One of the reasons I may get sick so much (in addition to having a seemingly inferior immune system) — I’m working on fighting off something right now — is the many climates to which I have to subject my body. Yesterday the office hovered around 71º F (at least until we had a partial power outage at 4pm), right now my desk thermometer is reporting 78.4º F. [update: the a/c has apparently been turned on, the temperature has plummeted below 74º F in a matter of minutes.] [update @ 08:50, the temperature is now 72.0º F]
What Was I Thinking?
I don’t know what exactly possessed me to go to IKEA last night. It was one or more of the following:
- I heard about a neat photo hanging system sold there
- I had a desire to see attractive women to whom I would not talk
- I figured this would be the last time I dare enter IKEA until Christmas has passed
- I had a craving for Swedish meatballs
- I was mentally delirious from whatever illness I’m currently fighting
Regardless, I went to IKEA last night and somehow managed to spend $60 (dinner included) without being under the influence of a beautiful woman.
IKEA is a really strange place for me. IKEA is the only store that really makes me want to get rid of my house and move into a 800 sq ft loft — which I’d furnish using cheap pressboard furniture of course. IKEA is the only store which makes me desire a stylish abode, something I’ve not been able to accomplish in the eleven years in my house.
I lost my IKEA dinner virginity last night. I ordered Swedish meatballs with a side of macaroni and cheese (because that’s what the cute girl ahead of me, the one who never noticed me, ordered) and “healthied it up” with a side of wonderfully-colored steamed vegetables (basically most of the vegetables people tell you to avoid — carrots (both orange and yellow), sugar snap peas, and a hint of broccoli). The food was, well, the food was edible.
ITP Flickr Pic
Sorry, I have nothing for you. I took a shot of my IKEA dinner last night and the photo turned out blurry because I am apparently incapable of using a camera these days.
Thou Ticket Purchasing Process Doth Suck
I’m trying to get a ticket to “A Christmas Carole” at Shakespeare Tavern for December 23rd. I went to the website to purchase a ticket yesterday and was informed that I needed an E-Identity to purchase a ticket online. Not phased I filled out the form which generated an E-Identity and received a congratulatory message from the system. One huge problem though, when I went to use the username and password that I had just created I kept getting “Invalid Password” errors. Of course the “Reset Password” link does nothing more than send someone an email, and I’ve yet to hear back from him/her.
So today I will step back a communication generation and try to call the Shakespeare Tavern box office. If that fails I will attach a note to the leg of a carrier pigeon and see if that method works.
Paging Mr Dumas, Mr Dumas
That’s “Dumb Ass” to you.
So today somebody will be calling the Horizon Theatre to see if he can change his tickets for “The Santaland Diaries” to another night so he doesn’t have to eat either the $20 spent for the Chatham County Line ticket or the $75 spent for the “The Santaland Diaries” tickets.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fighting something, ticked off at myself
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I’m not above liberating websites from others. Today’s choice is Gone-Ta-Pott : A Directory For Holidays & Celebtrations. (Thanks ITP-Reader Stacy!) Does anyone else wonder how much taxpayer money has been wasted by declaring so many “National
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 – ~9 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 25
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 15
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Run no fewer than 50 miles
– Determine the fate of Sharpened Stone, LLC
– lose five pounds
– eat vegetarian at least one day a week
– 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, completed
Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides, completed
Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers, completed
– 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