Giving Thanks, Day 3

Mine is far from a perfect life, and mine is far from an imperfect life. This I know. I would like to set a goal for 2011 that I wake up feeling healthy and happy more days than not — and I’m not feeling sickly / allergy today, but there is something else physically that is causing me distress today.

And somebody overslept, so perhaps I should be thankful for a job which will not fire me for being late today.

I had packed all my laundry into the Jackmobile so I could get that task out of the way before the long Thanksgiving weekend. I really didn’t want to go to the lavanderia last night; I’d eaten a large lunch and traffic was miserable. I really wanted to go to Taco Mac and add to my Brewniversity/Passport list, and I even had an offer to meet up with someone at Dunwoody Tavern; I’d eaten a large lunch and am trying to cut back on the empty calorie intake. I had to shoot down both options and do my damn laundry (now would be a good time to conjure a “You should fix your motherfuckin’ plumbing, asshat.” comment which I will ignore.)

Laundry done and feeling good about myself when I returned home to East Atlanta, only to have the whole power in the neighborhood go out about five minutes after walking through the door. SONNABITCH! Of course with an iPhone and iPad each loaded with content there was no fear of boredom during the more than sixty minutes of darkness…

The power came back on and of course went away sometime around 12:30am. I was awakened by the sounds of UPS beeping and I blame my tardiness this morning on the sleep lost due to this.

ITP Flickr Pic
I nearly walked right past this yesterday
I love it. Now, if I could only have found a more interesting way to have shot it…

Tonight? Who Knows!
I have a ticket a sold out concert at Center Stage (or The Loft).
I have great friends in town from North Carolina (ITP-Readers Lisa and Randy).
There is a “Who’s going to George’s for beer?” email going around.

I have no idea in which direction I will head this evening. All I know is that, even though I wine about my weight, I am glad that I am not getting up early tomorrow morning to run a half marathon (though I wish that I still had the capacity to do so).

[update: I just committed to dinner with the North Carolinians. I may try to hit the concert late.]

There will be no blog on tomorrow or Friday, so I wish you all (that are in the United States) a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful Black Friday (pssst – I wear a large, but prefer cash.)

Happy Birthdeh!
Most of you don’t know the young lady to whom I wish Happy Birthdeh today. Today is the birthday of my long-time friend, former Atlantan drinking buddy, and wonderful Canadian, Tamara. I got the Royal Albertan treatment when I visited Tamara some (four?) years ago in her home provence of Alberta, and with any luck our paths may cross in Novia Scotia in 2011.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh, I want to feel normal and happy
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – It’s rare that I’ll to a repeat, but sometimes I’m prone to do so. I really love the Coverville podcast. Not only does its host Brian play awesome cover songs, he also personally replies to emails. In this day and age customer service that good needs to be rewarded
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – situps (25), pushups (10)
Morning Weigh-In – 205 pounds
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – ~13 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 40, Situps – 175
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 23
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

November Goals
– 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

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, completed
Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides, completed
Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers, completed

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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8 Responses to Giving Thanks, Day 3

  1. Steve says:

    So is the picture of an actual piece of “art” or some freak perspective of the sunset? I assume the art.

    Yes, it is well past time to suck it up and repair the plumbing.

    Considering the holiday and your good work at amusing all of us, you may have tomorrow and Friday off.

    I am thankful for many things and this blog, and your friendship are just two.


  2. Barb says:

    Any idea why you lost power in the neighborhood?

    I was actually thinking, since you are going to Sani’s for the day tomorrow, you could have just brought you laundry there?

    Lisa & Randy, if you read this today, I sent you an email…… hopefully we can hook up, I can’t wait to see how big Cooper & Nolan have gotten.

  3. The photo is not art, it’s the way the sun was being cast upon a wall in the office.

    Plumbing will be repaired in 2011.

    Word on the street was that there was an accident “near” the neighborhood which caused the outage throughout EAV. I’ve assumed that I live in the weakest link of the Atlanta power grid, this just confirms my belief.

    I’d never consider bringing my laundry to someone else’s house (other than my parent’s). That violates my “do not impose” edict.

  4. Barb says:

    It wouldn’t bother me if you were coming to my house for the day….. just sayin. Plus, Sani is just like Mom to all of us 😉 but, I do understand.

    I really don’t want to be at work today, I’m only sort of busy, but of course, it is the day before a holiday, everything that can go wrong, will go wrong in the transportation business.

  5. We are without most of our upper management — if I were still in management I’d be the highest-rank in the office. There is discussion of going to Taco Mac for lunch, not sure what I’ll do. Sadly, I have a lot of work to do between now and January so I may need to work most of today.

  6. Steve says:

    Since the “art” was a natural phenomenom, that makes it much cooler.

    You know Sani would have been perfectly fine with you doing the laundry because that’s just how she rolls.

    Debbie is already trying to steal my horse…

  7. Martha says:

    Six comments and no one caught wine, where’s cheese nips?

    On the road, typing on droid,keeing short.

    Have a safe & happy holiday!

  8. Barb says:

    Martha – I caught it, I just chose to ignore it……..

    Have a good time in Cincy!

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