Mission Accomplished!

Have four full days really passed since I’ve written a blog? How was it for you?

My accomplished mission over the weekend was helping ITP-Reader Randy go through the half keg of Sweetwater 420 that he brought to Atlanta. Did this help my weight problem? Certainly not, but I’ll have to latch onto what little acclaim I can.

A Whole Lot Of Relaxing Going On
I spent the Thanksgiving break the way many Americans did, sitting around doing little. I watched a lot of football and had a great time hanging out with friends. This morning’s step onto the scale reminded me that I was too lazy this weekend.

ITP Flickr Pic
On Black Friday I joined a couple of Flickrites for breakfast at The Majestic. As we are wont to do we showed up early to shoot. I was more than surprised to find the parking lot full due to people going into Urban Outfitters for their Black Friday sale.
Urban Outfitters: Black Friday
The three of us played my Soutmob deal perfectly on Saturday morning. The deal gets you 50% off the bill, up to $15 — our tab came to $30. Score!

Believe it or not I even did a little Black Friday shopping. No, I didn’t go into Urban Outfitters to look at all the hipsters, instead I made it over to Home Depot as well as Dick’s Sporting Goods.

It’s Dead Jim
On Sunday I decided to perform my weekly “takeaway” backup. I have two backup hard drives which I alternate, taking the latest one to work with me to my office for offsite backup. For some reason “Offsite B” decided to give up the ghost and failed. Dead. Gone. Kaput.

Luckily, in addition to belt and suspenders I keep a figurative piece of rope (or an extension cord if you are a Modern Family watcher) for just such an occasion. I had a spare hard drive in my closet and pulled it out in order to do my backup. Anal? Yeah, but I’m talking about backing up all of my documents, music, movies, and photos — I should be anal.

I Got A Lot Of Losses
It was a good thing that the NY Jets took care of business on Thursday night because not much else went my way (football-wise) the remainder of the weekend.

On Saturday my beloved Florida Gators had their asses handed to them by the hated Florida State Seminoles, thus capping one of the most mediocre Gator regular seasons since I attended the university.

I had three Deadbeat Dad players performing on Thursday, if you could call what they did “performing.” Sunday’s performances didn’t fare much better leaving the Deadbeat Dads in a position to lose yet another game and this time lose my position atop the league for the first time this year.
One Reason For Quitting Fantasy Football
I was projected to score 103 points, I scored 58. This is another reason I’m putting the East Atlanta Deadbeat Dads Underachievers to rest at season’s end.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – angry
Current Music – silence as I let iTunes catch up on four days of podcast downloading
Website Of The Day – Have someone for whom it is impossible to shop? Have you tried American Science & Surplus? I used to get their catalog years ago and am pleased to see that they are still in business.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 208 pounds — did I mention that I was angry?
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – ~13 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 30, Situps – 150
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 28
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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17 Responses to Mission Accomplished!

  1. Barb says:

    Good to hear you finished that keg…….
    I drank way more beer this past weekend than I have in a long time, so I know how you feel. We went to Red Brick Brewery & 5 Seasons Brewing on Friday night with some of our “other” WI friends for a night of local beers, then Saturday spent the afternoon/evening at Stats & Der Biergarten for plenty more beers, then Sunday tailgating for the Falcons/Packers game. Wish it would have been a little warmer Sunday, we tailgated on the roof of a loft on Marietta St., it was very breezy, but fun to watch the traffic coming & going to the dome.

    I’ve never played fantasy football, so I don’t understand the scoring, but I thought Phillip Rivers had a prety good game last night, why were his points so low?

  2. Fantasy football is all about scoring touchdowns (well, except for the kicker). I didn’t watch last night’s game but apparently none of the 36 points scored by San Diego were from passing. And, if Rivers threw any interceptions, or fumbled, that causes him to lose points.

    Glad to hear that the Packer weekend went well. Not being a fan of either team I watched (and napped) the game with mild interest — except for the fact that I have the Falcons’ kicker on my team.

  3. Steve says:

    I heard an almost unbelievable statistic on NPR this morning- 24% of black Friday shoppers were at the stores at 4:00 AM. I can account for 3- the mizzus, her sister and niece- I however, remained in my nice, warm bed.

    Hope everyone had a lovely holiday. Debbie cooked the juciest turkey EVER. And except for a head butt from one of the horses (Down goes Frazier!) it was a pleasant weekend.


  4. My photo was taken between 6:30am-7:00am on Friday (the exact time is in the EXIF data).

    I failed to mention that I had a lovely dinner at Sanitary Not!’s house on Thanksgiving. I ate and drank so much this weekend that it was no surprise that I didn’t like the number I saw on the scale this morning.

    And as anyone who is my friend on Facebook knows, I watched The Amazing Race last night so feel free to comment. Did Brooke (annoyingly cheery blond) get a tattoo during the race? One of her legs was bandaged up during last night’s frustrating-ending episode. I’m thinking about getting sushi for lunch, anyone want to join? 😉

  5. Barb says:

    Why does Brooke’s leg being bandaged make you think she got a tattoo?

    and – Nick is quite the jerk, I hope that Vicki dumps him right after the race.

