Who Ordered This Humidity?

Yesterday was so nice, clear, and crisp. I was ready to usher in Fall (which starts either today or tomorrow I believe). But noooooooo! Today the air was as heavy and almost as wet as it was on Tuesday morning. I didn’t let that stop me however.

Today’s Personal Project
Get my work done and pack the car for this weekend. I wonder what food I should bring.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Sit with your shins touching the floor and your backside resting on your feet; breathe in and out.

This quick exercise provides a nice stretch for the tops and bottoms of the feet, which can feel good anytime, and especially first thing in the morning or at the end of a long day. It promotes flexibility in the legs, as well. Finally, the focus on breathing brings a moment of centeredness to your day.

Wish I had read this prior to stretching this morning, I would have done it then.

Pushed To The Limits
Another long day at work ahead of me. Today I will thankfully not be slowed down by the urge to download software updates. Playing network administrator cost me a good three hours of productivity last night. I was drawn to downloading software updates like a moth is drawn to a lightbulb. It was almost humorous at times. I’d fall asleep, wake up, walk into the den, and then push the downloading to the next step.

At least I think I did all that. I wonder if I have dreamt it all?

Today is/was the day that I am/was supposed to deliver the Alpha version of my app. Well see how that goes; hopefully it won’t be nightmarish.

Do I, Or Don’t I?
I’m thinking about upgrading my iPhone 4 to iOS 6 today. Normally I’d not hesitate to do so, but Apple has had a way of making “older” hardware seem less responsive when they’ve introduced iOS updates. If I had half a brain I’d wait until returning home from this weekend’s excursion, this way I can read the reviews of how well iOS 6 is performing on iPhone 4s.

Tune in again tomorrow to find out…

Arg, I Know There Was Something Else About Which I Wanted To Blog
And for the life of me I cannot remember what it is! Oh well, when I remember it later I mention it in the comments or hold it for tomorrow.

Have a great day everyone!

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – waiting for some (non-medical) results
Current Music – silence, though I’m getting ready to go into “programmer mode” and don some headphones and pump white noise into my ears
Website Of The DayAtlanta Bike To Work is putting a big push to get people to commute to work from October 1-28. However, most of the roads in this city are still cyclist-unfriendly. I hope that no one gets seriously hurt doing this. Been there. Done that. Have the scars and pain to prove it.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.3 miles
Morning Weigh-In – checking again tomorrow

Foot Mileage – ~64.9 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~50.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 30
Carnivorous Meals – 23
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)
– 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 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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12 Responses to Who Ordered This Humidity?

  1. Steve says:

    Arg! It was “Talk Like a Pirate Day” yesterday!! (And who decides these things? Is there an International TLaP commission?)

    A very nice turnout for 3rd Wednesday last night. Nice to see Mr and Mrs CMB, Bunny, and a bunch of the usual suspects. MC did put it up on the hash website, so if we get that rolling it might take on a life of its own. Next month will be in the middle of setting up for the Highland Games, so I may or not make it.

    Tonight, live from the Fabulous Fox, it’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”, the NPR news quiz. The missus and I shall be in attendance and it should be pretty entertaining. The last time they were here, I joined our fearless blog host and enjoyed it greatly. (I wasn’t going to say I was Paulies date…).

    Anyone have any interesting dinner suggestions for Midtown? What’s around Ponce around Mary Mac’s?


  2. Jenka says:

    Have fun, Steve! I went to Wait, Wait when it was in Charleston last year: so awesome! I have a slight crush on Peter Sagal. Not like my all-consuming crush on Ira Glass, really I just want to banter with Peter Sagal over dinner. I thought about getting tickets for tonight but ultimately decided $67 was too much.

    Publik, right on the corner of Peachtree and Ponce (literally next to the Fox) is really good. I went there for brunch last weekend. Or Engine 11 on North (as long as there isn’t some big sports event), which I’m biased about because my good friends and across-the-street neighbors own it (well, used to be neighbors).

  3. Steve says:

    I was thinking not too close to the Fox- didn’t wanted to be crushed by the swarm of NPR listeners.. Engine 11 might be possible- still trying to decide how/where to park.

  4. I forgot that tonight was Wait Wait night. I’m a little bummed that I decided the cost was too high this time around as I still use the tote bag they gave us last time… 🙂

    There is a Cuban place called Papi (I think that’s its name) which is across the street from Mary Mac’s (to the left as you look at Mary Mac’s front door). All of the Caribbean folk I know say the food is very good. I’d also recommend that Italian place whose name escapes me, though it might suffer from an overflow of NPRers as well.

  5. Stacy says:

    Steve – DON’T go to Engine 11. Seriously, the service there SUCKS. We went on a completely non-busy day and the service was pretty non-existent. We had to get up and walk to the bar both for another drink and to get our tab at the end of the meal. Others we talked to since have had the same experience, no matter what time of day or how crowded. And the food was pretty much just standard, nothing-to-brag-about food. Will not be going back.

    Highly recommend the Papi’s that Paulie suggests (that’s right on my street, yo! You’ll be 4 blocks from me!). Very delicious. 🙂 Great mojitos too if you like them. And TOP FLR is right there in the same building if you’ve never been there either. Really recommend that place too.

  6. Stacy says:

    Ooops, sorry, Jenka. I didn’t see that Engine 11 was friends’ of yours. 🙁 But still, I stand by my experience. We were actually quite disappointed because we would have been happy to return again if it had been better (walking distance and all!). It’s just there are so many options in the area that it’s fairly easy to write a place off when it let’s you down so much.

  7. Barb says:

    Sorry I missed out of George’s last night, but the weather was too nice, a bike ride was necessary.
    Maybe next month……

    As for places to eat in midtown, don’t ask me……… you work close enough, you ought to be able to come up with something.
    We usually park in that lot behind the Fox, reasonably priced, and so easy to get out & get back on the interstate after.

  8. Steve says:

    The midtown I know is a little further north and not as funky as some of Paulies readers might try. I’m always open to new ideas.

  9. Steve says:

    How is 6′ Under these days?

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I like Six Feet Under, but isn’t that a bit far afield from where you want to eat?

  11. Steve says:

    It was just a thought of a place we like and haven’t been to in a while… pass it on the way through town.

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