Normally I save birthday announcements until the end of the day’s post. However, when a monumental day occurs for the woman responsible for me I can’t help but put that right up front. That’s right, eighty years ago today my mother was born. I love her dearly, and while I know that the only gift she desires is unattainable — that is to have my father around to celebrate her eightieth birthday — I hope that her day is wonderful.
My dad made it to seventy-two and with my mother turning eighty I figure that I should have a few more years ahead of me considering I’ll “only” be turning forty-five this year.
I’ve Signed Up For the Transportation Savings Account
I hemmed and hawed. Do I, or don’t I put money into a Transportation Savings Account? The decision would have been easier to make if I could apply the money set aside to pay for a Cruise Card that I could use for the toll booth on 400.
In the end I decided that I would put $25 pre-tax from my paycheck into a TSA in an attempt to get myself to ride Marta trains occasionally. I figure that if I can get myself to ride the train I can also get myself to get more exercise by walking.
ITP Flickr Pic
Oh how quickly the mighty can fall. I had no time to actually take a new photo for today’s blog, and what little “photography” time I budgeted for last night (I have a whole shitload of things going on in my life — fear not, none of them involve girlfriends and/or dating) was spent attempting to make a collage from three of the shots that I took from Stone Mountain on Saturday. The lack of photo today should be a clear indication that I failed miserably and no matter how many times I watch tutorials about photo editing I don’t know what the fuck to do when I sit down to do some.
I Hate What My Neighborhood Has Made Me
This morning when I left my house at 6am I saw a car driving slowly down my street and stopping in front of a neighbor’s house. My adrenaline started pumping quickly as I started to worry that he/they might notice me and try to hold me up. I quickly got into my car and drove off noting the license plate, which happened to be a Government-issued plate. I made a slow pass around the neighborhood, looping back onto my street to make sure that the car hadn’t moved to my house, before pointing my car toward work.
I remember the days that I’d notice people and never care! I wish that I wasn’t so cynical about life these days…
Closing In On Opening My Business
I’m getting closer…
- It’s not “Jalapeño Beach” since I wanted to avoid the confusion with Jalapeño Software and I realized that the ‘ñ’ would possibly cause consternation.
- I’ve filed and paid the $100 to create an LLC with the State of Georgia.
- I’ve reserved the domain name for the company name I’ve selected.
- I’ve reserved “CompanyName”@gmail.com
- I’ve created an email account for paul@”CompanyName”.com
- I’ll be getting an EIN from the IRS this week.
- I’ll be chatting with my Tax Preparer when I schedule my income tax preparation for March.
- I’ll be chatting with a bank to create a business account upon getting all of my “paper”work filed.
All of the non-disclosed bits of information, such as what the hell I named the company, will be revealed once I get all of my i’s dotted and t’s crossed.
This has been and is going to continue to be one helluva learning curve for me.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fairly okay
Current Music – listening to the “This Week in Tech” podcast
Website Of The Day – Yesterday I made an off-handed reference about “paying it forward.” Yesterday I also found out that there is a Pay It Forward Foundation.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – twelve floors of stair climbing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t 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) – 3** (5)
Vegetarian Days – 5, Carnivorous Days – 18
Marta Rides – 0
* – since I stayed in a hotel
** – because I stayed in friends’ house
– Not get fired from my job
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 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
– 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
– 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