My Life Is Like NASDAQ

One day I’m up, the next I’m not. My bed was far too comfortable this morning, consequently I did not get up early, nor did I go out for a pre-work walk. I’ve packed clothes and with Mother Nature’s blessing will go out for a walk post-work.

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Move eggs out of the refrigerator door and onto an inside shelf.

Although the fridge door is a popular place for storing eggs, it’s not the healthiest. The door is the warmest spot in the refrigerator (due to outside air coming in when it’s opened and closed), and eggs may not stay consistently cool enough in that spot. Temperatures above 40 degrees F (4.4 degrees C) may encourage the growth of bacteria. Constantly changing the temperature of your eggs can affect their quality, too – so onto the shelf they go before your next omelet.

On the rare occasion that my refrigerator has more than beer, wine, and condiments, my eggs are never stored in the door.

Boring Night In ITP World
I went over to Chuy’s after work yesterday. I intended to make it over to REI as well, but, never did. After Chuy’s I went home were I plopped onto my bed, started listening to some podcasts, did yesterday’s NY Times crossword puzzle, and then promptly nodded off. I live like a rock star!

Wait A Minute, Memorial Day Is Next Monday?
Wow, another month is zipping by. Looks as if I’ll be failing to complete that Stanford iOS course again as I once again abandoned after five classes and, much like exercise, have not been able to reintegrate watching it into my schedule.

Come June I plan to make a few sweeping changes in my life — like sweeping for one. I need to buy a bristle-broom and some deck cleaner so I can go out and swab my deck. The grand plan is to use the damn thing every once in a while, like you know, grill something on the damn grill I own.

My Weekends Were Not Made For Michelob
While I don’t have nearly the congested Summer schedule that many of you do, I have started banging my head on the desk when trying to map out my Summer Fun. And Major League Baseball is only adding complexity to my problems; when the Mets are home I am unable to travel, except for one weekend in August when the only team I don’t want to see (yes, the Braves) is playing in New York.

This weekend I’ll be attending the Great Lake Swimmers concert at Variety Playhouse on Friday night, and I have a ticket to see “Waffle Palace” at Horizon Theatre on Saturday night (I’m thinking about eating at a new-to-me restaurant for dinner on Saturday).

Two weekends in June are already spoken for — June 23-24 I’ll be in Raleigh; June 30-July 1 I’ll be at the Moreland Day Spa (weather permitting, of course)

I am contemplating skipping town for a really long weekend of July 7-8 and I guess I’ll be ITP for my birthday (that’s July 22nd if you are scoring at home) weekend since I ponied up for two tickets to the Neko Case concert on Friday, July 20th.

Oh where does the time go?…

I’m Reading A Book About Going Paperless — Electronically, Of Course
I recently purchase an eBook called “Paperless.” The book is written by David Sparks, on of the co-hosts of the Mac Power Users podcast to which I listen regularly.

I’m probably half way through this (short) book and am getting psyched up to change my life (Have I ever mentioned wanting to change my life before?). I am contemplating forking over $260 for a document-feed scanner (this one) and adopting the conventions in “Paperless.”

The goal of going paperless is to launch me into making the other changes I desire in my life (see the last eight years of this blog if you are uncertain as to what I want to change).

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – silence as I’m in a conference room awaiting the start of an interview
Website Of The Day – I’ll suggest supplementing the reading of “Paperless” with the reading of this Lifehacker’s Guide To Going Paperless article.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~4.6 miles
Morning Weigh-In – don’t know

Foot Mileage – 15.1 miles
Wheel Mileage – 43.5 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 3
Carnivorous Days – 18
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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7 Responses to My Life Is Like NASDAQ

  1. I forgot to mention that something (a USA Network tv show I believe) is “filming” in East Atlanta Village today. As I drove in to work there were many “No Parking” signs abound.

  2. Steve says:

    While it was sprinkling a little bit as I arrived home, the serious rain I heard many paople speak of, including one on the bus this morning, never made it that far south. Since I wasn’t sure of the weather, I perspired on my trainer for half an hour or so.

    A surprise from out of the blue last night. A phone call from an old friend from high school who now lives in Austrailia. She was visiting her brother in NC and called to catch up. I didn’t recognize her voice at first as she’s lived for so long in OZ she has picked up a lot of the accent.

    And yes friends, as Paulie has already let the cat out of the bag, JEFDSDR Summer Slacker Series #2 will be June 30, July 1. I’m sure there will be riding and swimming- maybe a little drinking! Imagine that. Please make plans to attend.


  3. Barb says:

    I decided even the threat of rain wasn’t going to stop me last night (the sky looked okay) so I decided to go for a ride in Roswell (and so Bob could come “steal” Travis’s swimsuit out of my unlocked car, he can tell that story).

    So – I decided to ride a 15 mile loop, and of course, when I’m as far away from the car as I can possibly be, the sky darkens & I hear thunder. Well – I can go back the way I came (along the river & flatter option), but I decided what the hell, I should climb the hills I had planned on & just deal with the rain if I have to. (BRAG training I kept telling myself). Well, it never rained. But – I rode faster than I ever have for that 15 miles, so I guess the threat of a doenpour is helpful in training.
    Bob got rained on back closer to his house, but I never did.

  4. Steve says:

    The only problem of getting caught in the rain is drivers aren’t expecting you at all- and they can barely drive when it’s dry, so you are doubly at risk in the rain. And you get filthy and your bike gets filthy…

  5. Jenka says:

    Yeah, they’re filming a scene for the USA show, “Necessary Roughness” at Joe’s this afternoon. The show is monumentally stupid.

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Doh! email notification is flaky again…

    I thought Slacker Series #2 had been announced already. Sorry about that.

  7. Steve says:

    We announced it to the attendees… no worries!!

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