The Department Of Eratta

Yes, I meant to misspell that. 😉

Today is all about errors.

Today’s Personal Project
Continue the HTML/CSS training course that I started last night.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Pledge not to complain about anyone today.

Sure, it’s impossible to live a complaint-free life. But choosing to skip the griping for just one day is a good exercise! Making the decision to be positive may show you that you are complaining about the wrong issue, or that you are simply being negative for negativity’s sake. By paying close attention, you may be surprised by how much (or how little!) you complain about things each day.

I can’t even complain about myself? Where’s the fun in that?

I Interpret The Calendar As Well As The Mayans Did
I am seriously surprised that no one called me out on a huge error I made on Monday. In Monday’s blog I said that I started working in Atlanta on MLK Jr Day eighteen years ago. The implication of that statement was that I believed this past Monday was MLK Jr Day, which I found out is actually next Monday!

I’m surprised that those lucky enough to get all Federal holidays off didn’t question my mentioning of MLK Jr Day a week early.

Huh, I guess the cleverness of not checking the mail box that day was also for naught.

Yesterday I Also Made An Omission
It wasn’t until I was talking to my mother on the phone last night that she reminded me that yesterday was the sixteenth anniversary of my father’s death.

January 15th is no longer a day to be celebrated in my family, but at least I hope my phone call to my mother cheered her up somewhat — even if that wasn’t the intention of making the call.

ITP Flickr Pic
The Clermont Hotel, talk about a mistake..
Clermont Hotel Motor Hote
At least I am not the person responsible for damaging the iconic sign.

I Found Someone Else Who Needs A Proofreader
In an effort to keep my spirit of “2013: Year of Dinner Parties” alive I bought a Kindle book called “The Big Book of Casseroles: 250 Recipes for Serious Comfort Food” by
Maryana Vollstedt
. I certainly hope the recipes have been proofread better than the introductory text. Within the first twenty “pages” I found no fewer than five spelling errors and a note which did not pertain to the section in which it was placed.

I’ll have to let you all know how the food tastes when I start making some of the casseroles.

Will I Be Making A Mistake Tonight?
Will there be anyone at George’s Bar tonight for “Third Wednesday?” (I just checked the calendar to confirm that this is the third Wednesday in January). I need to eat a hearty dinner tonight because I cannot have anything except for water past midnight tonight in preparation of my physical at 10am tomorrow.


Stats & Goals
Current Mood – half-decent, proud of myself for continuing my workouts even though I took yesterday off
Current Music – listening to a KEXP podcast. I love KEXP – an “alternative” music station from Seattle, WA.
Website Of The Day – I am fascinated by those who keep bees. Bees are more work than I care to undertake (hell, I don’t even want a dog!). The folks at Mud Songs have taken the plunge and keep a great blog about it.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I forgot to check yesterday

Foot Mileage – ~14.8 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 4

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 24
Carnivorous Meals – 20

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 one 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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9 Responses to The Department Of Eratta

  1. Barb says:

    If traffic keeps sucking, there is no way I’ll be a t George’s tonight, though JoAnna & I did discuss surprising everyone by showing up.

    and – I need to make a casserole – actually I’ve been in the mood for Shepherd’s Pie, I just need to get around to making some. We’ve finally cleaned out the fridge of leftovers, etc. & its time to start cooking again.

  2. Jenka says:

    I’m reading a book right that’s about how positive thinking actually impedes our happiness: 1. By always assuming/hoping that everything will be perfect we’re actually setting ourselves up because we’re totally unprepared for when things don’t turn out well (because in reality, things often don’t turn out well); and 2. We’re always worried that whatever bad happens will be the worst thing ever, whereas if we just honestly look at the consequences of things, they turn out to be not really as bad as you might think they are. And there’s always something worse. But knowing what could actually happen lessens the anxiety about it. It’s a great book! I no longer worry about always thinking positively.

    Re: the MLK thing, 15 January is actually MLK’s birthday, so I assumed that’s what you meant.

  3. Well look at that! I was partially right. I suppose that MLK Jr Day is the third Monday in January then?

    What’s the title of that book, Jenka? You don’t have to worry about buzzmarketing here. 🙂

  4. Martha says:

    I’ve always considered myself a positive person but not the type of person that your book describes.

    I have no delusions that ‘everything will be perfect’ nor am I worried that if something doesn’t go right it will be the ‘worst thing ever’. I would say that second one is quite the opposite of positive thinking.

    I’m working at home today, I have a meeting at 3 but I’m hoping I can take it on the phone…I’m working a little harder than I had planned, getting ready for that meeting. I do like still being in my pjs at 11:15.

  5. Steve says:

    I suppose I’m a realist with an optomistic outlook. I know things could be a lot worse, so I’m pretty happy most of the time.

    I will be at Georges tonight and hoping the weather allows me to get out and run. I ran one day last week and it was pretty pitiful. I even remarked to Debbie how I could hardly believe that I “recently” ran a marathon. Oh well, I guess I have to start back at some point.

    Working in your PJs Martha!! I’m jealous.


  6. I worked out this morning (and took a cold shower because LA Fitness had no hot water today) so I won’t be running tonight. And from the meeting I am sitting in right now I might need a lot of beer…

  7. Jenka says:

    It’s called, “The Antidote: Happiness For People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.” It’s hard to explain a whole book in a few sentences, but basically, constant positive thinking actually causes anxiety. Those people (like all of us, apparently) who don’t practice that are generally happier because they’re less anxious, and better prepared when shit eventually hits the fan. Anyway, I’m only halfway through it so I’ll report back when I finish.

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    So that I don’t speak poorly of myself I shall now state how proud I am of myself for eating more pizza and breadsticks than I thought that I could!

    Ooops. So much for this morning’s workout.

  9. Barb says:

    No George’s for me for sure now, JoAnna has a late conference call, and the weather is still sucking, so I can’t imagine traffic won’t totally suck.

    AND – just to put it out there – I’M SO TIRED OF THE GUN DEBATE.
    Here’s my stance in case you are wondering –
    I don’t have a problem with guns, I do think automatic weapons are stupid for the ordinary person, but if they want to own them & shoot them for fun – why not? I shot a gun for the first time ever this past fall, it was kind of fun shooting at a target. Crazy people & criminals will always figure out a way to get guns.
    But – because of all this debate – now Allan thinks we need to get a gun, since people are trying to take away that right. I don’t want to spend the money on a gun. Oh well……. there’s my rant of the day.

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