Rest Day

No, not for me, for le Tour, though admittedly they probably ride on their rest day as far or farther than I do on my “workout” day.

Today’s Personal Project
Wash, dry, fold, and put away all laundry tonight.

Today’s Daily Challenge
List one healthy replacement for a snack with your favorite texture, like carrots instead of chips.

Taste isn’t the only game in town when it comes to enjoying our food! Texture also plays a big part, and especially when we have cravings for our favorite snacks. Being mindful of which texture you respond to in these snacks can help you pick healthier alternatives that are lower in salt, sugar, and fat.

I don’t believe in this strategy because no amount of carrots will satisfy my craving for sweet, salty, or fatty snacks. Instead I try to eliminate the snack, or allow myself the snack in moderation.

I’m not sure how things were in your neck of the woods last night, but the ITP Estate was subjected to heavy rain, thunder, and lighting. From what I saw this morning I’ll need to do a bit of cleanup when I get an opportunity (not tonight though, because tonight is lavanderia night).

As is typical in my neighborhood I lost power briefly about four times. I have a small Coleman tent light that I use when I only want a wee little bit of light and attempted to employ it when the power was lost. I say attempted because the damn rechargeable batteries in it gave out, and then the batteries I charged a couple of weeks ago couldn’t provide enough juice to power the light. ENOUGH!

I’ve officially given up on rechargeable batteries.

As the batteries I have fail to produce I will gather them in a container that will be taken to one of the electronics recycling centers referenced in yesterday’s Website of the Day. I actually have a box load of ancient technology — old UPS devices, a Palm Pilot III, a Compaq Windows PDA — to name a few which will also be finding their way to the recycle heap.


Though I’ll be returning to buying “disposable” batteries I’ll try to be a mindful Earth citizen by recycling those as they demise as well.

ITP In Flickr Pics
Proof that I started the GA400 Century
(I’m the chunky one in the YooHoo jersey)
Just think, between these three photoed we rode 263 miles.

Proof that I actually rode at least the GA400 portion of the ride
(Look at me going so fast that I’m a blur! Well, truth be told the shot was taken by my coworker Brock (pictured in the first shot in the NC State jersey) with his Android phone as he rode his bike so I’m impressed that any of it is in focus. You may also notice that not fifteen minutes into the ride Al and I have already lost the number stickers provided to us because the adhesive on the back of the numbers was terrible.

Look At Me, Another Book Read!
Who’d a thunk that an oaf like me would be reading books again. Last night as the rain, thunder, and lighting filled the sky I finished Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 on my iPad. The iPad was a safe bet for reading as it was not plugged in and produced its own light for reading when the power went out.

Next up on my list — The MacSparky Paperless Field Guide by David Sparks. I smell a change of lifestyle in the wind…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – glad I made it through the night unscathed (at least as far as I know)
Current Music – listening to a KEXP music podcast. I love that Seattle station
Website Of The Day – Believe it or not, I’m trying to get myself to dress a little nicer. I’ve been cultivating ideas from websites like Put This On though I have to keep in mind that I’m no longer in my twenties and that I don’t have a model’s body.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~4.6 miles
Morning Weigh-In – need to start checking

Foot Mileage – ~24.6 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~63.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 2
Carnivorous Days – 7
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
  9. Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury

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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15 Responses to Rest Day

  1. Martha says:

    That was some storm last night, according to the Buzz, we got over 3 inchs of rain. Good times at our place, two dogs, the cat and the two people they let live there all crammed into bed. It wasn’t too bad until the power and with it the A/C and fan went out.

    I spent two hours last night trying to figure out why Jerry’s computer wouldn’t work, I was convinced he had the DNS Changer virus…but several checks told me otherwise. His laptop said he was connected to the wifi but we couldn’t get any web pages to pull-up. I also realized my Kindle was having the same issue and Jerry’s laptop worked just fine when I plugged it into the router. So new router is on it’s way, I hope that fixes the problem.

    FWIW, you don’t need a model’s body to look good, well fitting, quality pieces make a big difference.

  2. Steve says:

    As I went to bed last night, I noticed the wind picking up and hoped there might be a bit of rain associated with it. This morning, there were only signs of the wind- and from what I could tell, the “Found Dog” signs we hung last night were still attached.

    (and if YOU were still on FB, you’d know that we’ve been “adopted” by a very nice, medium sized, brown mutt- no doubt, a runner from the 4th fireworks)

    A great ride by Wiggins yesterday… looks like the Brits are going to clean house- first at the Tour and very likely at the Olympics.


