It Is Aliiiiiiiiiiiive!!!

If you read the short little post I put up yesterday afternoon then you’ve already seen the “news.” It seems that my friend Tami at Running With Tweezers has a contact with one of the AJC‘s blog writers, John Kessler. Kessler picked up the “Eat/Drink for $30/Week” gauntlet and ran with it by posting a blog entry, which pointed at Tami’s blog, which in turn pointed at Seven-Day Project, which forced me to get that online asap. It is. It’s barren. But I am still pleased.

Cleanup From Yesterday
I was going to jovially announce that the clock in my car finally illuminates, making the $1850 in repairs all seem worth it. Well, if you were around yesterday your know the rest of the story. There is a long story about the clock’s inability to illuminate, but I’ve lost the momentum on it

My mother turned seventy-nine yesterday. Seventy-nine. I’m not sure that I’ll make it that far, but I am glad that she has.

Yesterday is behind me, I’m moving forward.

ITP Flickr Pic
$28.79 spent at Kroger
$28.79 Worth Of Food
Not all of this will be eaten this week, therefore not all of the $28.79 gets applied to my $30 for this week.

Rethinking My Marta Strategy
The past two days I took Marta to fetch my car from Curry Honda. I’ve been thinking of taking the train more often, including making it a future Seven-Day Project. However, I may have to rethink this based on the past day’s service.

On Monday a train departed the Dunwoody platform as I arrived, more my problem then theirs. But then the next train blew through the Dunwoody station without stopping causing us all to wait at least another five minutes.

Last night once again the train left the platform as I arrived. Again, not their fault, just bad luck. The next train arrived in a timely matter, only to come to a halt at the Buckhead station for about ten minutes as we waited for not one, but two, disabled trains to clear the Lindbergh Center station.

Tonight It’s All About TweetUp And Top Chef
One of Atlanta’s monthly TweetUps will be occurring tonight at 7pm at Manuel’s Tavern (damn, I should have packed some laundry). I’ll be there, sticking to budget, and perhaps doing some photography.

However, I’ll be leaving the TweetUp early enough to get home to watch tonight’s Top Chef finale.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – broke, but relieved
Current Music – listening to this week’s “MacBreak Weekly” podcast
Website Of The Day – I was a very late adopter of Arrested Development but now can’t wait until the movie is released. (oh, and I guess I should finish watching the series on dvd)
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car (w/o involving Curry Honda!)
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 25 (25)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 24
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]

This entry was posted in My Daily Life. Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to It Is Aliiiiiiiiiiiive!!!

  1. Barb says:

    My clock died at about 155,000 in my Honda. I’m going to ask Lam about it when I take my car in the next time. Was there any secret to fixing it?

    My dad will be 79 in April, and since his father died at 78, I think he will be quite pleased to make it to that age. My dad is fairly healthy in general, so I never was all that worried about him making it past grandpa’s age, but he was.

  2. I didn’t ask why the clock was now working. I wasn’t sure that I couldn’t put together a complete sentence without interjecting expletives.

    If memory serves me right, and perhaps better than my eyes have been, my dad made it to 72.

  3. Huh, I just found out that yesterday was Steve Jobs’ birthday as well. C’mon Apple stock, Paulie needs some new plumbing and $2700 for automobile repairs!!! Do it for Steve!

  4. Martha says:

    My folks set the bar pretty low, I’ve already out-lived my mom and I can’t see any reason (except maybe some psycho BF) that I won’t surpass my dad also.

    It was a really strange moment when I hit 35…when I became the same age as my mom when she died, very hard to explain.

  5. Steve says:

    I will be really pleased to make it to my Dad’s age… 95 and keeps on ticking. Hopefully, not so hard headed, but the mizzus has already been warned!

    Maybe Honda’s are supposed to be timeless. (I kill myself)


  6. Barb says:

    So, I just checked out your new blog, and I gotta say, you will lose some weight on this diet. I’m going to guess 5 lbs this week. Just by not drinking beer, and really examining what you eat because you have to figure out the cost of it, I think this will be good for you.

    You also should put the money you would have spent eating out into a separate list, and see how much you are saving. I bet you will have that plumbing money saved up quicker than you would have ever imagined.

  7. Martha says:

    @Steve, we will see if you can keep that sense of humor tonight while running (lately I haven’t been able to)… you are going to run tonight??? Trying to get the ‘new guy’ to meet us there.

    I’ve said it before (not that anyone listens), keeping track of what you eat (a food diary, etc) makes you very aware of what you are putting into your body, this project could have hidden benefits.

  8. Michelle says:

    The genes on my dad’s side of the family are great. Grandpa Cress smoked like a chimney until his mid 60s and drank heavily most of his life. He lived to be 88 and had full mental faculties til the very end….

  9. Steve says:

    My dad is still pretty sharp- can’t hear worth a crap, though (much like his son).

    Martha- I haven’t had a decent run in more than 3 weeks- I’ll hang on as long as I can.


  10. Martha says:

    Steve that will make two of us…I’ve been so tired lately, just no energy. I was dragging this morning, I barely made the cut-off for 1A on Saturday plus I have a date tonight after George’s.

  11. Beth says:

    Paulie — we kept track of how much we spent on food for a few weeks and were really surprised. We do eat a lot of veggies and don’t skimp on the meat products but when you write it all down it isn’t cheap.

    Martha — we need to have a girl’s night soon so I know what new guy you are talking about. I think I’m two or three guys behind 🙂

  12. Martha says:

    Beth, just name the day… Don’t worry about keeping up, it isn’t easy. I’ve been thinking about making up trading cards with pictures, likes, dislike, ratings, etc…that way everyone can play along.

  13. Barb says:

    We end up throwing out too many veggies – I buy too much for one meal, and then “forget” I what I have in the fridge. Or, we do what may be happening tonight, going out to dinner when we weren’t planning on it.
    I think we may be meeting Dean (aka Jack*ss) at Tasty China, he has to bring something up this way, and wants to go there, and how can we say no?! But hey – being it is Ash Wednesday, I can be a good Catholic (don’t all you fall over laughing please) and eat fish or veggies and be perfectly happy. Maybe I’ll get called one of “those” people.

Comments are closed.