Stormy Weather

Another action-packed day of software development awaits me today. Yesterday another new feature was added to my project — at the eleventh-hour of development. Ugh. This is why I get paid the “big” bucks I guess. lol

I’m Eating What?
I worked until about 7:00pm last night and headed directly home. I was hungry but rather than stop somewhere (read at “Taco Mac”) for dinner I thought it best to return home and cook some of the vegetables that I’d bought from that weird place called a “grocery store” on Saturday.

The plan was simple. At first. The plan was to pan roast brussels sprouts (What? What?!?!) and eat them with some fettucini and lemon juice. But then just like with my project at work I started adding more things.

Why not put in some of that red bell pepper?
Oh, that zucchini would be great.
Hey, I can put in some of those tomatoes.
And why not add some of the green onions too?

When all was said and done I’d come up with a fettucini concoction that actually tasted pretty decent — especially when topped with that canister-brand romano/parmesan cheese.

With that many vegetables in the mix you can rightly assume that I made too much for one person. Way too much in fact. So today’s lunch, and perhaps tomorrow’s too will be fettucini with a melange of pan-seared vegetables. Hey, whadda ya know?! This concoction is vegetarian and somewhat healthy! How about that!

I Was Doing What?
Since today is a slow “news” day it’s time to finally credit myself for reading another book. Yeah, look at me, Paulie the Reader. 😉

Last week (in Savannah actually) I finished reading The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin), which was the followup to his “Shopgirl” novel. “The Pleasure of My Company” was another entertaining novel whose main character was so interesting that I wondered if the novel could be converted into a screenplay. Unfortunately I was very disappointed with the quick “and then this happened and all lived happily ever together” ending which seemed to cheapen the novel’s plot.

I’m actually trying to decide what my next reading challenge will be. Of course I still have to make the time to listen to the dozen audiobooks that I’ve collected over the past year.

Looks Like I’m About To Get More Value From My Amazon Prime Membership!
When I signed up for the $80/year Amazon Prime membership some years ago I thought that I was a bit insane. As I await the delivery of my new projector today which has been shipped “free” 2-Day UPS because of my Amazon Prime membership I read this:

Dear Customers,

We have more good news for Amazon Prime members – Prime Instant Video is growing again. We’ve now licensed TV programs from PBS including day-after broadcast shows like Frontline and NOVA, more than 1,000 episodes of shows like Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, and popular Ken Burns documentaries The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, and, for a limited time, the first episode of Prohibition. PBS joins recently announced FOX television shows 24, Arrested Development, The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Wonder Years.

Coming soon, we’ll be adding Malcolm in the Middle, King of the Hill, and episodes from Julia Child’s classic cooking series, The French Chef. We continue to add new Prime Instant Video titles to our catalog at no additional cost. Prime membership remains $79 a year.

Ken Burns? (note, I never did get around to watching that National Parks series)
Arrested Development? (I won’t need to ever get my dvds back)
NOVA?

Hell yeah!

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – fair, still trying to figure out how to ignite a positive change in my life
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – From the name I thought Cheddar Getter was going to be an online dating site for cheeseheads. Unfortunately, it’s not. Instead Cheddar Getter is an online recurring billing manager. I still wish that it were an online dating site for cheeseheads.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – stair climbing, 6 flights
Morning Weigh-In – November

Monthly
Foot Mileage – ~5.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~16.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 6 flights

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

Vegetarian Meals – lost count (significantly fewer than carnivorous)
Carnivorous Meals – lost count (significantly more than vegetarian)
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

October Goals
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash (though I’m beginning to this this will never happen)
– Ride my bike no fewer than 100 miles
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run at least twice
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than fifteen vegetarian meals
– 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

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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14 Responses to Stormy Weather

  1. Jenka says:

    Yay for “The Pleasure of my Company”! I loved that book. I totally identified with Daniel Pecan Cambridge. Heh.

