Blame It On The Rain

Rain came into the city yesterday afternoon. When I checked traffic things looked horrific, so I headed over to Taco Mac to eat dinner and wait it out. Prior to doing so I swung by Goodwill to drop off a small box of books and things. **pats himself on back**

Though I tried to fight it, twice in fact, I gave into the Sleep Monster well before 11pm last night. Falling asleep “early” (by my desired standards) allowed me to wake up in plenty of time to venture out for my morning routine walk. However, I woke to the sound of rain and a quick check of the radar proved that walking wasn’t going to happen this morning. I’ve packed my clothes and weather permitting, I’ll be hiking around the Perimeter Mall area later today.

Today’s Personal Project
Get exercise.
Return too-small shorts to Target (attempting to exchange them).

Today’s Daily Challenge
Set an alarm to remind you to march in place for one minute at two different times today.

Most of us need a gentle nudge (a.k.a., an alarm clock) to get us out of bed each morning. The same principle can apply to getting our bodies moving during the day. By using an alarm or timer, you provide yourself with a hard-to-ignore reminder of the commitment you made to get up and move. Once you’re moving, you’ll reap the benefits, such as a few quick moments of aerobic activity and a decrease in tension.

Seems silly, but I might give it a shot.

Things That Make Me Say “Whoa”
I don’t get speechless often, but Google has done it this time… in a good way.

I’ve known for some time that Google will do math for you. Go head, launch Google and type in something like:

39 * 0.6666

Go ahead, I can wait.

See that! Not only does Google provide the answer, it now also pops a calculator into the results page in case you need to do any more calculations. Brilliant!

Oh sure, you can also find out the supplementary materials about the chemical Aqua{2-[(3,5-dichloro-2-oxidobenzylidene)amino]-3-(4-hydroxyphenyl)propionato-3O1,N,O2}copper(II) sesquihydrate as well, but you probably know all that information already.

Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad
After thirteen days in August I’ve eaten twenty-six vegetarian and thirteen carnivore meals; that’s 66% vegetarian to you and me. Not bad!

I’m liking my effort to eat more vegetarian meals and not concentrate on vegetarian days. Now I just need to put more vegetables in my vegetarian meals. And pancakes.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – pretty good, now I need to take advantage of the two hours “gained” by not walking this morning
Current Music – listening to this week’s “Back To Work” podcast
Website Of The Day – I like girls. I like slingshots. Yesterday I was turned onto a comic strip called Girls With Slingshots. So far I’ve yet to see a slingshot in the strip, but that’s okay by me.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.3 miles
Morning Weigh-In – (this space for rent)

Foot Mileage – ~21.1 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 26
Carnivorous Meals – 13
Pancakes Eaten – 2

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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20 Responses to Blame It On The Rain

  1. I wish that I had more to say today, but after an hour of trying to write this I finally relented and published what I had.

  2. Barb says:

    So, my U-Verse was completely dead when I got home last night, no lights at all on the main box. I was SO PISSED, since I just got a new unit on Friday. I ranted at the CSR naned Harvery (& he sure didn’t sound like a Harvey). Once it is fixed, I’m going to get them to give me some credit on my bill. Luckily Allan is home this morning, so I don’t have to deal with it.

    Having no internet & TV forced me to watch a netflix DVD that has been laying around for quite a while. All About Steve is a very silly movie, one that Sandra Bullock won a Razzy for. It was entertaining enough in a very bad movie sort of way, but really, I just wonder why she decided to do that movie.

  3. Huh, I wonder what killed your box. Good luck with getting that fixed.

    Here’s a question for you running types: Given that I’ve now signed up for a 15k I want to buy new running shoes; I’ve not done so in years. What’s your favorite brand currently and why?

  4. Martha says:

    oohhhh running questions, specifically running shoe questions…I could go on all day 🙂

    For the road, I’ve been a Brooks (Launch) girl for a few years now, however, my lastest two shoes have been from the Asaic 33 line. I bought a pair of Blur33 when Amazon had them on sale for $50. They are lightweight, but still have enough ‘spring’ to keep my feet happy. The other pair are Excel33, a little heavier but still on the lighter side. I wear a neutral shoe which are generally lighter than support.

    For the trails I’ve been wearign Montrails. I LOVED my first pair. Mountain Masochist, for my first run I wore them 20 miles with no issue. I wore them for all my ultras last year. I then went to the Badrock, not liking them as much…they seem to rub in the wrong places. I just bought a pair of Rough Runners, which are the lightweight trail shoe…I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve taken them for a spin.

    But it doesn’t matter what anyone else likes, you have to find the shoe that is right for you.

  5. Steve says:

    Running types? US??

    You need to find something that fits your feet. That sounds simple, but isn’t always. Go down to Phippdipides and have them watch you run… I know, but they will watch you and make recommendations. Worth the extra expense.

    FWIW, I’m currently running in Mizunos, but have gone from Addidas to Acsics with a brief stop in New Balance.

