Change Is Ahead

Read nothing political into today’s title…

Time change happened yesterday. Boy was I disappointed when I woke, quickly thought that I had another hour before getting my day going, only to realize that the iPhone 3G that I now use as my bedside clock correctly reset itself at 2:00am Sunday morning.

Today’s Personal Project
Restart my exercise effort this afternoon.

Today’s Daily Challenge
List three people who have a positive influence on your mood.

Whether upbeat or crabby, moods are very contagious – they have been shown to be transmitted in milliseconds! Listing who’s great at boosting your mood means you’ll know who to turn to when you need a quick pick-me-up or just want someone to smile along with.

I don’t have anyone who fits this bill at the moment. This saddens me.

A Beautiful Saturday, Spent Indoors
After spending happy hour with my coworkers on Friday and finding out that I didn’t know anyone who was going to attend Chomp & Stomp on Saturday I decided to skip the event and join the gang for beers on Saturday as well. Socializing with others > Being a loner, right?

I spent the majority of the afternoon at a relatively new sports bar called “Scoreboards” on Clairmont at North Decatur, where I watched the Gators eke out a victory over Missouri and the beginnings of Georgia’s whooping of Ole Miss.

I left the bar with plenty of time to go home and prepare myself for an evening of theatre at Theatrical Outfit. The play, for which I held a ticket which convinced me to skip a “Singles Bringing Singles” party (you’ll have to ask in person and understand my many hesitations about attending then), was “Two Drink Minimum” — a play written by Bill Balzer (see also: “The Balzer Theatre at Herren’s” aka “Theatrictal Outfit’s home”) based on his relationship with his mother. Whew, heavy enough for you? The play was excellently acted but its plot hit a little too close for home for yours truly, which I guess is the one of points of live theatre. As has been the case with nearly every theatrical performance I’ve attended I was one of the “younger” patrons, and those who were my age or younger were there in pairs.

After the play I wanted to sit and have a glass of red wine in what is becoming my new go-to bar, The Shed. While there, nicely dressed in a white, pressed shirt and a fancy jacket (which may or may not be to small for me at this time) I had a glass of red wine and two fried green tomato sliders (I was going to only eat one slider, but the first was so satisfying that I had to order a second). I was pleased that the bartender there recognized me, as someone who has already reserved a space in the upcoming Wild Heaven Beer dinner on 11/15, given that she was the bartender when I made the reservation a few weeks back.

There’s An Internet Star Among Us
This weekend while I was watching a video on the internets I recognized an ITP reader! I won’t divulge the name of the reader, nor the website on which I saw it, just in case he/she doesn’t want to be recognized. I will say that the website is definitely safe for work, and the video was tastefully done. 😉

Speaking Of Tasteful
I chose to skip ITP-Reader Bob’s Cyclo-Cross race yesterday and instead join ITP-Reader Barb and her husband Allan on their deck sipping beer, watching football, and eating deliciously fried chicken wings and french fries.

On my way up to Marietta I stopped into the Target on Cobb Parkway where I exercised my right to buy beer on Sunday. Man, it feels liberating each time I do that…

RealiTV Update: The Amazing Race — The Amazing Snooze
I returned home from Barb and Allan’s last night in time to cozy up on the couch and watch The Amazing Race. I watched for until the body washing part (about 15-30 minutes?) before falling asleep hard, only to wake again after the show had concluded. Therefore, I can provide no meaningful update on the outcome of last night’s leg.

Once again feel free to discuss the show in the comments today. I may try and watch (and rematch) the episode tonight.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – okay, though a little nervous about tomorrow (read a little bit of politics into that)
Current Music – listening to this week’s “The Inhatko Almanac” podcast
Website Of The Day – There’s been a lot of photos regarding the impact of Hurricane Sandy (I refuse to refer to it as the media’s over-the-top alliterative name “Superstorm Sandy”) over the past week. Yesterday I was pointed to the cover of this (past) week’s New York Magazine. As a (one time) budding photographer you desire to get such a dramatic shot.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing (booo, hisses)
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t feel like checking today

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 2

Vegetarian Meals – 3
Carnivorous Meals – 5
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 Change Is Ahead

  1. Steve says:

    A nice, mostly quiet weekend.

