Super Bowled

I’m back from Raleigh (hence the late post). This post was almost much earlier (or much later). I volunteered to get bumped from my 8:30am flight in exchange for $400 from Delta, but unfortunately they really didn’t need my seat.

This weekend was a nice long one which, three days to be precise, during which I hung out in Raleigh, NC with ITP-Readers Lisa and Randy, and their two boys. Originally the weekend was chosen so that I could be around some Packers fans as they won their second consecutive Super Bowl. Whoops. Instead I spent a lot of time playing Wii (not Wee). Yesterday we bowled on the Wii and someone bowled a 224. This person was Cooper, who’s still ten years from being able to drive himself to a bowling alley. The kids today…

Today’s Daily Challenge
Sit square in your chair.

Instead of plopping down into your chair today, make a point of sitting down gently and squarely at least two separate times. Align your body so your knee and hip joints are naturally bent with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Distribute your weight equally on your sitz bones (the two lowest points of your pelvis). Keep your back straight but not arched, shoulders back but relaxed. Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips, your feet flat on the floor, and your ankles uncrossed in front of your knees.

Funny, I’m slumped in my chair as I type this.

Dinner With The Adults
On Friday evening Lisa, Randy and I went out for some dinner and drinks. They had gotten a sitter and we went out to one of our favorite Italian restaurants, Bella Monica. At Bella Monica we ordered some wonderful wine from the adorable bartender working the counter/bar at which we ate.

When in Raleigh I try to follow a vegetarian diet. I shared the eggplant rollatini, brussels sprouts, and mushrooms with Lisa. We almost got Randy to try the brussels sprouts until the women seated next to us told us to make sure and get some of the bacon with the sprouts. D’OH! Bacon? In brussels sprouts? I didn’t even consider ensuring that the side-dish called “brussels sprouts” also included meat. I offered to send it back, but Lisa and I ate around the bacon. I’ve put an asterisk with my count because I did my best to eat vegetarian even if I wasn’t completely successful.

ITP Flickr Pic
After arriving some time was killed hanging around the airport. I was intrigued by this image.
Obscured Reflection

Hockey Night In Raleigh
On Saturday the family and I headed out to the RBC Center to see the Los Angeles Kings play the Carolina Hurricanes. Given that Atlanta no longer has an NHL team (a fact which steams me more each time I dwell on it) I don’t get the opportunity to see hockey much these days.

The game was exciting, a 2-1 win by the home team.

RPS Tonight?
Perhaps, rabbit. Perhaps.

I’ve a lot to do today so I need to get cracking…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though very busy
Current Music – listening to last week’s “Hypercritical” podcast
Website Of The Day – I’ll have something tomorrow
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I wasn’t near my scale this morning

Foot Mileage – ~4.3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 6*

Vegetarian Days – 3*
Carnivorous Days – 2
Pancakes Eaten – 2

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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2 Responses to Super Bowled

  1. Barb says:

    I hung out with a bunch of Packers fans last night too, we were laughing that no one at the party had on a Giants or Patriots shirt, but plenty of Packers and other team shirts were worn.

    bummer you didn’t get the $400 voucher – that could have taken care of the airfare to Colorado.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Yeah, and with nothing forcing me to be back in Atlanta this morning it would have been great to get my Colorado airfare for “free”

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