So Many Things, So Little Time

I suppose I should take being incapable of meeting women as a blessing because there are not enough hours in my day to accomplish all that I’ve piled onto my plate as is. Currently I fail at reading, making photos, and completing house chores. Attempting to satisfy the needs of someone else in my life may help me feel complete, but would certainly take away time spent doing other things (some of which I’d certainly like to schlep off on someone — oh hello, laundry). I really don’t know where the time goes. It’s not like I’m sitting idle, I feel like I’m doing something at all times.

To Do Lists Are Only Useful When They Are Referenced
I make many lists. Over the years I’ve experiment with different To Do Lists as if I were trying to build a better mouse trap. Currently I store my master To Do List on my iPhone and even though I’ve set two reminder alarms for me to check this list, I rarely do. (It would thus seem pointless to make a To Do List which reminds me to check my To Do List.)

Few of my To Do items are time critical, but occasionally I kick myself for being such a slacker. Want to know who forgot that he had a $50 gas card waiting for him to claim before February 28, 2009? Want to know who is on the verge of missing a $25 rebate for some camera gear if he can’t get it in the mail and postmarked prior to March 28th? I think you get the idea?

Why Can’t I Spell “Occasionally”?
A few words in the English language vex me every time I attempt to spell them; that word is one of them.


Maybe what I need a spell checker which automatically corrects the many ways that I mangle the word which means “at times; from time to time; now and then.”

Are there any words whose spelling constantly frustrates you?

ITP Flickr Pic
I’ve got nothing for you. I am going to try and rectify this tonight.

How Can One Person, Who’s Not Even Exercising, Wear So Many Clothes?
I headed straight to the laundromat after work last night. I was not alone in this thinking, by the time I got there the laundromat was quite busy. I managed to split my loads into three and use the smallest-capacity washing machines so at least I was not stuck waiting. Upon leaving I ran into my friend Vandy Beth. Vandy Beth had timed arrival much better than I had, because the place was only half-full when I was leaving. I just keep reminding myself that this won’t be an issue again once I get my plumbing fixed. Note to self: Put “get plumbing fixed” in the To Do List.

More Music In My Future Tonight
Tonight is the Gomez show for which I gout gauged by Ticketmaster last week. I’m excited to see the band again, but have decided not to make it a photo opportunity since I am meeting up with a friend and just want to enjoy the show.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – frustrated, I sweating in my office!
Current Music – listening to this week’s “MacCast” podcast
Website Of The Day – Want to remember what the Internet was like back in the “Olden Days?” The websites found at The Vintage Web still think we are in those days.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Foot Mileage – 2.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 21 (21)
Vegetarian Days – 8, Carnivorous Days – 17
Marta Rides – 0

March Goals
– Complete all necessary work on my kitchen
– 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 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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22 Responses to So Many Things, So Little Time

  1. Gentri says:

    I would think that of all things the plumbing issue would lead the pack… er, To Do list, as it affects at least 3 other things I can think of: laundry, cooking, Paulie’s sanity… as the Nike people would exhort you, “just do it”… of course, that would cut the things you have to bitch about on your blog in half, leaving you with “only” “Dateless in Atlanta” to rail against!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The word “received, recieved” is my constant nemesis….

  2. Were this plumbing fix as “simple” of a task as the fix which I believe exacerbated this one, it would already be fixed. My time has been occupied, my routines have been altered to the point where life is “livable”, and the fear of a humongous bill to fix it has caused me to pause on more than one occasion (almost got it right on the first try).

    Believe me, I have plenty about which to gripe. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Gentri says:

    Call someone you can trust, (Surly? Little Willie? think he helped kittykittygangbang with a plumbing issue) that will give you a fair price (or knows someone who will) and takes a credit card, stop buying expensive Apple and Nikon products every other month and you’ll have it paid for in a few months…. not really that hard, no matter how much you don’t wanna do it…. I would rather have not spent the 20 hours and hundreds of dollars fixing an empty rental apartment that my last tenant trashed, but I did it ’cause it had to be done… got it rented yesterday and am happier (mucho) for it!

  4. Martha says:

    I have every confidence, that no matter what gets fixed you will find things to complain about…I believe in you Paulie!!

    Not to distract you from the plumbing issue but the electrician came out last Friday, I’m very happy with the job they did. I got two security lights and a porch light installed. It took them about three hours, really nice guys, cleaned up any mess and have offered to come back out and readjust the lights if needed. I don’t really know what is a ‘good’ price but the quote seemed fair. He even knocked 10% off because it took him so long to get back to me.

    and if you need subject matter for your photos, don’t forget I have the world’s cutest puppy staying with me right now…he’s quite a looker (and a chick magnet to boot)!!

  5. Oh, I never said I didn’t have the money to have it fixed, I just fear (perhaps the wrong word) getting an estimate that will make me shit a brick. If this were a “normal” situation in which I could easily find where this pipe leads and dig a trench to the main, it would already be fixed.

    My biggest trouble has come with coordination of time. Having the ability to do wash at a laundromat and eat out at will has not helped expedite the process either.

  6. Gentri says:

    Hey look at me!

    If not a cash flow issue, than I give up trying to cajole you to fix it… as you have obviously put up your mental blinders and/or you actually have a social life, and your social calendar seems to have gotten in the way.

    I recommend that you definitely wait until the plumbers have steady work again, as then their prices will be high enough that you will shit 2 bricks…

    PS – Don’t forget your rubbers for the weekend, lookin’ like it’s gonna be a wet one! You cookin’ chili?

