Boy Do I Need A Break

GO! GO! GO! That’s how I feel my life has been lately. I have to make it through July 18th and after which may shut myself down for awhile to attempt to recuperate.

I Don’t Know What Was After Me Last Night
I met up with my Cockpit (aka Gina) last night; she promised to help reccy the trail and when it’s all planned I’ll do a walkthrough with the person who has stepped up to help me out with laying it live. Reccying when okay last night, though we only made it through about half of the planned trail. I won’t say that this will be the best Black Sheep Hash ever laid, but I think people will like it.

I’m suffering today because four times last night I received a sharp pain in my legs. I believe one of those pains was caused by a wasp, as I swear that I swatted one on my calf right after I felt the pain. The other origins of the other pains is still unknown, not that knowing would make things less painful.

The oddest occurrence of the night was walking up to a guy in a pickup truck, who had stopped and waited for us to get to him. I feared that it was a landowner, or worse the police, but instead it turned out to be Robert — the owner of Holy Taco. Apparently Robert frequents this part of the world and was out to watch the red-tail hawks which have taken up residence in the area.

ITP Flickr Pic
One of the things I hate most about being at an undesired weight is not to be able to eat delicious treats such as those seen in this photo.
Race Food
I must eat too much other crap though as I’ve not lost any significant weight this year.

RealiTV Update: Top Chef — Chop! Chop! You Two Are Outta Here!
Last night I finally got around to watching this week’s Top Chef episode. I’ve not said much about this season of Top Chef, mostly because it’s early in the season or the fact that I’ve not been following it as closely as I’ve done in the past.

Last night’s episode was interesting as it was a double-elimination night. I assumed this meant that one person would be axed after the QuickFire Challenge, and one would be eliminated after the Elimination Challenge. Instead cheftestants has to pair up after the QuickFire Challenge and put their faith in their parter as one team of two would be asked to pack up their knives and leave together.

The Elimination Challenge was weird to me. All teams prepared a breakfast and the top(?) two teams did not have to prepare a lunch and/or dinner. The teams not relieved after breakfast had to prepare lunch and the top(?) two teams did not have to prepare a dinner. The remaining three teams prepared a dinner, with one team getting axed and another winning prizes (a trip to Italy for one, and a trip to Spain for the other). I didn’t understand why the teams who only had to prepare a breakfast weren’t up for the prizes? Obviously their dishes were the best for that first round, that’s why they were safe from elimination.

Speaking of elimination I think that it was a shame that both chefs on a team were automatically eliminated. I think that Arnold got ousted because his partner Lynne undercooked their pasta even though he implored her to start cooking it earlier than she did. Also I think Kenneth’s team got a pass because Kenneth has been a strong contestant (and I think will make it to the Final Three) and the producers didn’t want to see him go this early.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – bummed
Current Music – listening to “The Breakfast Club” podcast from CBC Radio 3
Website Of The Day – I love food. I love eating it, photographing it, and reading about it. Check out Food Blog Forum, who on today’s front page is announcing a seminar in Atlanta on September 11 (and it’s going to be held at The Shed in Glenwood Park!).
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – ~3 miles, Wheel Mileage – 71.8 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 9 (9)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 8
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

July Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month (still waiting to accomplish this)
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 150 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving further
– Complete at least one iPhone application
– Completely plan out my August/September Colorado trip

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 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 Sharpened Stone.
– 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

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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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12 Responses to Boy Do I Need A Break

  1. Barb says:

    Hopefully we will be there at Enema’s Sunday morning for the bike ride, Allan went into work last night (12 hours of OT), so we never had a chance to discuss the weekend plans. But – the more I think about it, I doubt we are going to want to get up at 0530 (or earlier) to get to that GA400 bike ride. But – that isn’t guaranteed either.

    I just watched the Tour last night after trying hard to not buy Cutco knives before that. I did okay, didn’t buy any knives, but did buy a pizza cutter. They are very nice knives (I just don’t really need any), and if anyone is interested, I can give Kait (yes, that is how she spelled it) your phone# or email……… She is a nice cute college kid.

  2. Steve says:

    Nice depth of field on that shot.

    (CAUTION: blog-jack ahead)

    I’ve been reminded there is good racing at the velodrome tomorrow evening beginning at 6PM, in case anyone is interested.

    I might be convinced to go if there was any interest.

    Off to go ride before it gets too bleeping hot!!


  3. Hmmm, you’ve made my Saturday night decision more difficult Steve. My original plan was to go to the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros show at Variety Playhouse. Perhaps Mother Nature will make the decision for me.

    Cutco knives? I’m not familiar with them, not that need more knives — especially since I’m currently not cooking.

  4. Martha says:

    I think we are planning on heading to East Point tomorrow evening. Maybe we will see you there.

    Man, its already hot out there. I’m at home today, we are down to one car for the day and I’m expecting the HVAC guy to come by in a bit. Thankfully, no major problem with the AC, just need some of the duct work ‘reattached’ so I’m no longer heat/cooling my crawlspace and give the system a once over, it hasn’t been looked at since I had the AC installed 8 years ago.

    Things are slowly getting back to normal here, the car is at the shop, new computer is on its way and I replaced the coffee grinder.

    I will be at PE’s Sunday, but I’ll be on foot not on two wheels.

  5. I mentioned it in a rare Facebook login that my Sunday plans have changed slightly. I’ll be driving over to PE’s with my bike and ride around there before driving home.

    I’m meeting up with Cockpit on Sunday afternoon to finish our reccying.

  6. RanLiCoop says:

    OK, this may not go well with “not being able to eat delicious treats”, but I had to forward this along:

    If you decide you need to come on up to Raleigh so that you can try one, we’ll make sure you skimp on something else… 🙂

  7. I have heard of this wonderful concoction. I may have to “treat” myself one day. If I can find the days off, which will be hard to find, I’ll make a Raleigh trip. Also, I’m supposed to be up there for NC State’s career fair this Fall.

  8. RanLiCoop says:

    They are only going to be available during July. Let us know if we need to put one in the deep freeze for you.

  9. Only available in July? IN-CON-CEIVABLE!

  10. Lisa says:

    I’m not saying anything… but I know a certain person who would love for you to come up and visit for a very special birthday!!! I won’t even suggest that you sing outside her window like you did for the last “special birthday”!

  11. Steve says:

    @Lisa, could you be turning 29 again? I don’t believe it!!

  12. RanLiCoop says:

    Better late than never… nice Princess Bride reference!

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