Back At It

I’ve awaken in my bed in Atlanta again. Unfortunately I have multiple things to do today including an 8:00am physical therapy appointment. I’m ready to be healed, I’m ready to not have to wake up and head in to physical therapy. My patience for being a patient has completely run out.

It Was Like Being On “Let’s Make A Deal”
Had I only not checked a bag…

Yesterday’s 8:30am Delta flight from Raleigh/Durham to Atlanta was oversold (How does this happen?). Delta was requesting that four people give up their ticket in exchange for a flight voucher for a future day and a meal voucher. I was to board in Zone 4, the last group to board of course, so I heard the pleas multiple times.

Sure, I had to report to work yesterday but if the voucher was worth enough I could take another day off. I kept waiting for Delta to announce the value of the voucher, or to continue to up their offer. About five minutes before I was to board they announced that the voucher was worth $400. It was a tough decision but I finally decided that I’d hold onto my seat because I’d already checked my suitcase and I didn’t want it lingering around the Atlanta airport while I waited for another flight from Raleigh/Durham to Atlanta to have an available seat for me to claim.

Bummer, that could have been my flight to New York that I want to take this year.

ITP Flickr Pic
Another shot from Sunday’s Durham Bulls outing, this one taken with my Nikon D300.
Not The Best Weather For Baseball

Aw Man….
I have a history of missing things at baseball games. Years ago I decided to play poker instead of going to see the Diamondbacks play the Braves. Wouldn’t you know that was the night that Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game.

As the photo above shows I was at the Durham Bulls game on Sunday. Apparently after we left the game (the rain delay caused the game to go late and Lisa and Randy are responsible parents who wanted to get their children home to get them to bed at a respectable hour) there was a controversial play which caused the Norfolk manager to climb the outfield fence.

Related: Who knew that the Durham Bulls broadcast their games on tv?

Hoping To Smile Today
I have my semi-annual dentist appointment today. While I don’t expect any difficulties I am always reticent to make my visit to the dentist. I’m hoping that my biggest difficulty will be holding off from eating lunch until after my 1:00pm appointment.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – wanting to be healed, wanting to get my life back
Current Music – listening to last weekend’s “Car Talk” podcast
Website Of The Day – It seems that most advertisers on “What’s This Food?” are from the northeast. When I watched yesterday and the advertiser was Blue Ridge Jams, located near Asheville, I knew that I’d have to pick them today.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Wednesday, which reminds me that I need to recharge the batteries tonight

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 – 5
Carnivorous Days – 8

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

June Goals
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Get back on a bicycle
– 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
Finish The Laws Of Simplicity (done!) and read another 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 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 Back At It

  1. Martha says:

    Maybe you and I (me?) can get back to cycling together…I went for my first ride in a year, it was terrible!! It hurt soooo bad…what was I thinking??? My plan was to hit at least part of the beltline, so I took the mt. bike…I got 2 miles and decided to turn around.

    I will blame part of my failure on the heat and my earlier workout…but it was worse than I would have ever imagine.

    I met up with Jill and Harold on Sunday at Midway, they stopped by your place to see if you wanted to join us. You should come to AH4 Saturday, Jill is the hare and the start is close by at Sunshine Plaza.

    RE: swimsuits

    my middle is the problem, while my legs do resemble tree trunks I don’t mind showing them off and now with crossfit my arms and shoulders are starting to look respectable…its my tummy that I can’t stand to see.

    On that topic, unemployment has not been good for my eating habits, so starting yesterday I’m starting my food journal again.

  2. Steve says:

    So Martha, what part of your ride sucked? With all your running, you certainly should have have aerobics. The heat is never fun on a bike, but it’s always better than running in the same conditions. Always.


  3. Barb says:

    I can’t believe you passed up a $400 voucher.

    I went to Buckhead after work to deliver Allan his wallet that he forgot at home, the Buckhead Saloon (almost next door) invited the firemen to come sample some of their new menu. They have a brand new owner, and they are trying to go more upscale, so it is a Southwestern theme for the food. (food was okay) Interesting idea, but I think they need to remodel too, if they want this to work.

    I’m trying to figure out when to go ride again, I after a week of riding in the heat, I just don’t have any desire to go ride after work.

  4. Martha says:

    My legs hurt, specifically the outside part of my quads…really bad. My morning workout (100 53lb Kettle Bell swings and 100 box jumps) trashed my legs. They were tight and heavy and your right my cardio is fine. I guess I need to set the trainer up and get use to the bike again before I got outside and embarrass myself again..

  5. Steve says:

    Depending on when the next flight was, and if they could get my bag off the plane, I think I’d have had to seriously consider it.

  6. Steve says:

    All that heavy lifting won’t do your cycling muscles much good. Unless you want to be a track sprinter… the trainer will get rid of that lactic acid left over from your workout- that’s a good start.

  7. I wasn’t sure when the next available flight would be. Also, I didn’t bring my laptop on this trip (I brought only my iPad) so I couldn’t have done any work while waiting around. Besides, I’m sure later this year I’ll need the vacation/sick day I saved yesterday.

    Completely off topic, I really need to step up my personal development efforts.

  8. Jenka says:

    I am not spontaneous at all, 99% of the time I would stay on the flight as I had originally planned. But a $400 voucher? That might’ve been one of those 1% times. Then again, I do like to hoard my vacation days. Then again again, I do have several months of sick time accrued.

  9. Oh, and I *may* be at AH4 on Saturday. I’ll wait to see what the weather is like, and though I’ve said it many times before I plan to attempt yardwork this weekend.

  10. Martha says:

    It’s just a guess but I say the weather Saturday will be hot and humid with almost no chance of rain. You’ll want to get that yard work done early.

  11. Huh, I thought more rain was predicted for the end of this week. Regardless my yardwork shouldn’t involve power tools so I can start as early as I want/can.

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