Slow Start

Well, so much for the goal:
– Not to get sick for the entire month

Yesterday something hit me hard, zapping all of my strength; it’s still working on me today. It feels more “allergy” than “cold” because I’m not running a high fever but regardless I’m achy, my nose is running, and I am very tired. I’ll be just doing my best to get through today.

Today’s Personal Project
Get by.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Live in the moment! Put a new photo in an old picture frame.

It’s human nature to tune out details that we see day after day, so that picture that once caught your eye gets lost after a while. By putting a new picture into that same frame, you’ll update your surroundings to your life as it is now – plus, you’ll notice the picture more often, which should make you smile. While it is nice to remember the past, keeping some reminders of the present keep us grounded in the here and now.

I like the idea, but today’s me is not the me I want to see in the future.

Identity Crisis
I just received the new license plate for the Jackmobile. To my horror the number (well, letter and number) combination has changed. I have had that license number for the past ten years! I know the state wants to waste our tax money by forcing new metal plates on us, but couldn’t they have had the decency to let me keep the license number I have been able to memorize (comes in quite handy when parking at hotels). Now I have to start all over. Dangen.

That’s all I can muster today. I feel lousy. Hope things are better in your world.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – ugh
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I wish the weather was nice and I was using All Trails to find a hike.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.0 miles
Morning Weigh-In – start checking again next week

Foot Mileage – ~34.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~63.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 2
Carnivorous Days – 9
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
– 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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3 Responses to Slow Start

  1. Barb says:

    Did you really think it would have the old number on that plate? really?
    I asked when I got my tag renewed, it is jsut hte really old tags (with Georgia on my mind) on them that are getting replaced.
    I kept my big bucks Share the Road tag so I can remember the tag#.

    Sorry you aren’t feeling good, I’m all allergy stricken the past couple days, I feel worse than I did in the spring. My eyes are itching like crazy.

    We are hoping to doa bike ride to Kennesaw Mtn after work tonight, but looking at the radar, I’m not sure if that will happen……..

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Glad to hear that it’s not just me, Barb.

    Why wouldn’t they keep my number, it’s guaranteed not to be a duplicate!

    On my drive in I discovered that I am more fortunate than a house on the block down from me which had a large tree lose a limb and crush part of their house.

  3. Barb says:

    I’m convinced some day a tree or limb will fall on our house, we got lots of trees.

    Here’s why you couldn’t ge the same # – its the GOVT!
    They only are replacing a few tags left, out of the however many were originally produced – do you really think they would “order” the tag to be sent to you? They just had all the new tags produced, pull one off the stack & send it to you. It would cost WAY MORE to do them individually. And then, eveyone would bitch even more about the cost of a tag.

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