I Need To Pack!

I am heading OTP after work today, and not a single item is packed and ready to go. Procrastinate much? I have a bike and all the clothing needed for riding to pack (unless I decide that I won’t actually go out on any rides over the next few days). I have clothes to pack. I have camera gear to pack. So much to pack…

Today’s Personal Project
Relax while driving OTP.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Write the serving size on the front of the box or bag of your favorite snack.

Nutrition labels are very helpful – if we pay attention to them to begin with and then remember what they say. When information from that label isn’t top of mind, it’s easy to double or triple the serving size without realizing how much we’re eating. You’re more likely to be mindful about what you’re eating and keep snack portions in check if the serving size is written front and center on the box, bag, or container.

I’m trying not to snack, so this shouldn’t be one of the challenges I should complete.

Of course, “LOST” was part its name!

At first I was a supporter of TSPLOST. Ease transportation woes? Sure, I live in Atlanta, I want that.

And then I started to read about the projects this additional 1% sales tax would be supporting.

Projects to be completed in 2020-2022? Huh? When was the last time you trusted politicians to have a ten year plan? Will I still be here in ten years? Maybe, but maybe not.

The promise of “more jobs?” Where I have heard this empty claim before? Oh yeah, every time someone wants more money. The “more jobs” promise is as deliverable as the “free beer” claim that all Student Body President campaigners would promise in college.

My support waned.

Don’t blame me for the defeat however, because I never made it to the polls.

A Success, In Fact Two!
After doing laundry last night I headed down to Lee’s Bakery to pick up some sandwiches to take over to ITP-Reader Betsy’s house. The plan was to watch Top Chef Masters while noshing on sandwiches. I knew that there would be a couple of other people at the house so I picked up some extra sandwiches to share. Given that the Banh Mi sandwiches are so damn cheap the decision to be generous was not a hard one. I think the meal was a success as the four of us devoured sandwiches.

After eating the night’s biggest “experiment” took place. I had also brought my iPad, an HDMI cable, and the new connector that I bought at the Apple Store Monday night, in order to hook to Betsy’s TV and watch Top Chef Masters with her. The experiment worked brilliantly! (note: I know that I didn’t conceive of this setup, but this was the first time I used it in practice.) Possibilities are beginning to reveal themselves…

One Door Opens, One Door Closes
One of my other tasks today is to swing by the office of the attorney who handled my bicycle accident case. After today, case closed. I can only hope that my continually popping hip doesn’t bother me much later in life.

Caution: Changes Ahead
While most of August’s “Stats & Goals” seem familiar, I’ve added some more concrete exercise goals. Additionally, I am going to attempt to count vegetarian/carnivore meals instead of days because I found myself getting disappointed that I constantly missed my day counts.

A challenge for you: In September I’d like to add a goal set by your ITP-Readers. So start thinking of something I should add as a September goal. You can either post ideas in the comments, or email them to me (my preferred email address is shown in the right-hand galley).

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – not bad, looking forward to my journey
Current Music – listening to this week’s “Back To Work” podcast
Website Of The Day – While I’m not caught up in the Olympics hoopla someone pointed me at Medal Count which seems interesting for those of you who are.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.4 miles (but that was July)
Morning Weigh-In

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 0
Carnivorous Meals – 0
Pancakes Eaten – 0

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

August Goals
– Eat no fewer than forty-five vegetarian meals
– Take at least one load of stuff from my house to Goodwill
– Take unused electronics to recycling center
– 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)
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Exercise for thirty minutes no fewer than twenty days
– Ride no fewer than 150 miles (might be hard given the amount of travel scheduled this month)
– Walk (or run) no fewer than 75 miles
– Do no fewer than 750 sit-ups
– Do no fewer than 300 push-ups

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

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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to I Need To Pack!

  1. bob says:

    You are packing your bag to go OTP? You know you are only like 15 minutes away from your house 🙂

    Just kidding, enjoy your trip and hopefully you will be able to get a ride in. I have been riding the wheels off my new bike, got the bug again. Doing another Alpharetta ramble after work today and Big Creek tomorrow.

    Which reminds me, if anybody is interested in riding tomorrow meet at Big Creek ready to ride at 5:30. Will be followed by burgers and beers at my house.

  2. OTP is scary, Bob. I need to pack my armor.

    Well, this morning was unusually slow, but at least I got my two chores done.

    Funny, I just realized that neither of the two items I thought that would be in today’s blog made it in. Perhaps tomorrow…

  3. Martha says:

    So any goal? Such as I’d like you to set a goal of running around EAV in a large chicken suit 2 days a week? This could be fun 🙂

    So I saw the ENT today, he put me on a course of steroids, just in time for this weekends ride, maybe I can keep up with the guys. Ugh, I wish. Me and like 6 or 8 guys, I’m going to get drop early and hard.

    Well I put my CF gym membership on hold and joined the new(ish) gym in the village. I’m pretty excited. They have bootcamp, spin and yoga classes, plus cardio equipment and freeweights. I also get 3 guest passes a month if anyone wants to try it out. I popped in a few weeks ago while out for a run, it looks good and everyone was very nice, with no hard sell.

  4. Steve says:

    Late to the party today, but can’t blame it on work much… more watching the time trial. Woot.

    As I will be driving all over the city Saturday, Bob, I think I’ll have to pass on MTB’ing tomorrow. Have fun.

    I voted yes for the TSPLOST, but did realize there were many reasons o vote against. Now hearing what the guvner has proposed, the plan B may be better after all. At least it started the talking and perhaps a soultion- and BTW, my vote wasn’t for the Atlanta plan- Coweta Co. is in a different “region” all together.

    George’s tonight… anyone?


  5. Barb says:

    Bob – I may send Allan to ride tomorrow & I’ll show up later – not looking good for me to get off work at all on time this week.

    where are you meeting?

  6. bob says:

    Barb – Awesome, we are meeting in the big creek parking lot at 5ish. Want to be riding by 5:30.

  7. Barb says:

    upper lot or lower lot?

  8. bob says:

    Upper lot

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