  6. The bandaging looks a lot like that I’ve seen after people get tattoos, and since no mention of an injury was made…

    I was hoping that upon Nick and Vicki’s exit interview she’d bring up that she no longer wanted to date Nick. That man is a complete ass, and a baby to boot.

  7. debbie says:

    Technically I was at the store at 2:55 a.m. and it was under duress and I will never do it again. I was blown away by how many people were there. The line to get in was three/four wide and stretched about 150 yards. We stood in line 45 minutes to check out and the deals weren’t that great – I was a sap to go.

  8. Martha says:

    I stayed far away from the stores until late Friday. We went to Target and I started shopping for the little boy and girl I’ve ‘adopted’ for Christmas.

    Cinny was okay…normal Abiog family drama. Jerry, his brother Joe and I ran the 10K TDay. It was just the four of us (Jerry, Joe, his wife Rachel and me) and Jerry’s Mom, *sigh* for dinner. I didn’t drink a lot this weekend but if there at me hard liquor in the house Thursday morning…I might have.

    On Saturday we did some trail running before driving to Indy to visit my Aunt B in the hospital. Seems like the only time I see family is when someone is really sick or dead. We took Nibbles to the nursing home a couple of times to visit Jerry’s dad, she was great. I might have to see what it take to make her a therapy dog.

    It really hurt to give back the rental car today…I miss her. 🙂

  9. Barb says:

    Debbie – I just couldn’t do it, I don’t care what kind of deal there was out there to get. (what store did you go to?)

    Martha – what kind of rental car did you get?

    We ended up with 7 for dinner at my house, 2 friends that had just flown in from CA from vacation & had no food in their house, and another friend plus Allan’s parents. We drank plenty of wine (I know, that is a shocker) & had a good time.

    Maybe next week when Nick & Vicki get hopefully booted (6 hours penalty plus the speed bump!), we will hear that she has dumped him 😉

  10. debbie says:

    We went to Kohl’s. If we’d gone at 4:00 we could have gotten the same stuff and not waited in line. It’s a gimmick. It was fun to as a silly thing to do with my sister and niece, but that’s the only advantage to it.

    We had 12 for T-day; it was fun.

  11. Martha says:

    Barb, we were upgraded to a Lincoln MKT, not a car I would ever pick for myself but all the bells and whistles were fun to play with, plus a much smoother ride than the old Escape.

    Jerry’s sister-in-law got up early, wanted to know if I wanted to go with her…nope! I stayed in bed as long as the dogs would allow then lounged around drinking coffee and eating pie (pie was my downfall this year) for the rest of the morning.

    I was in charge of deserts so I made an apple-cranberry with crumb topping and a pumpkin. The apple was delicious, if I do say so myself.

    The turkey was not very good this year. Jerry’s been pretty bummed about it, so it looks like between now and Christmas I might be cooking a small bird for us.

  12. Not surprising I’m fat *and* out of shape. I just came from lunch (during which I ate too much) and punished myself by climbing the stairs for all eleven floors in the building and then back down to the sixth floor (on which I work). I am as winded as if I’d never walked stairs in my life.

    Perhaps one positive, however, is that it seems to have cleared a lot of crap out of my throat and lungs — though I’m coughing constantly right now.

  13. Molly says:

    I actually found this blog because one of your followers mentioned a client (Der Biergarten) and it popped up in my google alerts. I have to say, I’m really glad I found it. It’s so smart to keep a running journal of goals, accomplishments, etc. I keep a daily list of action items in my work life, but this has encouraged me to start a daily list of action items, goals, moods, etc. in my personal life too! Thanks for the encouragement and keep it up!

  14. bob says:

    Half a keg of 420? Did you lose my number?

  15. Thanks for the kind words, Molly. And now that I’ve heard of Der Biergarten I will have to check it out.

    Bob, I kept expecting to see you this weekend. I assumed you were busy.

  16. Barb says:

    Martha – I have to say, cooking a bird on a weekend is easy, shouldn’t be too tough to do that for Jerry. I use those oven bags (well, we fried this year, but in the past) and they keep them pretty tender. Then, you can use the leftovers for so many other meals.

    BTW – how many trips to Skyline did you have this trip?

  17. Martha says:

    Yep, it won’t be too tough, maybe I’ll hit up the YDFM and see if they have a smallish bird. Jerry’s brother bought the turkey pre-cooked (or smoked), it don’t know if that’s what dried it out or when it was reheated…but it was pretty dry. We had a great selection of sides, Rachel made the best green bean casserole (all from scratch, even the mushroom soup). She’s a good midwestern girl like myself so we had a pretty traditional dinner.

    We hit Skyline on the way out of town yesterday, Jerry went Friday night, that was it. He’s been going up enough that he’s getting his fix on a regular schedule.

    Paulie, I didn’t get a chance to check out the local beer. Next time I go back, I’ll take the time to hit Jungle Jim’s and see what’s up 🙂

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