Faux Walk

Two strange occurrences happened this morning.

  1. I dressed for a walk this morning, but then didn’t go on said walk
  2. I drove BlackJack into work so that I can ride home (which means that I’ll have to ride in to work tomorrow morning)

I ditched the idea of walking when I saw how late it was when I finally pulled into the office parking lot.

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Post a list of the produce currently in your fridge to remind you to eat your fruits and veggies.

It’s easy to forget to eat fresh produce if it’s jammed in the crisper or has drifted to the back of the refrigerator. When you’re hungry and ready to eat a snack or make a meal, a handy list will keep those healthy fruits and vegetables top of mind, so you can benefit from the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and energy that produce provides. As a bonus, you won’t waste hard-earned money on produce that goes bad and needs to be thrown out.

I’m actually undergoing a chore to clear out my cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer.

Good Time At Maintenance Night
Last night’s Bike Maintenance Night (OTP-style) was productive and fun. The BlackJack had its front derailleur fixed (and I learned something about my shifting levers) and its head stock loosened (something that I thought only occurred in midtown).

I was also able to steal a group lunch crockpot idea from ITP-Reader Barb, who concocted a meal of chicken, beans, tomatoes, and spices; it was delicious.

The night wrapped up early enough for me to get back ITP before the gates were closed.

Boo To You, Publix
Prior to Bike Maintenance Night I stopped at Publix to pick up beer, a “side dish”, as well as some as personal needs. While shopping for Alavert (an allergy medication I like, but cannot locate any longer) I settled on getting some Claritin. Ooooh, a coupon?!?! I wandered up to the front of the store to get the coupon and was pleased with my savvy shopping — until I checked out. For some inexplicable reason I was unable to use the Publix store coupon on a qualifying product during the valid time period. I should have let Publix keep their Claritin, but I was in no mood to fight the system last night.

Just When I Think I’ve Received All Of The Surgery Bills…
… another one arrives.

Last night’s mail included a bill from the anesthesiologist (wow, I’m having a rough spelling day!) for $1755, of which I’m on the hook for $300. Jesus Christ, a bill from the surgeon, a bill from the hospital, a bill from the lab which analyzed the cysts, and now this? Who the hell else will be coming to take more of my money?

A June Weekend Has Opened
I had planned to go away the weekend of June 23rd, but unfortunately the party who I was going to visit will be unable to take me that weekend. What to do, what to do? I wonder if I can get a flight to New York…

SONNABITCH, Major League Baseball is doing it to me again! There are two teams I’d rather not see play at CitiField

  1. Braves
  2. Yankees

The latter of which is playing that weekend. HARUMPH!

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – listening to this week’s “MacBreak Weekly” podcast
Website Of The Day – I’d heard about the blog Practically Efficient a while ago, now I’m finally reading it regularly.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, 3.1 miles
Morning Weigh-In – will check on June 1st

Foot Mileage – 25.4 miles
Wheel Mileage – 90.5 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 3
Carnivorous Days – 26
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 Faux Walk

  1. Steve says:

    Wow… riding home from work? Very cool. Stop at Georges for a celebratory beverage! I keep thinking I should bring my bike to work, take the bus home that would drop me in Union City and ride back to my car from there. I’m afraid I’m out of city riding practice and would be a little whigged out but maybe.. someday.


  2. Yeah, I’m not sure how much I have yet so I think it’s best that I do half of my commute only. I too am out of practice with city riding, but unfortunately the Promised Land Beltway is far from being a reality (and only covers about a third of my commute) so I’ll just have to man-up (or ride MARTA).

  3. bob says:

    Good to see you last night Paulie.

    Maintenance night was fun, I have a few more bikes to bring over that need some TLC so I hope there are more maintenance nights in the future.

    I am now counting down the days to BRAG! Also looking forward to the sprint points challenge, this could get interesting….

  4. And you guys have a green “jersey” to identify the points leader. 🙂

  5. Martha says:

    I made it out to Stone Mountain last night and to the gym this morning, I’m ready for a nap. Instead I had to drive Jerry out to Gwinnett so he could pick up his new toy (insert eye roll here)…at least I got to play with a puppy before driving back to civilization.

    Sounds like y’all had fun last night, I seriously underestimated the amount of time it would take to complete my workout, but it did suck as much as I thought it would. Then I stopped by YDFM for some supplies, it was after 7 by the time I got home. I had a protein shake and sweet potato fries (baked) then went to bed.

    If we had a shower here at work I would be much more inclinded to try to ride the bike (or go for a mid-day run).

  6. Steve says:

    And I would be remiss in not mentioning that today is Farleys’ second birthday- hopefully, the terrible 2’s do not apply to actual years in dogs.

    Farley my son, you are a goofball like no other, you never cease to amaze me with your rubber skeleton and mostly happy disposition. Happy Birthday!

  7. Barb says:

    too damn busy for words – glad everyone had a good time last night – we will definitely do it again.

    My commute is too short (about 2 miles) to ride my bike – it isn’t worth just breaking a sweat & having nowhere to clean up.

  8. Martha says:

    Sounds like the weekend of June 23rd will be perfect for cutting down the bushes in front of your house. I’ll bring the loppers, now if we can just get a chain saw…

  9. Ha! In actuality I might be headed down to Florida that weekend.

  10. Steve says:

    I can hook you up with a chain saw. It even starts sometimes.

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