    I wish Cheddar Getter was a cheese delivery site. Mmm, cheese.

  2. I loved the character Daniel Pecan Cambridge but felt gypped with the ending.

    I seem to find Martin’s books to be easy and enjoyable reads. Have you read “An Object of Beauty: A Novel”?

  3. Martha says:

    Dinner sounds good.

    I’m working from home this morning so I had time for a little run and to put some chicken in the crock pot for soup tonight. I’m so happy it’s soup weather, even if it means Jenka has to wear socks 😉

    I’ve been reading a little bit more than usual these days, maybe I’ll add that book to my Kindle list.

    I usually just go to PBS.ORG and watch the videos on line, will Amazon carry more I wonder? I also just saw on Facebook you can now check out books at the Atlanta Fulton Public Library for the Kindle (now I just need my damn Kindle).

  4. Barb says:

    Since you were all veggie yesterday, I’l have to counteract that with our dinner tonight.
    We are going to cook a beef roast on the Egg – it is really a pot roast, but I don’t have a good cast iron dutch oven (yet), so we are going to slow cook it for a couple or more hours. Hopefully it will be tasty, and it is pretty big, so we will have way too much meat. And – since it should have some good drippings, we have to have mashed potatoes, so Allan can make gravy.

    I’m with Jenka – Cheddar Getter should be a cheese delivery site.

  5. Jenka says:

    My feetsies are so upset! 🙂

    I can’t help it, I loved the ending of TPOMC. But I like happy endings. I haven’t read “An Object of Beauty” yet, I will add it to my list.

    The only problem with PBS.org is that their online episodes use Flash, which means you can’t watch them on the iPad. BOOO!

  6. I wasn’t completely meat-free yesterday. Lunch included one of the steamed pork buns that was leftover from Monday’s lunch. Dinner was completely vegetarian however.

    I just found the ending for TPOMC too unrealistic for someone who had so many extreme quirks — even if he did end up with a woman named Zafty.

    I see that there is an update to the PBS iPad app. For some reason I never think to use it to watch videos, much in the same way that I forget that I have the ABC iPad app. Guess I’ll look into that tonight.

    All you happily-hooked-up types would want Cheddar Getter to be a cheese delivery service. Lonely souls like me want it to be a Cheesehead dating service. 😛

  7. Stacy Fox says:

    Oh no. I’m voting Cheddar Getter as a Cheesehead dating service! 🙂 Though I’m going to guess that there won’t be a “body type: slim” option to choose from in describing yourself there.

    (hey! I’m a Cheesehead! I’m allowed to say it!)

  8. Hahaha. That’s very funny Stacy. 🙂

  9. Steve says:

    Stacy, I just laughed out loud. The name and the type of work you get from the website make no sense to me.

    I’m starting to feel a little more rested today. Had I not already scheduuled an eye appointment in Decatur this afternoon, I would have blown off running at Jorges and taken the bus. As it is, I’m not totally committed and may just head for the day spa.

    And Happy Birthday Sally!

    -FP

  10. Happy Birthday ITP-Reader Sal! I don’t get on The Facebook much these days so my congratulatory birthday messages will be lacking. I wonder how I can do this using my iPhone.

  11. Randy says:

    If you Google Cheesehead Dating Service, this is the first hit:

    http://cheeseheaddating.blogspot.com/

  12. bets says:

    what kind of a-hole borrows all of your arrested development dvds and doesn’t return them in a timely manner?

    what a creep.

    But it does sound like a great deal that Amazon Prime Membership! I’d keep with it.

  13. Said a-hole is probably getting a lot more use out of those dvds that I did. 😉

    Don’t forget that Top Chef starts again on November 2nd, Betsy.

  14. Martha says:

    “Slim” is relative, I’m down right emaciated when I go home to Indiana. Folks also think I’m a vegetarian when I order the chicken.

    You should have ran this morning Steve, it’s way colder out there now than at 7:30 when I ran.

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