Break Fast

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.
Will You Leave Me Alone?
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.

The New Mac Store Is Here! The New Mac Store Is Here!
No, not that MAC; this Mac. Those of you who are not into Applespeak can skip ahead. 😉

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

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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20 Responses to Break Fast

  1. Steve says:

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your weight loss goals and your TM obsession are mutually exclusive. I’m just sayin…

    The blizzard forecast looks like it has slipped into the Mon/Tues timeframe.

    And how did the project for CES turn out?


  2. Yeah, I’m well aware that I will be losing one of my favorite past-times once I start training. I just have to remember that in the end I believe I will produce a happier me for the long run (figuratively and literally speaking).

    Ah, I’ve not paid attention to the weather forecast. I hope it doesn’t fuck with the nightly activities I have planned for next week.

    So far, so good, on the CES front. I’ve heard reports that the demo is running well, which for the time we had to develop it, pleases me.

  3. Barb says:

    We went to Taco Mac in Roswell last night. I’m not really sure about your obsession with the place, the food certainly didn’t impress me – and you are such a food snob 😉
    (I know, they have pretty waitresses…..)

    That New Belgium pint glass (that we didn’t need) had already run out at 6:30 – they just start that deal at 5. It was a very busy restaurant – but damn, in just an hour & a half they were out? Just for that – we didn’t buy any New Belgium beers.

    Allan had to teach the bartender how to make a Yuengling Black & Tan – he was so happy, it is something they did back at Penn State & he hadn’t seen the Yuengling Porter down here before.

  4. Barb says:

    Groupon today is for Genki – Allan’s firehouse is directly across the street in Buckhead if anyone wants to go visit him & eat some sushi.

  5. Martha says:

    Barb, I just checked the Colts don’t play until 8 pm tomorrow night…guess who they play Paulie?? It’s on!!

    Last night was New Dish #2, Sundried Tomato Chicken. I changed it up a little, I couldn’t find a decent whole chicken yesterday (either the really cheap little ones, or really big birds). I ended up with chicken breast and turkey thighs (both on sale yesterday), then added some yellow squash and zucchini. (I just impressed myself by spelling zucchini right on the first try) It was pretty good but needs a little extra kick. On the plus side I finally used my Le Creuset baking dish I bought almost 3 years ago.

    I had to add another goal to my 2011 list…find a new job. Yuck! The search begins 🙂

  6. steve says:

    So what is a Yuengling Black and Tan Penn St. style? One of those side by side kind? While TM is a fun place with a group, I have never really been impressed with the food.

  7. I don’t know when Taco Mac Perimeter ran out. I’d already chalked up those three beers from New Belgium, so I didn’t order any. I also already possess more pint glasses than I’ll ever need. You should have done like my table mates and noticed a nearby table leaving without taking their glasses; they quickly claimed them.

    The food at Taco Mac has never been stellar, but as far as bar food goes it’s passable.

    Martha, you just reminded me that I’ve still yet to receive my Le Creuset cookware from the September 11th, 2010 event. I should face the fact that I never will, either.

    That dish sounds good. I’ll be trying something new either Saturday or Sunday night.

    My professional team has never had any success against Peyton Manning, so I have no delusion that the Jets will pull off a victory tomorrow night.

  8. Martha says:

    Paulie, I thought about you last night when I pull the dish out. I had thought about giving it to you, because, like I said, I’ve had it for almost 3 years (March 2008, thank you order history) and this is the first time I’ve used it. It’s huge, in the past I’ve had little need for it, with three chicken breast and two turkey thights there was still room for more.

    Here’s the link:

    The Colts are not having their best season, I’m not 100% confident myself of a win.

  9. Having two oft-injured Colts on the East Atlanta Deadbeat Dads this season I know of the team’s difficulties. However, being a Jets fan often means investing one’s hopes only to have them dashed (see also: last year’s Jets/Colts game to make it to the Super Bowl).

  10. Barb says:

    Steve – a Yuengling black & tan is the Lager in the bottom half, then the Porter poured on top so it kind of sits in the top separated. it didn’t stay separated for too long, but it did for a little while.

    If you guys watch the game somewhere Saturday night, and I feel like driving into town, let me know. Allan is working all weekend at the firehouse.

    That recipe does look pretty good.

  11. Today has been a rough day. I feel as if I’ve never shifted out of first gear. Perhaps I need a beer from Taco Mac? 🙂 😉 And yes, it’s mainly the waitresses. Though, I’m quite the beer snob and Taco Mac scratches that itch.

    I’m also trying to wrangle myself out of a bit of a funk. I feel as if I’m putting too much happiness-reliance into one, very-tentative, basket.

    Barb, I’m hoping to take my mind off that basket and substitute it with some software development tomorrow night. If I feel as if I don’t have to concentration to do so I’ll give you a holler and gladly meet you anywhere for dinner.

  12. Barb says:

    I’ll be around all weekend – text or call – I rarely check my email on the weekend. I was hoping to try to ride my bike, but the weather isn’t cooperating (again).

  13. Jenka says:

    My crock pot is getting a mad workout this weekend. My mother-in-law gave me a new recipe book for Christmas called The Healthy Slow Cooker. I stopped at Publix last night to get the fixin’s for two new recipes. One is a pork ‘n’ beans variation and the other is an Indian chicken with spinach puree variation. Will let you know how they turn out!

  14. Will do, Barb. I’m getting a haircut tomorrow at 4:15, so I’ll probably head home after that and will text you.

    Very cool, Jenka. Both recipes sound like things I’d like to try.

  15. Martha says:

    Saturday night we will be at the ‘country home’ in Smyrna. I’ll let you know what we end up doing.

    I use the crock pot at least once a week. It’s so easy. Let me know how the Indian chicken goes, sounds good.

  16. Martha says:

    And it has begun…

    I just got this email at work.

    In anticipation of inclement weather on
    Monday, January 10, 2011

    All Lifestyle Fitness Centers will Open at 8:00 AM
    or when CDC Facilities Open if delayed past 8:00 AM

  17. Yeah, we received a “inclement weather” reminder too.

    I’m trying not to feel snake-bitten because I’m trying to plan activities on weeknights early next week when the worst of it is supposed to hit.

  18. Martha says:

    The important thing is a snow will not stop you from starting your training!

    I hope there is a little snow, we are running at Red Top Sunday, it would be so pretty if there was snow on the ground.

  19. Snow won’t stop the start of my training.

  20. Barb says:

    my boss is working it out for people to work at home on monday (if need be). Makes me laugh…….. I can walk here if I want to. (but – I’ll work from home, doesn’t bother me).
    All this planning usually means nothing much will happen. It is the “surprise” weather that actually accumulates.

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