Undercover Agent

Whether it be allergies or a full-on cold my night was not what I wanted as I skipped the play, worked until 8pm, and the promptly returned home and went to bed. I’m additionally bummed by my wasting of money on this play because I just bought the ticket Tuesday when I had no idea that I wouldn’t be able to attend due to illness.

I’m still in bed and have already alerted work that I won’t be in, though I will be working from home today. Dangen.

Today’s Personal Project
Feel better enough to go out to The EARL for tonight’s Hold Steady concert.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Set a timer and spend fifteen minutes de-cluttering one spot, such as your closet, files, or inbox.

Removing clutter and getting organized helps us feel more productive, energized, and less stressed. But sometimes we get so overwhelmed by a project that we don’t even start. By setting a manageable goal of 15 minutes’ worth of work, you will feel much more confident as you dive in. And seeing your progress may even motivate you to take on more 15-minute chunks in the future.

If I can get out of bed I’ll de-clutter a physical location, if not I’ll work on my inboxes.

Bring On The Heat
With the temperature dropping outside my house has settled into a upper-60s° F atmosphere. While I can normally ignore the drop below 70° F, I cannot when I’m not feeling well. So this morning I broke out the space heater, closed my bedroom and bathroom off to the rest of the house, and am attempting to warm my space.

Not Much Else To Report
I’ve just started a loaf of bread for later. I think that I am going to try to go back to sleep now…

See you all tomorrow.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sick, tired, sad
Current Music – listening to the latest “Coverville” podcast
Website Of The Day – Who would ever guess that I’d recommend a bartender that doesn’t serve drinks? If your Mac has so many Menu Bar icons that there is no more room (like my Macbook) then you need Mac Bartender. Buy it now while it’s in Beta and you’ll save 50%.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – not going into work today
Exercise (b)Log – jogging/walking, ~5.4 miles (which probably didn’t help matters yesterday, though the only pain I felt post-exercise was a tweaked back.)
Morning Weigh-In – not checking today

Foot Mileage – ~40.8 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 10 (I can’t up this count because I’m still in bed)

Vegetarian Meals – 19
Carnivorous Meals – 9
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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9 Responses to Undercover Agent

  1. Debbie says:

    Hope you feel better asap!

    I’ve started to declutter our pantries. Two closets side-by-side and one is horribly moth-infested and the other moth-free. I think the recycling bins may be the issue, but whatever the cause, today is death-to-moths day.

  2. Martha says:

    The food from our CSA box goes bad faster than stuff we buy at the store, so we’ve been having a slight bug problem lately. Now that I know what it is (the potatoes & popcorn) and we’ve cleared them out of the pantry we seem to have it under control.

    Speaking of CSA, threw a beet in my smoothie last night…just as I thought, it tasted like dirt, just like it smells…but it’s supposed to be good for me right?

    Thursday is now my offical telework day, so I’m sitting on the couch in my pjs ‘working’. I love teleworking…I slept in today so I’m a little behind but I’m planning on getting a lot done today.

    I hope you feel better, let me know if you need anything I’m around today.

  3. Steve says:

    I think some of those little bugs have taken up residence in the old beer bottles and plastic bags, and once we take them out to recycle, they just wait for the next batch to arrive.

    My last day at my real job until the 23rd and I’m sure I’ll be a complete vegetable that day. A real day off tomorrow and then the fun begins.

    Feel better Paulie. I can email you some chicken soup…


  4. Barb says:

    So, I finally have time to read, and Paulie’s sick.
    I’m almost caught back up, I swear, truck drivers just suck, they disappear, just don’t pick up, etc. I’ve spent the past 2 days getting yelled at for things I can’t control.

    Steve – we are still thinking about coming out to the games…….

    Speaking of bugs, Allan had the exterminator people come out & spray, I think we are on a schedule of every month or 2 right now. There are just too many bugs in this world for me, and I really dislike them in the house.

  5. Laura says:

    Martha, try roasting the beets. Wrap them individually in foil (skin on) and roast until fork tender.

  6. +1 on roasting beets.

    I’m still lounging around the house. I’m feeling a little better and am anxiously awaiting the completion of my loaf of bread in about twenty minutes…

  7. Martha says:

    Nope, I tried roasting the beets last time I got some, the smell was just too much, like hot dirt. I’m not a fan of mushrooms either, maybe dirt flavor just isn’t for me 🙂

    Anyway, I have a conference call at noon then I think I’m wrapping up work for the day, nothing is working and I have other stuff I could be doing.

  8. Oh boy, that bread (sliced waaaay before it cooled) smeared with butter or almond/peanut/cashew butter is amazing! Just what this ailing body needed (well, maybe not but it’s made me happier).

  9. Steve says:

    Barb- message received… I should make that happen this weekend.

    And y’all are talking about raw beets, not pickeled beets?? I’m not a fan.. Debbie will serve them and I’ll eat them, but not a fav.

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