Boom Boom, Out Go The Lights

Our office has a power issue. The issue is that the power on the floor on which I work likes to go out for no apparent reason (I’m no electrician, so who am I to diagnose the problem?). And now the power is back. And out it goes again.

A Semi-Unproductive Weekend
Friday night could be considered to be the most productive day of my weekend. After work I made a triumphant return to Taco Mac with some coworkers. It was good to sit, have a few beverages, and chat up some folks.

After Taco Mac I made my way down to Little Five Points for The Baseball Project concert. There was serious doubt in my mind (read “hip”) that I’d be able to see the show. The opening act, Kevn Kinney, was due to take the stage at 10:15pm, which realistically meant that The Baseball Project wouldn’t start their sent until some time past 11:00pm. To ensure being awake that late I attempted to get coffee at Aurora, but they were closing up shop as I arrived, so I went to Starbucks instead. It’s a damn good thing that I had time and there was little traffic on Moreland that night because my hip bothered me so badly that I was a hobbling fool who needed ample clearance in order to cross the road. The Star (Community) Bar was crowded on Friday; it was like Old Timers Night at the stadium (except for a few twenty-somethings). Almost every conversation I overheard dealt with bands, recording sessions, and the history each person had with one another. When (REM bassist) Mike Mills walked through the front door I knew that my attendance for the entire show would be required. With the exception of the pain, I had a fun night on Friday. I almost made it for the entirety of the show, but when the clock struck 1:00am I decided that I should head home because I knew that I had a 9:00am appointment in the morning.

Saturday involved much coffee, a haircut, a near-frustrating brunch at Sun In My Belly (cranky, in-pain Paulie was being ignored by the waitstaff — which is unusual there), a visit to the chiropractor, a massive nap, and not much else.

Sunday involved gassing up the Jackmobile, tackling Mount St. Laundry, choosing to eat a Chinese buffet lunch which I knew I shouldn’t and really didn’t enjoy, napping, putting off work which needed to be accomplished, various and sundry time-wasting activities, a bit of dinner preparation, and watching The Amazing Race.

Sorry ITP-Reader Steve, The Blog Automatically Adjusts Now
If you go back through the archives for the Monday blogs following time changes you will undoubtedly see where ITP-Reader Steve has had to remind me to adjust the blog’s time for the time change. Thankfully for me WordPress now handles this automatically.

Now if I could only figure out how to get the backup script working again…

ITP Flickr Pic
I made food at home and took a photo of it.
Simply Amazing
What you see is a chicken/water broth with Asian quick cook noodles, spinach, and roast pork. The Sriracha was added afterward.

While I’m not thrilled with my composition of the photo (I was not prepared for shooting), the food itself was quite tasty.

Now Why Didn’t I Hear About This Last Week?
If only I had heard about this story prior to writing up my own account of Grad Night last week.

Disney World to end Grad Nite after this year
The Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. รขโ‚ฌโ€ Walt Disney World is ending its annual Grad Nite festivities for high school seniors from around the country after this year because of concerns about scheduling and handling extra spring attendance at the Florida theme park.

Officials at the park announced the news on the Disney Parks Blog on Wednesday, saying the increased spring attendance has made it difficult to schedule the separate-ticket, after-hours events. The four Grad Nite dates in April and May will take place as scheduled.

Grad Nite is in its 40th year at the Florida park and in its 50th year at Disneyland in California. Disneyland will continue to hold Grad Nite.

Disney World will offer Florida school groups a one-day, one-park ticket for $55 as a future alternative.

Timing is everything…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – better, slowly better
Current Music – I need to put something on because the power outage has caused things to make annoying high-pitched noise which will soon drive me completely insane.
Website Of The Day – Yesterday I saw the reemergence of Carpenter Bees. This may be the year I attempt to fight them, in which case means I may be headed to Do Your Own Pest Control.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – haven’t bothered

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)

Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 13

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

March Goals
– Recover from the bike crash
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run
– Lose two pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book, specifically Chef’s Story

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 one half-marathon
– 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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7 Responses to Boom Boom, Out Go The Lights

  1. Barb says:

    no Amazing Race recap? I actually watched it last night, so I wouldn’t have to skip over the spoilers.

