Beware Of Old Age

After returning home from a night of hanging out with two of my coworkers at the local Taco Mac (which has seemingly lost all of my favorite waitresses) I hurt my back while lowering myself into my office chair. Let me repeat that for you.

I hurt my back.
While lowering myself into my office chair.


I am still in discomfort this morning and am about to take my daily supplement of ibuprofen. I’ll avoid hypochondriac status today and assume I’ve simply wrenched my lower back, but fuck’n A this sucks.

I Found Out One Way My Mortgage Holder Is Making Money
For the past three weeks my mailbox has been littered with crappy offers for “mortgage protection,” “life insurance to pay off my mortgage,” etc. Over the past decade I’ve received these occasionally, but recently there has been a major increase in volume. Obviously my mortgage holder has been selling my name to as many places as it can. Ah the joys of improving one’s station in life…

Top Chef Night And I Don’t Know What’s For Dinner
I meant to plan out a meal for tonight’s viewing of Top Chef (a box of Target’s finest red wine has been secured for the evening — I like to mix things up a wee little bit). Anyone have suggestions? I probably will be able to swing by a grocery store after leaving work, and would like to target an 8:00-8:30 dinner time. ITP-Reader Betsy, hopefully you’ll be able to partake, so if you have any suggests please be sure to let me know.

I Have Nothing Else
I tried hard to think of something else for today. Perhaps you can kindle something with a comment or suggestion?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – in pain
Current Music – listening to this week’s “Build and Analyze” podcast
Website Of The Day – “Build and Analyze” is on the 5by5 podcast network. There is a lot of good (nerdy) stuff there, go check it out.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Monday

Foot Mileage – 2.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

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

Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 10

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

January Goals
– Lose at least one pound (net weight loss)
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash (though I’m beginning to think that this will never happen)
– Exercise for thirty minutes no fewer than twenty days
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than ten days
– Not get fired from my job, nor quit my job
– Follow up with doctors, lawyer, women in whom I have interest
– Participate in a least one dinner party (perhaps held at my house when plumbing issues are addressed?)
– Go out on a least one date with a woman in whom I have interest
– Submit 2012 paperwork for Sharpened Stone, LLC
– Gather all tax paperwork for 2011 income taxes
– Request free credit report
– Successfully arrange for automatic payments for my mortgage
– Watch all of the classes in the 2011 Winter semester of Stanford’s CS193P (iOS Development) course

2012 Goals [will be a little less fluid than last year]
– Get my weight under 200 pounds, or at least whittle myself back down to where wearing a 36″ pant size is comfortable
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than one one 10K
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Restore the ITP Estate to a condition where it can be put up for sale at any time
– Buy a new iPhone (iPhone 5?), a new iPad (iPad 3?), and MacBook Air [look, not all goals have to be altruistic]

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient and profitable programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue to, make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)
– See more live concerts than I did in 2011
– Eat more pancakes
– Drive/Fly somewhere for a real vacation

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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14 Responses to Beware Of Old Age

  1. Barb says:

    Heirloom BBQ? Oh wait, that is supposed to be for lunch someday……..
    Or- sine it’s cold & rainy – I’d say some sort of soup & sandwich or salad?

    My back is a little sore this morning too, but that is from the yin yoga class last night. We hold stretches for 5 minutes, which is interesting to me, and I think it is helping to strengthen my back, but I can really feel it this morning.

    the office is changing coffee services, so they are doing a tasting this morning, it is making me laugh to listen to the converation, since I don’t drink coffee.

    So, I woke up this morning to Red Solo Cup on the radio, what does that mean for this day besides the damn song beign stuck in my head?

  2. Steve says:

    The Solo Cup folks could not have paid for all the press and new business they get with that song. And yes, you will have it stuck in your head, just like your mere mention of it will stick it in mine!!

    It started pouring this morning as I was about to step in the shower, but as quickly as it started, it was gone by the time I went out to feed the boys. While Maxwell was wearing his raincoat, Parker was nekkid and didn’t look happy. Such is life if you aren’t the golden child.

    There will be running at Jorges tonight, so come on down!


