I Almost Made A Vegetarian Day

Breakfast was a piece of cake, okay, an apple fritter from QuikTrip as I traveled to Clemson (wish I could have waited to gas up in South Carolina, gas is much cheaper up here).
Lunch was a salad on which I resisted the temptation of placing ham, bacon, and chicken.
Dinner was a lost cause; I couldn’t find a knockout vegetarian restaurant (a surprise in a college town) and when my walk led me to a Chinese buffet my willpower collapsed.

Hey, I did force myself into a 1.5-mile walk yesterday in addition to the 4.5 hours of standing on my feet at the career fair. So I that going for me.

Clemson: Day One — The Career Fair
I rolled into Clemson, SC yesterday after a mostly-pleasant commute from East Atlanta. The career fair started at noon so I wasn’t in a great rush to get out of town, though the half hour it took me to get onto I-285 by taking Memorial Drive, a move I thought would save me frustration, did test my patience on more than one occasion.

I couldn’t locate my GPS (again!) so I used my past travels to Clemson in order to get me to the Littlejohn Colosseum for the career fair. I spent the day talking to college students, and trying to give away the items I carefully arranged on my table. The (people) traffic was slower than it had been in past years, perhaps because Clemson has returned to holding a two-day college career fair.

Prior to my walk last night I received some “interesting” news from work. Even if I were allowed to divulge the information, I wouldn’t do so here because it would do little more than bore you.

Amazingly I ended the night early, in the hotel room reading some documentation for work and falling asleep early, without being able to convince myself to walk to a bar for a few beers. I don’t know who I am anymore!

Clemson: Day Two — The Interviewing
After doing nothing more than watching attractive girls walk past my table yesterday in order to talk to companies who had pretty woman working tables (hmm, maybe there is a connection there?) I’m preparing myself for a day of interviewing on campus. I have five half-hour interviews scheduled so I should be able to skip Clemson early enough to get home at a reasonable time.

I have a free breakfast awaiting me, but I’m considering skipping because I’m not hungry and I will have a lunch break later this afternoon. Perhaps I’ll swing by the hotel’s breakfast area, forego the temptation of a waffle, and see if they have some cereal or fruit.

ITP Flickr Pic
Not exactly Gotham, but Atlanta does have a few interesting skyscrapers.
Gray Day In The A
I took this shot from the High Museum on Saturday. It appears as if I stripped this photo of its color, but in reality it was that gray last Saturday and I only desaturated this photo slightly.

Not Top Cheffing Tonight
ITP-Betsy is unavailable tonight so we’ve decided to hold off on watching Top Chef. Who knows, maybe I’ll swing by George’s for a walk. Stranger things have been known to happen…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, hoping all things in my life improve soon
Current Music – listening to this week’s “The Talk Show” podcast
Website Of The Day – I never lived in the dorms at Florida. I wonder if the dorm life at Clemson is anything like the mockumentary Dorm Life.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – standing 4.5 hours, walking 1.5 miles
Morning Weigh-In – 210 pounds last Monday, and if I want that to change I’ll need to be stronger

Foot Mileage – 7.1 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~6.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

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

Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 24
Pancakes Eaten – 3

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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7 Responses to I Almost Made A Vegetarian Day

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    And since posting today’s Daily Challenge has come in — “Evaluate your priorities by drawing a pie chart of your life.”

    Mmmm pie. Okay, I’m not 100% sure what a “pie chart of your life” is, it I’ll try later.

  2. Steve says:

    You walked on top of standing around all day?? Good job Paulie!! I find after standing around all day (like some bike races) my legs are just trashed. Very odd.

    The mizzus cooked a delicious dinner last night- spinach salad with dried cranberries, grilled boneless pork chop and mashed sweet potatoes. All the while kicking my a$$ at Words With Friends. We are pretty evenly matched, but the tiles were not falling in my direction.

    Georges is on my shcedule, so you should put it on yours. A walk will do you good after sitting in a car for several hours.


  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Yeah, I thought that I should walk because I had planned to go out drinking. Then I walked away from the campus. Then I decided that I didn’t feel like drinking alone (I shan’t kid myself that I’d be meeting anyone in a college town — hell, I didn’t when I was in college).

    Unless something goes wonky expect to see me darken George’s tonight.

  4. Barb says:

    We had a decent dinner Monday night, smoked trout (or red snapper) is my favorite thing we’ve done on the egg, thought the Thanskgiving turkey is a close second. Last night was hamburgers/turkeyburger & some tater tots baked in the oven. I blew off yoga, but may go tongiht since Allan is at the firehouse.

    We watched Gnomeo & Juliet last night – if you haven’t seen it, it is really cute & fun. Lots of Elton John music, and we got a little bit of culture since it based on Shakespeare. Makes me want to work a little harder on my gnome collection.

  5. Sarah says:

    If you follow the link, it explains it in more detail.

    “Think about the major areas of your life, such as parenting, work, chores, and hobbies. Next, draw a circle and assign a slice equivalent to the percentage of time you spend in each area. For example, if you devote 50% of your time to work, the slice of pie labeled “work” should take up half of your circle.”

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    D’oh! I should have thought to follow the link. I was in a rush to get to my first interview, and it looks as if my second is standing me up. 🙁

  7. Sarah says:

    So I did my pie chart and realized I spend way too much time idle. I knew this already, of course, but now I have “evidence” in a crudely drawn chart :-/

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