Back At It, Hopefully Getting Things Closer To The Way I Want Them

Or not. I managed to hurt myself (hopefully only slightly) today in the gym. DANGEN! I was trying to replicate an exercise the trainer showed me on Thursday and something around the left groin went wonky.

Today’s Personal Project
Recover. Do laundry.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Improve muscle flexibility in your legs and backside by sitting and stretching in an L shape.

Long live the L! This stretch improves the flexibility of the muscles in your back, buttocks, legs, and feet. It even helps work your hamstrings (the muscles at the back of the thighs), meaning you’ll be at lower risk of back and sciatica pain. Finally, stretching lengthens muscles, improves your range of motion, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress.

Because I am fairly flexible I enjoy stretching. Maybe this will help with my wonky groin?

Hope That Taco Mac Treated You Well
It was a long and stressful four-day workweek for me. By Friday afternoon I was in a funk and all I wanted to do was rest.

My new Nikon 1 V1 arrived on Friday so I swung by Target to get a new memory card for it, and then decided to skip both the Dave Attell concert and the hash happy hour afterward. Instead I went up to Dunwoody Tavern where I knew that I could slink into a comfortable chair and sip a few beers with coworkers.

I also knew that I had to be in Stockbridge by 7:15am to meet my Flickr friends for breakfast before driving down to Warner Robins.

ITP Flickr Pic
One of the few shots that I will be showing.
Keeping Score
The museum is cool, but didn’t interest me much photographically.

HC? Oh, That’s Very Different
After getting home on Saturday afternoon and taking a good, long nap I decided to pull the morning’s photos from my cameras (see how I suffer for you?).

I pulled off the thirty or so shots that I took with my Nikon D300, sorted through them, and worked on the few that I thought were decent.

I then turned to pulling the shots off the new memory card I had inserted into the new Nikon 1 V1. I inserted the card into my trusty old multi-format card reader and plugged it into a USB port.


I switched to another trusty old SD card reader.


The card I bought at Target is the first SDHC flash memory card that I have ever purchased, and all I can assume (for now) is that I bought these card readers before SDHC cards were introduced. I’ve ordered a new multi-format memory card reader from Amazon and will have to wait until it arrive before I can see the photos that I took with my new camera.

Kinda reminds me of the old film days.

The Downside Of Joining LA Fitness (While Living In East Atlanta)
I thought about going to the gym on Sunday morning, but the nearest LA Fitness to East Atlanta is located on 5th Street near Georgia Tech (also not an area known for its free parking, though LA Fitness may have a deal with the parking garage), and it doesn’t open until 8am Sunday.

Sunday, Organizational Sunday
I woke early on Sunday morning (as I do) and started a loaf of bread in my bread machine. While the machine churned I performed my first data backup of the year and planned my day.

This being January I decided to do what I do every January, get rid of old paperwork. I pulled now-irrelevant financial documents out of their respective folders and made a nice pile of paperwork targeted for a shredder.

I didn’t stop there, I started rounding up items for Goodwill and the next electronics recycling day. Throughout the day I made tough decisions about the things I once bought to make me happy, and more tough decisions await me in the future.

I am determined to improve my life in 2013.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – hurtin’
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – If 2012 was my “Year of the Pancake” then 2013 might shape up to be my “Year of Overprice ‘Special’ Dinners (hopefully someday with female companion again).” I’ve already signed up for a pork dinner with Kevin Gillespe and others (around Valentine’s Day) and am looking at TableNow’s Supper Series.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing but a little walking on Saturday
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check; was supposed to, but didn’t

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 9
Carnivorous Meals – 9

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

January Goals
– lose five pounds
– walk/run no fewer that 100 miles
– read at least one book
– dissolve Sharpened Stone, LLC
– take at least one box of things to Goodwill
– post at least ten photos in the blog

2013 Goals: Measurable
– Get my weight down to 190 pounds so that I can wear a 36″ waist pants comfortably
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Dissolve Sharpened Stone
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Completely run at least on 10k
– Fix all (or at least most) of the things which are wrong with the ITP Estate

2013 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Simplify, simplify, simplify
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– 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)
– Take two real vacations, perhaps one abroad
– Take a more proactive approach to meeting women (read “stop being such a pussy”)

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2013

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to Back At It, Hopefully Getting Things Closer To The Way I Want Them

  1. Martha says:

    Can we make a deal that if either of us is unable to make the next electronic recycling day the other will take their stuff? I have a few things I’m so tired of looking at…

    We got the xmas stuff taken down, organized and packed away for another year. In doing that, the shed got a once over along with a few boxes in the laundry room. It’s only a start but better.

