Back At It

I was up and out of the house early this morning; it’s what warmer weather allows me to do. I beat most of the traffic in to work and am hoping my early(ish) departure from work this afternoon will reward me with the same treatment.

A Mostly-Productive Tuesday
If the weather guessers are correct the Atlanta area is going to get hit with some rain over the next few days. I’m pleased with myself that I spent some time yesterday cleaning up the brush and leaves from the side of my house so that (I hope) the rain water which comes out of one of my downspouts will not have clear passage past the house and into the back yard.

I refuse to beat myself up on not getting all of my desired chores done. Those which were not accomplished yesterday (brake light and lawnmower gas purchase will get pushed off until tomorrow when there is more in my schedule). Also getting snubbed today for tomorrow’s agenda is dropping items off at Goodwill and going to the bank (I miss the days of NetBank).

A Meeting Of The Nerd Minds
Going to the iOS Developers Meetups I realize that I am not nearly as nerdy and smart as I’d like to be. Mind you this is far from the first time that this realization has overcome me, but last night it was proven again. Even with all of my recent efforts to concentrate on iOS (iPhone/iPad) development I know a mere smidgeon of what most of the guys (and on woman) know. Where am I going to find the time to level up? I’m not sure, but I’ll keep trying.

Post-meetup a large group of us headed to the West side’s La Fonda Latina (huh, I always suspected that there was a connection between them and Fellini’s Pizza, I guess their web address proves it) for some late (9:00pm) dinner and more nerd discussion.

Top Cheffing: Masters Style
For my weekly Top Chef Masters dinner tonight I plan to make jambalaya. “Why jambalaya?” you ask? Well, for one I recently had the thought “I haven’t made jambalaya in quite a long time”, and also I don’t have the proper schmaltz to make some matzah ball chicken soup tonight. No, I’m not Jewish, I just like the things they eat at Passover.

Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates
I have a strange desire to rewatch Forrest Gump. Even though many critics pan it, I love that movie. It’s one of the few movies that I can watch more than once without getting bored. I don’t know why the desire to watch it again has risen, but it has, so I guess I will try to find some time soon to satisfy it.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – silence so that there are few distractions
Website Of The Day – There are many strange things going on in this country, including Piano Across America, who, as appears, may be in Athens, GA right now.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking because I’m afraid to know

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 – 3
Carnivorous Days – 16

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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17 Responses to Back At It

  1. Barb says:

    Allan was up on the roof with his backpack blower cleaning out the gutters last night in anticipation of this rain & wind, and it is very windy here in Marietta right now.

    We watched “Men Who Stare At Goats” last night – have any of you all seen it? That is one weird/interesting/funny in it’s own way movie. I saw it on an airplane last year, and couldn’t really follow it, so I saw it was on Showtime & recorded it so I could see if I “got” it this time. I won’t say it was great, but it was interesting.

  2. Randy says:

    We always seem to run across Gump re-runs on TBS, USA or AMC while surfing through the channels – and that is one of the few movies that both Lisa and I will sit and watch (at least until the next commercial break – and often through 2 or 3), even though each of us has seen it at least several times. I’m sure you’ll end up streaming it or Netflixing it or On-Demanding it, but you should have no problem finding it whenever you want to.

    Jo, Amanda, Keith and the kids will be here tonight so that we can get an early start on our long weekend at the beach (Cherry Grove, SC). I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend.

  3. Martha says:

    Okay, first I’m calling BS on Amazon’s Deal of the Day, Home Depot has the same drill for $119 (regular price)…

    I finally made it up early enough to hit the gym before work. I went last night as well, both workouts included running and pull-ups…my legs are still so heavy and now my hands hurt.

    I’m looking forward to the rain, since I got my gutters cleaned last week. Looks like the storms will be rolling in about the same time I need to head out for my interview.

    “Men Who Stare At Goats”…I remember renting it but I don’t really remember watching it?? I did watch some Season 10 Dr Who last night (72-73) wow, I thought the new stuff was sort of cheezy (but in a good way). The actress that play Sarah Jane Smith pass away this week 🙁

  4. I’ve never seen “Men Who Stare At Goats.” I can’t tell you why other than I rarely watch movies.

    I probably should have gotten onto the roof to blow off those pesky stringy things that come off oak trees, but I couldn’t be bothered with that yesterday. Hopefully the rain will transport them through the now cleaned downspouts and out the other side.

