It Was A Grueling Weekend

Busy Little Weekend
Friday night’s play, which was fantastic, was also three hours long. Consider Atlanta’s already shitty rush hour traffic on a Friday night on which it is also raining? Yeah, that sucked. The play was to start at 7:30pm. Given this start time and the eternity it took for me to get to the theatre, I did not have enough time to eat dinner. This matter was worsened when I was informed that the play was going to last three hours with a single fifteen-minute intermission. My dinner on Friday night consisted of trail mix, followed by some bread when I arrived home at 11:00pm.

I packed as many activities as humanly possible into Saturday. Breakfast at The Majestic, followed by a photo critique session in Decatur, followed by lunch at Twain’s, followed by a failed nap attempt in the Decatur library, followed by meeting up with friends at the Brick Store, followed by a party at some friends’ house. By the time my head hit my own pillow I was exhausted.

Yesterday I drove the Red Rocket down to Moreland to partake in the Wheelhopper hash which was laid by ITP-Readers Steve and Barb, and Barb’s hubby Allan. The ride was a hot one, made worse by the fact that I tried to play that “unknown French rider who wins a stage of the Tour de France.” Knowing the area a bit I was able correctly guess at a check and sprint out (winning the sprint points!). For about twenty minutes I was winning the hash! My reign of terror ended when I had a one-in-three chance of guessing correctly at the next check and I guessed incorrectly. My efforts cost me. Not only did I wind up being DFL (of the long trail), my feet still hurt from trying to pedal feverishly, and I’m also sore from resisting getting thrown into the (green) pool by Allan (in my defense, Allan is a fireman and outsizes me greatly). The day was a blast, and even though I didn’t think I was going to wind up at Holy Taco with ITP-Readers Betsy and Sarah, I did.

I could use a day of rest.

ITP Flickr Pic
It’s 8:45am and we’ve just broken into our own office.
I Could Use One Of These Now
I could use one of these right now.

Holy Shit, I’m Going On Vacation This Friday?
I really need to start getting all of plans set and shit packed. And, since I’ve had a late start to this morning I’ll have to abbreviate today’s blog too.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – beaten up
Current Music – silence as the podcasts download
Website Of The Day – I parked next to a Mini Cooper sporting two Blue bicycles atop it yesterday. They looked like some nice rides.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Sunday: cycling, ~25 miles
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 127.2 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 6 (8)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 22
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 3

August Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month (I did it once, I can do it again!)
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 200 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving further
– Complete at least one iPhone application (seriously, this needs to happen)
– 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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14 Responses to It Was A Grueling Weekend

  1. Barb says:

    You had to break into your own office? Did they changes the locks on you?

    I made Allan feel bad about throwing you into the pool……

    I know you probably don’t have time, but Tues. or Wed. night we will be home if you want to swing by with the bike & shoes, or Allan will be at the firehouse in Buckhead tonight & thursday. I’m sure we could throw dinner into the deal if you come by the house.

  2. For some reason the doors on our floor wouldn’t unlock — the badges did nothing. We (not me) literally sent someone through the drop-down ceiling to the other side and pulled the fire alarm. Of course we pre-warned the building security…

    You know, had I not resisted getting tossed into the pool I would be better off today. 😉 It’s all good.

    Time won’t be my friend this week. On top of getting the oil change done Wednesday (you still in for lunch?) I need to mow my lawns so that they won’t get incredibly tall while I’m gone, do laundry, and pack everything that I’ll be taking with me (triple checking all the while to make sure I’ve not forgotten anything). Thanks for the offer though.

    Oh, and have any of you ever heard of (Ride) Blue bikes before?

  3. Martha says:

    Our friend Mary Pat works for Blue (I think they sponser her as well), they have an (maybe the) office in Norcross…I’ve heard they are really good bikes.

    I’m just now starting to recover from Saturday. I think standing out in the sun/heat all day did more damage than the actual compitition. I didn’t do as well as I hoped but I learned a lot and I’ll be better prepared for the next one.

    I felt like ass all day yesterday, I didn’t even leave the house. Mostly sat on my ass watching tv, did manage a little house work but the yard is still a mess.

  4. Barb says:

    yes – still up for the oil change, could do it today if that fits your schedule better. I’d just need to call Lam to be srue they can do it.

    Blue bikes are sort of local – yes, I’ve heard of them.

  5. Wednesday still works better for me. I plan to call today to make sure they can do it Wednesday.

    (re: Blue) Looks like I’m once again behind the times…

  6. Barb says:

    Wed. is fine for the oil change/lunch meetup. I’m thinking 1130ish? I’ll try to leave my office around 1100.

  7. Barb says:

    and Martha – they made you do this whole competition outside in the heat? You are offically insane.

  8. 11:30ish works for me. What I currently intend to do is drive my bike to Lam’s, ride in to work, see if anyone in the office wants Las Tortas Locas for lunch so they can drive me there, and if my car is ready pick it up, and if not ride back to get the car after work.

  9. Barb says:

    that is very smart to do it that way & get a little biking in too!

  10. Martha says:

    @ Barb, I know!

    The problem was, we got there about 10 am to watch the Adv Men compete, we (Open Women) didn’t start our heats until 2:30…I was toasted by the time we started. I had a headache (from dehydration) all day yesterday. It was a great time, 200 folks competed and probably as many spectators and volunteers.

    I hope it is okay, Jill (aka SuperSuck) may join us as well on Wednesday.

  11. Barb says:

    of course Jill (& anyone else) can join us for lunch – I don’t know how many oil changes Lam can handle 😉

  12. Martha says:

    She will only be joining us for lunch…she works across the street at the Chamblee campus.

  13. jsf3000 says:

    Were ther adult beverages for purchase at the Dunces play?

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