Happy Actual Martin Luther King Jr Day

As you know, I’m at work. I will pat myself on the back (virtually because I can’t actually reach it right now) for making it to the gym (which once again has hot water!) this morning.

Today’s Personal Project
Let go of the internal anger I possess.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Find a healthy alternative to a food you crave.

Although our bodies need some sugar, salt, and fat to function, it’s very easy to eat too much. Cutting down on sugar means you’ll lower your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cavities, and saying no to salt will help protect you from high blood pressure, kidney disease, and stroke. Plus, making healthy food substitutions may expose you to new flavors and textures that you wouldn’t enjoy otherwise.

Healthy alternative? Huh, never thought of that…

What A Funny Way To Spend A Night
On Friday night I joined a couple of coworkers for dinner and drinks at Manuel’s Tavern. My boss flew back to town Friday afternoon so we chose to meet him somewhere around my ‘hood.

At one point one of my coworkers said “I just saw a guy wearing a tutu.” To which I replied, “I bet that I know him.” and then saw a hasher I know walking toward Manuel’s.

As we got up to leave I peered into the other side of Manuel’s and saw twenty+ hashers living it up. I said goodbye to my coworkers (who were heading back toward the office) and briefly joined Swamp Guinea’s fortieth birthday celebration — until they decided to head back to the Clermont Lounge from Manuel’s.

What A Shitty Way To End A Night
Some of you have heard the details which I will omit putting in print due to legal reasons. If I have told you about this I’d appreciate you not spreading the information until I can get things settled.

For the record I did not get pulled over by the police while driving home last Friday night.

When I arrived home Friday night my mail included a bill, related to my bicycle accident, from the chiropractor I saw in 2011. Even worse, they have given me thirty days to pay or they will send it to a collection agency. I can’t understand why I am receiving this, especially now. Since I’ve already settled the lawsuit I have a feeling that I am going to get screwed and wind up paying the entire amount.

Upon opening the letter Friday night I was insanely furious and have been harboring an internal hatred about this since.

This being MLK Jr Day I doubt either my lawyer nor this chiropractor are at work, so tomorrow I will begin to once again put this fucking bicycle wreck in my past.

ITP Flickr Pic
Prior to going into ImagingUSA on Sunday morning a handful of photogs walked around downtown taking photos
Marriott Beehive
This is part of the interior of the Marriot Marquis Hotel (which I just heard was sold).

I Wasn’t The Last Man Standing
On Saturday morning I headed up to Chamblee to do a boatload of laundry. From the lavanderia I had to purchase the ingredients for the (unfortunately substandard) jambalaya that I made for Little Easy’s birthday party.

I decided that I was going to treat myself to a Lee’s Bakery lunch, and then buy all of the items I needed from the carniceria in the same shopping center.

If you ever have been near me as I attempt to order in Spanish you know just how funny it can be. I needed to order two pounds of chicken breast and one pound of chorizo sausage for the jambalaya. Thankfully the butcher (meat monger?) was able to understand my poor attempts at pronouncing each of these, along with my pointing numeric hand gestures. In the end it was a somewhat enjoyable experience as I got over my fear of butchering the Spanish language with the butcher.

The party was once again a blast, with food much better than mine (I am being critical, but serious, that this version of jambalaya was not as good as my past efforts. I think I figured out why and will be concocting another batch soon to work out the kinks). I have been drinking too much lately, so I decided that rather than be one of the last people standing, as I have been in the past, that I’d duck out early and go home with a clear head and plenty of time to do some things around the house.

I drove home clear-headed, but passed out on the bed nearly immediately after returning home. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as I had a 6am meeting time the next morning.

The Only Rising Up Yesterday Occurred In My Bread Maker
We shambled into The Majestic around 6am Sunday morning. At that time the overnight staff was cashing out and the room was filled with patrons who had obviously not been home for awhile — including to lovely young ladies who were deep in conversation as I passed them.

Post-Majestic we drove into downtown and my buddy ITP-Reader John and I parked (he drove, actually) at the Georgia Aquarium. We wandered into Centennial Olympic Park and met up again with our friend Andy. As the sun and temperature started to rise we, along with two others who arrived at the park, started to wander the streets of downtown.

Did you know that there was an audition for The Voice in Atlanta yesterday? I didn’t either, until my curiosity about the crowd lined up around the block got the better of me and I went and found out why these people would be lined up outside in such cold weather.

The ImagingUSA show opened at 11:30am. We wandered the show floor for the better part of two hours, looking at things I either didn’t want or could afford.

