Of 2010. Today I’ll provide a cursory round up of the past week’s activity. And tomorrow I start an annual three-day tradition of year-end wrap up posts.
Where To Begin?
It’s only been a (holiday shortened) week since I’ve last posted a real blog post, but so much, not all of which I can divulge, has transpired.
I’ve Been Working On The Demo
All the live long day (and most nights). With CES just a few weeks away and a demo of an app promised I’ve been putting in many extra hours at work. I am not alone in this effort, at least two other people have been there with me, and one of those also came into the office on Christmas Eve with his wife as well. I’m hoping this week is back to normal and I can regain some of my sanity — though truth be told with work at the forefront of my brain I’ve had little time to mull on my life’s other issues, though I have one thing which keeps creeping back in…
On Thursday evening I left work early and headed to the Shakespeare Tavern for their performance of “A Christmas Carol.” The play was outstanding, though I’m sure the wine and Smoking Bishop consumed didn’t hinder my enjoyment any.
Tis The Season For Giving
I wasn’t feeling all that great or festive on Friday evening after I left the office so I decided on skipping the two social engagements to which I had been invited. Instead I decided to spend the night at home. Alone. To raise my spirits (both literally and figuratively) I chose to drink some “special” beer which, after dropping $140 for alcohol at Total Wine on Friday morning, barely made a dent in my stash. While drinking the night away I launched my browser and started donating to charities/entities who were on my “Good” list — The Story with Dick Gordon, This American Life, Horizon Theatre — to name some. By night’s end I barely remembered why I was sad, and my Grinch-like heart had grown two sizes.
The Return Of Tweety Bird Waffling
You may remember last year I broke recent tradition and headed south for the winter, thus missing the annual Tweety Bird Waffle gathering at ITP-Reader Betsy’s. This year I decided to brave the cold (not that I had much choice with the CES demo looming) and make a triumphant return. The food was plentiful, as were the mimosas, and by early afternoon a “wintry mix” had started to fall from the skies. It was at that time that I made the decision to stay close to home and avoid any nasty road conditions which would inevitably plague the area. After watching Sideways (and discovering that Betsy and I had an odd connection to the movie involving a now-married couple of ex-hashers) I drove home in the Jackmobile and spent the rest of the evening snuggled warmly in my bed.
ITP Flickr Pic
Here’s your obligatory “Reese during Tweety Bird WaffleFest” photo.
There is a bit of competition in the Betsy household this year as her new pup Bella sought attention each and every time I tried to take a photo of Reese.
The Next Step
I’ve been living a life of regret for some time. So, I’ve decided to get the jump on New Year’s and make some changes today. Nothing drastic mind you, but just some things that will lead me toward a happier path in life.
On Christmas night I signed up to run the Twisted Ankle Half Marathon. Wait. What? That’s right, after a few year hiatus (I ran the first four held) I am returning with a vengeance — which means that I’ll have to start training, soon. The training won’t start tonight however as I am tackling Mount St. Laundry tonight. After weeks of neglect (and coming nowhere near running out of clean clothes) I have loaded the Jackmobile up with laundry.
(This may be a repeat, but it’s been a week) I’ll also need to find the time to take the Jackmobile in for an oil change and to have Lam look at the transmission. You’d think that a rebuilt transmission would last for as long as the original, but mere thousands of miles later the Jackmobile is shifting hard. I’ve already checked the transmission fluid and it appears to be fine. This could be the final straw for Jackmobile and me.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – nervous about setting myself up for disappointment
Current Music – listening to a CBC Radio3 “Ab Originals” podcast
Website Of The Day – With the reported demise of del.icio.us a few weeks ago a lot of people are jumping on the Pinboard bandwagon. Even though the price for entry is slowly increasing I am waiting it out to see what other options I may have.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – bah humbug
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – ~10 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 55 flights
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 2
Carnivorous Days – 24
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run no fewer than 75 miles
– Prepare Sharpened Stone, LLC for 2011
– Lose two pounds
– Eat vegetarian at least one day a week
– A couple of secret goals which I will not divulge
– 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