Birthday, T minus one days away. I want today to be the last day of bullshit for awhile.
Off To A Roaringly Frustrating Start
I woke early in order to get my turkey breast into my crockpot. The plan was to start the cooking early enough so that it would be ready when I returned home from work tonight. When I walked into the kitchen and flicked on the light I saw ants on the countertop. Lest you think I keep a dirty kitchen I assure you that I do not — though I’ll admit that I have no desire to eat off my kitchen floor. So much for cooking the turkey breast at home today… I whipped out the Windex (my miracle ant killer) and started spraying away.
In the meanwhile I had plugged my iPad into my computer only to see the backup fail. I was planning on performing software updates so with frustration I unplugged the iPad and began the software update process while seeking and killing ants.
The software update and reboot seemed to complete without issue. I started iTunes and went about the annoying procedure of entering my Audible password so that I can access the audiobooks for which I legally paid (fuck you, DRM!) and was returned a vague error message about not having enough privileges on my computer. No amount of Googling could help me find information about this error; the closest “solution” was a Windows Registry edit — something my Mac thankfully does not have — which was no solution at all. I now cannot sync my iPod until I resolve this issue, otherwise iTunes will remove the audiobooks from my iPod (seriously. fuck you, DRM!). I have four Audible credits in my account and I’m contemplating canceling my subscription once I’m assured that I can access my audiobooks again (DRM can kiss my ass).
I brought the crockpot into work — not that I know when I’ll be eating the turkey breast that I’m cooking now — though it was a nice conversation piece for a really attractive woman on the elevator this morning — not that I was able to close the deal.
JINX BE GONE! JINX BE GONE!
No Lion For Me, At Least Not For Now
I’ve frustrated myself enough over the past twenty-four hours just updating to the latest version of Snow Leopard that I am not about to upgrade to Lion anytime soon.
With the update to the current flavor of Snow Leopard I also had to upgrade other software on my Mac. One of those software upgrades was Safari, the default browser for the Mac operating system. The Safari upgrade also necessitated a reinstallation of 1Password, which somehow managed to lose my Facebook password inside the Safari extension.
Have computers’ complexity exceeded humans’ capability of maintaining them? I’m starting to feel that way.
I Know You Had Your Doubts
My Taco Mac instigator got a better offer last night, so I fought my way up to Roswell to purchase a new bike.
In a few days I’ll take possession of a Trek 2.3. I thought about the Madone 3.1 but I thought the “better” components on the 2.3 (for less money as well) outweighed the benefit of a carbon-fiber frame. Besides, I’m a soon-to-be 46-year-old man who’s not exactly going to be competing in any sort of cycling competitions, so the lowest end of the Trek line is fine by me. The delay in delivery is related to the lack of pedals that I wanted for the new Red Rocket (which is not red so I’ll have to come up with a new moniker).
ITP-Reader Barb, I met Jan and we chatted about the GarageMahal and the deck. I made sure to thank her for doing the insurance assessment for me.
I Might Not Make Five, But I Have Two Under My Belt
After purchasing my new ride I went to Lucky’s Burger And Brew in Roswell for dinner. I’d been to Lucky’s twice before but was reminded of it by ITP-Reader Laura (ITP-Reader Bob’s better half) who is a vegetarian and told me that Lucky’s serves a good black bean burger and sweet potato fries. Laura was soooo right. I had an unfortunately named “Georgia Dawg Pounder” with a black bean patty and sweet potato fries, all washed down with a Coke (Ha! You thought I’d be drinking a beer, didn’t you…) I ate the delicious meal as slowly as I could, referencing my iPad all the while, in order to wait out the terrible traffic that exists in that part of the city, which has been exasperated by road construction.
Map My Drive
The first weekend of August I’ll be heading OTP on a mini-vacation. While I subscribe to the high-tech world of GPS and iPhone directions I decided to go a bit analog “just in case.” A week ago I ordered some paper maps from AAA and was dismayed that they were predicting delivery the week after my departure. To my surprise my maps arrived the day before yesterday! Whew…
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – mega-frustrated — life, weight, lack of significant other, house, ants, software — you name it, it’s contributing to my frustration today
Current Music – it’s Tour de France time and today’s stage is insanely difficult
Website Of The Day – Thinking about upgrading to Lion? Wondering if your favorite app will still work? Check out Roaring Apps.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking/running, ~3.0 miles
Morning Weigh-In – next week
Foot Mileage – ~9.0 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 – 18
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
Buy a bicycle and start riding again
– 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
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
– 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