhead. Beer, hashing, polka music, beer, cheese curds, sausages, beer, bowling, beer! Can you see why I’ve scheduled January 2, 2009 as a paid day off? I expect to be blogging about my third Cheddarhead Bowling Championship tomorrow. 🙂

Does Anal Retentive Contain A Hyphen? (aka Stats & Goals)
Current Mood – fresh, even though I’ve yet to shower
Current Music – listening to the “This American Life” podcast
Website Of The Day – Read about the history of Cheddarhead on the Atlanta Hash website (click on the Cheddarhead link in the right-hand galley under Special Events).
Mode Of Transportation To Work – No work today!
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Foot Mileage – 0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (1)
Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 0
Marta Rides – 0

January Goals
– Complete all necessary work on the dining room (not going to lie, I picked an easy room first)
– Lose no fewer than two pounds
– Run no fewer than 50 miles
– Completely read Softbox Lighting Techniques for Professional Photographers, Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas, and How to Be Happy, Dammit: A Cynic’s Guide to Spiritual Happiness

2009 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 190 pounds (today’s weight was 199.5 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
РEarn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalape̱o Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C (iPhone development) and Ruby on Rails (Black Sheep web page concept)
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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6 Responses to 2009: Post #1 — This Year Has Potential

  1. Martha says:

    Happy New Year Paulie!!!

    I didn’t take a picture of my breakfast but it consisted of bacon and waffles with ice cream…next step, toss all the junk food I bought for last night out of my house. I didn’t have a drop of booze last night, I ended the year eating a bunch of junk I haven’t touched for most of this year.

    It looks like 2009 is already been good for you. Do you want to get started on those goals? I’m heading out for a run before Cheddarhead. I’m currently thinking about skipping the hash and just showing up for bowling…I’m feeling really lame today.

    >Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

    I love that one, I may use that also.

    Well my recap and goals are posted also, all we can do now is try our best!

  2. Thanks for the offer, but today is dedicated to Cheddarhead. I’d hate to do anything like pull a muscle before bowling. 😉

    My Goals will change throughout the year, that much I know. The “solution/problem” one was conjured last night as I mentally solved a problem with my network arrangement which never existed. Silly that.

    My alcohol consumption was 2.5 beers. I talked on the phone for a while, watched one episode of “Mad Men” and then off to bed. I awoke briefly at midnight to the sound of fireworks and gunfire (idiots!) and then immediately returned to sleep.

  3. Bob says:

    I like the new goal structure, my offer stands for your home improvement needs too. Whenever you want to plan something just let me know and I’ll be there to help.

    Although there is one goal you will NOT make. It will be ME who brings home the chedderhead championship!

    Bwah ha ha!

  4. debbie says:

    Y’all should be headed to the championship Chedderhead smackdown bowling tournament by now! Good luck and sorry I’m not there to buy the 5th frame beer!

  5. Barb says:

    I didn’t hear any polka music yesterday……. was I just in the wrong place?

  6. I don’t think there was much polka played. I heard a smattering at the start. I was ticked because I have Brave Combo on my iPod and forgot to play it on my drive.

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