BIG Weekend Ahead

I wish that I had a special announcement to make, but things are going the way they always seem to go for me.

There will be a ton of activity downtown this weekend, none of which will I be attending…
2012 College Kick-Off Games (Tennessee v. NC State tonight, Auburn v. Clemson tomorrow night) sponsored by that gay hating Christian chicken sandwich chain.
Atlanta Braves this weekend (weather permitting)

Today’s Personal Project
Keep my options open.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Pledge to begin your next meal out by asking for a to-go box, then save half for later.

Studies show that we eat much more when we’re given larger portions, and especially when we have easy access to the food. By boxing up half of what’s on your plate in a restaurant, you remove the temptation to overeat by both managing your portion and placing the extra food out of sight.

Well, this isn’t going to start today, but it very well may start next week.

August: Fun, Fun, Fun
Compared to my exercise log of July I was quite the slacker in August; I can’t fathom how I went an entire month without getting on my bicycle a single time (and my goal was to ride 150 miles, ha!).

As far as goals go I did “okay.” I managed to eat more than forty-five vegetarian meals. I managed to get out and exercise most days. I didn’t lose any weight nor read any books though. Boo!

I was able to take two fun trips during the month. And, I snapped a few decent photos during August as well. So I’ve got that going for me.

All of this fun and frivolity will quickly (like starting today) come back to bite me, however, as I’ve fallen well behind schedule at work.

Where Did It Go?
Not time, this time.

Recently I’ve noticed that my Amazon Gold Box Deals in the right-hand galley is missing. I know that no one else cares about this, but I’m curious to know what happened to it. Anyone have any ideas?

ITP Flickr Pic
The 111-year-old bridge which connects City Island to the rest of the Bronx is seeing its final days. The bridge even has its own Wikipedia page.
Not Long For This World
Currently the state is in process if making way for another, “modern” bridge. Anyone want to wager if this new bridge’s design will pale in comparison to this one?

Look Who’s Working On A Holiday Weekend!
Fuck. I have an “alpha” release due in three weeks, consequently I’ll be working my ass off until September 20th. In order to do so I will have to exchange some of my free time for time at the keyboard trying to get code to work.

I will get a chance at a little fun tomorrow night as I attend the play “My Name is Asher Lev” put on by Theatrical Outfit at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s downtown. Shit, I just realized that have to deal with all of the other activities going on downtown this weekend.

I also hope to touch base with ITP-Reader Betsy to see about catching up with Top Chef Masters.

Early, Better Than Late
Big birthday wishes to ITP-Reader Laura (aka “Martha”)! I’m sure she’s too busy basking in the wonderful weather that Boston is experiencing at the moment, but if I announce this next week I’ll be too late.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – disappointed
Current Music – listening to the “Van Morrison Cover Story 2” podcast from Coverville
Website Of The Day – I’d love to commit to the Atlanta Bike To Work Challenge in October, but I’m afraid that I cannot make such a commitment at this time.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking/jogging, ~4.5 miles
Morning Weigh-In – checking again next week

Foot Mileage – ~68.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 2.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 1

Vegetarian Meals – 47
Carnivorous Meals – 33
Pancakes Eaten – 7

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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3 Responses to BIG Weekend Ahead

  1. Barb says:

    Happy Birthday to Martha a day early! Going to Boston, not a bad birthday trip.

  2. Stacy says:

    “Gay-hating” needs a hyphen. *smile*

    But, for the record, there’s a big difference between “hating” and having your own opinions based on your faith and belief system. What Truett Cathy said was that he didn’t believe in gay marriage. I personally don’t subscribe to the same beliefs as him. Nonetheless, it is so not the same thing as actually *hating* gay people.

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    You are correct on both accounts. I was writing quickly and trying to stir the pot a bit.

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