It’s 3:20am

I’m awake now because I managed to fall into sleep too easily and much earlier that I should have last night. I’m writing a (short) blog entry now because in fewer than three hours I’ll be commuting to Macon to work a career fair at Mercer University today.

I Keep Feeling Like I’ll Be Someone’s Case Study
It’s been about a month since I first felt a weird feeling inside my chest’s cavity. It’s not a constant feeling, but one that occurs enough to cause me pause.

According to the test results of my physical I am “healthy.” According to the feeling that I’ve had for a month, one which I’ve never recalled feeling in my previous forty-four years, I am not.

Were I not headed to Macon today I’d be attempting to fill a prescription in order to begin a multi-week experiment to see if the doctor’s assessment of my ailing is correct, and to take additional corrective measures if it’s not.

I’m far from pleased. This is not turning out to be the banner year for which I wished. To put it into Ignatius J Reilly’s words “Fortuna seems to be spinning my downward” these days.

ITP Flickr Pic
Here is the best artistic spin I could put on the crock-pot of vegetarian chili that I provided for yesterday’s potluck lunch.
Vegetarian "Chili"
It was tasty, but the way I made it might make for a better vegetable/bean soup.

I’m Normally Not A Lent Subscriber
For whatever reason I’m considering giving something up for Lent (which I am to believe starts today). Haven’t I suffered enough already during 2010’s forty-seven days? I guess not.

What shall I give up? Don’t go crazy on me by suggesting beer or wine, I’m considering soda or perhaps sloth.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – confused why everything seems to be crashing around me this year
Current Music – listening to a CBC Radio 3 podcast
Website Of The Day – I’ve always loved the tern “chowhound” and thankfully someone has developed a food blog with that name — Chowhound.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car all the way to Macon
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – haven’t been in a mood to check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 52

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 2** (3)
Vegetarian Days – 4, Carnivorous Days – 12
Marta Rides – 0
* – since I stayed in a hotel
** – because I stayed in friends’ house

February Goals
– Not get fired from my job

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds)
– 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 It’s 3:20am

  1. Barb says:

    Come on Paulie – fill the damn prescription. It takes probably a minute or two to stop at Kroger (or CVS, or Walgreens, or Publix, or Target, or, or, or) & drop it off. Then a few/many hours later – go get it!

    Yes, it is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. I’m such a bad catholic, but I still play this game, just to do something good for me. So, I’m giving up fried foods – but bacon is exempt. I decided so I can actually do this successfully, bacon doesn’t count, because bacon bits in a salad, or some things like that. It’s not like I’m a stickler, but I want to actually accomplish this without cheating.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    It’s not that it takes so long, it’s that I forget to do it until it’s too late. Being out of town to much since seeing the doctor hasn’t helped either.

    Okay, career fair is about to start. Comment away and I’ll reply later.

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    And so far giving up cursing, drinking coffee, and lusting after attractive married women are all off the “Give Up For Lent List” as I’ve already had/done each this morning.

  4. sal says:

    I think you should give up doing your laundry at a laundry mat.

    Not sure what prescription you have to take and for what… I can’t comment…..maybe you need to see a cardiologist?

    I am not Catholic and therefore am giving up nothing…..Jesus died on the cross for your sins and you people are just giving up something for 47 days? Don’t start your diets for Lent….give up something that really hurts. 🙂

    Have fun in Macon….rhymes with bacon.

  5. Michelle says:

    Hey, if you heat up the bacon in the microwave, that isn’t a “fried food”, right?
    : )

  6. Sal says:

    Michelle: good point!

  7. Barb says:

    Sal – it is just an excuse to do something – after 12 years of Catholic schooling – it is burned into my brain. Plus – if I can do something for 40 days (not 47), then maybe I’ll keep doing it. And – giving up fried foods could really hurt – I love food that is bad for me.

    Michelle – I love your way of thinking………

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Slow day, thankfully ends at 2pm and then I’m going to investigate Macon a bit.

    A cardiologist may be in mt future if the Prilosec-type medication doesn’t help.

    Add soda to the list of things I ca’t give up for Lent as I’ve just had one. Gonna hold off on the cookies which were packed into my boxed-lunch.

  9. brenan says:

    Try baking the bacon (after brushing with a bit of honey). Very tasty and it doesn’t get all shriveled.

  10. Steve says:

    I did sodas for a whole year… just switch to lemonaide… not too bad. But I still had carbonation in beer- no I ain’t going there.


  11. Dean says:

    Bacon is even better with brown sugar and Cajun seasoning baked, it is awesome. Paulie, just go and see your regular doctor. You may just need to get an upper GI, you may have a highnated hernia, I know that is misspelled. It is when the top of your stomach gets pushed threw your diaphragm. Mine went away after awhile.

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