Well, I Must Be ‘Better’

Stepping the scale this morning took the digital dial all the way up to 200.8, a full three pounds more than Monday’s reading. My pants are once again a bit too snug so it’s time to start taking my desire to lose weight a little more seriously…. Goodbye hot chocolate. It was fun while it lasted. Ugh.

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

  • Envying other people’s relationships is pointless. [Why don’t you tell me something I don’t know!]
  • Give yourself time to adapt to change. [What if nothing changes?]
  • Focus on what really matters to you. []
  • Realize that complete satisfaction does not exist. [Wrong! I present to you the chewy, chocolate chip cookie.]
  • Surround yourself with pleasant aromas. [Hahahaha!]

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.

Another Perfect Night Of Laundry
Even when I get my plumbing fixed I think I’ll keep up my new laundromat routine. Sure, it takes up about three hours of my week, but in trade it provides me the opportunity to do some reading and eat delicious Banh Mi sandwiches. That, my friend, is a fair trade indeed. About the only problem with the situation is that I get home around 8pm, have to spend another ten-to-fifteen minutes putting clothes away, and by the time I’m done rarely feel like doing much else. Maybe that’s more of a ‘me’ problem than a ‘laundromat’ problem. Hmmm.

ITP Flickr Pic
Just watch. One day I’m going to surprise everybody.

Catching Up With My Movies
I’m not a huge movie watcher, in fact I don’t think that I darkened the doors of a movie theater in 2009. However, I am a born-again Netflix devotee and plan to upgrade my internet connection at home (when have you heard that before) so that I can utilize my Roku box to its fullest. While remaining warm and toasty in bed the other day I managed to catch a couple of flicks that I’ve had on my hard drive.

If you know me well you know that the movies I watch fall in to one of three genres — comedy, animated, documentary.

Monsters vs. Aliens ticks two of those three as it is an animated comedy about Earth “monsters” being used to curtail the attack of aliens. Think “1950’s SciFi ‘B’ Movie” and you’ve got the right idea. While I really loved the storyline and most of the incredible computer-generated animation the one thing that really disturbed me for most of the movie was the lack of attention paid to the lip movements. This was the first time in a while that I was completely disappointed by how many times I noticed that the mouth movement bore no relationship to the words being spoken by the characters.

My Architect (A Son’s Journey) is a documentary about architect Louis I. Kahn, more specifically the attempt of his son Nathaniel to find out who Louis I. Kahn was. Louis Kahn passed away of a heart attack in New York City’s Penn Station in 1974. Nathaniel didn’t know much about his father as he was a bastard son of Kahn’s, who fathered children with three different women, only one of which he married. The movie is an interesting journey of life discovery and twentieth century architectural history.

I think tonight I’ll watch The Hangover to satisfy my need for a good, dumb comedy.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – a little perturbed with myself
Current Music – listening to a CBC Radio 3 podcast. It’s cold enough outside to make me believe that I’m in Canada.
Website Of The Day – I’m not very “zen” but I may have to start reading Zen Habits.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 201 pounds (looks like my body has remembered how to retain weight)

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 3 (3)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 4
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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11 Responses to Well, I Must Be ‘Better’

  1. Martha says:

    I’ve seen two of those movies (I’m sure most can figure out which one I skipped), really liked them both. We saw The Hangover while in Cinny over the summer, got to have a few beer before hand, which made it even better.

    I use Netflix mostly for tv shows, specifically BBC/ITV shows since I’m not going to upgrade my cable for just one channel (Jerry has BBC America). It looks like I’ve got a season of Robin Hood to catch up on, thanks for the reminder.

    I’m serious, why don’t you come and check out CrossFit with us one day. You just never know?

  2. CrossFit just doesn’t interest me, especially since it’s at 5:30am and you have to pay for it. I’m going to go the old fashion route of cutting back my caloric intake and using stairs instead of elevators.

  3. Barb says:

    We have the 3 movies at a time Netflix, 1 for whatever “crap” Allan wants to take to the firehouse with him (usually some sort of cartoon/anime, 1 for TV shows, 1 for movies. Just got done with last season’s Dexter, next is last season’s Weeds. (and season 1 of Big Bang theory, since i got on that show’s bandwagon a little late). We actually saw 4 movies in the theatre last year, that is a bunch since it kills us to pay $8-$10 to see a movie. I’ve actually used the REDBOX at Kroger a couple times too, can’t beat the $1 for a night price.

  4. I’d use Red Box but I rarely watch the movie the day I get it and I have so many outlets for media I’ve never needed to rely on them.

  5. Steve says:

    I’m not a regular movie goer, but I recently saw Avatar and have to say it was worth the $9 and the visuals were stunning. Paulie, I’m not sure I would even call that animation, but it was certainly enjoyable.

    And what is it with Tech playing in Miami. Early in the season they went donw and were spanked by the Hurricanes, and last night wasn’t very pretty either. Oh well, there’s always next year.


  6. I’m kicking myself for not taking Iowa in last night’s game. My office is filled with Tech grads so I could have picked up big points in my College Bowl Pick’Em if I had.

  7. Barb says:

    I’m not an Iowa fan (ISU grad) but I still loved that they beat Tech last night. Didn’t watch much of the game, but Allan said that Iowa had to win to make Penn State losing to them look better.

    Allan & Kevin Beebe are supposed to go see Avatar, I really have no interest in it.

  8. Steve says:

    Had I not wanted to see the animation/visuals- just being told the story line, I probably would have had no interest, but I’d suggest you go- it was really that amazing.

  9. B-Bob says:

    Surround yourself with pleasant aromas. [Hahahaha!] – -Why does my mind go instantly to, “Pull my finger.”

  10. Barb says:

    oh yeah – Tasty China tonight – having a wheelhopper mis-management meeting…….. which we all know means nothing will get done or decided.

    Anyone want to join us?

  11. Would love to Barb but my stomach is once again a bit unstable and my appetite has been nearly nonexistent, so I’ll have to pass.

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