As The Stomach Turns

It was an up-and-down weekend, nothing I would have expected, nothing I hope to repeat. I hope that your New Year’s was safe and happy.

Even with the long weekend today’s post will be curt as I have an extremely important deadline to meet today.

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

  • Let your goals guide you.
  • Use your job positively.
  • Don’t forget to have fun.
  • Believe in ultimate justice.
  • Reminisce.

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.

A Depressing Way To Start My Year
I wait all year for the Cheddarhead hash. I’m not making a funny based on that it’s run on January 1st, but rather that I always have a good time and enjoy the day hanging out with old friends.

If you look back at Friday’s post you’ll see this passage

I made breakfast — coffee, frozen biscuits, eggs over-easy cooked in bacon fat — but decided not to photograph it.

How was I to know that breakfast would be my downfall…

After a great and productive morning, at roughly 11:00am my stomach started to become unsettled. I’ve had this happen to me before and after suffering for a little bit I decided to pop a couple of Immodium to settle things. They didn’t work.

I made it to the start of the hash, paid my $10, and milled about greeting Happy New Year’s to many. I started to walk the hash when things started heading southward. At the beer stop things were not great. I grabbed a beer and took one sip. I found a secluded area and tried to get myself to vomit to no avail. I sat alone, miserable for a while, until the walkers departed. About three blocks later I was done.

Daffy Dick, aka Kevin, offered to head back to his car and get me, and based on my declining health I took him up on it. When I got back to my car I headed into K-Mart to use their restroom and then took a quick nap in my car prior to driving to the hash’s end where I did no more than grab my hash bag and make all attempts to drive home safely.

Once at home, shaking like a crack addict that had not had a hit in days, I immediately headed to bed. I spent the next thirteen hours in the square footage that contains my bed and my bathroom.

I missed the hash ending.
I missed the brats.
I missed the fried cheese curds.
I missed the bowling.
I missed winning a Cheesy Prize!

Dangen! No, Fuckity, Fuck, Fuck, Fuck!

The culprit? All signs point toward the bacon fat. NEXT YEAR I WILL EAT OUT ON JANUARY 1ST!!!

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh and busy
Current Music – listening to the “This Week In Google” podcast
Website Of The Day – If you have a project that’s fund-worthy then Pepsi may be able to help you fund it via their Refresh Everything Project.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 197 pounds (hey, look at what not eating gets me!)

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (1)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 2
Marta Rides – 0

January Goals
– Not get fired from my job

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (today’s weight was unknown, will start Monday)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
РEarn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalape̱o 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
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
– Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to As The Stomach Turns

  1. Vic says:

    Mmmmm,,, bacon fat….

  2. Normally I’d be right there with you, Vic. However it’s still too soon for me so I’m thinking “Ewwwww,,, bacon fat…” right now. 🙁

  3. Steve says:

    I’m sorry to say that with so many people at the end, I didn’t miss you until well later. I’m glad you’re feeling better. Anytime you want to go bowling and drink beer, I’m in… but I didn’t win any cheesy prizes to pass on.


  4. Martha says:

    I heard my name was called for a cheesy prize but I had already left…must be present to win, DANG!!

    I didn’t stick around the end very long, took off just as circle was starting. I was so happy my car was alread at the end. I was cold, not as cold as I ended up being during/after Saturday’s trail, but still pretty darn cold.

    YDFM has cheese curds now, want me to pick you up some this week when I go?

    As bummed as I am to be back at work, I’m glad the holidays are ‘over’ and I can get my life back on track!

    Glad you’re feeling better.

  5. I’ll pass on the curds, thanks. They’ll do nothing to help me lose the weight that I want to drop.

  6. Sal says:

    Are you sure it was something you ate? A lot of people have been getting a stomach virus.

    No wonder you were cold Martha…you were standing around in shorts! I, too am glad the holidays are over!

  7. Sal, you may be right. I spoke with three other guys here at work who were also sick on Friday and/or Saturday. At first we wondered about the restaurant I ate at on Thursday as two of those guys also ate with me that day, but the third did not…

  8. Stacy says:

    Okay, I’m liking getting back into your blog already! Though I’m sorry to hear you were sick. And I already like the Secrets to Happy People. I’m hoping to Up the Happy Factor this year as well.

    I admit when I got back off to work, I stopped reading. 🙁 It was always my way to start the day but being a “newbie” and all, figured being on the internet in the office was not really the good choice. BAH! I’m 2 months in now… back to starting my day with some ITP! 🙂

    Want to add running a 10K or Half Marathon to this year’s goal? Because I’ll join you in that one (I’ve never done either….yet).

  9. Welcome back, Stacy. 🙂

    I’m not sure my old knees (more likely my old cruciate ligaments) will be able to handle much more running until I visit a doctor.

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