Out Sick

A confluence of allergies, lack of sleep, then sleeping late, and a nagging minor pain with one of my front teeth (I don’t like having issues with my teeth. I’m scheduled to go to the dentist in two weeks for my semi-annual check up and hope that this is nothing) has kept me out of work today. I don’t like burning one of my sick days today, but I really couldn’t convince myself that going to work this morning was a good idea.

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Pledge to put 1 tsp. sunscreen (5 ml) on your face and 4 tsp. (20 ml) more on your body.

Most people know that our skin is vulnerable to sun damage and skin cancer. However, many of us put on way too little sunscreen, leaving us only partially protected at best. A teaspoon is a common measure that can help you slather on the amount of sunscreen that will keep your skin healthy.

Not something I’ll need today as I remain indoors.

RIP (for me) RPS?
I had a good time chatting with friends last night prior to the monthly meeting of Roswell Photographic Society. In my not-so-humble opinion the presentation of “An Introduction to Travel Photography” did little for me; not only did the presenter spend an hour reading the items on her handout, she spent the next hour showing us her photos, most of which did very little for me. A case could be made that I have no say in the matter since I am hardly ever shooting these days, but critique is in the eye of the beholder.

The real potential RPS death nail came at the end of the meeting when we were told that the meetings would be moving to a new location and occur on Tuesdays. Maybe I should commit the hours I’m spending listening about photography shooting photography instead.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – blah, wanting my pain to go away
Current Music – listening to this week’s “Build and Analyze” podcast
Website Of The Day – Too sick and tired to find something today. Sorry.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 3
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

June Goals
– Post at least ten new photos during the month
– Lose at least two pounds (net weight loss)
– Finish two books (audio or otherwise, comic books do not qualify)
– 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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11 Responses to Out Sick

  1. Looks like another unfortunate day to be riding BRAG.

  2. Steve says:

    Take photos rather than talk about taking photos?? What a concept!!

    I was the designated photog when we went over to the trainers farm to visit her new foal. Its’ mouth is almost like a giraffes’ and when you scratch its’ belly will give you a wild look and point its’ nose into the air… very very cute.

    The Dauphine is going on right now and the Tour de Suisse starts Sunday. It’s bike racing season!! All of which will be covered by NBC Sports!

    Hopefully, the BRAGgarts hac a peaceful evening. Looks like they might have found solid cover under which to sleep.

    Hope you feel better.


  3. Martha says:

    I hope you feel better soon, nothing worse than taking a sick day when you’re actually sick. At least it is a nice, rainy day, perfect for napping.

    I think you are the only person I know that goes to the dentist twice a year. I hate to admit it, the dentist is one of the few things I’m scared of, I only seem to go if there is a problem. Thankfully, I must have been blessed with really good teeth genes.

    Now my skin, there I wasn’t blessed with such good genes…today’s challenge is one I should really pay attention. I got burnt again on Sunday after less than an hour of walking around Summerfest. Maybe I should just wear a burka from March to October??

  4. Steve says:

    Debbie and I both go twice a year.. while I certainly don’t enjoy it, I’d rather stay ahead of any problems.

    Sunscreen is a whole lot more comfortable than a burka.

  5. John G. says:

    (Did you mean “death knell”? lol)

    Regarding RPS…yeah. However, it’s only 2 x months. Plus it’s a nice social time, with other photographers, at the pre-meet dinner, etc.

    The Great Gretzky said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Profound, eh? But it holds true for photography…as well as RPS meetings.

    You’ll miss 100% of the decent/great RPS meetings you fail to attend.

    Bottom line: You get out of something what you put into it. Glass half full, blah, blah, blah.

    Transit of Venus tonight. Top of Stone Mountain, 5-8pm.
    You know the way. Think of what you’ll miss….


  6. Jenka says:

    Yeah, I was going to say: “death knell” as well. It’s the “final nail in the coffin.” Have I mentioned how much I love death metaphors? Heh.

  7. Debbie says:

    I noticed the knell/nail gaffe, but I liked it. “Death nail” conjures up much more violent imagery.

    My semi-annual dentist visit was yesterday and I got the all good report, but my mouth hurt for the rest of the day. I have unhappy gums especially around my crowns and I nearly came off the chair waving my death nail when she was poking them. (Sorry Martha, I’m sure that doesn’t help your aversion to the dentist one bit.)

  8. Sure, mock the weary as I lay hear on my dearth bed. 🙂

    I do like the social aspect of RPS, it’s just I don’t know that I get a lot out of the meetings and I really do want to find time to shoot, so that I can enter photos into the critiques. The move to Tuesday is bad for me because the iOS Developer meetups occur on the third Tuesday of the month, so come September I’ll have a choice to make.

  9. Debbie says:

    “Dearth bed”!?!? Now you’re just making it easy. :-0

    Feel better!

  10. Thanks, I’m working on it. That first sentence was intentionally butchered for your pleasure.

  11. Barb says:

    Better late than never for a comment…..
    Yesterday was a tougher ride (I’m told, since I drove), today’s MUCH wetter. 53 miles with about 40 in real rain, well, it’s exhausting. Can’t fly down hills (well, I can’t), just not fun.

    We had a great pavilion last night, those staying at Roswell High tonight have it okay, but I’m here at home.

    I’ll try to remember to check in tomorrow, we are going to take the tandem out, but thinking the 29 mile route is better than 49. Most of the others in our crew are dong the century.

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