Not Feeling It

I kicked a lot of ideas around for today, mostly pertaining to starting anew, getting the month of to a good start, and that sort of thing.

Instead I’m taking a mulligan because I didn’t go to the concert last night, slept in, and then fought traffic to get to work. I slept ten hours and yet I’m exhausted. Go figure.

Today’s Personal Project
Forget about today and start again tomorrow.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Check to see that your home first-aid kit is complete.

You never know when you’ll have to deal with a minor accident or injury – yours or that of someone close to you. That’s why a well-stocked first-aid kit is a necessity. It’s best to keep one at home and one in your car at all times.

I Did Hang Out In The Highlands Last Night
My boss and I got out of work early so we headed down to the Highlands. I was in the mood to change things up by drinking wine, so we avoided most of my normal haunts (get it, it was Halloween!) such as George’s, even though it was a Wednesday night.

We were going to do a pub crawl and started the night at Fontaine’s Oyster House. Fontaine’s wine selection is weak and they still allow smoking, so after one glass we made our way to Murphy’s. A funny thing happened along the way, my lack of a jacket and the cool air ended our pub crawl at Murphy’s.

We sat at the bar, had some wine, ate dinner, and did a ton of people watching.

A unfunny thing happened there, I think everyone — including the woman seated next to me that I was trying to chat up, and the female bartender (who put all of our drinks and food on the same tab but didn’t do so for the two women who were also similarly-aged sitting to my boss’ left) — thought that he and I were a couple. I can’t make this shit up…

It’s bad enough that most women don’t find me attractive, now I’m considered to be an unattractive gay man.


Stats & Goals
Current Mood – lousy, and probably going to schedule a dental appointment for next week.
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Spend time on What Now Atlanta and really find out what’s happening inside the perimeter.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing, hoping to change that today
Morning Weigh-In – not checking because I already know that I am fat

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 1

Vegetarian Meals – 0
Carnivorous Meals – 0
Pancakes Eaten – 0

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

November Goals
– none

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

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11 Responses to Not Feeling It

  1. Steve says:

    Paulie, where did we go wrong? You should know that anytime you are not in mixed company in a social situation in Atlanta, you are presumed to be gay. Especially in Midtown or VaHi. And I don’t mean just YOU.

    Last night would have been a great night to run (wish I could have) through the Highlands with all the TorT’ers about. My cold, while not stopping me, is still holding me back from exercise. Tonight I feel some rollers coming on to see what I can shake loose from my lungs.

    Bob, what day will you be racing in Conyers? I was thinking I might come out and watch.


  2. Martha says:

    We stayed in to hand out candy to the kiddos, we did do last minute half-assed costumes (firefighter & ‘princess’). Crowds were thinner than last year, less than 100, there was at least twice that many last years. I did get a hug from an absolutely adorable little girl (maybe 3) after handing her candy. For her sake I hope she doesn’t make that a habit. 🙂

    I’m working from home today, so I’ll try to get my run in after my noon conference call. This weather is just fantastic.

    Speaking of running, I’ll be at Kennesaw Mountain Saturday and Sweetwater on Sunday. I’ve got two back to back long runs, would love some company if anyone wants to join me.

    Just one month (and a day) until Pine Mountain.

  3. Barb says:

    how does getting a check together make you “I’m considered to be an unattractive gay man.” How about just a gay man? I don’t get the unattractive part of that.
    Or, did somehow the bartender think you were on an expense account & it was a work thing? You always assume the worst.

    We left the outside lights off last night, our house if far enough from the street we only get the big kids that don’t need to be trick or treating anyway, but had to return the in-laws van to their house while they are away, so we got to see LOTS of kids in their neighborhood. But – I do have a bag of Snickers for us to eat now.

  4. bob says:

    10 hours of sleep? I would kill for 10 hours of sleep, even when I travel for work and sleep in a hotel room I don’t get 10 hours.

    Travis had fun trick or treating, he told me this morning that he wanted to do it again tonight. Hard to explain that he needs to wait an entire year. We didn’t have as many kids as expected this year, lots of left over candy to bring to work.

    Steve, I’m racing on Sunday in the CX4 masters class. My race is at 1:15 but I will get there early to watch the kids race before the women’s race. Come on out, it is a real fun atmosphere.

  5. Jenka says:

    The question is: what did you have for dinner at Murphy’s? I love their meatloaf.

  6. Martha says:

    I’m with Barb, I think you’re reading WAY too much into a bartender not giving you separate checks. Maybe that’s just the way she does it unless someone asks specifically, which maybe those women did, you just didn’t hear them, or maybe they are regulars that always have separate checks….

    Just noticed Nibble’s nose is bleeding again…she keeps ‘burying’ her raw hide (in on the carpet, her bed, MY bed) and has rubbed her nose raw in the process.

    You have reminded me I need to add Ibuprofen to my car first aid kit.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    The two women seated next to us were given separate checks without asking. She seemed miffed when I asked to separate us.

    The woman I was chatting up referred to the two of us as a pair.

    Jenka I had a beet salad with a side of truffle mac n cheese (which needed salt). I also had the dessert trio. Next time I go I will get the pork shank the woman next to me ordered — it looked and smelled amazing!

  8. Jenka says:

    Oh yeah, the pork shank is incredible! Mostly because I like to say, “SHANK.”

  9. Steve says:

    The bartender knew you were gay because you ordered the beet salad 🙂

  10. Barb says:

    yep – I agree with Steve……

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I disagree. Gay men eat meat on the bone.

    Heeeey Ooooooh!

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