Fresh Start, February Edition

It’s a new month! What a great excuse to wipe the slate clean and start again…

Today’s Daily Challenge
Share your favorite way to prepare one type of lean protein, such as beans, chicken, or fish

Why It Matters
Protein is a critical nutrient that provides the building blocks for our muscles, skin, bones, and blood, It also helps to build and repair tissue in the body. Sources of lean protein offer your body all of the benefits of protein, but with much less saturated fat than red meat like beef, lamb, or pork. By sharing your favorite way to prepare a source of lean protein, you may inspire someone to try something new — and you may pick up some tasty ideas from someone else.

I will try, though I’m not sure what I’d like to share in order to complete this.

ITP Flickr Pic
Another from last weekend’s Chinese New Year celebration.
Dragon -- Up Close And Personal
I’m hoping the weather stays okay today so that I can carry my photo around Little 5 Points tonight.

The names “Jeff Mangum,” “Neutral Milk Hotel,” and “Elephant 6 Collective” have little meaning to most people. In the mid-1990s Neutral Milk Hotel, headed by Jeff Mangum, which was part of the Elephant 6 Collective were putting out two amazing records. At the time I was into your standard alternative rock and was just getting into the “Atlanta” music scene by following bands like Dayroom, Gra, Toenut and somehow missed out on the Elephant 6 Collective scene.

I found out about Neutral Milk Hotel in the early 2000s, was hooked, and saddened to find out that the band dissolved after the second record “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” and Mangum had gone into virtual-hiding since. I never figured that I’d be able to hear Mangum play his music live.

That all changes tonight as I was able to score one of the tickets for tonight’s Jeff Mangum show at Variety Playhouse. Can you tell that I am bit excited about this?

Fifteen Years?
The year 1997 will always be a monumental one in my life (and it may shock you that this has little to do with a woman). In January of 1997 my dad died. At that time in my life I had just made the decision to join the company for which I was contracting. I’ll never forget having to ask my new (full-time) employer for time off for my dad’s funeral.

Fifteen years later I’m still working for the same company (at least the company which bought us out in 1999). Amazing. I never expected to be here this long. As an added bonus I’m being issued three additional vacation days this year.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to this week’s “GardenFork Radio” podcast — in which they talk about becoming a minimalist.
Website Of The Day – I’m trying to become more of a minimalist. I’m going to start reading Becoming Minimalist to see if I can pick up some tips.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~3.6 miles
Morning Weigh-In – check in again tomorrow

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 1

Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 0
Pancakes Eaten – 0

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

February Goals
– Lose at least one pound (net weight loss)
– 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
– 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
– 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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12 Responses to Fresh Start, February Edition

  1. Steve says:

    Congratulations on one anniversary and condolences on the other. Rare is the week that I don’t miss my dad in some odd way or another. For better or worse, we are our parents children, with all that entails. I try to think I picked up the best parts and filtered out the bad, but I will quickly point out the hardheadedness is a proud family tradition. Thanks Dad.

    3 extra days off!! Woo hoo!


  2. Steve says:

    And is it just me, or did you change fonts?

  3. I was trying to see if I could lure Martha back to the dark side. 😉 Actually, I opened a new section (which I never had the chance to write) and forgot the closing tag. Should be fixed now.

    My “official” anniversary date is February 5th. I’ll be celebrating this date in Raleigh, NC this year. 🙂

  4. Barb says:

    15 years – wow…. I’ll be at 6 years over here at Matson at the end on March & that seems like forever ago.

    Went out for some sushi after yoga last night with Joanna (aka Arbitrary). Her hubby Ball Handler recently got laid off, so the way he deals with it is to go on a trip to Vietnam hiking for a month……. Now, not that I want to go hiking for a month, or to Vietnam, but hey, that is kind of cool to be able to do that before attempting to go back to work.

  5. Steve says:

    I don’t have any desire to go there, but I know Dean Brook (Epilady) and his wife Joanne rode their bikes and hand a great time.

  6. Stacy Fox says:

    Three extra days off? Might I suggest a trip to Kansas for International Pancake Day then? 😀

    Yup. I’m just not letting it go about the pancakes. National pancake day at iHop is this month too. *grin*

    I love the idea of going off and taking advantage of your downtime when unemployed. Yeah, it totally sucks to lose your job. But it sucks even more to think that after you get a job again, that you “wasted” that time off that you could have done something. Hiking in Vietnam – way cool! I’ve never really had a great desire to visit the Far East (or, rather, I’d choose many other places before that), but if I did, Vietnam would be high on my list.

  7. Jenka says:

    15 years ago this month I was a senior in college. Can’t believe I’m having my 15 year reunion this year! Ack.

    Everything is bold on the main webpage after today’s Stats & Goals section. Missing a ?

  8. Jenka says:

    Heh, that was supposed to be a “less-than-equal-sign backslash b greater-than-equal-sign.” Followed by a “?”.

  9. Jenka says:

    And it’s fixed now. I’ll shut up now. 🙂

  10. Stacy Fox says:

    Yeah, it still bugs me that you never do a closed quotation mark on the big opening quote!


    It appears my other comment is “awaiting moderation” — you moderating me now? *sniff sniff*…. (I bet it’s the weblinks, huh?)

  11. Yep, it was the weblinks. I’ve approved the comment not. 🙂

  12. Barb says:

    hey – no one is giving you recipes? aren’t we slackers………

    I have a easy fish taco recipe, just get some tilapia (or whatever flaky white fish) put a little olive oil in a pan, and some seafood seasoning on the fish. Get some sort of lettuce, cabbage, coleslaw type of thing to top it, and I personally like a black bean salsa with it.
    and – of course, some flour torillas

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