  5. And now that I’ve seen “all” of the comments….

    Have a great weekend Randy. Btw – don’t be surprised to find an email in your inbox declaring the weekend in June I’ve chosen to visit Raleigh when you return from your
    trip. I’m staring at at $159 RT ticket for the 9-13th and I’m kinda in a “let’s get things done” mode.

    I nearly bought Forrest Gump on DVD once, and then realized how digitally-connected I am. I probably will stream it from Netflix to avoid commercials.

    I’m with you, Martha. Amazon seems to bend the MSRP truth often with their “deals.” That’s why it’s important to know the whole story before making any purchase.

  6. As a complete aside I just literally laughed out loud when I looked at the AJC’s website. I know the “Bartow mom” backstory, but their latest headline:

    “Bartow mom, husband had disagreement”

    sounded so much like a story from The Onion that I had to laugh.

  7. Barb says:

    I was thinking the same thing about the drill, I’m pretty sure that is the same drill as Allan has. Now the Amazon deal is a $49.99 Tivo – that could be a good deal, but you have to rememver you ahve to pay for the service too.

    Randy & Lisa – Have fun at the beach! That sounds like an great Easter weekend idea. But – we will be here 🙁

  8. Martha says:

    I just got a Facebook update that you will be able to ‘borrow’ books on the Kindle from 11,000 libraries later this year. I also found out I can download books from Books 24×7 on the the Kindle. I may have to get my own, now that Jerry finished reading all his hard copy books, he’s really liking the Kindle as well.

    It’s too easy to just google something these days to know what the real price is…I need a drill, which is the only reason I was looking.

  9. bob says:

    Hey Amazing Race fans, Phil Keoghan will be in Atlanta next week at Atlantic station kicking off his documentary. He rode across the country to raise money for MS.

  10. Wow, that’s cool enough to get me to go to Atlantic Station next Wednesday. Thanks, Bob!

  11. Barb says:

    but – then we to have to go to Atlantic Station………. but I might think of something we “need” at IKEA to make the trip worth while.

    I would like to see Phil in person.

  12. Barb says:

    Oh damn, just realized that 4/27 is the night we have to lay the sod. We are going to a wine tasting at Violette (Dekalb Bottle House) on 4/28 that I already paid for, so we can’t not get all the sod done Wed. night. Anyone that wants to go to a awesome wine tasting, I’ll forward you the info, it is well worth the $20 per person.

  13. Betsulah says:

    paulie i got a whole bag of passover food in the pantry (i work for a jewish agency) you want matzah ball soup, gefilte fish, macaroons? I can deliver. You should say such a thing like jambalaya for dinner during pesach! Pftttt!

    And had most of Monday off from work, all of yesterday and today. And next Monday and Tuesday off.

    I love the chosen people. I lerve them, actually.

  14. Damn, we should’ve done lunch yesterday at Delia’s then, Betsy, um Betsulah.

    I have the chicken “stock,” some vegetables, and a box of Streit’s Matzah Ball mix, but no schmaltz. Hell, I probably could cook both tonight and have enough food to last eight days.

    btw- If you’re coming over for Top Chef Masters come on over any time — just leave the Manischewitz at home. 🙂

  15. Barb says:

    I just sent some of you ITP-readers an email about Wheelhopper bike jerseys. If anyone that didn’t get the email from me would be interested, let me know, I’ll forward it to you. They look like they will be pretty cool, and at only $45, that isn’t too bad of a price.

  16. Betsulah says:

    let’s forget about the schmaltz, eh? don’t think rendered fat is in the works for me tonight. or any night soon. same goes for manischewitz. gurr.

    I’ll be over at sundown. We’ll start with the guilt appetizer, move on to neuroses entree, and then end with a nice dessert of self-deprecation. You should know from self-deprecation, paulisky

    and barb–any tix left for that wine tasting next week? v. interested. don’t think they’ll be manischewitz there…..

  17. Barb says:

    I highly doubt any manischewitz, but you could ask 😉

    call the Dekalb Bottle House (so far I know who has bought tickets: Kitty Kitty & Mango, Slippery & Spermier, me & Allan, and some other friends that aren’t hashers)
    Thursday 28th April
    6.00pm – 8.30pm
    2948 Clairmont Road
    Atlanta, GA 30329
    $20.00 per person in advance
    $25.00 per person at the door (subject to availability)

    Get your tickets early a spaces will be limited.
    Tickets now available at Dekalb Bottle House
    or call 404 636 0790
    or visit

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