Instead of lamenting my failures.
A Somewhat Successful Weekend
On Friday night I was driving along Buford Highway when I received a phone call from ITP-Reader Betsy. She was in the Lee’s Bakery shopping center with our friend Lynette after picking up a keg of beer for a party they were having Saturday night, so I stopped to say hello. My timely meeting led to dinner with them, ITP-Reader Terri and her husband ITP-Reader Pat at The EARL.
The beer consumed Friday night led to a somewhat groggy morning on Saturday. When I arose Saturday morning I had a minor freak out because I refused to believe that it was Saturday and I was certain that I was going to be late for work. Once I realized my error I settled down and started a rather productive day:
- I had breakfast with some Flickr friends at The Majestic.
- I went to Intown Ace Hardware and purchased (rather expensive) respirator refills.
- I installed a new lock on my sliding glass door.
- I managed to replace the sillcock (spigot) on the rear of the house. Though all was not perfect as the water-cut off valve near that sillcock now has a small leak that I’m hoping will heal itself.
- I raked all leaves away from the house and sprayed the perimeter of the house with bug spray.
- I trimmed some branches off of trees making getting into the backyard a little easier and dragged those branches to the curb.
- I gathered a box of wood to take to Betsy’s for her party.
At 6:30pm I went over to Betsy’s to drop off the wood and a few bottles of wine before heading to get some dinner as a base for the drinking I planned to do at the party. Betsy was nice enough to share a couple of frozen pizzas as we watched yet another episode of “The F Word” and waited for others to arrive. My departure from the party at midnight did not set up a productive Sunday…
The weather forecast for Sunday was not good. I planned to use this gloom and doom to my benefit by staying indoors and doing some coding. I quickly realized that my intent was good, but my computer setup was not going to allow me to be as productive as I wanted to be. The hours spent downloading and installing software, in conjunction with the power nap I took mid-morning, set the stage for a rewarding, if not productive, day.
I’m Back To Making Lackluster Bread
Yesterday I fired up the bread machine with the notion of making a loaf of white bread. It’s been about a month since I had the proper bread flour, so I’d switched to making whole wheat bread. The loaf I created was visually unappealing, but tasted fantastic. In fact, that loaf of bread got me through a vegetarian day yesterday as I noshed on peanut butter sandwiches all day.
ITP Flickr Pic
Can you say Cookie Puss?
ITP-Reader Betsy managed to find Carvel in Atlanta (other than the one that I insisted was the only Carvel location) .
You Can Call Me Petty, I’ll Call Myself Pleased
One of the things I dislike about Twitter is the inability to temporarily mute someone you follow. If one of the people you follow starts ranting about politics, or spewing religious quotes, or whatever, your only recourse is to stop following them.
For months I’ve been following someone with whom I’ve been considering breaking up. We had been mutual Twitter followers for a while so I didn’t want to be discourteous by unfollowing her. Yesterday I launched Friend Or Follow and was thrilled to see that she stopped following me! Within a minute I returned the favor and unfollowed her.
RealiTV Update : The Amazing Race — Attention To Detail Takes A Holiday
What is it about The Amazing Race that causes people to lose whatever common sense they may have possessed?
Take Team Noun for instance. Not once but twice last night they failed to pay attention to detail and it should have been their demise. But noooooo, it was a non-elimination leg and they were spared elimination.
I was stunned when Team Who’s Your Daddy? left their backpacks behind! Are you kidding me? They had the common sense to bring their passports and money, but do they really think they can complete the rest of the race without the rest of their clothes?
Last night’s episode was somewhat odd in that all teams were required to board the same flight to the Seychelles. Team Clouseau’s lead? Gone. To make matters worse, once in the Seychelles teams were split into two groups based on the order in which they found the clue box (just once I’d like the producers to fuck with the contestants and go in descending order instead of ascending order). It was little surprise to me that the first three teams to arrive at the Pit Stop were the three teams in the first flight of helicopters.
I wonder if CBS pays for couples counseling for its contestants? The childish relationship shared by Team Model Citizens (Brent and Caite) needs help; those two, while in their twenties, act as if they are pre-teens. Then there’s Team LezBeFriends whose relationship skews toward bitterness; those two, who are probably in their forties, spare few opportunities to throw each other under the bus. The Amazing Race seems to double as The Amazing Couples Splitter.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to this week’s “This Week In Technology” podcast
Website Of The Day – Friend Or Follow made my weekend so I’ll give them props today.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 204 pounds
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 52
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 20
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 4 (19)
Vegetarian Days – 5, Carnivorous Days – 23
Marta Rides – 0
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Get the new LLC moving…
– 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
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers
– 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