In renewing my Georgia license plate, or “tag” as you say, I was informed that my physical plate will have to be updated. It’s been ten years since I started using this plate, and honestly, I think it’s a waste of taxpayer money replacing perfectly usable license plates.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Close your eyes and relax for two minutes.
Closing your eyes and tuning out the world – including anything that is worrying you or stressing you out – can help you relax and re-focus your energies. Deep breathing also brings more oxygen into your body and helps you counter that panicky fight-or-flight feeling.
If I were to do this I’d be asleep after two minutes. Seriously, I think I would.
Today’s Personal Chore
Take the two boxes of stuff in my car to Goodwill.
Simplify, Simplify, Simplify
Perhaps I could have simplified this section’s titled by only typing the word once…
As “Today’s Personal Chore” indicated, today I’ll be removing two boxes of “stuff” from my life. Sure, I miss one or two of the items I’ve decided to give away, but it’s the beginning of a process that I plan to continue through July and beyond.
Don’t think that the purging of physical items is the only thing you (or I) could do to simplify your (or my) life. Here are a few other things I plan to do in order to simplify my life.
- shut down my LLC (thus removing all of the extra chores / expenses it brings)
- canceling services I don’t require (see also: Netflix)
- purging my iPhone and iPad of all apps, bringing them back one-by-one as I need them
- unsubscribing from most of the podcast feeds to which I am currently subscribed (I find myself pumping noise into my head for no reason, thus distracting me from thinking / creating)
- getting all my bills sent to me electronically and setting up their payment automatically so that I don’t have to track them in the haphazard version that I currently do
Probably No Blog Tomorrow
Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the United States (as if there is anyone from other countries who still read my dreck). Because of this I plan to go out and shoot at the Peachtree Road Race (weather permitting) and probably little else. What’s on your agenda?
Speaking of other countries… I’m finally planning on taking the plunge by visiting (at least one part of) Europe next year. I know that the European electrical outlets are different than those in the United States, and that converters are sold. In doing some research on Amazon I keep seeing conflicting stories. If you were to buy a US-to-Europe converter, where would you do so?
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat, but looking forward to a mid-week day off tomorrow
Current Music – listening to today’s stage of the Tour de France
Website Of The Day – Good Magazine.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – going to start checking soon
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 – 1
Pancakes Eaten – 0
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2012
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me — Mindy Kahling
- Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science — Curtis Ebbesmeyer
- God, No! — Penn Jillette
- The Elephant to Hollywood — Michael Caine
- Here Comes Trouble — Michael Moore
- How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
- Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson
- Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) — Arthur Miller
– 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]
– 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