I Do This To Myself

I was beaten by the heat last night and decided not to head up to the East Atlanta farmers market. Instead I retired to my basement where I did some video watching, a bit of reading, and took a catnap or two.

Today’s Personal Project
Get my iTunes library back in order (you’ll understand when you read further).

Today’s Daily Challenge
Wash and cut up fresh vegetables, then put them front and center in your refrigerator.

When you’re hungry and looking for a snack, you may grab whatever is right in front of you – whether it’s good for you or not. By getting veggies ready to eat ahead of time, you’ll have a healthy snack right at hand. You can also use your cut-up veggies to speed up salad-making at the end of a long day.

What Not To Do
Might I suggest that you never attempt to reindex your iTunes library, especially starting the process at 11:15pm? My anal-retentive nature got to me last night. After doing some cleanup of my iTunes library I noticed that some of the podcasts that I “deleted” were still on the hard drive, and still showing up on my iPad. Obviously something had gone amiss, so I took drastic action to correct the problem.


Following instructions found on Apple’s website I deleted the necessary files and instructed iTunes to rebuild my library. The process took well over two and a half hours, and managed to destroy my preferences and podcasts and app syncing with my iPhone and iPad.


I didn’t get to go back to sleep until after 2:30am — I needed to make sure that I had not completely effed up my media library — which meant that there was no way in hell that I could get out of bed at 5:00am.

Who Puts Numbers In Crosswords?
Apparently the NY Times. I know that I am a relative newcomer to the world of crosswords but I didn’t think that numerals were valid. That was until I could not come up with any other possible answer “MOTEL6” for the six-letter word starting with “M”, which would satisfy the clue “Competition for Red Roof Inn.”

You learn something new every day I suppose.

Communication Breakdown
I started my day late, but wasn’t going to let that get in the way of my walk. Have I mentioned that I am fat and not happy about this at all? Unfortunately I somehow managed to pause my MapMyRide app as I put it into my pants pocket, so I have no idea how far and how long I walked today. Dangen! When I get some free time I’ll use GMap Pedometer to log my route.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – angered
Current Music – listening to the start of today’s Tour de France stage (on the dvr)
Website Of The Day – On Sunday I’ll be attempting to ride sixty miles of the GA400 Century. This will be quite the test as it’ll be the longest I’ve ridden since well before the crash last year.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.0 miles
Morning Weigh-In – need to check in

Foot Mileage – ~15.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 0
Carnivorous Days – 4
Carnivorous Meals – 4
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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6 Responses to I Do This To Myself

  1. Well that’s disappointing, I just quickly mapped my walk and it was only 4.1 miles long. It seemed to me that it would be at least five miles long.

  2. bob says:

    I got an email saying Sunday will be perfect weather for the ride. I expect a monsoon at about 6:45 🙂 You ready to ride?

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Ready? Ha! That’s a good one.

  4. Steve says:

    Idiot. What a wonderful word- accurate, concise and applicable to lots of situations!! Even I would not have started any file reorg that late without being able to just walk away and take whatever I got.

    I took today and went to the Ntional Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning. Lots of history, interesting weapons, well done presentations. All in all, pretty worthwhile. Maybe a little too information based for a younger kid, but there were also some kid based things (firing range, combat simulator) that I didn’t do.

    Good luck on that GA400 ride. That 0600 start should be a real challenge.


  5. Barb says:

    busy, busy day- this week with 2 mondays & 2 fridays has been a bitch.

    have fun getting up WAY TOO EARLY Sunday…….. I’ll think about y’all when I wake up much later.

  6. While the 0600 start will suck big time at least we’ll be beating the heat on Sunday. 🙂

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