It’s Getting Hot In Here

Well, it only took us until May to hit 90º F in Atlanta. Phooey! I’m not ready to try out the ITP-Estate’s air conditioner, so I’ve been using a series of fans to attempt heat exchange with the outside world once the outside world returns to a reasonable temperature at night.

How To Make A Simple Task Difficult
If your life is like mine you find yourself with nothing to do and tasks which are so simple a child could do it. Take changing the brake light in a 2002 Honda Accord for instance. Last night whilst doing laundry I sauntered over to the nearby AutoZone and purchased a two-pack of lightbulbs (standard issue Sylvania #3057). I had already extracted what I believed to be the offending bad bulb in order to make sure that I purchased a proper replacement.

Upon returning to my car I opened the package and installed the new bulb. My wash was nearly done, so I left the testing of my handiwork for later in the evening. After completing my laundry I decided to see how I had done and tested my new bulb. It didn’t work. Dangen! Undaunted I decided to swap the bulb I had installed for the other one in the package. However, when pulling out the “new” bulb it came out of the socket and promptly fell into the light housing. Double MF Dangen! Apparently it didn’t work because I’d not inserted the bulb into the socket with enough force, and upon yanking the bulb from the hole it fell out of the socket under its own power. When I finally arrived home I got a wrench, took the entire brake light housing off the car, jiggled it around until my fingers could grasp the bulb, reinstalled the brake light housing, and successfully installed the bulb.

How many Paulies does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, but one much more talented than me.

ITP Flickr Pic
I’ve not forgotten about this, but I’ve not made time for it either.

Lavanderia Night With A Twist
Since I made pulled pork on Sunday the thought of eating at Las Tortas Locas last night was not very appealing to me for my lavanderia night dinner. I still wanted to go to the lavanderia near Las Tortas Locas since it is within walking distance of the aforementioned AutoZone. For dinner last night I decided to try the highly-touted Bánh Mî Dac Biet sandwich at a place called (in English) Pho Bac. The $2.50 sandwich was very tasty, and had I really wanted to stuff myself I easily could have eaten a second.

Still Working Hard For The Money
If you account for my physical therapy session and the time spent doing laundry yesterday was an incredibly long day. Today won’t be too much better, except that it will be an exclusive day for writing software (once this blog is done, of course). Mind you I am not complaining, but no part of me springs back to form the way it did twenty years ago. I’m a wee little bit tired today.

I think tonight’s Top Chef Masters menu will consist of baked chicken quarters with some microwaved vegetables and perhaps cous cous or quinoa. I’m sure I could be swayed not to cook if someone wanted to change my mind by going for sliders at The Shed or getting a chicken sausage sandwich at Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand. After all, they say if you can’t stand the heat you should get out of the kitchen.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, but rushed
Current Music – silence for the moment
Website Of The Day – While I may have previously picked Foodspotting as a “Website Of The Day” it’s worth highlighting their Top Atlanta Báhn Mî page.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – keep forgetting to check. Today I was obsessed with trying to cool the house down without resorting to testing the air conditioning

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 – 10

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

May 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
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than five days
– Lose three pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book, specifically The Laws Of Simplicity

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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9 Responses to It’s Getting Hot In Here

  1. Barb says:

    another boring morning of training is going to start soon, I hate how it has to be drug out……. it isn’t that hard to understand.

    Your TV watching partner is supposed to meet me at Tin Lizzie’s to give me my cycling shoes back, I’m meeting a couple friends there after work for dinner & drinks. (in case you want her to get you dinner from there.) I’ve never been there, looks like another over-priced taco place, but I’m okay with that.

  2. I hate it when training is dragged out like that.

    At what time will you be at Tin Lizzie’s? You are correct that it is an over-priced taco joint, but I’d be up for joining you all if I can make it down there in time. Am I correctly assuming that you are meeting at the Tin Lizzie’s on Memorial?

  3. Barb says:

    break time…….

    Yes – on Memorial.

    You can only join us IF I get my shoes from Betsy 😉
    she said it might be closer to 7:00 for her to swing by.
    (I wore an old pair last night, they just don’t fit right).

    I’m meeting a couple Parrothead girlfriends – but you are more than welcome to join us.
    I’m leaving straight from work, so how ever long it takes me, I plan to get there around 5:30 or after.

  4. Martha says:

    What time are you guys meeting? I might swing by either before (if you all are lucky) or after the gym.

    We’ve been turning on the AC only at night, I can’t sleep if it is at all stuffy or humid…during the day I could care less. 90 degrees wouldn’t be so bad if it hadn’t been in the 30s a week or so ago. I just got back from a run, it is already brutal out there, Saturday is going to be tough.

    We finally got a reservation for the zip line, we will be heading up on Friday…it will be nice to get out of town (unless the weather doesn’t cooperate).

  5. bets says:

    No fear yon barb I am bringing your shoes…paulie I shouted out to terri and tony earlier about a possible mi barrio venture if your interested. wouldnt mind a drink on that six feet patio if the weather dips below 75 this evening…

  6. Betsy, let me know what the plan is. If Terri is involved I may attempt to swing home and get the crutches she lent me.

  7. Barb says:

    we’ve turned on the A/C, too much of a pain to turn it on & off…. I just have the daytime temp at 80.

  8. I forgot to mention that my “new” fancy-pants thermostat is not as intelligent as my old one. The new one can be set fort Heat or Cool but doesn’t seem to know when/how to use the appropriate one to maintain a constant. Therefore with these wacky temperature swings we’ve been having I’ve just been avoiding using it at all.

  9. Jenka says:

    I refuse to turn on the AC in May. Refuse.

    FYI, not that it matters because it looks like you’ve already made other plans, but David and I aren’t going to the Shed tonight, since we went to trivia at Midway last night.

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