I can start this one easily. I’ve not been a good blogger, in part because I’ve struggled to get my ass out of bed and moving. Just like I did today.
The Jackmobile: 2002-2011?
One of the worst (baddest?) things to happen this year occurred during what was supposed to be the highlight of my year. As has been well-documented the Jackmobile’s transmission crapped out on my first full day in Boulder, CO. That day was the Friday before Labor Day, which meant that I didn’t have an ice cube’s chance in Hell of getting the repair done and continuing my vacation as planned. Over $3000 later I returned to the Jackmobile and raced back to Atlanta. In addition I now know that the Jackmobile is also burning oil and has been shifting hard lately.
Of course my Boulder vacation turned into a complete fuck up when I thought luck had shined upon me. My company is based in Denver, CO and my boss just happened to be flying to Denver for meetings on the Tuesday after Labor Day. I rented a 2010 Nissan Altima and some asshat decided to piss in my Cheerios by keying both sides of the car on two separate occasions (hey, I spelled it correctly!). This issue has yet to be resolved.
Nights like last night are part of the reason that I’ve gained weight this year. I ate lunch at Taco Mac and returned their for dinner. The reason? Our lunch waitress Jodi was working a double shift so we thought we’d brighten her day by returning for happy hour. I never said it was a good reason. Alas Jodi informed us of her plan to move to Seattle to be with the man she’s been dating for two months and, as she said “knew I’d be marrying the day I met him.” Who can compete with that?
I’ve also been horrible at letting my nagging injuries stop me from exercising.
Sharpened Stone, LLC
Regardless of the issues dredged yesterday my business has been a flop. I’ve yet to write an iPhone/iPad app under the company name, nor have I figured out how to build a portfolio and have a website that I can point people toward to see my work. 2011? Perhaps.
ITP Flickr Pic
Too often, like today, this space has remained blank.
Financially Speaking, This Year Could Have Been So Much Better
At the beginning of 2010 I tracked a lot of stocks in which I had interest. Had I actually bought these stocks I would have made a lot of money in 2010. But I didn’t so the year is now just a “what if” year.
This was another year where too many purchased theatre/concert tickets/coupons went unused. While the grand total of all unused items is not too staggeringly large it would have been nice if I had followed through with all of my purchased commitments.
Plumbing? I Don’t Need No Stinking Plumbing
Well, that’s not entirely true. This was another year during which I did not seek professional help in order to correct my outgoing sewage pipe which services the kitchen and laundry room. I’ve done more cooking this year, but I still do all laundry at a laundromat. I know this to be complete understatement, but I really should get all broken plumbing in my house fixed in 2011.
Goals? More Like Ignored Suggestions
I wholeheartedly admit that I half-assed all of my “goals” this year. The goals were meant to inspire and publicly reward myself upon completion. I will strive to make 2011’s goals mean something and will request your help to call me out as I start to slip.
Sure, there were some more “bad” things, but I want to sweep those all under the rug and start thinking about tomorrow’s blog — “The Good.”
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I was really bad about sending Christmas cards this year. Perhaps I should have used Card Karma.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – stairs: (6 flights)
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 – 61 flights
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 2
Carnivorous Days – 26
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