    I went for a bike ride on Saturday, that wasn’t a great idea. The out wasn’t bad but the back was bitter cold. I think it should be in the 70s next Saturday, we should have waited.

    I remember having that same problem with my first SDHC card but I was able to work around it since Jerry had a newer computer.

  2. Laura says:

    Hey Paulie,
    I saw this press release on our website and was wondering if this is the product you were working on for so long…

    How your groin feels better…

  3. It’s a deal, Martha. I am also vowing to get you percolator back to you sooner rather than later. 😉

    Not my app Laura. If you see one from DISH for Hopper Transfers, that’s me.

  4. Barb says:

    When I was looking thru my cupboard for pancake mix Sunday morning, I came across 2 boxes of bread maker bread mix. Since the bread maker I had died, & I’ve decided not to replace it, would you (or anyone else out there) want it?

    We went mountain biking at the Dauset Trails down in Jackson, GA Saturday, ended up with about a group of 10. It was really fun, but damn I’m out of shape. those trails are great, not very technical, not super hilly, jsut a whole lot of fun.
    And – as usual, Allan was the man to have with us, Bruce had a tubeless tire issue before we started (with tubeless you rarely get flats, it was a valve stem issue, but when you do, they are a pain to fix), then JoAnna’s chain broke about .4 miles into the ride, then Little Willie was having shifter issues. I think that was it.

  5. I’ll take them Barb. I made a loaf of bread yesterday and it was fabulous! As if bread weren’t “unhealthy” enough, I substituted a weis bier for the water. 😀

    Dinner last night was a glass of milk with a peanut butter sandwich, and was outstanding!

    Oh, and I just ordered two cookbooks for my “Kindle.” Who wants to make 2013 the “Year of Dinner Parties”?

  6. Barb says:

    for the dinner party question – MEEEEE!!!!!!!!
    (okay, really us)

    Glad you can use the bread mix, I just have enough “kitchen appliances” that I don’t need to replace a big one I didn’t used very often.
    I LOVE bread, I can never be a Paleo diet person.

    I made some white chicken chili yesterday after reading on Facebook that that GUTS Fatass had a chili cookoff along with the race, it was so tasty & we have enough leftover for a few lunches. I also like that I really don’t ahve a recipe, so it comes out a little different every time (all in what spices I decide to add)

  7. Martha says:

    Oh, I would be interested…don’t really have a the house for a proper dinner party but in the spring the back yard works nicely. I miss real cooking. I use to love it, now it is just a chore…a never ending chore, *sigh* trying to fill Jerry up.

  8. Steve says:

    Debbie and I were just talking about the Winter Slacker Series Dinner Party (now that we have the kitchen as clean as I’ve seen it!!). We just need to figure out a date.

    Friday, I briefly rode my mountain bike- guess my cold wasn’t quite done with me- I felt terrible! Saturday, I went out on the road bike and felt much better. Funny how a little cold will screw with your breathing so badly.

    Saturday, we went to the nice restaurant owned by an old HS friend. He has a nice place, but it seems to be trying to be a bit of bar and a bit of nice restaurant. They have burgers, but also high end meals. Debbie had a very nice shimp over grits and I had duck breast over rice. 2 lovely deserts. A good beer menu too. Overall a very nice dinner.

    Sunday, we cleaned and put up Christmas. And cleaned.. and cleaned some more!


  9. Martha says:

    I hear you Steve, I’ve been fighting this cold since the day after Christmas. I feel fine, except for the volumes of snot my body keeps producing, of course being on the bike in the cold…well, you can imagine what that was like. I was unbelievably slow, just couldn’t take a deep breath. Felt a little better yesterday, it was a perfect day for some trail running. Today is a rest day, hoping I will kick it soon.

    As an aside, this is shaping up to be a bad flu season, get your shot if you haven’t already. I hit Kroger after work on Friday, figured I’d restock some cold meds, the isle was destroyed…about 90% of stock was gone.

  10. Barb says:

    Steve- I’d assume it would have to be a Saturday night or Sunday evening dinner down at the Day Spa. Pick a few dates & we will see if Allan is working. Sounds like fun, and we are of course more than willing to have a dinner at our house. We have to do 8 max. if the weather is cold, but if it is nice enough to sit outside, we can do more than that.

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