Color Theory

I’m scrambling. So. Much. To. Do….

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Save money on your next supermarket shopping trip by including economical foods on your list.

A list that contains healthy, economical foods leaves less room for processed, expensive extras in the shopping cart. More importantly, taking the time to think about what you’ll need for healthy, low-cost meals increases the chances that you’ll eat well – without compromising taste or nutrition.

A “supermarket” is a restaurant that sells food you have to prepare yourself, right?

The Color Of Blood
Because of medical problems I don’t wish to discuss in public (imagine that!) I’ve owned blood-colored towels because they do a wonderful job of hiding blood stains.

When I started working out a lot I chose to switch to white towels, and have been using them nearly exclusively since. I didn’t get rid of the blood-colored towels, they just didn’t make it into the rotation very often. The white towels have been instrumental in letting me know when my back is letting go of some blood after showering.

The problem with the white towels is that I have to wash/rinse them immediately when I see blood on them.

The Man In Black
I am the not-so-proud owner of two more black undershirts and two more gray undershirts. Had I been able to buy a package of undershirts containing four black undershirts I’d be the owner of that combination instead.

At sometime nearing 5:00pm I went outside the office and sat on a metal chair with a slatted back. When I stood up there was an immediate feeling that reminded me of getting hit with a small water balloon. Except there were no rapscallions tossing balloons, instead it was the balloon on my back giving up its contents.

I’ll refer to my two stitched areas as “Thing 1” and “Thing 2.”

Thing 1 was the first to appear, sometime within the past seven years. Thing 1 has been fairly dormant and I had removed because I was going to get cut, so I might as well get cut in two place.

Thing 2 appeared sometime within the last four years. Thing 2 was the cyst which necessitated the immediacy of the surgery be festering and erupting a few weeks ago. Since the surgery Thing 2 has been the one giving me the most grief, swelling and causing me to have my back looked at on Tuesday. Yesterday afternoon Thing 2 dispensed its contents on the back of the black undershirt I was wearing, and onto the red/black plaid shirt that I was wearing over it. Luckily there was no continued bleeding and I was able to walk over to Target to buy the previously-mentioned new undershirts.

Black is a great color for disguising blood.

Not wanting to be left out, Thing 1 has started to flare up and started bleeding after my shower this morning.

I’m wearing another black t-shirt today, and have a spare t-shirt and blood-colored towel with me in case Thing 1 and Thing 2 decide to be continue to be above-the-waist assholes.

I’m Missing My Walks
I’ve not been on a walk since pre-surgery. Part of the problem has been the lack of free time due to work commitments (btw- all “fun” weekend plans of mine have been canceled due to an edict sent down by Upper Management yesterday), as well as the desire to not hinder any possible healing of my back (sweating seems like a bad idea right now).

I miss my walks. Any weight-loss I’ve experienced recently has been because of my lack of beer intake.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – frustrated
Current Music – listening to last week’s “This Week in Photography” podcast
Website Of The Day – I read that Axl Rose won’t be attending the induction ceremony of Guns N’ Roses induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I should have realized that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had a website, but I never considered whether or not it had.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 208.4 pounds yesterday

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 – 8
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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14 Responses to Color Theory

  1. Steve says:

    Patience, my friend. Your body is still getting used to its’ new “configuration” and pitching a bit of a fit.

    As we fed and blanketed the ponies last night, I could see their reaction as the heavy blankets went on and it was still 60 or so. I’m sure they were glad to have them as the thermometer read 35 when I left this morning. Chilly.

    We had DVR’d “Scandal” last week and finally got around to watching it. Pretty interesting- I can see a little “West Wing” in it. Will be interested to see if they can keep it up.

    Fresh handlebar tape for the ride on Saturday and a nice clean bike- better not rain!!


  2. Agreed, but I wish my body could figure things out in a less messy and painful way…

  3. Barb says:

    and WHY won’t Axl Rose be attending the induction ceremony?
    Don’t leave us hanging……..

    I have maroon towels, never thought of them as blood colored, because I like them & think they look good in my blueish greyish colored bathroom.

    Steve – don’t make me start watching another new TV show, though Justified did just have its season finale, we might have room for a new show.

