Let It Ice, Let It Ice, Let It Ice

I’m at home, in bed (sorry, just being factual). I’m looking at what is an already fubarred transportation system due to weather, and what will most likely get exponentially worse when the pretty snow melts and turns to ice [yes, I know we will not officially eclipse freezing today, but there will be some conversion from snow to ice regardless]. I’ve pretty much resolved to use one of my precious paid days off today. On the bright side, this will mean that I’ll only be working a 2.5-day week since I’m planning on blowing this popsicle stand for a day or so at week’s end.

I’m also planning on walking up to East Atlanta Village (will any place be open for lunch?) in order to mail a tax payment which must be mailed today (why did I wait until the last day?). I wonder if the post office will be open.

Go Ahead, Revoke My Membership
Dewey Defeats Truman!

The Jets/Colts game started around 8pm on Saturday night. I was at The Majestic at 7:30am. In the twelve hours between I ate breakfast, joined a budding photography group in Oakhurst, came home, cooked, photographed, and ate a portion of a pizza, went out and got a haircut, and then came home again to do some coding and watch football.

I still had a need/desire to do some software development, so at 8pm I decided to watch one of the Stanford iOS Development classes, and then head back into the living room to watch the final half of the Jets/Colts game.

I awoke some time after 11:30pm. I assumed the Jets/Colts game had passed me by, so when I logged onto ESPN to read that the Colts had just kicked a field goal in the final minute of the game to take a lead over the Jets I assumed the worst. The Jets are the Jets, teasing greatness only to break your heart. And I posted Twitter/Facebook updates saying so.


I never considered the Jets to be a team that would rally in order to actually win the game. I was wrong — at least this time.

ITP Flickr Pic
I’m still trying to convince a woman that this is worth the effort.
I Coulda Been A Contenda
I’ve been suffering defeat for far too long, with more doors closing all the time.

fwiw- Had I been able to get my eyes tack sharp I think this would be one hell of a good portrait.

Wait A Minute, Did I Start My Training?
Yesterday morning I transcribed the Hal Higdon training plan into a Google calendar, extending the training to May 14th (the date of Twisted Ankle).

The weather yesterday was cold and windy, the perfect day to delay one’s start of training. But I didn’t. I “bundled up”, strapped on my new Garmin Forerunner 305 (forgetting that it came with a heart-rate monitor strap), and went outside.

The plan was to run a 3.3-mile loop from the house. This loop is a portion of the loop I used to run back in the olden days. Knowing the loop I was not delusional to believe that I would would actually be able to run the entire 3.3-mile loop regardless of how slowly I ran; I knew there would have to be spots of walking. I was right. I walked more than I care to admit. However, Day #1 is in the books.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – snowed in, impacting my happiness in more ways than you will know
Current Music – silence, but I don’t know why. Actually, now listening to last week’s “This American Life”
Website Of The Day – The snow is piled higher and deeper. However, Piled Higher And Deeper (aka PhD) is a great comic about graduate school life.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – none
Exercise (b)Log – Sunday: running/walking (3.3 miles)
Morning Weigh-In – Feb 1

Foot Mileage – ~6.3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 6 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 9 (9) [though I’ve yet to leave bed today so I’m not ready to break the streak]

Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 9

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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8 Responses to Let It Ice, Let It Ice, Let It Ice

  1. Martha says:

    I guess with everyone off work it will be a slow computer day 😉

    I was feeling so sick Saturday night, I didn’t even see the opening kick-off of the game. I slept through the whole thing.

    Great job on starting your training. We went to Red Top yesterday, the hardest part was just getting out of the car. We planned on 10 but the mileage never quiet adds up right out there. GPS said 8.25.

    The hill in front of my house has become very popular with the kiddos (young and old), it’s driving the dogs crazy. Even had kids sledding in my yard.

    Might go for a walk later, see if the coffee shop in Ormewood is open. Jerry went there for breakfast on Saturday, bought a crepe “sandwich” with turkey, it was pretty good. If they are open, I’m sure they will be swamped today, everybody on this side of Moreland has been raving about the place.

  2. Thanks. As I said on Facebook yesterday I feel I need a shirt that reads “Laugh if you must, but at least I’m trying.”

    I “ran” past that coffee shop yesterday. I hope that it does good business as, even though I no longer get my hair cut at Helmet, I want that little shopping center to remain a viable option for me.

  3. Steve says:

    Congratulations on starting your training!

    Actually, I thought all the football games were pretty good- and I don’t like pro ball. I can’t decide who to root for this Saturday.. the Pack or those local birds… just as long and that Vick character isn’t playing, I’ll be happy.


  4. Martha says:

    Ugh, both my ‘teams’ were beat Saturday…I’m done with football until next season.

    Here are two shirts I like:
    http://www.cafepress.com/ listing_to_starboard_ash_grey_tshirt,50448943
    http://www.cafepress.com/ running_tortoise_tshirt,443179123

  5. Running tortoise? That seems appropriate for me. As a kid many people picked on me telling me that I looked like a turtle.

    For those in question, Monday is a “strength/stretching” day. While not a gym member I’ll attempt to use my muscles in the form of dumbbell work, pushups, and situps.

  6. Martha says:

    Air squats and down dog are great for the runner as well.

    That turtle was just how I felt Saturday. Between the booze and dancing on Friday night, running just six miles was a challenge. If I had not been meeting Karyn M. I probably wouldn’t have gone at all.

    I don’t see you as a turtle??

  7. Barb says:

    being able to get on FB this morning – I am delayed getting over here. Sorry.

    I guess I have to “work” from home today, so we don’t have to burn a PTO day. I could get to the office, but with no one else there, why?

    I’m not all that busy, so as long as I monitor my email, I’m good to go today.

    I may go out for a walk later, maybe go see what Sal is up to…..

  8. bob says:

    I got an email early this morning saying my office was closed so the work from home decision was an easy one for me.

    Laura on the other hand did not receive any communication and since the roads were so bad decided to walk to work. Once at the office they decided to close and she walked back home.

    I decided to try my mtn biking skills in the snow. Snow is easy, ice is hard. With the icy crust on top of the snow I had to pedal downhill. Still was fun though. I need to get a sled for Travis if this happens again, we have great driveway for sledding.

    Good on you Paulie for starting your training!

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