A Mostly Carnivorous Weekend

I’m back from a lovely, long weekend. Today I attempt to return to the life I happily left behind on Friday morning — house issues, car issues, body issues, work issues.

Today’s Personal Project
Get my shit together.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Make a list of three things you need to do today.

Sometimes we end up feeling stressed not just because our tasks are tough, but because we have a hard time remembering or prioritizing them! Making a short to-do list can relieve stress and help you stay focused.

Okay, if I must.

  1. Get the Jackmobile from Peach Auto.
  2. Read up on how to dissolve a LLC in Georgia.
  3. Plan my new eating habits.
  4. BONUS TO DO: Call my mother tonight.

One More Thing About Last Thursday’s Concert
I failed to mention this on Friday…

As I stood inside Peachtree Tavern I was amused to remember that the last time I was in the Peachtree Tavern was nearly two years ago to the day. The last time I saw a show at Peachtree Tavern it was the Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans on the Friday night of the FDR campout. My desire to see that show caused me to wait until Saturday morning to head down to Pine Mountain for the campout. Luckily this time the GASHCAT show was on the Thursday night prior to the campout so I was able to head down on Friday morning.

The Struggles Of Balancing Two Cars
As I was packing the Mazda on Friday morning I slapped myself in the head when I realized that I left the tarp I now use as a ground cover in the trunk of the Jackmobile.

I was about twenty minutes away from the house driving along I-285 when I realized that I had left my annual Georgia State Parks parking pass at home, in part because I cleaned out my “briefcase” and in part because I used to store it in the center console of the Jackmobile so that it was always with me when I arrived at State Parks. Somewhat incensed I turned around and retrieved the parking pass and once again started my journey to Pine Mountain.

Nothing Like Getting Away From It All
The weather this weekend could not have been more perfect for camping, lows in the forties, highs in the low seventies, and no threat of rain. I pulled into the pioneer camp and saw that SuperSuck had already set up her tent. I quickly picked out a good spot and set up my abode for the weekend.

It was great to “get away from it all,” though I don’t know if hearing someone doing leaf-blowing on both Saturday and Sunday mornings qualifies “getting away from it all.”

Friday night was laid back, sitting around camp with about nine others, drinking beer, eating food.

On Saturday morning I whipped up a fairly-awesome mess of cheesy grits while others made eggs and such. We drove out to run our non-sanctioned hash (aka “trail run”) which ended at a biker bar in the town of Warm Springs. It was fairly amazing to hash, um run, through parks of that those towns which were devastated by a tornado a couple of years ago.

For a hash campout there was an odd lack of drama; in fact, I dare-say that there was none!

The Falcons Appear To Be The Gators Of The NFL
The Falcons were undefeated until the played a game against an arch-rival. However, unlike the Gators the Falcons will win their division even though the lost the game. Falcons fans better hope that the Falcons play better than the Gators post-loss (read “from what I understand about Saturday’s game agains Louisiana Lafayette the Gators were fortunate to win”).

RealiTV Update: The Amazing Race — I Don’t Know What Happened
It was chilly in the house and I’m still too cheap to try out the heat so I set up a DVR recording headed off to the bedroom prior the start The Amazing Race. I fell asleep sometime around 9:00pm so I have no idea what happened on last night’s episode.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – listening to last week’s “Hypercritical” podcast
Website Of The Day – I have heard very good things about Glassboard — a private group message sharing system. I’m not sure what Glassboard’s business model is, or that non-nerds will get on board in order to attain critical mass, but I’m planning on try it out.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my (rental) car
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday = hashing, ~5.0 miles
Morning Weigh-In – not checking

Foot Mileage – ~11.7 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 6* (I did not make my sleeping bag and blanket either Saturday nor Sunday mornings)

Vegetarian Meals – 12
Carnivorous Meals – 20
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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7 Responses to A Mostly Carnivorous Weekend

  1. Martha says:

    It was a great weekend at Pine Mountain, even if I only spent half of it there. I make it to Rocky Point, where I started my run and what’s the first thing I saw, a hash check. Looks like you guys ran on the Wolf Den Loop (in my option one the the prettiest parts of the park). I can’t believe how many people were out on the trails. More than once, I pulled off the trail to let a group of 6 or more (I swear one group was at least 15) pass.

    No drama but more than enough entertainment 🙂 I’m just glad that for once I was a watcher and not an ‘actor’. It was really great to spend some time with you and everyone else. I really shouldn’t take so much time in between these get togethers.

    I’m off work today (I had to use a vacation day, CDC is closed so I can’t charge to the contract) and I have two goals. 1) not do any work, including reading any emails 2) organize/clean the house. I’ve had a good start so far, I threw away 2 trash cans of stuff from the bathroom already. Next step…Target!

  2. Barb says:

    Glad it was a fun weekend – I agree, perfect weather.

    We went shopping at the Gill warehouse sale Saturday morning (Gill makes mostly sailing clothes, but they do have some biking things. Tier stuff is good quality & super cheap, so we always go & buy things we don’t really need).
    Then we went with some sailing friends to the lake. There was really no wind, but it is never a bad day if the weather is gorgeous to float around Lake Lanier.

    we did not watch Amazing Race either – Allan was at the firehouse running bullshit (as he discribes them) calls all night, so I decided I’d wait.

  3. Martha says:

    In case anyone is interested Red Top Rumble registration opens in 6 minutes!

  4. Steve says:

    A lovely, but very sad weekend at the farm. Saturday, we met Debbie’s niece and soon to be husband for lunch, then went to Noah’s Ark for a walk about and looked at the animals. A very nice setting and well taken care of. On the way home, we stopped and celebrated a friends 30th birthday (I can barely remember my 30th!!)

    Sunday morning I got up to feed the horses. Parker was down hard and I could see where he had been in distress for some time, as he had thrashed about and torn up the grass. The vet came quickly (45 minutes) but it was very hard to wait, as Parkers discomfort was obvious. Collic in horses, while not always fatal, is certainly painful. We tried to adminster pain meds while we were waiting on the vet, but it was tough to find a vein. The vet arrived and checked his heart rate, which was over 100 (not good). He did what he had to do as I stroked him and tried to comfort him. Parker was never going to be ridable, as he had a fracture that was in a spot that would never heal properly, but he was still a good boy and we hated that he probably suffered all night long.

    Godspeed Parker. You can now run painfree…


  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Aw man, sorry to hear that Steve and Debbie. It’s never easy when we have let go…

  6. bob says:

    Sorry to hear about Parker Steve, doesn’t matter when, where, or how it’s always hard to say good bye.

  7. Martha says:

    Steve, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Please pass along my condolences to Debbie.

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