  7. littlewilly says:

    Paulie, Call me re plumbing problems….I have tools!

  8. Steve says:

    Time. To. Call. The. Plumber.


  9. Sal says:

    I was going to make several comments about the plumbing issues but then I didn’t want to seem too harsh….but I ditto everything Gentri has said…and if you choose not to do anything about it….then quit bitching about it…’s a choice you have made!!!

    If you want to lose weight….fix the damn plumbing….and cook at home!!!

    As for meeting women…Martha and I gave you plenty of opportunities to come out to the Atlanta Women’s 5k….1100 women!!

  10. Gentri says:

    … or call Mr. Wolfe. Heard he can fix things too…

  11. Barb says:

    I’ve given up on making lists….. I don’t look at them either.
    Especially the grocery list – you would think if I bring a list to the store, I’d actually buy the items on the list, well, you would be wrong some of the time.

    I’ve really come to enjoy cooking/eating at home, that to me should make you want to fix the plumbing. If I remember correctly, you used to love to cook as well. I KNOW it is said it is harder to cook for just 1, but if you have left overs that you don’t want, I bet you could bring them to the office. Everyone here at my office loves when someone brings in leftovers to try.

  12. 1) Long, long past time to fix the plumbing….

    Who wants to relieve me on a few of the eleven-hour work days that I’ve been working since January? How about coming in on a Saturday or two for me?

    We’re in this thing called a “shitty” economy and if I don’t have a job then I don’t want to have a house with pristine plumbing to turn over to a bank. Sure, I’ve not worked every day, but this is not a “come over and fix the plumbing in a few hours” job either.

    Further, I keep getting contradicting advice as to whether I need a plumber or a contractor. Little Willy, let’s chat soon.

    2) Finding women has never been the problem. In fact there was a rather cute one that entered the elevator on my way out last night. Meeting, talking to, asking out on dates, has been the problem since forever. It is, has been, and probably always will be a “ME” problem. I have as much difficulty at this as I do dunking a basketball on a regulation hoop. Some people have “that gene” others do not.

    3) No chili cooking for me. In fact, I’m not sure I’ll be up there if it’s raining. Undecided about a lot of things in life these days.

  13. Barb says:

    AND – oh yeah – for all of you that don’t care – Allan got his new way too expensive road bike in yesterday. But he does work 2 jobs, so I can’t bitch. So, when you see him on it, be sure to check it out. (it does have a nice paint job though).
    We will be testing it out on the Silver Comet trail after work tonight.
    Muscle Mountain Mania may not be happening officially, but we will still be riding the course on 4/18.

  14. Gentri says:

    Sorry, the plumbing issue was an issue WAY before the “Workaholic Paulie” chose to show his face again I believe?! And sometimes you gotta do, what you gotta do… I didn’t like the 8 hours Sat, or the 6 hours Sunday that I spent at the duplex, but ya gotta do, what you gotta do sometimes!

    And FYI, I brought up the wymin’s issue, not the big P… so you can’t pick on him for that one this time!

  15. True, the plumbing has been an issue since Oct/Nov. Financially I was not in a position to liquidate assets in 2008 — so I chose to wait. I didn’t realize that I was going to return to my workaholic ways (and some would argue I haven’t if I have time to comment), but I have.

    I am doing what I feel I have to do. And because I’ve adjusted my lifestyle (read “started doing wash at a laundromat and started eating out all the time”) the plumbing is no worse today than it was when I realized that I had an issue. I am currently doing what I have to do in order to stay employed — because I have more control over this aspect of my life. I like control. Strike that, I love control. And ultimately that is probably why I am single as well.

    This is starting to turn out to be one of those “ABC After School Specials” story lines.

  16. Gentri says:

    I think you are using “starting” in the wrong tense…. thpppppt!

  17. sal says:

    We still love you Paulie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Ha! It will only be complete when Meredith Baxter-Birney chimes in.

  19. Martha says:

    Paulie you are so lucky to have so many friends, who care enough about you to want to give you a kick in the ass!!! I work from home on Mondays, so I’m available to hang out, let the workers in, etc…

    Looks like it is going to be a rainy weekend but clear up by Sunday, boy I hope so!! Sal, how will I find you guys? Plus I’m trying to figure out a place for Jerry and I to meet up after, any suggestions?

  20. sal says:

    Will be in corral 3…the 3:50 group…will have a sign…..
    In the morning we’ll be at the Pacer Tent…close to the finish…..which is next to the VIP tent…….might be a good spot to meet. Once you finish you have to walk a little ways for your medal, blanket, food, etc……Is Jerry running? When are you going to the expo?

    So far they aren’t calling for rain on Sunday….keep our fingers crossed.

  21. Martha says:

    Jerry isn’t running, he’ll be there for support and to identify the body ๐Ÿ˜‰ We ran together for the first time on Sunday, he’s a little rusty but will be ready for Chicopee next month.

    I haven’t figured out when I’m heading to the expo, might swing by if I get off work early on Friday or go early morning on Saturday. I’m sure I will see you Sunday morning.

  22. sal says:

    I’ll be working at the Expo Friday afternoon until 7:00…either at Phidippides, GUTS or the ING pacers…..if you swing by Friday after work….come by!

    If not…you can find me at the Pacers tent close to the finish line Sunday morning…..

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