Since I am not the knight in shining armor for any woman my day was fairly simple yesterday. I knew that my Mother’s Day card had arrived at my mother’s house on Thursday of last week so that base was covered — all I needed to do was to call her yesterday. After a weekend away I fell asleep super early (8:30pm?) and was surprised to be awakened by the sound of the phone. Even more surprising it was my mother calling me. “I’m supposed to be calling you” I told her, but she was at bingo and made the assumption that the call she had just missed was me calling her (I did not lie and told her that it wasn’t) but I did wish her a Happy Mother’s Day while I had the opportunity.
Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Broaden your horizons and read about a part of the world that interests you.
Our brains are designed for learning from the moment we’re born. Whether it’s about where reindeer like to graze in Sweden or the star players of Sierra Leone’s soccer team, there is always more to know about the world around us! Learning new things makes you a better conversationalist – and it keeps your brain in good shape, too.
ITP Flickr Pic
Oops, the camera never left the trunk.
A Weekend Away, No Pancakes Eaten
My goal was to hit the road early and stop for pancakes along the way up to Black Mountain, NC. I passed several Cracker Barrels as well as several more Waffle Houses, but I never saw a sign for an IHOP or any diners along the way. By the time I new it noon had arrived and I was near Black Mountain, so I gave up on my pancake hunt.
Except for the rain that arrived early Sunday morning the weekend at LEAF was a lot of fun. Packing up one’s camping gear with even a light rain sucks. I made the drive home in spitting rain and promptly set up my tent in the basement and turned a box fan on the flattened rain fly.
Highlight of the weekend (other than hanging out with friends): Ziplining into the lake.
Lowlight of the weekend (other than the rain): I hurt my knee running — nothing serious, but painful nonetheless
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – tired, hurt, fat, concerned
Current Music – listening to last week’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” podcast
Website Of The Day – I have a feeling that I will be using Calm a lot in the near future.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I should have weighed in this morning, but I really didn’t want to know.
Foot Mileage – 10.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Days – 3
Carnivorous Days – 10
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
- Here Comes Trouble — Michael Moore
– 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