I’m fighting off a “things are starting to get chilly” cold/funk today. This is an all-too-common affliction in my life, my body just doesn’t seem to handle the chilly/warm or warm/chilly transitions well. I plan, or at least hope, to be at 100% by tonight for the fun I have planned.
Today’s Personal Project
– Change my theatre ticket for Thursday night to another night when my schedule is open.
– Put the box I need to mail into the goddamn car so that I don’t forget it again like I did this morning.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Plan one activity you can do with a friend this weekend or next week, and put it on the calendar.
Social connections are critical for our emotional health – friends are literally a life-saver! Studies find that people who have strong social relationships are happier even in old age, regardless of their physical health.
I swear that I hadn’t read ahead when mentioning that I needed to be more of a group planner yesterday. I thought that I already had this licked with the activity I’ll describe below, but that’s occurring tonight and this is referring to doing something next week.
An Afternoon Walk
With the predicted chilly morning weather my boss and I both decided to wait until yesterday afternoon to exercise. We managed a moderately-paced 5.3 mile hike around the Perimeter Mall area before heading over to Taco Mac to watch the early portion of the Jets’ defeat whilst we had beverages and food.
I was home early and sober enough to accomplish a lot last night (like, all of those things on my To Do list that I need to get done while at home) but instead laid down onto the bed an nearly promptly fell asleep.
Combining today’s cold/funk with another chilly-morning prediction I decided to stay in bed. It’s going to be a struggle to get myself out of bed and into the cold(er) air in the morning as Winter approaches.
I’m Selling My iPhone 4 To Gazelle
I’ve committed to selling my iPhone 4 to Gazelle. Sight-unseen Gazelle has offered my $135 for the phone (low-balled, but convenient) and if I can ever remember to pack it up and send it to them in the postage-paid box they’ve provided, the deal will get done. Of course Gazelle has the option of lowering their offer if they do not think I’ve accurately described the condition of my iPhone 4. We’ll see, I’ll let you know what the final selling price is once I find out.
I decided on Gazelle over eBay, Craigslist, or even in-person selling because I’m a fan of convenience and I just want the deal to be done even if the price is not the highest that I can garner.
The Third Cookbook Signing
Had I not skipped Taste of Atlanta on Saturday today would be the third cookbook signing I’ve attended in five days. Tonight I’ll be dining with ITP-Reader Betsy at Woodfire Grill for former Top Chef cheftestant Kevin Gillespie’s cookbook release/dinner. The book actually doesn’t “drop” until next Tuesday, so I am contemplating spending full retail price on it tonight so that I can have Gillespie sign it for me. If I don’t buy a copy tonight, I’ll contemplate ordering the book from Amazon at a significant discount when it becomes available.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – excited for tonight’s dinner, trying to kick my body into better health
Current Music – silence, seems to happen a lot more often these days
Website Of The Day – If not for the fact that I’ll be down at Pine Mountain (FDR State Park specifically) that weekend I would probably attend Atlanta Veg Fest to check it, and the people attending it, out. No handshaking, however… (old joke)
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.3 miles
Morning Weigh-In – check again tomorrow, that’s Wednesday, right?
Foot Mileage – ~35.4 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Days Of Bed-Making – 9
Vegetarian Meals – 15
Carnivorous Meals – 7
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 who will go out on a date with me
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