So Close, Yet Oh So Far Away

They say that “Timing is everything.” While not exactly true, because you often need money at the proper time as well, the edict holds quite often for me. Timing has not been on my side often in life, and I’m rightly accused of not recognizing and/or pulling triggers when it has been. I’m holding my breath in hopes that my timing will improve — soon.

Watch Out, Watch In
If you are my friend on The Facebook you may have seen my status update mentioning how I’m going to have to trade some lunch outings for training runs. Well, as further incentive I’ve gone and ordered a new Garmin GPS watch (the 305) from Amazon which is supposed to arrive on Thursday.

The GPS watch order was “interesting.” At first Amazon was out of stock. I chose not to order from one of their other suppliers (even though I was offered free shipping) in fear of a return nightmare in case something was wrong; so I place a “backordered” order. A few days later I was informed that I should expect my delivery around January 29th. A few days after that my expected arrival was bumped up to January 12th. And a few days after that my expected arrival was bumped up to the 6th. I was almost expecting an email today announcing that it was delivered yesterday and asking me to rate my satisfaction.

The “Plan” is to be ready to comfortably run/walk the Twisted Ankle half-marathon on May 14th (those of you who’ve done the run in Summerville know that part of the course is only runnable to those in exceptional shape). The “Plan” to accomplish said “Plan” has yet to be carved in stone, but I know that it must commence soon.

Genghis Khannot Believe It
Yesterday for lunch I joined a couple of coworkers at a newly-opened chain restaurant called Genghis Grill. Genghis Grill’s premise is much like many Mongolian BBQ joints, you pick your meats and veg, hand them over to a dude standing near a smoking hot griddle, pick a starch, and then enjoy.

Genghis Grill offers up menu cards which help you identify the proper ingredients necessary to concoct a signature dish, or you can do as I did yesterday and just create a melange of beef, vegetable, an egg, and some brown rice and call it “lunch.” The biggest downer I saw with the restaurant was their pricing scheme. For $11 you get an unlimited number of bowls of food, and if you limit yourself to just one bowl they knock off $2. For me $9 is a bit pricey for one bowl of food, though it’s really not overly-priced when compared to most other meals I eat for lunch these days.

I won’t say that I won’t go back to Genghis Grill, but I am trying to limit the number of temptations for eating too much food.

ITP Flickr Pic
Yesterday I tried to make you lose your appetite, today I try to help you regain it.
Black Bean Tortilla Casserole: Slice
I credit my afternoon sickness and a pair of Martha’s for this creation. My afternoon sickness unfortunately convinced me that I shouldn’t drive to Roswell and spend the evening at the Roswell Photographic Society. Martha #1 (Screw-It) got me thinking about trying new recipes. Martha #2 (Stewart) delivered her latest “Everyday Food” magazine digitally to my iPad via the Zinio app, and inside (page 81) it had a recipe for a “Mushroom Black Bean Tortilla Casserole” which I decided to make. My rendition wasn’t true to the recipe in part because I somehow managed to forget to buy mushrooms (I wonder if was because of the cute, but married girl on Aisle 2? Or perhaps it was because of the cute, but married girl in the Dairy section?) while shopping for ingredients at the Kroger near Emory.

Look Who’s Making His Bed (Again)
Unless you’re a number watcher you may have not realized that sometime after returning from my vacation I stopped making my bed daily. Well, after many days of coming home to a sloppy bedroom that it was long-past time to restart the daily chore. My effort started on January 1st, and I’m pleased to announce that I’ve yet to miss a day.

Oops They Did It Again
Reports from last night’s Atlanta Moonlite Hash have come in saying that we (The Hash) have proven ourselves to be a menace to society again. Apparently someone reported a man dropping an unknown substance near Peachtree Street around Atlantic Station. From what I understand (I was not there, mind you) the HAZMAT team was called out and traffic was halted.

Apparently this latest SNAFU has the leaders of the hash consider alternatives to baking flour — which is relatively cheap, easy to see and handle, and 100% biodegradable, hence it’s use for marking trail.

