Looking For A Vegetarian Tuesday

Fifteen days of August passed, fifteen days meat has passed through my lips. I’m going to try to knock out one of my five vegetarian days today. Semi-related, I faltered yesterday by going out to eat lunch. I was without food in the office and didn’t want the food being offered by our downstairs cafeteria, so I joined coworkers for lunch at a Colombian restaurant called Casa Vieja where I had a wondered wonderful filet of fish (breaded, pan fried) with salad, rice, tostones, and a mango juice. It was delicious and reminded me that I need to learn how to buy and cook fish more often.

Look Who Attended RPS Last Night
After eating that large lunch I decided to skip meeting the boys for dinner at Chick-fil-A and head near the meeting space for the Roswell Photographic Society. Even with having to the fight traffic all the way to Roswell I had some time to kill upon my arrival. While the weather was certainly “cooler” yesterday it was not nearly cool enough for me to go for a good walk without sweating, especially since I was dressed in jeans, so I found a shady park bench and started reading.

Yes, started reading.

The other night I finished the Bob Mould autobiography and I’ve decided to keep the reading train running. However, I’m taking a left turn from the type of book that I’d normally (virtually) crack open and have started reading a piece of fiction. I’m now reading Steve Martin’s novel Shopgirl and am enjoying it so far.

It was good to see many of my friends at RPS last night (and not so good to see that there really isn’t much in the way of “fresh blood” in RPS). While I didn’t have a dog in last night’s hunt, the theme being “Repetition,” I sat through the critiques and must say that I was a little more than disappointed in the collective creativity of the group; more so than with previous themes the majority of the photographers submitting (and there were over fifty submissions) seemed to phone it in. I know. I know. Shut up and do something about that…

Look Who Has No ITP Flickr Pic Today
Bugger! And after I railed on those who actually take photos. Shame on me.

Look Who’ll Be Attending The iOS Developers Meetup Tonight
After a few month’s absence I’ll be returning to the monthly meetup of iOS developers at Strongbox West. That is of course assuming that work doesn’t go and schedule late meetings this afternoon. Much like with my photography I’ve not been writing enough code recently and am feeling as if my skills are already deteriorating. FWIW – If you are an expert in writing UPnP Server code I could certainly benefit from spending some time with you and bending your ears about some difficulties I’m having.

I am going to try and return to my edict of not eating/drinking out for the remainder of the month, but I’ll have to see how things go later.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh; pants are too tight; since eating pretzel chips for dinner last night my throat seems constricted; I have no time and less desire to push myself to exercise right now.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – It’s probably too early to decide if Decide will be a useful tool for helping you decide if now is the right time to buy that cool gadget you’ve been eying.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – stair climbing, 6 flights
Morning Weigh-In – tomorrow, and I know I’m not going to like what I see

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 33.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 48 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)

Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 15

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

August Goals
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Ride my bike no fewer than 150 miles
– 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 two 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

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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23 Responses to Looking For A Vegetarian Tuesday

  1. Stacy Fox says:

    Completely unrelated to anything at all….I thought of you first thing this morning when I got my Deal Swarm’s “Today’s Deal”:



  2. WHAAA? I wonder if I can get this magazine digitally.

    Huh, I can through Zinio but the price is $15.99 for four issues. 🙁

  3. Stacy Fox says:

    Oooh and it says:

    “To further authenticate your newly-found Beer Connoisseur status, the magazine subscription comes with a 2-year membership to the magazine’s online access portal. Connect with other beer experts in your area, seek enlightenment on obscure topics that nobody else can answer, or simply read up on an extensive archive of beer-related articles, information and discussions.”

    Hahaha! I’m not sure why I’m trying to “sell this” to you – but gosh that seems up your alley! I can so see you going out and connecting with other beer experts and having a pint or two. 🙂

  4. It certainly has tempted me.

  5. Martha says:

    “wondered filet of fish”…sounds interesting.

    Okay, so the new job is kicking my ass…I’m beginning to wonder if I’m cut out for management. Everyone is at an HIV Conference for most of this week, maybe I can start to get caught up.

    We ate out a lot this weekend, at least for us. Panajar and Young Augustine’s on Friday and Matador on Sunday.

    This weather is great, much cooler, I’m already noticing a difference in my running. I hope it sticks around.

