My Cheese Was Moved

You were probably not expecting to read a blog today. Due to my travel plan I was not expecting to write one.

And then on my drive home last night I was informed that my trip to San Francisco today had been canceled.

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Use visualization to “pack” up a negative thought, and take it outside and imagine it floating away.

Stress and worry can interfere with our sleep, relationships, work, and overall quality of life. By using visualization techniques such as this one, you can gain better control over worries and stressors and move them away from your thoughts. This may leave you feeling freer to and better able to move and think positively during the day.

I could do a lot of packing today if I wanted.

ITP Flickr Pic
I thought about taking a photo of myself standing in front of a San Francisco Coffee shop here in Atlanta. But that required time and planning, two things I was not willing to invest in this morning.

I’m A Man Of Few Words Today
I’m not feeling my best and am still a little bit out of sorts given my last-“minute” change of plans. Subsequently I’m not prepared to write a proper blog today.

But I’m A Man Who Keeps His Word
Your probably thinking “Well your trip got canceled, that’s good! Now you can ride the Jackson Brevet ride on Saturday!” Well, not exactly. I had agreed to give my packet away last night, and even though I heard about my trip’s cancellation prior to actually giving it away, give it away I did. You’re not supposed to make this reference today, but I’m no Indian giver. I hope the person who uses my entry has a wonderful ride.

Fret not, I’ll find something else to do this Saturday.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – still struggling physically
Current Music – listening to an NPR “All Songs Considered” podcast
Website Of The Day – There has been a lot of discussion about a new service called AirTime recently. I’m still not sure why anyone would want to use the service.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5 miles
Morning Weigh-In – not checking

Foot Mileage – 5.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 1
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
  6. How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
  7. Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson
  8. Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) — Authur Miller

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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16 Responses to My Cheese Was Moved

  1. Steve says:

    Well, the good news is you won’t have to sit on a plane with a bunch of strangers. I do hate to have my plans turned upside donw like that…

    Tonight, my plan is to join a group ride out of Bicycles Unlimited in Peachtree City. Should be interesting.. I suppose I’ll start out with the faster crowd and see what happens. I rode 20 last night and averaged just under 18- while I was trying to drill it on the hills, I wasn’t wide open the whole time, so I’ll be interested to see if I can hang with the fast(er) crowd.

    I forgot to mention Tuesday evening, I spotted a buck in the front pasture. Most of our deer are does, so it was nice to see one of the boys. His antlers weren’t much yet- about 6″ with a split to 4 points, but it’s a start.

    Barb, since there was no Tasty China last night, what’s happening Friday? I’m having a hankering…


  2. Martha says:

    Great news, now you’ve got a few ‘free days’ to get stuff done.

    If you want to ride Sunday, I’m planning on 50. Not sure where, its suppose to be a ‘flat to rolling’ route, I do know I will be riding early’ish.

    I don’t know why I care but I’m pulling my hair out today trying to get Jerry packed and ready for Chattanooga. Would anyone be interested in adopting a 40 year old?

    Two workouts yesterday, a 90 minutes trainer ride and an ass kicking CF workout, helped some to improve my mood but made this morning planned run a non-starter. Guess I be running in the afternoon heat again.

  3. Cool. Good luck with the ride Steve.

    I’m not one to invite myself to a party, but if there is Tasty China tomorrow night I would be amenable to participating. It’s not like I’ll be able to get to Chinatown in San Francisco tomorrow night, Tasty China would be a suitable alternative.

  4. Barb says:

    Bummer about not going to San Fran, that reminds me, I need to start planning our trip out to wine country for next spring.

    How about Saturday night for Tasty China? I’m getting a pedicure with Joanna after work Friday, and Allan will be at the firehouse. He gets a little annoyed when he is working & I go to Tasty China, just a little annoyed, but annoyed none the less. Dean was pushing hard for Tasty China last night, but we already had chicken on the Egg planned, so he brought some BBQ sauce and it was a tasty (not china) meal.

    Saturday mid morning we are doing a Silk Sheets 50 mile ride, with Sarah & Ray & not sure if anyone else if joining. (I’m sure more are welcome). Plan to be ready to ride at 1030 from Cochran Mill Park.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Saturday night would work for me.

  6. Steve says:

    I don’t know what Saturday’s plans are- Friday simply saves me a bus ride home if Debbie drives in to pick me up, but that could work as well.

    And no mention of USADA and Lance today? Debbie’s comment was spot on- it’s about time so we can put an end to all this he did/didn’t…

  7. I’ve not heard about this USADA / Lance thing. I’ve been too busy canceling reservations, calling airlines, yadda, yadda, yadda.

  8. Barb says:

    Lance is a doper – again – but can they actually prove it this time? time will tell…….

    Steve – you & Debbie can come get pedicures with us? they have crappy cheap wine, but it is free…….

  9. All signs point to doping, but if the glove doesn’t fit you must acquit. And how many times can they try him? It’s time to move on one way or another.

  10. Steve says:

    Debbie’s point exactly- either fish or cut bait. The case the DoJ was developing and later dropped was basically fraud, but if USADA can make this one stick, they might go back after him. But IF USADA now says he was positive (in 2009-2010), why wasn’t that handled then, hmmm? Lance says it’s a vendetta, and at this point, you can’t really argue with that.

  11. Steve says:

    And as far as the pedicure- Debbie does not let me take my toes out in public.

  12. Debbie says:

    Sorry about your trip Paulie. SF is one of my fave cities so I would be seriously bummed.

    I think we’re good for Saturday night and no, Steve’s toes should never be seen in public… or even private really. Blech.

    This USADA investigation needs to be the final word. If they prove he doped, fine, but if they can’t, drop it already and move on.

  13. Barb says:

    Allan said Saturday night at Tasty China will work – so you guys pick a time, since you have to drive further……..
    We can always have a pre-dinner &/or post-dinner gathering at my house.

  14. Steve says:

    What say around 6:30 at the Garage/Deck/Helipad Majal? Does Tasty China have a big dinner rush?

  15. Barb says:

    not usually….. 6:30 at my house works!

  16. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Count me in!

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