With May coming to a close (well, quickly anyway) I’ve come to realize that this blog has been suffering for a long time. I am ill-prepared to blog again today, late, with little time and content.

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Boost your energy and pledge to replace an alcoholic or sugary drink with water or sparkling water.

Of course, an occasional drink may not be all bad. But alcohol can lead to dehydration – which can cause headaches and sap energy – and make you feel tired the next day. Sugar-sweetened beverages can cause a big post-sugar crash that can stand in the way of your get-up-and-go. Making a one-time switch to water lets you evaluate how your energy level is affected – and may encourage you to switch more often!

I kind of did this by drinking Yeungling last night.

Took Me Out To The Ball Game
Our outing started out badly with misfirings about when and where to meet my coworkers to head to the Braves game. I wound up getting on a train before they did, and wound up getting off at Medical Center and waiting for them to arrive.

While waiting I watched the curiosity of nature as a squirrel dug around for nuts while being no more than one foot from an apple core. The squirrel finally “discovered” the apple core and I watched with amusement as it attempted to walk with it in its mouth, only to have to stop and eat some of the apple prior to moving to the trees.

Except for two things, maybe three things, the Braves game was fun.

  1. The wrong team (the Braves) won, and handily.
  2. I discovered that Taco Mac is now a vendor, with many taps, at Turner Field when I was leaving the game (which is why I forced myself to drink Yeungling).
  3. Beautiful women were abundant, unfortunately none were my companion.

To be a part of my group I rode Marta from Perimeter Mall to the game and back even though it would have made more sense for me to drive to Turner Field so that I could make the short drive home from there instead of riding the train all the way back to Perimeter Mall.

ITP Flickr Pic
I should have taken a photo at the game last night. But I didn’t.

“Silence” Will Consist Of Huffing And Puffing
I’m also ill-prepared to ride my mountain bike tonight. I’m packed (another reason I had to go home last night instead of spending the night in the Perimeter Mall area) but in fair physical shape.

My plan for the evening is to drive my mountain bike down to Virginia-Highland, ride to Piedmont Park, do the Ride of Silence, ride back to George’s, and then head home. Whew, even just typing that has worn me out. 😉

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – Fair. I’d like for my mouth to stop hurting.
Current Music – listening to this week’s “MacBreak Weekly” podcast
Website Of The DayGeorgia Locations for Ride of Silence. Looking forward to seeing some of you there — for my first ride of 2012!
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking again

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 – 12
Pancakes Eaten – 0

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
  4. The Elephant to Hollywood — Michael Caine
  5. Here Comes Trouble — Michael Moore

May Goals
– 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]

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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12 Responses to Ill-Prepared

  1. Barb says:

    Wow – there is a ride of silence planned in Marietta – I’m supposed to be meeting Michelle (aka Dunkin) for a mtn bike ride at Big Creek. If that falls thru – might just have to go check out that ride.

    And – I’m so proud of myself, it was such a nice night last night, I decided to go for a road ride over to Kennesaw Mtn (but not up) all by myself yesterday. I’m not very good at motivating myself to go ride by myself, especially on busy streets after work. And- I had made plans with friends to go to yoga at 7:30 (1930 just for Paulie). But – I did it, got home with 15 minutes to spare, so I had time to get a quck shower & head back out to yoga.

    Then – other weird thing – there is a bunch of musicians that set up on a sidewalk at the Marietta Square & I guess just to have a jam sort of session. Felicia & I had walked down to the Marietta Pizza Co. for a slice after yoga. Very entertaining to sit outside & listen to them all try to play together.

  2. Steve says:

    I was origonally going to park at College Park, MARTA to work, go back to the car and swing past Dad’s to cut grass, but drove all the way instead. I’ll shoot back down to East Point and then hopefully meet y’all at Georges’ at 6 or so. Then we can ride over… capiche?

    The broken chain is fixed but unproven. I think I was on my big ring and didn’t realize it, and when I did, had to shift under power, thereby breaking a link, or at least torquing it bent and almost broken. I heard a noise in the drivetrain and decided to stop and look before I got too far from home. Thank you honey, for coming to my rescue.

    Tales from AToC- apparently Comm 4 (way in the back of the caravan) and one of the medical cars collided in yesterdays’ stage. While this isn’t news to those of us who have been in the caravan, a collision hard enough to launch the airbags is fairly rare. That removed those 2 from the parade and hopefully they found replacements this morning. No injuries except to the drivers pride.


  3. Bravo! Barb.

    Sounds like a plan, Steve. My goal is to bug out of work around 5pm (1700) and head to George’s.

  4. Steve says:

    Barb, I’ll report tomorrow if my chain repair was successful. Actually thought about riding at lunch, but I don’t think that will work out.

  5. Barb says:

    Oh- and a little note frrm Kevin at the Giro stage 11 – most of the Garmin team missed the start becasue they moved the start time up by 10 minutes. 3 riders got caught behind a train crossing. The Commissaires had to ask the other teams to slow down & wait on them.

    We are going to Cycleworks msot likely right after work on our way to meet Michelle…….. not sure if we can make another trip before the weekend. (TJ is out of town at the AtoC, he’s my usual delviery man)

  6. Steve says:

    Never ever EVER start a race early!! I once let a very well known promoter talk me into it one time and I heard about it all day!

    Speaking of late to the party, a friend who is driving the broom wagon in ToC posted a video of yesterdays start. Had lots of team cars zooming by and then this one lone rider… apparently Tom Danielson got caught “indisposed” and had to catch up from the gun.. literally.

  7. Martha says:

    I watched Stage 1 on Sunday while on the trainer. It was just a 2 hour ride, so boring…so I pretended like I was riding with the tour 🙂 I even sprinted to the finish with Peter Sagan. That is as close as I’ll ever get.

    I ended up working from home yesterday, I was feeling a little sore. Not sure if it was ‘normal’ sore or sore from the accident…it’s hard to tell most days. Jerry took the car in for a once over and everything looks okay. Yeah!

    Barb, two workouts in one day? Next thing you know, you’ll be joining a CF gym.

  8. bob says:

    @Martha it’s hard to believe how sore you get from a little accident. I was sitting at a light on my motorcycle waiting to turn right and the guy behind me decided to go first, bumping into me. The bike did not fall over but lurched forward a bit, I was sore for a couple days after that (must be the old age)

    MARTA schedule is failing me today since Laura has to work late so I will be driving in to town. I’ll try to be at George’s by 6, don’t wait for me if I’m not there, If I run late I’ll just go to Piedmont park.

  9. Steve says:

    Martha, it’s hard to believe you spent 2 hours on the trainer and can still speak in complete sentences. You’re a better man than I am.

    I can’t believe that guy has found a way to win 3 stages in a row. Where’s Mark Cavendish to give him a run for his money? (at the Giro). Maybe they’ll go head to head at the Tour.

  10. Barb says:

    Martha – I totally missed you were in a litle accident – and If I could make it an hour on a trainer, it would be a miracle. You are way too hardcore.
    Bike ride then some yin, they were back to back, so I dont’ consider that 2 workouts. I’m way too cheap to join a cross fit race.

  11. Martha says:

    No biggie, just a little bump from behind on the way to work Monday. There was no visable damage to my car…and just a little knob shaped dent in her front bumper (she hit the bike rack).

  12. william powers says:

    Paulie , I found a couple of old window sashes today , one of which may fit your kitchen window. Give me a call when you get a chance. ….Willy

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