Dangen! I just realized that I should have taken a photo of the pumpkin pancakes that I had for breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe. Had I done so I would have a photo for today’s blog [update: There’s one there now]. To my credit I only ate about half of those served to me. It’s not a great start to my weight loss, but it’s a start.
A Plethora Of Friends
My coworkers and I have become such Taco Mac sluts. While being served by one waitress who now knows us, three others came up and chatted with us briefly during our stay last night. That’s right. I’m gonna say it. We’re popular. LOL.
Last night’s outing was a great stress relief. A small group of us gathered and people-watched all night long. Hey, who won that football game between those dressed in red and those dressed in blue? I believe it was the GoDaddy “I Can’t Believe These Schools Have Football Teams” Bowl. (My apologies to any MTSU / Miami (OH) fans out there.)
ITP Flickr Pic
Frustrated, I deemed it better to drag another photo from the recent archive than to go without a photo. Besides, if you are to believe ITP-Reader Betsy then you can never get too much Reese.
Not a bad shot for the iPhone, I must say.
I Might Need Some New Belts
Unless I can start getting my half marathon training into gear (Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!) I am going to have to purchase a new set of pants and belts because the ones currently in my wardrobe won’t cut it.
Perhaps fewer Taco Mac nights would help.
(ACK! Who am I?)
‘Tis true that this Sunday, come hell or high water (or sleet and snow) I will be going out for my first “run” in ages. It will be short. It will be slow. There will be much grousing about it on Monday’s blog. But it will happen.
Whoa, I’m like a kid in a candy store. Apple has released its new Mac App store and I’m pretty excited to drink that Kool-Aid. In case you hadn’t heard, Apple (aka “MegaCorp”) whose stock (AAPL) I own (though not in the quantities that I once did or wish I still did) has released a software update to their operating system which provides one-stop shopping for Macintosh applications. The concept is identical to their iOS App store for iPhones/iPads, and the 30% cut of the sale that Apple takes is also identical.
Why is this “Good?”
- Developers now have a central repository for delivering new products/updates.
- Consumers may reap the benefits of lower prices (Apple has already dropped the prices for some of their software.)
- Delivery is done electronically. No more wasteful packaging. It you want an app now, get it now.
- Buy once, download to all Mac computers tied to your Apple account.
Why is this “Bad?”
- It’s Apple’s store. If they don’t like what you are doing they can yank your product.
- Apple gets 30% of all sales.
- Potential DRM nightmare if you have to start logging into your Apple account in order to use software. As is it appears you’ll have to log in to remove apps from your Mac.
The iOS App store is a proven success. I’m hoping this version is as successful, and that’s not only because I still hold shares of AAPL.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – confused
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Yesterday’s blog post mentioned bread and coincidentally yesterday’s WotD introduced me to Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
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) – 7 (7)
Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 6
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