This Time There Was Exercise

It’s been a very busy week. I meant to get out of the office at a reasonable time last night. I left the office at 9:45pm last night. At least I was smart enough to get my exercising in prior to the start of the workday this time.

Today’s Personal Project
Finish putting camping gear away, already sorted my laundry this morning.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Imagine yourself six months from now, and write down one goal you would like to have achieved.

It can be easy to set goals – and then quickly forget them when we get caught up in the busyness of our everyday lives! By writing down your goal and posting it in a prominent place, you’ll be reminded of it each day. You may also be more likely to think about the small steps you would need to take to reach your larger goal.

I cannot share this with you because I fear that if I do, I shall jinx it. You know, like blowing out the candles on a birthday cake.

Zoë’s Kitchen
Yesterday a couple of coworkers and I hoofed it over to Sandy Springs’ / Dunwoody’s newest over-priced place which is good for women-watching, Zoë’s Kitchen. I had a (large) egg salad sandwich, marinated slaw, and a beverage for about $9.50. Surprisingly the meal filled me up well enough, but I still think that the prices are too rich for what you get.

I was definitely spot-on about the target market for Zoë’s Kitchen however, as the place was packed with women in the age range of 20-50.

I may return to Zoë’s Kitchen at some point, but I doubt that it will join my regular routine anytime soon.

Number 5 Is Alive?
Well, almost.

When I arrived at the office after lunch I had a package waiting for me. It was my iPhone 5! *insert huge smile here*. Unfortunately I was way too swamped to unbox the new phone and transition from iPhone 4 to iPhone 5. I’m hoping that I will be able to accomplish that tonight.

A Question For The Cycle-Repairing Types
A coworker of mine asked me if I could recommend a bike shop to repair a 1981 Raleigh (I’ve forgotten the model). Is there a shop in town that specializes in vintage bikes or should he just go looking for parts on Craigslist etc?

Another Birthday?
But first my apologies for forgetting to mention ITP-Reader Debbie’s birthday yesterday. I hope that you had a wonderful day and dinner.

Today marks the birth of ITP-Reader Randy, who is now a scant one year younger than me (if my memory serves better than my calendar entry). I hope that there is a delicious home-cooked meal or ginormous cheese pizza in you immediate future today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – getting better
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – In addition to Randy today marks the fourteenth birthday of a little company you may have heard of, Google. I have been in the computer industry to remember many of the search engines that Google put out of business — AltaVista anyone?
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – jogging/walking (note there was more of the former than the later this time!), ~5.4 miles
Morning Weigh-In – checking again tomorrow

Foot Mileage – ~75.6 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~90.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 4

Vegetarian Meals – 42
Carnivorous Meals – 27
Pancakes Eaten – 12

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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6 Responses to This Time There Was Exercise

  1. Steve says:

    We had a lovely dinner at Sa Za’s last evening- Debbie had pasta with “Sunday Sauce”- a very chunky sauce filled with lots of sausage and goodness, and I have spagetti with a shrimp and calamari sauce.

    After making a comment (in this space, I believe) some weeks ago about Debbie being hard to buy for, she gave me several ideas for b’day gifts. The one I pulled the trigger on was a game camera, which I though to be a really fun present. We’re going to hang it back behind the compost pile on the trail along the fenceline and see who else is in the neighborhood besides the deer. I think it will be interesting- Debbie joked last night she wants a picture of the bear- I said if we get a picture of a bear, it came with the camera!!


  2. bob says:

    Steve if Debbie wants a picture of the bear you need to streak past the camera one night 🙂

    Paulie I think most bike shops would assist with vintage type bikes. Some of the more eclectic shops like Atlanta Pro Bikes on Highland would probably love to help with that type of a project.

  3. Barb says:

    I was thinking call some shops to see if anyone there is into that sort of thing……. the younger kids at the shops might not be, but if you find someone like Allan that has been in the business for a while, that would be your best bet. I’ll ask Allan what he thinks……

    We went to Tasty China with House of Boobs & her hubby (don’t know his hash name). They go to trivia at Battle & Brew nearby (gamer bar that scares me – lol) & had never been to Tasty china & wanted to check it out. I think they have a new cook/chef, the sizzling beef with black pepper sauce was covered in jalapenos (or some sort of hot pepper), it was so much spicier than its ever been before. allan said he fish dish was way hotter too.
    It was fun, I don’t know Debra all that well, so it was an interesting evening.

  4. Steve says:

    Wait- the regular Tasty China is not hotter than normal? Holy Crap!!! That’s a little scary.

    Paulie, I meant to comment on the bikeshop question. Actually, the older bikes are much more simple to work on than what’s currently being sold. I would think any mechanic should be able to handle that sort of thing. When I was last in the shop down our way, they had a vintage Peugeot in the workstand doing a tune-up, much like what I started riding once I got a “good” bike many years ago. Even had a steel cottered crank.

  5. Steve says:

    “NOW hotter” not “”not hotter”- I can’t blame this on a handheld…

  6. John G. says:

    Loose Nuts (Chris Tavel), Grant Park…..

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