    Just in case I could possibly say I did, I actually attempted some cyclocross dismounts from my mountain bike on Saturday. This showed me 2 things- I am more left-handed (or left legged) than I ever thought, and I’m not ready to attempt a CX race!! I’ll practice this week and see what I think might happen this weekend.

    Saturday evening, we attended Debbies multi-year HS reunion. When you only have a class of 28 members, you pretty much know everyone and then some. Only a few actual classmates showed up, but lots of other nice folks.

    Sunday, I braved the wilds of Conyers to root for Bob (and Coach Clit) at the cyclocross race. Still looks like big fun and something I want to attempt. I did notice that everyone in the class I would have to race in was on actual cross bikes, which would put me at a disadvantage from before the start. Knowing my skill level (nil) and fitness level (double nil), I’ll have to really think hard about entering.

    This coming weekends cross event is in Roswell… begin making plans to attend- you have been warned.

    -FP

  2. Barb says:

    thanks for coming by Sunday, we lead such an exciting life – don’t we?

    Steve (& Bob) – where is the race in Roswell to be held? Allan works Sunday, but I might, just might, be convinced to come out & watch.

    My 3 Gap ride on Saturday was a little overly ambitious, it kicked my ass. I was the slowest climber EVER, but I made it – and that 5 mile descent down Woody’s almost, and I stress almost, made it worth it. We then ventured over to Monteluce for drinks & dinner & they were closed for a wedding. No where (that I could find) does it say this on their website – pissed us off. We had a nice dinner on the square in Dahlonega, but it wasn’t the same.

  3. Steve says:

    Barb, I believe the course is at Centennial HS. I thought about you on Saturday and hoped the leaf-peepers were not still driving around. It was a beautiful day to get out and about. I saw 3 different forms of Bambi- sleeping, skeletal, and alive with about a 6 point rack!!

  4. Barb says:

    There were plenty of leaf-peepers, and crazy fast motorcycles too.
    It was a gorgeous day, my body just wasn’t up for it – I think too much stress & not enough exersize over the past few weeks. But – I did it……

  5. Laura says:

    Well, if the video was tasteful I guess it wouldn’t be mine!

    Yes the race is at Centennial HS. We will be grilling again so if you wanna add something, let me know. We just hot dogs but definitely could do more. We had a good time cheering and jeering the riders. It was suggested that since it’s at a school to use solo cups for adult beverages.

    As always MORE COWBELL.

  6. Martha says:

    I saw 13 deer on Saturday at Kennesaw Mountain, maybe only 10, there was a doe and two babies I may have saw twice (I was out there a long time).

    We went to Chomp and Stomp for a bit, really didn’t see many folks we knew (at least not as many as previous years). The ‘best’ part was the scavanger hunt, looking for some friends. Clues like, we’re at a house next to some port-o-potties or in the park (there are two parks in Cabbagetown) next to the tree??? I was not amussed.

    Well, given the clues above, I feel safe to say it was not me in the video…

  7. Barb says:

    I know who is in the video – and no, it wasn’t me.

    I have about as much love for cowbells as I do bagpipes. I may have to re-think this idea of coming to watch. 😉

  8. bob says:

    Good to see you yesterday Steve, it’s nice to have people cheering you on while you are racing. That was some fun times too, I didn’t get lapped or come in last place! I do however need to train a little for this, I am not used to being in the red zone for that long.

  9. Jenka says:

    Hmm, if it was a Saturday night it must have been Laura bartending? Although Mandy has been picking up a lot more shifts lately. But either one of those ladies would’ve remembered your name, they’re incredibly good at that.

    Perhaps you were talking about my stunning appearance in the Shed promotional video? Heh.

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    You are correct! 🙂

    Laura is the blond, right? If so it must have been Mandy.

  11. Jenka says:

    I’m correct about the Shed video? Heh. I was joking with the film crew when they instructed me to, “look excited about the food and chat to your companion.” I’m all, “I do that EVERY DAY.” Not acting.

    Yes, Laura is the blond, and Mandy is tall with long dark hair. Mandy’s my girl!

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