The terrorists have won.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though a little bummed about scheduling mishaps, nervous, and beginning to wonder aloud
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – If all goes to plan today I’ll be getting my gutters cleaned by A Better Gutter Cleaning. (Thanks Martha #1!) They were supposed to do it yesterday, but the supervisor called in sick and I was informed of the delay through an early-morning email. I like that kind of service.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Stairs (6 flights)
Morning Weigh-In – Feb 1

Foot Mileage – ~3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 6 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 4 (4)

Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 3

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

January Goals
– 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

The Unmeasurable
– 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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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13 Responses to So Close, Yet Oh So Far Away

  1. Barb says:

    I can’t wait to tell Allan about the haz-mat team being called out, I’m sure if he was on shift he (or Burnt Rubber) would have called to tell them – it’s just flour!
    I guess the hasah just can’t hash around midtown/downtown, it seems that is the only place they seem to call out hazmat it seems. Where is the discussion about it – on AH4 website?

    BTW – my turkey meatloaf (in the muffin pan – sorry Martha, we did it anyway & it wasn’t that hard to clean the pan & the tops/edges were crusty) came out pretty good. I was searching recipes & found one using Rotel, well, you should use Mild, Allan used Hot, so that was a little overpowering. We of course doctored it to the ingredients in the house, but it came out pretty good.

  2. I used the hot Rotel for a recipe once and was nearly very sorry for doing so. Spiiiiiicy.

    A very poor rendition of reporting about the incident is here on the AJC. You are right that it seems to be a Buckhead/midtown/downtown problem — those people must think very highly of themselves to think terrorists would get two shits about them.

  3. Terri (SW) says:

    Amtrak. Don’t throw flour around Amtrak.

  4. Martha says:

    Wow, I’m mentioned twice in one blog and I’m Martha #1, I’m honored!

    There was a big dust up on the Ormewood Group a few months ago, Robin and crew laid a trial and actually told people and a policeman they saw while laying trail what was going on. Some dude thought it was ant poision…everyone lost it. I was told HAZMAT came out but never saw them. And just Friday night, there was a post about TP, the guy had a “funny feeling about all that so just wanted to have people be aware. Be especially aware and keep a look out …”

    People really, really need to relax.

    Your casserole looks good and I would be totally okay with the missing mushrooms. I just made some chicken soup last night, I’m thinking this week’s new dish will be either Thursday or Saturday.

    I love my 305, I think you be impressed. What did you have before? A 201? May I also suggest getting a Garmin Connect account (it’s free)…a much better interface and options than the Garmin TC that comes with the GPS.

  5. I’d forgotten about that incident, Martha. People should be far more concerned about the home invasion, house break-ins, stabbings, shootings, etc, etc, etc and stop worrying about “anthrax” and toilet paper.

    I think I had a 201, it was long and somewhat rectangular. The charger kinda crapped out and I decided that it was time to upgrade, though I should be scolded for doing so the week before CES. I will get a Garmin Connect account, thanks.

  6. Barb says:

    speaking of Garmin – my sister-in-law works for the bike team over in Spain, she told me she thinks the Tom-Tom GPS system for cars is better, so if we wanted to get one, we should not ask her to get one & just go buy one. That made me laugh.

  7. Funny, Barb. I’ve liked both of my Garmin GPSs (my Jills) but they’ve pretty much been displaced by my iPhone.

  8. Barb says:

    and- don’t forget to buy your mega-millions ticket today, jackpot is $330 million. And – if you win, I’d appreciate a million or so as a token of your appreciation for reminding you all to go buy a ticket(s). 😉

  9. I’m not a lottery player. If I won I’d have to fix my plumbing. 😉 Actually I’d like the people who are in my office to win. If they do I’d expect them to quit and that’d mean job security for me.

  10. Steve says:

    Thanks for the reminder Barb… if I win, I’ll get you that mil’ so you can pay off the Garage Majal.

    Paulie, Georges is a great place to start back up on your running regime.


  11. Barb says:

    yippie – Steve, I’ll hold you to that -I’m sure this blog as evidence will hold up in court!!

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    And then I will take my “Middle Man” fee. Which I will need because I have z house that keeps eating money and a resident who continually fucks up thus costing himself even more.

  13. Vic says:

    I have a Garmin Forerunner 201(one of the older ones) and have used it for years. Well, with a layoff for a few years… But it does the job and I love it!
    Those newer ones are much sleeker and less clunky looking.

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