At Least Lunch Is On

After waking up later than desired I had to scurry about this morning in order to get to work and start the crock pot for lunch (reminder: I’m making Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti today). A quick completion of my morning routine, pack the car, hit the road. The recipe claims to take four hours to cook the sauce, pasta, and beef (which I browned last night) — only time will tell.

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Relax your facial muscles by keeping your face still and the muscles loose.

The daily stresses of the day cause many people to clench and grind their jaw without even realizing it. This can put pressure on the muscles and tissues of the lower portion of your face, and may lead to muscle aches or chronic pain. And although a furrowed brow may make you look brainy, it can cause tension headaches.

Don’t look, but I’m doing this now…

Adding Injury To Insult
I knew that I hadn’t packed clothes to go walking last night, but it had been two weeks since I walked so I agreed to go out for a walk with my boss and another coworker. When I looked down and saw that I was wearing my low-cut Chuck Taylor’s, I knew I was in trouble.

“When I was a kid we did everything in sneakers like these!” I exclaimed, and with that we set out for what turned out to be a 4.4-mile walk. I was fine for about four miles and then I started to feel the burn — not a muscular burn, but rather the burn one feels when blistering will soon follow. I had no other choice but to press on, so press on I did. As we sat in Chuy’s for a post-walk beverage and nacho chips the pain got a little worse.

This morning my feet hurt. It’s far from a disaster area but I can still tell that I was a fool for going out for a walk in the shoes (and socks I suppose) that I was wearing yesterday. My baby-soft feet aren’t meant for such punishment.

On Tuesday night I listened to the Braves v. Dodgers game using the MLB app on my iPad. I love listening to baseball in this way because it allows me to pick which team’s announcers to which I listen. On Tuesday I chose the Dodgers’ feed so that I could hear Vin Scully announce part of the game.

Yesterday MLB released an “update” which supposedly included “performance enhancements” and I dutifully updated my iOS devices (shit, I just realized that I hadn’t updated my iPad 1) When I went to listen to last night’s Braves v. Dodgers game I was rudely presented with “processing error” each time I attempted to launch an audio feed (I tried the Dodgers’ feed first, and then the Braves’). I was able to launch the Dodgers’ Spanish audio feed, but not understanding Spanish this was useless.

I quit the MLB app and launched a different app in order to listen (stream) to a local radio station which broadcasts the Braves’ games but the MLB Dictatorship blocks audio streaming of games via the internet by entities other than themselves.

In the end I listened to something else until I went to sleep, feeling gypped that I paid $15 to listen to the audio feeds of baseball games and they delivered a shitty update which broke this promise.

(side note: I realize that I could have used a real radio to listen to the game, but I don’t have such a device in my bedroom any longer).

How Am I Going To Leave At 4:00pm With A 4:00pm Meeting Scheduled?
This being Thursday, and this being a Thursday with the East Atlanta Farmers Market open, I want to skidaddle (how does one spell that?) at 4:00pm. I really have too much work to warrant leaving at a normal time tonight, but I really want to hit the Farmers Market (and Midway tonight, ITP-Reader Betsy if you want to meet up.)

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – still progressing toward “okay” — on a good note the swelling on Thing 2 looks as if it’s starting to lessen
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – On one of the signs around Perimeter Mall I saw the words “Pilgrim’s Pride.” Much like Fuddruckers I assumed this referred to a bygone area restaurant — I envisioned one of those 1980’s restaurants like “The Cutting Board.” Pilgrim’s, neé “Pilgrim’s Pride, is actually a meat processor headquartered in Greeley, Colorado.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In

Foot Mileage – ~11.9 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 5
Carnivorous Days – 20
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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6 Responses to At Least Lunch Is On

  1. Oops, I accidentally used today’s Daily Challenge instead of yesterday’s.

    I forgot to mention that tickets for Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) went on sale yesterday — and even with a $1600 price tag sold out in two hours. Needless to say, once again I will not be in attendance.

    Also, I saw yesterday that The Shed had $3 Slider Night. Didn’t it used to be $2 Slider Night? Has inflation hit The (nearby) Hood? ITP-Reader Jenka, are you still out there? You are my resident Slider Night expert. You can tell that I didn’t go to Slider Night last night because I silently added a vegetarian day yesterday.

    And finally, I forgot to mention that I bought a ticket to see the performance of “C.S. Lewis on Stage” at Theatrical Outfit on June 8th (this is one performance that’s 50% off if you buy this week!). I was going to be optimistic and buy a set of tickets, but then the realist in me set in and I feared that I would once again be throwing money away, so I bought a single ticket.

    I’m amused that my “oh yeah” comment of the morning is starting to exceed the actual content I put into the blog. 😀

  2. Steve says:

    You, my friend, have great taste in radio broadcasters. Vin Scully would be the only reason I’d listen to a game on the radio. I just might have to find that MLB site and see if I can listen to him again.

    Off to Kentucky this afternoon for the horse show and taking our smallest horse/largest dog with us. I’m sure Farley will be a big hit.

    While I was going to blow Roswell off on Sunday, we learned yesterday of the passing of my friend Gordons’ dad and the viewing will be Sunday in Roswell. He was a member of the Ghost Army in WWII, which was still classified information until 1996!! They had inflatable tanks and whatnot and big P/A systems for sound effects and would pop up where the Germans weren’t expecting and then disappear just as quickly.

  3. What can I say, I am a baseball traditionalist (which will means that I stop paying attention to baseball once the season ends now that they’ve implemented adding all of these extra teams into the playoffs. MEH!). I love listening to the living legends.

  4. The results are in!

    The crockpot spaghetti was a success, though it could use some tweaking. I used two jars of Kroger pasta sauce, which to my surprise was thicker than many of the national brands (Ragu, Prego, Barilla) so the end result was a bit thick. I even tried adding more chicken broth (in the future I’ll use beef broth instead since the protein is beef) but it could have used more to make the consistency a little saucier.

    I’ll definitely keep this in my back pocket for future events / meals.

  5. Barb says:

    I was just wondering how it came out………

    I’m busy as shit here, damn end of the month shipping………

  6. Jenka says:

    The sliders at Slider Night have always been $3. They have sliders on the menu every day, but the other days they’re $4 (I think, possibly $4.50). They were delish last night! I had a mozzarella and speck panini slider and a duck confit, sausage and baked bean slider. Both fantastic.

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