If you read today’s title and start singing Oingo Boingo then you have my respect.
Today’s Personal Project
Figure out what I am going to do tonight, this weekend, and perhaps for the rest of my life.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Stretch your arm out, drop your hand, and pull gently toward your body with the other hand.
The muscles in your forearms help you with tasks large and small, from writing a shopping list to opening a jar. Stretching them helps to reduce muscle pain and helps to prevent injury. For those who work at a computer, this stretch also feels good after a long day of typing.
I don’t get this one.
It Was As If I Drove Through A Wash Cycle To Get To The Lavanderia
Not sure how it was in your neck of the woods last night, but ’round these parts things were bad. I had to navigate around a downed tree along the way, but luckily once I arrived at the lavanderia things had calmed down.
Laundry night was uneventful. I sat and contemplated what I was going to have for dinner while doing my wash, The early favorite was to eat a meal at Harmony Vegetarian Chinese Restaurant. It’s been more than fifteen years since I been to Harmony and I keep meaning to go back, however I wasn’t in the mood to have a sit-down dinner alone. I hemmed and hawed until I finally convinced myself to go home, cook up some breaded okra, and have a beer while watching some football. PAR-TY!
TAR Recap: THWARTED!
Late last night I planned to rewatch the first leg of this season’s The Amazing Race. Unfortunately all I could access via my iPad was a minute-long recap which was preceded by a Ford commercial.
I have a conference call very soon otherwise I’d attempt to assign nicknames now. Next week this space will contain a proper and hilarious recap, complete with the nicknames I will be assigning to each team.
ITP Flickr Pic
We joked about how far the bathroom at Tap was from our table — up two flights of stairs and on the other end of the building. I took this picture to show her the words of encouragement the staff had for its patrons making the journey.
After my dismissal soon thereafter I’ll forever read this sign as “Hey! The end is right around the corner …almost there.”
Last night’s heavy rain gave me the opportunity to try out the new windshield wipers I put onto the Jackmobile on Saturday (washed, vacuumed, and new wipers… and still I was cast away!). Regardless of the motive for installing them on Saturday it was time for me to replace the old wipers which did little more than smear the rain across the windshield (windscreen for our European ITP readers). The new wipers seemed to be perfect, at least until I noticed that with each perfectly-cleansing swipe there was a squeak coming from one (or perhaps both) of the blades. This may be a result of the ancient Turtle Wax soap that I used to wash the car with on Saturday; only time will tell.
I’m Hatching An Idea
No details other than to mention that it will be bicycle related, and may occur very soon, next Spring, or perhaps both.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – slowly returning to “normal”
Current Music – silence, not because of anything in particular, but rather because I just haven’t gotten around to thinking about it today
Website Of The Day – One thing I took from her was a Website of the Day… Arts & Letters Daily.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.2 miles
Morning Weigh-In – checking again tomorrow
Foot Mileage – ~5.2 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Days Of Bed-Making – 2
Vegetarian Meals – 3
Carnivorous Meals – 0
Pancakes Eaten – 0
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– 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
– Find someone else to go out on a date with
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]
– 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
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me — Mindy Kahling
- Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science — Curtis Ebbesmeyer
- God, No! — Penn Jillette
- The Elephant to Hollywood — Michael Caine
- Here Comes Trouble — Michael Moore
- How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
- Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson
- Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) — Arthur Miller
- Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury