I Am Way Too Busy For This

It’s bad enough that my coding is not going well (based in part because I’m suffering from garbage-in-garbage-out syndrome), I don’t need any further interruptions.

Unfortunately I don’t think that I was all “Chicken Little” yesterday about the condition of my back. This morning my white t-shirt had some bloodspotting, the first such occurrence since the bandages were removed, and the swelling under one of the stitched areas doesn’t seem to be retreating. When a small amount of blood appeared on the clean t-shirt that I put on this morning (why I hadn’t checked my back prior to putting on said shirt I’ll never know) I knew it was time to take matters a little more seriously. With the dexterity of a Cirque du Soleil performer and with the aid of a pair of tongs (which I promise I will never use if I prepare food for you, even after I sterilize the shit out of them), I applied anti-biotic cream which I had glooped onto a cotton pad, and then a makeshift bandage (non-stick gauze with some medical tape) onto the affected area. This morning I’ll be calling the doctor to see if I should return to him sooner than the Thursday morning appointment that I have scheduled. I have the sinking feeling that I’ll either be scheduling another surgery, or will have to deal with the new lump which has arisen — neither of which were desired outcomes of this first surgery.

Today I’ve packed a mobile first-aid kit (hydrogen peroxide, triple anti-biotic ointment, gauze, tape, tongs) just in case the worst happens and I need to replace the bandaging I applied this morning.

Have I mentioned how much this sucks? Have I mentioned what a pain in the ass it is to be alone when shit like this happens?

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Choose to wear a color tomorrow that can shape your mood, like upbeat yellow or calming blue.

Color has a huge impact on your mood and energy level! Research shows that warm colors like red and yellow say “energy” and “power” and can put in a spring in your step. Cooler colors like blue and green, however, are soothing and more relaxing.

I probably should have tried to complete this today, but I’ve chosen to wear a cranberry t-shirt to cover any blood which may appear today.

Tonight I’ll Have A Double Dose Of Draper
Unless things go horribly wrong today I’ll be relaxing tonight with two episodes of Mad Men.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sad
Current Music – listening to the “After Dark” for this week’s “Build and Analyze” podcast
Website Of The DayYou Know You Need A Vacation When.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – tomorrow, perhaps

Foot Mileage – ~7.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 3
Carnivorous Days – 6
Pancakes Eaten – 0

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

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2012

  1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me — Mindy Kahling
  2. Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science — Curtis Ebbesmeyer

April Goals
– Lose at least three pounds (net weight loss)
– Completely recover from my sebaceous cyst surgery
– Exercise for thirty minutes no fewer than twenty days
– Not to get sick for the entire month (may be a moot point as of today)
– 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
– 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 Am Way Too Busy For This

  1. Steve says:

    The Cirque du Soleil image is priceless… sorry you have not healed as planned.

    Debbie drove while I rode to a new pizza place in Senoia for dinner last night. Pretty good stuff and a nice selection of bottled beer, however Yuengling is listed as a premium! (not that I don’t think it’s wonderful, but premium? No.)

    And had I been able to catch up to the Coweta County Sheriff who passed me a little closer than he should have, I’d have asked if he was familiar with the “3 foot law”!!! It wasn’t exactly a “brushback” but it was certainly closer than it neeed to be.


  2. Barb says:

    bummer the back isn’t healing quicker – hopefully it isn’t anything bad going on.

    We are hopefully going to get a bike ride in after work tonight, maybe, even struggle my way up Kennesaw Mtn, to prepare for some of those hills at Pine Mountain this weekend.

    Tomorrow night is the day before TJs birthday, he (as usual) has instructed us to ignore his birthday, so we may do dinner on the night before, just to appease him.

    i don’t think too many folks understnd the 3 foot law…..

  3. Steve says:

    I have very few problems in “my neighborhood”. I was briefly on GA 16, which is where the sheriff passed me, so the lane was wide- there really wasn’t any excuse. And I think he should have at least heard about the law…

  4. Well, I just made an appointment for 1pm today to check things out. Sucks, but I need to know asap.

    In other news my new fancy-pants iPad 3 thought that today was Monday. I couldn’t figure out why it hadn’t sent my notification to call the doctor at 9:30am today, and when I realized that it thought that today was Monday I understood.

  5. Steve says:

    It’s not even Monday where that thing was built… very odd.

    I’m sure everything is fine with your back. Maybe a stitch is too tight or there’s a little infection. Nothing to worry about…

  6. Back from doctor. He says that things look really good, a little bit of infection on the stitched area not puffing up. He pushed out a bit of blood from the puffed area but saw nothing but blood, which he liked.

    I go back next Tuesday to get the stitches removed — which answers the question posed by many, “No, they are not dissolving stitches.”

    At least for now my mind has been put to rest.

    And now back to Shaft coding…

  7. Steve says:

    Good news. Nothing to worry about.

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