    Napping……. I wish I could do that. For whatever reason, I’ve just never been a napper.

    Are you still on plan to come by tonight with the bike? I think Sal will be joining us too.

  2. Stacy Fox says:

    So, TAR talk: (SPOILER!!!!!)

    What’s up with the “you’re still racing” theme they seem to be having here? I don’t remember them doing that so much in the past; especially not twice in a season and twice in the first 5 weeks. I’m beginning to wonder if they’re doing it only when “fan favorites” seem to be so far out of it that they give them another chance to actually have a chance to stay in the game.

    Had I been Team Globetrotter, I would not have stopped my van for “oh lookee here, we speak Chinese; this should be a piece o’cake!” – they’re much nicer that I. I can just see a back-stabbing coming up there.

  3. Barb says:

    I love the Globetrotters…….. and you think Kynt (did you notice they have been spelling it Kent) & Vixen are fan favorites? I’ve never been overly fond of them.

    Chinese dad – annoying, and her saying Daddy 300 times an episode, even more annoying.

  4. Martha says:

    Okay, I finally got in!!

    My office has a plumbing issue…we’ve been flooded at least 3 times in the 3 years I’ve been here. One time we didn’t have access to the building for over a week because of the water damage.

    We went running this weekend (yes, shocking I know), had to, I finally pulled the trigger and registered for Sweetwater H20. We hit Dausset for 17-18ish…it was so nice down there, I love those trails. We were surprised not to see one biker on the trails.

    My good news/bad news of the week. I got the results from my blood work on Friday. My cholesterol was amazing & glucose was good too. Considering my family history of heart disease and type II diabetes I’m always concerned. However, I did get some abnormal creatinine and SGOT results and I need more testing.

    Jerry cooked an 8 pound pork shoulder on Saturday…so guess what we will be eating all week? Guess it was a good thing I got my blood work done before he got the BGE.

  5. Wow, hello again everyone! The blog’s outage was not connected with my office’s power problems. Sheesh, talk about coincidence.

    I have a lot of work to do for a 3pm meeting, that’s why there was no TAR update today. I’ll say that this season is getting annoying. These people have all played the game before and they are still losing their fannypacks? C’mon already!

    I have a feeling the “To be continued” stuff is to keep the viewers engaged. I also wonder if there will be no escaping elimination this season. You finish last? You are out.

    I’ve never been a fan of the goths. Yes, I am that shallow. I actually think they are terrible players. Seriously that chick needs to keep her shit together.

    BUT, I want to see Daddy/Daughter go first. He might be one of the most annoying people ever to race — he as bad as a damn child!

  6. Barb says:

    hey Martha – we had the butcher cut the pork butt I bought in half, so I only ended upwith 4.5-5 lbs. It was still a whole lot of pork.

    Allan is attempting to cook a steehead trout (looks like salmon, not sure if it wil taste like salmon) tonight on the egg.
    Paulie will be the guinea pig….. hopefully we won’t poison him or anything tonight.

  7. Steve says:

    Sorry for the late entry- got back from Colorado about 4pm. Paulie, you know how I love to rag you about the clock.. thanks for taking away my fun!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1 day of skiing Friday was a lot of fun, though the altitude was getting the better of me. A rough morning and one small crash was followed by an afternoon of finally getting my “ski legs” and feeling pretty good.

    The “officials sumit” was pretty much one big group hug. Nice to see people you work with at races at a non-race situation. Good times and great food at the Olympic Training Center.

    Glad to be back home with my honey.

    Barb- looks like we will be celebrating our 5th anniversary the weekend of “wheels of fire” by going to Asheville.


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