This weekend I realize that I am my biggest reclamation project. This stitches come out tomorrow and with that I hope that my skin begins to start laying flat again. It’s still bothersome to lean back in a hard-back chair, and I occasionally feel bothered driving and sleeping. I’m trying to summon patience and optimism, but it’s difficult.
Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Reach for a red fruit or vegetable.
Red produce is packed with health-promoting antioxidants and beneficial nutrients such as lycopene, which can help prevent cancer, and resveratrol, which helps the heart.
Neil Young Said It Was Better To Burn Out Than To Fade Away
I’m not so sure about this. By the time I left the office on Saturday afternoon, after struggling with code and realizing that I getting closer but still far from done, I was feeling the burnout begin. This is not a good feeling to have. At that time I decided that I would give myself Sunday “off” and see if I could be rejuvenated by Monday morning (not really, but I’m working on it).
I realized part of my “burnout” was the fact that I had to cancel potential social engagements (btw, I’d like to hear how the Wheels O Fire and Run Before You Crawl day went) for work. I’m dedicated. I’m determined. I’m turning forty-seven this year. I need to enjoy life more.
Stop The Insanity!
As I awaited the start of the The Magnetic Fields show at Variety Playhouse on Saturday night the sound system played a song from my distant past (thirty-one years to be exact). I couldn’t quite place the song, but thanks to the Shazam app I was able to see that it was a “deeper cut” from The Psychedelic Furs’ “Talk, Talk, Talk” album (I wish that my friend Mike were an ITP-Reader so I could once again thank him for changing my musical tastes in the early 1980s).
It’s been awhile since I’ve listened to The Psychedelic Furs and I was somewhat (not) surprised to see that never upgraded my (bootlegged) copy of “Talk, Talk, Talk” from cassette to CD, therefore it is not part of my current-day iTunes library. Using Modern Technology I set out to change this by logging onto Amazon.com. I searched for The Psychedelic Furs and found “Talk, Talk, Talk” for $6.99 as a CD, and then was astonished to see that it costs $9.99 to but it digitally. I checked the iTunes store and found it digitally for $9.99 there as well.This makes no sense, no, it makes less than no sense! “Talk, Talk, Talk” is not in my iTunes library today because I cannot condone this pricing strategy.
The Magnetic Fields show was good. There were three distinct ways that it could have been better, including me not choosing a seat directly under an air-conditioning vent. After feeling chilly for over an hour I got out of my chair to find a warmer spot. However, the venue was packed for this show and there was nary a convenient seat in a warmer location to be had — so I left.
Back To Being A Homeowner
My day off yesterday was taken up mostly by yard work (though you’d be hard-pressed to notice a change) and napping. For the first time this season I fired up the lawn mower and pushed it over the weeds and dried leaves. In the “back forty” (an area a deem to make useful prior to pulling up my East Atlanta stakes) I ventured into an area I may have seen once last year. In that area I mowed over the onslaught of “English Ivy” aka “Privet”; it’ll be back, but so will I. I was saddened to see the two cedars planted a dozen years ago have long-since given up the ghost. Before I could tackle the “back forty” I had to lug some fallen branches to the front curb. One branch was actually so large and long (I’ll guess on the order of twenty feet) that I had to cut it into three segments in order to transport it.
With the mowing and the lugging done I brought out the leaf blower and cleaned off the carport, driveway, walkway. My house almost looks presentable. Oh who am I kidding, it looks shitty but less shitty than when I started.
RealiTV Update: The Amazing Race : It’s Time To Ditch The Speed Bump
A SPOILER or two follows
I sat and watched The Amazing Race last night and wondered if I had missed Team Pseudo-Teacher doing their Speed Bump. When they finally had to do it, I once again was Amazed how simple it was — “Take this layout diagram and arrange this artwork the same way”? Seriously? I miss the days when teams spared elimination were forced to give up all of their possessions, save the clothes on their body, and continue to race like that.
Team Border Patrol should know that there are no real alliances in RealiTV, though I too would be miffed if I had a “Gentleman’s” agreement with one of the other teams and they reneged.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, hoping my back clears up soon
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Seen an estimate of the US deficit but not sure how much money that really is? Copy the figure into Math Cats’ “Really Big Numbers” and be amazed.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – short walk on Saturday
Morning Weigh-In – 204.8 pounds last Wednesday, no weigh-in 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 – 11
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
- 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