I Lay Blame Upon Myself

After the farmers market yesterday I joined ITP-Reader Betsy and her EAV friend Nancy for some post-market libations at SoBa. For some reason I thought ordering a bottle of red wine was a good idea, and by the time Betsy and I finished the second bottle it was clearly a mistake. Well, it was only a mistake because it helped me sleep so well. Ha!

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Review the warning signs of skin cancer.

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer today. The good news is that prevention (wearing sunscreen, covering up when you’re outdoors, and avoiding the sun when it’s highest in the sky) and early detection can bring your risk way down. If skin cancer is found early – before the tumor has penetrated the skin – the survival rate is 99%.

I’ll keep this in mind when walking starts again tomorrow.

Now Which Greens Are Poisonous?
At the farmers market last night I bought bread from Holman & Finch, a jar of jelly made from Jailhouse Brewery wheat beer and blueberries, two forms of radishes, some baby turnips, and some Asian lettuce. I was going to buy some beets, but they had been removed from their greens.

I’m aware that eating greens from the nightshade family (tomato? eggplant?) is poisonous, but what about other greens? I know beet, collard, mustard, greens etc are edible, but what about the rest of the greens found in local markets?

The farmers market last night was like East Atlanta Old Timers Day. While there I saw two people I used to see in the days of Gravity Pub — a patron Dan, and the former bartender Ashley. I saw Ruth, a woman with whom I planted one of the trees which still line Flat Shoals Av in the village. Additionally I saw a few other folks I used to see at East Atlanta Community Association meetings back in the day. Funny thing about the people I saw again last night, they, unlike myself, have all gotten married and in most instances have had children.

I Will Work, I Will Walk, I Will Not Walk To Work
This weekend I’ll be back in the office (hopefully for the last weekend in a loooooooong time). I also plan to start walking again — back be damned!

Tomorrow night I’ll be headed downtown to the Theatrical Outfit for their performance of “A Wrinkle In Time.”

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – if not for my back’s continual annoyances, pretty good although hungover
Current Music – listening to last week’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” podcast
Website Of The Day – The wheat beer and blueberry jelly I purchased yesterday was from local producer One Screw Loose.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check 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 – 15
Pancakes Eaten – 3

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
  3. God, No! — Penn Jillette

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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10 Responses to I Lay Blame Upon Myself

  1. Barb says:

    Because of yesterday’s daily challenge, I had a bowl of cereal this morning. it had been too long………

    I only had 2 glasses of wine last night, not really sure why, it isn’t like the whole bottle wasn’t just there – calling my name. Maybe because Sharon & I (& Sarah & Ray) will be drinking plenty this weekend at the BRAG Spring Tune-up out in Madison. Betsy was supposed to be going, but she bailed.

    I just heard of another “victim” planning on going to BRAG with us this year- Minnie Brew! She’s a virgin BRAGer.
    Paulie- I really think you should join us, at least half the week, I think you would enjoy it. since the overnight middle is in Roswell, it is super easy to do half the week this year.

  2. BRAG is always an option, but has never been high enough on my list to warrant using up my scant vacation time.

  3. Martha says:

    Betsy may not be totally out, we talked yesterday about her coming with me on Sunday…I’m also thinking about hitting Athens next weekend for the run/ride there.

    Speaking of riding, there is a Belt Line Tour bike ride May 5th. The start is only 3 miles from my place. If anyone was interested in doing the ride, I’m sure my arm could be twisted to provide a few post ride nibbles and drinks. I’m planning on doing the 31 miles including the quarry (what ever that means). Paulie this would be a great opprotunity to get back on the bike, there are several shorter options and an off-road.

    I love cereal, I’d eat it all the time if I could (well I can but I shouldn’t)…my current fave is Kashi Vanilla Island, my always will be my fave is Cap’n Crunch Berries.

  4. Barb says:

    Actually- Sharon said something about Betsy coming out Saturday night, so she could camp & drink with us. Damn, we can come up with lots of options for Betsy, can’t we???

    Can’t do Athens, we are going to a pool party on Saturday, some friends up in Cumming that we never see (yes, because they live in Cumming!) built a kick ass new pool & outdoor fireplace, etc. I just want to see it & of course some friends we never, ever see.

    But -we so plan on doing the Mayor’s Ride on that Sunday, but not signing up for it, just in case we feel like sleeping in instead.

    MAy 5th we will be in the Tsali area of NC, camping & biking. That Beltline tour does sound good, if we were here, we definitely ride it.

  5. bob says:

    I eat a bowl of Cheerios every morning, supposed to be good for your heart or something.

    Paulie, have you reconsidered coming out to the Mayors ride next week? C’mon, everybody is doing it 🙂

    We may have a large crew for BRAG this year, there is a wheelhopper Lawn cut dong (forgot his real name) doing it too.

    Why is there so much going on May 5th? There are 5 or 6 places I want to be but will be camping just north of Murphy NC. I am going to try to take a ride over to Tsali to say hey to you guys since I will be up there.

  6. Barb says:

    Stan is Lawn Cut Dong…..

    We will be camping at Tumbling Waters – anyone is invited – we will get ther sometime Friday 5/4, leaving monday 5/7. Material Girl (Tony) & his wife are coming down from VA & some others will be there too.

  7. Steve says:

    Don’t say pool to me.. after all that F’ing work power washing all the crud out of the pool, it’s back!! Ackk.. I’ll try a few more things, but at this late date, it might be cruddy all season, and that does not please me.

    Debbie and I are working on a “day trip” to Rolex in Lexington KY next weekend- this would be the year to go since it’s an Olypic year, they have lots of entries. If we go, that means no Mayors Ride.

    The Beltline Tour does sound like fun- might even look like familiar hash territory in some spots.

    Enjoy the Spring Tune Up.. don’t hit any fixed objects!!


  8. Barb says:

    or unfixed objects………. but Steve – I’ll tell Sarah….. HA

  9. Steve says:

    And for those staying in-town this weekend, I did a very quick lap of the Dogwood Festival and there was some pretty nice art- seems like fewer vendors spread out more, which will make navigation much easier.

  10. Barb says:

    well – maybe this way you won’t get killed by the double baby stroller parents, that think since they have a stroller, they rule the paths…….. Probably the main reason I avoid those festivals.

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