Every time I think of the month of May I am transported to the mid-1970s, when as an elementary student at New York’s PS 79 I was forced to participate in a ritual known as decorating the maypole. Do schools still teach Pagan rituals?
Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Dance in a chair by bopping your head and moving your arms, feet, and torso to a high-tempo song.
What better way is there to move than to your own soundtrack? Like fidgeting, dancing while seated is a low-impact activity that can help counteract the effects of sitting for too long. Researchers also believe that fidgeting may help control weight. Bonus: Music is a proven mood-booster and can help lower stress.
“fidgeting may help control weight.” yeah, right.
I finally got out for my first walk in some time. The walk was slow and rather uninspired (heat much?) but two companions and I walked around for 4.2 miles last night.
Of course we ruined it all by following the walk with a few drinks and nachos at Chuy’s afterward, but real change starts on the first of the month, right?
I’ve packed my clothes for another walk tonight.
Dear News Media, STOP IT!
I unfortunately read a news story on Yahoo! last night which has given me nightmares since doing so. I am not even going to hint at what the story was, but suffice to say that it was one person acting heinously toward another and it was unnerving on many levels.
So why bring this up then? Because I’d like to ask the media to stop publishing this stuff. I have banished Yahoo! from my Safari homepage because I honestly would love to never read an article like this again.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking for a Pollyannaplease stop reporting stories about individual cruelty to others.
Looks Like That I Am Not Alone By Living Alone
There is an article in today’s AJC titled “Atlanta tops for people living alone”. I may be a loser in this town, but I share that distinction with many others in Atlanta.
And this introduces the next book that I will “read” (actual, to which I will listen) Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg, as suggested to me by ITP-Reader Betsy last week.
Sorry For The Shorty
I’ve not much to say, and even less time to say it. This is my “finals week” at least until the time of actual product release grows nearer.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – not bad, overweight, trying to inject some positivity into my life
Current Music – listening to a Damien Jurado session at KEXP
Website Of The Day – I no longer decorate the maypole, but I do have a new May routine these days and last listening to Jonathan Coulton’s song “First of May” (it’s when outdoor fucking starts, you know.)
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – weigh in again tomorrow
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 0
Pancakes Eaten – 0
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
- The Elephant to Hollywood — Michael Caine
- Lose at least two 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
- 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