Another Attempt At OTP Activities

Critical Mass
Last night’s trip OTP was an interesting one. The sky at sunset was brilliant, but I didn’t have the proper photography equipment to capture it. I ate vegetarian at Chick-fil-A, not to be assumed that I ate a healthy meal. And finally I attended another highly-attended meeting of the Roswell Photographic Society, this time for Critique Night.

Having no idea what to expect I did not enter a shot for critiquing. Now that I have seen one round I will definitely be ready to enter something in the future. I may not have the best photo of the night, but I will definitely learn something from the critique.

Oddly last night I saw two people, and was even introduced to one, that I know from former “lives.” One person I used to volunteer with occasionally during my days of Trees Atlanta volunteering. And as best as I can remember, the other one used to work out at Jeanne’s Body Tech back in the days when I used to work out. Small town, this is.

One Book Done!
Okay, so it turned out that How to Be Happy, Dammit: A Cynic’s Guide to Spiritual Happiness was an extremely quick read. I don’t want to discount the message provided by the book, however. It was a quick, rewarding read. I want to thank ITP-Reader Betsy for hoisting it upon me / lending it to me on Drinkmas.

ITP Flickr Pic
My second trip into Java Lords (who is as timely with website redesigns as I am — snark!) on Sunday yielded this
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
I never saw the Elvis statuette earlier in the day, so I’m quite glad that I entered for another coffee later in the day.

iPhone Users : Help A Brother Out!!!
I’m seeking a killer app for my iPhone. This app is attainable, but after spending $3 for one that I thought accomplished my task but hasn’t, I turn to you.

This is what I want exactly. I want a re-usable shopping list:

  • I should be able to create multiple, independent lists
  • All lists should be synchronized to a server/computer so that I can either make changes on my Mac or iPhone and have the changes transmitted to the other
  • For each list I should be able to create a master list of items and check off those which I need
  • I should be able to uncheck each item as it’s acquired, but not lose the item from the list

Here’s a sample list before heading to the store
List: Grocery
X Bacon
X Biscuits (frozen)
X Eggs
Tomato sauce
X Wine (red)
Wine (white)

Here’s the list after not being able to purchase alcohol on Sunday
List: Grocery
Biscuits (frozen)
Tomato sauce
X Wine (red)
Wine (white)

Had I the time and skill to write it I would. Anyone know of such a beast? I’d even settle for the ability to set up these lists without synchronizing, but synchronization would be much nicer.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – listening to the “Sound Opinions” podcast
Website Of The DayPure Mac may not provide my shopping list solution, but it is a good resource for Mac software.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Foot Mileage – 3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 13 (13)
Vegetarian Days – 2
Carnivorous Days – 10
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
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalapeรƒยฑo Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop

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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14 Responses to Another Attempt At OTP Activities

  1. Martha says:

    Congrats, you completed one of your January goals!!! I’m still working on mine, 13 days and not one purchase from Amazon. It hasn’t been easy and now with the death of my shuffle…well…I’m going to try to do without for another couple of weeks.

    What did you eat at Chick-fil-A that was veggie? In 10 years of living in Atlanta I’ve only ate there once. They had a station set up in the Emory dinning room, I didn’t care for it. Maybe I should give them another chance?

  2. Barb says:

    As for the list problem, all you need is a piece of paper and a pen. Works every time ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I’m with Martha – what did you eat at Chick-fil-a? I ate sort of vegetarian last night – beer cheese soup and a salad. (but, there was bacon on the salad)

  3. laura says:

    Barb, the beer cheese soup was probably made with chicken stock, so technically it wasn’t vegetarian.

    Count me in about the veggie options at CFA. The only old school fast food joint that I can go to (in a pinch of course) is Burger King b/c they offer the veggie burger.

  4. Thanks, but it is only one-third of one of my goals — but it’s a start.

    My dinner at Chick-fil-A consisted of a side salad (complete with bleu cheese dressing, croutons, and honey-roasted sunflower seeds), an order of waffle fries, and a cookies-and-cream milkshake (of which I consumed only half).

    I had eaten vegetarian for lunch so wanted to follow through on the day, and I didn’t pick the meeting location.

    Paper and pen work, but are still not the solution I want. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. sal says:

    CFA has several salads and I suppose you could get a wrap sans chicken.
    I had grilled jerk chicken and red beans and rice with a small salad. I could never be a vegetarian! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My goal is to read just one book a month….something more reasonable and doable for me. I just finished January’s book. Flatbellies…’s not about golf, it’s about life.

    Can’t help you out on the iphone issues since I am not an owner of such.

  6. Andrew says:

    Which App did you buy? I would suggest Zenbe Lists, but at $3, you may have already purchased it. I picked it up when it was free although now there’s a fee.

  7. Andrew says:

    fyi, Zenbe Lists does satisfy all of your requirements.

  8. Martha says:

    My biggest issue with CFA was the unknown pickle on the sandwich…I HATE biting into a pickle I don’t know is there. It has been enough to keep me away for 10 years.

    Barb, pen and paper? Ha!! As an ex-Iphone widow, there is no point in having an Iphone if you don’t make your life revolve around it. I mean what are you going to use it for? To make phone calls? Geez.

    Paulie, all you have to do is list each book as a goal and you’ve completed one goal, creative accounting, nothing wrong with that. I have a few books waiting to be read, I have no idea when that is going to happen. Thus, not a goal at this time.

  9. Barb says:

    I hate the pickle that comes on the sandwich too, (even if you take it off, the pickle taste is in the bread) so I only order the chicken strips, nuggets or wraps because of that.

    Reading is overrated, but my excuse is my eyes don’t like to read very long, and yes, I’ve gotten some glasses, and it still doesn’t help. Allan reads enough books every month for everyone.

  10. Andrew : You’re good! Reading Andy Ihnatko’s iPhone book led me to Zenbe Lists. In the book it was free, but by the time I got to it the cost was $3. Trying not to be penny wise, pound foolish, I bought it. Yesterday I tried creating lists (along with signing up for a Zenbe account). At first I thought it was great, and then I attempted syncing. Once the sync was complete I was left with duplicate items all over my list. No good. Even worse was someone’s clarification of Zenbe’s Terms of Service — go look at the iTunes App Store.

    Martha, Barb : I love the pickle on the sandwich. I usually boycott C-f-A because they are closed on Sunday’s. I know why, it’s their choice; and it’s my choice not to support their beliefs.

  11. Andrew says:

    I have had duplicate items show up once in awhile, but not often. As to their TOS, they’ve revised it numerous times to make it less draconian.

  12. Huh. I’ll revisit their ToS. I had numerous duplicates yesterday. It was severely disappointing. I created a Master Grocery list of about forty items, checked ten (after going into the settings to set it so that they don’t disappear) and then synced. All ten items were duplicated, one entry checked, one not.

    I also find it weird that has nothing to do with lists, for that you are sent to their subdomain

  13. Fair enough. I’d still like them to lick their duplication bug. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since I’ve already paid for the app perhaps I’ll give it another shot.

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