Crazy From The Heat

It was a rough but enjoyable weekend. The heat was brutal, causing me to head to the basement when I arrived home yesterday, only to spring up to the main floor for short needs such as food and beer.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Chew at least five bites of your next snack or meal twenty times each.

Your stomach isn’t solely responsible for digesting food – the process actually starts up in your mouth! When food has enough time in the mouth, the tongue recognizes the flavors and sends a message to the brain. From here, the brain tells the stomach what kind of food to expect so it can have the right natural chemicals at the ready for digestion. Plus, saliva makes food easier to swallow and helps break down food molecules into a size your body can absorb. When the tiny pieces of food finally hit your stomach, they take less energy to digest. It’s simply easier for the body to receive and use nutrients in tiny bits of food.

This is something that I really need to attempt.

Today’s Personal Project
Renew the Jackmobile’s tag.

Summer Slacker Series #2
Heat be damned, we were riding!!! We started off a little later than originally planned, thankfully not because of my lack of attention while driving which helped me miss my exit for the Moreland Day Spa. A larger pack started than for Summer Slacker Series #1, but the heat caused some to shorted their rides and then a mechanical problem cause the abandonment of others. I was doing fine for the first half/two-thirds but then my lack of training combined with the brutal heat, warm water in my bottles, and potentially some exercise-enduced asthma cause me to fail. I must have looked as bad as I felt because as I neared my return to the Moreland Day Spa a vehicle passed me, only to stop and ask ITP-Reader Steve if we were okay.

With nearly thirty miles under my ever-expanding belt I hopped off the bike and walked up the long, gravel driveway which leads to the Moreland Day Spa. Once in I showered off, popped open a beer, jumped into the pool (sans beer), and repeated these throughout the day. I think all assembled had a great time even with the oppressive heat.

I look forward to Summer Slacker Series #3 — “The Return of Dominoes.”

When Life Hands You 100° F, I Say “Surrender”
As I mentioned, I spent yesterday down in the basement. I briefly considered heading up to Marietta for the Canada Day hash, but the thought of spending another day outside in the 100° F heat didn’t seem like a good one. So I caught up on some, unfortunately not all, basement chores — I messed with my video connections, defrosted my bar freezer, and gathered things to take to Goodwill.

I also managed to finally start watching the BBC series Sherlock. I have long since been a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective and had heard great things about this modern-day revival. I was also planning on watching Arthur Miller’s “Death Of A Salesman” but I didn’t feel like going through the dance that my Roku box required me to do before I could stream video from Amazon‘s Instant Video. Instead I reacquainted myself with my favorite movie of all time, Glengarry Glen Ross (wow, has it really been twenty years since I first saw this?).

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, but I can’t figure out this tooth thing. I didn’t notice it at all yesterday.
Current Music – Listening to today’s stage of the Tour de France (since I never watched yesterday’s). Huh, it sounds as if I missed out on a big crash yesterday.
Website Of The Day – After a great meal including some sushi made by ITP-Reader Barb and her hubby Allan, I’m headed to study up at Make My Sushi.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – should have checked yesterday, but I did not

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 0
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) — Arthur Miller

July Goals
– Take at least one load of stuff from my house to Goodwill
– Post at least ten new photos during the month (let’s try this again)
– 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
– Ride no fewer than 150 miles

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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14 Responses to Crazy From The Heat

  1. Steve says:

    I think we were all crazy from the heat on Saturday. Only that would explain sitting out in it all afternoon- pool or no pool. Had Allans’ tire not decided to fail, we would have surely been in for a death march to the beer stop in Senoia.

    Domino’s for sure next time. And I promise to make schedule changes on both the FB invite and the blog… some people really don’t read this blog? Shocking.
    Thanks everyone for braving the heat.

    In yesterdays tour stage, I don’t think there were any big crashes, just a couple of late ones. And no sign of Mark Cavendish yesterday while Peter Sagan started his reign of terror on the green jersey.

