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Could this be the lull before the storm? Who knows. Last night’s “fun” included working “late,” going to Publix, and returning home to take care of a couple of small things prior to returning to Slumberland.

I Spent $106 At Publix?
While walking around the Publix in Poncey-Highland taking in the scenery of pretty, intown ladies, I managed to put $106 worth of groceries into my cart. Sadly, I didn’t get all of the items that I wanted to buy. I did get one $9 bottle of wine, a ton of meat that I plan to cook up in the coming week (look at me planning, and planning on bringing lunches to work again), a few vegetables — potatoes, carrots, and onions — and some pantry items.

The new addition to my kitchen family remains in its box, though I am devilishly rubbing my hands together at the thought of using it this weekend.

ITP Flickr Pic
This space for rent.

Goodwill Visiting
Yesterday I dropped off one small box of items at Goodwilll. I keep trying to convince myself that yesterday’s donation was the tip of my donation iceberg. I have an empty box at home (and a soon-to-be empty box when I remove the Lodge dutch oven from the shipping box) which I will be filling with items (read “mostly old clothes”) over the next few days. I plan to make another Goodwill drop next week. Slowly I will purge my domicile of unnecessary items facilitating any changes I decide to make in the near future.

Paulie Tour 2011
Now that I’m returning to a physical state which will allow me to have fun again I’m starting to think of travel plans. I may have already scrapped the idea of taking a long trip to the Canadian maritime (Nova Scotia) this Summer.

A trip to Savannah in October for Inter-Americas Hash 2011 has already been booked. Also currently on the agenda is a trip to Chattanooga at the tail end of this month (will happen), a trip to Raleigh one weekend in June (will happen), and a trip to New York to visit my brother and sister-in-law (most likely will happen).

Once I tally up how many days these trips will take I’ll be considering more trips. Who has awesome suggestions for me?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, hip still pops and is sore though I am walking better
Current Music – listening to this week’s “MacBreak Weekly” podcast
Website Of The Day – Yesterday’s “What’s That Food?” podcast was sponsored by The EcoMaker, which is good enough for me to feature them today. The EcoMaker’s tag line is “Where Eco Meets the Homemaker.”
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car (starting to think about taking Marta)
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking, though I will be again soon

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 – 2
Carnivorous Days – 10

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

April Goals
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run at least once
– Lose two pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book, specifically The Mole People: Life In The Tunnels Beneath New York City

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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11 Responses to Grass Grows, Paint Dries, I Write Blogs

  1. Barb says:

    BRAG would be an excellent trip for you, that is, if you can get the insurance settled and a new bike by then. 😉
    Any word on anything happening on that front?

    It is easy to spend $100 if you buy meat & wine at the grocery store…….

  2. Steve says:

    “The Mole People” so looks like a bunch of hashers. I think I saw the report on 60 minutes and I was waiting for someone to yell On On…

    I think you should add Asheville to your easy weekend trips. We had a great time and I’m sure could be convinced to go back for a baseball game. 😉


  3. Last Friday I faxed bicycle information to the driver’s insurance company; I’ve yet to hear anything else about it. I need to do a followup.

    The cute young doctor/nurse (dressed in Emory scrubs, anyway) was checking out with only two bottles of wine — in more ways than one she “won” the game. Had I confidence and cojones I would have tried to chat her up.

    Asheville is an excellent idea Steve. It has been added to my idea list.

  4. bob says:

    I’ll second BRAG! Kick start your summer with a bunch of bike riding.

  5. Martha says:

    I spent over $100 at YDFM last week. Other than a $20 can of olive oil & $20 worth of coffee it was just fruits and veggies…

    I’ve got a pile of stuff that needs to go to Goodwill, I’d love to take half of Jerry’s stuff as well. I’m really beginning to doubt my ability to live with another person, or at least all that person’s stuff…

    I’m ready for a vacation but I don’t see one soon. I’ll either be starting a new job, which will limit my time or I’ll be unemployed which will limit my money. A trip to Indiana in June is planned for my Aunt and Uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary and maybe 3 days in Chattanooga for a stage race, also in June.

    I’ve really not been in a cooking mood these days, I need to get back at it but Jerry and that damn BGE keep messing with my system.

  6. Martha says:

    Oh, a shout out to A Better Gutter Cleaning…they came out yesterday, not only did they clean up their mess, they cleaned up my entire deck!!! Plus they fixed the loose shingles on my roof, charging only $20.

  7. Randy says:

    Uncle Paulie in Raleigh and Asheville this year? Count us in!

    Any chance you want to give up on Twisted Ankle and join us at LEAF? Only one month to go…

  8. I’m a fan of Better Gutter Cleaning too. I’m *almost* ready to call them for a Spring cleaning of my gutters, just waiting on some more of the pollen to clear.

    I thought about meeting you all at LEAF but since I’ve already made a camping reservation and I believe I have friends coming in from Huntsville to run Twisted Ankle I think I’ll still be making the trip to Summerville.

  9. Barb says:

    did any of you see the Amazon deal of the day & think…….. I wonder if Dr. Doo Doo has one of those? I did.

  10. I hadn’t thought that until you mentioned it Barb…

  11. Barb says:

    it is a different deal now, it was a really cool electric grooming razor (if I remember correctly) – in case anyone is looking at the deal now.

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