If It’s Snow Day #4 This Must Be Thursday

This is probably the last day I can gripe about the ice and snow which has placed Atlanta into a state of near absolute zero these past three days.

Dance With The Job That Brung Ya
There was much discussion about whether or not the planned Pigeon Forge photography trip was going happen at all. At 7:30pm a discussion was held and the decision that all systems should be “go” was made. It was at that point that I had to make another tough decision this week. This trip has been planned for months, but I doubt any of us imagined the scenario that has played out this week. I certainly never imagined that I wouldn’t be in the office for the three and a half work days this week which were to lead up to the trip. While I have been “working” from home the truth is that I’ve not been making great strides.

So I made the only decision which feels right to me. I’m not going on the trip. I’ve reminded myself that coding pays the bills, not photography. And oh what a bill I will have once Scana Energy finds a calculator that can handle numbers as big as the one that will be present on my bill this month.

Another slight factor in my decision to stay home, or at least in Atlanta, was that the group has agreed to leave at 11am today, however according to weather sources this area still won’t be above freezing by then. Yeah, the roads are clean(er) than they’ve been all week, but my first peek at Georgia Navigator showed me that there were two ice-related accidents on GA400 this morning — exactly the route I’d use to get to the departure point, as well as my office for that matter.

My decision feels right to me, and in the end that’s what’s what matters most to me.

It’s Funny Because It’s True
Someone pointed me to this funny graph on Flickr. It’s spot on.
Thanks to jrfranco02, hope you don’t mind me linking to it from this blog.

ITP Flickr Pic
Yesterday’s big outing was to walk to the post office to mail a tax check (ugh) and then slip/slide my way to Holy Taco to meet ITP-Reader Betsy for a late lunch. Along the way I noticed these berries encased in ice.
I thought that the berries made for a nice metaphor for what has happened to Atlanta this week.

Who Knows, Maybe I’ll Start Training Again Today?
Okay, I understand that it was the start of my training along with have dinner plans with a woman which caused the wrath of Mother Nature this week. Sorry about that.

Walking has been a big enough chore for me the past two days so running has been out of the question.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – I don’t know. On the one hand I think I’m doing the right thing while on the other hand I think that I’m overreacting
Current Music – listening to so Manchester Orchestra; damn I like their stuff
Website Of The Day – Yesterday ITP-Reader Terri posted a sample Blunt Card in her facebook stream; damn this shit is funny.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car, probably?
Exercise (b)Log – nothing other than walking to East Atlanta Village and back
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) – 1 (9)

Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 12

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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16 Responses to If It’s Snow Day #4 This Must Be Thursday

  1. bob says:

    You made the right decision, the drive up there will not be easy. I have seen reports from north GA and TN and there are still snow/ice covered roads everywhere. It will definitely be an adventure for those that went, probably not a fun one though.

  2. Laura says:

    I actually saw some guy running (or something of the sort) this morning. I thought “what an idiot” and then I felt a pang of guilt, but he’s still an idiot.

  3. Look at you two commenting a minute apart. How cute is that? LOL!

    Yeah, when they gave the virtual go sign I sighed and thought “Really? I’m not so sure that’s a good idea.” mind you while not Captain Safety I do rank fairly high in the Safety Corps.

    I will most likely head into the office for a few hours followed by a beer at Taco Mac (am I having withdrawals?).

    I’ve had a great time these past three days, but am sort of looking forward to a return to some “normalcy.”

  4. Steve says:

    OK, those Blunt cards are too much.

    Good call on the photo trip. A bit too much adventure for me, and that job thing.. always gets in the way.


  5. I seriously laughed for about five minutes as I scrolled down reading those cards.

  6. Martha says:

    Work was delayed until 10 am this morning. Even though today is normally my ‘work at home day’ I figured I might hit the office for a couple of hours, just to pick up some stuff and get out of the house…I just got an email not to come in, there is still too much ice around my office.

    I haven’t done much around the house. I spent a lot of time at Christmas cleaning and such, there hasn’t been enough time in between to find more stuff to do.

  7. Still too much ice? Crap, I guess I shouldn’t head to work but probably will anyway.

  8. Barb says:

    all depends on your office complex & if they do any sort of snow/ice removal on their own. Where my building is isn’t too bad, because one of the entrances to the place is right here, so there has been plenty of traffic & thy put out some sand or something yesterday. The areas where no cars usually drive are still pretty bad.

    If people leave early today again, I might go home & chip away at some more ice on the driveway, my back muscles have almost recovered, might as well irritate them again if I can.

    no Blunt cards for me (bummer)- I get this when I click:
    The Websense category “Tasteless” is filtered.

  9. Well Barb, your IT department has correctly categorized Blunt Cards.

    My back muscles are still a bit sore, and one of the sore spots is in one of the regions of something that I’ve needed to have “checked” for some time. Ugh. I’m sure I’ll be okay — for now.

    I keep watching the Georgia Navigator traffic map get worse and keep on thinking about taking one more day. After all, I *was* supposed to be going on vacation today. 😉

    As I just pointed out to Steve on FB, MARTA is not a great option today either as they are still running on a “weekend schedule” and getting to and from a train station may be more dangerous than the interstates — never mind the 1/4 mile walk from the train station to my office building…

  10. Barb says:

    Paulie – just go to the office & then you can tell the story of how long it took to all of your co-workers 😉 (from your earlier FB post)

  11. Michelle says:

    Since you are not going out of town, will we be seeing you at Drew’s party Saturday?

  12. Barb says:

    so Paulie – did you driver to work?

  13. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    No work (again!). I’m actually sitting at Holy Taco (apparently My EAV Taco Mac) with Martha.

    Michelle, I will be there!

  14. Barb says:

    I want to hear no excuses on why you can’t afford to fix your plumbing – we all know why – it’s Taco Mac & Holy Taco’s fault!

    You do have some love going with tacos……….

    (and yes damn it, I am just jealous over here)

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    You know that money has never been this issue, right? 😉

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