I Got Carried Away

It may have been the “late” night, or perhaps all of the alcohol consumed during it, regardless I did not want to leave the comfort of my bed this morning. To further complicate matters I knew that I would have to stop for gas on my way into work, making me that much later today.

When I arrived at work I decided to try a new, shorter combination of well-known walking treks around the office.

It may have been my newly discovered “I don’t give a shit” attitude, or perhaps that there was little sun and a nice breeze in spots, regardless my walk this morning wound up being five miles.

Today’s Personal Project

Today’s Daily Challenge
Send a short, friendly email or text to get in touch with someone you like.

Social interactions play a big part in our emotional and physical health! Studies show that people with a wide circle of friends live longer, healthier lives than people without friends. And having a circle of friends who you interact with regularly helps stave off dementia. Taking a minute out of your day to connect with someone you like will also provide a boost for the recipient of your message – a real win-win!

I know to whom I’d like to send a message, but unfortunately I’ve lost her contact information.

Good, But Not Great Show Last Night
I went to Variety Playhouse last night for the Dirty Projectors show. My timing was pretty good as I arrived shortly before the opening band.

I was happy to see Variety serving Monday Night Brewing’s Drafty Kilt IPA, but was bummed when I found out that a twelve-ounce cup cost $6. I think the rising cost of alcohols in bars combined with my frugality is really going to help me cut down on my drinking.

I’ve seen Dirty Projectors perform before (at The EARL a few years back), which to my recollection was a better show than last night’s.

No real complaints. I was pleased to see that the guy working the front door remembered me; I’ve not been to a show at Variety for a relatively long time.

ITP Flickr Pic
The final shot taken by me at the North Carolina Zoo last Sunday.
Where's The Bear?
Taken “blindly” with the camera on my knee as I was seated watching these people, including ITP-Readers Lisa’s and Randy’s youngest boy far right, looking for the non-existent polar bears. The zoo is renovating the polar bear exhibit so they’ve shipped there bears to Milwaukee’s zoo until they are done.

Oh Look, A Birthday Card!
My birthday card from my brother arrived yesterday. (At least I think it’s my birthday card, I didn’t get around to opening it last night.) He could have saved himself the postage and held it until I go up there in two weeks. 🙂

Another Big Weekend Planned
I won’t be out of town (relatively speaking) this weekend. Tomorrow I will be heading up to Roswell for the Roswell Photographic Society annual Summer Seminar. It’s an “all day” affair, so I’ll be packing up the Jackmobile and meeting my friends for breakfast at Thumb’s Up Diner. I’ll also be packing my dirty laundry for a Saturday night lavanderia / dinner outing. PARTY TIME!!!

Sunday I’m going to try and get on my bike for the first time in two weeks. After riding I’ll have to get some coding done for work, and then I’ll be spending an enjoyable evening with ITP-Reader Betsy eating dinner and watching Top Chef Masters at her place.

No complants.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – pretty good
Current Music – silence as I knock this out quickly
Website Of The Day – The North Carolina polar bears are here, Milwaukee County Zoo.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.5 miles
Morning Weigh-In – checking next Monday

Foot Mileage – ~10.9 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 20
Carnivorous Meals – 7
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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7 Responses to I Got Carried Away

  1. Steve says:

    Barb, when will y’all be around this weekend? I was thinking of taking the pressure washer to East Point, and then though I might drop it at your house if you still want to borrow it. So far it’s just a plan in my head- we’ll see if I actually make it happen..


  2. Barb says:

    there’s a lavanderia probably right there by Thumbs Up – I think it is right across the street from Diesel.

    So, my excitement yesterday was coming home to all the GFI outlets tripped after a lightning strike that must have been REALLY close. I got 3 of the 4 reset – one won’t reset – so I guess it got fried? time to go to HOme Depot…. The U-verse internet still worked, but no TV or phone. After way too long on the phone with customer service, they determined I neeeded a tech to come out. Tehy had him booked for this morning, 0800-1200, he called & arrived at 0835, not bad at all) Well – the main wireless DVR box got messed up too, so we got a new box. I have internet again, but now I need to re-enter all teh passowrds so I can use my phone, iPad, computer, etc.

    We are finally (keeping fingers crossed) getting rid of the extra fridge in the garage Saturday morning, so that messes up any riding plans. Supposed to be going to a pool party Saturday afternoon 9again fingers crossed after all teh screwy weather we’ve been having) at our long lost friends house, after we literally almost ran into them on the SCT last Sunday.

    Paulie – we also plan to ride Sunday, no idea where or when.

  3. Pity there’s not a lavanderia near Mr Taco… at least I don’t think there is.

    Yikes, I’m glad nothing was damaged worse.

    I ate lunch, and a long one at that, at a place down the road from your house Barb. We went to Sabor de Brazil which is on Delk in the little shopping strip behind Kroger. The food was pretty good, all you can eat for $11 (lunch), and I managed to eat enough but not too much.

  4. Barb says:

    I’ve seen that place a million times – you should have called, I might have joined you.
    do they have a lot of different meats?

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I didn’t know where it was until we arrived (I didn’t drive). The meat selection was decent; I had chicken (curried? and bacon-wrapped) and beef (ribs, pot roast, garlic steak, and bacon-wrapped). I also had some rice, veggies, and dessert.

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Oh, and it’s a small place so you have to time it right.

  7. Barb says:

    I know it is very small….. it is right by the ghetto Kroger that we go to sometimes.

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