I’ve Been Framed; This Time I Mean Business

On Saturday I hit up Sam Flax for some frames and matting for the photography I plan to attempt to sell on Friday. I’m rather nervous to be showing a piece, more so than with the auction because this is about business, not charity.

I’m Not Shaping Up, But My Vacation Plans Are
I’ve found reasonable air fare to Chicago ($169 taxes included). I’m booking travel today. I’ll be going in August. I’ve decided that I still need to travel alone in order to dictate my own plans — it’s a control thing.

Are You Sitting Down? You Know I Am.
This week I am starting my new exercise routine and this one is a doozy. Are you seated? My exercise plan consists of yard work. Yep. Yard work.

If you saw my arm which is littered with poison ivy (not to mention the few spots on my legs) you’d be surprised that I’d ever leave the house again, never mind going into my yard to do work.

However, I have decided that I need exercise and I need to start cleaning up the yard of the Inside The Perimeter estates, so I am planning on combining the two activities. The one thing I am going to attempt to do is to limit my yard work to week days, thus keeping my weekends free for fun.

I’m sure I might snap a few before/after photos along the way.

ITP Flickr Pic
I’m planting again. I spent a small portion of the weekend clearing off the debris from my deck and planting some vegetable plants.
Don't Try This At Home
With a little care and luck I’ll be eating some fresh homegrown veggies this year.

For a description of what I’ve planted (and there is another similar pot near it) click the picture to go to my Flickr page.

RealiTV Update: The Amazing Race – It’s On Like Donkey Kong
Yeah Boy! The Amazing Race is on!

I should say up front that I have never been the biggest fan of Lakisha and Jennifer. I should also say up front that I am rooting for Margie and Luke, but think that because of their experience are probably hypersensitive to people laughing/smiling at Luke. Therefore their double altercation during this episode was difficult for me to watch.

In last night’s episode the teams traveled to China where Tammy and Victor had a leg up being able to speak Mandarin… mmmm Mandarin…. They used this advantage well, but to their credit did not seem to be overly bothered by other teams following them directly.

In China the teams had to “teach” birds how dive for fish and return them to their handler. Not surprisingly, one of the former NFL cheerleaders couldn’t figure out why the bird didn’t eat the fish. (pssssst – It may have something to do with the string around its neck which doesn’t allow the fish to pass and travel down its gullet.)

With a three hour penalty to wait out Mark and Michael never stood a chance; not even a long airport delay couldn’t help them out. I did like the way they seemed to enjoy themselves on what they must have known was their final leg.

Because the cheerleaders couldn’t get the dance steps on their first attempt, and I really thought that they were going to lose it when they were told “No.”, they wound up in fourth place. The other three teams finished neck-and-neck where grievances were aired to an unsuspecting Phil and a lovely elderly couple seated eating dinner.

You Won’t Hear This Gator Say This Often
I wish that I was going to Athens, Georgia tonight. If I were there I could either attend the Wilco show, or the Dinosaur Jr / Dead Confederate show. Instead I’ll be in Roswell, Georgia attending a Roswell Photographic Society meeting. I just can’t pull off a super-late evening tonight.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – irritated, both physically and mentally
Current Music – listening to today’s “Daily Giz Wiz” podcast
Website Of The Day – You may be tired of my typography links, but I shall never tire of great sites like We Love Typography.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monday Morning Weigh-In – 201 pounds (oops, someone’s been a bad boy)

Monthly
Foot Mileage – 3 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 20 (20)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 19
Marta Rides – 0

April Goals
none, and this is not an April Fools joke

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 JalapeƱo 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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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12 Responses to I’ve Been Framed; This Time I Mean Business

  1. Barb says:

    Did you plant your own version of a topsy turvy tomato?

    As for Jen & Keisha, I really think this time they were right, Luke was just as bad as she was, unless it was the editing, & just because you are deaf, that shouldn’t give you the right to push someone out of the way.
    I’ve decided I really don’t like any of them, and I almost am liking Tammy & Victor to win, they are just playing their game and not being idiots.

  2. I did! My pot cost $2, the Topsy-Turvy costs $20.

    It’s very rare that the order in which you reach the clue matters, therefore I don’t know why there was such angst to get there — especially when they all walked by the clue box a few times. It’s marked with red and yellow, they should be able to see that from a mile away!

    I didn’t like Tammy and Victor at first because I thought that they were pretty, spoiled brats (and still think this to some extent). They are growing on me however.

  3. Argh, I’m trying to give Delta my money for a trip but their reservation system is down.

    TRAVEL TO CHICAGO BOOKED!

  4. Technology is crumbling around us… Now Google Calendar is having issues saving information.

  5. Steve says:

    I was just updating my Google Calendar and didn’t have a problem.. must be you.

    I don’t see why either of them did the body check… seemed silly to me. As far as the girls laughing at Luke, I have no doubt they did, but I think Mom might have been a little overboard.

    I thought the cheerleaders were going to have a major meltdown when they couldn’t get the dance steps.

    -FP

  6. It was a momentary Google hiccup in the same way that it was a momentary Delta hiccup.

    At first I thought that the cheerleaders changed Road Blocks when they were told that their dancing wasn’t sufficient.

  7. brenan says:

    You have to hand it to the AR editors for hyping the drama to a fever pitch. As for the body checks, it seemed that Lakisha was the culprit at box #1 while Luke was out of control at box #2. Except for the “bitch” comment everything was a wash.

    Also, didn’t one of the girls explicity say before the pitstop altercation that they planned to laugh at Luke at Margie just to get them more upset? Though I agree that Margie’s outburst was a bit overboard I also don’t think Jennifer’s apology was at all genuine. Possible title for next week’s show: “The Bitch is Back!”

    All that being said, now that the stunt dwarves have been tossed (oh!) I’m pulling for Margie and Luke as well, with Tammy and Victor a close second.

    PS: Did you catch the doozy of a line from the cheerleader about her dread of going to China because of a fear of crowded places? Umm, a) it’s not like the 1.3 billion citizens all live in one city and b) that’s kind of funny coming from someone who (used to) prance around half naked in front of tens of thousands of screaming football fans every week.

  8. That’s right, I had forgotten about her comment about crowded places. Why did she not mention this in India as well?

    I’m predicting an upset for next week: I’m predicting that Margie and Luke finish in last place and get booted. I have a feeling that they will have a mechanical problem which has not been mentioned by the editors and that the fear of water hooey is mere hype.

  9. brenan says:

    Prediction: The cheerleaders will be going down but not until after the swimsuit comp…err water challenge.

  10. Martha says:

    I can donate a few veggie plants to the Paulie self/yard improvement project. I have some cucumber seedling, lots of green bean seed & maybe a few carrot seedlings (they are still too small to be transplanted). I could part with a basil plant as well. I really need to get more planting beds set up but I doubt I will find the time this spring.

    I have lots and lots of lambs ear as well that could use a new home. There may be more stuff as I begin to work in the yard.

  11. I might take some of those from you. I’ll have to see how ambitious I get.

  12. Martha says:

    After a quick tour of the yard this afternoon, I’m sure I’ve got more stuff for you.

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