Resistance Was Futile

Remember my hubris yesterday when I stated that I was going to leave the office early enough to beat traffic and get home to do some chores? Well, that fell through when I was included in a meeting which began shortly after 5:00pm and ended shortly after 6:00pm. By the time I wrapped up my belongings I’d been in the office for eleven hours (nearly twelve if you include lunch) and wasn’t about to enter the Atlanta Traffic Game.

My initial thought, as it always is, was Taco Mac, with iPad. But when I saw my boss leaving at the same time and we talked about having “one drink” together (turned out I had three) and I recalled that Thursday night is Pint Night at Taco Mac, we agreed to go to his hangout — Outback.

I’ve given up not going out for food and drinks. Yes, I’m fat. Yes, I understand that going out does nothing more than contribute to this. Right now I just can’t give a crap.

Gone Shoppin’?
I’m contemplating skipping lunch today and hitting REI and/or Target to pick up some items of need. After seeing ITP-Reader Betsy walking around in “wet shoes” last weekend I am contemplating getting a pair for something that you’ll read about next, as well as my return visit to Lake Hartwell in a month. I thought about getting some Five Finger shoes (and have not completely ruled them out) though admitted could never rock them the way ITP-Reader Martha does. Bugger, a quick check online makes it appear that the pair in which I have interest is not in stock at any of the REI stores that I’d shop. Perhaps I’ll swing by Target and Dick’s Sporting Goods on my way home instead…

Gone Shootin’
Tomorrow morning I’ll be waking early, very early, to be the photography assistant for my friend Maigh. The plan is to meet at 6:30am at a parking lot near a narrow part of the Chattahoochee River and wade mid-river onto a rock where she’ll be shooting a band (camera, not gun). I have to hand it to Maigh, she got a DSLR after I did and has done much more to make it a profitable effort than I have.

I’ll be dragging a camera (in a dry bag) with me in case I see something that I want to shoot.

Gone Ridin’?
There is discussion with one of my coworkers about going bike riding on Sunday. I’ve never ridden with this guy before so I don’t know what will be come of this plan. Also, the weather forecast for Sunday is a bit on the sketchy side so any sort of cancellation plan will also have to be put into place.

I’ve got the bug to ride again. And, don’t forget that the la Vuelta a EspaΓ±a starts tomorrow!

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to a CBC Radio 3 podcast
Website Of The Day – Today is one of those days where I feel this blog should be on FAIL Blog. Depending on where you work you may want to wait until you are at home for this one.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – next week

Monthly
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 – 1
Carnivorous Days – 17

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to Resistance Was Futile

  1. This just in — literally! My “New York City Hardcore” CD just arrived. I know, physical media, how quaint. But this is HARDCORE from my youth!!! Or at least my twenties. πŸ˜‰ Hello again 1988, I’ve missed you dearly.

  2. steve says:

    We will be up in your “neck of the woods” later today. I’ll be taking my CCNA certification test (again) and this time, if I don’t pass, I’ll be out $250. Needless to say, the pressure is on.

    And I can’t believe there is another bike race besides US Pro Cycling Challenge (which better change its name to Tour of Colorado real quick). Mine starts with a prologue on Monday, but I fly out tomorrow evening. I’m taking running clothes, so this should be really fun- running at altitude! REAL Altitude!!!

    -FP

  3. Barb says:

    I went to Seasons 52 restaurant over in the Perimeter Mall parking lot last ngiht, interesting concept restaurant where all the food items are under 475 calories. I had a trout entree, very tasty………

    Tomorrow morning we are planning to ride from our house, over to Roswell & back. Stop by Allan’s parents house, he want to see what “bike parts” TJ has that he may need as the mechanic the Freedom Ride riders. (and, conveniently TJ is out of town πŸ˜‰

    Speaking of bike races – Tour of Colorado is next week – Steve – aren’t you going?

  4. Good luck with the running and the officiating. I’m trying to get into a cycling shape other than rotund so that I can hang with the cool kids at the Day Spa on Labor Day weekend.

    So confusing when comments overlap. πŸ˜‰

    Barb, how are the prices at Seasons 52? I’ve been meaning to eat there, but haven’t yet.

  5. Barb says:

    Prices weren’t cheap, but not too crazy. It was plenty busy, we sat out on the patio (after sitting in a cold office all day, we decided it felt good out there, wasn’t too warm). Portions aren’t huge of course, with the calorie limit, but didn’t seem too small either.

    Steve – be sure to go bother the 2nd & 3rd best Grove mechanics at the BMC area, and ask TJ if he wants to go out for Mexican food. He isn’t a fan for the most part, and I guess in Utah, it was mexican dinners more often than not πŸ˜‰
    And – running at altitude, you have a good time with that.

    Where’s the test taking place?

  6. Steve says:

    I think down below 5 Seasons in the Prado. Which reminds me to look up the di-erections.

    TJ doesn’t like Mexican.. boy, he runs with the wrong crowd to be going to that part of the world. Maybe we can find a steak someplace- not that he’ll have time.

    And if Allan is going shopping in TJ’s basement, maybe he can scare up a 10 speed chain? I know I’m due to replace mine.

  7. In the extremely rare case that Allan can’t scare up a chain for you there is a (I believe to be new, if not just very clean) on the Red Rocket — mind you it has been in an accident.

  8. Barb says:

    I’ll have him look…….. but don’t hold your breath, he probably has those hidden away.

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