By this time next week I’ll be forty-seven. Worse things could happen I suspect.
Today’s Personal Project
Mop my kitchen floor. I had a roach in my kitchen today. Ugh.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Draw up a contract for yourself that commits you to a goal.
Signing a formal contract with yourself appeals to your sense of duty and obligation, making it less likely you’ll skip out on the essential steps needed for success. A personal contract also puts procrastination on hold because it specifies when you’ll fit your commitments into an already busy schedule. Bonus: Every time you fulfill a contract with yourself, you’ll feel a sense of achievement.
I guess I should add a dotted line along the bottom to make this a contract. 🙂
Yet Another Saturday Night Home Alone
Perhaps I’ve grown a bit too comfortable spending my Saturday nights alone. After ruining what would have been a vegetarian day by eating some delicious fried chicken tenders and french fries at The Midway Pub I returned home.
Being in no mood to either get out of my bed nor watch any of the Stanford CS193p classes I surfed over to PBS’ website (linked below) and watched an American Masters show about Charles and Ray Eames. Like most people who recognize the Eames name I thought “furniture.” However, as I came to find out in the nearly ninety-minute program, Charles and Ray Eames did so much more — photography, art, architecture, film work; they were truly fascinating people. If you like watching documentaries I highly recommend watching this one.
ITP Flickr Pic
I actually worked on one photo I took during the Peachtree Road Race, but in the end decided that it was not up to the standards I want to show the world.
Riding, Napping, And Mowing
I rose early to head over to the annual Cheesy Yellow Sunday Morning Runners meetup, the only one which has occurred since last July. A group of us met, some running, and others riding. I joined ITP-Reader Barb, her hubby Allan, and our hostesses Catherine for a ride from the house to Stone Mountain and back. We kept a comfortable pace and rode about 18.8 miles in total. Post ride I ate my fair share of bacon, a n English muffin topped with crumbled breakfast sausage and cheese (a”hockey puck” as described by their maker Barb) and some cheesy eggs.
Upon arriving home I promptly took a good nap.
Around 4pm I convinced myself that the lawn needed a good mowing, and that some of the bushes and trees needed to have some limbs removed. I’m happy to say that I got out there and did the work promptly, and while I won’t say that the ITP Estate looks “good” I will say that it looks “better.”
August Planning Is Underway!
August will be a busy busy month for yours truly. I have one trip planned, a long weekend in Raleigh, and need to make the final decision about two others.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – silence at the moment because the constant commercial interruptions for the Tour de France were annoying me
Website Of The Day – Our tax dollars help pay for PBS. I’ve neglected PBS a lot over the past ten years, but I think my streaming of video from their website will be increasing.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Sunday = cycling, ~18.8 miles
Morning Weigh-In – darn, I forgot to check
Foot Mileage – ~34.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~81.8 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Days – 2
Carnivorous Days – 13
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
- Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury
– 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