    How was Canada Day Barb?


  2. Martha says:

    Saturday was fun, fun, fun! Poor little Tippi slept all the way home after a quick bite of McD. Thank you again Steve and Debbie!

    I ended up running at Sweetwater Sunday morning, it was amost 10 degrees cooler than intown and the humidity seemed far less oppressive.

    I’ve watched the BBC’s Sherlock, I liked it. There will be a new Shelock for the States, co-staring Lucy Liu as Holmes…not sure about that one. Let’s not forget my favorite Sherlock, Robert Downy Jr. I watched Game of Shadows a couple of weeks ago, good but I think I like the first one better.

    Are you still planning on the GA 400 ride Sunday? I got my schedule and 50 is planned so what’s another 10?

  3. We stayed outside because we were entertained by “Allan — Wasp Assassin.” 🙂

    I guess the wreck seemed bigger because two guys, including Tony Martin, were injured.

    I don’t think I can get on board with am American Holmes, especially one with Lucy Liu as Watson.

    Yes Martha, I’ve signed up for the GA 400, sixty miles’ worth. I’m probably not ready for that distance, but given that there is no way the heat will be as oppressive as it was on Saturday, I’m going to give it a shot.

  4. Barb says:

    Canada Day had WAY TOO MANY crazy people – I think the count was 70 . Insane for as hot as it was. It was a tunnel filled trail, but Allan followed Ball Handler (since he knew the best ways to get back to his house), and got to skip the tunnel that you had to crawl thru…..
    I bimbo’d of course, I can only be crazy in the heat one of the 2 days of the weekend.

    Allan got his new tire installed as soon as we got home, planning an earlier in the morning ride for Wednesday, up & around Marietta/Roswell.
    If our A/C is fixed tonight (as I hope it is) we may start from our house, but if it isn’t & we are still sleeping at TJ & Mary’s – we will start from there.

    No GA 400 ride for me, I just can’t see me getting up at 5am or earlier to get to Roswell to start riding at 6am.

    Wait – there is a show on BBC America that isn’t Top Gear or Dr. Who?

  5. Martha says:

    Ugh, I didn’t realize it started that early. Oh well, at least I’ll get done before noon (I hope).

    I’m going to be kicking myself for not getting up for my run this morning. It’s not going to be nice at all this afternoon.

    Re: BBC America, I know, crazy isn’t it (but I do love my Top Gear)

  6. Today’s Personal Project — DONE!

    Seventy at Canada Day? Hashers really are stupid. 🙂 There was little possibility of my attendance, and when I heard about the tunnels I pretty much knew that I would not be there. It’s been a long time since I’ve hashed through tunnels and I’d like to keep it that way.

    Yeah, it’s a very early start in order to get us off GA 400 before the Sunday drivers want to be on it. Given the heat we rode in on Saturday I’m not going to complain about the 0600 start.

  7. bob says:

    I hate that I missed the spa day but had nobody to watch Travis so I did a 30 mile ride in Roswell than went to the pool at the park. I did the same activities as the spa day just with much less beer intake.

    Hopefully we can make the next one.

    I’m considering the GA400 century, it will be nice to be done before noon.

  8. Steve says:

    So Bob, how’s Laura?

  9. bob says:

    She is doing really well, still sort of looks like I hit her with a bat but the swelling is going down. I think she will be ready to go back out in public by the end of this week.

  10. Steve says:

    So the question is- what did you hit her with?

  11. She finally got that face tattoo she’s been talking about for years?

  12. Barb says:

    and Bob – if you don’t tell us, tell Laura we will make up a good story……. we know how much she likes a good rumor…..

  13. bob says:

    LOL face tattoo, yes she finally got that hello kitty tattoo on her cheek she has always dreamed about.

    She just had some surgery that caused some swelling and bruising, she was just not up to being out in public yet.

  14. Steve says:

    I just hope she’s feeling better and is happy with her choice of Maori tattoo.

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