Cold Enough For You?

Hmmm, all this time I’ve been bitching about how fat I’ve become. Guess who was warm this morning? (of course a coat would have been a better plan as it would be easier to shed when the weather warms up again)

A Print In Time
This morning I put an order in for a print which will probably be the one I donate for the photography auction. After mulling all of the suggestions provided a few weeks ago I chose “March of the Honey Bear Soldiers”. I chose this print because it’s one of my favorites, and this way if no one bids on it I can keep it.

I also plan to work on and print some of the other suggestions for my own home’s benefit.

Farewell, Bon Voyage, Auf Wiedersehen
Last night I joined a bunch of Flickrites at the El Azteca in Sandy Springs for a farewell dinner for one of our own, Russell Reno. Russell is one of the first Flickrites I met in real life when I attended my first photostroll at the Oakland Cemetery back in the Good Old Days of Flickr. In the next few weeks Russell will be moving back to California and last night’s meal was a good chance to see him off as well as see many of my Flickr friends that I don’t see often enough.

ITP Flickr Pic
After the Chinese New Year celebration a group of us went to eat some dim sum at Royal China
Dim Sum @ Royal China
I thank my eating companions for allowing me to shoot some of the plates before they were devoured. I only wish I liked more of the shots I took.

How Many Paulie’s Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?
Apparently the answer is still “one”, however it needs to be modified to “one, motivated Paulie.” The other night one of the light bulbs in my bed room, the same bedroom which is the target of this month’s “fix it up” plan, burned out. This is not a completely unusual occurrence in my house and normally I take care of the matter immediately. However, over the past few days I’ve been so swamped by Life that the simple steps of:

  1. Get stepladder
  2. Determine wattage of burned out bulb
  3. Get replacement bulb
  4. Replace bulb
  5. Return stepladder

have been too many steps to carry out.

I’d Like Some Audiobook Advice
With the realization that many of my podcasts have gone the way of the dodo bird I have decided to finally getting around to joining Audible. I plan to join at the membership level which will get me one book a month. Hey look at that! I’ll be “reading” at least one book a month! 🙂

Do any of you have recommendations? I would love to listen to things which are in the self-help / productivity category.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat
Current Music – listening to yesterday’s “C|Net’s Buzz Out Loud” podcast
Website Of The DayInstapaper is valuable website for saving websites so they can be read on an iPhone at a later time. Best yet? It’s free (unless you go for the “Pro” iPhone app for $10)
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 4 (4)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 2
Marta Rides – 0

February Goals
– Complete all necessary work on my bed room
– Lose no fewer than one pound
– Run no fewer than 30 miles
– Completely read Softbox Lighting Techniques for Professional Photographers, and Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

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 Jalapeño 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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16 Responses to Cold Enough For You?

  1. Bob says:

    You doing OK Paulie? This is the third time this week that I clicked on my ITP bookmark thinking “It’s way to early for the blog to be posted” and there it was. So thanks for letting me get my day started a little early :).

  2. It’s my new “Incredibly Busy” schedule. It’s getting me out of the house before 6am and into the office. Of course, I also am asleep by 10:30pm and never get around to exercising.

  3. Steve says:

    I do like that picture.. that would make a nice print in the kitchen, but I hope it sells.

    One of the suggestions I read recently on how to stay employed said to make yourself visible- i.e. make sure the boss knows what you are doing and how you are spending your time. Makes sense to me and it seems you are doing that. Perhaps you shouldn’t mention that the first thing you do is update your blog.


  4. I’ve been doing just that. I have increased my profile around the office. I (usually) have the blog completed by the time most people roll in.

  5. Lisa says:

    I was reading yesterday’s blog and just an FYI, stairs are bad for knees, especially for “bad” knees. Biking or walking on flat surfaces are better. I would not run either. Just a suggestion… maybe you should see an orthopedist? Sounds like a potenital meniscal issue.

  6. I don’t think that the human race was supposed to live past the age of forty.

  7. Martha says:

    My PT told me that walking down stairs is about the hardest thing for your knees to do. Which was sort of good news for me, since that was the only time I was having problems with my ACL. I’ve noticed I have my lastest ‘knee issue’ after running down hill, but again it works itself out after a few minutes.

    I save a step on changing the lightbulb by having all 60 watt bulbs, with the exception of a few speciallity bulb. I hope you are replacing your burnt out bulbs with CFLs. I think I’ve converted just about all of mine at this point.

    As for reading, I just got Chi Running, JRob suggested it…I’ll let you know what I think.

  8. I replace many with CF bulbs, but this is on a dimmer and I don’t like the way the “special dimmer-capable” CD bulbs act. I’m also calling BullShit on the length of time a CF bulb will last. I’ve taken to dating the bulbs when installing them and will have photographic proof some day that they aren’t the savior they are touted to be.

  9. Martha says:

    The only CFL bulb I’ve had burn out, is the front porch light, I think you can buy special ones for outdoor use, the one in the hallway has been there for a couple of years (the first CFL installed) but only time will tell.

    I’m about to replace the relatively new fixtures in the kitchen, the bulbs are about $3-4 a piece and I’ve replaced all six of them, twice, in the past 18 months…they are super bright and great for kitchen use but just too expensive to justify and a pain in the ass to replace.

    Reminds me I still need to contact the electrican.

  10. Laura says:

    My two cents about knees since I had two ACL reconstructions. Go down the stairs backward! It works. You’ll look like a dork, but a dork with no pain. Reminds me of MC and the Tybee half…which is this weekend, btw.

  11. Tybee is this weekend? I thought that it was last weekend because it always used to fall on the same weekend as the Super Bowl.

  12. Martha says:

    “I don’t think that the human race was supposed to live past the age of forty.”

    I think she may have disagreed with you…

  13. Hmmm, I’d say that photo of her proves my point.

  14. David says:

    Re: self-help Audible book, the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey is a great starting point. I recommend listening more than once.

  15. That’s a great suggestion David. I’ve been trying to read that book for years. I guess the first habit is to read the book completely?

  16. David says:

    I know exactly what you mean. The audio is much easier to get through. I could never get through the written text either, but I’ve listened to the audio several times over the years.

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