Welcome To Bikini Season

We’re now past Memorial Day so that means it’s bikini season. What, the thought of me in a bikini makes you a wee little bit queasy? Try living with my body full time. Ugh. With the exception of Saturday’s ride I did little to help my weight-loss cause, in fact, I did many things which contradicted it.

My weekend was also not nearly as productive as I desired, though I am completely caught up on “Mad Men” now. I also managed to clear a lot of the cruft in my itpBlogBox inbox, and legally downloaded a lot of music sent to me by PR firms. And in what I guess could be my “biggest” news, I finished reading two books — “How We Decide” and “Steve Jobs.” I probably should have covered-my-ass by doing some work this weekend, but hell, it was a long weekend and I needed a break.

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Learn the difference between everyday feelings of anxiety and symptoms of an anxiety disorder.

Although anxiety disorders are very common, they can be hard to recognize, because the symptoms may be taken for feelings that go along with everyday worry. But the feelings that an actual anxiety disorder creates are very different – as are the potential effects on a person’s quality of life. Anxiety disorders are very treatable, but only if they are identified. By reviewing this six-point list, you can learn what constitutes an anxiety disorder – and what doesn’t.

Vacation All I Ever Wanted
This weekend I started, and perhaps scrapped, one of my “wild hare” (or is it “hair”) vacation ideas — taking a train from New York City to Montreal, Quebec, and then on to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Unfortunately the timing and availability for this sort of trip don’t fit well into my availability, and the cost of train travel in Canada is much more expensive then I had imagined. Bugger.

Bike Maintenance Night — OTP Style
While I only beat up BlackJack on Saturday it does need a good once-over, cleaning, and tuning up. That’s why I drove it in on top of the Jackmobile today so that I can head over to ITP-Reader Barb’s and her hubby Allan’s house for Bike Maintenance Night.

Have To Keep It Quick
I have much to do today, and the time spent this morning walking cut out some of my time to do other things. So with that I’ll have to wrap up for today and start again tomorrow. I am certain that I am forgetting about many things about which I wanted to blog today, but if they return to mind and I have the time I’ll pop them into the comments.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – While looking at the amazing (and I believe fairly accurate) clothing worn by the characters on “Mad Men” I was reminded of Nerd Boyfriend which dissects a look from tv/movies and tells you how to recreate it.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – starts again June 1

Foot Mileage – 22.2 miles
Wheel Mileage – 90.5 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 3
Carnivorous Days – 25
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
  6. How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
  7. Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson

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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10 Responses to Welcome To Bikini Season

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    And in case you missed it, I did post a blog entry yesterday.

  2. Barb says:

    see everyone tonight – busy as hell here, and since people are coming over, I guess I can’t really work late……….

  3. I drove the bike in. I plan on stopping for beverages and side dish on my way over, let me know if you need anything.

  4. Martha says:

    I did miss it yesterday but saw it today…one extra day away from the office and everyone forgets what they are suppose to do, nothing but stupid emails this morning.

    Saturday was fun but, just like you, I was glad to see the end a little early. I’d love to go up again, what better training for BBC than riding the BBC routes. I think we ended up having dinner at Willy’s and grabbing a few things at Kroger before I fell asleep. I got up early Sunday, I was determined to finish my run by the time we started to ride on Saturday. It was a good decision. I made it almost 14 miles, we then went home and did more yard work. We’ve made a huge dent in the 8 cubic yards of mulch, probably pulled more than that amount of yard waste to the curb as well.

    Tonight is hill repeats at Stone Mountain if anyone wants to join me….*crickets*

  5. bob says:

    Great times on Saturday! Hot as hell but a really nice ride.

    Looking forward to seeing you all tonight.

    Barb I’m going to Cycleworks before heading over, do you guys need anything?

  6. Steve says:

    I should have just made a lame excuse to come up to have my bike worked on, but totally forgot until reading the blog this morning.

    Bob, I want to hear a review of the first tandem experience… and what were the issues??

    I did see a group of guys out riding while I was out yesterday.. looked like my speed (and slower). Have no idea where they might have started- guess I should have asked.


  7. Once again I am not receiving notifications when you leave comments. This is really starting to tick me off.

  8. bob says:

    The first tandem experience was great! I was worried that Laura would not like it, she did not grow up riding bikes so is a little frightened when riding. We did almost 10 miles and not a single argument 🙂 She is a good stoker, nice and calm on the bike, pedaling (or not) when needed. After the ride she said she really enjoyed herself, it will be fun when we can get the whole family out.
    I just need to work on some ergonomics, raise the handlebars and probably get some wider bars, get pedals and shoes for Laura, just some small stuff.

    Overall it was a positive experience and I’m looking forward to riding in the future.

  9. Steve says:

    OUTSTANDING! Glad it went well. I was trying to think of the secrets I learned or was taught by the captains I learned from, but it has been a while since I rode it. Little things like have Laura all strapped in and ready to be the engine when you’re starting out, especially if there is any kind of uphill. She’ll learn where you would like your pedals to get secured when starting out You are the landing gear, so get stopped, unclipped, then Laura can dismount. And learn to swing you leg forward to get on and off- you might not even think about it until you try and get off and she is still back there!! I only ever rode with touring shoes so can’t speak about clipless except you still want to be able to have secure footing at times, so a Look cleat is out. SPD’s would be much better. Laura needs to be the signals as well as the spotter when changing lanes and such. Holes, bumps and the like need to be called out so she can be prepared since she has no view forward. It’s nice if she were to let you know when she’s reaching for a bottle- you’ll know it anyway, but it’s nice to be prepared.

  10. bob says:

    Thanks for the advice Steve!

    We still need some practice starting and stopping, especially pedal position. There was one uphill start and I told her as soon as I push off we need to start pedaling, well I needed 2 pushes to get us rolling and when she started pedaling it lifted me right up! She is a strong one.

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