  6. Barb says:

    next RPS meeting time, you need to your friends to go to Mr. Taco. (chick-fil-a just doesn’t sound that intersting 😉

    I stuck a meatloaf in the crockpot this morning – I’m still working on cleaning out my freezer a little bit. It about filled the crockpot, so I see way too many leftovers. But – I’m trying to eat more fish as well, so I’m thinking about making some fish tacos soon.

  7. Dammit Martha!!! I read the damn thing three times and didn’t see that typo! Have you hacked my account and are putting typos in? Thanks. 🙂

    And if you are not a NY Times reader (as I am not really) there is an interesting story relating to people “foraging” food from “vacant” houses in EAST ATLANTA! –> http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/us/15forage.html

  8. Barb, CfA is not interesting at all but seems to be loved by my RPS friends. I’ll have to make a solo Mr. Taco run before recommending it for pre-RPS dinner. 🙂

  9. Barb says:

    you dont’ trust me about Mr. Taco? I’m hurt 😉

  10. Oh, I trust you implicitly! I just know how finicky my RPS compadres are. 😉

    btw- I saw Jason last night and he was pleased with the bicycle.

  11. Martha says:

    Yes Paulie, I’ve not nothing else to do and I find great joy in hacking your account to place typos randomly 🙂

    I’m off to cause more mayhem!!!

  12. I never would have guessed that people would figure out that my blog account’s password is “CrossFit” as it seems like the most unlikely word for me to type. 🙂

  13. Jenka says:

    I’ve read “Shopgirl” twice! Steve Martin is actually quite a good writer. They made “Shopgirl” into a movie, too, but I think the book is better. I would definitely suggest that you read “The Pleasure of my Company” afterwards. Also really good.

  14. Stacy Fox says:

    That NYTimes article is interesting! I know this wasn’t the point it was trying to make….but damn if I don’t want to come forage your neighborhood for vegetables now!

  15. Jenka says:

    Oh, there’s a whole controversy brewing in the neighborhood about that NYT article, on two fronts. Apparently the woman profiled in the article has been stealing produce from someone’s garden, an occupied house. Allegedly. Plus, other people are saying that it makes our neighborhood sound like every other house is vacant and abandoned, which it definitely isn’t.

  16. Yeah, I’m following the fallout of that article closely because of each of those points.

    Stacy, you can forage my yard if you want — that is if you enjoy eating branches, the spiky balls which fall from sweetgum trees, English and/or poison ivy, or holly bushes. I supposed I have some edibles — rosemary, occasionally pecans, mulberries (?), and once I had a fig tree from which I could never get a fig by the time they ripened.

  17. Debbie says:

    I liked the Shopgirl as well. I’ll have to find “The Pleasure of My Company.”

    Steve has turned into quite the Kindle addict. Fortunately he can access the 225 or so books in 🙂

  18. Debbie says:

    WTF, half my comment went away. The rest was:

    …my Kindle library. So far he’s only dinged me on one selection.

  19. Very cool. Last night a buddy of mine told me he just won an iPad 2 — well, his wife won a $500 mall gift card which they turned into an iPad 2.

    I’ve made it through lunch without meat… 🙂

  20. Steve says:

    Between studying and sleeping, I haven’t had time to read much. That first one was pretty bad, but this one “Choke” is really a page turner (or button pusher).

    Haven’t had a chance to read the NYT article yet… you guys doing a little “midnight green grocery”??


  21. The woman in the article has been foraging through the yards of foreclosed houses — or so she said. The article paints (East) Atlanta as a high-foreclosure area, which it certainly is, but not as badly as is insinuated. Also, one of the photos initially used was of a house from which the woman was foraging, and it is not a foreclosure, at least not according to the woman who lives in it…

    East Atlanta: We Know Drama!

  22. Steve says:

    It sounded as if the neighborhood is crawling with fruit trees, which I think is also a bit of “artistic license”.

    And speaking of fruit trees, that peach tree on 10th street has about run it’s course.

  23. Stacy Fox says:

    Darnit darnit darnit! And I’ve forgotten to get a picture of the peach tree! Walked RIGHT BY THERE the other day from the MARTA – with my camera in my bag, too! — Darnit darnit darnit!

    Wow, I do not take assignments well. 🙁

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