Feels Like Starting Over

This has been such a recurring theme in my life.

Things That Should Have Been In Yesterday’s Blog
I hate when I think of so much which should have been in the blog after it’s gone to “press.”

  • Unbeknown to me until it had happened, our First Lady was in East Atlanta on Wednesday; she was visiting the elementary school at which I vote. Apparently two East Atlanta residents have worked with the school to create a garden to educate children about food — a part of what Mrs Obama has been trying to preach with her “America’s Kids Are Fat” (AKAF, for short) program.
  • My neighbor had major plumbing work done at her house (imagine that!). Luckily for her she didn’t have to rip up a carport and driveway, nor did she have to contend with having a City storm drain very near that line. She did have to have the City come and do/inspect the work as her line did not have a clean out. I will be consulting with her soon.
  • There was a news chopper in the neighborhood Wednesday. Apparently one of the former meth houses a block or so away from the ITP Estate had tossed out some sort of questionable container on trash day and the odor overwhelmed the workers. Here’s the story on the AJC website

Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me…. Right?
Last night I hobbled around the Perimeter Mall area for four, rough, slow (my pace was 10:33min/mile including the times where I had to stop to adjust my shoes or walk), miles. It felt if I had never run before and to make matters worse my feet hurt for nearly the first two miles while the rest of my body suffered for the entirety of the effort. I begged for lights to turn red in order to interrupt my progress. I cursed when there was not enough traffic to force me to wait for safe passage. I believe that in the end I am doing my body good, I just wonder if I am going to kill myself in the process.

ITP Flickr Pic
In case you didn’t believe that I am a geek I am going to prove it to you here. This is a QR Code — a two-dimensional barcode. With a cameraphone and an application which can decode this QR Code you can be transported to a fantastic site on the internet.
I Am Here
You don’t need to try however, because you already know how to get to this blog. 😉

I May Not Be 100% Timely, But I Am A Man Of My Word
When I was at Taco Mac on Monday night I got into a playful argument with one of the waitresses (not Jodi) who was miffed that I was not sitting in her section that night. I was supposed to have lunch in her section on Wednesday, but my sick day interrupted that plan.

Yesterday I walked over to Taco Mac knowing that she’d be working lunch again and made sure to sit in her section. I had a veggie burger wrap (new menu item!) and fries, all of which were tasty, though it being a lunchtime visit I was unable to make progress on my Passport Club membership.

I took the walking opportunity to stop in at Total Wine & More where I bought two bottles of an Aglianico wine — a varietal I was introduced to at a Chapel Hill restaurant with ITP-Readers Lisa and Randy last weekend — though I was not able to get wine from the same winery, Dei Feudi di San Gregorio, because it’s apparently not distributed in Georgia. Instead, I picked up a 2004 “Riserva” from Tenuta del Portale (I’ll be damned if could find their website even using the wildly popular website Google.)

Could I Possibly Skip Another Black Sheep?
All signs are pointing toward “Very Likely.” As much as I love running the Black Sheep Hash, especially when the weather is a beautiful as it is predicted to be this coming Sunday, I think I’m going to be skipping another. I’ve a completely packed scheduled for tomorrow (breakfast out somewhere, helping a friend with a photoshoot, six-mile ramble, haircut appointment) and I’ll need to find time to do laundry this weekend (on Sunday it’ll be two weeks since my last lavanderia visit — fondly remembered as the day a cute girl talked to me at QT). Plus, there is a chance that I’ll do something crazy on Sunday like go out for a road ride.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – suffering in many ways
Current Music – listening to a Best Coast concert recorded at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC
Website Of The Day – Be a geek like me and generate your own QR Code using the Kaywa’s QR Code Generator.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – running/walking (4.5 miles)
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check

Foot Mileage – 14.8 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 2 (2)

Vegetarian Days – 3
Carnivorous Days – 7

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

February Goals
Not to get sick for the entire month FAIL
– Not get fired from my job
– Run no fewer than 75 miles
– Lose two pounds
– Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book

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 Feels Like Starting Over

  1. Barb says:

    Aglianico wine – the 2nd a grape I hadn’t heard of in 24 hours. Last night I had a Shooting Star Blue Franc (or really Blaufrankisch – I don’t even try to pronounce that) wine out of Washington state. I went to a cupcake & wine pairing tasting at my friend Leslie’s wine shop. It went very well with the peanutbutter cupcake it was paired with.

  2. I’d not heard of it prior to last week either. It wasn’t until we looked for the wine at a place called A Southern Season (in Chapel Hill) that the person there informed me that aglianico was a grape.

    If you had taken German you’d know how to pronounce Blaufrankisch. 😉

  3. Steve says:

    Ja! And that isn’t even a hard word to pronounce. I think you might be scared by all those consanants.

    Let me know when you might ride Sunday… I could be “in town” in the afternoon.


  4. Barb says:

    Steve – I’m sure I could do it – but Blue Franc is so much easier to say 😉

  5. Steve says:

    Growing up with a mom who would swear at us in German, I’ve never had much trouble with pronounciation. And I’ve been complimented by a native speaker that I don’t speak German with an American accent!!

  6. Martha says:

    Wow, have you been hiding in a cave? There must have been 20 pages on the Buzz about the FL’s visit. I also got stuck in that ‘trash’ mess on Wednesday when I was dropping of the tea.

    So I ordered a new toy today, a Sony Dash. The description on woot.com made it sound like something I would/could use. It was only $70 (refribished) so if it doesn’t work out I won’t be out much. Don’t be surprised if you get random tech questions when I try to use it.

    Most of my mother’s family came from Germany, but the last one arrived sometime around 1850-1860, so I never heard it growing up. I really wish I could speak a second language. For awhile Jerry and I were going to try to learn some Tagalog, when his dad was really sick that is all he was speaking, but my guess it wouldn’t be very useful in day to day interactins in Atlanta.

    I did not make it out for a run yesterday, so you’re one up on me. I plan on making up for it this weekend!! It’s going to be perfect running weather.

  7. The Buzz was depressing me too much (all crime, all the time) so I stopped reading it about 10-12 months ago. I check it occasionally when weird crap like a helicopter is buzzing about.

    Hmmm, I’m interested to see the Sony Dash, so if you have questions fire away!

    My paternal Grandfather read/spoke German, but it ended there. My day could speak phrases but not much else.

    One up on you for yesterday only. 🙂

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