If my life were a set of Sue Grafton novels today’s edition would focus on the letter ‘F.’

Today’s Personal Project
Catch up on the Stanford CS193P courses. I’m now 2.5 hours behind.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Try your hand at acupressure and massage the skin between your thumb and forefinger for one minute.

Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing art that is thought to reduce fatigue, improve mood, and relieve pain. It is based on the belief that the body has acupressure points along meridians, or channels, in the body. The major channels are connected to certain organs or organ networks. Pressing on the acupressure points – such as the area between the thumb and forefinger – can promote the healthy flow of qi (pronounced “chee”), or energy, through the meridians. Regular acupressure can boost your immune system, give you more energy, and relax your mind and body.

‘F’ Is For “Failure To Execute”
With an Armageddon-like rainstorm pending I decided to wait out the storm at Chuy’s with my boss rather than make my way down to the lavanderia. Around the Perimeter Mall area the storm was massive, proving that Chuy’s has a little roof work to do as there were a few points of failure last night, letting the rain drip through.

Chuy’s also failed me again by being out of Sweetwater 420. I spoke with a manager who said that they are having difficulty getting it in stock. When I reminded him that the beer was brewed right here in our very city he shrugged and said that he was still having difficulty getting it.

‘F’ Is For “Forgetfulness”
When I arrived home last night all I wanted to do was collapse in bed and read. And then I remembered that I promised to make pulled pork for lunch today and that I needed to go back out to the grocery store to get the meat. Had I only remembered to stop at the Sage Hill Kroger on my way home I would have been set.

‘F’ Is For “Frustrating”
I drove myself up to the Edgewood Retail District Kroger and was frustrated to find that they had no pork shoulders. So today I’m winging it, using a pork tenderloin instead. I could have tried to go to a different grocery store looking for a pork shoulder, but I was tired and just wanted to return home.

I’m hoping that the more-expensive cut of meat has enough fat in it to survive the twelve-hour cooking cycle that I am currently putting it through. If not I shall have to hang my head in shame and apologize to my coworkers for producing an inferior meal.

‘F’ Is For “Forecast”
On my walk around the Sandy Springs / Dunwoody area this morning I noticed quite a few branches down, including some snapped trees, all thanks to yesterday’s deluge. From what I see from today’s forecast we could be in for more of the same today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – listening to today’s stage of the Tour de France
Website Of The Day – Googling for “F is for” this morning lead me to BookRags, a website for homework help, book summaries, etc. I wish that I had accesses to the internet back when I was in school.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~4.9 miles
Morning Weigh-In – still forgetting to check

Foot Mileage – ~29.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~63.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 2
Carnivorous Days – 8
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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9 Responses to ‘F’

  1. Martha says:

    We ran through Grant Park last night, trees down all over the park, blocking paths, etc. It’s going to take a little time to get it cleaned up.

    Thankfully for the clean-up efforts last night storm didn’t live up to expectations. Just sort of fizzled out.

    I’m suppose to run again tonight, this is another of my ‘extra’ workouts, helping a friend train for Mystery Mountain in October. She is a fantastic athlete but not much of a runner.

    I would think with the better, less fatty cut of meat you wouldn’t have to cook it as long?

    We have to fire someone today…he lied about his immigration status to get back into the county…I sort of think I should feel bad for him but he did this to himself (and he’s a PITA anyway) plus he has no idea how much harder he’s made my job this week.

  2. I don’t know about the cooking time because I’ve never had to swap a pork shoulder/butt for anything else. I actually miscalculated, it’ll get eleven hours of cooking instead of twelve; I fell asleep listening to a podcast, woke up at 1:00am and started the cooking then.

  3. Barb says:

    so, do others at the office make lunches like you do?

  4. Occasionally. I’m trying to get a rotation going so that we all make something every week or every other week. I seem to cook more than others, but I’m okay with that. In the past people have made chili, lasagna, or brought in pork and duck.

  5. I just found out that Dries Devenyns, a Quick Step rider at the tour, and I share the same birthday. Of course he was born the year I graduated high school…

  6. Steve says:

    Heading to the Games meeting late yesterday afternoon, the lightning show over Sandy Springs was amazing- I had a great seat for a few minutes in front of the GM plant in Doraville sitting on 285.

    Arrived in Miami. Waiting on some door access and then to work. Ugh.


  7. Oh that’s right. I forgot that you were headed down to Miami. Best of luck down there, watch out for the Cuban coffee.

  8. The lunchtime verdict is in! Delicious. The loin dried out a little bit, but the vinegar-based “sauce” helper rectify that. Thanks also go out to my lunch companions who brought, Jamaican-style rice and beans, rolls, watermelon, and chocolate bunt cake.

    I’m full.
    And tired.

  9. Barb says:

    you do need a little more liquid when doing a loin, I do agree. Glad it worked out!

    I wonder if any riders have my birthday…..

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