Scruffy McScruffalot

I should remember to do simple tasks immediately upon thinking of them. Case and point, “Oh, I need to put a new razor into my toiletries bag to replace the one I threw out yesterday.” was the thought, the immediate action was nothing. I next thought about my need for a razor while in the locker room at work after my morning exercise. Subsequently, I’m a bit more rugged looking than I normally am this time of year.

Today’s Personal Project
Start my sit-up / pushup workout routine tonight.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Plan to put new artwork in your home or workspace.

Spending a few minutes to add personal touches to your workspace – whether it’s a desk at home where you spend a few hours paying bills or a cubicle you sit in 40 hours a week – can enhance feelings of well-being and may also increase productivity

I’ve actually been planning to do this for some time, along with planning to get rid of more of the shit which clutters my world.

Pedometer (ba dee bedebe)
Pedometer (ba debe dee)

Yesterday I received my free pedometer supplied by the company for which I toil. On September 1st we started a 10,000-step per day challenge. This should be a piece of cake for me since 10,000 steps is roughly equivalent to 5.5 miles, which I’m trying to do before my morning workday starts each day.

Of course pedometers don’t work well for exercises such as cycling and swimming, but the website on which we log our daily progress provides conversion charts for exercises such as those.

Declaring Bankruptcy
Financial bankruptcy? Thankfully no. Podcast bankruptcy, is to what I am referring. Every week I download far more podcast content than I can listen to or watch in a year, especially when I have to spend time actually thinking and solving problems.

So today I am declaring bankruptcy, removing all of the podcasts that I know that I will never find the time to listen to.

ITP Flickr Pic
I dug up one more from the walk along The High Line that my brother and I took a couple of weeks ago.
High Line Art
There is something about all of the rectangles, and then the one water tower, which intrigues me about this shot.

Something Is Killing My Battery Life
I disconnected my iPhone 4 from its power source about 9:30pm last night. I used it for a few minutes and then placed it on the night stand. When I awoke this morning and picked up the phone I noticed that its battery life had decreased to 61%. Really? Wtf? I wonder what the hell chewed up my battery life while it was in standby overnight.

I’m certainly looking forward to Apple’s announcement (of the rumored iPhone 5) next week, hoping that I am inspired to upgrade my phone. I’m also hoping that with new hardware and a new battery I won’t suffer a similarly quick decrease in battery life expectancy.

A One-Time Buy
During a recent podcast I heard about a sandwich spread made from Biscoff cookies. If the name sounds familiar you may have eaten some while flying on Delta.

I received my spread as part of my Amazon order which arrived yesterday, and tried some this morning as part of my breakfast. Unfortunately for Biscoff this is probably going to be the last jar that I purchase. Eating the Biscoff spread (the crunchy variety) tasted like I was eating crunch caramel, and was far too sweet for consumption on anything other than a dessert.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – getting nervous about the amount of work I need to complete by two weeks from today
Current Music – listening to this week’s “In Beta” podcast
Website Of The Day – This morning I received an interesting link to this etched wood artwork depicting every neighborhood in Atlanta. You could order it and have it as your “new” art to satisfy today’s Daily Challenge.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~4.2 miles
Morning Weigh-In – checking again tomorrow morning

Foot Mileage – ~15.4 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 7
Carnivorous Meals – 6
Pancakes Eaten – 3

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

September Goals
– Wear “nice” clothes to work at least twice a week, if for no other reason than to have people wonder why I am dressing up. New!
– 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
– Lose at least two pounds (net weight loss)
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Exercise for thirty minutes no fewer than twenty days
– Ride no fewer than 100 miles
– Walk (or run) no fewer than 100 miles
– Do no fewer than 750 sit-ups
– Do no fewer than 300 push-ups
– Read a non-techincal book

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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14 Responses to Scruffy McScruffalot

  1. Steve says:

    Boy, working from home is nice. I don’t get to do it very often as a lot of my work needs me to “lay hands” on equipment, but I enjoy it when I do. Make that ride in seem really long compared to a walk down the stairs.

    The patient is well this morning, until I called and she had to reach for the phone!! Oh well.

    Martha, did you take your bike out for a spin?


  2. Cool, I just found out that my fave Bob Mould released a new CD last Tuesday. Purchased!

  3. Martha says:

    I did!! Wow what a difference. I’m not ready for the Tour just yet but it was a much different ride than what I’m use to…I was actually able to stand up for some hills and I can reach the shifters and brakes much easier …still getting use to the new cleats. Missed a few times but getting better, I felt an ache or two in new places but was told that might happen. It’s so light and tiny as well (<16lbs before adding the cages and pedals). Did you know you can spend $54 dollars on a water bottle cage? I do now 🙂

    I try to work at home at least one day a week, some weeks I end up with a meeting every day and I can't, this might be one of those weeks.

    The Biscoff spread is amazing but yes, probably not something to consume on a daily basis.

  4. Barb says:

    did you really spend $54 on a water bottle cage? Martha – you make too much money……..

    So Steve – you called Debbie instead of walkng across the house to talk to her? that’s funny.

  5. Martha says:

    Barb, I bought two 🙁 Okay, I did get a discount…so they were only about $45 each. The ones on my old bike were about $6.

  6. Steve says:

    And the ones on the new bike still carry the same kind of water bottles? You just paid the light bill for the month at the bike shop!!

    Funny Barb, but no, I called her from the office.

  7. Martha says:

    well, I had to get ‘different’ cages, side loading instead of the normal kind. I wouldn’t be able to get the bottles in and out with the new frame (I could barely do it with the old one).

    I’m sure if I had ‘shopped around’ I could have found something cheaper, but in the grand scheme of things…

  8. Barb says:

    you know I’m just joking around, though that does sound high, but I have no idea what Allan paid for mine….. I know with the small frame you probably do have to buy totally diferent stuff.

    And Steve – in the first post you said you were working from home….. so there!

  9. Steve says:

    Barb, I also said the ride in seemed long… I worked from home yesterday, I’m in the orafice today. 🙂

  10. Barb says:

    I thought you meant the ride seemed long “in general”.

  11. Jenka says:

    Dude. The Biscoff spread is made from COOKIES. Cookies = dessert. They also = yummy. Every time I fly I request extra Biscoff. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t Morelli’s make a Biscoff ice cream flavor?

  12. Steve says:

    Get him, Jenka!!

  13. Martha says:

    Ghetto Kroger carries Biscoff cookies…I have to fight the urge everytime I pass the display. Maybe I’ll grab some for my road trip…looks like I need to make a visit home very soon.

  14. I knew it was made from cookies, but they advertise it as being an alternative to peanut butter, which is not necessarily sweet.

    I’ll save it and put it on desserts.

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