By the time I left downtown the Falcons were up 14-0. By the time I left ITP-Reader Barb’s house (she and her husband Allan put out a wonderful spread of fried sundries yesterday) the Falcons were down 28-24. The Falcons penchant to let other teams catch up and pass them in points finally backfired yesterday.

Barb, I made a loaf of bread last night using one of the boxes of bread mix that you gave me yesterday.

I didn’t even bother to watch the AFC Championship, and couldn’t care less about the upcoming Super Bowl.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, but it’s going to be another busy day
Current Music – listening to an NPR music podcast
Website Of The Day – One of the interesting booths I checked out yesterday at ImagingUSA was Fotodiox.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking again soon?

Foot Mileage – ~14.8 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 6

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 29
Carnivorous Meals – 32

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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10 Responses to Happy Actual Martin Luther King Jr Day

  1. Barb says:

    Your chiropractor probably will be open today, with people not working they might have a full schedule. I’d try to call to see.
    Lawyer – probably not working.

    I’m at work of course. Transportation doesn’t take most holidays off.

    I expected to have more cooked wings left over, everyone said they were full, but then we sure put a hurting on those, didn’t we? I did save about half of the cheese curds for another occasion – I think we have lots of uncooked wings left too. Everyone was more than generous in bringing wings to fry.

    I will go to the Superbowl party I always go to, but this year I really won’t care & can just socialize & not feel bad about it. At least the Falcons had a better showing than the Patriots did, that game 2nd half was really sorry. Tom Brady just wasn’t on his game.

  2. I want to speak to the lawyer before speaking to the chiropractor (to whom I left a message on Friday night).

    If someone has a Super Bowl party I will attend because I like hanging out with friends.

    I was completely stuffed by the time I left your house. There was so much great food (non brought by me admittedly because I ran short of time and stopped at Race Track to get that beer I brought). Thanks again for fun, even though the Falcons made it a bad outcome.

  3. Martha says:

    I’m not at work but I’m working today. For some strange reason my company made the decision to have employee reviews due on a holiday? I completed four yesterday during/after the game, my plan is to finish 2-3 today. The others will just be a little late.

    I had a great time Saturday, it was so good to see everyone (even if I did forget to grab my coffee maker from you). I was temped to stick around longer but that would have entailed drinking more than I should so we split around 10.

    I had a long run planned for yesterday, I figured I would give the beltline a try. I manged to get from Grant Park to Peidmont Park with ease, even bumped into some friends and ran with them for a bit. The intown folks have a bit of a learning curve on how to behave on a trail (lots of kids riding all over the place, groups six people across, etc.) otherwise it was nice. Thank goodness I’m not a superstitious person, my 2 hour ladder ended with a total mileage of 13.13.

    I hope you get things sorted out soon, don’t let it get to you.

  4. Randy says:

    I’m not required to work today, but since Lisa is working and the sitter was OK with hanging with the boys for the entire day, I’m here cleaning up my desk and getting some other things done – without anyone interrupting…

    Have a nice day 🙂

  5. Steve says:

    Chores, chores and more chores. Up early, to the cafe in Luthersville for breakfsat. Picked up a round bale and dragged the pasture before I put it out. Have both fuel and oil filters for the tractor and and about to go start working on changing them out. Hopefully a ride later, as it is starting to actually get warm.

    Great seeing everyone on Saturday and some again on Sunday. Some amazingly good food all weekend long. Thanks to Michelle and Little Easy for a great Cajun party, and to Barb and Allan for hosting the Falcon viewing party. I could never consider myself a Falcons fan, but it would have certainly increased my interest in watching the Stupor Bowl.

    OK, off to work on the tractor…


  6. Laura says:

    Okay, so I had a thought (I know, I know)…
    Anyone interested in getting a group to go to the Gwinnett Gladiators game? I was trying to use as many g-words as possible in that sentence. They have some home games this weekend. The best one for us with kiddos is Sunday at 4:05.

    Thoughts, comments, suggestions?

  7. I’ll have to check to see what my friend in from Edmonton has on her agenda for Sunday.

  8. Barb says:

    Sunday 1/27 might work for a Gladiator game – let me ask Allan. How much are the tickets these days?

  9. I’m in for Sunday. I just found out that Sunday is the day that my friend and her girl friends are going to some nekkid spa. I was invited, but since the spa is separated by gender (for obvious reasons) I declined.

    So let’s do some hockey!!!

  10. Laura says:

    Awesome. I had a difficult time finding the price for individual tickets, but I saw if we can get a group of 20, it’s $15 each. I’m sure there are cheaper seats in not so good seats.

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