    We were waiting on rain last night- Debbie got cracking on feeding the horses while I mowed along the driveway. I had seen the rain on radar, and while I was on the tractor got about 4 drops. It simply disappeared…

    What I forgot to report yesterday was at the end of Sunday’s ride, I was coming back up the driveway, stopped to open the gate and realized I had a flat tire- my first on this bike! That driveway had some extra rocks turned upwards after the heavy rains of the other day and I found one. Now repaired, but I’ll be looking for some tires after work. No arc left in the rear tire…


  6. I know asking about running shoes is like asking about religion, but I just wanted to hear what brands people like and dislike. For walking I’m currently wearing a pair of Adidas running shoes which make me sound like a bullfrog each time I step down. Seriously, if I ever wanted to sneak up on someone these would NOT be the sneakers to wear.

    Thanks for the information, please keep it coming.

  7. Barb says:

    I got nothing on the running shoe question – sorry.

    So, who knows why, but we got all new U-verse eqpt again…… but its all working again per Allan.

  8. Jenka says:

    I have very flat and wide feet like a camel’s, and I wear Saucony. They are the only shoe I’ve come across that fit my feet right. That said, I haven’t tried on a different brand in about two years, I suppose I could try again.

  9. Good to hear Barb. Curious (because of my occupation), when you get new equipment do/did you lose all of your DVR recordings?

    I used to only wear Saucony, Jenka; they were the only company making a large toe box — a feature I used to really like. At some point Saucony stopped doing so, and I transitioned to other brands. My current bullfrog-sounding Adidas were purchased from the clearance rack of REI a few years ago.

  10. Steve says:

    I’m a big believer in”if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The only reason I switched from Addidas so long ago was they changed the size of the last (sole). They didn’t fit as well, so I had to go shopping for another brand.

  11. Barb says:

    Hmmmm – I don’t think we lost everything, but I’ll have to check. If we did I’ll be PO’d even more (I think Allan would have mentioned that). It has to do with the connections of the service from the house to the boxes, actually, I don’t think the actual DVR box(es) were replaced, just the gateway stuff.

    and – after a text from Paulie – I hadn’t thought that someone might think it is an “offical” ride – the double century is just a ride some of us are doing on the SCT, nothing officia, just becasue we are gluttons for punishment. Anyone can join us, it only costs as much as you want it too (lunch, dinner, snacks, beer, hotel room in Anniston). Saturday Sept 22-23. the more the merrier.
    Team Geek from BRAG is the group that started this, we are just joining in.
    This is the first year I feel even slightly in shape to do it – I know it will still suck, but what the hell……..

  12. Is the place in Anniston is called The Victoria Inn? I’m looking at their website and seeing a price (tax included) of $73 ($65 AAA Rate $8 taxes).

    1. How did you book your room?
    2. Do you ride with everything you need? I assume you wear the same kit on the ride back from Anniston that you wore on the ride to Anniston, but what about clothes for Anniston (read “something to wear to dinner?”) What about toiletries?

    Be gentle, remember I’ve never ridden BRAG before. 🙂

  13. Barb says:

    this has nothing to do with BRAG….. just some people we know from there.
    and – we’ve never done this before either – so we are winging it.

    1. I called, but you can book the room thru the website – I got the queen non smoking room for $54.99 taxes. Yes. the Victoria Inn.

    2. We are going to ride with all of our stuff (we have a bob trailer & now the funk trunk), Team Geek is bringing a car (sag) but we would have to be at the start with them & Allan is just getting off work that morning, so we are planning for all options. We may start further down the trail & only do 90 or even 80 depending. We can & may carry some of other people’s stuff on the trailer (small bags only) & we may have people take turns puling the trailer. I’ve been told some ride with a back pack of their stuff. I’m planning to only bring some toiletries (something to comb my hair & shampoo), flip flops, tshirt & shorts for the evening, swim suit & probably a different jersey & sports bra for the next day. All depends on the weather as well of course.

  14. Steve says:

    I’ve stayed at the Victorian Inn a couple times after the race. Nice place, friendly bartender, breakfast buffet. Rooms- nothing special.

  15. Cool. I only mentioned BRAG as in “I’ve never ridden a multi-day adventure before.” I’m sure if I ride I can carry my own, either in a backpack or some form of pannier. I just didn’t know if there is a plan since I didn’t read of anyone driving to Anniston.

    The price I found was from their website. If I commit to riding this (still waiting to hear from ITP-Reader Lisa to see if there is any camping going on that weekend) I will call The Victoria Inn and book a room.

    Steve, I only require the following items from a hotel room
    1. private bathroom with working toilet and hot water in the shower
    2. clean enough bedding which doesn’t make me feel as if I am going to catch anything from
    3. some form of climate control

  16. Martha says:

    I’m pretty sure that is the same B&B I was invited to, by a stranger, on Saturday.

    Good luck with that 🙂

  17. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Well maybe I could get lucky that weekend then… 😉

  18. Barb says:

    Steve – it looks as though if you spend the extra money for a suite, they might be more interesting rooms. We just liked the pool, and the price, better than the fleabag place (as JoAnna’s described it, not that we had ever seen it, but we trust her judgement).

    Paulie – maybe we can find you an Anniston girlfriend (well, for the night)

  19. Steve says:

    Martha- what’s that all about?
    Barb- I don’t figure the race was paying for a suite.
    Paulie- your standards are like mine.

  20. Martha says:

    Steve, you need to look at my last post from Monday.

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