To-Do Or Not To-Do. That Is The Question!

My to-do list grows and shrinks like the tide — but not that nasty tide from Alabama who spoiled my Christmas this year. One problem I’ve had over the years is that the number of to-do lists has also grown and shrunk based on technology. I’m sure “Use pen and paper.” is probably the best answer, but how do you keep track of the things you need to get done?

Five Of The One Hundred Simple Secrets Of Happy People
I am currently, and deliberately slowly, reading a super-easy read called The 100 Simple Secrets Of Happy People. Each morning I read three of these “secrets.” (Remember when I mentioned exercising my mind?)

Here are five “secrets” on which you can ponder

  • Think in concrete terms
  • Be socially supportive
  • Don’t blame yourself
  • Be a peacemaker
  • Cherish animals

You may find this hard to believe, but I’m trying to live my life under the concept that it’s the only one I’ll ever have so I better enjoy it.

One Load Of Bread Lasts Me About Four Days
I wound up tossing out a chunk of bread a few inches thick yesterday; this was the drying-out remains of my first breadmaking effort. Now before you jump on the “You should have frozen it to use for croutons!” bandwagon let me tell you that the crust on my first effort was a little less-than-stellar, that’s why I disposed of the remains.

This bread was good, but I can see myself tweaking the recipe in the future in order to produce a bread more to my liking. My first step may be to go to the Your Dekalb Farmers Market to buy higher-quality baking supplies. My second step will be to be more organized prior to constructing the mixture that goes in to the bread maker.

ITP Flickr Pic
Sorry, no photo today.

Lately I’ve been spending a loooooot of time at work. And in the hours that I haven’t been working I’ve been passing out while watching Christmas specials under the warmth of my down comforter.

Excuse? No.
Explanation? Yes.

Fighting The Urge To Buy A Netbook
For some geeky reason I really want a Dell netbook. Originally I wanted the Dell Mini 9, but as I decided whether or not to buy it Dell canceled the model. Lately I’ve been thinking about getting a Dell Mini 10v. Both of which were/are “Hackintosh”-able, and both of which had/have an annoyingly 1GB of RAM.

Why? I’m not really sure other than it would be super simple to take with me everywhere I go and be able to do some things that I can’t do on the iPhone very easily — like write a blog post.

What perplexes me is that I’m considering getting one running Windows! Why would I want to do this to myself again??? I’d consider getting on running Linux, but for some reason the one with the free operating system costs exactly the same as one running and old, over-priced operating system.

I’m sure that if I can hold out through Christmas this urge will pass…

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like My Last Tweetup
Tonight, tonight, whoa ooooh.

Tonight I’ll be at Decatur’s The Grange Public House for the year’s last Atlanta Tweetup. This will also be the last Atlanta Tweetup organized by Maigh, whose decided to lighten her commitment load. I’ll be hitting The Grange around 6:30pm or so in order to grab some food and a pre-Tweetup beverage. Come join us.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, but a bit sneezy
Current Music – listening to a “Coverville” podcast
Website Of The Day – Atlanta indie band Besides Daniel is offering four free Christmas songs for download. That’s a good enough reason for me to help promote them.

Shit, I just remember that December 17th is Free Shipping Day and I was going to pick this website for the Website Of The Day. Maybe this will make up for not having a photo? 😉
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 4 (10)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 15
Marta Rides – 0

December Goals
– Not get fired from my job

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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6 Responses to To-Do Or Not To-Do. That Is The Question!

  1. And before you say “Um, how’s the plumbing coming?” I’ll let you know that I’m budgeting for a repair in the January time frame.

    Also, I really wish I started adding my snarky replies to each of these “Secrets.” It’s so hard to bite my tongue and provide them without commentary.

  2. Barb says:

    oh – please add snarky comments – then maybe we will too????

    how about this – Think in concrete terms – as in driveway concrete that may be affected by a plumbing repair?

    We had our gift exchange – a girl here brought a snuggie – it was quite popular!

    and – I now have an excellent gift for the re-gifting party!

  3. Barb says:

    on- not a snuggie – don’t get your hopes up – if I had got that, I wouldn’t be giving it away.

  4. brenan says:

    “Tonight, tonight, whoa ooooh” – Genesis, no?

    ps – Snarky wiseass comments would be great, btw.

  5. Barb, I never imagined that your gift would be the Snuggie. Why would one want to regift such a joyous product?

    Brennan, Phil Collins solo.

    Damn, my office is cold which isn’t exactly helping the warm/cold-temperature- fluctuation cold that I am fighting.

  6. John says:

    Paulie, check this out for a to-do list online. I just signed up, haven’t used it, but it seems quick and simple. Now we’ll see if I actually put it use.

    See you at the Grange this evening.

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