No, not my job — though the thought…. No, not the blog — that thought never really enters my mind…. much.
Funny aside: Last night I left “early” (6:00pm, I only worked a ten-hour day) to head to the lavanderia (more on this below). As I approached the Jackmobile I heard a woman’s voice behind me. “So you are the hard working person who drives that car.” the woman, easily ten years my senior, said. I turned and smiled, responding “Hard working? Perhaps.” She followed with “Well, a lot of hours then because I see your car parked there all of the time.” Ironically the Jackmobile is not parked in that parking space today, because of the predicted rain I’ve parked in the parking garage instead.
Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Say something positive to someone you talk to today.
Everyone wants to hear that they are appreciated and understood! However, sometimes it’s easy to let situations pass by without saying something positive. Sharing how we feel helps build strong, supportive relationships. Not only that, speaking sincerely and from the heart can help reduce stress and anxiety – for you and for the recipient of your kind words.
I’m positive that the code with which I must interact is going to drive me batshit crazy — if it hasn’t already. I could go on a multi-day rant about this, but it will bore most of you and would go far to screwing up my goal of not getting fired.
Okay, I’ll try to do better…
I’m on the brink of quitting Netflix again. With a lack of free time, a backlog of “Mad Men” episodes growing, Amazon Prime video, not to mentioned copious amounts of pre-purchased and free entertainment options, each time I look at that one disc which has been untouched on my nightstand for at least three months I think it’s time to save the $8/month that I am spending for Netflix. I’d consider switching back to online streaming, but that’s not going to help me find the time to use it either.
Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
Last Friday’s “Income Tax Printing Fiasco” launched me into purchasing a laser printer and an extra toner cartridge from Amazon. I purchased a relatively-inexpensive Brother printer (whose model number escapes me, and I’m too lazy to look up). Yesterday the toner cartridge arrived at the office, sans printer. Huh. I’m sure the printer will arrive today or tomorrow, but I find it unusual that the two didn’t arrive simultaneously. I suppose that they were shipped from different warehouses.
While not exactly “excited” to own a printer again it will facilitate printing personal documents such as “House For Sale” fliers and my resumé.
Not Quitting: Lavanderia Night
Last night I lugged a large amount of clothes (many blood-spotted/tainted black t-shirts, yes I hand washed them all when I could) to the lavanderia. It was a good night at the lavenderia, which meant that I was able to get the washers and driers I needed to accomplish doing everything within two hours. Oddly last night I was not the only non-latino at the lavenderia last night; normally I am, but last night I was joined by a caucasian woman most likely in her forties, and a cute twenty-something blonde and her hipster-fashionable boyfriend.
I would have completed the lavanderia and Las Tortas Locas daily double had it not been for the couple of not-so-local-ne’er-do-wells who couldn’t help but try to start a conversation with me each time I took a load of laundry back to my car. I understand when women give me the “just please leave me alone” look, I wish that they did as well.
Quitting: Stitches, And Hopefully The Pain They’ve Delivered
I’ve given many updates on my back since the surgery twelve days ago — some more gruesome than others. Today the stitches are due to come out. I’m really hoping that in the process the doctor can find a way to flatten out my back entirely since the pain derived from sitting in a chair is as great as it was prior to getting cut up. It seems as if the more I try to improve my life the more I wind up trading one problem for another, some times more serious problem. [see also: "hiring a plumber to fix a minor crack in a cast iron pipe which has developed into the bane of my house-owning existence"]
Not Quitting: iOS Developers Meetups
Tonight is the monthly meetup of the Atlanta iOS Developers group. I’ve been successful at skipping Roswell Photographic Society meetings, and skipped last month’s iOS Developers meeting, but tonight I want to jump back on that bandwagon.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – ready to be unstitched
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Many thanks to The Free Dictionary for showing me how to properly spell “ne’er-do-wells.”
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking this week
Foot Mileage – ~7.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Days – 4
Carnivorous Days – 12
Pancakes Eaten – 3
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2012
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me — Mindy Kahling
- Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science — Curtis Ebbesmeyer
- God, No! — Penn Jillette
– 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]
– 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