May I first thank all of you who wished me a happy birthday yesterday. I received phone calls, personal greetings, text messages, ITP blog comments, tweets, and yes, Facebook wall postings (as I’ve been informed). As a whole the weekend was a blast.
Today’s Personal Project
Today’s Daily Challenge
Do a Pilates-inspired exercise by lying on your back and rolling up to a seated position three times.
This exercise requires that you fully engage your core – in other words, you call on the muscles in your abdomen and back to help you roll up and then back down again. A strong core is important for balance and stability, and it also contributes to good posture.
Burning A Day Off
As you’ve figured out by now I took a “vacation” day last Friday. I played Atlanta tourist, treating myself to pancakes at Java Jive before heading over to the High Museum for a few hours of art viewing and a little photography.
I left the High shortly after noon and meandered (via the Jackmobile) toward Decatur where I decided to kill a little time and a few pints at The Marlay House.
After a good nap I headed over to ITP-Reader Betsy’s house to pick her up for our dinner/concert outing. Letting the wind blow us (read “having no plan”) we ate a really good dinner at Desi Spice in Midtown Promenade (the food was really good, the wine, weeeeeeeel). From dinner we drove up to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the show.
ITP Flickr Pic
On Friday night I was joined by ITP-Reader Betsy for the Neko Case concert. After procuring a couple of bottles of water (oh, and a bottle of wine) we were stopped by a photographer and asked if we’d pose for a photo.
We were informed that we’d be on ajc.com, so I went by my pseudonym “P.J.”, as I do when encountering paparazzi.
Things To Do On The Day Before Your Birthday
– Sleep late
– Eat lunch at Sun In My Belly (including an unexpected free mocha as I waited for a table)
Things Not To Do On The Day Before Your Birthday
– Eat a shitty dinner at a Chinese buffet
– Do the above alone
Holy Shit, I’m Forty-Seven
I woke early yesterday to drive up to the Sosebee Cycling Park and head out for a sixty-eight mile ride. Though the temperature was considerably nicer than the last time we rode from there, it was still a humid morning, so we opted to ride one mile for each of my years instead. I actually felt really good when we finished, though I would punish my body later…
After the ride and a relaxing time at the park I headed down to ITP-Reader Barb’s house where I did my best to help clean out their beer refrigerator.
From there a group of five of us went for dinner at Tasty China. I love the spiciness of Tasty China’s food, but holy hell did it do a number on my last night. I might have to take a break from Schezwan (huh, why can’t Apple’s spellchecker recognize either “Schezwan” or “Schezuan”?) food for a while.
I Opened Yesterday’s Fortune Cookie To See If It Came True
Use your abilities at this time to stay focused on your goal. You will succeed.
Gee, I certainly hope so.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – tired, my body somewhat wrecked from yesterday’s feast
Current Music – now that le Tour de France is over (and it was a bit of a yawner this year) I’m listening to a CBC Radio 3 podcast
Website Of The Day – As I passed another of life’s milestones I realized that I need to once again review my Bucket List. I’ll have to make that a “Personal Project” soon.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Sunday = cycling, ~47.1 miles
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t feel like knowing today
Foot Mileage – ~59.8 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~128.9 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Days – 3
Carnivorous Days – 19
Pancakes Eaten – 3
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