  3. It should be noted that I kept my personal project streak alive as I ate nothing but vegetarian food yesterday. I could have eaten less (a veggie burger and fries for lunch, a slice of pizza and a salad for dinner) but I’m getting better.

    Three inches? Yowser. I knew it was coming down in bucketfuls, but I didn’t realize that we’d gotten that much. Dangen, I’ll probably have to mow my lawn again sometime this summer.

    Facebook? Pfffft! That’s for old people. ๐Ÿ™‚ You know, there have been one or two occasions for which I wish I still logged onto Facebook, but mostly I’m pleased with my decision to have quit.

    Wiggins looks like he has the goods this year. And with Sanchez’ injuries which took him out on Sunday and will keep him from the Olympics things do look better for a Brit gold in London as well.

  4. Barb says:

    I can’t believe they stuck numbers to your helmets for that ride.

    Steve – don’t be calling the Tour already, there is plenty of time left for something to happen………
    and BTW – TJ is still annoyed with you.

    Maybe go put the dog down with the goats that aren’t those neighbors?

    We had to drop off my car at Peach Auto again last night, I got new tires & somehow now I need new shocks & struts? But – I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten those replaced, and it has been about 200,000 miles, so I guess it might be time. We drove thru some good rain ont eh way home, but then it was dry at my house, but then it finally rained about 10pm! My grass is so happy.

  5. and BTW รขโ‚ฌโ€œ TJ is still annoyed with you.

    HAHAHAHA. Kiss one of your Skyline Chili connections goodbye!?

    Yeah, the rain was a late one in EAV as well, and then hovered for over an hour. I was trying to keep up to date with my iOS class viewing, but keep having to stop the app and check the weather map to see what we were in for.

  6. Steve says:

    Martha, check to see if you can still get out directly connected to the “modem” and in all that warther, it could have easily been your connection.

    A surge might have nailed the router too.

  7. Martha says:

    We were having problems since yesterday morning, so I don’t think it was the warther or weather ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes Barb, which reminds me I need to scrape mine off before my next ride. Registration was a zoo, they just tossed a number and shirt at me.

    Also, since you’re not on Facebook did you get the invite for Sunday’s Tour de France Brunch? I’m going to try to make it but I have a long ride first.

    Other than a few twigs and some mulch out of place things look fine at home, at least one friend was not so lucky. Looks like a big tree took out their powerlines.

  8. Registration was handled poorly. I was almost dumbfounded when I was handed a sticker and a t-shirt, no “goodie bag” or anything else. I also hate the idea of sticking a number to anything (not that this number stuck), “concert” wristbands, “Livestrong”-type bands, or a number I have to pin on would be much preferred.

    I got the message from PE last night. I’ll be there on Sunday, though I’m trying not to be the designated bacon maker this year. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of fun last year, but this year I’d like to return to being one of the exercisers.

    Need a long ride? Why not ride to PE’s and back after all is said and done. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Martha says:

    I’m pretty sure you’re joking but there is no way I would feel safe/comfortable riding there, especially by myself. After last weekend’s hills, I’m doing 60 safe, flat miles at the Comet.

    At least they’ve already admitted registration needs to be changed and that a 40 mile option is needed. Not sure I’ll do the ride again, not because of those issues, but I’ve now sort of been there, done that.

  10. Barb says:

    If, and I do mean if, we get up early enough, we will ride for PEs house to Stone Mtn & back. (allan also gets off work that morning, so…..) But – we do hope to be there for the food & Tour watching. I will help with bacon making if I am there at the correct time.

  11. Joking (though I think you could do it if you wanted). What I do (ride v. walk) will be dictated by the weather.

    It was good to see that they plan to make alterations next year, but I don’t see me subjecting myself to that again either. I could possible ride the northern portions of that ride again however.

  12. Martha says:

    The first 40 – 45 miles were pretty fun, the last 15 sucked. ๐Ÿ™‚

    If I don’t get too out of control at the hen party Saturday, I hope to be riding early (7ish) and try to make it over by noonish. I’ll be smelly but hey what are friends for?? I’ll bring something that wont suffer by sitting in my car for four hours.

  13. Steve says:

    Martha, you and Melissa should ride up together- you’re about the same speed.

  14. Steve says:

    And take Paulie with you!!!

  15. Barb says:

    and I’m slower than all y’all…..

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