  3. I need to make some coffee today. I was going to be lazy and drink whatever has been already made, but then I remembered that our coffee machine broke yesterday.

    Soup and sandwich sounds good to me. Vegetable soup? Tomato soup? Oh, the choices… 🙂

  4. Barb says:

    and Steve – yes, that is why I mentioned it, because if I have to hear it in my head all day, others should too!

    I helped, but didn’t help all that much with dinner, but made you think. I think Allan might make some chicken soup with some of the frozen turkey stock we still have in the freezer from Thanksgiving. And I may add a grilled cheese sandwich…..

  5. Thankfully I’ve only heard Red Solo Cup once, so I don’t know the tune well enough to get stuck in my head. 😛

  6. Steve says:

    Barb and I would be happy to sing it for you..

  7. Barb says:

    if only I could get to youtube here at work – it is one of the stupidest, funniest videos…. probably ever. Has some of cameos of famous people (and lots of girls in bikinis)

    but – here’s the lyrics –

    Now a red solo cup is the best receptacle
    For barbecues tailgates fairs and festivals
    And you sir do not have a pair of testicles
    If you prefer drinking from glass

    A red solo cup is cheap and disposable
    And in 14 years they are decomposable
    And unlike my home they are not foreclosable
    Freddie-Mac can kiss my ass woo

    Red solo cup I fill you up
    Lets have a party lets have a party
    I love you red solo cup I lift you up
    Proceed to party proceed to party

    Now I really love how you’re easy to stack
    But I really hate how you’re easy to crack
    Cuz when beer runs down the front of my back
    Well that my friends is quite yucky

    But I have to admit the ladies get smitten
    Admiring how sharply my first name is written
    On you with a sharpie when I get to hittin’
    on them to help me get lucky

    Red solo cup I fill you up
    Lets have a party lets have a party
    I love you red solo cup I lift you up
    Proceed to party proceed to party

    Now I’ve seen you in blue and I’ve seen you in yellow
    But only you in red will do for this fellow
    Cuz you are the Abbot to my Costello
    And you are the fruit to my loom

    Red solo cup your more than just plastic
    You’re more than amazing you’re more than fantastic
    And believe me when i’m not the least bit sarcastic
    when i look at you and say:

    “Red solo cup, your not just a cup. You’re my, you’re my friend. (life long) Thank you, for being my friend.

    Red solo cup I fill you up
    Lets have a party lets have a party
    I love you red solo cup I lift you up
    Proceed to party proceed to party

  8. Debbie says:

    Ack, Barb nooooooooo! That song gets stuck in my head at least once a week. It’s catchy but I’m over it.

    Of all the farm chores the one thing that reliably tweaks my back is cleaning the cat litter boxes. WTF. I’ll be very glad when they transition to living (and doing their toilet) outside.

    Vegetable soup sounds yummy.

  9. Stacy Fox says:

    Beer cheese soup! Come on: is there anything better on a cold rainy day? I think not.

    I think I am the only person in the world who has not heard this song yet. I’ve heard OF it and I have to say I do agree with the lyrics (though it’s missing one about “beer pong accessory”). I even like Toby Keith! But it’s my mission now to never hear it. Hey, we all need goals.

  10. Barb says:

    So Paulie – I drove past Heirloom BBQ about 1230 today, there were cars & people everywhere (very, very small parking lot). So – not sure what time they open, but I’m thinking you’d (we’d) need to get there shortly after they open, or not until much, much later – like 1:30 or after.

    Or – maybe go on a saturday afternoon…….. or get it to go………

    But – it intrigues me even more now…….

  11. Barb says:

    and Stacy – it is my goal to make you listen to it…….

  12. Good to know Barb. Thanks.

  13. Debbie says:

    Stac’=y, you gotta listen to it. It’s a really fun song; it’s just that country radio is doing what it does best and overplaying the heck out of it.

    C’mon just one little listen and the video as a bonus:

  14. Barb says:

    oh yeah – and, because of that song, as we were singing it that NYD morning (taking a quick break from the Happy Schnapps Combo), I realized I had seen NO red solo cups in all the stuff that had been brought over. Wouldn’t that have been a hashit if there were no cups for the kegs?

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