Burning Out

It happened at about 8:00pm yesterday. I’ve started to burn out. Things are getting to me, and my dental health is seeming to diminish.

I left the office and got no further than Taco Mac where I consumed two large beers and the majority of a large plate of chicken nachos. Life be damned! It was what I wanted to do, so I did.

Today’s Personal Project
Figure out how to use Siri to add things to a shopping list. Figure out how to use Apple’s new Passbook app.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Add one type of legume to your shopping list, such as chickpeas, black beans, or lentils.

Legumes are little powerhouses: They are a good source of protein, contain healthy fats, offer plenty of fiber, and are high in minerals like folate and iron. They are very versatile and can take center stage in soups, stews, side dishes, or salads. Best of all, their tastes and textures add dimension to mealtime for very little money.

I will accomplish this by first figuring out how to use Siri to add things to a shopping list.

Belt Loop Etiquette?
It wasn’t until I got undressed the other day that I realized that I had missed two (symmetric) belt loops while dressing. My shirt was neatly tucked in, so people either weren’t looking at my ass (highly probable) or decided not to alert me to my fashion faux pas.

Do you tell people when you notice things like this, or do you let the situation pass?

Putting Lipstick On A Pig
Today I’ll be headed down to Lenox Mall after work (read “Goddammit I am leaving at a normal time today!”) to go to Aida Mollenkamp’s cookbook signing. I’ve “dressed up” in a nice shirt and shoes since I am trying hard to look nicer when I go out in public.

Oddly this could be the first of three cookbook signings in five days that I attend. There is one on Saturday at Taste of Atlanta that I may attend, and I will be at next Tuesday’s dinner/cookbook signing at Woodfire Grill next Tuesday night.

Okay, It’s Back To Work…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – very hungry, very concerned
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – It’s late, I don’t have time to dig something up.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – jogging/walking, ~5.8 miles
Morning Weigh-In – checking again tomorrow. Seriously, I will.

Foot Mileage – ~16.4 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 4

Vegetarian Meals – 8
Carnivorous Meals – 1
Pancakes Eaten – 0

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

October 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
– 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]

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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15 Responses to Burning Out

  1. Martha says:

    It depends on two things: 1) how well do I know the person (the better I know someone the more likely I’ll tell them they are looking a ‘hot mess’) 2) how much the ‘imperfection’ bothers me and/or how long I have to look at it (a tag sticking out will drive me crazy!!)

    My co-worker is a mess most days, so it’s just too much trouble to tell her what’s wrong…however, the other day when her granny panties were sticking out of her pants I had to say something….*sigh*

    Well I’m working from home today, sadly I actually have work to do. It’s been a hell of a week and I’m ready for it to end.

  2. Steve says:

    I’m like you Martha, if I know them well, I’ll say something, otherwise, they’re on their own.

    I walked at lunch with a friend at lunch yesterday… while I usually walk at lunch, she is faster and I felt it all afternoon. Maybe she should have told me she’s training for a half!!

    The current plan for Sunday is for the mizzus and me to come down to Streets Alive and bring the Farley! His first trip to the big city. A little walking tour of the Beltline will be fun. Anybody else?


  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Well, I have worked with some of these people for ten years…

    I may be into going Sunday. I’ll know better tomorrow.

  4. bob says:

    I’m with Martha, it depends on how much I care for you before I will tell you about a wardrobe malfunction.

    I really wanted to come down for streets alive and bring the family on the tandem but I have to fly to California for work 🙁

  5. Jenka says:

    Streets Alive goes, literally, right past my apartment on N. Highland! Hmm, guess I better move my car Sunday morning if I want to get to my football watching party that afternoon.

  6. Martha says:

    Missing a belt loop, I don’t know if I would catch that on most people.

    My quads have been killing me, I don’t know if it was all the trail running or that I started lifting again on Monday.

    and I broke the bike trainer last night *sigh* thankfully, I’ve probably got a week before I need it again.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Ah, that’s why I saw those no parking signs along Highland this morning.

  8. Debbie says:

    A missed belt loop (or two) probably wouldn’t rise to the level of a comment for me. If it’s something major I’ll speak up – like the time a client was wandering around a cocktail party with his business in the wind. Okay actually I made one of my coworkers tell him.

    So honey did you walk at lunch at lunch yesterday? 🙂

  9. Steve says:

    As a matter of fact I did!!! 😛 (stream of consciousness (it just took me 5 minutes to spell that).

  10. Steve says:

    And Paulie, you can walk with us and troll for women using Farley.

  11. I just may Steve. It’ll be cool on Sunday so I’ll probably want to stay indoors even though I need to be out and about on the warpath trawling for women.

  12. Barb says:

    I’ll be flying to Iowa Saturday afternoon………. as far as I know, parents have no idea we are all coming in.

  13. Steve says:

    Barb, that should be really fun. Have a great time.

    Paulie, we’ll ping you.

  14. bob says:

    I can’t believe I didn’t say this before.

    It’s better to burn out, than fade awwwaaaayyyyyy!!!!!

  15. Suzanna says:

    I wouldn’t tell someone about a missed belt loop or two unless I was married to that person, but one of my strongest beliefs is that everyone, regardless of relationship level, should be discreetly & kindly told if they have something on their face, in their teeth, or on their rear. I can only hope that someone would do the same for me.

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