    I don’t think it will rain Saturday, I should be a beautiful day, but I’m not sure if I’ll be up for 68 miles. I may have to “wimp” out & just do the 45. Some of those hills are long…….. and some are fairly steep.

  4. Martha says:

    You ignored the situation for years, don’t expect it to be better overnight, like Steve said patience.

    Jerry did mention don’t try to run…he popped out his staples when he went for a long run after his surgery.

    Speaking of surgery, Nibbles goes under today, what was to be a simple teeth cleaning has grown to having her two ‘big’ teeth removed, she has slab fractures on both of them. Poor little thing will have stiches and some nice pain meds, but she does get to eat soft food for 10 days.

    Ugh, I’ve started to look at new bikes…thinking I might take it seriously for a change… I’ve told myself I won’t get anything until I’ve been riding consistantly for 6 months. Anyone have an option on 650s? Sounds like the biggest con is lack of choice and availability…remember I’m a ‘small’ rider.

  5. No fear of me going out for a run any time soon. 😉 I’m just amazed at, and slightly disappointed by, the amount of fluid the human body can generate. Even if I could reach the affected areas I might forgo bandages in order to let air get to the wounds to help them heal.

    Best of luck for Nibbles and you.

    No new television for me. Hell, I can’t make the time to watch my already-limited lineup.

  6. Steve says:

    I’ve always heard that good things come in small packages!!

    I have no experience with a 650 setup. “Back in the day” they used to make Junior racing bikes on a 24″ wheel system, so I guess the same deal applies- the smaller wheels allow for better frame angles- basically “shrinking down” a 700c frame. Your tire selection will be more limited, that’s for sure, but all other things should be equal.

    Bottom line is find something you feel comfortable on.

  7. Steve says:

    And don’t forget to bring your pedals and shoes when you go for a test ride.

  8. Barb says:

    and Martha – I think the smaller wheels take a different tube, so you have to always be prepared for a flat, you can’t borrow quite so easy. I’ll ask Allan what kind of bike he recommends, Jan, at Cycleworks in Roswell isn’t real tall, she might be a good person to talk to.

    BTW – good karma story, out at Rambo Nursery as we were leaving, this tri-geek looking guy walks up with his bike, he has a flat. He just wanted a ride back to his car, as he didn’t have a tube. (I guess you can’t carry that much extra weight -hahaha) So, Allan fixed it for him, and told him he has to give away a tube someday…….

    and Paulie – you didn’t answer my Axl Rose question 😉

  9. Steve says:

    But patch kits are a universal fit!! Good carma would have been to tell him to keep walking to a bike shop and buy a spare!! 🙂

    And for some reason, I’m still getting yesterdays’ notifications… weird.

  10. Because Axl Rose is an ass? That might not be the “correct” answer but I don’t think that I’m too far off.

    Nice “pay it forward” story, Barb.

    When I ride (rode?) the Red Rocket I always carried a spare tube and a CO2 cartridge. When I ride the mountain bike (after blowing off inches of dust) I carry a patch kit and a frame pump. Christ I’m a complicated person.

  11. Debbie says:

    Jeez Paulie, don’t name them or they’ll never leave. 🙂

    Scandal is by the creators of Grey’s Anatomy. Since I like Grey’s and anything to do with DC, it’s no brainer in my book. We did give up DWTS last season (Just say no to Nancy Grace) so we had a hole to fill. Thank goodness we agree on one for once…

    Off to a job fair, wish me luck!

  12. If you name them they stay? Crap, I thought they’d stay if I fed them… 🙂

    Go get’m tiger!

  13. Steve says:

    News from the job fair- nice folks, very enthusiastic, and the position Debbie was hoping to fill will exist locally- could have been at “corporate”.

    Fingers are crossed.

  14. Joe says:

    T the fuck MI. Holy crap. I nearly threw up in my mouth. But then I laughed histerically at your naming of them.

    I could have stopped reading, but I really couldn’t stop reading. It was like the kid who says, “this milk stinks, taste it.” Maybe that’s a bad analogy.

    I feel for you dude. And, hope your things heal up quickly.

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