I don’t lead an incredibly busy life, yet somehow I feel constantly rushed. Take this morning for example. I rose soon after my 5:00am alarm. Somehow in no time it was 6:00am. By then I made the decision that I wasn’t going to walk this morning (it was already 76° F by then and very humid outside, making for a unpleasant walk). I checked the weather forecast (50%-60% chance of thunderstorms) and decided that I wasn’t going to bring my bike to work in an attempt to ride the Silver Lake group ride tonight as I hoped. The kicker is that even though I see a flabby spare tire on my body still I think that my daily exercise is starting to help, so my inability to get any today is bugging me greatly. I left the house thinking about stopping at Kroger to pick up a birthday card for my uncle John (with whom I share a birthday) so that I could mail it today. However, in the interim I decided that I would be going to the Apple Developer Meetup tonight and because of this I should stop at QT and get gas this morning.
All of this happened before 7:00am and yet I still feel as if I’m falling behind.
Today’s Personal Project
Go to IKEA to see about purchasing a frame for the poster that I mention below.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Draw ten imaginary circles with your right leg, then switch and draw ten with your left leg.
Our hip muscles are connected to the muscles of the back, abdomen, legs, and backside. They’re also susceptible to wear and tear, so it’s important to work those hips. Drawing imaginary circles with your leg strengthens your hips and knees, and your thighs feel the burn, too!
I should be doing this. Really I should.
USPS = United States Package Smashers
Thankfully the signed poster I bought for myself (start the Self-Purchased Birthday Gift Counter here) wasn’t ruined by the goddamn post office, but they did manage to crush the end of the very thick tube in which it was shipped, putting a slight crease into one of the poster’s corners. The poster was purchased solely for my enjoyment and will most likely never be of any value to anyone else, but still, it would be nice to get unmolested packages delivered to me at some point in time.
fwiw, this was something that I could not buy locally so having it shipped was my only option.
I Almost Escaped
As I was wrapping up my day I found out that we needed deliver a document for my app last night. The document was delivered shortly before 9:00pm. Blech!
I did manage to order another of my Self-Purchased Birthday Gifts (that makes two) — a new AppleTV — while working late. I’m holding off on the Mountain Lion capable MacBook Air (okay grammar nerds, if I were to hyphenate “Mountain Lion capable MacBook Air” how would I do so?) for a little while.
On my drive home I considered skipping eating, but my stomach was growling so I decided skipping food was a bad idea. I don’t eat “late” that often any more, so I wasn’t sure what was going to be open at 9:00pm (as an aside, last Sunday I found out that Fox Bros is opening a rib joint in the old Maddie’s location on Scott Boulevard near North Decatur — old skoolers can think “near where Adam’s Garden of Eating once stood.”) so I defaulted to Taco Mac in Decatur; it wasn’t exactly health food, but it did the trick.
Free Financial Advice
If your plan for financial freedom is “Have a car pull in front of you while you are riding a bicycle.” — STOP! I’m here to tell you that it’s a bad plan.
I’ll let the reader determine the not-so-hidden meaning behind my advice.
Today is the birthday of ITP-Reader Barb. Rumor has it that there will be a girls night out that will start out at Jelly Rolls in Buckhead and migrate to Three Dollar Cafe at some time. (shhh, you and I know that these places no longer exist, but let the old lady remember her good old days.)
I have but four days to give Barb shit for being older than me.
btw- You’ll find me hanging out at the ESPNZone and then going to BAR, World Bar, the Raccoon Lounge, ending my night in style at Rose & Crown on Sunday. 😉
Happy Birthday Barb!
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – rushed, of course
Current Music – listening to the end of the latest Mac Power Users podcast, because I fell asleep listening to it last night.
Website Of The Day – It’s tough being a Mets fan, especially living in Atlanta, the week after the Braves swept the Mets in a three-game series. One sight on which I can commiserate with like-minded Mets fans is Brooklyn Met Fan, who once published some of my photos (with my permission of course) a few years ago.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.3 miles
Morning Weigh-In – decided that I’m not checking until my birthday
Foot Mileage – ~39.8 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~81.8 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Days – 2
Carnivorous Days – 14
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