Constant Reinvention

It would have been wonderful to not get fooled by the chill in the air inside the ITP Estate because I would have realized that the air outside the ITP Estate wasn’t nearly as brutal as I feared. Had this been the case I might have rallied to get out of bed in order to take the walk I need to do today before work. Instead I’ll be hoofing it for awhile after lunch — provided that I can sneak out.

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Check for a coupon or sale on one item you intend to buy this week.

Everyone likes a bargain! Thrifty habits can boost your budget and your ability to save for a rainy day or cope with tough economic times. A little time spent finding even one way to save means more money in your pocket.

A new TV? Oh wait, it says “intend” to buy this week. Dangen!

Maybe I’ll print out (how quaint) a Kohl’s coupon as I try to reinvent my wardrobe.

Go See The Play “Red”
I was sent an email by Theatrical Outfit thanking me for seeing the play “Red.” I suggest you do the same, and save $5 of the price of tickets using the Promo Code THANKS that they sent to me yesterday. Note that I get nothing from this transaction except the warm feeling that I am helping local theater.

The Most Unromantic Place On Earth
A couple of coworkers and I went to Taco Mac after work last night. All signs pointed to an empty space, which was true for a least the first hour or so. We marched in and I asked for a table in the section of the “prettiest waitress working” and when I was given a confused look by the hostess I retorted with “c’mon, it is Valentine’s Day after all…” My request was not completely fulfilled.

It was a good time at Taco Mac and I left early enough to get home in time to get some work done. Except that I didn’t, because I plopped into bed and fell asleep nearly immediately.

ITP Flickr Pic
My final butterfly photo to post.
You're Not Fooling Me
Crap, this means that I need to get something shot for tomorrow.

Do You Use LinkedIn?
I’ve had a LinkedIn account for years. I actually have two accounts, but that’s a long story. The problem with LinkedIn is that I have no idea for what I am supposed to use the service. Do you have a LinkedIn account? How do you use yours?

Don’t Tell ITP-Reader Betsy That She Won’t Be Eating Meat Tonight
I have two dishes in mind for tonight, neither of which have meat. One dish is more likely than the other because the components necessary are easier to obtain that for the other. What are my two choices? It’s a secret. 😉

We’ll be convening for Top Chef of course.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, but in addition to my other near-constant ailments my back has been hurting for the past two days. Geez to I need to get myself to doctors soon.
Current Music – listening to this week’s “MacBreak Weekly” podcast
Website Of The Day – If I had an apartment I’d frequent Apartment Therapy. I wonder how many of the Readers’ Favorite Home Stores published in 2010 are still in business.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – stair climbing, 6 flights
Morning Weigh-In – tomorrow

Foot Mileage – ~12.3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 19 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 15*

Vegetarian Days – 3*
Carnivorous Days – 11
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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12 Responses to Constant Reinvention

  1. Barb says:

    Just go peruse the clearance racks at Kohls, they usualy have some pretty good bargins. I got Allan a nice shirt just the other day.

  2. Stacy Fox says:

    I have and use a LinkedIn account professionally; my company is big on the LinkedIn. We use it quite a bit when looking at potential employees and whatnot. I’ve also used it to give recommendations to service providers because I’m a big fan of saying kudos to a job well done to the individual — and most places on the web you can do that solely about the business, not individual people.

    On a personal level? It’s kind of fun to see my friends in their professional worlds too. I always love learning the little things like: “holy cow! I didn’t know they worked there/spoke French/worked overseas/etc.” 🙂

  3. Interesting. I’ve added some of my coworkers as LinkedIn contacts, and then wondered why because I figured that LinkedIn would be the place I go when networking for a new job.

    I’m even more amazed when I find out what hashers do for a living. 🙂

  4. Steve says:

    Hasher have jobs? Who knew?

    I have an account, but don’t use it for much. I have some connections on it, but that’s about it. Like you Paulie, if I were to start looking, I’d get out on it, but I don’t think I have any Fed folks in my group.

    Debbie made a wonderful dinner last night. Lobster tails, roasted brussel sprouts and pasta salad with red velvet cupcakes for dessert. Wonderful.


  5. Stacy Fox says:

    “Hashers have jobs? Who knew?” – I laughed out loud!

    And, yeah, dangit, Steve! If you weren’t already married to Debbie, I was just getting ready to propose to her! That sounds *amazing.* 🙂

  6. Barb says:

    BTW – this has me confused –
    “asked for a table in the section of the “prettiest waitress working” and when I was given a confused look by the hostess I retorted with “c’mon, it is Valentine’s Day after all…” My request was not completely fulfilled.”

    If I was that hostess, I would have put you in a guy server section….. that kind of request is only okay if you are 80 years old…….. just saying…….

  7. Bullshit, I can ask for that whenever I desire. Now if I got seated and then asked to be moved that would be out of line. If Taco Mac would keep the servers I know I’d ask for them by name, but since there has been so much turnover I don’t know anyone that well any more.

  8. Steve says:

    So Barb, don’t act like you’re surprised!! They didn’t have a “perv” section- or maybe they did!!

    Stacy, I reported your marriage proposal.. she was quite amused!!

  9. Newsflash! Many men like to look at pretty women.

  10. Stacy Fox says:

    Okay, I have to step in here after the “Newsflash!” comment, Paulie:

    Women who are working there are there to do *their jobs,* not to be a museum showpiece or calendar girl or anything else to be “looked at.” This is her place of employment. If someone requested or didn’t request me at MY PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT based on my physical features as opposed to performance? That’s friggin’ low. Think for one moment if someone only wanted to work with you/not work with you based on how you LOOKED. Good Lord, these are people’s livelihoods we’re talking about! This is akin to saying the homely girl doesn’t deserve your respect or tip money simply because she didn’t look cute enough for you. Screw how she would perform or treat you – oh no; she just didn’t have the right hair/eyes/body shape/whatever to bring you a friggin’ pint of beer for some reason.

    Asking for “a pretty girl” instead of “the best server” is akin to treating her like a piece of meat, as if she’s there for your viewing pleasure and not for the service she’s providing. If that’s the case, go eat at topless or strip clubs. I hear some have really good steak dinners even and the women know people are coming there TO look at them so it’s a win/win.

  11. bets says:

    Newsflash! I love you, Stacy.

  12. Newsflash! Many women like to look at handsome men.

    Don’t deny that looks hasn’t driven much of society since the beginning of time.

    If people want to work or not work with me based on the way I look is up to them, I can’t change that.

    I’m putting this issue to bed from my side. I’ve been delivered some bad news about another friend of mine which has put this discussion in the irrelevant category. Argue with me if you like, but I don’t have the bandwidth to respond today.

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