Downsizing, A Leaner Meaner Outlook On Life

I think spacial downsizing will be a common thread in my life for a while. It’s happening in one of the areas about which blog posts are never written, and eventually it will happen with my house.

I brainstormed a lot about the house yesterday and came to no final conclusion. However, I may have struck upon another option that, while expensive, would be cheaper than the most expensive option proposed thus far.

And enough about plumbing, at least until the good news of it being fixed is announced. And don’t fret that the downsizing applies to this blog. Admittedly today’s post is brief, but it’s only because I have so much to do this morning. I have plenty of quality material lined up for tomorrow, and for a bonus post on Monday.

My Word Of The Day Is “Focus”
I’m doing some transitioning (no, not that type of transition) in my life and it’s time that I define on what really matters and focus on it. It’s a simple concept to comprehend, but one I’ve had difficulty mastering.

ITP Flickr Pic
The vegetable (or fruit in the case of tomatoes) plants are doing well, although with the exception of the basil and parsley none are producing edible goods. I know, this is expected, and besides without a functioning kitchen what would I do with them?
Sign Of Life
This is also further proof that the Topsy Turvy™ grow-your-tomatoes-upside-down planter is bunk.

It Takes A Village To Make Me Go Out Drinking
In days of yore Thursday night meant “dart night at Gravity Pub.” I miss those nights, but honestly know that that they can never happen again because all of the participants have moved on in life.

I’ll be at The Glenwood in East Atlanta for dinner and drinks (Martha, if you are skipping the volunteer meeting and want to meet up then let me know what time). It’s long-past time that I go out in my neighborhood again — and tonight I plan on checking out The Glenwood’s non-smoking section. Woot!

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – on a scale of 0-9, a 3
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – You say “Lego.” I say “Meh.” You say “Frank Lloyd Wright.” I say “Yeah.” You say “Lego Architecture Including Plans For Some Of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Signature Buildings.” I say “I. Want. NOW!” (sadly, they are not available just yet however)
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Monthly
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 11 (11)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 20
Marta Rides – 0

May Goals
Whoops, I didn’t even consider this. Perhaps something will be here on Monday.

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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7 Responses to Downsizing, A Leaner Meaner Outlook On Life

  1. Martha says:

    take two:

    We checked out the non-smoking side for the first time Saturday night. After a plastic cup o’ TJ wine at a fund rasiser we needed something to get the taste out of our mouths…we sat at the bar, had a couple of glasses of the Pino Gris and a cheese & meat plate, it was all very nice and we loved the atmosphere.

    Don’t worry about the veggies (and fruit), it has been a cool, wet spring, my roses are also suffering. Once it warms up I’m sure everything will take off.

    We get to skip the meeting, we are going to help out with the set-up. So no beer pouring (which i will miss) but we get to enjoy the entire ‘fest. I need to get a run in and the electrician is comming over…I’m thinking maybe 7:30 or so? I can let you know better once I see how my day works out.

    PS ITP readers, anyone not busy on Monday, give me a shout, we are planning a little cookout for the afternoon.

  2. 7:30pm works. I don’t have to run, so weather permitting I’ll be hitting the Farmers Market and then The Glenwood.

    It’s too bad, but I’ll be missing your cookout on Monday. I’ll tip my hand early… Monday, the Monday following Hedon, is my hashing anniversary. Next Monday will be my ten-year anniversary!

    btw- Steve (aka FP) this means that a week from Saturday I will have known you for ten years since we first met at my second hash which was the Atlanta Hash on the Saturday following that Monday night hash.

  3. Barb says:

    Bob/Steve – how many showed up for the Ride of Silence? I rode silently last night, but that was also because it was breezy, and I was out of breath for much of the ride.

    I remember Steve (aka FP) hanging out at George’s saying he would never start hashing. I don’t know how many years ago that was.

    I’ll be crashing the Hedon party on Sunday to catch up with some out of town hasher friends, but looking at the list of names, I don’t see too many Atlanta area people. And, no DooDoo, so maybe no nakedness? Could it be possible?

    Allan & I will try to make it to Martha’s, but we need to do a longer bike ride that Monday morning. Anyone want to ride the 40 mile route in Roswell with us?

  4. bob says:

    Funny how time flies like that, last night Coffee Bean was talking about coming back from some hash trip and I was unloading the plane they were on. December marks 9 years since I left Northwest Airlines.
    Are hash years like dog years? 10 years hashing has taken 15 years from you?

    The ride last night was nice, about 40 people showed up. Next year we need to at least double that, maybe make the route longer too. I would suggest riding past the capitol and maybe getting some media coverage so people know what we are doing. My 2 cents.

    Monday morning ride is possible, I’ll have to check the calendar (aka, ask the wife).

  5. I’ll ride on Monday if the weather is nice. It will be the first time I’ve saddled up all season so that should be a lot of fun for everyone else. 🙂

  6. Barb says:

    Okay- we will ride Monday morning at 9:30, we will start from Riverside Park on Riverside Rd. (aren’t those people in Roswell smart with their street namings?). Just north of the river, just east of Roswell Rd. Anyone is welcome, and we won’t be going that fast, I’ll most likely be the one everyone is waiting on.

    Sal – you should join us, you really ought to ride once before BRAG. 😉

    and – of course – weather permitting, I don’t plan on riding in crappy weather until BRAG, and hopefully there will be none of that crappy weather that whole week!

  7. Laura says:

    Oh the memories of Gravity on Thursday nights. Nothing beats our stalking of Butch Walker!! Butch: “Are you two together?” Me: “No.” You: “Could you say that any faster?”

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