Howdy folks. Happy New Year and all that sort of tommyrot. (And sorry if you had your hopes set on a blog last Friday — I sort of, well, forgot.)
What A Wonderfully-Long Weekend
How can I not have fun around my friends? I spent a lot of time hanging with ITP-Readers Lisa and Randy along with their two sons, their extended family, and of course their dog Sugar this weekend. I’ve somehow been welcomed into the family and must admit it’s a damn good feeling.
Cheddarhead: It Was The Best Of Times, In The Worst Of Weather
Never has a Cheddarhead seen such ugly weather — rain out the wazoo, but thankfully not freezing rain. I ran trail for the first time in a while and between that and the one game of bowling my legs are still sore today. I’d like to thank ITP-Reader Willie, whose house was the host-house for the on-in, for not immediately throwing out my hashing sneakers after finding them in the back of his pickup truck on Sunday (I’d absent-mindedly left them behind after getting a ride back to my car). All in all about 130 souls found their way to the on-in (many in vehicles) where we were served brats, poutine, cheese curd, kringle (look it up), and beer.
My bowling prowess has diminished significantly. I think my final score for the one game I bowled was somewhere in the neighborhood of 130. I’d like to say that I was trying to make my score match the number of people who showed up at the on-in, but I’d be lying. It was hotter than hell in that bowling alley and my sweatpants and long-sleeved t-shirt were doing little to help me out, so when my lane decided it was time to stop after one game so they could tend to their sick little one I was more than happy to announce to the world that I am no longer a contender for high score.
A Fun Sunday Night Finale
After watching the Packers win their way into the playoffs by beating the Bears, Lisa, Randy, and I headed into Decatur where we met up with ITP-Readers Laura and Bob, and former-ITP-Reader MC at Raging Burrito. I had picked Raging Burrito because it’s on Decatur Square and provides many vegetarian options. However, after a lovely dinner the group dispersed and went our separate ways — at least there were many vegetarian options.
This morning I realized that we should have gone to Carpe Diem (that is if they offer vegetarian options — I’ve not perused their menu) as I have a $30 Groupon coupon which expires this week. I’d really hate to start the year by letting one of my coupons expire and I’m not sure if I can wedge a trip to Carpe Diem into my hectic schedule.
ITP Flickr Pic
I was going to request a mulligan today, but then I had a crazy idea — “Why not take a self-portrait using the iPhones front-facing camera?”
Ha! I bet you wished I asked for that mulligan now. Actually, while technically “meh” my expression amuses me. I always find it interesting to see how the rest of the world sees me.
Papa Don’t Preach
I’ve made many “Executive” decisions over the past week. One of those decisions was to remain an executive in Sharpened Stone. I’ve decided that I’m not ready to give up. My decision was partially predicated on the timing of the ginormous penalty assessed for my lack of business license ownership. Even if I had filed the paperwork to dissolve the LLC immediately there was no guarantee that it would have been executed prior to the end of 2010, and, I still had to pay the $687 penalty.
So this morning I clenched my buttcheeks, opened the Sharpened Stone check book, and with a quivering hand mailed the City of Atlanta a check for $687.75. Ouch!
Next up, training on successfully running a business. Anyone have suggestions that don’t involve getting a MBA?
I keep trying. Schedules seem to be diametrically opposite. I’ll keep trying.
Preliminary Goals Are Up
Perhaps I was caught in the revelry, but I failed to spend a lot of time thinking of the things I wish to accomplish in 2011. So, for the most part what you see there today is a rehash of 2010 and is subject to change.
A Return To RPS
Tonight I’m making my return visit to the Roswell Photographic Society. Tonight’s presentation should be an entertaining one as, has been RPS tradition, the year is being kicked off by photographer Craig Tanner. I’m really looking forward to it.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – chubby, but other than that quite positive
Current Music – silence as I let the MacBook download podcasts
Website Of The Day – I have no idea how I wound up on Shoppy Bag‘s email list. But, since I did I might as well let you all know about their service.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday: hashing (~3 miles)
Morning Weigh-In – soon my precious, soon
Foot Mileage – ~3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 3 (3)
Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 2
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 so that I get no more penalties
– Lose two pounds
– Eat vegetarian at least one day a week
– A couple of goals which I will not divulge
– Eat lunch out no more than twice a week
– Limit myself to eating dinner out on laundry nights, meeting nights, and dates
2011 Goals [will be a little more fluid than in past years]
– Reduce my weight by 25 pounds based on the my weight as measured on February 1st
– Completely read the book Daily Negations which I received as a Christmas gift.
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business — one which does not get penalized.
– 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
– Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than two half-marathons
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions