It took some work to drag my ass out of bed, but I was determined to get a run/walk in this morning. I wasn’t feeling it, but I was hoping this morning’s overcast skies would provide me with a little relief. Not even a mile into my jaunt I landed on my right foot and felt pain in my hip — where it still pops. On a pain scale of 1-10 my pain may have been somewhere from 2-4 but it was pain nonetheless. Had the pain been accompanied by a loud pop I may have been able to convince myself that I’ve finally worked my hip back into its proper position within my skeletal frame. I decided to stop running, turn around, and walk back to work. This along with a little pain I’ve been experiencing with one of my teeth (which scares the hell out of me) has gotten me in a real funk today.
A Birthday Of Little Celebration
It’s funny, my thirtieth birthday was my first in Atlanta; it took place on a Saturday and it rained heavily that night. The rain that night meant that none of my friends wanted to go out and I wound up spending the night at my apartment alone.
I had tentative plans for last Friday but they eventually fell through. I wound up leaving work early, driving up to Roswell to pick up my new bicycle (which I had been waiting to buy until I was confident that I’d be able to ride without much pain, a confidence which has eroded) and driving it back to the ITP-Estate. That night I never got the desire to go out again and spent the evening watching videos on my laptop.
Oh well, it’s just another day…
More Than The GarageMahal
On Saturday night I headed up to ITP-Reader Barb’s (and her husband Allan’s) house in Marietta. The occasion was the unveiling of their GarageMahal, but we also got to revel on their massive new deck and brick patio. The addition to the house is impressive, and to think of the amount of work they’ve done in the past year while I let my shack deteriorate amazes me.
I suppose we were also celebrating Barb’s birthday. 😉
The evening was great with plenty of food and beverages along with the opportunity to see a few friends that I don’t see all that often.
Sunday, Lazy Sunday
I woke early yesterday to watch the finale of this year’s Tour de France on my iPad. I was unimpressed with the video quality which NBC was pushing, but the $5 price I paid for video access was fair enough so I wasn’t to annoyed. With the tour and its festivities ending past noon (Eastern) I wandered about the house for a few hours before convincing myself to get out and mow the lawn. I was not ambitious enough to continue on to tackling more of the holly bushes however. Instead I returned inside for a cooling shower before pissing away the remainder of the evening listening to podcasts and playing Angry Birds. Productivity and responsibility can begin again today.
I Think Being Single Has Been Bad For Me
Put aside the emotional emptiness of being alone for as long as I have (one date in recent memory, no girlfriend in nearly seven (eight?) years). I think not having someone for which to “live” has allowed me to slag off and let my body and house go to pot. Sure, I know that I should be doing things “for myself” but without anyone from which to get feedback, or to push me into doing things, it’s far too easy to let things go.
The worst part of it all is that it’s a vicious cycle. I’ve been so broken that I’ve lost whatever smidgeon of confidence I may have had, and am in no mental condition to try to meet women.
Meh, I’m probably just suffering from post-birthday syndrome.
Or maybe it’s post-Tour de France syndrome.
Or maybe it’s because of all of the physical pain I’m in today…
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – depressed, disturbed
Current Music – watching the pre-stage telecasts from the weekend
Website Of The Day – One final cycling related website — Cycling TV.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Friday: running/walking, ~3 miles
Morning Weigh-In – later this week, though I’m not looking forward to it
Foot Mileage – ~12.0 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 – 22
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