Strange Days Indeed

No, I didn’t meet a woman yesterday…

My right index toe is still not back to normal (at the time of this writing — 10:15pm Eastern), nor at the time I awoken –5:15am Eastern, though the swelling may be subsiding).

ITP Flickr Pic
Last night my co-worker and I ate at one of Clemson’s fancier restaurants, called The Blue Heron.

I ate shrimp and grits for dinner.
Shrimp And Grits
The meal was delicious. Even better is that my company paid for it, though I shelled out $5 for ice cream last night.

I’m Not Myself These Days
Perhaps this is maturing, but I spent the night in a college town and did not go out to the bars. Perhaps it was the realization that I am not Don Draper and therefore will only wind up disappointed. Regardless, my indulgence last night was going to Clemson’s coffee house / ice cream parlor called Spill The Beans, where the ice cream side of the house was jumping, but no one seemed available to sell me a coffee to go with my ice cream.

RealiTV Update: Please Don’t Spill The Beans
The hotel in which I stayed last night did not offer Bravo so I currently do not know who won Top Chef. Please do not spoil it for me.

For some odd reason I stumbled upon and watched the season premier of Survivor: Nicaragua. This season the tribes have been divided into “30 and Younger” v. “40 and Older.” also for some reason former football coach and tv commentator Jimmy Johnson is one of this season’s contestants. I probably won’t watch log

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – puzzled
Current Music – listening to last weekend’s “Car Talk” podcast
Website Of The Day – Perhaps I should start submitting my actions/outcomes to Fault Meter to see if all the bad things happening to me are my fault.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – couldn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – ~15 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 2* (2)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 15
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

September Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 250 miles
– Determine the fate of Sharpened Stone, LLC
– Complete at least one iPhone application (seriously, this needs to happen)
– lose five pounds
– eat vegetarian at least one day a week

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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7 Responses to Strange Days Indeed

  1. Steve says:

    That plate looks pretty good… and it looks REALLY good for Clemson!

    (I would have expected Barb to have made a comment already, but she may be a little “under the weather” today as I believe there was much wine consumed with dinner last night.. or so the rumors say.)


  2. Beth says:

    Yum! That looks awesome. My cereal-and-milk are looking a little pathetic next to that pic …

  3. Barb says:

    hey- I don’t check this blog until the 9am official posting time…….. and I’m not a big shrimp fan, but that does look good.

    And – no, I’m not hung over – but we did drink some good wine last night – 5 people, 4 bottles, that isn’t that bad. I blame the consumption on the guests that kept saying they were leaving, but then didn’t.

  4. Terri (SW) says:

    Underwhelmed with the first episode of Survivor. Why in the hell did they pick of bunch of doddling ol’ coots for the 40 group? Seriously?

    Of course the “men need to sack-up” guy in the under 30 group needs a swift kick in the crotch…the chick with the prosthetic leg should be the one to do it.

    Odd that they separated 30 & under and 40 & over. What about folks 31-39 ;)?

  5. Barb says:

    I’ll watch Survivor tonight – I read that Jimmy Johnson is a huge Survivor fan & really wanted to be on the show, so he applied just like a normal person. (not sure if I believe that)

  6. Johnson claims to be a big fan of the show.

    I wondered why they left out the 31-39 age group.

  7. Stacy Fox says:

    Yeah, I won’t be watching either — for that reason: what – are we in our 30s NOTHING?!

    And that dinner looks amazing. You’re the 2nd person to tell me they had shrimp and grits last night. I think it’s a sign. A sign of what, I’m not sure. Probably that I should get some if they taste as good as yours look!

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